Steve Barnett, Secretary
Steve is an attorney at law and lends his expertise in financial and legal matters to ATC’s Board of Directors. Steve enjoys traveling and has visited most corners of the world; he also serves as a board member to other Dallas-area non-profit organizations. Steve is the parent of an adult child with autism.
Ron is an Air Force veteran and a graduate of Texas State University with a Bachelors’ degree in Business Administration. A retiree of AT&T and USAA he has worked diligently the past 10 years assisting families and business owners with financial direction. Concentrating recently on educating families with special needs children on strategies to consider. He’s currently on the board and past President of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, on the Advisory board of the Hispanic Heritage Center of Texas, and Chairman of the Board of The Club at Sonterra. Ron’s niece has a son with autism.
Dodge Carter received a BBA degree from Southern Methodist University in 1987. Dodge is a Director with Crow Holdings,
responsible for multi-family investment and development throughout the United States and has been a member of the
Crow Holdings real estate team for over 5 years. Dodge and his wife of 23 years, Dee, have 3 children; J.Dodge (18),
Nicole (16) and Mack (13) and resides in the Dallas area.
Christina is a graduate of Purdue University and holds a Masters in Science in Chemical Engineering. She has been employed by PepsiCo since 1998 where she currently serves as the Research and Development Director for the Frito-Lay Division. Christina is a member of the National Association of Professional Women and the National Institute of Food Technologists. In 2014, she won PepsiCo's highest R&D award from the Academy of Sciences for her work in developing GMO and gluten free products. For ten years, Christina has volunteered for the Roundup for Autism, a three-day fundraising event to benefit ATC since 1988.
Linda is a Federal Tax Partner in KPMG’s San Antonio office. She has over 25 years of providing tax consulting and compliance services to companies in the financial, telecommunication, whole sale, and consumer markets. Linda has served on numerous boards of community non-profit organizations and is the recipient of several prestigious awards for her academic and professional achievements, including the Distinguished Alumni for the New Mexico State University School of Business, Financial Executive of the Year Award from the Institute of Management Accountants for the IMA’s Texas Council, and San Antonio Business Journal’s Women Leadership Inspiration Award.
Steve has served as President of Folsom Companies, Inc. since 1981. He attended Southern Methodist University and received his B.B.A. Steve and his wife, Sharon, live in Dallas with their two daughters (Hunter and Annabelle) and their son, Chase. Steve is the father of a child with autism.
Randy has 30 years of multi-disciplined real estate expertise working with local and national companies providing corporate advisory services, tenant representation and strategic planning. He has successfully completed over 7.1 million square feet of office leases and building sales totaling over $936 million dollars in 13 states…from Seattle to Manhattan. Randy has been awarded the National Champions Club (Transwestern's Top 25 U.S. Producers), Top Producer – Transwestern Central Region, and the National Tenant Advisory Services Award from Transwestern. He also serves as Chairman of the Legacy Council for the Park Cities YMCA, a member of the TCU Dallas Business Network, Highland Park Community League and the North Texas SIOR Chapter. Randy graduated from Texas Christian University (TCU) along with his wife Marialice ('77). They have an autistic daughter, Alissa, a son Chase and daughter-in-law, Kate Gillette Garrett.
Roger has played an active role in San Antonio’s business community for over 25 years, helping Bexar Metropolitan Water
with economic development and land matters in building the city’s first, history-making potable water production
plant that uses
surface water. Roger also presided over the San Antonio-Mexico Sister Cities Committee, and served on the
board of directors
of the Free Trade Alliance San Antonio from its founding in 1994 until 2006, serving for three years on that
body’s executive committee.
He currently serves on the Board of Governors of the REALTORS® Commercial Alliance, the
governing body for commercial REALTORS®
within the San Antonio Board of REALTORS® (SABOR), sits on SABOR’s
Government Affairs Committee and heads the Board Fundraising Committee for the ATC.
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Fernando A. Guerra, M.D.
Fernando is the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District Director and oversees the operation of 32 health locations throughout
San Antonio community. He sustains a long-standing interest and involvement in improving access to health care systems
women, children, and the elderly. Fernando has been active with local, regional and national forums with
responsibilities including research, program and policy development, legislative issues and health planning.
Dennis P. Ingram, Vice President
Dennis specializes in financial services and is associated with New England Financial. Dennis has been involved in the
sector for 23 years. He earned his Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation from the College of
Financial Planning and is
also a registered representative of New England Securities. He received his Bachelors from
St. Edward’s University in Austin,
his Master’s from the
University of Central Oklahoma and has begun work toward a
doctorate at the University of North Texas,
Denton. Dennis’s professional
goal is to help businesses and individuals
develop strategies to meet future financial goals and
Glenn is an attorney practicing in Dallas and a gubernatorial appointee to the Texas Council on Autism and Pervasive Development Disorders.
He received a bachelors degree from Duke University and a law degree from Harvard University Law School. Glenn has a child with autism.
Donald Key, Treasurer
Donald is an adjunct lecturer at Southern Methodist University following a career in public accounting. After receiving his BBA and MBA from Texas Tech University, Key spent his career with Ernst & Young in the audit of financial statements of numerous Fortune 1000 clients before he retired as a senior partner. Key is an avid runner and served as the past Chairman of the Board to the Dallas White Rock Marathon.
Len R. Leek, President
Len is president of L.R. Leek Enterprises, Inc. , a worldwide marketing and sales company specializing in industrial products,
Len earned his M.B.A. from Ohio University and his undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma.
Len has served as President
of the ATC Board of Directors since 2000. Len & Patty Leek have a daughter in the Dallas program, Monica Leek.
In 1988 Bobby founded the Roundup for Autism that is today ATC's biggest fundraising event. Bobby is a rancher and quarter
horse cutting champion and trainer. Bobby attended Colorado State University and after graduating moved his equine operations
to Texas in 1982.
Bobby is a past president (three terms) for American Quarter Horse Association; board member of the
National Cutting Horse Association;
and member of the National Cattle Raisers Association. Currently, Bobby serves as a
board member of the
Stock Show Syndicate,
Cowboy Hall of Fame and the ATC. He is an advocate of therapeutic horseback
riding. Bobby has
an adult daughter with autism.
Christian Owens is a Principal and part owner of SHW Group. Christian has been an integral part of the firm's growth and commitment to excellence. Christian has presented at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on the impact of the built environment on autistic students and continues his research on this topic. He has received numerous awards for his work, including the Caudill award from TASA/TASB, the design award from the AIA, and Texas Society of Architects for his work in Kurdistan, Iraq in developing a school.
Lynn Smith rejoins the ATC Board of Directors, having previously served as Chair of the Friends of ATC from 2000-2007. Lynn was instrumental in guiding the capital campaign to purchase lands and build the 22,000 square foot facility where ATC’s administrative offices, Crystal Charity Ball Educational Wing, and Adult Services are currently housed.
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Beth is a graduate of Northwood University with a Bachelor of Business Administration and currently serves on the
Board of Governors for the University. She is a community volunteer and is involved with the Park Cities Disabilities Association,
Junior Charity League of Dallas and organizations related to autism and learning differences. Beth has a son with autism.
Melissa D. Svoboda, M.D.
Dr. Svoboda is an Assistant Professor with Baylor College of Medicine & Children's Hospital of San Antonio. She received her medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, where she also completed her pediatric residency. She completed her Child Neurology/Neurodevelopmental Disabilities fellowship at Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon. She is involved in clinical research projects as well as advocacy for children with special health care needs. She specializes in autism, cerebral palsy, and developmental delay, and is the Director of the Children's Hospital of San Antonio Autism Program.
Peter is a retired Executive of ExxonMobil and is very community minded serving not only on the board of the ATC but he
is also on the Board of Directors for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Dallas Opera. He is a loving grandfather of
two children with autism and has given extensively to research efforts.
Jo Ann Webber, Ph.D.
Jo has been special education faculty at Texas State University since 1986. Her professional experience began with teaching
students with autism, emotional and behavioral disorders, and mental retardation. Jo is a past president of the International
Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders, a division of the Council for Exceptional Children. Her interests
of qualified special education teachers, educating students with autism and emotional and behavioral
disorders, and promoting
positive behavioral programming in the schools. She is co-author of three textbooks: Emotional and Behavioral Disorders:
Theory to Practice (Webber & Plotts, 5th Ed. , 2008, Allyn & Bacon), Autism: Teaching DOES Make a Difference
(Scheuermann & Webber, 2002, Wadsworth), and Educating Students with Autism: A Quickstart Manual
(Webber & Scheuermann, 2008, PROED). For 20 years she has consulted with school districts throughout the state and nation
regarding students with autism and emotional/behavioral disorders, and managing difficult student behavior. She initiated the
effort to develop and open the Clinic for Autism Research, Evaluation, and Support (CARES), a clinic specializing in the diagnosis
of autism spectrum disorders, at Texas State. She also serves as chair of the Austin Area Autism Task Force established by the
Texas Council on Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders. Jo is currently serving as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for the College of Education.
David E. Young
David has over 25 years of healthcare executive experience in several venues including acute care hospital settings, outpatient physical rehabilitation, autism, and outpatient behavioral healthcare. He has served in progressively responsible roles up to chief executive officer. David has started several healthcare ventures and participated in several turn around projects. He was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of a multi state multi company outpatient behavioral health care services organization where he developed several innovative programs during his tenure. He is a leader in the use of technology and the delivery of behavioral health services. David has also worked with a physician group to develop a company that provides telepsychiatry services which serves rural areas in southern Arizona. He has an in depth knowledge of healthcare finance and taught at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center for over ten years. He holds a MBA in health services administration from the University of Dallas.
Monte is a partner with SHW Group, an architectural firm in Texas. His area of specialization is designing educational facilities. Monte has been with SHW Group for 27 years and is a senior vice president and co-manager of the Dallas office. Monte is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington where he received a Bachelors of Arts degree in Architecture. He is also a graduate of Leadership Dallas and a life member of the Texas PTA Association. Monte is a past president of the ATC Board of Directors.
Aaltje van Zweden
Aaltje and her husband, Jaap, are co-founders of the Papageno Foundation (located in Amsterdam, The Netherlands) which provides music therapy for children with autism. Aaltje established and maintains a close friendship with ATC since her arrival to Dallas. She has encouraged others to pursue continued educational opportunities at ATC and Aaltje frequently speaks on the need for increased services for children and adults with autism. Aaltje is the parent of a son with autism.
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