Act Early Ambassadors


Act Early Ambassadors expand the reach of the "Learn the Signs. Act Early." program and support their respective state's work toward improving early identification of developmental delays and disabilities, including autism.

Since 2011, professionals with medical, child development, developmental disability, special education, and early intervention expertise have been selected to

  • Serve as a state or territorial point-of-contact for the national "Learn the Signs. Act Early." program;
  • Support the work of Act Early Teams and other state/territorial or national initiatives to improve early identification of developmental delay and disability; and
  • Promote the adoption and integration of "Learn the Signs. Act Early." resources into systems that serve young children and their families
Meet the Current Ambassadors

Sherri Alderman, Oregon Pediatric Society

Eieleen Auer Bennett, Colorado Assuring Better Child Health & Development

Kate Barlow, American International College

Kris Barnekow, University of Wisconsin

Romina Barros, Rose F. Kennedy Children's Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center, Montefiore Medical Center

Karen Brown, University of the Virgin Islands Schneider Regional Medical Center

Deana Buck, Virginia Commonwealth University, Partnership for People with Disabilities

Shelley Chapin, Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network's Early Intervention Technical Assistance

Gail Chodron, University of Wisconsin- Madison, Waisman Center

Rebecca Collins-Hughes, Women and Infants Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island

Lorraine Cragan-Sullivan , Help Me Grow South Carolina

Melissa Crist, University of Idaho

Nancy Cronin, Maine Developmental Disabilities Council

Alicia Curran, University of Missouri

Rachel Demma, Maryland State Department of Educatio

Jennifer Doris, New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

Rebecca Edmonson Pretzel, North Carolina University

Alexandra Goldberg, Help Me Grow Florida

Fran Goldfarb, University of Southern California University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD)

Jennifer Hall-Lande, University of Minnesota, Institute on Community Integration

Mary Hanson, Montana State University

Christine Hausman, University of Kentucky Human Development Institute, Child Care Aware of Kentucky

Peggy Kemp, University of Kansas Center on Developmental Disabilities

Laura Kender, My Health My Resources of Tarrant County

Janet Kilburn, Vermont Department of Health

Leslie LaVergne, University of Southern Mississippi, Institute for Disability Studies

Hilory Liccini, North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities at Minot State University

Devon Love, Public Health of Seattle & King County

Tish MacInnis, Alabama Partnership for Children

Bonnie McBride, University of Oklahoma, Health Sciences Center

Kerry Miller, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Yetta Myrick, DC Autism Parents, Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Children's National

Nancy Nieves-Muñoz, Puerto Rico Department of Health

Rachel Nowak, University of New Mexico Early Childhood Services Center

Jeffrey Okamoto, University of Hawaii

Melissa Passarelli, Docs for Tots

Brittany Powers, University of Delaware Center for Disabilities Studies

Janel Preston, Center for Persons with Disabilities, Utah State University

Bridget Ratajczak , University of Georgia

Fiona Ritchey, Louisiana Department of Health

Cari Roestel, Pediatric Developmental Center at Advocate Children's Hospital

Leone Rohr, Parents Empowering Parents of Children with Disabilities, Inc.

Lisa Sanderson, South Dakota Parent Connection

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

Deepa Srinivasavaradan, Statewide Parent Advocacy Network of New Jersey

Rachel Swanson-Holm, Regional Autism Assistance Program

Bethanne Vergean, University of Connecticut UCEDD

Stephan Viehweg, MSW, ACSW, LCSW, Riley Child Development Center, Indiana University

Debra Vigil, University of Nevada Reno

Wendy Warren, Wyoming Institute for Disabilities

Steph Weber, University of Cincinnati Department of Pediatrics

Carmen Wenger, All Alaska Pediatric Partnership, Help Me Grow Alaska

Megan Wills, Easterseals Blake Foundation

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


Act Early Ambassador