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Leadership

Cynthia Carroll, CFRE | Executive Director
director@autismns.ca
Cynthia manages the organization's administration, programs, community outreach, and advocacy. Cynthia's other key portfolios include: fund development, marketing, and events. If you would like to set-up an appointment with Cynthia, please connect with her Executive Assistant, Mariann Peters.

Mariann Peters | Executive Assistant
mpeters@autismns.ca
Mariann supports the Executive Director in her day-to-day administrative tasks related to programs, community outreach, advocacy, fund development, marketing, and events. All requests to connect with the Executive Director can be sent to Mariann.

Brian Foster | Operations Director
bfoster@autismns.ca
Brian oversees the day-to-day operations of the organization's front-line services, programs, projects, and supports. He also coordinates the organization's research and its growing training division, Exploring the Spectrum.

Administration 

Sydney Maw | Office Coordinator
officecoordinator@autismns.ca
Sydney is the first point of contact for the Halifax office and is responsible for the reception of visitors to Autism Nova Scotia. She assists staff by coordinating administrative activities; this includes maintaining office supplies, managing vendors, and evaluating the emerging office/facility needs of the organization.

Jade (Guseul) Ok, MBA, CPA, CMA | Finance Controller
jok@autismns.ca
Jade monitors and maintains the fiscal health of Autism Nova Scotia. This includes tracking cash flow, budget preparation, managing Grants and accounts allocations, accounts payable and accounts receivable, preparing monthly, quarterly, and annual financial reports and statements, and conducting daily banking activities.

Evelyn Adesida | Human Resources Specialist
eadesida@autismns.ca

Glenna Paynter-Parsons | Office Manager
glenna@autismns.ca
 

Autistics Aloud

Patricia George-Zwicker | Editor
autisticsaloud@autismns.ca
Patricia is the Editor in Chief of the decade-old grassroots newsletter turned magazine, Autistics Aloud. They/she is responsible for overseeing calls for submissions, as well as gathering, editing, and assembling qualifying submissions. She also manages the distribution of the magazine both online and offline.

Chapter Support

Vicki Harvey | Chapter Coordinator
vharvey@autismns.ca
Vicki is the main contact between the provincial office and the eight chapters of Autism Nova Scotia located throughout the province.  As Potential Programme Coordinator, she helps the provincial chapters increase outreach and services by providing support to the chapter board and staff and by linking provincial resources to the chapters.

Development and Communications

Amanda Alexander | Director of Development
On Maternity Leave
aalexander@autismns.ca

Elizabeth Smith | Interim Director of Development
esmith@autismns.ca

Robyn Bradshaw | Donor Relations Facilitator
rbradshaw@autismns.ca
As part of the fund development team, Robyn shares the countless stories of Autism Nova Scotia with individuals and organizations alike, so they understand the difference their support makes. With a focus on donations, major gifts, and planned giving, she curates relationships with valued donors and seeks out new opportunities to ensure the sustainability of the organization.

Lauren Goerz | Events & Volunteer Coordinator 
lgoerz@autismns.ca
Lauren is responsible for events and volunteer management. She brings the mission and vision of Autism Nova Scotia to life by working with volunteers on events including our annual Walk the Walk for Autism, Toonies for Autism and Best of Local Gala Dinner.​

Reece Cheng | Communications Coordinator
rcheng@autismns.ca
Reece [they/them] works with head office and chapter staff to engage the autism community across the province and connect them to the programs, supports, and resources offered through Autism Nova Scotia. Through digital and conventional marketing, Reece ensures that our message of understanding, acceptance, and inclusion reaches as many people and organizations as possible.​

Family, Respite, & Community Support

Jill Cormier  | Inclusion & Family Support Coordinator
jcormier@autismns.ca
Jill provides support for families, individuals and professionals who seek navigation to services within the community, support in advocacy needs and support in general. She also supports families seeking respite solutions by connecting them to screened and trained respite workers from our Respite Support Database. The database supports individuals of diverse abilities. 

Anna Brewer  | Inclusion & Respite Coordinator
abrewer@autismns.ca
Anna provides support for families, individuals and professionals who seek navigation to services within the community, support in advocacy needs and support in general. She also supports families seeking respite solutions by connecting them to screened and trained respite workers from our Respite Support Database. The database supports individuals of diverse abilities. 

Employment & Post-Secondary Support

Autism Works Entrepreneurship / Autism Works Launch Pad
Stacie Johnston | Education & Employment Coordinator
sjohnston@autismns.ca
Stacie coordinates Employment Coach supports for autistic employees and provides training and supports to inclusive employers. She is the coordinator and primary facilitator of the Autism Works pre-employment program, LaunchPad, as well as the Autism Works NOW program.

Sheila Pearson | Education & Employment Coordinator  
spearson@autismns.ca

Hannah Teeple | Employment & Supports Specialist
empspecialist@autismns.ca
Hannah is responsible for supervising Employment Coaches and provides supports to employers through educational sessions. She also supports participants in the pre-employment program, LaunchPad, in the development of valuable employment skills.

Corey Levis | Employment & Supports Specialist
clevis@autismns.ca
Corey is the coordinator and primary facilitator of Career Quest, a group that supports adults with autism looking to find paid employment. She also supports autistic job seekers by facilitating mock interviews and in-person interview support.

Christopher Margeson | Employment & Supports Specialist
cmargeson@autismns.ca
 

Ready, Willing and Able (RWA)
David Paterson | Employer Coordinator
dpaterson@autismns.ca
David manages employer relations and develops employment opportunities for autistic job seekers. David also connects autistic entrepreneurs to business development supports and supervises the Autistics Aloud publication.

Debra Wells-Hopey| Autism Outreach Coordinator
aoc@autismns.ca ​
Debra is the first point of contact for job seekers with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) looking for employment supports. They connect job seekers to the employment support system, auxiliary supports, and job opportunities created by the Ready, Willing & Able initiative.

EmploymentWorks
Jamie-Lynn Black | Clinical Supervisor
jblack@autismns.ca
Jamie is the supervisor for EmploymentWorks Canada. She is involved in intakes, assessing skills, building person-centred intervention plans, monitoring the progress of the plans, and supervising program objectives. She is also an Exploring the Spectrum trainer who conducts behavioural consultation in the community with involvement in residential settings, school age, and employment.

Jessica McKee-Mitchell | Employment & Supports Specialist
jmckeemitchell@autismns.ca
Jess supports adults by providing support to participants in EmploymentWorks to enhance their skills and attach them to the labour market. She coordinates the EmploymentWorks programs in the Valley, Truro, and Pictou. and leads the Program Facilitators in running the program within their local community. 

Post-Secondary Autism Support Services (PASS)
Chrystal Tushaus | Post-Secondary Autism Supports Coordinator
ctushaus@autismns.ca
Chrystal supports post-secondary students and faculty through the Post-Secondary Support program, PASS. The PASS program provides individualized, one-to-one support to students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in non-academic areas to help students successfully transition in and out of their post-secondary career.

QuickStart NS Program

Jamie-Lynn Black | Clinical Supervisor
jblack@autismns.ca
Jamie-Lynn is the Clinical Supervisor of the QuickStart program at Autism Nova Scotia, which is a parent coaching program for toddlers who are suspected of having or diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and their families.  She oversees the program and provides support to the Parent Coaches, Speech Language Pathologist, and Occupational Therapist. 


Connor Bray-Stone​ | QuickStart Supervisor
sherberman@autismns.ca
Connor is the QuickStart supervisor of the QuickStart Nova Scotia program at Autism Nova Scotia, which is a parent coaching program for toddlers who are suspected of having or diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and their families.  He oversees the program, completes registration and intakes, and provides clinical support to the Parent Coaches, Speech Language Pathologist, and Occupational Therapist.​

Megan MacDougall  | Parent Coach

mmacdougall@autismns.ca
Megan is a Parent Coach in the QuickStart program.  She provides coaching to parents to help support them in developing their child's skills. She is responsible for working with the Occupational Therapist and Speech Language Pathologist to assess each child's skills, write programs to support skill development, and coach parents on how to teach their children those new skills.​


Haley Lundy  | Parent Coach
hlundy@autismns.ca
Wanda is a Parent Coach in the QuickStart program.  She provides coaching to parents to help support them in developing their child's skills. She is responsible for working with the Occupational Therapist and Speech Language Pathologist to assess each child's skills, write programs to support skill development, and coach parents on how to teach their children those new skills.​


Kirsten Spasyouti  | Parent Coach
kspasyouti@autismns.ca
​Kirsten is a Parent Coach in the QuickStart program.  She provides coaching to parents to help support them in developing their child's skills.  She is responsible for working with the Occupational Therapist and Speech Language Pathologist to assess each child's skills, write programs to support skill development, and coach parents on how to teach their children those new skills.​

Social & Community Inclusion Programming

Yevonne Le Lacheur | Program Director
programs@autismns.ca
(she/her/they pronouns)
Yevonne leads Autism Nova Scotia’s programs team, overseeing all social, education, and recreation programs. She is responsible for conducting gap analysis, curriculum/program development, and evaluation using best practices and evidence-based strategies for our current programs and those under development. 

Thomas Reynolds | Program Supervisor
programsupervisor@autismns.ca
Thomas oversees the daily running of Halifax’s Social and Community Inclusion Programs. He is responsible for developing systems, processes and yearly plans, that allow for efficient delivery, and meet targets and goals set for each program. Thomas manages community partnerships connected to programs in Halifax’s Social and Community inclusion portfolio.

Caitlyn Temple | Program Coordinator & Autism Arts Coordinator
programcoordinator@autismns.ca | autismarts@autismns.ca
Caitlyn is responsible for running and planning our social, education, and recreation programs. She also coordinates recruiting, training and managing our program volunteers. Caitlyn is also the Autism Arts Coordinator, who is responsible for running and facilitating the Autism Arts program by ensuring each participant has a positive recreational experience exploring different art mediums.

Holly MacLellan | Healthy Relationships, Sexuality and Autism Program Coordinator  
hmaclellan@autismns.ca
(she/her pronouns)
Holly is responsible for the coordination of the Healthy Relationships, Sexuality and Autism (HRSA) program in Atlantic Canada. Holly is also the HRSA Educator for the Halifax area. She ensures program participants learn concepts of human sexuality through a sex-positive evidence-based approach creating an inclusive and interactive learning environment. 

Patricia George-Zwicker | Video Project Facilitator
autisticsaloud@autismns.ca
(they/them/she/ pronouns)
Patricia is the Video Project's Program Facilitator; they are responsible for facilitating the weekly video project sessions along with supporting participants in content creation, planning, social setting dynamics and social skill development and developing the Red Carpet event. 

Victoria Leslie | Community Inclusion Facilitator (Bridges to Success Program) 
Bridgesfacilitator1@autismns.ca
Victoria is responsible for facilitating and supporting the development of the Bridges to Success program. Centering around the delivery of the ‘Bridges to success’ curriculum, focusing on life, recreation, social skills development, promoting community exploration and engagement.  Victoria also works collaboratively with participants, support staff and caregivers during the program and after, providing support to ensure that the participants personalized goals are met.  

Julia McCallum  | Community Inclusion Facilitator (Bridges to Success Program) 
Bridgesfacilitator2@autismns.ca 
Julia is responsible for facilitating and supporting the development of the Bridges to Success program.  She facilitates the delivery of the “Bridges to Success” curriculum, focusing on life, recreation, social skills development, promoting community exploration and engagement.  Julia also works collaboratively with participants, support staff and caregivers during the program, providing support to ensure that the participants personal goals are met. 

Social Enterprise (The Pearl)

Jacqueline van der Burg | Social Enterprise & Cause Marketing Director
jvanderburg@autismns.ca
Jacqueline is the main point of contact for Autism Nova Scotia's social enterprise, The Pearl. She handles all questions about The Pearl's products, coordinates Pop-up events, and facilitates inquiries regarding wholesale and retail purchases and the website: www.supportautism.ca

Holly Nauss | Program Assistant
programassistant@autismns.ca
Holly designs and produces jewelry for The Pearl, an Autism Nova Scotia social enterprise. She takes pictures of The Pearl’s jewelry and uploads photographs on Instagram to promote products to customers. She also supports customers and participants of Autism Nova Scotia employment programs.

Adelle Marshall | Digital Media & Design Specialist
amarshall@autismns.ca
Adelle develops and creates all digital and print collateral for The Pearl, some of which includes signage, packaging, promotional materials, website design/maintenance, and managing social media platforms.