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.

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

Ambassador Bios [1 MB, 34 Pages, Print Only]


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


Carmen Wenger
Program Director
Help Me Grow Alaska


Megan Wills
Director, Children and Family Services
Easterseals Blake Foundation


Angela Scott MD, PhD, FAAP
Assistant Professor, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics & Medical Humanities
Medical Director, UAMS Kids First
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences


Michele Rogers
Executive Director
Early Learning Institute


Eileen Auer Bennett
Executive Director
Assuring Better Child Health & Development


Bethanne Vergean
Early Childhood Specialist
UConn Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities


Sarah B Mallory, PhD
Assistant Professor
Center for Disabilities Studies
University of Delaware


Yetta Myrick
President/Executive Director
DC Autism Parents
Act Early DC


Alexandra Goldberg
Program Director, State Grants
Florida Association of Healthy Start Coalitions


Bridget Ratajczak
Child and Family Development Supervisor
Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning


Elaine Eclavea
Guam Early Learning Council


Jeffrey Okamoto
Faculty, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician
University of Hawaii


Melissa Crist
Director of Programs and Human Development-Idaho STARS
University of Idaho
Center on Disabilities and Human Development


Cari Roestel, RN
Nurse Case Manager and ECHO Autism Coordinator
Advocate Children’s Hospital


Stephan Viehweg
Associate Director
Riley Child Development Center
Indiana 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


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


Julie Emory
Provider Engagement Consultant
The Children’s Coalition for Northeast LA


Nancy Cronin
Executive Director
Maine Developmental Disabilities Council


Kristen Paul
Early Childhood Specialist
The Parents’ Place of Maryland


Kate Barlow
Associate Professor
American International College


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


Marcy Hanson
Nursing Instructor
Montana State University


Kerry Miller
Assistant Professor
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Munroe Meyer Institute


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 Hampshire

Jennifer Pineo
Project Coordinator
New Hampshire Family Voices

New Jersey

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

New Mexico

Rachel Eryn Nowak
Program Manager
NewMexicoKids Resource and Referral
UNM Early Childhood Services Center

New York

Romina Barros
Chief, Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics
NYU Langone Long Island

North Carolina

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

Sharon E. Loza
Branch Head and Part C Coordinator
NC Infant-Toddler Program

North Dakota

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


Steph Weber
Psychologist; Training Director
Cincinnati LEND and University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center


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
Act Early Oregon


Ilecia Voughs
Family Support Consultant
Early Intervention Technical Assistance/Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network

Puerto Rico

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

Rhode Island

Jenn Sanchez
Early Intervention Technical Assistance Specialist
RI College Sherlock Center on Disabilities

South Carolina

Lorraine Cragan-Sullivan
Little Moments, LLC

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


Laura Kender
Chief of Early Childhood Services
My Health My Resources of Tarrant County

Claire Niday
State Child Health Coordinator
Texas Department of State Health Services

US Virgin Islands

Karen Harris Brown
Interim Dean and Associate Professor, University of the Virgin Islands
Speech-Language Pathologist, Schneider Regional Medical Center

Leone Rohr
Executive Director
Parents Empowering Parents Disability Center, Inc.


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


Devon Love
Vroom Integration and Help Me Grow Systems Manager
Public Health – Seattle & King County

West Virginia

Jackie Newson
West Virginia Home Visitation Program
Office of Maternal, Child and Family Health


Kris Barnekow
Infant Family Specialist & Assistant Professor
University of Wisconsin


Wendy Warren
ECHO Project Coordinator
Wyoming Institute for Disabilities, University of Wyoming

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