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.
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.