Drew McCabe, Chairman
Mr. McCabe is the Dean of Academics at the ECPI University. He has worked in leadership roles in Higher Education for nearly ten years. Prior to that time, he was Division Director for Robert Half International and previously a Regional Manager for Sunbelt Rentals Incorporated. He is responsible for providing proactive leadership to engage all stakeholders in the delivery of programs and services to support the students’ academic achievement, personal, and social development. In addition to his academic work, he serves as a volunteer for The Family Effect, a philanthropic arm of the Phoenix Center. A graduate of both Clemson University and the University Of North Carolina at Charlotte, Mr. McCabe holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Management as well as a Masters of Business Administration (MBA). Mr. McCabe works with the Autism Family Education Fund to help bring awareness of Educational opportunities and services available to individuals and families of individuals with autism.
Monique Williams, Treasurer
Monique is an education enthusiast in upstate South Carolina, currently in student services at Clemson University. Education has been a pillar in her life and remains a continuous pursuit. Monique’s career began in continuing education for a legal nonprofit organization in southeastern Pennsylvania, but detoured when she returned to school to earn her master’s degree with a goal of teaching in higher education. Monique found her niche in student services where she enjoys helping students navigate the complex maze of higher education, and career and personal development. Joining the AFEF board is an extension of her favorite motto, “Knowledge is Power,” and she states, “I am grateful to be a part of an organization that seeks to empower families through education.”
Patti Wentz, Secretary
Patti is the Director of Nursing for the RN program at ECPI University in Greenville. She has been an educator in some capacity for most of her adult life and has a passion for imparting knowledge and wisdom to others. With a Master’s Degree in Nursing Education and 21 years of nursing experience, helping others learn about the processes happening in their body and mind are important to her. Patti’s interpersonal skills, desire to help others learn, and willingness to serve in the community have spurned the interest to be a part of the Autism Family Education Fund. Patti is also a member of the Women of St. Francis, serves as a mentor to ladies with life controlling issues in her church, and serves as a mentor for young nurses with the American Nurses Association.
Ashlan Burns, Board Member
Ashlan is the Clinical Coordinator for the PN program at ECPI University in Greenville. She has been an RN for seven years and has been an educator for the last four. She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Nursing Education and has a strong desire to empower others with knowledge to enhance their lives. Ashlan is also a member of the Association for Nursing Professional Development organization. Her biggest passion is to help others by offering resources and support during their most challenging times. She is motivated to give back to her community and has volunteered in the healthcare setting for most of her life. She is grateful for the opportunity to sit on the Autism Family Education Fund as a board member to inspire change, impact local families, and raise awareness about Autism.
Ashley Krozer, Board Member
Ashley is the Community Relations Coordinator for iTrust Wellness Group, an outpatient mental health clinic in Greenville, SC. As Community Relations Coordinator, Ashley approaches marketing not only as a profession but as a creative outlet. With a B.S. in Marketing Communications from Western New England University, Ashley has a passion for all things inventive. She strives to build relationships that are productive and enjoyable. Ashley is committed to educating people about mental health conditions and mental wellness through community forums, workshops, and events. Her ultimate goal is to educate and connect with the community to help others find hope and stability through their struggles. AFEF board allows Ashley to continue to advocate for improved, expanded and accessible mental health services.
David Burleson, Board Member
David Burleson is a graduate of Anderson University, where he obtained three separate Bachelor of Science Degrees in Marketing, Management, and Finance/Economics. He has worked as an Economist progressing to Senior Consultant, obtained his insurance licenses with a specialty in Financial Services, and worked as a Staffing Manager where he specialized in executive recruiting for accountants and financial analysts. As both Autism and Mental Illness have personally affected his family, David joined Springbrook Behavioral Health in 2010 to work with those populations as the hospital’s Regional Director of Business Development. David has also served on the Board of Directors for Mental Health America since 2013. David brings his passion and expertise from his professional and personal experiences to the Autism Family Education Fund team.
Mary Ann Bennett, Board Member
Mary Ann is Chief Operating Officer, Director of Nursing, and Director of Autism Programming at Springbrook Autism Behavioral Health. She has a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of South Alabama and a Masters in Health Administration from Ohio University. Mary Ann has an extensive background helping autistic children and their families in the community. She is one of the founders of a local non-profit private school for children with ADHD, ASD, and learning disabilities. She has designed the autism programming at Springbrook Autism Behavioral Health and was pivotal in the transformation of this local residential treatment facility into a renowned residential treatment program that successfully addresses behaviors that interfere with a child or adolescent with autism success at home and in school. Working in this residential autism center environment and seeing how providing education to families dealing with autism has improved the quality of their lives has inspired Mary Ann to be a part of the Autism Family Education Fund so that other families can receive this same benefit.
Mike Rowley, Board Member
Mr. Rowley is the Administrator and maintains overall responsibility for the operation for Springbrook Autism Behavioral Health. Mike is instrumental in the significant financial and national market share growth at Springbook Autism Behavioral Health. Under his leadership the programming to treat behaviors in children and adolescents with autism has become a center of excellence.
In the course of Mr. Rowley’s career, he has been the Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director of multiple levels of care that include start-up model psychiatric hospital with services for seniors, adults, adolescents and children; psychiatric hospitals with residential services for behavioral and mental health; detox and chemical dependency; community services and foster care. Prior to joining Springbrook in 2012, Mr. Rowley was CEO of Salt Lake Behavioral Health, a start-up facility in 2010, Executive Director of Lakeside Academy (Sequel Youth and Family Services), and CEO of Copper Hills Youth Center.
Mike received his Bachelors and Masters of Social Work from Brigham Young University. Mike is proud of his role as a father of six children, and is dedicated to serving the community and assisting families through education. Serving on the Board of Autism Family Education Fund provides another opportunity to assist families in need.
Stephen Fusco, Board Member
Rebekah Wright, Board Advisor
Rebekah Wright is a graduate of North Greenville University where she obtained her undergraduate degree in Psychology, and Louisiana State University Shreveport where she obtained her Masters in Health Administration. Rebekah began her career as a direct care staff at Springbrook Behavioral Health in 2012. Since then she has been able to utilize her talents and now is currently the Director of Patient Relations, Quality, and the Group Living Director. Rebekah has always had a focus on mental health awareness and the drive to advocate for those in need. Rebekah has over 5 years of experience with working with the Autism population and currently is a Registered Behavior Technician. Rebekah brings her skills in process improvements, project management, and advocacy to the Autism Family Education Fund team.
Karrah Leary, AFEF Founding Board Member 2017-2019
In loving memory – 1986-2019