Board Of Directors

board_FetkenhourLisaLisa Fetkenhour, President

Lisa is an experienced marketing communications professional, with more than two decades working with big brands in Chicago and Philadelphia. Lisa returned home to Rochester to raise her family and works at Jay Advertising.  At Jay, she partners with clients in strategic planning, advertising campaigns, and every way possible to build their business. Lisa earned her bachelor’s degree in communications from Ithaca College and is proud to serve the Rochester autism community as Board Chair for AutismUp!


board_BruggBetsyBetsy Brugg, Vice President

Betsy Brugg is a Partner with the law firm of Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP where she practices primarily in the areas of commercial real estate development and transactions. She is known for her expertise in the areas zoning and land use law, and represents property owners, developers, national companies and others in the governmental approval processes applicable to real estate development. She also practices in the areas of estate planning and special needs planning, as well as general business law. She is a frequent speaker to governmental and community groups on topics related to her practice areas. She is a founding Board member of AutismUp. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Community Federation of Greater Rochester, and is involved with several other community organizations. Betsy and her husband Marc have two children, one of whom has Autism Spectrum Disorder.

board_BurdettScottScott Burdett

Scott Burdett is currently the Vice President, Marketing & Brokerage Services for Flaum Management Company, Inc. where he has been since 2005. He holds licenses to practice commercial real estate in both New York and Pennsylvania. In 2008, Mr. Burdett was awarded the Best New Talent In Commercial Real Estate by the New York Commercial Association of Realtors (NYSCAR) and in 2012, was recognized by the Rochester Business Journal (RBJ) as Forty Under 40 Class of 2012 Honoree. In addition to his involvement with AutismUp, Mr. Burdett serves on the Board of Directors for Rochester Downtown Development Corporation (RDDC), New York State Commercial Association of Realtors (NYSCAR) and The Center for Teen Empowerment. He is also a current member of the following committees; WalkAbout Committee and Facilities Committee for the Al Sigl Community of Agencies; Advancement Committee for the Rochester Area Community Foundation. Scott and his wife, Christina, reside in Brighton.

board_HigginsMarkMark Higgins

Mark joined Higgins Henderson, LLC in 2010 after 13 years at BCC Software where he held the position of Vice President of Marketing, Data Services and Customer Services. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in 1997 and his Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) in 2003 from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). He was also a member of the RIT NCAA Division III basketball team from 1992-1996. He is actively involved with Cub Scout Pack 208 in Fairport, Upstate New York for Effective Autism Treatment (AutismUp), Autism Speaks and a volunteer coach for local tee-ball and basketball leagues. Mark also hosts an annual golf tournament called the Autism Open to raise money for autism research. He lives in Fairport NY with his three children, Luke, Owen and June.

Liz Hopkins

Liz is a Senior Relationship Strategist at Ardent Learning where she also manages Community Outreach and Peer Recognition programs. A native Rochesterian, she is a supporter of a variety of organizations related to hunger, children and animal rescue. Liz is an active volunteer and donation coordinator for the Irondequoit Community Cupboard and Cameron Ministries and does fundraising for Lollipop Farm, Rochester Animal Services and the American Heart Association. She has also managed several fundraising events for the Mt. Hope Family Center. As a new member of the Autism community, currently navigating the diagnostic process with her husband Bryan and son Charlie, Liz brings a strong spirit of advocacy and community-mindedness to AutismUp.

board_HymanSusanDr. Susan Hyman

Dr. Hyman currently serves as Division Chief of Pediatrics at the Golisano Children’s Hospital, The Kirch Development Center. She serves on several boards and committees, including: American Academy of Pediatrics – Chair of Autism Subcommittee to the Committee on Children with Disabilities; Scientific Advisory Board Member, Kelberman Center; Committee Member, Local Early Intervention Coordinating Committee; Program Committee – International Meeting for Autism Research. Dr. Hyman also belongs to the following professional organizations: American Academy of Pediatrics; Committee on Children with Disabilities, Section on Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Section on Complementary, Holistic and Integrative Medicine; American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine; American Academy of Intellectual impairment and Developmental Disabilities and Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.

KladstrupRich Kladstrup

Rich is a Partner at Paris Kirwan Associates, Inc. Paris Kirwan has been providing risk management solutions to businesses throughout Monroe County and beyond for over 80 years. Rich has 18 years of commercial insurance experience, specializing in Aviation and Medical Malpractice. Rich grew up in Rochester, NY and resides in Pittsford with his wife Rita and their two sons Dylan and Carter.


Stephen C. KraussStephen C. Krauss

Steve is a Senior Wealth Advisor for Tompkins Financial Advisors. He resides in Honeoye Falls with his wife, Sue and two sons, Owen an Evan, both of whom have an Autism Spectrum disorder. He is a graduate of SUNY Geneseo and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. Steve was formerly the President of Mothers Against Drunk Drivers.


board_McCannJeffJeffery McCann, Secretary

Jeffery L. McCann took his first oath of office as a Monroe County Legislator on January 2, 2003. He was appointed to represent residents of the 19th Legislative District, which encompasses portions of the Town of Greece. Legislator McCann served as Deputy Majority Leader and on the powerful Ways and Means Committee, Public Safety and Planning and Economic Development Committees.   He left the legislature due to term limits.  A lifelong resident of the Town of Greece, he began his service as a staff member to the late Assemblyman Roger Robach, a longtime Greece representative. Jeff is currently a business development manager in the Monroe County Planning and Development Department.

board_MyersWilliamWilliam Myers


William Myers is the President and owner of TNW Enterprises, which has been in business for over 8 years. He is also a 1986 graduate of St. Bonaventure University and has lived in Rochester for the last 20 years. He has been the head coach for CYP basketball in Pittsford for 4 years, as well as, manager for his son’s Little League teams for several years. He is looking forward to fundraising for AutismUp so that we can provide more opportunities to children and families affected by Autism.

board_PonticelloAngeloAngelo J. Ponticello

As a Financial Advisor and Vice President at Merrill Lynch, Angelo Ponticello appreciates the importance of long-term financial growth and stability as it relates to the big picture and couples that with his personal investment in the growth and development of his child with ASD. Angelo has deep roots in Rochester and is an advocate for the many educational, community, and family resources available to Rochesterians. Angelo is very involved with the University of Rochester, the Genesee Valley Club and is a member of the Rochester Rotary, and past Rochester Rotary AM President.

L Sugarman Photo croppedLaurence Sugarman

Dr. Sugarman is Research Professor and Director, Center for Applied Psychophysiology and Self-regulation at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He serves as a behavioral pediatrician at the Easter Seals Diagnostic and Treatment Center and Clinical Associate Professor in Pediatrics at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.  Dr. Sugarman received his MD from the University of Missouri and pediatric training at the University of Rochester.  While running his solo primary care practice, Dr. Sugarman developed his expertise in therapeutic self-regulation strategies, emerging as foremost proponent of their integration into pediatric care. Prominent among his publications are the award-winning documentary, Hypnosis in Pediatric Practice and, with William Wester, the text Therapeutic Hypnosis with Children and Adolescents. His current clinical and research focus is on the role of autonomic regulation training for young people with neurodevelopmental “diffabilities.”

Dina-Vazzana-1Dina Vazzana

Dina G. Vazzana is Chief Human Resources Officer and is a member of the company’s senior leadership team. In this role, she leads the company’s worldwide Human Resources team—with a focus on employee development, talent acquisition and goal-setting to enable employees to reach their full potential and achieve their career goals.   Previously serving as Director, Global Integrated Supply Chain & Inventory Management, she was responsible for management of Carestream’s global integrated supply operations. In this role Ms. Vazzana focused on enabling Carestream’s businesses to meet customer service, revenue, earnings and inventory goals while optimizing the company’s global integrated supply chain operations.   Earlier at Carestream Ms. Vazzana served as General Manager, Women’s Healthcare, where she had responsibility for marketing, sales, operations and P&L accountability for the global Women’s Healthcare business. Prior to that she held management positions of increasing responsibility and scope at Eastman Kodak Company, leading teams in major businesses and operations centers including Mammography, Global Supply Chain, Professional Photography Equipment, Consumer Imaging and Logistics. Ms. Vazzana is also a licensed United States Customs Broker.

Ms. Vazzana has participated in the Executive Development Program for Managers at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and she holds a B. S. in Computer Science from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Dawn Vogler-Elias-HiResDawn Vogler-Elias

Dawn is an Assistant Professor and co-director of I-SPAN (Interdisciplinary Specialty Program in Autism at Nazareth) at Nazareth College.  She serves as the speech-language pathology discipline coordinator for the Leadership in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program at the University of Rochester.  Dawn received her Ph.D. in speech-language pathology from the University at Buffalo, her M.A. in speech-language pathology from the University at Buffalo, and her B.S. in communication sciences and disorders from Syracuse University. Dawn’s clinical and research interests focus on inter-disciplinary supports for children with social communication differences and professional preparation in the area of autism spectrum disorder.  She lives in Irondequoit, New York with her husband, Dennis, and two children, Adeline and Henry.