The Team


Our Autism Consultant/Member of the Executive Committee: Dr. Jim Ellis

Jim is a US-based consultant and psychologist who is an expert in autism and the Applied Behaviour Analysis approach to autism treatment. His engagement with autism in Guyana began in 2008, before the establishment of our Foundation and School. Jim has trained all of our tutors, and continues to monitor their performance and the progress of the children. He visits Guyana at least twice a year to oversee activities at the School and to diagnose children referred to us by doctors and teachers, and provides ongoing clinical oversight and supervision through regular internet consultation sessions. He also fundraises for us in Boston and at the international autism outreach/conference networking level. He is a founding member of Step by Step Guyana and a member of our Executive Committee.

IsmallOur Chair, Executive Committee, Step by Step Guyana: Dr. Suraiya Ismail

Suraiya is a public health nutritionist and educator with extensive international experience in social development projects. She has spent many years working in key academic institutions, in international agencies, and as a free-lance consultant. Suraiya has been based for eleven years in Guyana, where she has been co-director of a consultancy firm, Social Development Inc. Her introduction to autism was recent and arose out of her efforts to find assistance in Guyana for the mother of a child with autism.

Suraiya leads the Executive Committee consisting of our Deputy Chair (Mrs. Deborah Seebarran, a businesswoman and mother of a disabled child), our Treasurer and Secretary (Mrs. Juanita Mangal, a procurement specialist), a member responsible for outreach programs (Mrs. Cynthia Massay, who works with the Ptolemy Reid Rehabilitation Centre in Georgetown), a member with primary responsibility for fundraising (Mrs. Marilyn Trotz, a retired project specialist), our US-based consultant (Dr. Jim Ellis), and the School’s administrator (Mrs. Rosanne Horatio, the mother of a child with autism).