Nancy Wells, M.S., LPC, – Founder & Executive Director

Nancy is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a parent-professional working with Autism Spectrum Disorders. In June 2015, she was appointed to the Arkansas Legislative Task Force on Autism through which she will help make recommendations on treatment and education practices related to autism within the state. Nancy is also a coach for Arkansas Special Olympics and actively volunteers with area organizations that serve individuals with disabilities. She was inspired by the young adults in her life to create AbleTalks.

Vincent Lyons – Founding Board Member

Vincent S. Lyons is President and CEO of National Instrument dba Filamatic in Baltimore, MD. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Southern University, and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, and a M.B.A. in Management from the University of Phoenix. Over the course of his professional career, Mr. Lyons has received numerous honors and remains active in community service. His support has been crucial to the AbleTalks pilot program.

Maggie Ivy – Founding Board Member

Maggie is a freelance illustrator and artist originally from the Ozark area who currently works in Santa Monica. She graduated from The Florence Academy of Art in 2010, pursued illustration at TAD from 2011-2014, and was involved in the mentorship program at Rev Art Academy. Maggie is our go-to person for our AbleTalks branding and designing our perk merchandise.

Tami Kirkpatrick – Board Member

Tami holds a degree from the University of Central Arkansas in Elementary Education and came to AbleTalks with hopes to use her gift of communication and love of storytelling to bring awareness and recruit new students along the way. More importantly, though, Tami is the mother to five sons for whom she has advocated and seen through various stages of educational pursuits. Ultimately, she hopes the AbleTalks program becomes a movement that communities embrace to support individuals on the spectrum and help them live their dreams on their own.