"I have just received my Respite Grant check, and I cannot thank you enough for your kindness and generosity.... If it were not for this check (and what amazing timing you had) I may not have been able to put food on the table this week. Times are tough for all of us, and I am surely blessed to have received this grant. Your help has come at a great time of need for us."

- M.K.

ASBC Board of Directors

Lynn Wysolmierski, President: Lynn Wysolmierski is a certified Autism Specialist and K-12 special education teacher. She has extensive volunteer experience including working as a Court Appointed Special Advocate, assisting with local and national disaster relief, helping out at the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless and being a member of the Council for Exceptional Children and the Network for Public Education. Ms. Wysolmierski held the role of Special Education Teacher for 15 years and has worked in a variety of school settings including Medical Day Treatment School at The Children’s Hospital in Denver, Jeffco Public Schools and the Boulder Valley School District. Prior to becoming a schoolteacher Lynn was a program director for New England Residential Services and Chestor House focusing on community living for teenagers and adults with developmental and physical differences. As a teenager and young adult, she worked as both a summer camp and residential counselor for children and adults with neurological differences. Lynn holds a BA in Art Education from CU and an M Ed from City University of Seattle. She has a certificate from the Center for Ethical Leadership in Seattle and was a Walmart Teacher of the Year in 2001. Her lifetime of experience has led her to a clear commitment to supporting the value and equity of all human beings through collaborative problem solving and community education.

Lisa Vezeau-Allen, Vice-President: Lisa is a writer, fund developer, blogger, actor, activist, and most recently was at the helm of the Arts Council of Sault Ste. Marie and District. She has over twenty years experience in the Not-for-Profit sector, is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and has been involved with a variety of projects and causes that range from performing arts, oncology and palliative care, youth at risk, to children with special needs. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English and a post-graduate degree in Not-for-Profit Management. Lisa is the past Executive Director of the Sault Youth Association and Editor of the Fresh Magazine. She is the past Foundation President of Children’s Rehabilitation Centre Algoma, and currently a Creative Roots Board Member supporting the National Arts Network for Children and Youth. Lisa has lived in the UK, Spain and Southern Ontario. She returned to her Northern home-town (Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario) in 2006 and most recently embarked on a new adventure with her family, and now resides in Louisville, Colorado. From her home in Colorado she supports an Ontario mental health association with project and grant development and assisted in the formation of the first Youth Walk-In Counselling Service in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. She has published her first book, "The Purple Notebook," a self-described “love letter” to her Autistic son, Aidan. She is embracing her new home and in addition to her role at ASBC, she sits on various committees that support children with special needs. When she isn't writing that next grant, you can find her at the local dog park's with her two Basset Hounds or at the baseball field cheering on her youngest son, Owen.
 

Allen Richardson, Secretary: Bio coming soon!

Jill Sheldon, Treasurer: Jill moved to Boulder from Santa Barbara, California, in June 2010. She graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 1993 with a B.A. in English Literature. For five years Jill worked as the office manager and accountant for a computer networking company that her husband co-founded. After the birth of their two children, she made the decision to be a stay-at-home mom. Her daughter was formally diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder by the Koegel Clinic when she was three years old. Jill frequently volunteers in her children’s classrooms, school events and fundraisers, and is currently volunteering with the ASBC to help further autism awareness for the community of Boulder.

Shelly Brandt, Board Member: Shelly is a proud native of Boulder County.  Even though she's traveled around and lived in other states, she loves her Colorado roots!  She graduated from Colorado State University in 1992 with a B.A. in History, while also receiving her teacher's license.  She was in the education field for seven years, until her son was born in 1999.  A few years later, her son regressed into autism and he received a formal diagnosis from Children's Hospital.  Experiencing isolation while dealing with her beloved son's many complexities, Shelly was grateful when she was introduced to the ASBC.  In 2011, Shelly started coordinating the popular Free Open Gyms and other family activities soon followed.  Shelly believes accessibility and community-building is vital; and seeing families connect with one another in non-judgmental, safe and FUN environments is her passion!

Shay Carpenter, Board Member and Education Committee Chair: Shay is a Connecticut native and former Special Education Teacher at the Middle and Elementary School level, working specifically for students with Autism, and has a certification as both a Specialist and Generalist in Special Education, General Elementary Education, and Middle School Language Arts. Shay has a Master’s Degree from Simmons College in Boston in Severe Special Needs. Recently, Shay made the decision to leave teaching in order to use her skills to provide comprehensive support to students through Executive Functioning Coaching, Education Consulting and Special Education Advocacy.

John Sheldon, Board Member and Fundraising Chair: John lives in Boulder, CO with his wife Jill and their two children. John and Jill have a daughter with Autism. They moved to Boulder from Santa Barbara, CA in 2010. John co-founded a company called Network Hardware Resale in 1996 in Santa Barbara, which he has since retired from. Since moving to Boulder, John has served on the board of directors with The Joshua School, the Autism Society of Colorado, and the Boulder Bridge House, where he continues to serve on the board. John has served on the Fundraising and Events committee for ASBC for many years. John continues to advocate for the developmentally disabled, the homeless, and the working poor. John and Jill support many charitable organizations in Boulder County. John graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 1994 with a BA in English.