Our Staff

Executive Director

Karen Nelson has been serving children and families in a variety of ways for over twently years. Karen has her Master’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences from the University of Idaho. The focus of her degree was parent education, raising a child with special needs, and the parent-child relationship. Karen has four children, one of which has learning disabilities and another child who was born extremely premature with a long stay in the NICU. Karen is so grateful for the opportunity to provide support, resources and educational classes to parents and community members who are raising or working with a child with special needs

Outreach Director

Beth Ficklin is new to our staff.  She has four children, two whom have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), another with a learning disability, and a sibling who needs support in a family with competing needs. Over the past two years, Beth has worked in the community build a support network for families of children with special needs and learning disabilities. Beth has a Master’s degree in Applied Sociology with a minor in Applied Statistics from Clemson University. Beth looks forward to continuing to serve the community in a more formal way.