About Our Foundation

Board of Directors


Ed Long

Board Chair

Vice President

Debbie Schramm

Vice Chair


Dave Smith


Dapper Digital Creative

Susan Carr, M.Ed., NCSP

School Psychologist
Moore Public Schools (retired)

Kristin Dixon

Vice President
BancFirst Trust & Investment Management


Kim Gaddie

Lecturer, Marketing & Supply Chain Management Division
Price College of Business
University of Oklahoma

Managing Editor
Social Science Quarterly
University of Oklahoma

Dr. Crystal Hernandez

Executive Director
Oklahoma Forensic Center

BlueSprig Pediatrics


Melanie Moore

Program Field Representative
Child Welfare Disabilities Program
Oklahoma Department of Human Services


Sgt. Cory Sutton

The University of Oklahoma Police Department

Tom Taylor

Autistic Adults of Oklahoma

Rep. Collin Walke, JD

Select Legal Services

State Representative
Oklahoma House of Representatives, District 87

Jonathan Warwick

Personal Insurance Advisor
Thrive Insurance



Emily Scott

Executive Director

Emily Scott’s journey with autism began fifteen years ago as a parent after her youngest son was diagnosed with autism. Concerned over a lack of services and inclusive opportunities in her community, she has since been a part of several grassroots advocacy efforts to expand education and healthcare options for Oklahoma’s children and youth with autism. Her experience as an advocate, volunteer, and fundraiser for local autism organizations quickly led to her nomination as Board Chair of the organization prior to accepting the role of Executive Director in 2018.

Emily worked in healthcare marketing and communications before joining the staff at AFO. She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and is currently completing her M.S. degree at Louisiana State University in Nonprofit Management. She has received several state and national advocacy-related awards for her efforts to improve the lives of autistic Oklahomans. With a commitment to serving the lifespan, Emily is currently leading efforts at AFO to provide autism education for childcare workers, post-secondary education institutions, employers, law enforcement officers, and justice system professionals.

Emily lives in Oklahoma City with her three children, several pets, and even more houseplants.

Professional Advisors


Bonnie McBride

Executive Director
Oklahoma Autism Center


Dianne Mathis

Oklahoma Autism Center

Margaret Bergant

Research Coordinator
Oklahoma Autism Center


Sarah Baker

Owner & SLP
Baker Speech Clinic

SLP Asst. Program Director
Oklahoma City Community College

Check out the Foundation’s

10-Year Strategic Plan

View Plan