About Our Foundation

Board of Directors

Ed Long

Board Chair

Vice President

Piedmont, OK

Debbie Schramm



Edmond, OK

Melanie Moore


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

Moore, OK

Dave Smith


Dapper Digital Creative

Norman, OK

Dr. Crystal Hernandez, PsyD, MBA

DEI Officer

Executive Director
Oklahoma Forensic Center
Oklahoma Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse

Vinita, OK

Rondalyn Abode

Director of Development
Crossover Community Impact

Tulsa, OK

Dr. Debbie Blanke

Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education

Midwest City, OK


Ryan Blanton

Vice President of Operations
Oklahoma Panhandle State University

Goodwell, OK


Ginger Casper

Attorney and Cofounder

Oklahoma City, OK

Kristin Dixon

Vice President & Trust Officer
BancFirst Trust & Investment Management

Edmond, OK

Dr. Kim Gaddie, PhD

Professor, University of Oklahoma
Managing Editor, Social Science Quarterly
Norman, OK


Nina Gonzales

Founder/Director (retired)
Tony Reyes Bilingual Child Development Center

Del City, OK


Julia Jernigan Smith

Creative Capitol Strategies

Executive Director
Oklahoma Behavioral Health Association

Oklahoma City, OK

Sherrie Macko

Talent and Organizational Development Team Lead

Oklahoma City, OK


Marquita "MJ" Major

Social Worker
Oklahoma Department of Human Services

Jones, OK

Dana Miller

Tribal Government Relations Director
Oklahoma Health Care Authority

Seminole, OK

Rep. Daniel Pae

State Representative for HD 62
Oklahoma House of Representatives

Lawton, OK


Erin Risley-Baird, Ph.D

HealthStar International, LLC

President & COO
HealthStar International, Inc.

Oklahoma City, OK

Dan Sterba

Director of Data Systems and Technology for the Birth Through Eight Strategy
George Kaiser Family Foundation

Tulsa, OK

Sgt. Cory Sutton

Master Sergeant
University of Oklahoma Police Department

Norman, OK

Tom Taylor

Autistic Adults of Oklahoma

Norman, OK


Rep. Collin Walke, JD

State Representative for HD 87
Oklahoma House of Representatives

Select Legal Services

Oklahoma City, OK

Jake Yunker

Director of Corporate Foundation Relations
Oklahoma State University Foundation

Stillwater, OK



Emily Scott

Executive Director

Emily Scott’s journey with autism began fifteen years ago as a parent after her youngest son was diagnosed at the age of three. 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 led to her nomination to serve on AFO’s Board of Directors in 2017 and she was 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 holds degrees from FIDM, the University of Oklahoma, and is currently completing her M.S. degree at Louisiana State University in Nonprofit Management. Emily has received several state and national advocacy-related awards for her efforts to improve the lives of autistic Oklahomans.

Professional Advisors


Bonnie McBride

Executive Director
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

DEI and Non-Discrimination Policies

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10-Year Strategic Plan

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