AANE Board of Directors

AANE is governed by a diverse group of board and committee members. Adults with an Asperger profile and family members of individuals with Asperger profiles serve side by side with professionals on the Board of Directors and the various committees.

Board Members (Fiscal Year 2023)

Dian Bohannon - Chair
Adam S. Markell - Vice Chair
Bill Braun - Treasurer
Ellen Pinderhughes - Secretary

Jill Baren
Neil D. Blicher
Ken Dandurand
Cornelia Elwood
Susan Erickson
Ji Kim
Rebecca Kirshenbaum
Karen Lean
Barbara Lund
John M. Lynch
Mark J. Marroni
Alyson B. Muzila
Anastasia O'Melveny
Deborah Platek, MD
Michael Roh
Sheeri Steinberg
Lisa Stringfellow
Julie Tedesco
Sangeeta Verma


Past Chairs

Carla Brigham - Immediate Past Chair
Dian Bohannon
Jayne Burke
Dave Harmon
Hank Miller
Jennifer Nash
Nancy Schwartz, MSW
Stephen Shore, EdD
Shannah Varon
Kevin Whalen (1939-2013)

Professional Advisory Board

Professional Advisors are appointed by the Executive Director and offer their expertise to enrich our resources and programming and provide consultation on a range of clinical and organizational issues.

Professional Advisors

Diane Adreon, EdD
May-Lynn Andresen, DNP
Tony Attwood, PhD
Katherine Cody, PsyD
Elizabeth Cohn, PhD, RN
Michelle Dunn, PhD
Dena Gassner, MSW, PhD candidate
Valerie Gaus, PhD
Lynda Geller, PhD
Peter Gerhardt, EdD
Temple Grandin, PhD
C. Faith Kappenberg, PhD, LCSW
Ami Klin, PhD
Matthew Lerner, PhD
Brenda Smith Myles, PhD
Stephen Shore, EdD
Liane Holliday Willey, EdD


AANE Committees

In addition to AANE’s Board of Directors and Professional Advisory Board, AANE has several committees where volunteers can participate in organization governance. Want to learn more or volunteer in organizational governance? We welcome the participation of our community members. If interested, please email