Autistry Board of Directors

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Joy Glenwright

Joy is a successful entrepreneur who started her first business at age 24. Since then, she has developed and subsequently sold several businesses with products ranging from expert systems development to campaign management software to an internet ISP. She is currently a product and engagement director working with startups to large companies helping them to create dynamic and profound user experiences and products in various industries. Joy has a BS in Management Information Systems from Colorado State University.

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Janet Lawson, LMFT

Janet has worked with teens and young adults for many years. She has a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Indiana University and an M.S. in Counseling Psychology from Dominican University. She worked for years in the film industry and was a Producing Fellow at the American Film Institute. She graduated from UC–Berkeley with a major in Film Studies. As co-founder of Autistry Studios and its CEO/Executive Director, Janet is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives.

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Barbara Waite

Barbara is a human resources specialist with more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries, including life sciences, health care and financial services. She is Vice President, Senior Human Resources Business Partner at the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco. Barbara has always been an active community volunteer, serving on the board of a professional association and on the parent leadership teams of various public schools, including president of the San Rafael High School public education foundation.

Gordon Lithgow, PhD

Gordon is a scientist and an expert on growing old. His research into cell proteins and aging is changing how we understand longevity and also how we view cancer growth. Gordon received his PhD in Genetics from the University of Glasgow, Scotland. He completed postdoctoral training at the Institute for Behavioral Genetics at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is the Chief Academic Officer and the Director of the Buck Institute’s Interdisciplinary Research Consortium on Geroscience. Gordon lives with his family in Novato where his Scottish accent does not go unnoticed.

Clifford Saron, PhD

Cliff is a neuroscientist who specializes in the training of attention and emotion regulation. His research and study focuses on sensory and cognitive processes in humans – including those with autism spectrum disorders. He received his PhD in Neuroscience from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and he is a leading scholar on the tangible effects of meditation. Cliff is an international speaker and lecturer and a first-class global thinker.