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Board of Directors

The Jessica Green Foundation is comprised of parents of children with autism along with professionals within the community. The one thing that we all have in common is that we are touched by autism and have a genuine interest in making a difference in the lives of children and individuals affected.

Helen Green
Founder/Executive Director

A native of Los Angeles, Helen has called Jacksonville home since she was 8 months old.   With a degree in Business Administration and Secretarial Science from Florida State College at Jacksonville.  Helen worked at the University of North Florida in the College of Education as an Administrative Assistant to the Chairman for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and the College of Arts and Sciences as an Administrative Assistant to the Chairman for the Department of Political Science, Sociology, and Criminal Justice until she left her work to care for her daughter, Jessica, full time.

As a mother raising her daughter, Jessica, who was diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, Helen understands the problems and concerns parents are dealing with because she also dealt with them. She still remembers how perplexed, lost, and lonely she felt during the process of her own daughter’s diagnosis and was trying to comprehend and understand how to deal with all that she had been told about Jessica’s lifelong disability.  Her journey began desperately researching every available topic on autism and talking to other parents around the United States to become educated who also have children on the spectrum.  She also enrolled Jessica at The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities in Jacksonville, Florida.  This led Helen to opportunities where she met and spoke with other parents of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder that opened the door to a whole new world for Helen and Jessica, which helped both of them cope with this disability that was unknown to them.  As a result of Helen’s involvement and learning more about the Neurological disorder, Helen was appointed by Dr. John Lombardi, President of the University of Florida, to serve as a Constituency Board Member for The Center of Autism and Related Disabilities in which she served from 1997 to 2007.

As a strong advocate for parents and individuals, Helen was chosen by The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities in January 2002, to speak before the Senate in Tallahassee, Florida to not only represent The Center for Autism but to be a voice for her daughter and other parents and individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  As a result, the Senate voted to continue funding for The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities and continue their programs and support services for families and individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

In the Spring of 2008, Helen was invited to attend a luncheon given by Dr. Mae Barker, Director of CARD, in which she was honored and given a plaque for the time in which she served on the Constituency BOARD and for her genuine dedication and services to help parents and individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Helen continues through the Jessica Green Foundation to advocate for the rights and supports of parents and individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Chairperson

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Vice-Chairperson

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Vanessa Rowley
Secretary

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Scott Manson
Treasurer

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Fundraising Committee/At-Large Member

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Ray Crews
Web Design & Administrator/At-Large Member

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Deana Roberts
At-Large Member

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Connie Alden
At-Large Member

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