Autism Council

Created in 2012, the Autism Council is charged with overseeing Michigan's Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) State Plan. The Council will implement, monitor, and update the Michigan ASD State Plan which will provide for comprehensive, lifespan supports to individuals with ASD and their families through access to information and resources, coordination of services, and implementation of evidence-based practices.
The Autism Council consists of 12 members who each serve 4 year terms. Each member of the Autism Council represents a certain interest or organization.  
 
 
Statute 
 
Contact Information
Lisa Grost
Administrator
Children and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Phone: (517) 241-0678
Email: grostl@michigan.gov 

 
Members
George Mellos, Farmington Hills
Represents the Department of Health and Human Services
Term expires September 30, 2018
 
Catherine Kirby, Holt
Represents the Department of Insurance and Financial Services
Term expires September 30, 2018
 
Mary Chaliman, Holt
Represents the Department of Health and Human Services
Term expires September 30, 2018
 
Joanne Winkelman, Bloomfield
Represents the Michigan Department of Education
Term expires September 30, 2018
 
Anthony Ianni, East Lansing
Represents individuals with ASD or an individual who is a family member of an individual with ASD
Term expires September 30, 2019
 
Diane Heinzelman, Charlevoix
Represents ISD's, local school districts, or transition coordinators
Term expires September 30, 2019
 
Christopher Pinter, Kawkawlin
Represents adult service agencies and/or providers from a PIHP or CMHSP
Term expires September 30, 2019
 
Amy Matthews, Grand Haven
Represents state funded initiatives
Term expires September 30, 2019
 
Stacie Rulison, St. Johns
Represents individuals with ASD or an individual who is a family member of an individual with ASD
Term expires September 30, 2020
 
Krista Clancy, Commerce Township
Represents state universities
Term expires September 30, 2020
 
Elizabeth Kowal, Ada
Represents medical/service centers or health care providers
Term expires September 30, 2020
 
Colleen Allen, Detroit: Chair
Represents non-profit organizations serving those with ASD
Term expires September 30, 2020
 
Rhonda Fossitt
Designee of the Director of the Department of Insurance and Financial Services