Temple Grandin Eustacia Cutler Autism Fund

The Temple Grandin
and Eustacia Cutler Autism Fund

Board of Directors


Dr. Sally Burton-Hoyle, sister to a person on the autism spectrum, has served on the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) and is currently a panelist on the National Quality Forum for Person Centered Planning (PCP) and Practices. Dr. Burton-Hoyle has developed both graduate and undergraduate programs in Autism Spectrum Disorders at Eastern Michigan University. Additionally, she has developed curriculum and trainings in PCP for mental health professionals in developmental disabilities and mental illness and those with dual diagnosis extensively in Michigan.

Dr. Burton-Hoyle worked to enact into Michigan’s Mental Health Code a statute, which mandates PCP for eligible recipients with a developmental disability and/or mental illness. Since this became a part of the Mental Health Code in 1995 she has trained all mental health authorities throughout Michigan in PCP and facilitation of the process. She has developed curriculum and trainings in PCP for entities responsible for providing services to those that are dually eligible for Medicaid and Medicare and she is currently working to develop a set of core competencies for performing PCP facilitation.

Dr. Nora Lynn San Diego

Vice President

Nora-Lynn San Diego M.D. is a psychiatry specialist in Purchase, New York.  She is a graduate of  the Far Eastern University Inst of Med Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation.  She  specializes in Adolescent Medicine, Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. She is currently in private practice and is affiliated with New York Presbyterian Hospital.  Dr. San Diego is known for her comprehensive work with families that include a child with autism and adults with ASD.


Callie Merkel has a Bachelor of Science in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences from Northern Michigan University.  After receiving a Bachelor of Science from NMU, Callie continued her education at the University of Colorado where she found her interest and passion in the area of autism while providing speech and language therapy.

Callie has worked at Eastern Michigan University since 2012, and holds a double master’s degree in Autism Spectrum Disorders and Clinical Social Work from Eastern Michigan University, and is the Coordinator of the College Supports Program. 


Preston Helmstetter, MBA, received his degree from Indiana University and is currently the Director of Finance for a green energy manufacturing company. His prior experience includes budgeting and cash management to support strategic initiatives for medium and large organizations in varying stages of growth. Preston has volunteered for many years with non profit organizations that serve families that include a child with a disability and has been involved with fund raising for these organizations and other local organizations in his community.