Amy W. Piper currently lives in Bloomington, IN with her husband, Clark, and their two children, Bennett and Molly. She is a graduate of Indiana University BA ’96 (double major-psychology and speech and hearing sciences) and PhD 2010 (special education) as well as Marquette University MS ’98 (speech language pathology).
Amy is a licensed and certified SLP and an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Speech and Hearing Department at Indiana University. She works primarily with pediatrics and specializes in early childhood, autism, hearing impairment and multiple disabilities. Amy also serves on the Bloomington Faculty Council’s Student Affairs Committee and the Communications Committee for the local chapter of NOW.
When she is not working with children with special needs and their families or training and teaching graduate students in the MA SLP program, Amy can be found on the sidelines watching her children play soccer, at musical concerts, or in some phase of planning or going on vacation.
Jeremy Dilts is a partner in the law firm of Carson LLP. He graduated from South Dearborn High School in Aurora, Indiana, in 1993 and from Indiana University in 1996. In 2000, Mr. Dilts graduated from the Indiana University McKinney School of Law. For the last seventeen years, Mr. Dilts has practiced in the areas of municipal civil defense, medical malpractice defense, worker’s compensation, and general civil litigation.
In 2002, Mr. Dilts founded and became the fund advisor to the Vicki Mauricio Dilts Endowment Fund, a charitable endowment dedicated to the integration of fine arts into public school curricula. In 2007, he became the fund advisor for the Deborah K. Guss Memorial Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarship funds to high school graduates who intend to undertake a career in the medical field. He is the sole fundraiser, advocate, administrator, and distribution advisor for those entities.
From 2004-2010 Mr. Dilts was an executive board member for Autism Society of Indiana (ASI), serving as Treasurer from 2004-2007 and Vice-President from 2008-2010. Around the same time, he also became a member of the Board of Directors for the Indiana Autism Coalition, remaining in that capacity until the IAC merged with ASI in 2008. He joined the board of the Monroe County Autism Foundation (MCAF) in January and became President of the board in 2018.
Mr. Dilts is the father of Hunter (16), who was diagnosed with PDD-NOS in 2004, with that diagnosis being updated to autism in 2007. He has two other children, Kennedy (20) and Eli (14). Hunter’s diagnosis established the beginning of a life-long campaign to benefit Hunter and all other families associated with ASD.
Pat Surra is a retired accountant who moved from California to Indiana in 2005 to live closer to family in Bloomington.
She is a graduate of Sacramento State University with a BS in Business Administration ’79. Pat was in private accounting practice for over 25 years in California and continues to work part time at a local accounting firm. She is also MCAF's Treasurer.
Pat has two daughters, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren (as of 2018). Her grandson, Daniel, is on the Autism spectrum and she has a special interest in trying to make a difference for those families and individuals dealing with ASD
Kraig Bushey lives with his wife Trisha and three kids Tristan, Aubrey, and Hank. He has worked with individuals with disabilities since high school.
Kraig received his undergrad degree in Special Education from Indiana State University. While at ISU, he joined the Council for Exceptional Children. He has worked in special education since 1995.
Throughout his educational career, he has had the opportunity to participate in many other activities. Such as leading a transition camp for individuals with disabilities for ten years through the local YMCA, volunteering at several disability awareness events, helping with special Olympics, co-sponsoring a fundraising event for a local group home and also led several professional development workshops educating others about disabilities and interventions.
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Brittany Ross grew up in Bloomington, Indiana and graduated from Bloomington High school North in 2005. From there she received an athletic scholarship to Indiana State University (ISU). While attending ISU she was blessed with her son who is on the autism spectrum.
Brittany has participated in many MCAF events and other autism related community events and met Andrew who asked her to be on the board in the spring of 2017. Due to her hard work, especially with TEE IT UP FOR AUTISM 2017, she was elected vice president.
Brittany also works for Transitional Services Indiana and coaches girls AAU Elite Travel Basketball.
Brittany is a mother first in life so she not only wants to be a voice for her son, but also for the whole community.
Ryan Pitner is a lifelong Hoosier and an over 30 year resident of Monroe County. He attended Bloomington High School South and Indiana University where he obtained his degree in Public Finance.
He entered the financial services profession in 1998 and currently works as a financial representative at Bill C. Brown Associates in Bloomington where he helps individuals, families and business with customized insurance and investment strategies.
Ryan has 2 nephews on the autism spectrum which fuels his desire to serve at the local level to raise awareness and support for families dealing with the day to day challenges of this diagnosis.
Ryan has been married to his wife Kelly since 2004 and has 3 children, Jackson, Sydney and Mallory who keep him quite busy with various activities.
Mary Beckwith has grown up in Owen County and still resides there now with her husband Matt who loves to fish and their two daughters Kaedence(13) who loves to sing and Akaydia(4) who loves gymnastics.
Mary has worked in both Owen County and Ellettsville schools. She currently is working at Edgewood Early Childhood Center as an inclusion teacher.
Mary enjoys running, (she just ran her first mini marathon May 2017), reading, and spending time with her family and friends.
Mary is a new member of MCAF (Jan. 2018) and is excited in getting to have a bigger part in helping those on the Autism Spectrum and their families in a more personal way.
Esther was born and raised in southern Indiana, completed undergraduate degrees from Indiana University and graduate degree from the Pennsylvania State University, and worked and lived on the East Coast (Maryland and North Carolina) for nearly 10 years before returning to Bloomington in 2004.
Esther founded Hoosier Medical Communication Services in 2005 and works as a freelance regulatory writer. She is actively involved in the Indiana chapter of the American Medical Writers Association.
Esther is a mother of 4 children, including one boy who has an autism spectrum diagnosis. With the support of family, teachers, and community members, she hopes that he can achieve full independence and a meaningful quality of life as an adult. She’s also interested in the advancement of evidence-based interventions to address the unique medical challenges of individuals with autism.
Esther served as the facilitator for group meetings of the local chapter of the Autism Society of Indiana (2010-2015) and served on the planning committee for the 2015 iCan Bike Bloomington. Based on her own personal experience and interactions with families in the local community, she recognizes that there remains a significant need to support individuals and families who have a loved one with an autism spectrum disorder.
Juan moved to Bloomington in 2015 to start a career as an Engineer at NSWC Crane. Apart from engineering, He is the Head Diving Coach at Edgewood High School.
Prior to moving to Bloomington, he attended Purdue University. His experiences at the university are what sparked his passion for service, giving, and being a part of something bigger than himself.
He also volunteers with Camp Erin Indianapolis which provides an overnight camping experience to children grieving a loved one. I am really excited to be a part of this organization, and make an impact in the community.
Nelda is in her 10th year with Indiana University, currently serving as the Director of Graduate Admissions at IU’s School of Public Health.
Nelda has also worked with special needs populations in non-for profit settings in the 14 years prior to joining IU. These settings included working with First Steps Early Intervention programs (in both Texas and Indiana), Head Start, and youth counseling programs. Advocacy Awareness for Autism and special needs is important to Nelda as she has a son with a diagnosis of Asperger’s.
Nelda received her B.A. in Psychology/Concentration in Early childhood from Angelo State University in 1994. Currently, Nelda is pursuing her M.S. degree in Human Development and Family Studies at IU School of Public Health, anticipated graduate date is May of 2018.
Erica was born and raised in Bloomington, IN. She received her undergraduate degree from Valparaiso University in Exercise Science and Sports Management in 2002 and was a four year varsity swimmer for the Crusaders. During her last internship for her degree, she worked at a summer camp with campers with special needs and loved it so much that she opted to get her Masters in Special Education and graduated from Indiana University in 2004.
Erica spent the first 12 years of her teaching career as a behavior consultant and a teacher of the ADTP (Adolescent Day Treatment Program) in the Richland Bean Blossom Schools. While still in RBB, Erica is now teaching Junior High Health and Wellness. She has also coached the Edgewood High School swim team since 2005. Her Philanthropy projects as part of her Health class have raised over $25,000 that have been donated to both local and national organizations.
Erica resides in Ellettsville with her husband, Chad, who is also a teacher and her two children, Alice and Jack. In addition to her own kids, Erica was also a surrogate and carried twins for friends of hers that were unable to have kids on their own. She has been an
Ambassador with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Indiana since 2011. She helped found Monroe County YMCA Campabilities to help ensure all kids in Bloomington could have a summer camp experience. She believes that every kid and family has their own unique story and identity and that kindness and inclusion are critical for success.
Jordan is a Junior at Indiana University studying Speech and Hearing Science and has worked at the YMCA for the past five years. She has lived in Bloomington since she was 7 and graduated from the Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship in 2015. She was recruited in 2017 by Jeremy Dilts, starting out as the social media director. She was asked to join the board in 2018; she still manages all of the social media (among many other responsibilities).
Jordan's connection to Autism stems from her elementary school best friend who was on the autism spectrum. She was educated on ASD by his parents and continues to be a lifelong learner on the topic.