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.
“To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.” ― Dr. Seuss
Is your glass half full or half empty?
1/2 full. Always.
What are you happiest doing, when you're not working?
Reading & relaxing Up North (Manitowish Waters) at the cabin in summer.
Why I'm proud to serve on the staff of ASGW
I’m glad to be part of a group where individuals with ASD are honored and valued for who they are.
Kirsten received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communicative Disorders from UW – Madison and her MSW from UW- Oshkosh. She has dedicated almost 15 years of her career to working with those 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 since 2011.
“If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” – African Proverb
Favorite TV Show
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
What is your favorite thing about living in Wisconsin?
I’m beginning to appreciate the beauty of our four seasons. And also, cheese!
My favorite part of the Autism Society is...
Our amazing Affiliate network. There are so many volunteers throughout our network that give their time generously to lead local Autism Society programs and services.
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.
“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” – Maya Angelou
If I could invent a holiday, it would definitely involve...
What's the most daring thing you've ever done?
Zip-lining in Mexico!
My favorite part of the Autism Society is...
The Annual Conference! As Education and Outreach Coordinator I plan and implement the conference each year. It is so great to get together with people from all around the state who share the same passion of supporting and empowering the autism community.
Board of Directors
Central Affiliate Representative
Fox Valley Affiliate Representative
Board Members at Large
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, firstname.lastname@example.org and Robert Johnston, Board Development Committee Chair, BbJhnstn@wi.rr.com.