Mission 2018-01-04T01:02:08+00:00


Autism spectrum disorders have directly touched the life of each founding member of Autism Unbound, either by chance or by choice. We are parents and professionals determined to reach out to our local community and society at large to shape desirable opportunities for persons affected by autism in accordance with their individual needs, abilities, strengths, and preferences. Together, through consideration and cooperation, we will make a lasting, positive difference.


At Autism Unbound, our mission is to enable persons affected by autism spectrum disorders (ASD) to live more independent, full lives by influencing the future today. Our focus is dedicated to the areas of advocacy, education and training, housing, and support. We are committed to fundraisers and special events throughout the year to bring our mission from vision to reality.

There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.
Daniel Cross • Executive Director





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Our Board of Directors

Jessi Parker, Co-Chair

Jessi became involved with Autism Unbound through Elizabeth McKee by working with her son, Johnny, whom she met while employed at Lindley Habilitation. She is now an office administrator for a landscape and repair company but still works part time with Johnny, every other weekend. Prior to joining the board, Jessi served on the 2014 Autism Unbound Auction planning committee. In her spare time, Jessi enjoys cooking, running, and trying new restaurants.

Elizabeth McKee, Co-Chair

Elizabeth is married to John McKee and mother to quadruplets Johnny, Ross, Lacy, and Mary Slade McKee. Her son Johnny was diagnosed with autism right after his second birthday. Elizabeth is a Registered Dietitian that works part time. She was a member of the Autism Society of North Carolina, Guilford County Chapter board of directors for four years before joining Autism Unbound.

Krystal Ketner, Secretary

Krystal most recently served as secretary of the Autism Society of North Carolina, Guilford County Chapter board of directors for four years. She has previously served in Guilford County for several years as a member of the Teacher Education Advisory Board of Greensboro College and as the Clients' Rights Advocate of a home health agency. Krystal holds a bachelor's in English with a minor in psychology from UNC-Greensboro. She has 14 years of experience with evidence-based best practices, including Applied Behavior Analysis. Krystal is the devoted parent of Michael, who has multiple diagnoses, primarily severe autism.

Marcy Morris, Social Coordinator

Marcy was the Social Coordinator for the Autism Society of North Carolina, Guilford County Chapter for five years. She moved here from Ohio about seven years ago with her husband and two children. Her daughter attends the University of Alabama and her son attends GTCC Middle College. Her son was diagnosed with PDD-NOS when he was 6 years old. She has been employed at Guilford County Schools as a Crisis Assistant for the past seven years. She feels Greensboro is a great place to live and there are a lot of services available for our families. She is looking forward to seeing you soon.

Caroline Pearce, Director

Caroline is married to Brian Pearce, an attorney at Nexsen Pruet, and is the mother of two children, Charlie and Keller. Charlie was diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum in 2012 at the age of 20 months. Since Charlie's diagnosis, Caroline has sought to get involved with the Guilford County autism community in as many ways as she can. Prior to taking on her full time job of being a mother of two young children, Caroline worked for Lomax Properties as a Property Manager and Event Planner. Caroline has also served on the Steering Committee for The Future Fund and is an active member of The Junior League of Greensboro.

Mylene Toledo, Grant Coordinator

Mylene volunteers much of her free time to Autism related causes. She enjoys assisting in art classes. She also home schools her younger child. Prior to her son's diagnosis she was a Health Care and Care Plan Coordinator/ Registered Nurse. She hopes that she can help to make a difference in the lives of people like her son. 

Jenny Gandee, Director

Jenny has two children, Brayden and Blaire. Jenny's daughter Blaire has autism. Jenny is a speech-language pathologist and works in the pre-k department of Guilford County Schools serving children with a variety of speech and language disorders including autism. She was a member of the Autism Society of North Carolina, Guilford County Chapter board of directors for one year.

Melissa Spivey

Melissa has been married to her husband Chris for 14 years and they have twin boys who are 12 years old.  Will is on the spectrum and is a 6th grader at Lionheart Academy.  Carter is a 6th grader at Kiser Middle and has Type 1 Diabetes.  Melissa works at home for Abt Associates as an Environmental Scientist.   For over 8 years, Melissa served on the board of Greensboro Mothers of Multiples in a variety of positions, including President and Treasurer (for 3 years each).  She regularly attends Autism Unbound moms’ nights out and has served on the Auction committee for the past 2 auctions.