Individuals with autism tend to be diverse. Therefore, it is difficult to use words such as all or none when describing this group.
Autism Services Management
Autism Services is led by an Executive Director with a team of five Directors.
Lynn brings with her a wealth of experience and knowledge of the non-profit sector—primarily in the leadership role—due to her lengthy tenure in a variety of Director roles for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), Saskatchewan and Manitoba divisions. She holds a degree in Social Work and is a certified Executive Coach. She is known for her strength, compassion and respect for all. She is very excited to continue her career with Autism Services and feels passionate about AS’s mission and vision.
DeAnn Eckdahl, CPA, CA
Director of Finance
Previously the Senior Accountant with Autism Services who moved into the role of Director of Finance in 2021. In addition to her work with Autism Services, DeAnn has been involved with CPA Western School of Business as a facilitator for the CPA Professional Education Program beginning with a legacy designation program in 2005. DeAnn has a son on the Autism Spectrum and enjoyed time supporting her children while working from home and is looking forward to her new role with Autism Services.
Director of Fund Development, Marketing and Communications
Alle Guarnieri brings over 20 years of Marketing, Sales and Communications experience working across many countries, with background in the automotive sectors. She joined Autism Services in August 2022, as Director of Fund Development, Marketing and Communications, leading purpose-driven programs that create brand value and influence through sustainable partnerships.
Alle previously worked with Woodbridge Group for 20 years, holding a variety of senior management roles. Alle has a Bachelor of Business Administration & Marketing as well as a Post-graduate Degree in Communications and Digital Design from ESPM University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. She also holds a Certificate in Corporate Governance at Brazilian Institute of Corporate Governance.
Alle is seeking ways to use her creativity to improve best practices, streamline processes, and increase community impact. She is excited to cultivate relationships with cross- functional stakeholders to ensure continuous advancement of Autism Services of Saskatoon priorities.
Director of the ABA "Little Tots" Program
Director of Autism Intervention Program (AIP)
Director of AIP as of April 2021. (currently on leave)
Interim Director of the Autism Intervention Program
Director of Family Programs
Alex stays motivated by seeing the continuous progress of his clients and knowing he has helped shape children’s lives. On the side, he is an avid National Team Lawn Bowler who has travelled around the world and who plays many sports recreationally.
Director of Adult Support Programs
Glenda began working in the Human Services Field in 1990. After working for six years on the front line in Residential Services, she started training and working in management. She began working for Autism Services in 2000 and became Director of Residential Programs in 2011.
Autism Services Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is representative of the membership of Autism Services and therefore is always willing to hear back from the membership. Suggestions, ideas and feedback are always welcome. Please feel free to contact any member of the Board. You can reach any member of the board by mail, at the office address, or you can call the office and staff will pass along your phone number to a member of the board.
Rylund joined the Autism Services’ board in June, 2017 and is currently the Chair of the Fund Development Committee. He holds a J.D. from the University of Saskatchewan, College of Law and is a practicing lawyer at McDougall Gauley LLP. In addition to practicing law, he owns Astro Jump Saskatoon. Rylund also serves on the boards of Kidsport, Saskatoon Minor Football, Huskie Football Alumni and the Saskatoon Public School Foundation.
Rylund joined the board as he wanted to help support the organization’s goal of “ensuring all people with autism have the opportunity to live with dignity and to reach their full potential”. He feels fortunate to have these opportunities and believes people with autism deserve the same. He enjoys being part of a dedicated and passionate community that puts the people who use Autism Services first at every opportunity.
Chief Operations Officer (Vice-Chair)
Mike joined the Autism Services’ board as of June 20, 2022
Parent & Business Owner (Past Chair)
Jennifer joined the Autism Services board in June, 2014 and currently holds the position of Board Chair.
Accountant, CPA (Treasurer)
Kelly joined the Autism Services’ Board June 17, 2019. She currently holds the position of Treasurer.
Speech-Language Pathologist (Secretary)
Sarah joined the Autism Services’ Board June 17, 2019. She currently holds the position of Secretary.
Celine joined the Autism Services’ Board June 17, 2019.
Parent & Business Owner
Justin joined the Autism Services board in June, 2014 and held the position of Chair since June, 2016. He is currently Past Chair. He is the owner of Triple Crown Metals Ltd.
Having a child with autism makes this a very personal interest for Justin and his reasons for joining the board were to help spread awareness. He also enthusiastically commits himself to the agencies’ fundraising initiatives as he recognizes the importance of growing the financial resources needed to deliver quality services to an ever-growing client base. Being involved in awareness and fundraising initiatives ensures he is able to interact with the membership and staff, which is what he enjoys most about his role.
Special Education/Autism - Saskatoon Public School Division
Brandi-Rae joined the Autism Services’ board as of June 20, 2022.
President, HMG Inc
Hanif joined the Autism Services’ board as of June 20, 2022
Parent & Product Marketing Lead
Emily joined the Autism Services’ board as of June 20, 2022