Meet The Board

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Kristen Mardis

President

"I am the mother of two amazing children; both of whom are Autistic. I also work in  Special Education as a Speech-Language Pathologist.  Through my journey as a mother, and my work in Special Education---I'm driven to improve acceptance and support for Autistic individuals in the school system and community: through educational/training opportunities for teachers and parents, community advocacy, and legislative advocacy.  

 I am so  passionate about improving support and services for Autistic individuals and their families,  creating positive change within our community to benefit individuals impacted by Autism, and furthering all aspects of the ASNLA's mission. I have served as the President-Elect for the past two years, and am both elated and humbled to serve community through the Autism Society of North Louisiana as the President."

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Kelly Fleming

President Elect, Secretary

"While I was pursuing my Master's degree in education, my son, Ben, was diagnosed with Autism. He attended a self-contained Pre-K class when he was 4.  Observing him and his peers in that classroom made me realize I was meant to teach students with disabilities. This is my 9th year being a special education teacher.  Now that my son is older, I'm looking for ways to help him transition into adulthood.  Beyond a few checklists online, I'm finding resources and assistance is scarce. I hope we can change that!" 

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Amber Boykin

Past President

"I'm a school psychologist in North Louisiana, working with children with Autism and their families.  I am currently working towards my Doctorate in Educational Psychology at Texas Tech University with hopes to teach future generations of school psychologists.

I am also the mother of 3 boys, including my middle son, Garrison, who has Autism. Garrison was diagnosed at age 4 and navigating this journey with him has taught me more about Autism than a textbook ever could. 

My journey with Garrison and working with families in this area has often led to frustration over the lack of local resources and supports for these individuals and their families. Out of this frustration, in collaboration with fellow frustrated parents and educators, the Autism Society of North Louisiana was born! 

I am proud to serve on this council with the goal of creating a more Autism friendly, inclusive society in North Louisiana, because I firmly believe that everyone needs their tribe-that group of people that understand and relate through their shared experiences and passions. I am also very passionate about legislative advocacy and working with stakeholder groups and other decision makers to support individuals with special needs--whether it includes testifying in committee hearings in Baton Rouge or visiting legislators in Washington, D.C. When I am not working on Autism advocacy or in my schools, I enjoy traveling with my family and hiking in national parks across the country or camping with my sons and our local Boy Scout troop. "

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Casey Smalley

Treasurer

"My wife and I are parents to a wonderful boy who was diagnosed with Autism at about 2 years old. What we've learned since that time is that the community has a lot of room for improvement when it comes to resources for those affected. I am excited to do my part with this wonderful organization to bring the needed resources to the forefront."

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Executive Director

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Committee Chairpersons

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Mclin Hickman

Finance

"I have a precious son who was diagnosed with Autism when he was 2.  I am also a 2nd grade Special Education teacher at Lexington Elementary.  Over the years, I  have met some amazing individuals who have helped me through this journey as a mother and an educator. I am honored to be a part of this group and cant wait to see what we accomplish!"

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Shontae Johnson

Government Relations

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Robin Cohenour

Information & Resources

"I am honored to be a part of the Autism Society of North Louisiana.  I am touched by Autism both at home and in my career.  I have been working as a school psychologist in the area for 30 years, with emphasis on preschool and Autism.  It is my hope and dream that through this organization, all of our ASD children can get the supports and accommodations they need in order to be success in the school setting and in life." 

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Rebecka Huff 

Community Connections

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Ariel Evans

Media Relations

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Community Outreach

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Although I am not a native to North Louisiana, I have made my home here with my husband, Lance, of almost 14 years and our 10 year old daughter, Kayla. As a family we have a small hobby farm, and enjoy traveling- mainly camping and kayaking. During my occasional free time I enjoy running or having a good cup of coffee with a friend or a book.

 

I am a teacher in special education, currently serving students in grades 6th- 8th with a range of abilities, including students with Autism. Previously I have taught special education in grades Pre-K through 3rd grade as well as in the general education elementary classroom.

 

My passion for teaching and advocating for children with different abilities stems from personal family experiences, including my own child who has bilateral sensorineural hearing loss (with bilateral Cochlear Implants) and has been diagnosed with ADHD. 

 

Region Representatives

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Ariel Evans

Region 4: Union & Morehouse Parishes

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Nikelyia Lard

Region 5: Lincoln, Winn & Jackson Parishes

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John Farmer

Region 6: Ouachita Parish

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AJ Menard

Region 6: Ouachita Parish

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Region 7: Caldwell, Richland, and
Franklin Parishes

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Region 8: East Carroll, West Carroll,
Madison, & Tensas Parishes

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