Jan Luck holds a degree in speech pathology and audiology. She began her career working for the State of Arkansas serving clients of all ages with special needs. She dedicated her career to work as a Speech Therapist for the Mountain Home, Arkansas Public Schools, where she worked with children on the Spectrum. Mrs. Luck has developed and presented continuing education seminars on the topic of autism for teachers, therapists, and parents. She has been a guest speaker in many university classes. She is a contributing author to the book Stars in her Eyes; Navigating the Maze of Childhood Autism Nuts and Bolts of Autism. Her series of books for children, beginning with Albert is my Friend, has been translated into four languages. She currently resides in Nixa, Missouri, where she serves as the president of Stars for Autism.
Elizabeth Obrey, Vice President
Raising three children (out of five) with a variety of disabilities has given me a lot to write about. But, not a lot of time. I am fortunate to work with an amazing group of authors, STARS for Autism, who share my same passions and help me focus on my writing. Together we work as a team to bring literature to individuals, families, and professionals alike. With a degree in psychology and working at The Arc of the Ozarks as a family advocate I am very aware there is a growing need for writings like this. I feel privileged to share my books with you. I also work as the family advocate at Rivendale Institute of Learning and Autism Center and the Mercy Autism Clinic.
Much of my time is spent giving back to organizations that give so much to my children. I serve as a board member for Stars for Autism, Dynamic Strides, Southwest Autism Network (SWAN) and Ozarks Romance Authors. I am also a member of the Abilities First Advisory Council and a member of the HOME Team. Elizabeth invites you to check out www.thebailiwickprodject.blogspot.com
Dr. Linda Barboa, Executive Director & Treasurer
Dr. Linda Barboa holds degrees in speech pathology and audiology, psychology, and early childhood education. She is an experienced speech- Language pathologist, with a background as a special education director, director of a center for autism, and university professor. She has worked as an educator in the United States and Europe and has presented numerous programs to professionals across the country. Dr. Barboa is the co-author of several books about autism, including Stars in Her Eyes; Navigating the Maze of Childhood Autism, Steps, Forming a Disability Ministry, and Tic Toc Autism Clock: A Guild to Your 24/7 Parent Plan, Nuts and Bolts of Autism, It's No Biggie: Autism in the Early Childhood Classroom, as well as the Albert Series to help children learn about autism. Dr. Barboa is also the VP of the board of Directors of Infinity Academy. Dr. Barboa is on the OT advisory board for Cox College. She is also a member of the Ozarks Inclusion Partnership. Dr. Barboa is the recipient of the Jefferson Award for Community Service. She currently resides in Battlefield, Missouri
Shelli Allen, Secretary
Shelli Allen is the mother of Josh and Izzy who are individuals on the autism spectrum. She is a contributing author of Stars In Her Eyes, Navigating the Maze of Childhood Autism and co-author of Steps: Forming Disability Ministry , a book that provides a flexible framework for disability ministry. Shelli is the founder of Steps Care Inc. A nonprofit that provides training for faith communities seeking to provide a more inclusive experience to individuals with special needs. Shelli is pursuing a doctorate in educational leadership with an emphasis on Special Education with focuses in Developmental Disabilities and Intellectual Disabilities. Shelli Homeschools her two children who are on the autism spectrum. Shelli is also the owner of That Autism MOM LLC were she continues to mentor and encourage other MOMs raising children on the autism spectrum. Shelli lives in Northwest Arkansas with her husband Patrick and two children where they enjoy the beautiful outdoor views.
Kristina Heth is a Speech and Language Pathologist, author, presenter, and educator with 20+ years of experience advocating and treating speech, language, hearing, and swallowing disorders with people of all ages. She is the author/ illustrator of Clearly Coloring: Natures Glow with Louise Bremer and Angelica Heth and Clearly Coloring: Patterns and Mandalas, both adult coloring books for visual, mobility, and cognitive impaired individuals. Her passion for advocacy, education, and training led her to open her online store of digital therapy and caregiver educational materials. She lives in the woods in Southwest Missouri surrounded by family, friends, numerous pets, and gardens.