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The ACT Board of Directors is composed of parents, educators, business and community leaders who are committed to the mission of engaging and supporting those who surround individuals with autism and their families in Northeast Indiana. Read more about each member below.
President, Pamela Meissner
Pam is the former CFO for Nestle's Russian operations. Her experience building a company from 5 people to a $1 billion in sales in 3 years has prepared her to lead the the Autism Community of Northeast Indiana during a period when the incidence rate is increasing 20% per year. Pam, a parent of a son with autism, spends a great deal of energy understanding the needs of the community to leverage available resources to ensure maximum benefit, always keeping an eye out for collaberative opportunities. Pam's full time job is volunteering for the ACT.
Vice President, Marviene Honiotes
Marviene is a targeted case manager for AWS. Marviene has been working in the field of autism for the past 5 years most recently as Executive Director for the Learning and Development Center. Marviene's experience with 2 year olds to 42 year olds within the Autism Spectrum enables her to forecast the long-term needs of individuals with autism in Northeast Indiana. Marviene encourages the organization to remain focused on the needs of individuals throughout their lifetime. Marviene is the parent of a daughter with autism.
Treasurer-Secretary, Marsha Bormann
Jane Swiss, Ed.D.
Dr. Swiss is Chair of the Department of Education, Program Director of Special Education and Professor of Education at the Unversity of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, IN. She also is the Founder and President of the Corporation for Menkes' Disease. Dr. Swiss' extensive experience and leadership in education, and particularly special education, as well as not-for-profit governance, serves to guide ACT as it grows to serve the community.
Russ Baker, Ed.D.
Russ Baker is Associate Vice President of the School of Business at Indiana Institute of Technology in Fort Wayne, IN. He graduated from Huntington College in 1981 (BA), from Kent State University in 1983 (MA), and from Ball State University(Ed.D.) in 2001. Russ is on the board of directors of the East Wayne Street Center and the advisory board of the Literacy Council of Allen County. He is also on the Executive Leadership Team of the United Brethren inChrist denomination headquartered in Huntington and is an elder at Anchor Community Church in Fort Wayne. Russ is married and has two children aged 10 and 6. The combination of Russ' business expertise and the fact that he is not the parent of a disabled child is critical to ensuring ACT remains objective in its decision making process.
Carla and her family are small business owners and reside in Kendallville, IN. They are parents of a daughter with autism. Carla is very involved as a certified teaching assistant in the East Noble School Corporation. She is always evaluating techniques to improve the educational opportunties for young children with autism.