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.
Development & Operations ManagerKathleen comes to the ASCV from The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, with extensive fundraising and event planning experience. Prior to her role at LLS, Kathleen was a Stage Manager for the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, and she has also spent time volunteering with the Richmond Peace Education Center. Kathleen is looking forward to meeting ASCV's members and community partners, and helping the ASCV grow!
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.
Program & Communications CoordinatorCourtney first became involved with ASCV in the fall of 2020 leading elementary art workshops through ART180 and is excited to join in this new capacity as the Program and Communications Coordinator. She received a BA from the University of Virginia in 2018, earning a unique Interdisciplinary Studies degree concentrating in Arts Administration, Youth & Social Innovation, and Drama. With over 8 years of experience developing and facilitating creative arts programming, Courtney is passionate about creating time, space, and resources for people to explore their passions and engage with their community. Outside of work she enjoys running, spending time with family and friends (both furry and human!), and reading.
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.
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.