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*JB Handley is the co-founder of Generation Rescue, inspired by the journey of his son, Jamison, and co-produced the documentary film “Autism Yesterday.”  He is also the co-founder of Swander Pace Capital, a middle-market private equity fund with more than $1 billion under management.  He is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, Lisa, and their three children.

*Lisa Handley co-founded Generation Rescue as an act of love for her son, Jamison, and for all the other children who are fighting to live the lives they were meant to live.  Along with her husband, JB, she co-produced the documentary film “Autism Yesterday.”  Before dedicating herself to motherhood, Lisa was a management consultant and a brand manager for Clorox.  She is a graduate of Stanford University and lives with her family in Portland, Oregon.

*Deirdre Imus is a national leader in children’s health and environmental awareness.  She is the founder and president of the Deirdre Imus Environmental Center for Pediatric Oncology, part of Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey.  She is also the co-founder and co-director, along with her husband, Don Imus, of the Imus Cattle Ranch for Kids with Cancer.  Deirdre is a best-selling author of the “Green This!” series, including her latest book, “The Essential Green You: Easy Ways to Diet, Your Body, and Your Life.”  She is also the author of “The Imus Ranch:  Cooking For Kids And Cowboys.”

*Jenny McCarthy is an author, actress, activist and mother who recovered her son, Evan, from autism.  Her NY Times best-selling books on her family’s journey through autism help parents all around the world:  “Louder Than Words: A Mother’s Journey in Healing Autism,” “Mother Warriors: A Nation of Parents Healing Autism Against All Odds,” and “Healing and Preventing Autism,” co-written with Dr. Jerry Kartzinel.  Jenny is also the co-creator of Teach2Talk, a series of 16 DVDs that entertain children while teaching them language, behavior and social skills.

*Katie Wright devotes her time to the recovery of her son, Christian, who was the inspiration for the formation of Autism Speaks.  She previously served as the clinical director of the Sexual Assault Crisis Center in Stamford, Connecticut, and continues to serve on the boards of the National Autism Association and Safe.

*As of January 1, 2014, all of these are independent voting members.

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