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 (18), who was diagnosed with PDD-NOS in 2004, with that diagnosis being updated to autism in 2007. He has two other children, Kennedy (22) and Eli (16). Hunter’s diagnosis established the beginning of a life-long campaign to benefit Hunter and all other families associated with ASD.
Stewart Dilts was born and raised in Bloomington, IN. He graduated from Bloomington High School South in 2008 and Indiana University in 2012. Stewart began his professional career in Nashville, TN where he and his wife, Erica, lived before returning to Bloomington in 2019. He now works as a Property & Casualty Client Executive for Hylant, a full-service insurance brokerage firm.
Stewart has two daughters, Tatum and Emelia, and a large extended family. Both his cousin and nephew are on the autism spectrum which is what drew his interest in supporting families and individuals through MCAF. He’s currently the Secretary of the Monroe County Autism Foundation
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; 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.
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.
Mark Norris is a longtime resident of Bloomington and currently works at ResCare. He is a proud father of 3. In addition to sitting on the MCAF Board, he also sits on the PALS board, the Special Olympics Board, is a volunteer coach for Special Olympics, among many other various volunteer ventures. He is a humanitarian at heart and believes deeply in making a positive difference in the community.
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Adria Nassim is originally from Floyd County, Indiana. She was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder at age 15 along with mild cerebral palsy at birth and a learning disability in early childhood. After receiving 3.5 years of support from The College Internship Program's Bloomington, Indiana campus, a private independent living, academic, vocational, social, and mental health support services program for young adults with autism and learning disabilities, she now lives in Bloomington where she writes a column in the local paper about autism and disability and also works part-time with IU Bloomington's Indiana Institute on Disability and Community giving lectures to college classes and providing trainings to businesses on autism and learning disability. She was recently matched with Thomas, a service dog trained to assist with cerebral palsy and autism spectrum disorder. Thomas comes from The Indiana Canine Assistant Network (ICAN) based in Zionsville, IN and is a successor dog to Adria's former service dog, Lucy who retired in September 2021 after 11 years.
Allison recently moved to Bloomington to pursue her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Indiana University. She graduated from Dartmouth College in 2019 with a major in Psychological and Brain Sciences and a minor in Biology. Following graduation, she worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Bressler Program for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Massachusetts General Hospital. Currently, she studies the underlying neural differences in typical vs. atypical development, and whether these neural differences can be used as biomarkers for early identification or individualized interventions in Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Outside of her academic pursuits, Allison spends her time volunteering for Special Olympics and enjoying time with her friends. She is passionate about building stronger community connections and is excited to be part of an organization that is providing much needed support for autistic individuals in Monroe County.