Awards

Celebrating the Doers


Each year we celebrate and award remarkable members of the autism community for their work.

  • Mike Wasmer (Kansas) - 2010
  • Diana Varady (Arkansas) and Dave Meador (Michigan) - 2012
  • Paul Terdal (Oregon) - 2013
  • Colleen Jankovich, Vicky Depenbusch, and Marcia Lepinski (Nebraska) - 2014
  • Kyle Robinson, Brian Pearce, and Wendy Mies (North Carolina) - 2015
  • Marci Ingram and Doug Krinsky (Ohio) - 2016
  • Catey Hall and Lisa Riley (Alabama) - 2017
  • Michele Trivedi (Indiana) - 2018
  • Bryce Miller - 2019
  • Michelle Heid (California) - 2021 
  • Sarah Schmitz (Virginia) - 2022 
  • Eileen Mendes (Massachusetts) - 2023

  • Dr. Bryan Davey (Arizona) - 2011
  • Dr. Eric Larsson (Minnesota) - 2013
  • Dr. Gina Green (California) - 2014
  • Dr. Jane Howard (California) - 2015
  • Dr. Christy Evanko (Virginia) - 2016
  • Dr. Jim Carr (Colorado) - 2018
  • Dr. Amanda Kelly (Hawaii) - 2019
  • Amie Perl (Maryland) - 2021
  • Ellen Rhoads (Texas) - 2022
  • Keith Laabs (North Carolina) - 2023

  • Sen. Kim Gillan (Montana) - 2009
  • Rep. Jason Grill (Missouri) - 2010
  • Sen. Joel Lourie (South Carolina) - 2015
  • Rep. Cheryl Grossman (Ohio), Rep. Jason Nelson (Oklahoma) & Sen. A.J. Griffin (Oklahoma), and Sen. John Kefalas (Colorado) - 2016
  • Speaker Mac McCutcheon, Sen. Cam Ward, Rep. Jim Patterson (post-humous) & Sen. Tom Whatley (Alabama) - 2017
  • Sen. Katrina Shealy (South Carolina) - 2018
  • Tom Buford (posthumus; Kentucky) - 2021
  • Rep. Meg Froelich (Colorado) - 2022
  • Nathan Ballentine (South Carolina) - 2023

  • Lt. Gov. Brian Calley (Michigan) - 2012
  • Insurance Comr. Dave Jones (California) - 2014
  • Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle (Georgia) - 2015
  • Gov. John Kasich (Ohio) - 2017
  • Insurance Comr. Dean Cameron (Idaho), Insurance Comr. Jon Godfread (North Dakota) and, Sec. Delbert Hosemann (Mississippi) - 2018
  • Wyoming Department of Insurance - 2019
  • Katie Dzurec (Pennsylavnia) - 2021

  • Missouri Department of Insurance - 2011
  • Virginia Autism Project - 2012
  • Jill Briesch (Texas) - 2016
  • Julie Kornack (California) - 2017
  • Marla Root (Ohio) - 2018
  • Tim Courtney (Indiana) - 2019
  • Selene Johnson, Callie Plattner, Monique Baker (North Carolina) - 2021
  • TxABA PPG (Texas) - 2022
  • Molly Halligan (Nevada) - 2023

  • Autism Delaware - 2012
  • Utah Autism Coalition - 2014
  • Hawaii Association of Behavior Analysis - 2015
  • Oklahomans for Autism Insurance Reform - 2015
  • Washington Autism Alliance & Advocacy - 2018
  • Behavior Analysis Advocacy Network - 2019
  • Echo Autism - Kristin Sohl and Alicia Curran (Missouri) - 2021
  • Bierman ABA - 2022
  • COABA (Colorado) - 2023

  • Claudia Pringles and Amy Cohen (Vermont) - 2012
  • Jen Smith (Kansas) - 2014
  • Cari Brown (Colorado) - 2015
  • Virginia Autism Project - 2016
  • Josh Cobbs (Iowa) - 2017
  • Bart Baldwin (Kentucky) - 2018

  • Mickey Keenan (Northern Ireland) - 2015
  • Jana Gandalovicova (Czech Republic) - 2017
  • Thea Furbert (Bermuda) - 2019

  • Miriam Harmatz (Florida) - 2013
  • Cheryl Krause (Pennsylvania) - 2014
  • Jodi Bouer (New Jersey) - 2015
  • Ele Hamburger (Washington) - 2016
  • David Gates (Pennsylvania) - 2017
  • Anne Ronan - 2018
  • Caroline Reynolds (Virginia) - 2021
  • Mary Willis (South Carolina) - 2023

  • Kristin Jacobson (California) - 2014
  • Gay Finlayson (New Mexico) - 2015
  • Terri Farrell & Amy Weinstock (Massachusetts) - 2018

  • Paul Silver (Georgia) - 2016
  • Taylor Robb - 2019

  • Lisa Stanley (South Dakota) - 2015
  • Tara Hood (Oklahoma) - 2016
  • Beth Mauch, Sandi Smith & Samantha Stewart (North Dakota) - 2017
  • Leslie Robinson & Emily Wright (South Carolina) - 2018
  • Kristi Cabiao (North Carolina) - 2021

  • Arzu Forough (Washington) - 2011
  • Lisa McHenry (Oregon)
  • Jill Tappert (Colorado)
  • Paul Terdal (Oregon) - 2014
  • Selene Johnson (North Carolina) - 2023

  • Kristin Jacobson (California) - 2017
  • Karen Fessel (California) - 2018
  • Kristen Koba- Burdt (Hawai'i) - 2019
  • Feda Almaliti (posthumous) - 2020 
  • Paul Terdal (Oregon) - 2021
  • Dr. Gina Green - 2022

  • Mirella Peterson (Utah) - 2012
  • Melissa Solares and Sandi Marcus (Georgia) - 2014
  • Bama Hager (Alabama) - 2017
  • Richelle Tierney (Idaho) - 2018