Board of Directors

Jonathan Basinger, Chair

Jonathan Basinger is commercial real estate agent/business broker specialist and is owner/partner of McShane Basinger LLC which had is origins in 1999. Over the years, McShane Basinger has closed over 150 transactions in excess of $250,000,000 property value. Recently, his reputation and experience have made him a reliable and trusted witness in cases involving property disputes. Previously, Jonathan had a distinguished career in advertising/marketing from 1977-1999 and was the founder/owner of Basinger & Associates, Inc from 1982-1999 which was an Atlanta based business-to-business full service marketing/advertising/PR firm.Jonathan, originally from the north side of Chicago, is a graduate of the University of Illinois (1975). Has lived in the Atlanta area since 1980 and has three grown children. He currently lives in Buckhead has served on numerous boards since 1987 and has been dedicated to causes that help kids at risk or with disabilities. Jonathan also serves on the National Board for the Autism Society of America and has since 2010.

Jeff Fasy, Treasurer

Jeff Fasy is Vice President of Global Financial Planning and Analysis for iHealth Technologies, a leader in Healthcare payment integrity.  Jeff is a strategic and innovative leader with a passion for excellence and ability to think outside the box that has enabled him to deliver outstanding results in highly competitive markets for companies ranging from start-ups to multi-billion dollar global corporations.  Jeff studied at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia where he earned his BS in Accounting and a MBA in Finance.  He is a Certified Public Accountant.  Jeff lives in Cumming, GA and enjoys spending time with his 4 children and 2 grandsons.  His youngest son was diagnosed with Asperger’s  (or high-functioning on the autism spectrum).

Mark Johnson, Secretary

Mark is Vice President of Legal Affairs – Home Solutions, Government Affairs and Latin America for Newell Rubbermaid Inc.  At Newell, Mark is the primary legal counsel for the organization’s Home Solutions business group and Latin America.  Mark also directs the company’s government affairs work.  Prior to joining Newell, Mark practiced law as a commercial litigator at McGuire Woods in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Mark managed all aspects of complex commercial litigation in a variety of areas, including financial services litigation, products liability, commercial real estate, education law and personal injury defense.  Mark earned his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School and his undergraduate degree in business management from Hampton University.  Mark is an active member of the North Carolina Bar Association.  Mark lives in Alpharetta with his wife, Kelly, and their two daughters, Karly and Kameryn.

Jere Pittner, Director of Programs

Director of Physician Billing for Northside Hospital, Jere Pittner is a native of Pennsylvania who moved to the Atlanta area 21 years ago. Jere holds a Masters Degree in Healthcare Policy and Administration from Mercer University and an MBA from Georgia State University.Jere lives in Cobb County with her husband Ken, 3 children, Broc, Ainslee and McKinley (Mac), as well as their dog Penny. Jere’s oldest son, Broc, was diagnosed with PDD-NOS, an Autism Spectrum Disorder, just before his second birthday. Jere spends her free time with her family and also enjoys working on her squash game.

Michael Hornsteiner, Director

Michael Hornsteiner is a 25 year Hospitality industry veteran who has lived or worked in Europe, Asia, North, Central and South America and  Africa and Australia. Originally from Europe, he obtained a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management and a Master of Business Administration (MBA). He currently lives in Roswell, Georgia.

He serves as president for a Real Estate Development (Built to Suit) company, which specializes in restaurant consulting including helping clients divest their assets and during workout situations. His clients and employment have ranged from Fast Casual to Luxury Brands and Hotels.

David Norden, Director

A Chicago native, David Norden is a litigator at Troutman Sanders in Atlanta, and has practiced law in Georgia since 2003. During the course of his career, he has defended various corporations in commercial, class action, product liability, and appellate matters in over 35 states across the country. David and his wife — along with their seven children — live in Johns Creek, Georgia. They are members of St. Brigid Catholic Church, and are active in the St. Brigid, Marist School, and Holy Redeemer Catholic School communities.Prior to attending law school, David worked as a television sportscaster in Albany, Georgia. His television experience in Albany involved covering the Atlanta Braves, as well as college and high school sports. As part of his broadcasting endeavors, David hosted a 30-minute live Sunday night sports magazine program that featured the best high school athletes in Southwest Georgia, as well as University of Georgia and Atlanta Braves coaches. Having lived and worked in rural Southwest Georgia, David understands that the reach of the Autism Society of Georgia extends far beyond the greater Atlanta metropolitan area, and into the under served, rural counties throughout the Peach State.

Evan McElroy, Director

Evan McElroy serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer at the national headquarters of Atlanta-based Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA).  He has spent 28 years helping to build and protect the Boys & Girls Club brand, providing strategic direction and services for more than 1,100 local affiliates, which operate some 4,000 service locations domestically and on U.S. military installations worldwide.McElroy’s teams have created and executed BGCA’s brand strategy, through advertising, media relations and publicity, cause marketing, celebrity and alumni relations, editorial services (including the BGCA magazine Connections), Web sites and social media, video, design and production, supply services, licensing, crisis communications, and marketing training for local Clubs. Most recently, his team launched the GREAT FUTURES brand campaign, and developed a partnership with the Outdoor Advertising Association of America.  McElroy initiated and has managed BGCA’s relationship with Club alumnus and 22-year national spokesman Denzel Washington.

A 40-year marketing and communications veteran, McElroy’s previous experience includes 10 years in New York with Burson-Marsteller, one of the nation’s leading public relations firms, and two years with the Panasonic Company in New Jersey. He currently serves on the board of the Pacific Youth Foundation in Los Angeles, and is a member of the LifeTeen Band at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Alpharetta.

Melissa Solares, Director

Melissa Solares started her nursing career in 2004 after graduating with a baccalaureate degree in nursing from Kent State University. She worked at the #1 ranked Cleveland Clinic as a staff nurse in their post-operative cardiothoracic unit specializing in the management of ascending and descending aortic aneurysms. She was promoted after 2 years to the management team where she directly supervised a ten bed minimally invasive unit and had supervisory responsibilities over the larger 75-bed, 250-employee unit. She helped to implement the H.E.A.R.T service recovery program throughout the Cleveland Clinic’s ten campus systems.

After her son was born in December of 2007 she took on her most challenging role as a mom. In December of 2011, after many years of searching for help, her oldest son was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and thus she began the journey as an advocate.  After realizing the stunning lack of services at the local, state and national level she began advocating for substantive change throughout. Locally, she took over the management, re-branding and re-launch of the only autism support group in the Augusta and Central Savannah River Area. She continues to play an important advocacy role on the state level helping support national and state initiatives to promote optimal living for all persons with ASD.

Melissa believes strongly in a future where people can live their life at their maximum potential and will continue to fight until that is achieved.

Scott Kramer, Director and Chair - Adult Advisory Board

After being diagnosed with autism in 2007 and receiving official documentation of his diagnosis in 2010, Scott founded Greater Chattanooga Aspies (GCA) on December 31, 2010.  GCA is a support/social group for adults and young adults on the autism spectrum and their parents/caregivers.  Scott has five years of experience running/facilitating support groups for GCA in Chattanooga, TN, and a support group in Dalton, GA that started in September 2015.

Scott is married, has three stepchildren (one who is on the autism spectrum) and five grandchildren. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Human Sciences from Purdue University, a Master of Science in Education degree from the University of Kansas, and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.   He is an Insurance Premium Auditor with US-Reports, a third-party vendor that works with insurance carriers to conduct premium risk audits on general liability and workers compensation policies that businesses have.

 

 

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