Alison is a the Operations Manager at the University of Rochester Complex Care Center. The Complex Care Center, located at 905 Culver Road in Rochester is a comprehensive resource for adults with childhood onset conditions. It fills a vital need in the Greater Rochester region which until now had no centralized health resource for providers and patients in this population. Her responsibilities include overseeing the care managers, providing support to the Director of Community Outreach and the Director of Workforce Development, as well as managing the grants that are awarded to the Center. Prior to her work at the Center, Alison worked as a Research Coordinator in the Division of Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Pediatrics managing grants related to Autism Spectrum Disorders. She has been with the U of R for almost 10 years. Before joining the U of R, Alison worked for the Spencerport Central School District while raising two sons. When she is not at work she enjoys spending time with her family, activities related to physical fitness, gardening, camping, and being outdoors as much as possible.
Alison has been described by her colleagues as having a positive demeanor and eagerness to create a dynamic in which others feel comfortable problem solving and seeking her out for information and support. They have commented on her ability to engage families and her focus on a person-centered approach to health care and research.
Alison’s husband has inherited Ataxia, specifically Spino Cerebellar Ataxia 8 (SCA8). Currently, there are neither treatments nor a cure for Ataxia. While there may not be a cure during her husband’s lifetime, she is passionate about engaging the research community and finding treatments and ultimately a cure for the next generation of individuals affected by Ataxia.
Alison has a Master of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Medical Management from the Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester. Her undergraduate degree is in Psychology which she obtained from the College at Brockport.