The membership board of Zach Speaks Inc. is made up of a diverse group of residents in the Lynchburg, Virginia area devoting their time, skills, and talents to achieve the goal of helping to attain therapy for as many children with autism as possible.

BOARD MEMBERS

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OUR MISSION: To improve the lives of children and their families who are touched by autism instilling God's love and inspiring hope for their future physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

About Us and What We Do...

Brandon Blundell

Treasurer

Zachary's Dad

B.S. Social Sciences with Teacher Licensure (Liberty University)

Christi Hurtak

Zachary's Grandmother

16 years teaching experience

Preschool - 5th grade

(Miami Dade College)

 

Candice Bowman

Sales and Marketing

B.S. Family and Child Development;

Minor in Psychology

(Liberty University)

 

Charity Lambeth

Event and Planning

M. Ed Teaching and Learning/Elementary Education; ACSI certified ( Liberty University)

Morgan Martin

Prayer and Outreach

B.S. Human Services; Psychology (Liberty University, in progress) Experience with adult special needs

 

Susan Morgan

Information and Education

M.S. CCC-SLP Speech-Language Pathologist; AAC Specialist

(East Carolina University)

Koko Otey

Information and Education

M. Ed Special Education (Lynchburg College) 31 years experience; taught at National Children's Center in Washington D.C.

Carrie Sparkman

Event and Planning

M. Ed Teaching and Learning ( Liberty University)

April Tucker

Executive Officer

B.S. Early Childhood Education, Minor in Psychology, Autism, and Special Education (Liberty University)

Kimberly J. Wood

Executive Officer

M.S. Counselor Education; Student Affairs Administration (Radford University)

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Our son, Zach Blundell, is on the autism spectrum, along with many other residents of Lynchburg, Virginia. When Zach was very young, we realized that something was amiss developmentally. Fortunately, Zach began receiving both occupational and speech therapy at the age of 15 months. Often children are much older when a diagnosis is determined. After numerous medical tests and several visits to specialists at UVA, Zach received the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder at the age of 2 1/2. Thankfully, he was already well on his way to receiving as much therapy as possible at that time.

In Lynchburg, most children are able to receive therapy until the age of 3 with assistance from the state. Some health insurance benefits cover individuals past the age of 3, but only in certain cases. While some families may qualify for medicaid, therapy can cost those who do not qualify up to an estimated $80.00, out of pocket. This is the situation in our case. Thankfully, Zach's Grandparents are willing to help Zach obtain the additional therapy he needs. Unfortunately not everyone is afforded such an opportunity.

 

We as Zach's parents, know God has a plan and purpose for Zach's life. We realize the need for a foundation such as Zach Speaks Inc. to raise money to help those who are in our same situation. We made the decision to start this foundation to not only meet a need in our area but to also serve God by fulfilling what we believe to be His purpose for our lives. It is our prayer that Zach Speaks Inc. will serve as a blessing to those families touched by autism in our community.

 

Zach Speaks Inc. is a non-profit foundation created to provide children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder the opportunity to obtain therapy that their families could not otherwise afford.

 

Through generous donations we can provide 3 consecutive months of Speech or Occupational Therapy for individuals diagnosed with autism between the ages of 3 and 18.

Help Us With Our Mission

Rebecca Anne Beall

currently attending Florida International University majoring in Psychology and claiming a minor Special Ed, and will receive Psychology BA by the spring of 2020 and will then work to achieve masters in occupational therapy.

Lauren Blundell

President

Zachary's Mommy