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For information on working on one of our committees please contact:

Autism Directory Service, Inc.
PO Box 73
Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

Email Contacts
Donna Chamberlin: dmbchelps@yahoo.com
Allison Fedigan: allisongrants@yahoo.com

Founding Members
Audrey Nisgor
Debra Adams
Stephanie Brenner

Officers
President – Donna Chamberlin
Vice President – Lisa Slagle
Treasurer – Sharna Grayson-Archibald, CPA
Secretary – Allison Fedigan

ADS Director Biographies

Sue Carr

Sue Carr has been on the board of Autism Directory Service since 2012 and is a mother of three children, one of which has Autism. She has been very active in her community, a Girl Scout leader, a parent representative for Wappingers Central School District, and a Special Education Chairperson for the Parent Teacher Association for the Taconic Region. She is currently employed at the Westchester Institute for Human Development as a broker and with Dutchess County BOCES as a Job Coach working with high school age students with disabilities.

Donna Chamberlin

Donna Chamberlin has been on the board of Autism Directory Service since 2009 and is a lifelong resident of the Hudson Valley. She is the proud parent of two adult sons, one with Autism. Donna joined the organization to share the experiences and ongoing challenges of raising a child with Autism. She is involved with event fundraising and educating the community about Autism. Additionally, she is an advocate for school age students and parents new to the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Donna holds a BA in Business from Iona College and an MBA in Marketing from Pace University.

Kathleen Cornett

Kathleen has been on the board of Autism Directory Service since 2010. She has considerable life experience dealing with ASD issues from birth into adulthood and shares her experience with any who can benefit. Kathleen is the mother of three adult children, Clare, and twin sons James and John. James and John are identical twins and are both on the Autism Spectrum, fortunately with only mild involvement.

Allison Fedigan

Allison Fedigan joined the Autism Directory Service in January 2017. She received her BS in Criminal Justice with a Psychology Minor from Marist College. She has three semi-adult children, 21 year boy/girl twins and a 19 year old son. Her 21 year old son is on the Autism spectrum and has been educated primarily in the Wappingers School District. His 18-21 years were spent in Mrs. Slagle’s amazing BOCES PEACCE Program. Allison has been heavily involved with children on and off the spectrum via PTA, town sports, volunteering and now works at John Jay High School. She and her husband have run a very successful Dutchess County Autism Awareness fundraising campaign (Team Winter Green) for the past 15 years.

Sharna Grayson-Archibald

She is the proud parent of two wonderful children, one of whom is autistic. Sharna joined Autism Directory Services in order to share her experiences and challenges with raising an autistic child; after all, no one is a stronger advocate for a child than a parent. She will be eager to share her story, starting with her son’s diagnosis and continuing through the early intervention process and school age steps with anyone who is interested. Sharna will be more than happy to lend an ear to those new to or already experiencing the life of a super hero with autism. Each person on the spectrum is considered to be a super hero because they have powers beyond our grasp. Additionally, she will be involved in fundraising and educating the community about autism. Sharna has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Bernard Baruch College and has been a practicing CPA for more than 10 years.

Lisa Slagle

Lisa Slagle has been on the board of Autism Directory Service since 2010. She has been in the field of Special Education 30 years. She received a BS in Education from the University of Delaware and continued her education at Manhattanville College where she received a Master’s Degree in Learning Disabilities. The early part of her career was spent at Blythedale Children’s Hospital in Westchester County working as a Developmental Specialist and Program Supervisor for their Early Childhood Program. Following a move to Dutchess County, Lisa began working for Dutchess BOCES where she became interested in the field of Autism. For the past 18 years Lisa has worked in the BOCES PEACCE Program, a program modeled after the TEACCH philosophy.

Donna Bellizzi

Donna is a new member on the Autism Directory Service board. She received her AAS, BSN and Master of Science from Pace University. She is dual-certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Orthopaedic Nurse Practitioner. She is the proud parent of an adult child on the Autism Spectrum. Donna has experience as a volunteer at several ADS fundraising events and hopes to be able to add another perspective to the group based on her life experiences as a Registered Nurse for 37 years, Family Nurse Practitioner for 24 years and a mother of an adult child with Asperger’s.

Kathleen Cornett

Kathleen has been on the board of Autism Directory Service since 2010. She is the mother of three adult children, one daughter, and twin sons both of whom are on the Autism Spectrum. She joined the board to share her experience dealing with ADS issues from birth to adulthood. Kathleen has served as chairperson of the Grant Committee for seven years while on the board. She has a BS in Chemistry and an MS in Secondary Education. She fully retired from Engineering and Science teaching careers (combined 32 years experience) in 2015. In retirement, she continues to serve the developmentally disabled as a part time job coach for Dutchess County BOCES, currently working with two young men with Autism in the dining center at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY.

Camile Ritano

Is the newest member on the board of Autism Directory Service. She is a personal trainer and works at Golds Gym as a coach. She has two children an 11 year old girl and a 15 year old boy. Her son is on the Autism Spectrum. Raising a child with Autism has inspired and taught her about adaptability, compassion, self-determination, advocacy, and most of all patience. Her passion is to continue to support and advocate for young adults with autism and other disabilities, to make their transitions into adulthood a seamless journey.