All of ARI’s Board of Directors are independent, voting members. The year they began participating on the Board is listed in parentheses.
Treasurer, Christopher J. Flynn (2015)
Christopher Flynn joined Pentagon Federal Credit Union (PenFed) in 2001, and served as the Senior Executive Vice President. During my 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.
Paul M. Hardy, MD (2013)
Immediate Past President
Dr. Hardy received his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, New York. After completing a Medical Internship at the Baylor College of Medicine, Methodist Hospital, in Houston, Texas, he returned to the University of Rochester where he completed a residency in Neurology at Strong Memorial Hospital. In 1976 he became a Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Fellow in Medical Ethics at Harvard University. In 1977 he completed fellowship training in Behavioral Neurology in the historic Behavioral Neurology service at the Boston V. A. Hospital, a service of the Boston University School of Medicine. In 1978 he joined the staff of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center in Waltham, Massachusetts and became an Instructor in Neurology at Harvard Medical School. In 1980 he became a member of the faculty of the Tufts University School of Medicine holding joint appointments as an Assistant Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry. From 1985 to 1992 he helped to co-found the internationally renowned Boston Higashi School and served as the school's Medical Director and then the President after the untimely death of Dr. Kio Kitahara. In 1992 he started his own full-time private practice of Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry. Dr. Hardy is a diplomate of the American Board of Medicine and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He also serves on the Panel of Professional Advisors of the Autism Society of America.
S. Jill James, Ph.D. (2017)
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.
Secretary, Jane Johnson (2007)
New York, NY
Jane Johnson attended her first ARI Conference in 2001 as a mother and liked it so much that she went back every year thereafter. When Dr. Edelson said he could use a little help in the fall of 2007, she was thrilled by the opportunity to volunteer. Jane feels deeply indebted to ARI, and now that her three children are college aged, she has extra time on her hands. Jane moderates the four ARI support listservs, helps organize the think tanks and conferences, and helps edit the ARI e-newsletter and the conference manuals. She has edited three books with her mother: Dr. Bryan Jepson’s Changing the Course of Autism, Siblings: The Autism Spectrum Through Our Eyes, and Families of Adults with Autism: Stories and Advice for the Next Generation. Jane lives in New York City.
Marvin Natowicz, M.D., Ph.D. (2017)
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.
Chairwoman of the Board, Kimbery Taylor, J.D. (2012)
Kimberly Taylor has served as a Vice President of the North Carolina Bar Association, as chair of the education committee of the N.C. Association of District Court Judges and as chair of the Rural Courts Commission. She also served on the Board of the Association of Women Attorneys and was elected Judge of the Year in 2008. Ms. Taylor served as chair of the “Safe and Sound” task force for the Autism Society of America and received the President’s Award from the Autism Society of North Carolina. She helped to develop training criteria and legislation to mandate training for law enforcement and first responders in North Carolina on the issues of recognition and response to individuals on the autism spectrum. She served on the Board of Disability Rights of North Carolina for six years helping to advocate for all disabled people in North Carolina. She was elected District Bar Councilor for the 22A Judicial District of North Carolina in 2011 and re-elected to this position in 2014. She also serves on the Legislative, Grievance, Authorized Practice of Law and Distinguished Service Committees of the N.C. State Bar. Ms. Taylorand her husband Timothy Byrd have 5 children - their middle son, Jarrett, was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder at age 3.