Kirby Wurts is the impetus behind Autism Village. After Kirby was diagnosed with autism at 18 months old, his extended family and friends embraced autism as a way of life. They’ve done everything they can to help Kirby but they’ve also looked for ways to help others living “on the spectrum". Kirby loves Thomas and Friends, camping with his all autistic Scout troop, and wearing lots of hats at once. He also loves the French fries he gets at VIP Pizza & Pasta.
Topher Wurts has been around the block a few times in the world of business where he was known for bringing together marketing, technology and teamwork. After learning his son Kirby had autism, he was floored. He and his family had become one of 2.8 million families in the U.S. who have been affected by autism. So, putting his entrepreneurial hat on, he invented Autism Village.
Laura Trumbull is a senior info tech executive from the financial and media industries. She served as global head of Women@Thomson Reuters from inception through growth to over 30 chapters and 4000 members. Laura serves on boards of a number of nonprofit organizations. Laura holds a Bachelors degree in Engineering from Harvard and has happily launched her three children.
Becki Lapotsky is currently the Graphic Designer and Social Media Guru at Autism Village. She worked in the financial industry with Topher Wurts while volunteering with AV for the past year. Becki graduated from Kutztown University with a degree in Communication Design. A key member of the AV production team, she is excited to contribute to this meaningful endeavor and looks forward to helping autism families everywhere.
Tracy Buck has been working with people who have autism for 14 years, both professionally and personally in NJ, PA, and FL. Her experience ranges from individual child support in the home to classroom teacher for self-contained classrooms, including various leadership positions within her work environments. She has been a classroom teacher as well as a therapist providing services to children and their families. She is currently pursuing her BCBA certification for Behavior Analyst.
Eric Lint has been a Managing Director of Farm Creek Advisors since 2010. He is a trustee of Gettysburg College and has served as an executive and consultant to firms in multiple industries. He has a degree in Economics from Gettysburg College, an MBA from the University of Connecticut, and studied in Economics at a graduate level at New York University.
David Richards has worked with a range of mature and growth-oriented companies. David is currently the CEO of Concursive Inc., a technology company he founded in 2000 that focuses on social-business software and next-generation media ventures. David received his BA from Williams College and his MBA from the Colgate Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia.
Charles Henderson, friend of the Wurts family for nearly 30 years, musician and Macintosh specialist with wide ranging experience in network administration, audio/video production and editing, digital typesetting, desktop publishing, and database development. Charles worked with Becki to develop our social media presence and is now producing and maintaining the Autism Village marketing website.
Bill Doescher met Topher Wurts more than a dozen years ago on a start-up project, and they have been reunited to promote Autism Village. Working with Topher, Bill will handle projects involving, but not limited to, imaging, writing, public relations, and special fundraising. He is an award-winning PR person who has a B.A. from Colgate University and a M.S. from the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.
Clay Garfinkle graduated from The Johns Hopkins University with a B.Sc. in Computer Engineering, and a M.Sc. in Finance from the Carey Business School. Clay has pursued ventures across many sectors, including life sciences, digital media, and collaborative technologies. Clay's diverse experience across vastly different roles and industries lends itself to finding unprecedented solutions and discovering unique partnership opportunities.
With over 25 years of Information Management and process automation experience, Dan is experienced in developing and delivering business solutions in the Healthcare industry. Serving over 7 years in national security roles with the U.S. Marine Corps, NSA, and private security consulting for the US State Dept., and over 15 years with SMS/Siemens/Cerner and startup companies in Provider/Payer Healthcare Consulting, Home Healthcare, Health and Wellness and PPO Network Development; Dan grew up with 2 brothers who are autistic and has lived with the needs that Autism Village was formed to address.
Sterling Ivison, better known as Skip, comes to Autism Village with more than 25 years of pharmaceutical industry experience. He joined DuPont Pharmaceuticals in 1989 and was the site manager for DuPont’s Glenolden Laboratory. In 1997, Skip joined the newly-formed Endo Pharmaceuticals where he started the Human Resources Department and managed the corporation’s philanthropic donations. Skip graduated from Lafayette College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering.