About Us

Our Staff

Kelly Brodhagen

Office Manager

Kelly has over 25 years of experience with the Autism Society of Greater Wisconsin (formerly Autism Society of Wisconsin) as a volunteer, Board Member and now as the Office Manager. She provides support, information and referral over the phone to help individuals, families, and those that work with them to connect to community resources. Whether it’s helping a family find a service provider to evaluate their child, finding a local support group, or helping educators find resources, she’s here to help those who need support. Her greatest accomplishments are her three sons, two on the autism spectrum.

Kirsten Cooper

Executive Director

Kirsten received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communicative Disorders from UW – Madison and her Master of Social Work degree from UW- Oshkosh. She has dedicated almost 15 years of her career to working with families affected by autism through direct services and systems change work. Prior to her position at the Autism Society of Greater Wisconsin, she worked with the Regional Centers for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs on a statewide grant designed to strengthen the state’s infrastructure to improve services for children with ASD and other developmental disabilities. She has led the Autism Society of Greater Wisconsin as the Executive Director for more than 7 years.

Amber Gollata

Education & Outreach Coordinator

Amber received her Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Human Development from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in May 2018. Throughout her time at UW-Green Bay she participated in several internships and leadership roles that ultimately inspired her passion for empowering diverse populations and fostering community development.   As the Education and Outreach Coordinator, she plans, develops, and administers a variety of educational and community outreach programs in support of the Autism Society of Greater Wisconsin mission.

Board of Directors


Rob Peyton

President Elect
Kerry Hoops

Diane Messman

Kendra Mateni

Past President
Robert Johnston

Affiliate Representatives

Central Affiliate Representative
Dale Prahl

Fox Valley Affiliate Representative
Diane Nackers

Board Members at Large

Tiffany Born

Eric DeGroot

Eric Kissinger

Betty McCluskey

Megan Puddy

Glen Stiteley

Allie Tasche

Become a Board Member

The Autism Society of Greater Wisconsin and many of its local affiliates are looking for skilled and motivated candidates to join its Board of Directors. Directors commit to at least a three year term providing support to the organization through board meetings and committee work. Candidates should be willing to provide 2-4 hours of work per month on top of quarterly board meetings and monthly committee meetings.

The Board is particularly seeking candidates from its 53 county service area, with a connection to the autism community, who also have skills/expertise in the following areas: human resources, legal, advertising/marketing, technology, finance, fundraising, business/corporate leadership, etc. The organization encourages candidates who would increase board diversity, including representatives of a diverse racial or ethnic background, geography, and professional background. Individuals with autism are encouraged to submit. The Board will make appointments based on strategic interests, geography and demographic diversity.

Those interested should submit a resume and a written response to our Candidate Questionnaire to Kirsten Cooper, Executive Director, kcooper@autismgreaterwi.org and Robert Johnston, Board Development Committee Chair, BbJhnstn@wi.rr.com.