Welcome Inclusion (WIN) Leadership Steering Committee & Research Team
Gary Stobbe, MD—Clinical Associate Professor, University of Washington (UW); Director UW Medicine Adult Autism Clinic
Stacy Gillett—Executive Director, The Arc of King County
Raphael Bernier, PhD—Associate Professor, UW; Associate Director, Center for Human Development and Disability; Director, Seattle Children’s Autism Center
Jim Mancini, MS CCC-SLP—Director of Education and Outreach, Seattle Children's Autism Center
Kimberly Corrigan, MA—U.S. Affiliate Earth Charter International (UNESCO)
Ben Wahl, MSW—Program Director, Aspiring Youth, Ryther
Kari Connor—Director of Marketing Strategy, WongDoody
Zack Sideek—Self-Advocate, Ryther Associate, Master of Social Work Candidate, UW
Katrina Davis—Parent of child with autism, and Family Advocate and Case Manager, Children’s Autism Center
Pamela Kilby—Senior Attorney for commercial licensing at Microsoft
WELCOME INCLUSION (WIN) RESEARCH TEAM:
Hala Annabi, PhD—Principal Investigator, Associate Professor, UW
Ilene Schwartz, PhD—Co-PI, Professor, UW; Director, Haring Center
Jill Locke, PhD—(Co-PI) Assistant Professor, UW
Abbey Lawrence, Med—Assistant; Associate Director, UW Employment Program
Annuska Perkins—PhD student, Research Assistant, UW Information School
Dr. Gary Stobbe is a Board Certified Neurologist sub-specializing in the field of cognitive and behavioral neurology. He completed his neurology residency at UCLA in 1993 and joined the University of Washington School of Medicine faculty in 2008. Dr. Stobbe is Clinical Associate Professor of both Departments of Neurology and Psychiatry, specializing in autism spectrum disorders, multiple sclerosis, and traumatic brain injury. In 2009, Dr. Stobbe helped establish the Seattle Children’s Autism Center, and serves as Director of Adolescent and Adult Services, as well as Medical Director of the UW Medicine Adult Autism Clinic. He is the Director of the Adults and Elders Program at the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at UW, and serves on numerous not-for-profit boards in the Northwest.
Stacy Gillett has a 30-year history in the disability rights field and is currently the Executive Director of The Arc of King County. She is a member of the Advisory Committee to the University of Washington Center for Excellence in Developmental Disability and previously worked for Governor Inslee as the Washington State Education Ombuds. Early in her career, Stacy was a special education teacher and worked at the Disability Law Center of Alaska. She's well known in WA state for her legislative advocacy and “Kevin’s Law” ensuring supported employment, community-based services, self-advocacy programs and parent-to-parent resources. She co-authored A Legal Guide for Families and Educators and is a sibling and co-guardian for her sister with a developmental disability.
Pamela Kilby is a Senior Attorney for commercial licensing at Microsoft Corporation. She lives in Woodinville with her husband and two sons, including an 18-year-old with autism. She currently serves on the University of Washington ABA Advisory Board and is a former trustee of the Arc of King County.
Jim Mancini, co-founder of Welcome Inclusion (WIN), is a speech-language pathologist and directs education, training and outreach programs at the Seattle Children’s Autism Center. He has worked in the field of autism spectrum disorders for over 15 years including four years in Baltimore, MD at the Kennedy Krieger Institute as a research speech language pathologist and periods of time at the UW Autism Center and Seattle Children’s Neurodevelopmental Clinic. Jim teaches several classes including classes for parents recently receiving the diagnosis of autism and curates the monthly Autism 200 lecture series at Seattle Children’s. Jim has a special interest in social justice activities and is engaged in increasing health equity for culturally and linguistically diverse families in King County.
Dr. Bernier , co-founder of Welcome Inclusion (WIN), is an associate professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of Washington, the clinical director of the Seattle Children’s Autism Center, the associate director of the Center on Human Development and Disability and a licensed clinical psychologist. He received his PhD at UW, his clinical training at UCLA, and also holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin and Tufts University. As the author of over 100 scientific articles and chapters and the book Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Reference Handbook, the Principal Investigator of several NIH and privately funded studies focused on the etiology and neuroscience of Autism Spectrum Disorders, and an active clinician, Dr. Bernier is at the intersection of science and practice of ASD.
Kimberly Corrigan is a U.S. Affiliate for Earth Charter International (UNESCO) and the former Executive Director of the national nonprofit, Facing the Future, and serves on the board of Washington Autism Alliance and Advocacy. Kimberly has an MA from the Edward R. Murrow College at WSU and a Master Certificate in Project Leadership from Cornell University. She lived a decade overseas supervising educational programs across Eastern Europe, China, Ukraine and Russia. Upon her return she was a Senior Manager at start-up Gear.com (now Overstock.com). Her recent publications include, Leaders in Education for Sustainability and An Authentic Context for Energy Education. Early in her career Kimberly taught at WSU in Adult and Youth Education.
Katrina Davis is a mother of two amazing children and a career advocate in family resources and social services. She brings a blend of personal and professional expertise to the Welcome Inclusion effort. She has come to know autism through advocacy and support for her own son with autism and her interest in helping others navigate the complex maze that accompanies the diagnosis and the systems and accommodations needed to create dignity, hope, and a meaningful life. With a B.A. in Community Health and extensive experience in service navigation, resource referral, and case management, Katrina is an expert at advocating for individuals and families living with autism.
As Director Market Strategy at WONGDOODY, Kari Connor connects the dots between business objectives, consumer insights and KPIs. Her insatiable curiosity and journalistic approach to marketing get to the human insights that spark effective creativity. She’s spent over 20 years building brands, including Alaska Airlines, Seattle Sonics, Virginia Mason, Amazon Web Services, Papa Murphy’s, T-Mobile, Air New Zealand, Litehouse Foods. Her leadership has earned the agency Gold Effies, One Show pencils, Clios and Gold Cannes Lion.
Ben Wahl has worked with children, adolescents and young adults for over twenty years in a variety of roles. In 2005, Ben founded the Aspiring Youth Program at Ryther. In recent years he has been developing Delphi Young Adults in response to the service gap he observed for matriculating Aspiring Youth clients. Ben holds a BA from Wesleyan University and an MSW from the University of Washington.