Lee Burdette Williams

Executive Director

Dr. Lee Burdette Williams has been part of the student affairs profession for nearly three decades, including serving as Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Wheaton College (MA) and as Dean of Students at the University of Connecticut.  Most recently she was the Director of Collegiate Partnerships for Mansfield Hall in Burlington, VT, where she provided training for colleges and universities seeking to improve their services to students on the Autism Spectrum.

Brad Cox

Founder and Senior Advisor

Dr. Bradley E. Cox is the Founder and Senior Advisor of the College Autism Network. He is also an Associate Professor of Higher Education at Florida State University and a Senior Research Associate at FSU’s Center for Postsecondary Success. His work seeks to explain and improve the systemic, institutional, and personal conditions that shape college experiences and outcomes for students on the autism spectrum.

Brittany L. Jackson

Director of Training and Technology

Dr, Brittany L. Jackson serves as the Director of Training and Technology for the College Autism Network and is the Disability Services Coordinator at Hiram College. Brittany is neurodiverse (autism, ADHD, and anxiety) and developed and leads Hiram College’s Power of Neurodiversity Project which highlights neurodiverse individuals within the campus and community and has established Hiram’s first sensory room. She has an Ed.D. in educational leadership studies from Ashland University (Ashland, OH), which she earned in 2022. Her research focuses on autism and neurodiversity in higher education, Universal Design for Learning, leadership, higher education, technology, training, and disability studies. Brittany received her bachelor of arts in theatre and communication in 2004 and her master of arts in interdisciplinary studies with a focus in education and psychology, specifically autism in higher education, in 2015 from Hiram College (Hiram, OH). She earned a certificate in autism spectrum disorders from Kent State University (Kent, OH) in 2019. Brittany also serves on the Board of the Hiram Living and Learning Community.

Brett Nachman

Director of Research

Dr. Brett Ranon Nachman is an assistant professor of Adult and Lifelong Learning at the University and serves as CAN’s Director of Research, in which he organizes CANVAS webinars, facilitates the CANVAS list-serv, and spearheads other research-related efforts. Brett’s scholarship focuses on the portrayals and experiences of autistic college students, and has been published in venues including Community College Journal of Research and Practice, College Student Affairs Journal, and The Review of Higher Education. His research interests stem from his own background as an autistic community college graduate.