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.
In March 2014, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the latest revised prevalence figures for autism. The report indicates that the prevalence of autism is now 1 in 59, up from the 1 in 68 reported in January of 2012.
Families can spend over $100,000 per year for a child with autism. Most insurance companies do not cover these costs or early intervention or specialized programs.
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-one 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. Just recently, 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.
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 two grandsons.
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 one daughter, Charlotte, 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!
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.
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.
Victoria owns an event planning company specializing in weddings and social events. Prior to opening Dazzling Events Victoria was Director of Special Events and Catering where she had the opportunity to work with Local Chamber of Commerce, Food and Vine Time Productions, Cy- Fair Educational Foundation, SIRE, North Cypress Medical Center, Cy- Creek/Cy-Fair Fire Department, National Charity League as well as major corporations in planning meetings, conferences, fundraisers and galas.
Volunteering has always been important to Victoria, since opening Dazzling Events in 2014 she has been able to devote her time and talents to various organizations. She looks forward being a part of F.A.C.E.S and working with such dedicated people.
Victoria enjoys spending time with her husband Don, cooking, reading, decorating, traveling and spending time in Montana and Idaho.
K.J. was introduced to the world of Autism in 2001, when her best friend’s son was diagnosed with the disorder. For the past 16 years, she has become very familiar with the disorder and what it means to the children it affects, as well as their families and friends.
K.J. joined the Board of Directors of F.A.C.E.S. in 2007, when it was founded, and has served as the Treasurer on the Board since that time. Since 2005 she has worked with children with Autism and their families, both in the public-school system and at an Applied Behavior Analysis Clinic in Cypress, TX.
K.J. retired in 2014 to spend more time with her husband of 35 years, their two adult children and their two grandchildren. This decision also enabled her to devote more time to the F.A.C.E.S. organization. The most fulfilling part of K.J.’s life is her family and her work with F.A.C.E.S.