Board Members

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.”

Contact: mwilliams@autismfef.org

Patti Wentz, Board Member

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.

Contact: pwentz@autismfef.org

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.

Contact: mbennett@autismfef.org

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.

Contact: cbazemore@autismfef.org

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.

Contact: dmccabe@autismfef.org

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.

Contact: aburns@autismfef.org