Ambassadors Bios

 

Twenty-Five child development and early intervention leaders from across the nation were selected to serve as Act Early Ambassadors.  Each will play an important role in educating parents, healthcare professionals, and early educators on developmental milestones, warning signs of developmental delays such as autism, and what to do if there are concerns about a child's development.  Click on the names below for ambassador biographies and contact information.

 
 

Gail Chodron, University of Wisconsin- Madison, Waisman Center


Rebecca Edmonson-Pretzel, PhD, University of North Carolina, Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities


Karen Edwards, MD, MPH, University of Cincinnati University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities


Debra Efird, MD, University of Colorado, JFK Partners


Elaine Gabovitch, MPA, University of Massachusetts Medical School/Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center


Ann Garfinkle,PhD, University of Montana


Ana Catarina Garnecho, MD, Neurodevelopmental Center at Memorial Hospital, Brown Medical School


Tierney Giannotti, MPA, University of Connecticut


Tracy Golden, PhD, MSW, University of Utah


Walter Jenner, MS, CAS, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Developmental Disabilities, Medical University of South Carolina


Eric Kurtz, Ph.D., Center for Disabilities, USD Sanford School of Medicine


Fauzia Malik, MPAS, MS , University of New Mexico, Center for Development & Disability


Bonnie McBride, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center


Deana McGuire Buck, M.Ed., Virginia Commonwealth University, Partnership for People with Disabilities


Shivani Pandit, Ed.D, Minnesota Department of Education


Nicole Quintero, PhD, BCBA-D, University of Illinois at Chicago, Institute on Disability and Human Development


Sydney Rice, MD, MS, University of Arizona


Louann Rinner, MSEd, OTR/L, University of Kansas LEND


Torri Smith Tejral, MS, BCBA, Munroe-Meyer Institute, UNMC


Rae Sonnenmeier, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, New Hampshire Lend Program, Institute on Disability


Toni Whitaker, MD, University of Tennessee, Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities


Jane Witowski, MA, Children's Advocacy, Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center


Larry Yin, MD, MSPH, Children's Hospital Los Angeles


JoAnn Yuen, EdD, University of Hawaii, Center on Disability Studies


Karen Zalewski, BS, University of Delaware, Center for Disabilities Studies


 
 

Act Early Ambassador