I am fueled to advocate for those with special needs due to my oldest child and grandchild who both have Down Syndrome. In 2011 our son, Colby was approaching 22 and close to 'aging out of the school system'. The fear of him sitting on the couch each day set me in motion to find a quality program that would give him the life he deserved. No such programs existed in our area, so we transplanted our family from the mountains of southern Utah in 2012 for him to attend a great program in Plano. I know how important it is to have a place for your differently-abled loved one to go during the day.
I worked at the program our son still attends and volunteered for several other non-profits over the years helping to grow their programs. After receiving my BA in Psychology with a minor in communication I joined NTC in February 2022 as their first Executive Director. Our day program for young adults is centered around friendship, belonging, engagement, and purpose.