Office and Administration
Chief Executive Officer
J. Paul Walsh

• Overall organization direction
• Strategic planning and implementation
• Public/Media Relations

jpwalsh@asnl.ca 709-722-2803 ext 222

Finance Manager
Alex Collins

• Accounts payable/receivable
• Social enterprise
• Property

acollins@asnl.ca 709-722-2803 ext 234

Office Manager
Cathy Drake

• Greets and assists visitors
• Provides administrative assistance along with tech and website support
• Provides support with fundraising events

cdrake@asnl.ca 709-722-2803 ext 221

Property & Facilities Coordinator
Adam Chafe

• Facilitates maintenance and safety
• Custodian supervision and support
• Supports Transitions program

achafe@asnl.ca 709-722-2803 ext 233

Community Relations & Fund Development
Candace Moakler

• Annual fund development campaigns and events
• Donor relations and stakeholder engagement
• Branding initiatives and media relations

cmoakler@asnl.ca 709-722-2803 ext 227

Custodian & Program Assistant
William Feltham

• General building cleaning/disinfecting and snow clearing
• Assists in various programs and family events
• Self-advocate supporting Connections group and ASNL Santa!


Client Services Manager
Alicia Penney

• Program Inquires
• Autism Awareness/ Professional Development Inquires
• Work term student/volunteer inquires

apenney@asnl.ca 709-722-2803 ext 232

Advocacy Manager
Leah Farrell

• Systemic advocacy
• Community-based research and communication
• Social media

lfarrell@asnl.ca 709-722-2803 ext 226

Programs and Services
Transitions Coordinator
Sarah Hardiman

• Employment related guidance
• Recreation based awareness sessions
• Community partnership development

shardiman@asnl.ca 709-722-2803 ext 235

Recreation Coordinator
Danielle Knustgraichen

• Community Partnership Building
• Facilitation of community base programming
• Family Events


Employment Works Coordinator
Lisa Lovell

• Employment related guidance
• Employer partnership development
• Employer awareness sessions

llovell@asnl.ca 709-722-2803 ext 237

Employment Works Facilitator
Terra Wadman

• Employment related guidance
• Employer awareness sessions


Employment Works Facilitator
Renette Mbroh

• Employment related guidance
• Employer awareness sessions


The Pantry Café & Gardens
Head Chef/Manager
Brenda Williams – Maternity Leave

bwilliams@asnl.ca 709-722-8200

Tyhesia Buckle

tbuckle@asnl.ca 709-722-8200

Head of Front House/Server
Angel Howlett

ahowlett@asnl.ca 709-722-8200

Colin Power

cpower@asnl.ca 709-722-8200

ASNL Board of Directors
Chair Education Representative / Chair of Executive Committee
Elizabeth Churchill

Having worked in the education system for over 30 years, Elizabeth brings extensive knowledge and leadership experience from all levels of our Newfoundland and Labrador Education System; School, District and Province. She is currently the Principal of Elizabeth Park Elementary located in Paradise, NL. Elizabeth joined the board in 2019 with the desire to focus on the school experience of persons with Autism and their families, recognizing the positive impact that individualized student programming can have.

Vice-Chair Clinician Off-Avalon
Charlene Hann

Charlene is a Registered Psychologist with over a decade of experience providing services to children, adults and families. She is passionate about supporting persons with autism work through the many challenges that they face throughout life.

Self-Advocate: Off Avalon
Terry Bursey

Government Representative
Sarah Hollett

Off Avalon Parent Representative / Chair of Governance Committee/Secretary
Karen Flynn

Self-Advocate: Avalon
Anna Burke

Anna Burke is a young autistic self-advocate who was diagnosed in her mid-teen years. Between both her younger brother and herself, she has immense knowledge on life with ASD from both personal experience as an autistic person and from her relationship with her brother. Anna is a strong believer in the push for autism & neurodiversity acceptance, and wishes to spread the message of listening to the voices that need to be heard the most. She listens to the autistic community and brings fresh ideas to the table, and hopes to educate others on ASD in a new light.

Parent Representative – On Avalon
Rebecca Furlong

Matthew Norman

Matthew is a Chartered Professional Accountant with over a decade of experience. Matthew has spent most of his career working in the financial services sector and has recently made a career transition to public accounting as a Controller for Hire. Matthew joined the board in 2022 as a volunteer to help advocate for persons with Autism.

Honorary Board Member
Elaine Dobbin

She is an ardent supporter of several health initiatives. As Campaign Patron for the Autism Society of Newfoundland and Labrador’s capital campaign, Mrs. Dobbin was the driving force behind the raising of $1.9 million and the construction of Shamrock Farm/Elaine Dobbin Centre for Autism. She continues as Honorary Board Member and Patron for the Society.

The Board is interested in your thoughts. Specifically, they’d like you to tell us what ASNL should start doing, stop doing, do more of, and do less of.

If any member of the ASNL community would like to communicate directly with our Board of Directors, they can do so by sending an email to the communityfeedback@asnl.ca

Office Locations
Elaine Dobbin Centre for Autism

70 Clinch Crescent PO Box 14078
St. Johns, NL A1B 4G8
Phone: 709-722-2803
Charitable Registration #: 11879 6929 RR0001

Grand Falls-Windsor Office

21 Carmelite Road PO Box 133
Grand Falls-Windsor, NL A2A 2J4
Phone: 709-489-4190
Grand Falls-Windsor Office Social Story Charitable Registration #: 11879 6929 RR0001

Clarenville Office

383 Memorial Drive Clarenville Suite 211, NL A5A 1S2 Phone: 709-466-7177 Charitable Registration #: 11879 6929 RR0001

Corner Brook Office

Commerce Court
50 Main Street Suite 105
Corner Brook, NL A2H 1C4
Phone: 709-637-7450
Corner Brook Office Social Story Charitable Registration #: 11879 6929 RR0001

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