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Volunteer Leadership Committee

The ASCV 5K & Family Fun Day is brought to you through the hard work and dedication of our Volunteer Leadership Planning Committee. This group of parents, caregivers, and community members spend months planning this amazing event, and we can't thank them enough! Please read their stories below and learn a bit about why they continue to pour their time and energy into supporting the Autism Society of Central Virginia:

Chairs:  Kefu Dorion & Roxana Ospina

Jennifer Barnum
MsKitty Brown
Rachel Capone
Ling Chen
Megan Colson
Lisa DeGroot
Carly Dragan
Kate Fletcher
Monica Flickinger
Heidi Garcia
William Hamilton
LeAn Hatch
Amanda Hunt
Michael Kammerman
Amanda Pratt
Allie Smith-Spurrier
Nikki Sterling
Terry Stevens
Katie Topham
Laura Youngquist

"The ASCV provides support and resources to individuals on the autism spectrum and their families at every age and every stage of their lives. Our family's journey is testimony to this aspect of the organization's mission ever since we first became involved when our son was in preschool and he's now 19. What I have learned over the years through the many informational workshops has helped me be the best advocate for our son's needs. The recreational opportunities gave us the means to connect with other families and cultivate a network of expanding support. Aside from the fact that the day itself is one of celebration, fun activities, and access to local resources, I continue to be involved in the 5K event in order to give back to an organization that has given us and our community so much."

- Donna Sabel, Cameron's Crusaders


"My family has been participating in the ASCV 5K for the past 11 years. We are passionate about raising money that stays in the RVA community. All funds raised for the ASCV 5K provide much needed support to local families and individuals living with autism. Our family looks forward to the 5K every year. We make it an all-day fun event for our family and friends to celebrate our son!"

- Jennifer Barnum, Team bELIeve


"When my oldest son was diagnosed with autism in 2010, I had a nonverbal 3-year-old, a newborn, a drained bank account, and not much hope. I called the ASCV looking for guidance, and their staff spent hours on the phone with me explaining Medicaid waivers and next steps. Their counsel put us on a path to success. Nine years and two more kids diagnosed with autism later, the ASCV continues to be a ray of hope in our lives. Between workshops, social gatherings, and scholarships, we take much more than we give. The 5K is one way our family can say 'thank you' and pay it forward."

- Kate Fletcher, The Fighting Fletcher's


"I've taken part in the Autism Society 5K for over 8 years now. I love that it brings the community together and provides free resource booths, so that everyone can learn more about what's happening locally. I know that the money I raise through the 5K goes right back into my local community. I look forward to participating in the 5K for many more years to come!"

- Kristen Keys, Recognizing Children's Gifts Team



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