Helping Families Rise
Above the Storm
Our organization was founded in March of 2009 to assist families affected by Autism, both emotionally and financially. Since this time, our grass roots organization has seen over 100 families affected by Autism and that number is rapidly growing -- not to mention other special needs families who like to join in our events.
We firmly believe that children with Autism learn and grow more with experience. We pride ourselves in giving the world to our special population so they can find their comfort zone and their passions and we can help them build on these.
We are at a critical time in our growth and we invite you to be a part of this very exciting journey. Please call us to see how you can get involved with our great organization and help impact our community.
Center for ASD
Our Wonderful Staff
Lisa Boultinghouse's passion to give her son services that were unobtainable was the driving force to create something that was accessible to everyone-regardless of income and diagnosis. Prior to the Center, Lisa worked for several major healthcare systems in business management positions and attended Tarrant County College. She is married to Brad and has three sons-Anthony, Nathan and Gabe. Their family has resided in Crowley for 14 years. Lisa has created this Center of caring staff members, involved families and happy participants who all have a common goal...to create a village where all people with disabilities can thrive.
Valerie graduated from Tarleton State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration. She has two sons, who both are adult participants at the center. She has garnered much knowledge in regards to raising two special needs sons over the course of two decades. Valerie and Jake, a firefighter, have been married for 25 years. She enjoys seeking out grant opportunities for the center, digital art, and tending her heirloom vegetable garden.
REACH 1/ PreTeen Lead
Misti starting working for the Center for ASD in August 2021. Prior to working here, she was an educator for seven years. Her daughter, Ava, has Autism and participates in First Steps. She loves to bake, play board games/card games, being crafty, and trying new foods.
Jimmie recently joined the Center as our Communications Development and Fit @ the BRiCK Coordinator. He is married and has a son. He enjoys traveling and you may have even seen him around the community. When he is not at the Center he runs his restaurant in Cleburne, "Jimmie's" and coaches a women's professional football team.
Staff Support/ GROW Teacher/Teen THRIVE Lead
Gilda has recently joined the Center for ASD in August. Married with 3 children, her youngest is autistic and also attends the Center. Before the center, she worked in public schools for nearly 30 years in cleaning. "During those years I met a lot of students who became "my kids" to look after. My heart has always been lead to help those who always need that extra little help." She enjoys reading, writing, and shopping for new plants. She loves nature, and looking at the moon phases at night!
Angela has supported teachers in the public school through PTA and assisting in the classroom for years. She is the proud mother of 3 kids. Her youngest, Tucker, is diagnosed with Autism and is a participant at the center. She has been married to her husband, Troy, for 20 years. Her passions include volunteering, scrapbooking, and spending time with her family and friends. Being part of the center gives her the opportunity to use her passions to make a difference in the community. With her charismatic personality, her love for the center, and her creative ideas she has helped increase the quality of all programs offered to our families.
Victoria "Tori" was once a volunteer and joined our team in the summer of 2017. She
completed the Education program at TCC in the spring of 2019. Tori used to lead many of our programs.
Due to unforeseen opportunities for her husband, she now lives in Marble Falls and works behind the scenes for us.
REACH 1 / GROW /
Teen THRIVE Teacher
Brandon started working at the Center at the beginning of September 2021. His little brother is a participant at the center and his mom also joined our team. He has experience working at Deer Creek Elementary for over a year and a half as a lunchroom monitor. He is a complete metal head who enjoys lazily reading, watching anything fictional, and riding around on his skateboard to clear his head.
XCEL Secondary Teacher/
Adult THRIVE Coordinator
Denise has been a part of the Center since September 2017. Denise started her journey with special needs children as a nanny. She has been involved with teaching special needs children for four years. She lived in Louisiana for 15 years before moving back to Texas in August 2017. Denise lives with her husband and five children, all of whom keep her very busy. One of her passions is working with The Bullpen Way station and Sanctuary, a giant breed dog rescue. Denise loves spending time with her children in the outdoors hiking, camping and enjoying the water. Denise's strong skills in behavior management, direct instruction and her passion for making a difference makes her an invaluable part of the CASD team.
First Steps, PreTeen, and
Teen Thrive Coordinator
Ms. Fabi graduated from Tarleton State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She works in the Child and Family Services field and has volunteered for the Center on and off since 2019. She has recently joined the team to work the First Steps and Pre-Teen/Teen THRIVE. She is a proud sister to her younger brother who attends the Center as a participant of the REACH Program. Ms. Fabi enjoys trying new restaurants with family and friends, exploring state/national parks, visiting art museums, and reading with her book club!
Joyce started with the Center for ASD in December of 2019. She has worked in Human Resources for many years and brings that professionalism to her. She does not have a child with Autism or special needs but has watched Gabe grow up to a great young man. Joyce has been married to Pete for 17 years and shares 6 kids and 9 grandkids between them. She loves to work behind the scenes to make sure our staff has what they need. She has been getting to know all our participants and loves working the door for pick up and drop off. Joyce handles all of our invoicing for all the services we provide. Her hobbies are watching her 17-year-old son Dominic play high school baseball.
REACH 1/ Adult THRIVE Teacher
Peyton has been with the center since September 2020. His role at the Center is REACH Lead. Before working at the Center, he would volunteer for Thrive at the BRiCK. His hobbies are gaming, going outdoors, and going camping
She first started volunteering back in early January. She is majoring in Psychology to be a specialist. She joined our team in early October as one of the teachers for REACH. Also on the spectrum, she has a passion to help others and enjoys working at the Center. "I enjoy painting, writing, reading, taking care of my plants, and walking my dogs! I enjoy biking around a park during the sunset and listening to music."
XCEL Elementary Teacher/
PreTeen THRIVE Teacher
Her and her husband have 3 children together, two boys and a daughter. She is the oldest child of 12. Three of which have special needs. Her son has ADHD, OCD, Anxiety, and Tourette syndrome. Heather has always been an active volunteer as either class parent, awanas, PTA, Boy Scouts, band board, or baseball board for the rec teams.
She enjoys helping others, being in the water, and spending time with family and friends. Her hobbies are baking, crafting, painting, and crocheting.
Adrien is a board certified music therapist and has been working with the Center for ASD since 2011. Her company BEAT Services offers an array of music therapy and special education services in Johnson and Tarrant counties. She currently leads Center Stage Performers and a music appreciation class during XCEL and plans to offer music during KAMP as well. In addition to music enrichment, she is also teaching some life skills and development. After teaching full-time in special education the last 7 years, she is loving the flexibility of working for herself part-time and raising her two beautiful daughters with her husband Jon. Participants love Adrien's music program and flourish under her patient and encouraging instruction.
Our volunteers are the heart of our organization! We could not support our families and provide the programs and services we do without you!
Thank you for all you do!