Board Members & Staff
Amy Carr, President
Amy worked at the Milgard School of Business at University of Washington Tacoma and recently became a stay-at-home mom. She previously worked in the financial services industry for almost 15 years. Amy is Vice President of the South Sound Autism Partnership and is the former Executive Director for The Wyatt Holliday Foundation. She and her husband have been active in the special needs community through sponsorships and hosting charity events within the south Sound. Amy lives in Tacoma and has 3 children, with one child affected by autism.
Marti Cates, Vice President - Community Outreach
Marti has over 30 years experience working with children with special needs, as well as those with low income. She is a Family Educator with A Step Ahead of Pierce County, has a Bachelor of Arts in Child Development, and is an Incredible Years Certified Parent Trainer. Marti lives in Puyallup and is a parent of a child with special needs.
Debbie Kray, Vice President - Strategic Planning
Debbie is a community advocate for families, children, and creative learning. In her 13 years at the Children's Museum of Tacoma, she worked to provide families who have children with special needs access to informal learning environments. She joins the Board to strengthen its strategic plans and community engagement to ensure success in our mission. Debbie has actively volunteered in the athletic, academic, and artistic lives of her children in Tacoma and with her husband. She enthusiastically joined the Board to provide families with children with special needs opportunities to support the growth and learning of their children.
Sara Izzard, Co-Secretary
Sara has been a Special Education Teacher for 13 years, working with students with a wide variety of special needs. She currently works in the Bethel School District, has a Master’s degree in Education, and is a National Board Certified Teacher. Sara lives in Tacoma.
Corinne Dutton, Co-Secretary
Corinne has an Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology and is working on becoming nationally certified as a Registered Health Information Technologist. Previously she worked in children’s ministry and was a Para-Educator who did sign language interpretation in various local school districts. Corinne lives in Shelton.
Angie Thompson, Treasurer
Angie has worked over 8 years in public and private sector accounting. She is currently employed as Accounting Manager at Ampac Flexibles. Angie has a Bachelor of Accounting and is now working on a Master of Business Administration-CPA. She lives in Orting and has a child diagnosed on the autism spectrum.
Angela Fish, Executive Director
Angela was recently recognized as an Unsung Hero by the Washington State Department of Early Learning and her story was featured on the Seattle's Child Magazine website. She began blogging as "Caffeinated Autism Mom" in 2011, and in 2012 her blog was awarded "BEST Parenting Blog" through the Best of Western Washington contest. In 2011, Angela was honored as the Community Advocate of the Year by FEAT (Families for Effective Autism Treatment) of Washington. She is a contributing author in the book, Sensational Journeys: 48 Personal Stories of Sensory Processing Disorder. Angela founded the SPECIAL Families of Pierce County support group in 2008. She participates in the Pierce County Interagency Coordinating Council, South Sound Autism Partnership and First 5 FUNdamentals. Angela has been an active participant and volunteer in the special needs community since 2007, previously serving as the Director of Community Outreach and Board Secretary for The Wyatt Holliday Foundation. She has a Master’s degree in Business Administration and previously worked in the mortgage industry, the wine industry, high-tech, and international trade. Angela lives in Tacoma and has 2 children diagnosed on the autism spectrum.
Dani Wykes, Parent Advisory Council Chair
Dena Radcliffe, SPECIAL Families of Pierce County - Downtown Tacoma Group Leader