Mitchell Bowman, Social Creativity Program Director, Greenleaf NCC: Mitchell Bowman is an experienced leader in community arts, wellness, and educational programming with a passion for serving individuals with autism and other neurodivergent conditions. Before joining the ESCTX team in August 2019, Mitchell served as Director of Out-of-School Programs for Creative Action, where he was instrumental in helping to expand the arts education organization’s reach to nearly 20,000 youth a year, providing leadership to a team of over 100 teaching artists, and instituting training and program delivery changes to make programs more inclusive and accessible for students with special needs and their families. Mitchell is also an accomplished multi-disciplinary artist and teacher, having studied film and digital media at Ohio University and music education at Otterbein University. With over 15 years of professional creative arts experience as a producer, artist, and musician, Mitchell brings extensive arts knowledge to his work as both a facilitator and administrator. Mitchell received a master’s degree in education from Naropa University, where he developed skills as a mindfulness and wellness coach. Mitchell is also a Certified Autism Specialist and has over 10 years of experience serving youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.
Andy Manns, Lead Teacher, 18+ AISD Partnership, Greenleaf NCC: Andy is an Austin musician and Special Education Teacher with extensive experience in supporting students with autism and related neurodivergent conditions. Andy joined the Greenleaf NCC team in the summer of 2021 after 15 years of dedicated service to Austin ISD, working as a SCORES and Project Search Teacher, as well as a high school special education department chair. Andy is passionate about incorporating technology and arts into his lesson plans, especially when teaching social-communication, organizational and executive functioning, career and transition skills, and independent living. Andy is known for serving as a positive role model to his students, and he is committed to using a whole-child approach to enable all of his students to meet their potential. Andy earned a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Texas at Austin and holds teacher certification credentials in special education and general education.
Amanda Varcelotti, Social Creativity Instructor, Greenleaf NCC: Amanda Varcelotti has more than 10 years of experience working in fine arts and with students with autism. Amanda joined the Greenleaf NCC team as a full-time staff member in the summer of 2021, but has been dedicating her time and talent to the Social Creativity program since its inception. Amanda has supported curriculum development and program activities at Creative Action, ZACH, and Joshua's Stage, and she has an amazing track record for bringing creativity and energy to all she does. Amanda earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theater from Syracuse University and a Master of Fine Arts in Performance and Pedagogy from Texas Tech where she also led activities to help build life and social skills for students at the Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research through her role as a teaching artist and company member of the BurkTech Players.
Laura Greibel, Senior Director, Employment and Community Services, Easterseals Central Texas: Laura Griebel has worked in the not-for-profit industry in the Austin area for over 25 years. She has an extensive background in employment and training services working with and on behalf of youth and adults with disabilities. She has experience in youth development practices, policy and advocacy training, and leadership development. She helped launch Goodwill’s Excel Center, a public charter high school that provides adults ages 18-50 the opportunity to earn their high school diploma and begin post-secondary education. Laura currently serves as the Senior Director of Employment and Community Services at Easterseals Central Texas and is the lead executive for Greenleaf NCC. This position follows over 14 years with Goodwill Central Texas as the Director of Youth Services. Laura has a master’s degree in Education from the University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from St. Edward’s University. She is a proud graduate of Leadership Austin’s 2009 Essential Class and has also completed Goodwill Industries International’s Senior Leadership Program. Laura was awarded Woman of the Year from the YWCA in 2010 for her work in Women’s Economic Empowerment. Laura was also awarded Business Leader of the Year in 2014 from the Career and Technology Association of Texas. Laura has served as a volunteer board member for several Austin area not-for profit organizations including Goodwill of Central Texas, VSA Arts of TX (now ArtSpark), Open Door Preschool and the CAN Community Council. Laura and her husband, Adam, were married in 2001 and are the proud parents of their beautiful daughter, Madeleine.
Tod Marvin, President, Easterseals Central Texas and Southwest Regional SVP of Fedcap: Tod has been in his current role since November 2012. Serving more than 16,000 people with disabilities, their family members and caregivers each year, ESCTX has been helping people with disabilities for more than 80 years. After combining Easterseals Central Texas with Fedcap Rehabilitation Services in New York City in January 2018, Tod became responsible for managing a $23 million annual budget and 400 person staff. Tod’s non-profit career began at the American Red Cross National Headquarters in Washington, D.C., where he served as the Senior Operations Officer for the National Development Department. During this time, Tod directed a $150 million revenue and $35 million expense budget. He also led a national donor feasibility study that developed and executed a major gift program for the organization, resulting in $144 million of additional annual revenue. He also served in a leadership role on the national capital campaign cabinet that launched a $1 billion campaign for the Red Cross, the largest fundraising initiative in the organization’s 125-year history. Tod also served as the Vice President, Development for the Blood Center of Wisconsin, a $90 million organization that is the largest blood-banking and blood research operation in the state.Tod graduated from Tennessee Temple University and earned a master’s in public administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Tod is married to Corinne and has two daughters: Sutton earned an athletic scholarship to the University of Nebraska Swimming & Diving Team; and Payton, who earned an athletic scholarship to swim at Auburn University in 2020.
Randi Shade, Greenleaf NCC, Co-Chair: Randi Shade stays busy mentoring others and volunteering for countless causes while raising a son (age 15) who is on the autism spectrum and a daughter (13) with her wife, Kayla Shell, an attorney and executive at Dell. In 2008, Randi became the first openly gay person elected to serve as a member of the Austin City Council. She served on the Austin City Council until June 2011. Previously, Randi was Executive Director of the Austin Entrepreneurs Foundation, and the CEO of CharityGift, a venture capital backed Internet company she founded in 1999 and sold to a publicly traded company in 2005. Randi began her career at Procter & Gamble, and later worked for Texas Governors Ann Richards and George W. Bush, serving as Founding Executive Director of the Texas Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service, during which time she launched and managed the AmeriCorps program statewide. Under Randi's leadership, Texas was awarded $55 million in federal grants, which was more than any state in the nation. Randi also formerly served as Director of National Development for City Year and was awarded an Echoing Green Foundation-Harvard Public Management Fellowship to work for Teach for America in 1991. Randi was recognized in 2000 by the Austin Business Journal's Profiles in Power, and she received the Austin Under 40 Community Service Award in 2003. In 2012 the Human Rights Campaign honored Randi and her wife with Austin’s Bettie Naylor Visibility Award. Randi earned a BA in the Plan II Honors Program in 1988 at the University of Texas at Austin where she served as student body president, and an MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business in 1992. Randi received a German Marshall Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 2004, and in 2005 became a Henry Crown Fellow of The Aspen Institute and member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. Randi was inducted into the Friar Society in the fall of 1987 and has remained involved at UT in several ways over the years, including service on the UT Commission on 125 and on the Plan II Board of Visitors.
Rebecca Yerly, Greenleaf NCC, Co-Chair: As the mother of two teenage boys, one of whom has autism and IDD, Rebecca Yerly has spent the past fifteen years researching and managing the complex medical and behavioral condition that is autism. With a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Texas, she and her husband Jon Hockenyos have been involved in legislative efforts at the state level to expand insurance coverage for people with autism and were recognized by the Texas Senate for their uncommon dedication and perseverance in improving the lives of children with autism spectrum disorder. In addition to autism advocacy, Rebecca is employed at TXP as a Project Analyst where she has worked on numerous projects in the public policy arena, including the role of microlending in economic development of the disadvantaged community in Texas and the effects of the earned income tax credit on the working poor in the San Antonio region. She serves on the board of directors for YouthLaunch, an organization that empowers young people to become change makers in their schools, communities, and the world beyond through service. A sixth generation Texan, Rebecca and her family are guaranteed to be found eating Mexican food every Friday night in South Austin.
Mitchell Bowman, MAEd, CAS (he/him)
Director, Greenleaf NCC Social Creativity
Easterseals Central Texas
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