Ann joined the ASCV as Executive Director in January, 2018. Ann has a 27-year-old brother with autism, Jamie Miller, and has experienced firsthand the challenges faced by individuals and families in the autism community. She is honored to be part of a team providing much needed programs and support.
Ann has over ten years of development and non-profit management experience. In 2008, when Ann was the president of her community service sorority at JMU, she had a vision to start an autism walk on campus. The event was a big success, and this experience inspired Ann to go into the non-profit field. Her career began at the Greater Delaware Valley Chapter of Autism Speaks, where she managed several large-scale events and initiatives, including their Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey Walks. Most recently, Ann was the Campaign Director for the Virginia Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, responsible for an annual revenue budget of $1.2 million. In her six years there, she oversaw several programs and events, and she led fundraising campaigns through periods of substantial growth. Ann is honored to lead the ASCV team and is eager to grow revenue and programs, expanding the ASCV’s scope and support to the autism community. Email Ann
Sarah Doyle, Ph.D.
Program & Outreach Director
Sarah joined the ASCV as the Program & Outreach Director in November 2018. She received a Master’s degree in Psychology from American University and a Doctorate in Developmental Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is also a graduate of the Va-LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) program. Sarah has training in developmental disabilities, child and adolescent development, multidisciplinary teamwork and leadership, program evaluation, school-based interventions, and trauma. In addition to her graduate studies and experiences, she has over 10 years of experience working with and advocating for individuals with neurological and developmental differences and their families in home, educational, and clinical settings. Most recently, Sarah was the Associate Director of Developmental Education at UMFS-Charterhouse School where she was responsible for developing, implementing and overseeing programming specifically for youth with autism and other neurological and developmental differences. Sarah is passionate about empowering and collaborating with families, educators and other professionals to improve the lives of individuals with autism. She is honored to join the ASCV and is grateful for the opportunity to continue her efforts to support and advocate for individuals and families impacted by autism. Email Sarah
Megan Colson joined the Autism Society Central Virginia as the Information and Resource Assistant in August 2017, but has a long relationship with the ASCV 5K. As leaders of The Blue Team, Megan and her family have supported the ASCV since 2007 when her son was first diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. Megan has a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from Florida State University and worked in healthcare public relations before becoming a stay at home mom and dedicated volunteer. She’s spent the last several years volunteering in her children’s schools, planning special events and providing booster group support. Most recently, Megan volunteered with a local nonprofit healthcare organization, assisting with their development and events. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband, daughter and son. Email Megan
Development & Operations Coordinator
Leanne joined the Autism Society Central Virginia as our Development & Operations Coordinator in March. In this new staff position for the ASCV, Leanne will manage 5K fundraising and marketing efforts, support 3rd party events and new development initiatives, and manage the financial processing and operational needs of the organization.
Leanne received a BA in Art History from City College of New York and worked for a diamond importer as an operations, sales & accounting manager. She and her husband made the move from NYC to Richmond in 2017. Most recently, she worked on the Light The Night walk campaign for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, supporting participant recruitment, logistics, marketing and administrative projects. In her spare time, Leanne enjoys reading, hiking, and walking her recently rescued greyhound dog Simon. Email Leanne
Amber joined the ASCV as Development Manager in September 2018. Amber received a BS in Applied Ecology and Management from Cornell University and is working towards a Masters in Nonprofit Studies at the University of Richmond School of Professional and Continuing Studies. She worked at the Richmond SPCA for the last 5 years, coordinating transfers and cultivating shelter partners as the Lead Admissions Counselor. Amber grew up in North Chesterfield, and is happy to call Richmond home. In her free time, Amber enjoys exploring RVA with her rescue pup Cookie, volunteering with several young nonprofit professional organizations, and maintaining her reign as her niece and nephews’ Coolest Aunt. Email Amber
Tammy Carlson’s passion for serving families and students with autism led her to joining the ASCV as the Recreation Facilitator for Childcare and Bowling in September. Over 20 years ago, Tammy’s oldest child, born with Down syndrome, opened the door to special education for her. After traumatic education experiences with her daughter, Tammy was driven to support other children and families. She began her special education teaching career in Vermont in 2008, which put her on the path to becoming an autism teacher. After relocating to Virginia in 2014 with her three children, Tammy strengthened her skills as an autism teacher for students in secondary education. Nonspeaking individuals are of particular interest to Tammy. She is currently attaining endorsement to support the communication, education, and inclusion of nonverbal, minimal, and unreliably speaking individuals via spelling to communicate for individuals with motor impairments affecting speech. Tammy’s daughter and her students are her greatest teachers.
Lindsay Kozachuk, M.A.
Lindsay joined the ASCV as a Recreational Facilitator in February 2018, and is facilitating our Aspergers/HFA Teen Social Group. Lindsay is currently a doctoral student at VCU studying Counselor Education and Supervision. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with her B.S. in Psychology and M.A. in Marriage, Couples, and Family Therapy with a certificate in Play Therapy. Lindsay has worked with individuals of various ages with autism in both counseling and applied behavior settings. For four years she served as the membership-coordinator for Best Buddies at the University of Central Florida. Lindsay is passionate about working with families and children with autism, and her goal is to advocate and support each member of the family.
Lindsey joined the ASCV as a Program Facilitator in August 2018, and facilitates our Bowling Outing and Inclusive LEGO & Game Club events. Lindsey is currently an undergraduate student at VCU studying Psychology, intending to begin an entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program in June 2019. Lindsey has worked with individuals with autism of all ages, as well as individuals of varying levels of cognitive and physical abilities while shadowing Occupational Therapists, and through community involvement. Lindsey is eager to work with individuals of diverse and underserved populations in her future career as well as through her involvement in her community. Specifically, she hopes to empower and positively impact the quality of life for individuals of all levels of ability.
Officers and Board
- Staci Carr, President Technical Assistance Coordinator, VCU Autism Center for Excellence
- Paul Warner, Vice President Senior Vice President Finance, SunTrust Mortgage
- Zach Webber, Treasurer Senior Manager, Keiter
- Anne McCray Partner, McGuireWoods
- David Meyer Vice President Sales, UPS Freight
- Craig Nichols Self-Advocate
- Linda Oggel Speech & Language Pathologist
- Sarah Ratner Attorney
- Michael Saxon CEO, SXN Strategy Partners
- Allyson Sladic Senior Associate, Roth Jackson
- Mick Sladic Vice President Litigation, Chief Counsel, Capital One
- Scott Sigmon Attorney, Parker, Pollard, Wilton & Peaden PC
- Renda Winston Director Finance & Procurement Leadership & Development, Altria