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Each ARI Director is an independent, voting member of the board.  The year they began serving is listed in parentheses.


Kelly Barnhill, MBA, CN, CCN (2018)
Ms. Barnhill also serves on ARI's Scientific Advisory Panel
​Austin, TX

Kelly Barnhill is Clinical Care Director at The Johnson Center for Child Health and Development, overseeing management and implementation of multidisciplinary care across the practices within the organization. She is a Certified Clinical Nutritionist, with over a decade of experience working with nutrition in children with autism and related disorders. At the Johnson Center she directs a team of dieticians and nutritionists that has served more than 3,000 children through this practice.  


Treasurer, Christopher J. Flynn (2015)
Dublin, NH

Christopher Flynn joined Pentagon Federal Credit Union (PenFed) in 2001, and served as the Senior Executive Vice President. During his tenure the credit union grew from $3.5 billion to over $18 billion. He served on various credit union committees; executive, pension, planning, human resources, credit and asset/liability.  His responsibilities included risk management, treasury, investment management, credit and collections, financial services, planning, innovation, security and facilities. Most recently he also served as President and CEO of the PenFed Foundation (revenues and serves tripled during this period) and the Credit Union’s CRA officer. Flynn retired in March 2014 and lectured on financial education throughout the military community, various universities and received commendations from members of Congress and the office of White House Communications. His neice has a child diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.


Robert Hendren, D.O. (2018)
Dr. Hendren also serves on ARI's Scientific Advisory Panel
San Francisco, CA

Dr. Robert L. Hendren, director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, treats patients at the UCSF Autism Clinic. In addition to autism, he specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders such as pervasive developmental, bipolar, schizophrenia spectrum and impulse control disorders. In his research, he studies pharmacology and nutrition in treating autism, and the biological effects of  nutritional supplementation including vitamin B12, vitamin D, Omega-3 fatty acids.


Secretary, S. Jill James, Ph.D. (2017)
Dr. James also serves on ARI's Scientific Advisory Panel
Eureka Springs, AR

Dr. James is a Research Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and the Director of the Autism Metabolic Genomics Laboratory at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research Institute.  She received her undergraduate degree from Mills College in Oakland, CA and her doctorate in Nutritional Biochemistry from UCLA.  Dr. James has more than 25 years of research experience and is nationally and internationally recognized as an expert in on folate and glutathione metabolism.  Her research has been funded by NIH and the Department of Defense and is focused on metabolic, genetic, and epigenetic abnormalities in children with autism and their mothers.


Chairman, Marvin Natowicz, M.D., Ph.D. (2017)
Dr. Natowicz also serves on ARI's  Scientific Advisory Panel
Cleveland, OH

Dr. Natowicz is a medical geneticist and clinical pathologist at the Cleveland Clinic and Professor of Pathology at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. His clinical practice involves the evaluation and care of persons with neurogenetic and neurometabolic conditions, and he has a special interest in working with persons having autism and other developmental disabilities.  His research interests include genetic and metabolic aspects of autism, the clinical chemistry of genetic metabolic disorders, and ethical and public policy issues in genetic medicine.


Kenneth Sassower, M.D. (2018)
Boston, MA

Dr. Kenneth Sassower is a neurologist in Boston, Massachusetts and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. He attended and graduated from medical school in 1982, having over 36 years of diverse experience, especially in Neurology. Dr. Sassower also serves as Instructor in Neurology, Harvard Medical School and Assistant in Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.


Harland Winter, M.D. (2018)
​Dr. Winter also serves on ARI's Scientific Advisory Panel
Boston, MA

Dr. Harland Winter, M.D., is a pediatric gastroenterologist in Boston, Massachusetts. He is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston Children's Hospital, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Dr. Winter is the Director of the Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Program at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. He is an internationally regarded physician and accomplished researcher and professor having authored numerous published research and books on subjects related to IBD.