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Find Your Act Early Ambassador

Act Early Ambassadors expand the reach of the “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” program and support their respective state’s work toward improving early identification of developmental delays and disabilities, including autism.

Since 2011, professionals with medical, child development, developmental disability, special education, and early intervention expertise have been selected to

  • Serve as a state or territorial point-of-contact for the national “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” program;
  • Support the work of Act Early Teams and other state/territorial or national initiatives to improve early identification of developmental delay and disability; and
  •  Promote the adoption and integration of “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” resources into systems that serve young children and their families.

See how Ambassadors and others across the nation are promoting early identification of delays and disabilities using LTSAE.

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Become an Act Early Ambassador: Recruiting Winter 2018!

View the contact information below to connect with your state or territory’s Ambassador!


Tish MacInnis
Coordinator of Family and Community Partnerships
Alabama Partnership for Children (APC)


Carmen Wenger
Program Director
Help Me Grow Alaska


Kyle Lininger
Board of Directors, Training Coordinator
Autism Society of Southern Arizona


Alan Mease
Medical Director of Child & Adolescent Health
Arkansas Department of Health


Debra Sarmento
Family Resource Centers Network of California (FRCNCA)

Monica Adrian
Behavior Support Specialist/Early Education Special Programs Manager
Merced County of Education


Eileen Auer Bennett
Executive Director
Assuring Better Child Health & Development


Ann Gionet
Title V CYSHCN Director
Connecticut Department of Public Health


Yetta Myrick
President/Executive Director
DC Autism Parents


Brittany Powers
Project Coordinator
Early Childhood Autism Initiatives
University of Delaware Center for Disabilities Studies


Alexandra Goldberg
Program and Training Manager
Help Me Grow Florida


Jennie Couture
Director of Practice and Support Services
Bright from the start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning


Leone Williams Rohr
Executive Director
Parents Empowering Parents of Children with Disabilities, Inc.


JoAnn Yuen
University of Hawaii, Center on Disability Studies


Ling-Ling Tsao
Associate Professor, Family and Consumer Sciences
University of Idaho


Janet Patterson
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
SIU School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics/IL LEND


Rachell Swanson-Holm
Family Navigator Coordinator, Regional Autism Assistance Program
Regional Autism Assistance Program, Child Health Specialty Clinics, Division of Community and Child Health, Stead Family Department of Pediatrics, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine


Stephan Viehweg
Associate Director
Riley Child Development Center, Indiana


Peggy Kemp
Technical Assistance Provider, Kansas In-service Training System (KITS)
University of Kansas Center on
Developmental Disabilities


Christine Hausman
Content Coordinator
Child Care Aware
University of Kentucky, Human Development Institute


Fiona Ritchey
Developmental Screening Coordinator
Louisiana Department of Health


Nancy Cronin
Executive Director
Maine Developmental Disabilities Council


Sunyoung Ahn
Senior Policy Associate/Assistant Professor
Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development


Roula Choueiri, MD
Chief, Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
UMass Medical School & UMass Memorial Children’s Hospital
Worcester, MA


Candida Bush
Director Family Center for CYSHCN
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, CSHCS Division


Jennifer Hall-Lande
Psychologist/Research Associate
University of Minnesota


Leslie La Vergne
Parent Navigator; Trainer
The Institute for Disability Studies


Alicia Curran
LEND Family Faculty, Research Grant Coordinator, ECHO Autism Expert Panelist
University of Missouri


Ann Garfinkle
Associate Professor of Special Education
University of Montana, College of Education and Human Sciences


Jennifer Burt
Pediatric Psychologist/Assistant Professor of Psychology
Munroe-Meyer Institute, University of Nebraska Medical Center


Debra Vigil
Co-Director & Clinical Training Director, NvLEND, State Team Leader NvLTSAE, Director UCAN
Nevada LTSAE, University Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment, Associate Professor UNR Dept. of Speech Pathology

New Jersey

Deepa Srinivasavaradan
Family Resource Specialist and SPAN ACA Project Coordinator
Statewide Parent Advocacy Network of New Jersey

New Mexico

Nancy Lewis
Education and Outreach Manager NM Act Early Partnership
Center for Development and Disability,
University of New Mexico School of Medicine

New York

Lisa Heidi Shulman
Associate Director of RFK LEND/Director of Infant Toddler Services and Autism and clinical services at the RFK CERC program
Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefore Medical Center

North Carolina

Rebecca Edmonson Pretzel
CIDD Associate Director; CIDD Director of Services; psychologist
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities

North Dakota

Hilory Liccini
Assistant Director for Program Management
North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities at Minot State University


Stephanie Weber
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics/Psychologist/LEND Training Director
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center / Cincinnati LEND / University of Cincinnati UCEDD


Bonnie McBride
Associate Professor, LEND Faculty
University of OK Health Sciences Center,
Development of Pediatrics


Sherri Alderman
Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician/AAP Chapter Child Care Contact
Oregon Pediatric Society


Shelley Chapin
Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network’s Early Intervention Assistance

Puerto Rico

Nancy Nieves Muñoz
Children with Special Medical Needs Division
Puerto Rico Department of Health

Republic of the Marshall Islands

Chinlla Peter
EHDI Coordinator for the Republic of the Marshall Islands
Junior Specialist, Center on Disability Studies, University of Hawaii

Rhode Island

Rebecca Hughes
Early Intervention Consultant
Family Service of Rhode Island
(401) 450-5791

South Carolina

Lorraine Cragan-Sullivan
Help Me Grow South Carolina, Developmental Screening Coordinator
Help Me Grow South Carolina

South Dakota

Lisa Sanderson
Project Director
Family to Family Health Information Center
South Dakota Parent Connection


Toni Whitaker
Associate Professor Pediatrics,
Developmental Pediatrician, Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities


Pauline Filipek
Professor of Pediatrics, CLI and Division of Child & Adolescent Neurology
University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston

US Virgin Islands

Karen Harris Brown
Associate Director, VI UCEDD, University of the Virgin Islands
Speech-Language Pathologist, Schneider Regional Medical Center


Janel Preston
Early Intervention Autism Specialist
Center for Persons with Disabilities, Utah State University


Janet Kilburn
Child Development Coordinator
Vermont Department of Health, LLSW


Deana McGuire Buck
Early Childhood Content Leader
Partnership for People with Disabilities,
Virginia Commonwealth University


Stephanie Orrico
Child Development Coordinator
Within Reach

West Virginia

Susannah Poe
West Virginia University School of Medicine


Gail Chodron
Senior Outreach Specialist
The board of Regents of the UW System, Waisman Center, University Center of Excellence on Developmental Disabilities


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