The American Autism Association is made up of a group of passionate individuals fighting to make a difference in the autism communities of New York, South Florida, and one day – across the country. With eclectic backgrounds, educations, and expertise, our team collectively becomes a voice, an advocate, and a fighter for those struggle to overcome to unique and difficult obstacles that autism presents. In addition to our full time staff, interns and volunteers make a huge contribution to the work we are able to accomplish. Our work would not be made possible without our volunteers, interns, and supporters.
Eduard Rozenfeld is a native New Yorker, who’s family emigrated from the former Soviet Union. He received a Masters Degree in Business from Brooklyn College, grew as an entrepreneur and launched Green Star Biodiesel, a green tech company. He is a lover of sports, specifically soccer. His passion for athleticism rooted his idea to found the American Autism Association, where athletic and recreational therapy would positively contribute to the development of children with autism. Eduard works to apply his entrepreneurial outlook to facilitate the growth of the AAA and the programs we provide.
Co-Founder, Vice President
Larry Sharon partnered with Eduard during the founding of both the American Autism Association, and the development of Green Star Biodiesel. The dynamic duo combined their skills to give back to the community in both a philanthropic and environmentally friendly way. Larry received a degree in Finance from Baruch College in New York City. His love of sports, and passion for hockey gave him the ability to focus on the growth of the athletic programs AAA provides. In 2013, Larry lead the expansion of AAA to Miami and focuses his skills and efforts on our development of resources in the South Florida region. Larry is a lover of the NY Rangers and Biggie Smalls.
Eliane Abou-Assi joined the American Autism Association in 2012, and has played a crucial role in our growth – overseeing major campaigns, the development of new therapeutic recreational programs, special projects, social media strategy, education, and community outreach. She is a California native with a duel Masters of Arts and Education Degree in Counseling Psychology from Columbia University. Having been personally impacted by autism in her family, Eliane strives to make the AAA vision a reality to assist families in need on both a national and international basis. Eliane is also a lover of all things food related.
Director of Development
Tina Corinteli’s eclectic experiences in project leadership, marketing, community outreach, and fine art culminate into one role as the Director of Development. As a ‘citizen of the world’, Tina has has travelled extensively, learning about the unique needs of diverse communities around the world, while developing strong communication skills and fluency in five languages. Tina works to grow and develop the resources to support our mission in improving the lives of those effected by developmental disabilities, and spreading the love of the spectrum. Tina is a big tennis fan, and loves being outdoors!