Dear Elks and Friends,
I have been eager to introduce myself, and while I have already met a handful of you, I thought it best that I formally do so in this monthly newsletter. Not only am I incredibly honored to have been chosen to be the new Executive Director for AEMP, but I also have a personal attachment to the Steele Research Center and the doctors who run it.
I am the mother to three little boys, ages 4, 3 and 2. All three of my boys have been patients at the center; Jack (4) and Finn (3) were both diagnosed with autism by Dr. Riley within 7 months of each other just last year, and Bobby (2) is currently being monitored by Dr. Riley and Dr. Rice because of his delays in speech and simple motor skills. After my children were diagnosed, I dove headfirst into involvements within the disability community. I currently serve on two committees with the Autism Society of Southern Arizona and was appointed by the Governor to be on the Interagency Coordinating Council (IACC) for Infants and Toddlers. On the IACC, I was appointed as chair of the membership development committee and serve on their executive committee. Recently, I graduated from an 8-week advocacy training program called Partners in Policymaking.
I am incredibly humbled and honored to be a part of the very organization that has made it possible for not only my own children, but for countless others, to receive the care and treatment so crucial to their well-being.
I would like to personally thank each and every one of you for your continued generosity towards our mission in helping children. As a parent of children who have directly benefited from your donations, my heart is full and the future looks bright!
My admiration of the benevolent nature the Elks possess continues to skyrocket as I settle in to this position. I have no doubt this year will be even better than the last! Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for all that you have done and continue to do!