FOUNDER, PRESIDENT AND DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Claire is driven, determined, tenacious and passionate about creating a support network for families connected to ASD. Claire's life changed when as a single mother, she moved from New Zealand back to the Sunshine Coast and her 4 year old son Cooper was diagnosed with Autism. Facing the diagnosis on her own, she realised the importance of being involved with a like-minded community and having access to ASD referrals and resources.
Also apparent was the need for an organisation on the Coast that could help families navigate appropriate programs to assist with the development of social and life skills and as such, The Autism Treehouse was born.
Carmel Crouch has held numerous senior executive roles in a career that spans both the commercial and non profit sector. Carmel is a distinguished community leader and a passionate advocate for disabilities and equal opportunities for all people. This, combined with her in depth knowledge of contract administration, has led her to play an important role in policy change and implementation. Carmel’s innovative approach to service delivery, skilled strategic leadership, and business acumen have been instrumental in the successful growth and diversification of the organisation. Carmel’s responsibilities as Managing Director also includes the role of Chief Executive Officer of STEPS’ Registered Training Organisation.
Over the year Carmel has sat on many committees concerned with social and economic progression and recently served for 3 years as a member of the Executive Committee of Regional Development Australia, Sunshine Coast. Today Carmel sits on the Caloundra CBD Taskforce, and is a representative for the Partners In Recovery Council for the Sunshine Coast and Gympie Regions. Carmel is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND STRATEGY
Beth has been a Coach and Mentor to many people over the last 20 years during which time she led corporate teams of over 140 staff, successfully operated and managed several diverse small businesses as well as speaking at and chairing international conferences.
Beth is authentic, warm, curious and skilled at asking direct and powerful questions which cause her clients to pause to think through their response - connecting with their own innate wisdom. Beth shares her skills and knowledge with others through her personal, business and executive coaching programs and through her consultancy practice. Her coaching style is ideal for entrepreneurs, business owners, professionals, executives and anyone in transition.
DIRECTOR AND BOARD TREASURER
Karen is a passionate long time supporter of The Autism Treehouse. Through Karen’s personal experience of having a child on the Autism Spectrum, she realizes the challenges families face each day and acknowledges the need for an organisation like ours to support and advise families directly, particularly after the initial diagnosis.
Karen has over 20 years experience in the finance industry and holds a Diploma in Accounting, Diploma of Management and is a Registered BAS Agent.
DIRECTOR OF FUNDRAISING AND BOARD SECRETARY
Being a passionate advocate for education and acceptance for children and young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder Francine brings a wealth of knowledge from the many personal development courses and workshops she has attended over the last 7 years. Along with this Francine brings practical experience and knowledge from being a mother to children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
DIRECTOR OF MEDIA AND MARKETING
Matt has been a creative problem solver and leader in some of the world’s best and largest advertising agencies. Over the last 15 years in the industry he has created award-winning work for global and local brands within the Australian, US, European and Asian markets.
With a love of strategy and planning, Matt believes that the best advertising and communication comes from an understanding of the problems facing businesses. He is driven to create marketing that doesn’t rely on traditional or predictable paths. He’s most passionate about the power of great ideas, his beautiful family and the mighty All Blacks. Not necessarily in that order.