Co-Owner, Executive Director
Allison has 25 years experience working with children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. She has 11 years experience teaching in the public school system and has implemented Applied Behavior Analysis privately since 1999. Allison is co-founder of Autism Spectrum Instructional Resources, LLC (ASPIRE). Allison received her master of education from the University of Texas at Austin with a major in special education and an emphasis on autism/developmental disabilities and early childhood education. She received her bachelor of education from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1987. Allison is a member of the Austin regional advisory task force to the Texas Council on Autism & Pervasive Developmental Disorders and has served as President of the Autism Society of Central Texas.
Co-Owner, Executive Director
Kristi graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1999 with a Bachelor in Psychology before returning to UT to complete her Master of Education with an emphasis on Autism/Developmental Disabilities and Early Childhood Education. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 20 years experience implementing Applied Behavior Analysis and has contracted with school districts to provide in-home training and Extended School Year services to children with autism. Together with Allison, she founded ASPIRE in 2005 to serve the increasing needs of individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders in the Austin area. Kristi sits on the boards of William's Community School and the Autism Society of Central Texas and is a member of the regional advisory task force to the Texas Council on Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders.
Director of Operations
Raschel serves as the Director of Operations, overseeing the administrative and business aspects of ASPIRE. She has over 20 years of experience in Management and Business Administration. Raschel worked with AT&T for over 16 years in Administration and Human Resources Support, including managing the Disability, FMLA and Leave of Absence benefits and processes. Raschel has also been involved with community outreach and fundraising efforts as a Volunteer with various non-profits, including the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Central Texas, Livestrong, and Autism Society. She is a mother of two and enjoys running, live music and spending time with family and friends.
Laura has been passionate about working with individuals with ASD and developmental disabilities since 2005 when she first started working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Hope College in 2007. She then spent two years working with the Peace Corps before entering graduate school at the University of Texas. Laura completed her Master of Education degree (2011) and Doctor of Philosophy degree (2015) in the Autism and Developmental Disabilities program within the department of Special Education. She became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2012, and has been working at ASPIRE ever since. She has experience working with early childhood through adulthood in a variety of settings, including home, clinic, community, and school consultation. Laura has worked as a direct therapist, as well as a supervisor, where she has trained and supervised entry level therapists starting out in the field, through masters level students pursuing their BCBA. She has experience with a variety of assessments, program development and implementation, and parent training through both in-person and teleconferencing modes. She is passionate about helping children with ASD and developmental disabilities reach their full potential through a collaborative, multi-faceted, and creative approach. Laura also lectures part time at the University of Texas, furthering the education of today's youth on the topics of disability and special education.