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Meet the Team

The Autism Program of Easterseals Team

Lori Davie – Program Manager

Lori Davie has been employed by Easterseals for over 16 years and has been involved in many roles during employment.  Lori received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Healthcare Administration and Child Development from Ashford University.  She is on the CME/QI Committee as a parent representative for Illinois Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics (ICAAP) Training and Program Consultant for ICCAP.

Lori has both professional and personal expertise in understanding and working with families of children with special needs.  Lori’s primary role is to synchronize the clinical services, trainings and community outreach, and coach parents of children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) on a wide range of topics including coordinating relationships with providers.  She is also responsible for managing the budget of the program.  In addition to her primary responsibility in supporting The Autism Program of Easterseals, Lori is a volunteer serving on the Booster Club for the Rockford IceHogs.   She is also a volunteer grant reviewer for Autism Speaks.  Lori has been married for 22 two years and has two adult children.  


Katherine Friis - Resource Room Coordinator/Family Navigator

Katherine Friis, BA joined the team in August of 2018 as Program and Resource Assistant for TAP. She received her Bachelor Degree in Human Resources and brings to the team a wealth of experience in working with a diverse population and customer service. Katherine has several family members diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder so she truly understands and acknowledges the importance of connecting families with resources.  In her free time, Katherine enjoys sitting by a campfire and spending time with her husband and two children.


Emily Davie – Program Clerk 

Emily Davie received her High School Diploma in 2017 and graduated from Project Search in 2018. Emily has volunteered for Easterseals most of her life: From assisting as a peer mentor at TAP social activities, to volunteering at walks, Easterseals Gala's, Autism Awareness events, or wherever a helping hand was needed. Emily also cleans a private clinic one day a week. 

Emily joined The Autism Program of Easterseals in 2019 to assist with community outreach events, provide office support, and help with the daily operations of the program. She provides the Leo Club with support for outreach events. Emily tracks resources in the FCRR and contacts families if they need to be notified of overdue books. She prints, cuts, assembles all visual supports and makes intake packets, files, and all other administrative duties as needed. Emily also emails and mails customer satisfaction surveys for those who have received services from our program.

In her free time, she volunteers and sits on the Board of the Rockford IceHogs Booster Club.  She is a season ticket holder of the Rockford IceHogs. She loves watching WWE, Cake Boss, Flip or Flop, Property Brothers, and Chopped. Most of all she loves spending time with her family. 

“I am an individual diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.” I received services from Easterseals for many years. I am so happy that I can help others who have come to our program for help.” ~ Emily


Matt Kindler, LCSW – Clinical Services Specialist

Matt Kindler, LCSW, is the Clinical Services Specialist for the Autism Program of Easterseals based in Rockford. He has over a decade of clinical mental health experience with children, adults, and families. Previously, Matt was a Screening, Assessment, and Support Services (SASS) Counselor, and worked closely with children in psychiatric crisis to ensure they were able to get their needs met. He has also worked with adults with serious mental illness who are involved in the criminal justice system. Matt has been with Easterseals of Chicago since July, 2018. With Easterseals, Matt works with children and families to assist the family to be able to best meet the needs of their child. He also co-leads social skills groups for children with autism to help them improve social skills. In his free time, Matt enjoys rowing on the Rock River, and spending time with his wife and two children.

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