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About KindTree - Autism Rocks

KindTree - Autism Rocks is dedicated to serving and celebrating people on the Autism Spectrum through art, recreation and community. With warm hearted whimsy, an open sense of family and a deep level of caring, we reach inside ourselves to embrace our flaws, gather our strengths, and offer our love while reaching out to people on the autism spectrum, their families and care givers. Through the power of self-advocacy in an atmosphere of acceptance and respect, autistic and neuro-normal people alike can work toward self-realization.

"Together we can make this work
for all of us."

 

 

Contact:
KindTree Productions, Inc
P O Box 40847
Eugene, OR 97404

541-935-0700

autism@kindtree.org
Mary-Minn@kindtree.org
mollyelliott@mac.com
sdahl@kindtree.org

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Advisory Board, 2016

Margaret Theisen, Full Access
Gary Cornelius, Lane County, retired
Nel Applegate, Lane County, retired
Tim Mueller, former board member
Gerold Linville, Eugene Downtown Lions Club
Mary Beth Bonte, nurse
Sydney Shook, the Arc
Dyan Campbell, former board member
Michael Omogrosso, parent
Doris Germain, Autism Consultant
Cynthia Whitfield, parent
TR Kelley, musician
Johanna Magner, former board member
Maggie Pecora, former board member
Toby Rickard, educator
Paul Solomon, parent
Jen Wassermiller, former board member, parent
Jed Shapiro, PWA

Board of Directors, 2016:

Mary-Minn Sirag, 541 689 2228
President, KindTree Productions, Inc 2002 -
B.A. Classics & Art
Vice President and co-founder, Bridgeway House, 2002-2006
Chapter Representative, Autism Society of America, Lane County Chapter 2003 -
Art instructor and activity leader for City of Eugene's Adaptive Recreation program since 2002. 
Peer mentor and independent living specialist at Lane Independent Living Alliance
Independent Living Advocate, LILA, 2007 -
Self-Determination Award, the Sarolta Nagy Award from the Arc of Oregon 2005
Senior Role Model Award from OASIS Learning Center 2008
Essentials of Life Volunteer of the Year, United Way 2008
She has autism.

Molly Elliot (541) 682-6307
Vice-president, 2013 -, Board member since 2012. 
STiLE Program Coordinator
CTRS (Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist),
B.A. in English literature
2004 KindTree - Autism Rocks "Thanks to You" award winner
Retired program coordinator for City of Eugene's Adaptive Recreation program for over 30 years.

Sheila Thomas 541 359 5670
Board member since 2014
University of Oregon, Teaching License and a Handicapped Learner Endorsement
MS in Developmental Disabilities Special Education
Life Skills teacher, 1989-2009
Arc of Lane County 'Teacher of the Year'
Founder/Instructor 'Let's Go Learn'  Taking Groups and Individuals on High Interest Community Activities 2009 - present
Positive Behavior Support specialist
Person Centered Planning Facilitator
Eugene 4J Summer School Teacher 1996 - present
Coach Special Olympics Basketball and Track and Field
Board member of the Arc of Lane County and RideAble

Eileen Brixey (541) 343-8907
Board members since 2012
B.A. in Ancient History
Educational Aide in a 4J special education transition classroom in Eugene
Volunteer coordinator for KindTree
Board member, Reality Kitchen, 2013 -

Logan Johnson 541-844-5761
Board member since 2014
Volunteer at  Cascades Raptor Center
Social Media volunteer
Living with aspergers

Pricilla Estrada 541-953-8053
Board member since 2016
Whitebird Dental Clinic - Tooth Fairy

Melissa Farley 541-543-1513
Board member since 2014
Full Access Personal Agent, musician

Peggy Medford
Board member since 2014

Chrissy Peirsol 541-653-6567
Board member since 2016
Lane County Mental Health Advisory Council


Mission Statement:
With heart and enthusiasm, KindTree - Autism Rocks, an all volunteer organization, promotes activities to enhance the lives of persons with Autism.

· Develop the potential of artists with autism through scholarships, production assistance, promotion, and profit sharing. KindTree - Autism Rocks sponsors artists with autism, collects and exhibits their works at a variety of venues, the most notable being the annual exhibition, “Autism Artism”. KindTree - Autism Rocks publishes and distributes paintings by its artists in the form of original greeting cards. Other displays are arranged as opportunities become available.

· Recreational activities seek to promote communitas, a sense of inclusion while having fun. The annual autism camp is the core and founding activity of KindTree - Autism Rocks. Seasonal events, such as the October Mask Making Party, are held as appropriate. All seek to be fun and instill positive attitudes regarding the experience of autism, as championed by the phrase “Autism Rocks!”

· Create Community for people with autism and those who support them. KindTree - Autism Rocks’ endeavors seek to instill a true sense of self through the support of a caring and understanding community, through the power of respect and honor for an individual with their own voice in their own lives. To achieve this end, KindTree - Autism Rocks produces talent shows, community news publications, living skills supports and more. All activities of KindTree - Autism Rocks, including art, shows, sales, and recreational activities, are planned to raise awareness and understanding of autism in the wider community.

 

Non-discrimination Statement:
KindTree - Autism Rocks welcomes everyone. KindTree Productions Inc. does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, disability, age, religion, sexual orientation or domestic partner status.  For questions concerning this policy, please contact us at 541-935-0700 or janejordan@kindtree.org.

Tax ID #: 93-1232245 DUNS #: 078498750

Programs:

Camp / Retreat – Annual family oriented weekend event at Baker Boy Scout Camp on Siltcoos Lake. Serving 140 guests with 75 volunteers. Since 1997.
STiLE Program - Skills Training for an Independent Living Experience, with project based activities that devlop and maintain living skills and social development. Designed specifically for people on the autism spectrum, but open to all those who can benefit.
Art Program – Soliciting art by people with autism for display, sales, and promotion. Awareness building, confidence building, income producing - improving quality of life for artists with autism. Since 1999.
Peer Support Group – Adults get together monthly to share challenges and successes. Since 2000.
Community Outreach and Education – Thrice yearly paper newsletter, monthly e-news, extensive website, annual Autism Celebration, social fun-raisers, more.
Consulting – KindTree - Autism Rocks is available to provide consulting services to organizations establishing recreational opportunities for people with autism.

 


P O Box 40847
Eugene, OR 97404
541-935-0700