Board of Directors

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.

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 mail to our office or email

Katherine Pawlak Macek, President

Amelia Stockdale, Vice President
Michelle Self, Secretary

Adrianne Milano, Treasurer

Patricia Cunningham
Brandon Hutchins
Lisa McGowan

IMG_0044 (1)Katherine Pawlak Macek, President

Katherine is an experienced attorney and partner in her law practice, with a focus on corporate and employment law, as well as estate planning. Katherine is an experienced leader with a consistent track record of success based on solid problem-solving skills, strong relationship development skills and a proven ability to effectively lead organizations during periods of change. In addition to her law practice, Katherine also serves as a student advisor for Themis Bar Review and prepares students to sit for the Ohio Bar Examination.  She also is proud to pass on her legal knowledge as a Professor for undergraduate, graduate, and law students at Concord Law School, Rasmussen College, California Southern University, and the American Public University, teaching in the areas of Employment Law, Evidence, Corporate Law, Legal Ethics, and Civil Litigation. Katherine is an avid reader and Michigan State sports fan.  She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and trying new cuisines. Katherine and her husband Mike have two dogs, Bentley and Layla.

unnamedAmelia Stockdale, Vice President

Amelia Stockdale is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and has worked at the ProMedica Finnegan Family Autism Center Autism Early Learning Program since November of 2011.  She has been on the Autism Society Board of Directors since November of 2014, serving as the Board Secretary from August 2015 to June 2019 and more recently as the Board President since June 2019.   “I joined the ASNO board to help continue to make a difference in the lives of those affected by autism.  The Autism Society of Northwest Ohio provides individuals and families with the resources and support needed in order to navigate through an autism diagnosis, and I am proud to be a part of this organization.“ In her free time, Amelia loves spending time with her husband and family.  She loves to read and is an avid sports fan, especially baseball.  Go Indians!

Michelle Self pictureMichelle Self, Secretary 

Michelle started her career as an engineer but shortly after her second son was diagnosed with Williams syndrome, she became passionate about her vision for him and others with disabilities. She went back to school when her son started kindergarten and received her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction. She splits her time between teaching as an adjunct professor at BGSU and helping families get the educational supports their children need. She reviews and attends over 100 IEP meetings/year. She received a 2019 Outstanding Community Service Award from the Courageous Community Services organization for her advocacy. Michelle has served on the Ohio Department of Education Parent Advisory Committee, The Wood County Family and Children First Council, and the national Williams Syndrome Association Board of Trustees. She also established and facilitated support groups for families for over 8 years and has spoken locally and nationally on creating a vision, ADHD, parent advocacy and other topics. Michelle has two young adult sons and lives in Perrysburg with her husband

image0Adrianne Milano, Treasurer

I have been a resident of the Toledo area most of my life.  I attended grade school and high school in Toledo before moving away for a short period of time, then returning back to Toledo for college and establishing roots here.  Autism has impacted my life both professionally and personally.  As an educator, I was introduced to autism through my college classes and then throughout my educational career in an educational setting with families of individuals with autism.  Personally, I have a child who was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD.  While a diagnosis like this can turn your world inside out, it helped me understand the world my child was living in. With the support and resources in the area, I was able to understand my child’s world, and help him understand our world.The Toledo area is a community that supports one another, and that is why I joined the Autism Society of Northwest Ohio.  ASNO’s vision statement is one I truly support: They “envision a world in which individuals living with autism are able to maximize their quality of life, are treated with the highest level of dignity, and live in a society in which their talents and skills are appreciated and valued.”If you would like to get involved with the autism society of Northwest Ohio or have questions, please feel free to contact us!

Patricia Cunningham

Brandon HutchingsBrandon Hutchins

Brandon graduated from Perrysburg High School and was a member of the Perrysburg High School cross country and track teams. He now works part-time at BGSU stocking vending machines and his interests include video games and running. He lives in Perrysburg with his mom, two sisters and younger brother. Both he and his brother have autism.

judge photoLisa McGowan

Lisa D. McGowan was elected judge of Lucas County Domestic Relations Court in 2014. Prior to her election to the bench, she was appointed magistrate in the Domestic = Relations Court from January, 2012 through December, 2014 and staff attorney for Judge David Lewandowski, Lucas County Domestic Relations Court from December, 1999 to December, 2011. Judge McGowan earned her Bachelor of Arts in Management/Accounting from Hartwick College in 1989 and her law degree from the University of Toledo, College of Law in 1992. Prior to her service with the Lucas County Domestic Relations Court, she was an Assistant Public Defender, in-house counsel with Centerior Energy Corporation/Toledo Edison Company, and engaged in the private practice of law with an emphasis on employment law. Judge McGowan was a Past-President of the Toledo Women’s Bar Association and the Toledo Junior Bar Association and has served on many committees of the Toledo Bar Association. She has served on the Board of the University of Toledo College of Law Alumni Association, Maria Early Learning Center, Josina Lott Foundation, Senior Centers, Inc., and was President of the School Advisory Council of St. Pius X School. Judge McGowan currently serves on the Boards of The Autism Society of Northwest Ohio and Adelante, Inc., and has been a Reader for the Ohio Bar Examination under the Ohio Board of Governors, Supreme Court of Ohio since 1997. Judge McGowan lives in Sylvania with her husband, Chris, and their two children. Their son, Paul, is a sophomore at Southview High School and their daughter, Liz, is a 6th grade student at Timberstone Junior High.