Supporting Autistic Students Success Initiative (SASSI)

SASSI Advisory Board

The SASSI Advisory Board members serve as committed and engaged advisors, advocates and ambassadors of the SASSI program, ensuring that the strengths of  St. Cloud State  neurodiverse students are recognized and that their unique needs are identified and supported, while also advancing the mission of the SASSI program. 

Board Members

  • Rebecca Crowell, Au.D., CCC-A, St. Cloud State professor in the department of Communication Sciences & Disorders. Audiologist, instructor, and researcher. She has a young adult son with autism.
  • Theresa Estrem, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, St. Cloud State professor in the department of Communication Sciences & Disorders. Speech-language pathologist, instructor, and researcher supporting autistic children and students.
  • Luke Jarchow, a senior at St. Cloud State studying Film Studies and Education, with a goal to become a film studies educator. In 2017, he was diagnosed with autism. He was hired as a SASSI student worker for Drs. Estrem and Crowell in September 2021.
  • JoAnn Meerschaert, Ph.D., professor in Biological Sciences and mother of gender non-conforming autistic young adult.
  • Sheila Moriarty, Ph.D., MSW, LISW, is an associate professor in the Social Work department. Instructor, social justice advocate, and practitioner supporting autistic students.
  • David Norling, Special Education Teacher and advocate for autistic children. His son who has autism is currently enrolled at SCSU. He welcomes you to contact him with questions.
  • Tina Sacin, Ph.D., LPC, professor and program director in the department of Clinical Mental Health Counseling Graduate program at St. Cloud State. Licensed Professional Counselor, professor, and researcher in the area of supporting autistic college students and interdisciplinary training opportunities for graduate students.
  • Matt Vorell, Ph.D., St. Cloud State professor in the Judy C. Pearson Department of Communication Studies. Teaching and research focus on leadership, workplace communication, and innovation. He was diagnosed as autistic as an adult.
  • Nicholas Wright, Ph.D., director of Student Accessibility Services at St. Cloud State. He strives to help create a more inclusive and accessible campus.