Team

KELLY LEE

KELLY LEE

Co-Founder, Executive Director

Kelly received an undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in Special Education (K through 12) and a master’s degree in Special Education with an emphasis in autism and Asperger syndrome from the University of Kansas. Past experiences include teaching, serving as an Autism Education Consultant, designing and facilitating social development groups, and serving as a summer camp counselor and director.

AIMEE GORROW

AIMEE GORROW

Program Coordinator

Aimee began her career in education as paraeducator for the Lee’s Summit R-7 school district, working under the direction our Executive Director, Kelly Lee. It was there her passion for working with individuals with autism spectrum disorder was ignited. Aimee earned undergraduate degree in Special Education from Graceland University and a masters degree in Assessment with an emphasis in Autism Spectrum Disorders from Missouri Western State University.  She has served as a special education teacher in classrooms for individuals with autism spectrum disorder for the Blue Springs and Lee’s Summit school districts for the past 10 years.

SANDY SMITH

SANDY SMITH

Behavior Specialist & Connections Co-Coordinator

Sandy earned an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and a master’s degree in Special Education in the area of Behavior Disorders (K-9). While working on her master’s degree at Kansas University, she worked as a graduate assistant in one of the University’s very early teacher training programs in the area of autism. Recently retired, she taught for 40 years in the field of special education.

KRISTI LOFTUS

KRISTI LOFTUS

Behavior Specialist & Connections Co-Coordinator

Kristi earned her undergraduate degree in the area of Psychology and Behavioral Health from MidAmerica Nazarene University. After having the opportunity to work at the school within Kids TLC in Olathe KS, she found a passion for dealing with behavioral needs and at risk youth within the classroom. She completed a Master in both High and Low Functioning Autism followed by a Master in Special Education (K-12) though Pittsburg State University. Kristi currently works for the Olathe Public Schools as a Behavior Coach-Olathe Northwest Feeder Pattern.

BEKAH ZITRON

BEKAH ZITRON

Events Coordinator

Bekah is a native of the Washington, DC suburbs where she developed art programs and educational outreach for neighborhood cultural institutions and later taught high school Art. Bekah has a degree in Media Arts and Design and Studio Art from James Madison University, and continued her education in child development at The University of Virginia. She has served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations, including The Dupont Kalorama Museums Consortium, Fashion Group International, and Brookside Mothers’ Association, helping to plan charity events.

Jo Ann Blevins

Jo Ann Blevins

Lead Nurse

Jo Ann has a BS in Nursing and a Master’s in Intercultural Studies. During her nursing career she has worked in almost every area of Nursing, including 4 years in Manzini, ESwatini as the director of a hospital emergency room. She has been a School Nurse for the last 26 years. Jo Ann filled in at Camp Encourage at the last minute as Medical Staff for one of our weekend camps three years ago and she never wanted to leave. She loves the opportunity to work with campers in a setting that is created just for them!