Board Members

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President – Jennifer Sponsler

Vice President – Steven Stockdale

Treasurer – Ray Patterson

Secretary – Pat Connelly

Board members at large:

Lisa McGowan

The Autism Society of Northwest Ohio is looking for individuals with skills and knowledge in the areas of marketing, fundraising, financial management, law, and (allied) medicine to serve on our board.

The Autism Society of Northwest Ohio, founded in 1968, is an affiliate of the national Autism Society chartered to serve 12 counties in Northwest Ohio. Back then, one in 10,000 were affected by autism. Today, the numbers are one out of 68. Our mission is to improve the lives of all affected by autism. We serve individuals, their families, and the professionals who support them across the lifespan and the autism spectrum.

Our services include providing information about autism and related topics such as behavior management, special education, etc.; referring to autism specific and “autism friendly” community resources; conducting support groups including parent groups in different counties, a SibShop for the brothers and sisters of children with autism spectrum, and a social group for young adults; presenting educational workshops through our Practical Solutions to Everyday Challenges in Autism workshop series; maintaining a parent resource room; providing Individual Education Plan (special education) assistance; running an extended school year academic program for children 3 -22; hosting family events; participating in collaborative programs (such as the Special Needs {Financial}Planning series), providing training about autism to professional and community groups such as the law enforcement and first responders; conducting public awareness activities; sending an e-newsletter and maintaining a website; and carrying out community and legislative advocacy on behalf of  individuals, families, and professionals affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Board members are expected to:
– regularly attend meetings (The Board usually meets every other month but does not meet in June, July, or August)
– serve on at least one committee – (fund-raising, finance, governance, programs, or Executive which meet as needed in alternate months to the Board meetings)
– promote the agency to family members, friends, associates, and members of the community
– participate in agency fund-raising activities and attend special events
– make an annual financial contribution to the agency
– recruit other board members and supporters
– become a member of the national Autism Society.

If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a Board member, please contact our office.

You may also download the Board Member application here and return it to our office.