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Board of Directors

Andrée Cordella

Andrée Cordella’s career began 24 years ago at Gunn Associates, then New England’s premiere design studio. It was there that she developed her following of Fortune 500 clients. As her work began to attract national attention, she moved into a partnership position and became a Senior Associate. Acknowledged in the press as one of the countries leading designers, Cordella realized the need to develop a fuller understanding of marketing and communications. That lead her to New England’s largest advertising agency, Hill Holiday, where she shared the helm of the Design Division as Associate Design Director and then two years later, in conjunction with the international communications conglomerate, Omnicon/BBDO, Cordella Design was created as an independent design studio in partnership with New England’s second largest agency, Ingalls, Quinn & Johnson. Cordella Design broke new ground from the start by being the first independent creative group operating from within the traditional agency structure. This new concept was an instant success as evidenced with billings of $7.5 million in the first year. In 1991, after a four-year partnership, Cordella Design became a wholly independent entity and Incorporated. Cordella was appointed Chair on the Board of Trustees of The Massachusetts College of Art for nine years by Governor William Weld.

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Amy M. Wetherby, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Medicine and Laurel Schendel Professor, Department of Communication Disorders, Florida State University; and Executive Director of the Florida State University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities.

Dr.Wetherby has thirty years of clinical experience and is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She has published extensively and presents regularly at national conventions on social communication profiles of children with autism spectrum disorders and early identification of communication disorders in infants and toddlers. She served on the National Academy of Sciences Committee for Educational Interventions for Children with Autism and she is the Project Director of the FIRST WORDS Project, a longitudinal research investigation on early identification of young children at-risk for autism spectrum and other communication disorders, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, National Institutes of Health, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She is the Project Director of an early treatment study teaching parents of toddlers with autism spectrum disorders how to support social communication and a Doctoral Leadership Training Grant specializing in autism.

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Nancy D. Wiseman

As the founder and president of First Signs, Nancy Wiseman is dedicating her life to improving the lives of children and families affected by developmental disorders. Since 1999, Nancy has made a significant contribution to changing policy, improving awareness, and changing pediatric practice in how we screen, refer, and detect young children today. Before devoting herself to First Signs, Nancy worked in corporate communications for over 20 years building brand awareness, educating the public, and generating qualified leads for international companies in the financial, travel, office products, computer, and software industries. She now utilizes her skills in fundraising and development, staff and financial management, film and video production, as well as public relations and education, to direct First Signs, Inc. She has counseled parents worldwide and she has appeared in interviews with USA Today, Parents, and NBC's Today Show. She is the author of Could It Be Autism? A Parent's Guide to the First Signs and Next Steps and The First Year®: Autism Spectrum Disorders: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed Child. Nancy serves as president and treasurer and she is the mother of Sarah, who was diagnosed with autism at the age of two. Today Sarah stands as a powerful example of the impact that early identification and intensive intervention can have on young children with developmental delays and disorders. Nancy is the 2006 recipient of the American Academy of Pediatrics Dale Richmond/Justin Coleman Award for her outstanding achievement in the field of child development.

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