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The Advisory Stakeholder Group on Autism Related Needs was created by HB 718 in the 2021 Maryland General Assembly session and is located within the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives.

To enhance outreach and education about autism in Maryland, the group is led by Katie Gandy, Maryland’s first statewide autism coordinator.

Emily Arker School Psychologist, Montgomery County Schools
Del. Lisa Belcastro Maryland House of Delegates, District 11, Baltimore County
Carmen Brown Branch Chief, Interagency Collaboration, Maryland State Dept. of Education
Christine Ceely Physical Therapist, Professor at Shenandoah University
Janet Furman Director of Children’s Services, Maryland Developmental Disabilities, Administration, Maryland Dept. of Health
Del. Michele Guyton Maryland House of Delegates, District 42B, Baltimore County
Nicole LeBlanc Shared Support, MD TASH
Christine Ceely Physical Therapist Case Mentor/Reviewer, Shenandoah University
Rachel London Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council, Executive Director
Raymond Marshall President, Board of Directors for the Arc of Maryland, Attorney
Christian Miele Assistant Secretary, Dept. of Disabilities
Dr. Peggy Pugh Chief Academic Officer, Montgomery County Public Schools
Rebecca Rienzi Pathfinders for Autism, Executive Director
Ryan Roddey Charles County Public Schools, Special Education Teacher
Fatima Saleem Speech Language Pathologist, Kennedy Krieger (CARD)
Jennifer Stiles H&S Family of Bakeries, Director of Human Resources
Ami Taubenfeld Itineris, Executive Director
Roger Thibadeau JHU APL
Dr. Shannon Brown West Owner and Pediatrician, Premiere Pediatrics
Lisa Weiderlight University of Baltimore, Center for Drug Policy and Prevention, Chief Performance Officer

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