Board of Directors

COLLEEN YORK, Executive Director

Colleen has been a volunteer with the organization since it’s reorganization in 2010 as founding Board President.  She has a degree in Architectural Technology and had a long career working in Information Technology.  Originally from New York, Colleen and her husband David have lived in the Evansville area since 1989 and have raised three children here. Colleen is committed to ensuring the sustainability of the organization for the families we serve.

CORY KUHLENSCHMIDT, President

Cory is an Evansville native and is married to Brandi Kuhlenschmidt. Cory and Brandi have two daughters, Audrey and Anna. Cory works for Berry Global as an in-house attorney where he primarily handles labor and employment law compliance issues.  He also serves as a board member for the YMCA of Southwestern Indiana.

LISA NEWTON, Secretary

Lisa Newton has lived in Southern Indiana all her life. She graduated from USI, and is a VP at Old National, working in the Internal Audit Department. She maintains CISA, CBA, CFSA certifications, as well as membership in the IIA and ISACA (all Audit related). Lisa has been on two other non-profit Boards, serving in various officer positions, and she participates in other various community service activities. As the mother of an older child on the spectrum, she is very familiar with the struggles and challenges children on the spectrum and their families face. Lisa hopes that her involvement with Autism Evansville, and her prior experience, can help others facing similar challenges.

RAY WEBB, Treasurer

Ray is a senior vice president and Retail Sales Executive at Old National Bank.  He has over 29 years of financial services experience and moved from Ann Arbor, MI to the Evansville area in 2015.  Prior to joining Old National, he served in various senior leadership positions with Old Kent and Fifth Third Banks throughout the Midwest and spent nine years as an Engineer Officer in the Michigan Army National Guard.  Ray has a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Business Administration Degree from Western Michigan University.   He has served in many community leadership roles in the communities in which he’s lived and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Autism Evansville. Ray and his family live in Newburgh.

 KATHLEEN LAPEKAS

Kathleen Lapekas, President of Lapekas HR Consulting LLC, is a Human Resources Consultant with over 20 years of HR Management.  Her work primarily supports small and mid-sized businesses to provide HR advice / support when needs arise.   She is a member of the Evansville Human Resource Association, Society of Human Resources, and Business Networking International.  Kathleen resides in Evansville, Indiana with her husband, Rob and their teenage son, Jacob.   Kathleen joined the Board of Autism Evansville to help support families, like hers, who are living with the challenges associated with having a child on the ASD spectrum.

JANE ANN BRADFORD

Jane Ann  began as a volunteer for Autism Evansville and joined the board in 2012.  She is a graduate of Western KY University with degrees in elementary and special education, a masters degree with an emphasis in learning and behavior disorders and certification in school administration. She taught in LBD resource classrooms in Logan County, KY and Bowling Green, KY. She moved to Newburgh, IN in 1995 from Louisville, KY,  where she was a diagnostician and then Specialist in the Early Childhood Special Education program for the Jefferson County Public Schools. She has two daughters and a son-in-law that volunteer with her at Autism Evansville Family Fun Nights when they can. She became a Hoosier and is glad she can continue to advocate for families with children on the autism spectrum.

ERICA RANADE

Erica is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She has been working with individuals, families, and communities affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder for the past 10 years.  After earning her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan, she went on to specialize in School Psychology at Illinois State University. Erica spent five years in central Illinois working in various applied settings, including public schools, early childhood programs, academic clinics, and centers serving individuals with ASD. After completing her school-based internship with a focus in behavioral consultation, she worked as a school administrator, school psychologist, and BCBA for three years in the Washington D.C. area before moving back to her home state of Indiana.  She currently works as a Program Manager at Little Star ABA in Newburgh, IN.  Erica specializes in the areas of consultation, academic and behavioral intervention, staff management, bilingual assessment, and work with exceptional populations.

SAMANTHA EBERHART

Sam graduated from University of Southern Indiana in 2013 with her Masters in Occupational Therapy, and is registered with the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.  She has 3 years of direct-care experience with children with Autism and has successfully created and implemented an OT program for children with neurobehavioral disorders in an Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) center.  While at the ABA center, Sam has also gained experience in behavioral modification techniques following the science behind ABA.  Her newest job opportunity is working as an Inclusion Specialist for 4C of Southern Indiana, the official child care resource and referral agency for Southwestern Indiana.  Through this role, Sam trains and educates child-care providers in the 14-county region on the management and inclusion of children with special needs.  She is also the coordinator for the respite care programming at Crossroads Christian Church.  While Evansville is her hometown, she enjoys spending time outdoors in her new town of Santa Claus, IN with her husband, Greg, and her labradoodle, Bandit or playing with her cat Nicolas.