Autism Edmonton enhances the lives of families and
individuals living with autism, by providing life-long support and
creating awareness, acceptance, and opportunities in our community.

2016-2017 Board of Directors

Welcome to our Board of Directors for 2016-2017!

Executive Committee

David Jardine (4th Year) – President – David is a parent of a 28-year old stepson with autism. He is a partner in the law firm of Shores Jardine LLP and practices primarily in the area of administrative law. He has also been involved as a director with autism organizations at the provincial and national level.

Andrew J. Ryan (3rd Year) – Vice President – Andrew is a parent of a 20-year-old son with autism. A designated accountant, he has held a variety of senior finance positions over his 30-year career. He currently runs his own consulting practice. He has always given back to the community through a variety of activities such as leading multiple United Way Campaigns and volunteering with Little Bits Therapeutic Riding Association. He is passionate about the meaningful inclusion of adults with developmental disabilities in our community.

Jennifer Neal (1st Year) CMA, CPA – Treasurer – Jennifer is the mother of two boys (11 and 12 years old), one of whom is living with autism. As a designated accountant, Jennifer has spent over 20 years working in finance and previously served on the CMA Chapter Executive Board. Jennifer currently works for Habitat for Humanity - Edmonton Society, as Controller. She is passionate about helping others, giving back to the community in a meaningful way and being a strong advocate for her son.

Dr. Yun-Csang Ghimn (5th Year) – Secretary – Yun has been a member of Autism Edmonton for five years and has done extensive work with other non-profit groups, especially in the area of research (ethics) and policy development. Having a visible-minority background, he teaches indigenous students and believes in cultural diversity.

Members At Large

Dr. Keith Goulden (4th Year) – Keith is a Developmental Pediatrician with an interest in supporting children with autism and their families. He has worked at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital/University of Alberta for 21 years, and is currently the Lead Autism Specialist for the local Autism Treatment Network site. The 2007 Opening Doors Award from Autism Edmonton is one of his most treasured honours.

Kevin Payne (2nd Year) – Kevin is a self-advocate, diagnosed a few years ago with Asperger's Syndrome. During the day, Kevin leads a team of twelve in IT for a large organization. In his spare time, he is a part-time student in Psychology, and is involved in the community as a participating member and facilitator for multiple Autism groups. Having an understanding of both worlds, Kevin tries to be an advocate, mentor and listening ear for his peers.

Mohammad Rauf (2nd Year) – Mohammad is a brother to a developmentally disabled 40-year old. Mohammad is an IT Project Manager and leads the design and development of technology solutions with local partners. He believes in social inclusion, intellectual stimulation, and holistic well-being of disabled and autistic members.