Aspiring doctors, therapists, educators, nurses, researchers, and volunteers— we even have a few engineers. We’re a diverse group, but it’s a shared passion to make an IMPACT, a desire to learn more, and a love of serving others and giving back, that brings us all together. Our philosophy of assuming competence in every individual with autism and our passion for the cause makes us more than just a student organization; we’re a family that's out to make a difference.
Kelly is a senior from Fleming Island, Florida majoring in biology and minoring disabilities in society. She is currently serving as President of IMPACT Autism. Kelly is also the volunteer chair of the Pre-Physician Assistant Association. In the summer of 2017 she worked at Camp Boggy Creek: a non-for-profit residential camp for children with serious illnesses. Kelly works as a patient care assistant at Shands Children's Hospital. She enjoys volunteering at Shands Hospital, singing, and scrapbooking. After graduating, Kelly hopes to attend a physician assistant program in which she can one day work with children in the medical field.
Nhi is a senior from Sarasota, Florida majoring in Microbiology and Cell Science. She is currently serving as Secretary of IMPACT Autism. Nhi volunteered at the NICU Department at Shands Hospital, and worked as a secretary for a medical office and office manager for a nonprofit organization. She enjoys playing with children, drawing, and traveling. After graduating, Nhi plans to gain medical experience by working as a Certified Nurse Assistant. Ultimately, she aspires to be a physician assistant in the near future.
Corinne is a senior from Fort Walton Beach, Florida majoring in Health Science and minoring in Disabilities in Society. She currently serves as the Vice President of IMPACT Autism, the Director of Volunteer Programming for Gator Pals and the Secretary of the Student Occupational Therapy Association. This year she plans on continuing her involvement with IMPACT and serving the Gainesville community through various organizations. After graduating, she plans on attending an Occupational Therapy graduate program and she would eventually like to work with children as an occupational therapist in out-patient clinics.
Jesus is a senior from Tampa, Florida majoring in Psychology. As the MyFriend?s Coordinator Jesus is in charge of planning events for MyFriends a young adult social group. Besides volunteering with IMPACT Autism Jesus holds an undergraduate research position in Dr. Espelage?s antibullying lab. Jesus enjoys giving service to children especially children with disabilities as Jesus?s stepbrother has Asperger?s Syndrome. After graduating Jesus plans on earning a master?s degree in School Psychology and he would like to work with children at schools giving them the assistance and support they need.
Chandler is a senior from Springboro, Ohio majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Her younger brother with Autism ignited her passion for working with others. She has been a member of IMPACT Autism since her freshman year and is currently serving as Treasurer. She has also provided care for a local child with Autism over the last eighteen months. After graduation, Chandlers plans on attending graduate school to earn a master?s degree in Speech-Language Pathology and hopes to work with the Autism and neurodegenerative disease patient population.
Dr. Ann-Marie Orlando, PhD, CCC-SLP
Dr. Orlando began her career as a speech language therapist, audiologist and certified assistive technology practitioner- a background reflected in her research interest in communication systems for students with significant disabilities. At the University of Florida, she has worked with the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities since 2003 and taught several courses in the area of significant disabilities. Dr. Orlando has a PhD in Special Education, and is an Assistant Professor at UF's College of Education, School of Special Education. She co-chairs the early childhood committee for TASH, previously headed the group’s communication committee, and represents TASH on the national Universal Design for Learning Task Force. Dr. Orlando is the recipient of the 2011 Alice Hayden Emerging Researcher Award from TASH, and the 2008 Karen Koegel Scholarship Award from the University of Florida. Dr. Orlando is also a Faculty Advisor for IMPACT Autism at UF.