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Leadership Council

The AJ Drexel Autism Institute (AJDAI) Leadership Council, with 17 current members, was created to deepen and broaden the Autism Institute’s public health impact, and to promote the excellence of our work and research. Council members accomplish this by being actively engaged in their communities. Members bring to the Autism Institute what they are seeing and hearing in their various communities, highlighting gaps in services, research needs, and areas of opportunity where the Autism Institute might be able to make a difference. Members also bring the research findings back to their communities, which informs implementation of policy changes and services shown to be effective by the research generated at AJDAI.

At AJDAI, commitment to equity shines through this amazing group of individuals. The Leadership Council includes stakeholders representing diverse racial and ethnic communities, educational and professional backgrounds, and connections to autism, including autistic self-advocates and family members of people on the autism spectrum. The Autism Institute welcomes all voices and encourages all to feel empowered to speak about their experiences.

  • Venus A. David, M.Ed., LBS, Chair

    So Love Autistic Center

  • Michele Abraham-Montgomery

    Spectrum Success 911

  • Icylee L. Basketbill, B.S.

    Philadelphia Autism Project

  • Kristin Biddle

  • Justin Deal

    PayDay Employer Solutions

  • Damaris Feliciano

    JEVS Human Services

  • Derek S. Green, Esq.


  • Dr. Michael Hannon

    Montclair State University

  • Karen Lindgren, PhD


  • Dr. Naveen Mehrotra

    SKN Foundation

  • Bruce Melgary

  • Robert Naseef, PhD

    Alternative Choices

  • Lauren Powelson

  • Amanda Westphal Radcliffe

    Vertex, Inc.

  • Khylil Robinson

    Spectrum Success 911 / CAPS

  • Tom Rowinski

    Echo – ABA Therapy Software

  • Dr. Stephen Shore

    Adelphi University

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