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AuSM announces executive director, Ellie Wilson

EllieWilson2017webAuSM is pleased to announce the selection of Ellie Wilson as its new executive director.

“Ellie brings diverse strengths and experiences to AuSM,” said Jean Bender, AuSM’s Board of Directors President. “Her passion for the Minnesota autism community is evidenced by the great work she has done to support those affected by autism, and her drive and dedication will continue to propel AuSM’s programs and services forward.”

No stranger to AuSM and well known in the autism community, Wilson spent two years as AuSM’s Director of Education and Training before becoming an Education Research and Project Training Center Coordinator for the University of Minnesota Institute on Community Integration. In addition to having led more than 200 professional development trainings in autism awareness and supportive strategies, Wilson has worked in home, recreational, clinical, and educational settings with children, teens, and adults with autism.

Wilson has pursued Masters coursework in Public Health Administration and Policy at the University of Minnesota and became a fellow of two major programs: Fellowship for Leadership and Education in Neuro-Developmental Disabilities (LEND), and Education and Policy Fellowship for the Institute of Educational Leadership (IEL). She also has served as a board member for the Down Syndrome Foundation.

Wilson said, “It is a privilege to re-join the AuSM team and to be a resource and voice for the amazing Minnesota autism community. I look forward to listening to the needs of the community and to collaborating with individuals with autism, families, educators, professionals, and community partners to increase autism awareness, acceptance, and appreciation, all of which are essential and well-deserved by our community.”