Our Board of Directors
Sara Mae Hickey
President & Founder
As the only sibling of a young woman with autism, Sara Mae is extremely passionate about finding creative employment solutions for adults on the autism spectrum. For this reason, she created The Autism Initiative to better meet the needs of the aging autistic population. Sara Mae holds a B.A. in Government, a B.A. in Anthropology, and a minor in International Affairs from Skidmore College. She also holds a Master's Certificate in Nonprofit Management from SUNY Purchase.
Ronda is a Clinical Psychologist working for over two decades in a private practice in Saratoga Springs. She specializes in the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents. She has been active in the local Autism Society and for many years co-led a monthly support group for caregivers of individuals with autism. She has three children, the oldest of whom is a young man with autism. Dr. Fein received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University with a major in Human Development and Family Studies. She received her PhD from Long Island University in Brooklyn.
Allie holds a dual degree in Childhood & Special Education along with a Master’s Degree in Literacy from The College of Saint Rose. She is the proud sister to three siblings including AJ, her younger brother, who has both Autism and Down Syndrome. As such, she brings a valuable perspective into the world of individuals with disabilities and developmental delays. She feels fortunate to be part of The Autism Initiative and looks forward to bringing awareness to the public about just how “special” these individuals are!
Treasurer & Program Director
Elaine works professionally as a Physical Therapist for a school district in the Capital Region of New York. She works with children with special needs, many of whom have developmental disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorders. She is also the mother to Emily, a young adult who has autism. Recognizing the need for adult services as students age out of the education system at the age of twenty-one, Elaine is interested in the development of programs that support these unique adults.