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. Learn more about this child-focused team below.

Lisa McCarty

Co-Founder
President

Hometown:
Ames, IA

Education/Background:
BS English (RPC), Iowa State University

Michael McCarty

Co-Founder
Member

Hometown:
Ames, IA

Education/Background:
BS Computer Science, Iowa State University

Anita Rollins

Treasurer

Hometown:
Ames, IA

Education/Background:
MS Multicultural Education, Iowa State University

Why did I get involved with All Aboard for Kids?

I am passionate about every young person having the opportunity to thrive and fulfill their potential. I’m so excited to contribute in some small way to making that happen through All Aboard for Kids!

Missy Sanow

Secretary

Hometown:
Gilbert, IA

Education/Background:
BS Early Childhood Education, Iowa State University

Current Role:
Executive Director at Martha’s House of Hope

Why did I get involved with All Aboard for Kids?

I got involved with All Aboard for Kids because I feel very passionate about the philosophy, program and mission of All Aboard For Kids.  My daughter is on the Spectrum for Autism and has participated in the program for several years and has gained SO much from her experiences!  She has overcome some fears and found some friends which for her is a big feat.  I am so appreciative for what this program has done for her and want to give back in the best way possible.

Lisa Schuelka

Executive Director

Hometown:
Harris, IA

Why did I get involved with All Aboard for Kids?

I was truly fortunate to meet Lisa when her son, Luke, and my daughter, Olivia, were just babies. We have been friends ever since! Over the past 16 years, I have witnessed just how hard the McCartys have worked to bring a team together to help support their children, as well as other children on the autism spectrum. Walking this journey with them has opened my eyes to all the ways this population of kids is under-served in our area. I am really passionate about helping them build a program that meets the needs of these amazing kids!

Kate Reynolds

Member

Hometown:
Ames, IA

Education/Background:
BS Exercise Science, Truman State University
DPT (Doctorate of Physical Therapy), Des Moines University

Current Role:
Director of ChildServe in Ames

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.

Connie Hargrave

Member

Hometown:
Ames, IA

Current Role:
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.

James Hardacre

Member

Hometown:
Ames, IA

Education/Background:
BS Business Administration, 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.

Rebekka Maass

Member

Hometown:
Grimes, IA

Education/Background:
BS Elementary/Special Education, USD
MA Education, Morningside University
Education Administration, University of Iowa

Current Role:
Principal at Grandwood Education Center
Woodward-Granger CSD Special Education Coordinator

Why did I get involved with All Aboard for Kids?

I have always had a passion for working with youth especially focusing on developing skills in the area of social-emotional learning.  When I initially heard about All Aboard for Kids, I knew this would be an organization I wanted to be part of supporting their mission.  I am very excited to grow with the program!