One of the most honored actors in the history of television; Ed Asner has been the recipient of seven Emmy Awards and 16 nominations and five Golden Globe Awards and served as National President of the Screen Actors Guild for two terms and was inducted into the TV Academy Hall of Fame in 1996. In addition to his professional versatility, Ed Asner has consistently served and committed himself to the rights of the working performer in addition to advocating for human rights, world peace, environmental preservation and political freedom. Asner is an advocate for autism research and funding and is the parent of a son with autism as well as a grandparent of a child on the autism spectrum.
Brian R. King, LCSW:
Brian is a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in working with children, adolescents and adults with Asperger’s as well as their friends, families and colleagues. Brian consults and speaks professionally nationwide, providing groundbreaking insights and strategies for bridging the communication gap between those on the Autism Spectrum and the rest of society. As an adult with Asperger’s and ADD, the husband of a woman on the autism spectrum, as well as the father of three boys on the autism spectrum, Brian has a comprehensive experience around living on the Autism Spectrum. Brian serves on the Board of Directors of GRASP and the Advisory Board of Aspiritech. Brian’s current endeavors include authoring several books.
Bennett Leventhal, M.D.:
Dr. Leventhal is an internationally-renowned Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. He is widely recognized for his leadership and expertise in fostering scientific career development, training, and broad-based collaborative research networks that span from molecular genetics to community service and public health. His direction and vision have led to the creation of outstanding clinical research programs that have developed and shaped scientific approaches to the study of early emerging childhood disorders. He is currently Professor and Vice Chair in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the New York University Langone Medical Center and the NYU Child Study Center. He is also Deputy Director of the of the NY State Office of Mental Health’s Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research. Dr. Leventhal remains the Irving B. Harris Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Emeritus, at the University of Chicago where he served as Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics and, as Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry for more than two decades.
In addition to advising on general technology trends, Dan Mayo serves as Aspiritech’s webmaster. To these ends, he brings forth two decades’ experience in designing and building a broad range of technical solutions, from desktop to enterprise-scale web applications. Dan holds degrees from University of Maryland and the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Marc currently works as the CFO and VP Supply Chain for National Oak Distributors. Before joining National Oak, Marc worked with mid-market manufacturers and distributors as a management consultant at The Keystone Group. Prior to that, Marc was part of a successful startup consulting company that was named to the INC. 500 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America list. Marc has worked with several adult autism organizations, including the Emory Autism Center. His brother is a young adult with Asperger’s syndrome. Marc has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management. Marc currently lives in Florida.
Louise Pearson holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Biochemistry from the University of Washington and the University of Texas, respectively. She has a JD from the University of Houston, and practiced law with the law firms of Vinson & Elkins in Houston and Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago. She was the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Dade Behring Inc. and Chief Compliance Officer and Associate GC for Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics. She currently serves as Compliance Counsel at Allscripts through Axiom.
Keita is the co-founder of KAIEN, Aspiritech’s “sister” company in Tokyo. He advised Aspiritech with respect to its initial business model. He previously worked for Booz and Company, a global management consulting firm, and NHK, the biggest media corporation in Japan. He earned his bachelor degree in Economics from University of Tokyo and MBA from the Kellogg School of Management. He is the father of a son diagnosed with high functioning autism.
Hong Zhang, Ph.D:
Hong received her Ph.D. in Computational Mathematics from Michigan State University. She was a math professor at Clemson University of South Carolina and Louisiana State University before moving to the Chicago where she briefly worked as a software developer at Lucent Technology. Hong is a research professor in the Department of Computer Science at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and works as a software researcher in the Mathematics and Computer Science Division of Argonne National Laboratory. Hong teaches graduate courses at IIT on advanced scientific computing, software design and data structures and conducts large scale scientific and engineering simulations on advanced computer systems. She is the mother of an adult son with Asperger’s syndrome.
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