Tourette Association of America Announces New Development Leadership Team

The Tourette Association of America has announced a new Development Leadership Team.

Online PR News – 16-June-2016 – Bayside, New York – Tourette Association of America Announces New Development Leadership Team

Bayside, New York – June 13, 2016 - The Tourette Association of America, the premier national non-profit organization serving the Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorder community, today announced the selection of Amanda Talty as its new Vice President of Development, Karon Campbell Williams as its new Director of Development, and the promotion of Michelle Gutmann to Director of Special Events.

On the heels of National Tourette Syndrome Awareness Month (May 15 – June 15) and the unveiling of the Association’s new website, the new hires will join the Association during a time of exciting developments and increased focus on fundraising for research, awareness and support for the Tourette Syndrome community.

“There is so much promise in the field of Tourette research, support and awareness. Our programs and services – including a network of Centers of Excellence – make a dramatic difference in people’s lives,” said John Miller, Tourette Association President and CEO. “Our new Development Leadership team is made up of true professionals in their field, and now is the time to focus on fundraising to not only carry on, but grow, the work that we are doing at the Tourette Association of America.”

Amanda Talty brings over a decade of experience developing and implementing strategic fundraising programs to the Tourette Association. As Vice President of Development at the Tourette Association, Talty will craft and execute developmental activities that serve to underwrite awareness, research, and support toward fulfilling the organization’s mission. She will oversee development strategy, special events, Team Tourette, corporate sponsorship, individual giving and foundation grants. Talty most recently served as Senior Major Gift Officer at the American Red Cross on Long Island, where she facilitated more than $1 million in new revenue within her first year. Amanda received her BA in Sociology and Communications from Hofstra University and her MPA from Baruch College.

As Director of Development, Karon Campbell Williams brings unique perspective and talent to the Association after more than 15 years of experience in developing and implementing effective philanthropic programs and charitable investment opportunities. Williams is best known for being a results-oriented fundraiser who has an immediate, quantifiable impact on the nonprofit organizations that she has served. In addition to working for five years as a management consultant, she has worked closely with major New York City and Long Island organizations to transform them to a higher level of effectiveness, impact, and sustainability. Williams received a Master of Public Administration from New York University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts from SUNY College at Old Westbury.

Michelle Gutmann brings over ten years of experience, with the last four of them being with the Tourette Association, first serving as the Manager of the Chapter & Support Services Department, and then in her current role as Special Events Manager. Her responsibilities have included supporting the Association’s network of 32 chapters and support groups, managing the Youth Ambassador Program, and organizing the annual National Education and Advocacy Conference. Gutmann has a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Studies from the State University of New York (SUNY) College at Oneonta, and a background in in event planning, volunteer management, and fundraising.

About the Tourette Association of America

Founded in 1972, the Tourette Association of America is dedicated to making life better for all individuals affected by Tourette and Tic Disorders. The premier nationwide organization serving this community, the Association works to raise awareness, advance research and provide on-going support. The Tourette Association directs a network of 32 Chapters and support groups across the country. For more information on Tourette and Tic Disorders, call 1-888-4-TOURET and visit us at, and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.