Kelsey Schapker is the Executive Director of Autism Evansville and has been since May 2022. She previously served as Event Coordinator for Autism Evansville’s ‘Taking Steps for Autism’ Walk & 5K, and began volunteering with the organization in November 2021. She and her husband, Chris, have two children – Kendi Grace and Camden; Camden was diagnosed with Autism in 2020.
Kelsey is a fierce advocate for families with a child and/or adult on the spectrum. Just three months after Camden’s diagnosis, she solely founded and created CAMSE Kit – a nonprofit organization that allows law enforcement and first responders to bring comfort to a child or young adult with special needs by providing sensory equipment kits in the event of a crisis or tragedy. The kits are named after Camden – Cam’s Sensory Equipment (CAMSE) Kit.
They are currently implemented across multiple agencies in the Tri-State area, including the Evansville Fire Department, Evansville Police Department, Posey County Sheriff’s Office, Evansville Airport Safety Department and more.
In addition to the kits, Kelsey also offers training on autism and has taught at the Evansville Fire Department, Southwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy, and Westside Catholic School.
Kelsey and her family enjoy visiting local parks and spending a week in Destin every summer.