Board of Directors

Jenny McCarthy is a best-selling author, actress, activist, and mother who recovered her son Evan from autism. Her three best-selling books on her family’s journey through autism help any new parent get started on the road ahead: Finding the Words, Mother Warriors, and Healing and Preventing Autism. Learn more about Jenny’s activism here.

Deirdre Imus is a national leader in childrens’ health and environmental awareness. Mrs. Imus is the Founder and President of the Deirdre Imus Environmental Center for Pediatric Oncology.

She is co-founder and co-director with husband, Don Imus, of the Imus Cattle Ranch for Kids with Cancer. Mrs. Imus is a best-selling author of the Green This! series, including the latest book Growing Up Green, Baby and Child Care.

Katie Wright was the Clinical Director of the Sexual Assault Crisis Center in Stamford, Connecticut, but now devotes her time to the recovery of her son Christian. Her son was the inspiration for the formation of Autism Speaks. Ms. Wright also serves on the boards of the National Autism Association and SafeMinds.

JB and Lisa Handley founded Generation Rescue as an act of love to their son Jamison and to all the other children who are fighting to live the life they were meant to live. They are also the co-producers of the documentary movie Autism Yesterday.

Science Advisory Board

Richard Deth, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Northeastern University, Pharmaceutical Sciences

Brian Hooker, Ph.D.
Principle Consultant
Brian Hooker Consulting

Jerry Kartzinel, M.D.
Pediatric Partners of Ponte Verde

Woody R. McGinnis, M.D.
Research Coordinator, Behavioral Nutrition