Our Team

Sharon daVanport

Founding Executive Director

Sharon daVanport is a disabled advocate, speaker, and educator who serves as the Founding Executive Director of the Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network. They are passionate about access to sexual and reproductive health care, support…

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Lydia X. Z. Brown

Director of Policy, Advocacy, and External Affairs

Lydia X. Z. Brown is the Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network’s Director of Policy, Advocacy, & External Affairs. They are a disability justice advocate, organizer, educator, attorney, strategist, and writer whose work has largely focused on interpersonal…

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Lori Berkowitz

Director of Web Development, Founding Board Member

I am Lori. I am from New York and currently live in Baltimore, MD (US) with Karen, my wife and partner of 20 years, and our 2 cats Nikkyo and Buster. I learned that I…

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Lei Wiley-Mydske

Community Outreach Coordinator

Lei Wiley-Mydske is an Autistic activist, wife and home schooling mom.  After being misdiagnosed for many years, Lei was diagnosed as Autistic when she was in her thirties. Lei is the co-founder of a special…

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Kayla Rodriguez

Divergent Co-Chair, Board of Directors

Kayla Rodriguez is Puerto Rican, she was diagnosed with Aspergers when she was a child, but she prefers to identify as Autistic. Kayla is originally from New York, currently resides in Buford, Georgia. Throughout her…

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Corina Becker

Vice President, Board of Directors, Founding Board Member

Corina Lynn Becker lives in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. As well as autistic, she is nonbinary, asexual, chronically ill, and ADHD. Corina graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2008 with a B.A. in English, and is…

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Mara Fritts

Secretary, Treasurer, Board of Directors

My name is Mara Fritts and I was diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome in 2008. I have been married for fourteen years to my husband who was also diagnosed with AS in 2008. We have four…

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Elesia Ashkenazy

Advisory Committee, Senior Editor, Project Manager

Elesia Ashkenazy lives in Portland, Oregon. She is passionate about Disability Rights and self-advocacy, and seeks to promote widespread understanding of the needs and rights of autistic individuals, especially females. She is also a parent…

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Emily Paige Ballou

Senior Editor, Publications Committee, Online Content Moderator

Emily Paige Ballou grew up near Kansas City, Missouri and attended the University of Georgia, earning dual degrees in drama and biology. She currently lives in New York City where she works professionally as a…

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Amy Sequenzia

Staff Writer

I am an Autistic activist. I also have epilepsy and cerebral palsy. I write poetry – I published three small books – and articles on autism, disabilities, being autistic and advocacy. I type to communicate….

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Court (Alison) Falk

Content Creator, Moderator, Writer

Court (Alison) Falk is a chronically ill, autistic, multiply neurodivergent disability activist. They are a parent to three amazing autistic children. Court was the editor of the literary magazine in high school and college and…

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Erin Human

Art Director

Erin Human is an autistic woman and married mother of two children. She grew up in New England and attended Rhode Island School of Design before graduating with a BA in Art and Writing from…

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Reese Piper

Staff Writer

Reese Piper is a New York based writer and performer who travels often for work and fun. Her work has appeared in the Establishment, Upworthy, Ravishly, and BUST. She discovered she was autistic when she…

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Hannah Morrison

Volunteer

Hannah is a recent graduate of North Carolina State University, with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, and a minor in Psychology. When she is not programming or volunteering, Hannah enjoys reading, knitting, and playing…

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C.L. Bridge

Staff Writer

C.L. is an autistic person who enjoys art, games, and aquatic animals.

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Kit Mead

Social Media Content Moderator

Kit Mead is an Autistic disability activist based out of Atlanta, GA, where they run the Atlanta Chapter for the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, and graduated from Agnes Scott College in May ’15 with a…

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Nadine Silber

Contributing Writer

Nadine Silber is an Autistic Jewish woman and considers both to be important parts of her identity. She holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and practiced as a child…

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Jean Winegardner

Contributing Writer

I am many things, including a mother to three boys, a wife, a writer, a stay-at-home mom, part of a neurodiverse household, and an autistic woman. I also like rodents a lot. I do much…

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