Staff

 

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Laurie Cramer, Executive Director

Laurie Cramer is the executive director at the Autism Society of Greater Akron. Laurie started at ASGA in 2011, and was the very first staff member in what had been up to that point an all-volunteer parent organization. Previously, she was a long-time volunteer at ASGA and served as president of the board of directors. Laurie has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida State University and a master’s degree in organizational development from George Washington University. 

Prior to her role as executive director at ASGA, Laurie worked in the communications field as spokesperson for the Summit County Prosecutor’s office. She has also served as director and spokesperson for two national energy-related associations, senior vice president for a public affairs firm in Washington, D.C., and press secretary to two congressmen in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Laurie and her family moved to Akron from Washington, D.C. in 2003. At that time, her family learned that their two-and-a-half year old son had autism. From that point forward, life changed forever for her and her family. Laurie’s drive and passion to support a better life for individuals on the autism spectrum comes from her family’s personal journey raising a child with autism.

Laurie currently resides in Fairlawn with her husband, Gregg, and their two sons, Philip (17) and Robbie (15).

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Lisa Thompson, Director of Programs

Lisa Thompson is the Director of Programs at the Autism Society of Greater Akron. Lisa has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing from Mars Hill College in Asheville, North Carolina. Her involvement in ASGA began as volunteer camp director for iCan Bike Camp in 2011. She was then hired as ASGA’s second official employee in 2012, and she now coordinates ASGA’s programs as well as training protocols for the understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorders in our community.

Lisa is a mother to twin teenage boys, one of which is on the autism spectrum. She has a passion for helping families spend less time learning how to navigate the world of autism and more time making family memories. Lisa enjoys working with community partners to provide inclusive programs for those impacted by autism. 

Lisa currently resides in Copley with her husband, Greg, and their twin sons, Joshua and Jordan (16). The Thompson family enjoys ski slopes, snow tubing, water parks, beaches, video games, pinball, movies and travel.

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Kristen Robinson, Director of Development and Communications

Kristen Robinson is the Director of Development and Communications at the Autism Society of Greater Akron. Kristen has a Bachelor’s Degree in public health education from the University of Dayton. She has significant experience in the nonprofit field, which includes programming, direct service, and a variety of leadership roles. After working at Greenleaf Family Center, Kristen joined ASGA with a focus on building relationships with ASGA’s constituencies, partners, donors, and media; and to manage the development of ASGA’s communications department.

Whether it be supporting people living with disabilities, preventing adolescent suicide or helping the homeless; Kristen has always been compelled to fight for families and individuals struggling with mental health and addiction issues. It was a natural fit, as a mother of two children, for her to join the Autism Society of Greater Akron and impact as many families and individuals as possible.

Kristen currently resides in Cuyahoga Falls with her husband, Mike, and their two children, LeighAnna (13) and Beau (7).

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Andrew Krieger, Communications Coordinator

Andrew Krieger is the Communications Coordinator at the Autism Society of Greater Akron. Andrew earned his Master of Arts in public relations from Kent State University in 2015, where he also served as a Graduate Assistant. Andrew previously worked for G2G Consulting LLC in Washington, D.C. as a Government Affairs Assistant, and is responsible for managing social media, graphic design and press relations at ASGA.

Improving the lives of all affected by autism is an important mission to Andrew both directly and indirectly. His cousin Donny has an 11-year-old son who is diagnosed with autism named Kobe. Donny currently drives Kobe about an hour each morning from North Ridgeville to KidsLink School in Streetsboro, in part because autism friendly schools and programs are very limited closer to home. Andrew believes in working each day to increase the reach and impact of support for individuals affected by autism and families like his own. He also believes in utilizing his skills to improve lives and influence social change, which makes advocating on behalf of those affected by autism very fulfilling.

Andrew currently resides in Aurora with his Yorkie/Shih Tzu named Diego.

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Kelly McIntire, Community Outreach Coordinator

Kelly McIntire is the Community Outreach Coordinator at the Autism Society of Greater Akron. She has a Bachelor of Arts in communication and public relations from the University of Akron and has completed post-baccalaureate courses in social work. Kelly is the leader of ASGA’s help line and support group initiatives. Prior to her professional career at the ASGA, Kelly began her autism journey when her son was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome and sensory processing disorder at four years old.

Throughout her awesome adventure, she has been a tireless advocate for her son and found her passion and love in helping others in need. She does this by serving as a hospice volunteer, providing grief support, facilitating support groups, and volunteering at her church’s homeless shelter. Kelly is excited to assist families affected by autism through advocacy, education, and creating autism-friendly communities. She believes that together, we can make a positive impact in the lives of all affected by autism.