The Foundation for Autism Care, Education and Services (FACES) improves the lives of Houston, Texas area children with autism spectrum disorder and their families by providing scholarships for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that approximately 1 in 54 children in the U.S. suffers from autism (https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/Autism/addm.html).
Autism Speaks, the national advocacy nonprofit for autism, explains that the disorder affects all ethnic and socioeconomic groups. The key: “early intervention affords the best opportunity to support healthy development and deliver benefits across the lifespan” (https://www.Autismspeaks.org/Autism-statistics).
The high cost of ABA—considered the gold standard in treatment and costing as much as $5,000 per month—makes this therapeutic intervention out of reach for many families.
In 2019, 44 children in need from 29 different zip codes across the Houston region received or were awarded $256,117 in Applied Behavior Analysis Scholarships.
There is no therapeutic intervention that has been more studied or validated than Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy. ABA is a data-driven system of teaching that emphasizes breaking down skills into their component parts and teaching them using various prompting and positive reinforcement. A skill is considered mastered only after the data verifies that conclusion. By building related skills in a coordinated fashion, ABA has been shown to have the physical effect of "re-wiring" brain circuitry in individuals with autism. In other words, therapy done the right way actually teaches children "how to learn."
Larry Wallace is the Co-Founder and President of the FACES Foundation. A very devoted family man, he has been married for 55 years and has two grown children. In addition, he has four grandsons who are very important to him. Larry’s first grandson, Hunter, was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) at the early age of 14 months and since then he has taken a proactive role in supporting the treatment and care of children with ASD, as well as finding ways to help families living with autism.
Larry earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Texas Lutheran College. He is a faithful and active member of Trinity Lutheran Church, and enjoys golfing, hunting, cooking and spending time with family.
Dr. Radcliffe has been in the field of education for the past forty-four years. Currently, she is the President/Educational Consultant for Radcliffe Resources, where she has conducted professional development training for teachers and administrators in over 200 public and private schools with a focus on differentiated instruction, meeting the needs of diverse learners, instructional coaching, and services for gifted and advanced students. Other areas of emphasis include evaluating curriculum and instruction programming and developing plans to improve teaching methodologies for campuses and districts. Her comprehensive model for staff development targeting systemic change has been utilized throughout the State of Texas. Nancy’s past experiences include teaching in both the Aldine and Klein Independent School Districts, and also serving as an assistant/associate principal, principal, instructional officer, and Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Klein I.S.D. Dr. Radcliffe has been an adjunct professor at both the University of St. Thomas and Houston Baptist University, where she worked with teachers striving to become school administrators and instructional specialists. She also served on the Klein Independent School District Board of Trustees from 2003-2009, where she was elected President, Vice-President, and Secretary, during her tenure.
Nancy received a Bachelor of Science in Education at Baylor University, a Master of Education in Administration at the University of Houston, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A&M University. She has received the 75 Diamond Award from Klein I.S.D., for being one of the most influential contributors to the district in the seventy-five years since its inception; the 2013 Donald R. Collins Distinguished Klein Educator Award for exceptional work in the field of education; a State of Texas Resolution for Outstanding Service to Education, presented by State Representative Patricia Harless; and Parent of the Year for Texas A&M University, Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity. She was elected to serve as co-chair for the 2015 Klein I.S.D. Bond Steering Committee, and then co-chaired the “Citizens for Klein Kids” political action committee, which lead to a 76% passage rate for the bond election. For her efforts, Nancy was honored with the Ambassador Award, presented in September of 2015, by the Klein I.S.D. Board of Trustees. In 2016, the North Harris County chapter of AAUW (American Association of University Women) selected her as the outstanding education honoree.
Dr. Radcliffe and her husband, Ross, are also active in both community and church affairs and are the proud parents of three sons, as well as two granddaughters and three grandsons.
Deane is a financial advisor with Raymond James. After graduating from Texas A & M with a major in Management Information Systems, he spent eight years in the oil and gas industry. He later earned his Master of Business Administration from the University of Houston in 2001. He now operates his own business.
Deane has two children—Michael, who is autistic, and Katherine. He has been married to his wife, Caroline, for over ten years.
Dr. L.S. Spencer, a long-time advocate for children and families, started his professional journey in education thirty-seven years ago in San Antonio. Since that time, he has served in a variety of capacities, including being principal at a diverse high school in Houston of 3,500+ students to the Executive Director of Human Resources for the Klein Independent School District. Among his many gifts and talents, he is also fluent in Spanish.
Known for being a mentor and role model for those seeking to pursue degrees in education, L.S. has served as an adjunct professor at St. Thomas University, Prairie View A & M University, and Concordia University. He has also been appointed to advisory councils for Lone Star College, Region IV Education Service Center, and Texas Southern University, among others.
When not working to improve the lives of children and families, Dr. Spencer enjoys playing golf and being actively involved in his church.
Justin is a native Houstonian and graduated from the University of Houston summa cum laude with a degree in Political Science. Since 2003, Justin has worked in the insurance industry and is currently the Vice President of Hipson Investments, LLC, a private investment and independent insurance brokerage.
Justin became aware of the special coverage needs for the autism community through his wife, a behavioral therapist, and has focused his efforts for several years toward helping families find ways to get access to the therapies that their children need. Justin and his wife Lanay have two daughters, Charlotte and Leia, and they are dedicated to working to improve the lives of people around them. Justin previously served as a Treasurer and Deacon for Berean Baptist Church.
Lauren graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Houston cum laude with a degree from the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management. After graduating she spent the next seven years in the hospitality industry as a Sales Manager specializing in Special Events, Weddings, Conferences and Corporate Meetings. She joined the
F.A.C.E.S. board in January 2015 and has passionately said “I love that I have the opportunity to work with such talented individuals and can’t wait to see where we can take F.A.C.E.S.”
Lauren has strong communication skills geared to both internal leadership and providing outstanding customer service. She is an excellent multi-tasker and is very organized. Not only is Lauren detailed oriented, but she is also passionate about building relationships and being part of the community.
Lauren also loves spending time with her husband and family, traveling, and checking out great restaurants!
Kevin is an attorney and is the managing partner of his Houston based law firm. He is board certified in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is primarily engaged to assist corporations with employment issues and to provide general counsel services.
Kevin is married to Shawn and they have two sons, Jake and Alex. Together they try to prioritize faith, family and service to others. Kevin spends a large portion of his time volunteering for local youth organizations and he enjoys fishing, barbecuing and traveling.
Todd is a life-long Houstonian who graduated in the fall of 2008 with a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management & Managerial Studies from Rice University. During his time at Rice he played Defensive Tackle on the football team helping Rice go to their first bowl game in over 40 years and their second 10 win season in program history. In January of 2009 Todd took a job for a local Independent Insurance Agency and has been helping the needs of his clients ever since. He currently works as a Property & Casualty Account Executive with Higginbotham Insurance Agency, a large independent insurance brokerage firm that has a large foot print throughout the State of Texas.
Since 2016, Autism Spectrum Disorder has held a special place in Todd’s heart. That is the year his daughter was diagnosed with Autism. Since then, his family has seen how much ABA therapy can help a person on the Autism Spectrum. His main focus being a part of such a great organization like F.A.C.E.S. is to help raise awareness of this disorder, educate families dealing with Autism that there is help, and to tell his Daughters story of how ABA Therapy has changed her life in such a positive way.
Todd currently lives in Cypress with his wife Megan, their two Children, McKenzie and Ethan, and their Dog, Marley.
Kristen Wylie has over ten years of experience marketing to and planning events for the offshore oil and gas industry. Kristen began her career in 2008 as Marketing Coordinator at DOF Subsea, a global subsea service provider. In 2012, she joined Benthic Geotech, a start-up geotechcompany, as Marketing Manager and established their marketing department from the ground up. Kristen left Benthic in 2016 to work as a consultant for legal tech provider YerraSolutions where she managed their global events team. In 2018, Yerra was acquired leading Kristen to rejoin the Benthic team where she manages global Marketing and Communications today.
Kristen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Houston and lives in Houston, Texas with her husband and son. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and supporting her favorite charity F.A.C.E.S.
Joe is a Supply Chain Professional in the Oil & Gas Industry. He worked for Halliburton for 22 years and held many roles within their supply chain. Joe is a graduate of Cameron University in Lawton Oklahoma and was a member of their 1987 National Championship Football Team. Joe earned several athletic honors both at his High School in Duncan Oklahoma and at Cameron. Most recently Joe was a 2018 Inductee into the Duncan High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
Joe and his wife Sharla have been married for 28 years and have lived in the Houston area since 2004. They are parents to Dillon and Taylor. Dillon was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at the age of 12 and they have been his advocates to ensure his needs are met. He is very passionate about the autistic community and ensuring that the services that this community needs are provided. Joe enjoys fishing with Dillon at their family farm in Oklahoma as well as athletics and cooking outdoors.
Annie Viviano, born and raised in Houston, Texas, graduated from the University of Texas at Tyler with a Bachelor's in Nursing. Currently, she is the Director of Case Management & Clinical Systems at First Texas Hospital. Throughout her career as a Registered Nurse, Annie has had the privilege of working in large organizations and has practiced in numerous specialties. She and her husband have a sweet two y/o daughter named Scarlett, who brings them infinite joy. She is passionate about "family". For many years they did not think it would be possible to have a child, and then they were blessed with a delightful little girl. As a fulltime working mom, she understands the need for help and how the smallest thing can make all the difference. Anything she can do to help other families throughout their journey would be a real honor.
The Foundation for Autism Care, Education and Services (FACES) is a non-profit, 501c3 foundation. FACES is dedicated to raising funds to directly support and promote ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) therapy, education, services and treatment for children with Autism and their families.
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