Marilyn Augustyn, MD – Division Director, Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics

Sarabeth Broder-Fingert, MD MPH – Hospitalist, Pediatrics

Shari Krauss, MA MPH – Program Director, The Autism Program

Lauren Bartolotti Busa, MA – Associate Program Director, The Autism Program

Alexander Friedman, MPH – Project Coordinator, The Autism Friendly Initiative

Belinda O’Hagan, MA – Research Coordinator, Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics

Jacqueline McKendry

Jacqueline McKendry, MS, BCBA, LABA - Autism Resource Specialist, The Autism Program

Elizabeth Ferriero

Elizabeth Ferriero, BA, CEIS - Autism Resource Specialist, The Autism Program



TEACH (Teens Educating, Advocating, and Collaborating in Healthcare) is comprised of youth with ASD who convene quarterly to share critical insights on healthcare experiences to inform the work of the Autism Friendly Initiative.

  • Gavin Zhang
  • Tris Wideman
  • Declan Woodring
  • Olivia Gaffney 
  • Will Palmucci 
  • and our other incredible TEACH members! 

QI Board

The Autism Friendly Initiative’s Quality Improvement Board provides guidance, support, and insight to ensure that interventions are driven by best practice. 

  • Pam Palmucci – PLAN Parent & Steering Committee Member 
  • Molly Ann Duggan, MS, CCLS – Child Life Manager, Child Life, Boston Medical Center
  • Emily Hickey, PhD – Assistant Research Scientist, Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin Madison
  • Erika Crable, MPH – Post-Doctoral Scholar, Department of Psychiatry, University of California San Diego 
  • Meg Parker, MD – Pediatrician, Pediatrics, Boston Medical Center
  • Lauren Betancourt, MPH – Program Manager, Quality & Performance Improvement, Boston University

Steering Committee

The Autism Friendly Initiative's Steering Committee is a multidisciplinary group of hospital and community leaders that assists with strategic planning, decision-making, and overall optimization of the Initiative. 

  • Soukaina Adolphe, MD – Pediatrician, Pediatrics
  • Lauren Betancourt, MPH – Program Manager, Quality & Performance Improvement 
  • Bob Biggio – Senior Vice President, Facilities and Support Services
  • Andrew Clark, MD – Director of Psychiatry Medical Student Education
  • Eileen Costello, MD – Chief of Ambulatory Pediatrics, Medical Director, Pediatric Primary Care
  • David Dorfman, MD – Chief of Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics
  • Laurie Douglass, MD - Section Chief, Division of Pediatric Neurology; Director, Pediatric Epilepsy
  • Molly Ann Duggan, MS, CCLS – Child Life Manager, Child Life
  • Brenda English, MSW, LICSW – Manager of Social Work, Care Management
  • Ivys Fernández- Pastrana, JD – Program Manager, Family Navigation Program, Pediatric and Adolescent Primary Care
  • Zachary Houston, MS, BCBA, LABA - Assistant Director for ABA, Boston Public Schools
  • Elizabeth Hutton, MD – Medical Director, Pediatric Inpatient Unit; Hospitalist, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
  • Dolrudee Jumlongras, DDS – Interim Program Director, Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry
  • Karen Kames – BMC Board Member
  • Sheryl Katzanek – Director, Patient Advocacy
  • Alexa Kozak, Au.D.,CCC-A – Director of Audiology
  • Kristen Kremer, MPH, MA – Senior Manager of Patient Experience, Accessibility Committee Co-Chair, Accessibility Committee
  • Pam Kuzia, RN – Sedation Nurse - Pedi Sedation
  • Wendoly Langlois, JD – Associate General Counsel, Legal Affairs
  • Jack Maypole, MD – Director, Comprehensive Care Program (CCP), Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
  • Jonathan McCurry – Senior Project Manager, Planning, Design, and Construction
  • Alexander O'Leary – Manager of Public Safety
  • Pam Palmucci – PLAN Parent & QI Board Member
  • Meg Parker, MD – Pediatrician, Pediatrics
  • Genevieve Preer, MD – Pediatrician - Child Protection Team
  • Susannah Rowe, MD, MPH- Ophthalmologist, Ophthalmology
  • Dana Rubin, MD, MSW – Psychiatrist, Pediatrician, Departments of Pediatrics and Child Psychiatry
  • David Twitchell, PharmD, MBA – Vice President and CPO
  • Bob Vinci, MD – Chairman, Pediatrics
  • Jodi Wenger, MD – Pediatrician, Comprehensive Care Program, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
  • Athanasios Zavras, DMD, DDS, MS, DrMedSc – Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Simone Dufresne, MA, CAS – Transition Specialist & Teens Engaged as Mentors (TEAM) Coordinator, The Autism Program 
  • Hillary Hollis, BA – Autism Resource Specialist, The Autism Program 
  • Elizabeth Ferriero, BA, CEIS – Autism Resource Specialist, The Autism Program