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

Sarabeth Broder-Fingert, MD MPH – Vice Chair for Clinical Research in Pediatrics – University of Massachusetts Medical School

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! 

Scientific Advisory Board

The Autism Friendly Initiative’s Scientific Advisory 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 
  • Lauren Betancourt, MPH – Program Manager, Quality & Performance Improvement, Boston University
  • Beth Jerskey, PhD - Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University 
  • Oluwatobi Abubakare - Self-advocate and clinical psychology PhD student at Indiana University Bloomington

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. 

  • Alexander O'Leary – Manager of Public Safety
  • Athanasios Zavras, DMD, DDS, MS, DrMedSc – Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Audrey Christiansen, MD - Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics
  • Beth Jerskey, PhD - Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Brown University
  • Bob Vinci, MD – Chairman, Pediatrics
  • Dana Rubin, MD, MSW – Psychiatrist, Pediatrician, Departments of Pediatrics and Child Psychiatry
  • Eileen Costello, MD – Chief of Ambulatory Pediatrics, Medical Director, Pediatric Primary Care
  • Elizabeth Hutton, MD – Medical Director, Pediatric Inpatient Unit; Hospitalist, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
  • Hillary Hollis, BA – Autism Resource Specialist, The Autism Program
  • Jack Maypole, MD – Director, Comprehensive Care Program (CCP), Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
  • Jodi Wenger, MD – Pediatrician, Comprehensive Care Program, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
  • Jonathan McCurry – Senior Project Manager, Planning, Design, and Construction
  • Karen Kames – BMC Board Member
  • Katie Jordan, LCSW - Clinical Social Worker, Boston Medical Center
  • Kristen Kremer, MPH, MA – Senior Manager of Patient Experience, Accessibility Committee Co-Chair, Accessibility Committee
  • Kristin Long, PhD - Director, Child & Family Health Laboratory, Boston University
  • Laurie Douglass, MD - Section Chief, Division of Pediatric Neurology; Director, Pediatric Epilepsy
  • Molly Ann Duggan, MS, CCLS – Child Life Manager, Child Life
  • Pam Kuzia, RN – Sedation Nurse - Pedi Sedation
  • Pam Palmucci – PLAN Parent & QI Board Member
  • Paul Miller - Office of Development, Boston Medical Center
  • Sheryl Katzanek – Director, Patient Advocacy
  • Soukaina Adolphe, MD – Pediatrician, Pediatrics
  • Zachary Houston, MS, BCBA, LABA - Assistant Director for ABA, Boston Public Schools