Autism York Board – Front Row: Heather Peterson, Nikki Johnson, Amy Sipe Back Row: Julie Rasmuson, Stacy Kunkel, Barb Reed, Gina Burnham
The board members of Autism York all volunteer their time to create a much needed support network in our community. Additional volunteer opportunities are available. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved!
Nikki has an 11 year old son who was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in 2004. She has been involved with Autism York for 8 years & is passionate about helping others understand Autism. Nikki oversees the operations of Autism York. She has a background in sales & marketing, and is involved with Benefit Events and Sponsorship. Nikki is the 2013 Autism Expo and Walk for Autism Coordinator.
Gina is mom to an 11 year old son with Asperger Syndrome. She has been active with Autism York for several years. Gina enjoys planning events for families and individuals affected by autism in our community so they may enjoy a stress free time together. She welcomes any ideas for family fun events. Gina also maintains the inventory of Autism Awareness Items for sale.
Cindy is the mother of three boys, ages 3, 12 and 15, one of them diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in 2011. Before becoming a stay-at-home mom, Cindy previously worked as an accountant and then a children's ministry director. As Treasurer, Cindy manages the financial operations of Autism York. She feels Autism York has been a great source of information and encouragement & she excited to help promote awareness and support other families. Cindy also updates the Autism York Resource Guide, which provides current information about autism related services in York County.
Barb is the mother of two daughters, the younger with Asperger's Syndrome. She has worked as a school psychologist and classroom teacher and has served children with a variety of special needs including learning disabilities, behavioral challenges, hearing impairment, and autism. She is very passionate about, and the coordinator of the Autism York Buddy Project, which pairs neurotypical students and students on the autism spectrum to help the student with autism develop positive relationships with peers. Barb serves as Secretary for the Autism York Board.
Stacy is the mom of two boys, ages 12 and 17, both diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders in 2004. She has been on the Board of Autism York since 2008 and served as President from 2010 -2012. As Outreach Coordinator, Stacy will work with interested parties in the community that wish to provide unique opportunities to those affected by autism. Stacy also maintains the Autism York Lending Library and oversees the Vendor Area for our yearly Autism Expo.
Julie Rasmuson is the mother of two boys, ages 9 and 6, the older of which is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. As Meetings Coordinator, Julie and her committee plan, organize, and execute the Autism York Support Meetings for both meeting locations. Julie also facilitates the Autism York-South Support Meeting in Southern York County. She is enjoys being a part of this non-profit organization and helping to bring support to families on our shared journey.
Amy has two children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She has been involved with Autism York for 4 years. As facilitator of Autism York's Adult ASD Social Group, she has the opportunity to connect adult members of our community on the Autism Spectrum for monthly get togethers for social events. Visit Autism York's website calendar for information about upcoming events or contact Amy with questions or suggestions for Adult ASD Social Group monthly outings, library resources, and special social events.
Heather is an Autism Support teacher and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. As Presentations Coordinator, Heather oversees "Understanding Autism" a community awareness program which provide the community access to basic information about Autism. The goal of “Understanding Autism” is to provide accurate information, in order to increase understanding and promote acceptance of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Each presentation is tailored to fit the needs of the specific audience. As Volunteer Coordinator she is responsible for securing volunteer support for the Walk for Autism and Community Awareness Day, meetings, and other events. Please contact Heather if you or your group are interested in volunteer opportunities, or if you have need of interpreter services for an Autism York event.
Kyle is currently a TSS with a local BHRS agency. He has been a TSS for over a year and a half following a year of substitute teaching in various classrooms. Kyle holds a BA degree in Secondary Education as well as History with a minor in Psychology. He enjoys working with children of all ages with varying degrees of autism. He is proud to support such a dedicated organization with terrific community outreach; to not only inform but more importantly, help parents with children on the spectrum find joy and hope in their children's lives.