Melissa Diamond (Founder and Executive Director)
Melissa Diamond is the Founder and Executive Director of A Global Voice for Autism. Passionate about issues related to disability, migration, trauma and community, Melissa is a tireless advocate for individuals with autism and trauma-related disorders. Melissa attended the University of Richmond as a Boatwright Scholar and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Disability in Conflict Regions. She received a Certificate of Social Entrepreneurship from Watson University in Boulder, Colorado, and a Master of Arts in Conflict, Security and Development from the University of Bradford in England, where she attended as a Rotary Peace Fellow. Melissa’s advocacy work and support of people living in conflict-affected communities has been recognized worldwide. These recognitions include: The United Nations, The American Middle East Network for Dialogue at Stanford, The SDSN Youth Solutions Report, The Clinton Global Initiative University, The Resolution Project, the Global Entrepreneurship Community Summit in Malaysia, and more. In 2014 and 2017, she was invited to speak on expert panels at the United Nations headquarters in New York City to share best practices for supporting children with autism and their families in conflict-affected communities. In addition to her work with A Global Voice for Autism, Melissa is an avid traveler, professional speaker and artist. Her travels have taken her to over 45 countries and she has given keynote speeches about social entrepreneurship, autism support and refugees on five continents.
Kitti Robinson (Secretary)
Kitti Robinson is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a Licensed Behavior Analyst working in Harrisonburg City Schools in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She has worked in the fields of behavior analysis, special education and autism in various capacities since 2008, including private day school settings, public school settings, in-home therapy settings, staff training, parent training, and multidisciplinary assessment teams. Kitti is also a licensed Spanish and Special Education Teacher. Kitti holds a BA in Spanish, Master’s in Teaching & Learning, and Post Baccalaureate Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders from Virginia Commonwealth University. She completed her coursework for BCBA certification from Florida Institute of Technology in 2010 and is currently working on her Doctorate in Educational Psychology at West Virginia University. She also holds an adjunct teaching position at James Madison University in the Educational Foundations and Exceptionalities Department of the School of Education. She has a passion for working with diverse autism populations and students who come from areas of conflict or poverty, and training others to provide evidence based services to these populations.
Lawrence Diamond (Treasurer)
Lawrence Diamond is a sought after health care leader and business consultant serving clients including: pharmaceutical and laboratory companies, Medicare Advantage health plans, and health care software companies. His 20+ year career hallmark is innovation for quality and cost improvement. Diamond has held Chief Operations Officer and Chief Growth Officer positions at numerous companies in the healthcare industry. His broad experience across health care sectors includes: telemedicine, health analytics, population health, consumer engagement, managed Medicaid, Medicare Advantage, Veterans’ health, and pharmacy management.
Katie Naeve is an international research analyst at Mathematica Policy Research’s Center for International Policy Research and Evaluation in Cambridge, MA, where she consults on international development programs around the world in the agriculture, environment and health domains. Prior to Mathematica, Katie worked for over seven years in economic development research at Harvard’s Center for International Development, was policy advisor for Oxfam America, and Colombia Country Manager for the social enterprise Instiglio. Katie has researched, implemented and evaluated a variety of economic development and social justice programs spanning the youth, gender, health, conflict, agriculture, environment and governance policy domains with CID, UNICEF South Asia, UNOHCHR Colombia, UNDP, Human Rights Watch, and the National Democratic Institute in Morocco. Katie also mentors young social entrepreneurs with the Resolution Project, and is a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for underserved Boston youth. Katie holds an MPP from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and BAs in Political Science and Spanish from the University of Kansas.
Dr. Stephen Shore (Photo Coming Soon!)
Diagnosed with “Atypical Development and strong autistic tendencies” and “too sick” for outpatient treatment, as a child who was nonverbal until age 4, Dr. Shore was recommended for institutionalization. With much support from his parents, teachers, wife, and others, Stephen is now a professor at Adelphi University where his research focuses on matching best practices to the needs of people with autism. In addition to working with children and talking about life on the autism spectrum, Stephen is internationally renowned for presentations, consultations and writings on lifespan issues pertinent to education, relationships, employment, advocacy, and disclosure. His most recent book College for Students with Disabilities combines personal stories and research for promoting success in higher education. A current board member of Autism Speaks and the Organization for Autism Research, president emeritus of the Asperger’s Association of New England, and advisory board member of the Autism Society, Dr. Shore serves on the boards of the Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association, The US Autism and Asperger Association, and other autism related organizations.
Hannah Brown’s novel, If I Could Tell You, is about families raising children with autism. She is the movie and television critic for the Jerusalem Post and she has written for many publications, including The New York Times, the New York Post, Newsweek, Jewish Quarterly and The Daily Beast. She has a son with autism and has often written about issues related to special needs.
Interested in serving on A Global Voice for Autism’s Board? Contact Melissa Diamond at: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.