Board of Directors

Board of Directors2018-03-04T05:00:25+00:00

Meet Our Board of Directors!

The All Aboard for Kids Board of Directors is comprised of dedicated
and passionate leaders in the Ames and Gilbert communities. This group invests much
of its time and energy working toward helping children on the autism spectrum grow and, ultimately, thrive. You can learn more about this child-focused team by learning more about each member below.

Lisa McCarty

Co-Founder
President

Hometown:
Ames, IA

Education/Background:
B.S. in English from Iowa State University

Michael McCarty

Co-Founder
Member

Hometown:
Ames, IA

Education/Background:
B.S. in Computer Science from Iowa State University

Destiny Lempiainen

Treasurer

Hometown:
Gilbert, IA

Education/Background:
B.S. in Finance

Why did I get involved with All Aboard for Kids?

I became involved because I have a passion to serve and help others in our community. I got involved through previous finance work and fundraisers with other organizations in the Ames community and school district.

Kate Reynolds

Member

Hometown:
Ames, IA

Education/Background:
BS in Exercise Science from Truman State University, DPT (Doctorate of Physical Therapy) from Des Moines University
Kate currently manages the outpatient therapy clinic for the Ames ChildServe and has been involved with ChildServe for 13 years.

Why did I get involved with All Aboard for Kids?

I am always looking for new opportunities to get involved more in our community and LOVED the idea of helping build All Aboard for Kids. I love helping build more services for children with special healthcare needs in our area.

Tamara Tinder

Secretary

Hometown:
Gilbert, IA

Education/Background:
Teaching degree in Special Education
Teaches middle school special education at Gilbert Middle School

Why did I get involved with All Aboard for Kids?

After working with a student on the spectrum in my program, I became close with the family. Lisa and Mike had started a non-profit organization geared toward autistic children, and I was asked to teach for a portion of camp. I began attending meetings to better understand their vision, and ultimately was asked to join the Board.

James Hardacre

Member

Hometown:
Ames, IA

Education/Background:
B.S. in Business Administration from Iowa State University

Why did I get involved with All Aboard for Kids?

I have a strong interest in child welfare in my local community. All Aboard for Kids is a great way to actively promote kids and their development, as well as serve a need in the Ames community that benefits local families and kids.

Connie Hargrave

Member

Hometown:
Ames, IA

Education/Background:
Professor of Learning Technologies at Iowa State University

Why did I get involved with All Aboard for Kids?

I became involved in All Aboard for Kids because it is the type of grassroots educational programming that
meets the needs of our young people while making a critical difference in the lives of students and families.