The Board of Directors of the Autism Society of East Tennessee met downtown at UBS for an August 1 retreat designed to engage board members in a conversation about improving regional impact and autism service delivery. The retreat was facilitated by Girl on the Roof founder Carol Reeve, who specializes in strategic planning and marketing. Among the ideas and initiatives discussed were proposed programming, the encouragement of widespread job training initiatives, and the potential for partnerships with other businesses and nonprofit organizations.
Inspired by the strategic planning conversations, ASA-ETC leaders met on August 17 with representatives from Breakthrough Corporation, Artistic Spectrum/ ASK, Autism Achievement Academy, Child Therapy Services, Chattanooga Autism Center, and Knoxville autism professionals from Cherokee Health Systems, Behavioral Foundations, and Knoxville Center for Autism to begin collaboration discussions on how to ensure the needs of individuals with autism are being met in East Tennessee.
Representatives of ASA-ETC who participated in the Board of Directors retreat were: (L to R) Board Secretary Bo Saulsbury, Jennifer Higgins, John Thomas, Angela Presnell, Melissa Keeler, Executive Director Margaret Stanley, Veronica Cordell, Board Vice President Teresa Vaughn, Chris Demas, Board President Mike Manfredo, Board Treasurer Michael Collins