Organization for Autism Research

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The people that drive OAR’s day-to-day operations are the six full-time staff members listed below:



Areas of Responsibility

Michael V. Maloney
Executive Director

Chief staff executive, Board of Directors, business operations, fundraising, newsletter, community outreach, military families initiative
Ben Kaufman
Director, Programs and Community Outreach

Program and resource development, community outreach and partnerships, "Autism in the Schoolhouse" and "Autism Sibling Support" initiatives, Life Journey through Autism series, military families initiative, Conference-on-the-Road program, The OARacle newsletter, blog, social media, internship management

Samantha Millard
Assistant Director, Development

Program and resource development, annual research competition, graduate research grants, The OARacle newsletter, OAR Scholarship Program, military families initiative, community outreach

Chelsea Steed

Overall program management; sponsor relations; future event planning; #Active4Autism Virtual 5K; Virgin Money London Marathon; 10K Across the Bay; runner support and fundraising

Maggie Brandt
RUN FOR AUTISM Coordinator

Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon; Rock 'n' Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon; Marine Corps Marathon & 10K; GORE-TEX Philadelphia Marathon; TRI FOR AUTISM; RUN marketing and communication; runner support and fundraising

Katie Ginda
RUN FOR AUTISM Coordinator

Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon; NYC Half Marathon; Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K; Bank of America Chicago Marathon; iRUN Program; RUN marketing and communication; ING New York City Marathon; runner support and fundraising

Throughout the year, the staff receives invaluable support from volunteers of all ages and capabilities and interns.  These people are the unsung heroes behind most of OAR’s successful programs and events.  Read about current volunteer opportunities and internships.