2020 Board of Directors

Kelli Webb, Co-President

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Kelli joined the board in 2020 but her daughter, Katie, has been enjoying JCASG activities and Camp Can Do for many years!  Katie was diagnosed with Autism at a young age but is now preparing for the transition to the workforce.  Kelli has a chemistry degree from the University of Indianapolis and spent most of her career at Eli Lilly in Human Resources.  As an early retiree, she now works part-time in executive recruitment.  Kelli loves spending time with her family, traveling, and all things Disney!

Carly Britt, Co-President

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Carly is a southside native. She graduated from Center Grove High School and went on to receive her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Education from Johnson University.  Carly lives in Greenwood.  Carly is an active member of Greenwood Christian Church and works full-time as a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst. In her spare time, Carly enjoys running and spending time with her family and friends.

Tamara Hull, Secretary

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Tamara began her autism journey more than a decade ago when her son was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome (high-functioning autism) at the age of four. He was then diagnosed with ADHD at age six. She is passionate about advocating for kids on the spectrum. Tamara has worked in public relations in health care for more than 20 years and holds a master’s degree in public relations from Ball State University and a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Indiana University. She resides in Greenwood with her husband and two sons. Tamara shares her story and encourages other parents of children with autism/ADHD through her blog at autismadhdconnection.com.

Andrea Bilsland, Treasurer

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Andrea is a mother of 3 children. She is an accountant for a Hearing Aid business in Indiana. She graduated from Indiana State University with an accounting degree. She has been doing accounting since 1993. She is currently the treasurer for ACC. She enjoys time with her kids, hanging out with family and friends and her cats. Her son, an adult on the spectrum, is nonverbal and has been a part of JCASG since it’s beginning. JCASG has been a huge help in her son Noah’s life.

Sheila Benham, Member

Sheila reached out to other local parents affected by autism to form the JCASG after her son, Jack, was diagnosed at the age of three.    She works in her husband’s financial planning business during the tax season and enjoys traveling with her family.

Amanda Cooper, Member

Amanda has been with JCASG since its inception. She has an accounting degree from Indiana University and owns a prefabricated drywall business.  She is an IU Basketball fan and enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.  Her son, Jack, was diagnosed with autism at age three and is now a young adult. 

Jolie Capps Renihan, Member

Jolie has lived most of her life in Greenwood and Southside Indianapolis. She graduated from Center Grove High School and has a Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University. Jolie is an active volunteer at Indianapolis Animal Care Services and works full-time doing Waiver Case Management. Jolie developed a passion for serving individuals with disabilities working in special education during and after college. Jolie enjoys reading, music, and spending time with her husband and their dogs. She also enjoys spending free time with her extended family and friends.

Katie Friedericks, Member

Katie is a Cincinnati native, IU Bloomington grad, and two-time AmeriCorps alum. Katie spent six years at the State of Indiana Disability Determination Bureau, while also earning a Masters in Library Science from IUPUI. After becoming a stay-at-home parent and navigating her son Colin’s new autism diagnosis, she began part-time positions with Indianapolis Public Library and Family Voices Indiana. In 2020 Katie became a Children’s Librarian with Greenwood Public Library. Katie is a 2020-2021 Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Family Trainee at the IU School of Medicine. Katie enjoys traveling and exploring with her energetic son, Colin, and firefighter husband, Will.

Allison Gearries, Member

Allison is the Centralized Family Ministries Director at Emmanuel Church. Prior to joining the staff at Emmanuel, she taught Special Education for seven years in a variety of settings, including the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired and MSD Washington Township. Allison graduated from Butler University with a degree in Early/Middle Childhood Education with a minor in Special Education. In her free time, she enjoys reading, going on long walks, and hanging out with her husband, Joey.

Emily Behnke, Member

Emily joined the board in December 2020 after volunteering and working for the group in different capacities. She was involved in leading their summer programming for many years and regularly attended board events. Emily has worked for Johnson County schools in Special Education for the last 10 years. Emily graduated from Liberty University with a BS in Special Education and is obtaining a Master’s degree from Ball State in Special Education Administration. She is passionate about helping people with disabilities build as much independence as possible through access to services and education. Emily lives and works in Greenwood. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors hiking, biking, kayaking, and spending time with family/friends. 

Lesa Paddack, Member

Lesa is new to the ACC board in 2021 but not new to the world of Autism. Lesa and her husband have four grown children and two granddaughters and live in Greenwood. After Josh was diagnosed with Autism, Lesa took part in JCASG activities and now she is very happy to be able to help other families through being a board member with ACC. Lesa works for IN*SOURCE (Indiana’s Resource Center for Families with Special Needs) as the IN*SOURCE Parent Liaison to the Indiana Department of Education. Lesa has a bachelor’s degree in human services from Indiana Wesleyan University and is a 2009-2010 Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Family Trainee at IU School of Medicine. Lesa enjoys reading, learning more about her brand-new hobby photography and spending time with her hubby Bruce, Josh and their dog Dash.