Program and Outreach Director
Sarah joined the ASCV as the Program & Outreach Director in November 2018. She is responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of all ASCV programming and services, and developing community partnerships. Sarah received a Master’s degree in Psychology from American University and a Doctorate in Developmental Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. In addition to her graduate studies, she has over 10 years of experience working with and advocating for individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities and their families in home, educational, and clinical settings. Sarah is passionate about empowering individuals with autism and collaborating with families, professionals and community partners. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, and reading.
Amber supports the ASCV’s development activities and works with volunteer leadership committees to plan and execute our signature fundraising events, including the annual 5K & Family Fun Day. Amber joined the ASCV in September 2018. Prior to that, she spent several years with the Richmond SPCA. She graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Applied Ecology and Management, and is currently pursuing her Masters in Nonprofit Management at the University of Richmond. She is active with several local organizations, including JDRF Central Virginia’s Young Leadership Committee. In her spare time, Amber enjoys exploring the city with her rescue pup, spending time with friends and family, and maintaining her reign as “Favorite Aunt.” Amber believes development is all about helping people find creative ways to share their gifts with a cause they care about, and enjoys helping the Richmond community grow through giving.
Megan joined the Autism Society Central Virginia in August 2017 and manages information & referral, monthly newsletters, weekly emails and assists with programming & outreach. Megan 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 enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband, daughter, and son.
Information and Referral Specialist
Bradford responds to inquiries of any nature, with particular expertise in Medicaid waivers, special education, and resources for adults on the spectrum. Bradford has been affiliated with the ASCV since 1994, first as the parent of a newly diagnosed child, then as a volunteer and Board member.
She is a graduate of Partners in Policymaking and a Medicaid Waiver Mentor. Bradford presents workshops on Medicaid waivers, person centered planning, transition to adulthood, and IEP development at local and state conferences. Bradford volunteers on many local and state disability related work groups and advisory boards on behalf of the ASCV.
In her spare time, Bradford enjoys traveling with her husband, Chuck, and spending time on the Northern Neck with her children and grandchildren.
Bradford is passionate about providing individuals with autism and their families with vital information to navigate the complex disability systems in Virginia and to maximize each individual’s gifts and talents.
Brie serves as the supervising Behavior Analyst for the CAA Autism and Behavioral Services Program. Brie obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Mary Washington and a Master of Arts in Therapeutic Recreation from Kent State University. She then obtained a post-graduate certification in Behavior Analysis with UMASS Lowell. Brie has worked with children and adults with autism and intellectual delays in various capacities for over twenty years. S Early in her career, she practiced as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, in which she worked both in a community recreation environment and at a non-profit long-term facility for individuals with disabilities. She previously facilitated several recreation programs geared to both adults and children across Richmond, via the Autism Society of Virginia, with whom she continues to serve as a volunteer. Brie spends her free time with her husband and fur-children, enjoying concerts and seeking out sandy beaches.
Lindsay joined the ASCV as a Recreational Facilitator in February 2018. 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. When she’s not working, she loves to relax by the water, read, and swing dance. 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 is a graduate of VCU with a B.S. in Psychology and is currently a graduate student in VCU’s entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctorate program. Beyond her leadership roles as President and Virginia Occupational Therapy Association (VOTA) Representative of her class, Lindsey is a research assistant in a lab within the program lead by Virginia Chu. 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. In her spare time, Lindsey enjoys spending time with family, working out, and getting outdoors. Lindsey initially became involved with the ASCV as a volunteer, and ever since has been passionate about empowering and positively impacting the quality of life for individuals of all levels of ability.
Aliza is a Cleveland native, and has been in Richmond for just about two years. She has an undergraduate degree in special education from Michigan State, a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from Kent State, and is now working on her PhD in counselor education and supervision at VCU. Aliza is interested in working with siblings of individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Her focus for research is on preparing for and negotiating roles for lifelong caregiving within families. Aliza hopes to conduct meaningful research and create interventions that ease role transitions within a family. Aliza is Sibshop certified and networks with other Sibshop leaders across the country to guarantee meaningful experiences for our sibs. When Aliza is not at work or in class, you can find her venturing through the parks of Richmond.