Autism Commission Members

The Commission members are listed below:

State Legislative Members

Senator Barbara L’Italien, Andover

Senator Richard Ross, Wrentham
Jessica Katon, Director of Constituent Services at Office of Senator Richard J. Ross, Designee

Representative Kimberly Ferguson, Holden

Representative Christine P. Barber, Medford & Somerville


State Agency Members and Designees

Marylou Sudders, Secretary of Health and Human Services, Chair

Carolyn Kain, Executive Director of the Autism Commission

Monica Bharel, MD, Commissioner of the Department of Public Health
Joan Kelly Rafferty, OTR/L, CEIS, Director of Specialty Services Division of Early Intervention,  Designee

Joan Mikula, Commissioner of the Department of Mental Health
Kathy Sanders, M.D., Deputy Commissioner for Clinical and Professional Services, Designee

Linda Spears, Commissioner of the Department of Children and Families
Paola Ferrer, Chief of Staff  for Clinical Services & Program Operations, Designee

Russell Johnston, Senior Associate Commissioner, District Support for Elementary & Secondary Education
Teri Williams Valentine, State Director of Special Education Planning and Policy, Designee

Chrystal Kornegay, Undersecretary of the Department of Housing and Community Development
Ayana Dilday Gonzalez, Supportive Housing and Special Projects Manager, Designee

Toni Wolf, Commissioner of the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission

Carlos Santiago, Commissioner of Higher Education
Dr. Patricia Marshall, Deputy Commissioner of Academic Affairs and Student Success, Designee

Patricia A. Gentile, Ed. D., President, North Shore Community College

Dan Tsai, M.D., Assistant Secretary of MassHealth
Laura Conrad-Laberinto, MSW Program Manager, Children’s Behavioral Health, Designee

Jane F. Ryder, Commissioner of Department of Developmental Services

Janet George, Ed. D., Representative with Clinical knowledge of Smith-Magenis Syndrome

Rosalin Acosta, Secretary of Labor & Workforce Development
Jason Albert, Manager Special Grants,  Designee

Tim Cahill, DDS Division of Autism Representative


Other Commission Members

Cathy Boyle, Parent, Autism Housing Pathways

Michelle Brait, Parent

Dan Burke, Arc of Massachusetts representative

Rocio Calvo, Ph.D., Boston College School of Social Work

Rita Gardner, CEO Melmark

Todd Garvin, Self-Advocate

Christine Hubbard, AFAM representative

Dania Jekel, MSW, AANE representative

Patricia Jennings, Parent

Julia Landau, Esq., Massachusetts Advocates for Children representative

Susan Loring, RN, Director Autism Resource Central

Chris Supple, Esq.

Judith Ursitti, Autism Speaks representative

Ann M. Neumeyer, M.D., Representative of the Lurie Center

Teresa Schirmer, LICSW, Boston College School of Social Work

Vincent Strully, Jr., Chief Executive Officer New England Center for Children

Amy Weinstock, Autism Insurance Resource Center representative



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