Meet the Board

STEVE THOMASON

President

Occupation: Certified Public Accountant at LBMC, PC

Education: Master of Accountancy from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Family: Married. My wife and I have two wonderful dogs.

Connection with autism: I have a nephew with autism.

Favorite quote: "Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

THOMAS RICE

Vice President

Occupation: Director at TVA

Education: BA (Economics) and MBA

Family: Married to my wife Lesley since 2004 and we have two children Andrew (10) and Emily (7)

Connection with autism: My connection to autism is through several friends who have children on the spectrum.  I have had the opportunity to learn through their experience.

Favorite Quote: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”  - Mark Twain

DONNA CHAMBERS

Secretary

Occupation:  Owner/Founder of SensaCalm.com

Education:  School of Hard Knocks

Family:  3 adult children, 3 grandchildren (1 has typical autism), 2 dogs, 1 cat.

Connection with autism:  My grandson was diagnosed around 2 yrs of age, and my business was inspired by him.​

Favorite Quote: "To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived - that is to have succeeded."  - Ralph Waldo Emerson

WESTON PORTER

Treasurer

Occupation: Accountant, Henderson, Hutcherson & McCullough

Education: B.S. Business: Accounting from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Family: I have been married to my wife, Kelsey, since 2012 and we have three kids, Blake, Cayden, and Katie.

Connection with autism:  I have a cousin with Aspergers. Seeing everything that my aunt and he have gone through has really opened my eyes to the struggle that it can be finding the right support system. I think what the CAC does is great and my hope is to help folks find their support system.

Favorite quote:  Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me”

MARY ROBERTSON

Board Member

Occupation: Retired from BlueCross BlueShield, past president of CAC board.

Education: MA in English

Family: Married 42 years, 3 daughters, 7 grandchildren.

Connection with autism: Evan, our 12 year old grandson, is on both spectrum (Autism & Asperger's). Through the CAC I search its wealth of resources to learn more about these conditions and support my daughter and son in law as parents struggling to be Evan's Ambassador toward a bright and healthy future.

Favorite quote: Enjoy the little things. Make a positive difference everyday. -Susan Lamberth

AMYE WARREN

Board Member

Occupation: Professor of Psychology at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Education:  Ph.D. In Experimental Psychology from the Georgia Institute of Technology

Family:  Husband Randy Cagle and son Andrew (Drew) Cagle and our two very large and very loving rescue dogs Sutter and Emmett

Connection with autism: My son Drew is on the spectrum; through him I have learned and grown so much and met so many wonderful people. 

Favorite quote:  “If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.” –Yogi Berra 

MARK SHARTLE

Board Member

Occupation: Retired, Previously small business owner.

Education: Studied at Louisiana State University and University of Missouri.

Family: Married. Four grown children and four grandchildren

Connection with autism: Granddaughter with autism.

Favorite quote: Life by the inch is a cinch.  By the yard is hard.

ANGELA BOUCH

Board Member

Occupation: Educator

Education: Master Degree in Education

Family: Three children, two on the spectrum 

Connection with autism: I am autistic; it is my world. I am a mother, aunt, teacher, and friend of individuals on the spectrum. 

Favorite Quote: "The highest result of education is tolerance" Helen Keller

DEWAYNE GALYON

Board Member

Occupation: Educator

Education: Bachelor of Science in Education

Family:  I have three adult children.

Connection with autism: Exceptional education teacher and close friend on the spectrum.

Favorite Quote: “Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines, but it is to the one who endures that the final victory comes.” Buddha 

JAIME BUTLER, M.S.

Board Member

Occupation: Campus Coordinator with the Mosaic Program at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC)

Education: M.A. College Student Development from Lee University. Currently pursuing an M.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health from UTC

Family: Married to Moe. We have two dogs, Rainer and Chloe, as well as a newly rescued kitten named Harvey.

Connection with autism: I have worked with college students on the Autism Spectrum for four years through the Mosaic Program. I also have a cousin with Autism. 

Favorite Quote: Favorite quote: “If you have come here to help me, then you are wasting my time. But if you have come here because your liberation is bound to mine, then let us work together.” – Lilla Watson

KATHRYN CORLEY

Board Member

Occupation: Community Volunteer, former caseworker and HR professional

Education: MS Psychology

Family: Married to Jack for nearly 30 years, three adult children and one in middle school

Connection with autism: I worked for TEIS for several years as a developmental evaluator serving families of children with or at risk of developmental disabilities including autism. One of my young adult children has Asperger’s, and I also have a nephew with an autism spectrum disorder.

Favorite Quote: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

JACKIE BENKERT

Board Member

Occupation: School and community volunteer

Education: BA from Kansas University

Family: Married to Stuart Benkert, and we have two daughters, Genevieve, a sophomore in college, and Lillian, a freshman in high school.
Connection with autism: Our younger daughter was diagnosed with autism at age 2 1/2, and our older daughter recently received an autism diagnosis.

Favorite Quote: “People aren’t broken. They’re just interestingly wired.”

EMILY LILLY

Board Member

Occupation: Director of Government Relations, TN Charter School Center

Education: B.S. Social Sciences Education, Auburn University; M.A. Communication, Johns Hopkins University

Family: One small dachshund, Bertie
Connection with autism: I grew up with a mother who taught special education classes and is now a school psychologist, and my dear friend serves as a behavior therapist. Both have shown me the remarkable qualities members of the autism community possess, as well as the challenges members of this community can face.

Favorite Quote: "O, let America be America again-- The land that never has been yet-- And yet must be-- the land where every man is free." - Langston Hughes

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The Chattanooga Autism Center's board members are strong advocates for the organization. They are responsible for ensuring the organization's mission and longterm success. Click here to view a list of board member responsibilities. If you are interested in serving, contact Mary Robertson.Click here to view an application

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