BOARD

Heather_Conroy HEATHER CONROY
Heather is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Board Certified Behavior Analyst from Pittsburgh who, since 2006, has had the pleasure of working with children, adolescents, and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders in various settings. Heather is thrilled to continue the journey with Arts for Autism Foundation of Pittsburgh as it provides youth and adults on the spectrum with such meaningful opportunities for creative expression and learning. Heather has provided direct support to campers as a volunteer with the Film Camp each year it has been in Pittsburgh. She now works with Joe Farrell to support the year-long Youth Film Makers’ Guild assisting young film makers with the creation of how-to videos aimed at teaching the neurotypical audience how to best interact with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
12360121_10207147804205079_8182944502159223387_n JOE FARRELL
Joe moved to Pittsburgh in 2008 to pursue his degree and began working with children and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and Substance Abuse Disorders. He has been working in the Behavioral Health field ever since.  Joe’s main focus is empowering individuals to live independent and integrated lives. To that end, he often assists individuals with time management, social skills, non-verbal communication, and decision making skills. He enjoys the Coaching approach and the practical, cooperative methods of reaching one’s goals that it brings to the table.  Joe often incorporates techniques from Behaviorism, Cognitive Therapy and Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy into my Coaching.  For fun, he really enjoys the outdoors. Hiking, biking, and backpacking are all things that he enjoys regularly. Joe also has a big beard and is a member of the Steel City Beard and Moustache Club. The club gets together monthly to talk about having facial hair and host charitable events for local non-profit organizations.
Pam_Harbin PAMELA HARBIN
Pamela Harbin is an activist for human rights and education justice, specifically dedicated to providing dignity and inclusion in our schools and communities.  As the parent of a child with a disability Pamela is delighted to serve on the board of the Arts for Autism Foundation of Pittsburgh where programs like the Joey Travolta Film Camp provide youth with disabilities the space to focus on their abilities and strengths to build their sense of self and worth.  At the same time, she believes that programs like the Joey Travolta Film Camp exist to teach community members and organizations how to be inclusive and welcoming through small adjustments to their policies, practices and environments.Pamela served for three years as the Co-chair of the Pittsburgh Local Task Force for the Right to Education.  She is a founding member of the coalition of Great Public Schools (GPS) Pittsburgh that is fighting for the schools all our children deserve.
Carolyn_Hare CAROLYN HARE
Carolyn Hare, M.S., has been working in the field of Autism for more than 20 years.  She is a former special education teacher, certified ADI-R Trainer and the Clinical Director for Autism BrainNet.  In cooperation with several members of the Board of Directors, Ms. Hare co-founded the Arts for Autism Foundation of Pittsburgh in 2012. She is especially passionate about working with and problem solving issues relating to adolescents and adults with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome and aims to guide Arts for Autism programming in a practical, outcomes-oriented direction.
Ron_Heakins RON HEAKINS
Ronald E Heakins is President and founder of locally owned Registered Investment Advisors firm OakTree Investment Advisors.  Prior to starting OakTree he worked for Paine Webber for 19 years as a registered rep and branch manager.  Now when he is not managing his client’s money or working in securities arbitration and litigation cases, Mr. Heakins focuses on community outreach through a number of local charities, Arts for Autism being one of them. Growing up in Saxonburg he has always lived in western Pennsylvania and credits his success to the hard work values he leaned from his childhood, and considers being asked to serve on the board here one of the highlights of his life.
Colin_Matthews COLIN MATTHEWS
Originally from Johnstown, PA, Colin Matthews has worked at Giant Eagle, Inc. as an Industrial Engineer since graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2009. He also serves on the board for the Arts for Autism Foundation of Pittsburgh and serves as a Co-captain for the Sweet’N Low Ryders during the annual American Diabetes Association Tour De Cure (raising over $64,000). Colin is also the Founder of Steel City Secret Cinema; a local event that happens twice/year to raise money for local charities. During his free time he likes to spend time with his wife, puppy, kitten, and a round of golf every now and again.
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