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.”
Laurie Elrod, Secretary
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.
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.
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.
Stephen Fusco, Board Member
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.
Patricia Metcalf, Board Member
Hi I’m Patricia Metcalf- Student Success Coordinator at ECPI University Greenville, South Carolina. Most people know me as Trisha . I’m a graduate of the University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Rhode Island. My career started in retail management at The Gap. As a Training Store Manager I hired and trained local college students. Most of them stayed with the Gap and did their co-op and internship with me. Some of them became store managers This is why I transitioned into Higher Education where I have worked for over 19 years. I started as a Career Advisor at ECPI University over 15 years ago . Prior to ECPI I worked in Career Development at Johnson & Wale University in Providence , RI. My role has been to prepare our students for a rewarding career in their field of study while providing a skilled, well trained workforce to the community. I am now the Student Success Coordinator for the Greenville Campus. I help student overcome the obstacles that get in their way. I am always ready to listen to what is on their mind and provide confidential resources, assistance and encouragement.
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