Stephen Edelson, Ph.D. | Executive Director

Stephen M. Edelson, Ph.D., is the director of the Autism Research Institute. Active in the field of autism for over 30 years, he was named director of ARI in 2006 after the passing of autism pioneer and advocate, Dr. Bernard Rimland. Learn more about Dr. Edelson.

Denise Fulton | Managing Director – Administration and Programs

Denise Fulton is parent to an adult diagnosed with autism. Prior to her work in the autism community, she earned her M.S. HCDE at the University of Washington, and worked for VeriSign. She’s worked with ARI since 2006.

Rebecca McKenney | Office Manager

Rebecca has worked for ARI for more than two decades. She is married with three daughters, one with Cerebral Palsy and autistic tendencies. Her hobbies are knitting, crocheting, gardening, traveling, community involvement.

Melanie Glock | Communications and Online Learning Specialist

Melanie has a BA from the University of Washington and is the mother of three busy children. She has been active in the autism community since her daughter was diagnosed in 2003 and began working with ARI in 2010.

Nataliya | Consultant – Outreach Coordinator

Nataliya has a Bachelor of Psychology from Odessa National University I.I. Mechnicov, Odessa, Ukraine. She has been working with the special needs population since 2006. Nataliya assists in coordinating ARI’s international networking efforts.

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