The ASCV is proud to continue to grow our strong Board of Directors and volunteer leadership to a total of 19 members. We are pleased to announce our talented, dedicated class of 2023 members!
Russ Barkley, Ph.D.
Dr. Barkley is a retired clinical neuropsychologist who has been a clinician, scientist, and educator for 45-years. He is a Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology with various medical schools, specializing in neurodevelopment disorders, particularly ADHD and is also a consultant to the Duke University Medical School Autism Center of Excellence. He is the author of numerous scientific papers, book chapters, and books about ADHD and related disorders.
Dr. Barkley and his family became involved in ASCV to better support his 10-year-old grandson on the spectrum. Dr. Barkley participates in our Grandparents Support Group, attends our annual ASCV gala, and has served as a speaker at an ASCV conference.
Dr. Barkley lives in Richmond with his life companion, Gabriele, and enjoys golfing, exercise, wine tasting, reading, and travel.
Dilshad D. Ali
Mrs. Ali is the Blog and Content Editor of The Haute Take, the media arm of Haute Hijab, which covers all things pertaining to Muslim women. For more than two decades, she has worked in autism advocacy, as her eldest son is profoundly autistic and “profoundly awesome” as she says.
Mrs. Ali serves on the advisory board for MUHSEN (Muslims Understanding and Helping Special Education Needs) and was chair of the advisory board for Enabled Muslim, a project of American Muslim Health Professionals. She also served two terms on the Virginia Autism Advisory Council, is a White House Champion of Change honoree, and has fundraised and supported the ASCV for a decade.
Mrs. Ali shares that she is excited to “work with the ASCV to make more inroads for the autism community and also help elevate the support needs and community needs of those who are profoundly affected by autism, like my own son.”
Mr. Corsello currently works as a Portfolio Manager at Juno Financial Group. He graduated from James Madison University in 2013 with a degree in Finance and has worked in various corporate finance and investment management roles at companies including Fannie Mae and EJF Capital. He applies his decade of experience to advise individuals and companies on how to effectively manage their money. He earned his Chartered Financial Analyst (“CFA”) designation in 2018 and is also a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (“CAIA”).
Brett’s brother was diagnosed with autism at an early age, and he has experienced firsthand how impactful ASCV programs are for individuals and their families. He looks forward to serving as a resource with his financial expertise, as well as sharing his unique perspectives as a former ASCV Junior Board member.
Anjali Varandani’s education and training are in the fields of Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. Her professional experience includes working with children with autism, cerebral palsy, and other developmental disabilities. She understands the needs of the child as well as the support required for their caregivers. She looks forward to cultivating relationships and forming new connections with the local autism community as an ASCV Board member.