About Our Foundation

Board of Directors

Debbie Schramm

Board Chair


Edmond, OK

Dave Smith


Dapper Digital Creative

Norman, OK

Melanie Moore


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

Moore, OK

Dr. Crystal Hernandez, Psy.D., MBA

DEI Officer

Executive Director
Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

Vinita, OK

Rondalyn Abode

Director of Development
Crossover Community Impact

Tulsa, OK


Erin Baird, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer
HealthStar International

Oklahoma City, OK

Dr. Debbie Blanke, Ed.D.

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

Midwest City, OK


Dr. Ryan Blanton, Ph.D.

Vice President of Operations
Oklahoma Panhandle State University

Goodwell, OK


Ginger Casper, J.D.


C. Craig Cole & Associates

Oklahoma City, OK

Dr. Aimee Franklin, Ph.D.

Presidential Professor & IRB Chair Board #1
Political Science Department, University of Oklahoma

Norman, OK

Norman, OK

Dr. Kim Gaddie, Ph.D.

Lecturer, Marketing & Supply Chain Management Division
Michael F Price College of Business

Managing Editor
Social Science Quarterly

Norman, OK


Julia Jernigan Smith

Executive Director
Oklahoma Behavioral Health Association

Creative Capitol Strategies

Oklahoma City, OK

Ed Long

Immediate Past Board Chair

Chief Impact Officer

Piedmont, OK

Sherrie Macko

Managing Principal

Oklahoma City, OK


Marquita "MJ" Major

Social Worker
Oklahoma Department of Human Services

Oklahoma City, 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

Dan Sterba

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

Tulsa, OK

M.Sgt. (Retd.) Cory Sutton

Law Enforcement Educator
Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

Norman, OK

Tom Taylor

Co-chair, Autistic Adults of Oklahoma
Law Student, Oklahoma City University

Norman, OK


Rep. Collin Walke, J.D.

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. 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. 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.

Leah Harris

Project Coordinator, Workforce Development

Emily Hayes

Project Coordinator, Early Childhood Development

Chandee Kott

Project Coordinator, Public Health & Safety

Brandon Orozco

Project Assistant, Workforce Development


Kayla Moore

Marketing and Community Relations

DEI and Non-Discrimination Policies

DEI PolicyNon-Discrimination Policy

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