Our Team

Sharon daVanport

Executive Director

Sharon daVanport is a disability justice advocate, speaker, and educator who serves as the founding executive director of the Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network (AWN). Sharon’s work encompasses several aspects of the wider and cross-disability…

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Lydia X. Z. Brown

Director of Policy, Advocacy & 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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Lei Wiley-Mydske

Community Outreach Coordinator

Lei Wiley-Mydske is an Autistic activist, wife and homeschooling mom.  After being misdiagnosed for many years, Lei was diagnosed as Autistic when she was in her thirties. Lei is also the director and founder of…

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Kayley Whalen

Communications & Digital Marketing Consultant

Kayley Margarite Whalen is an advocate and communications professional who has devoted her career to building connections across social justice movements. She brings to her work her lived experience as an autistic transgender Latinx woman….

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Morénike Giwa Onaiwu

Equity, Justice & Representation

Morénike Giwa Onaiwu, PhD(c), MA (she/they) is a global advocate, educator, disabled person of color, non-binary woman, and parent of children on the autism spectrum in a neurodiverse, multicultural, twice-exceptional serodifferent family. A prolific writer…

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Lori Berkowitz

Director of Web Development

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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Erin Casey

Art Director

Erin Casey is a neurodivergent artist, writer, and mother of two. She grew up in New England and attended Rhode Island School of Design before graduating with a BA in Art and Writing from Marlboro…

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Jean Winegardner

Administrative Registrations Coordinator

Jean Winegardner is an autistic woman who was diagnosed at 38 after learning about autism because of her neurodivergent kids. She has three of those, all born in the early aughts, and lives in the…

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Court (Alison) Falk

Digital Media Content Manager

Courtney (aka Court) is an activist and a parent of 3 amazing children.  Court is proudly autistic and multiply neurodivergent. Court has an array of disabilities/chronic health issues which cause intense pain and fatigue. Prior to…

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Emily Paige Ballou

Senior Editor, Publications Committee, Online Content Moderator

Emily Paige Ballou is an old Millennial from the Midwest who graduated from the University of Georgia and now lives in NYC, where she primarily works as an AEA stage manager of new plays and…

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Corina Becker

Board President

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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Jessica Horvath Williams

Board Vice-President

Jessica Horvath Williams is a President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Minnesota. She serves as the co-chair of the Critical Disability Studies Collective and as a healthcare activist-educator in the…

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Mara Fritts

Board Secretary & Treasurer

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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Victoria M. Rodríguez-Roldán

Board of Directors

Victoria M. Rodríguez-Roldán is the Senior Policy Manager for AIDS United, where she brings her own unique intersectional specialties to the fight against the HIV epidemic. Particular areas of expertise and focus are the intersections…

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Kayla Rodriguez

Executive Advisory Board & Divergent Committee

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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Elesia Ashkenazy

Executive Advisory Board

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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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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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


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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