Jim McGill, Chairman
Karrah Leary, Secretary
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.”
Drew McCabe, Board Member
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.
Carly Bazemore, Board Member
Carly Bazemore is a board-certified behavior analyst (BCBA) and has been working with children with autism spectrum disorder since 2004. Presently, she works at SpringBrook Behavioral Health in Travelers Rest, SC. Carly has experience in the areas of intensive behavioral needs, functional communication, early intervention, discrete trial training, vocational skills, and social skills training. Carly is passionate about advocating for autism awareness, and working with children and their families to help individuals with developmental disabilities live their best possible lives.
Stephen Fusco, Board Member
Mike Rowley, Board Member
Mary Ann Bennett, Board Member
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 charter school for children with ADHD, ASD, and learning disabilities, and was pivotal in the transformation of a local residential treatment facility into a behavioral health center for autistic children. Working in this residential autism center environment and seeing the impact that providing education has had on families dealing with autism has inspired Mary Ann to be a part of the Autism Family Education Fund so that other families can receive the same benefit.
David Burleson, Board Advisor
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.