The Lowcountry Autism Foundation Board of Directors is a group of individuals who have joined together to help maximize the Foundation’s efforts to act on it’s mission and enhance the lives of those affected by autism in the South Carolina Lowcountry.
Allison Nesser is the Coordinator of Counseling services at JSS Behavioral Services. She is a South Carolina Licensed Independent Social Worker with a focus in Clinical Practice (LISW-CP S).
Allison Nesser specializes in working with young children and their families who have experienced significant trauma, grief/loss, depression, anxiety, developmental delay, and behavioral challenges. She has been trained in several evidenced based practices including Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, and Play Therapy. She focuses treatment on incorporating techniques to best meet families’ needs in order to make a positive change in their lives.
Allison received a BA in Psychology from Miami University of Ohio and completed a dual masters program in Chicago, IL where she earned a Master of Science (MS) in Child Development and Master of Social Work (MSW) focusing on clinical practice. Her previous work includes providing direct clinical treatment in a partial hospitalization program, outpatient services, along with school-based treatment where she has been able to successfully develop specific behavior management plans and collaborate closely with teachers and staff to decrease challenging behaviors. In her spare time, Allison enjoys going to the beach, traveling, photography, and spending time with friends and family.
T. David Hoyle
David Hoyle is a Member Attorney at Motley Rice LLC where he represents victims of corporate wrongdoing and negligence in litigation ranging from catastrophic incidents to asbestos exposure and environmental contamination.
David is active in the community, volunteering with the Lowcountry AIDS Legal Clinic and providing pro bono legal services to the Magdalene House of Charleston, in addition to his position as a Lowcountry Autism Foundation board member. He is a member of the Ecclesiastical Court of The Episcopal Church in South Carolina, and has also been appointed to The Episcopal Church Province IV Court of Review.
David received a juris doctorate, with honors, from the University of South Carolina School of Law and a B.A. from Wofford College. He lives in Mount Pleasant with his wife and two children, the oldest of whom has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Nan has 27 years of executive search consulting experience. She has completed search assignments in most executive functions including general management, marketing, sales and business development, human resources, engineering, manufacturing operations, finance and information technology. Her clients have ranged from Fortune 200 service and manufacturing firms to entrepreneurial growth companies, from nonprofit organizations to family–owned businesses. She has served diverse clients including Elster Group, McKesson, Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Eaton Corporation, PolyOne, Limited Brands, Invacare, The Oatey Company,AMETEK, the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, the Cleveland Metroparks, Reynolds Plantation and the South Carolina Aquarium, and more.
Nan earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Hillsdale College. She has been an active community volunteer throughout her career.
SUSAN M. DIXSON, CFP
At the heart of her philosophy is a passion to build enduring relationships with individuals, families and businesses through her commitment to providing outstanding service. Susan is well versed in issues surrounding elder care and planning, including retirement community options and long-term care planning.
Susan has extensive board experience with non-profits that support "at risk" children in Charlotte, NC. Susan is exceptionally service-oriented and values each relationship deeply. She is strongly committed to her community as an active volunteer with Troop 355 of the Boy Scouts of America as well as the Children's Ministries at her church. Susan is married with two children. Susan earned her degree in History and a minor in English at The University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Susan M. Dixson has been in the financial services industry since 1993 and joined Merrill Lynch in 2013.
Emily Zimmerman, PhD
Emily Zimmerman is a sociologist and Associate Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a senior researcher at the Center on Society and Health and her work focuses on social determinants of health and stakeholder engagement in research. Emily received her doctorate from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and M.S. and B.A. degrees from Hunter College.
Emily moved to Hilton Head with her family in 2009 from Virginia. She joined LAF in order to advocate for services for children and their families. She hopes to bring her personal and professional experiences together to help move forward the opportunities to help families facing special challenges.
Kimberly is an education professional with more than 20 years experience in a variety of educational programs, ability to serve students (preschool through school aged) with mild to severe disabilities across the continuum of services in many different educational environments. She is an expert in analysis of educational needs of students in the classroom and provides support and training to their families. Additionally, Kimberly supervises early childhood teachers and assistants in order to provide staff support and training in special education. She also is very active in community agencies and a lifelong advocate for all children.
Kimberly’s education includes: East Carolina University, Greenville, NCM. Ed., Special Education– Mental Disabilities, December 1993; B.A. Special Education-Mental Disabilities, Cum Laude, May 1990, National Board Certification: Exceptional Needs Specialist– Early Childhood through Young Adult, November 2011
Jon is from the west coast of Florida and attended the University of Central Florida and graduated cum laude with my bachelor’s in accounting in 2007. Following college Jon has had a varied and impressive career in accounting as a Compliance Auditor for the Department of Defense, a Tax Auditor for the State of Florida Department of Revenue and as a Senior Accountant for Nesseralla & Company. Jon is currently pursuing his CPA license.
Betty Sweet Atkinson
Non–Voting Board Members
LAF Co–Founder, President Emeritus
Tripp served 25 years as an officer in the United States Marine Corps, 10 years in leadership positions as a volunteer with the American Cancer Society and 21 years as a volunteer with Special Olympics. In 1995, Tripp received the "Jefferson Award" from the American Institute for Public Service, at the United States Supreme Court for his work with low income, minority citizens with intellectual disabilities. Tripp earned his BA in Psychology from Eastern Washington University and MS in Logistics Management from Florida Tech.
“The energy and generosity of a single human being can move hundreds to reach out and touch the hearts of thousands.”
Tami Lawrence Buck, Ph.D., OTR/L
Clinical Director, LAF Co–Founder
Humanistic Studies from McGill University
M.S.O.T. from Virginia Commonwealth University
Ph.D. from Nova Southeastern University.
Dr. Lawrence is an occupational therapist with nearly 20 years of experience working with children in various settings with diverse diagnoses. She has worked as adjunct faculty in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, and is currently the Director of Hilton Head Pediatric Therapy Center.
“Every day we are learning more about ASD. All children have untapped potential, and I want to help them discover that.”
Ravi Srivastava, MD, FAPA, FASAM
Dr. Ravi Srivastava received his M.B.B.S. and M.D. from King George’s Medical College, Lucknow, India and did his residency in psychiatry from Albany Medical College, New York.
Dr. Srivastava is a practicing psychiatrist in Hilton Head Island, who specializes in adolescent psychiatry and addiction medicine. He has been honored as a fellow of American Psychiatric Association and American Society of Addiction Medicine. He is a diplomat of American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, American Society of Addiction Medicine and American Board of Adolescent Psychiatry.
Dr. Srivastava has worked with families with emotional problems and behavioral difficulties, both in public and private sector, and is privileged to be given the opportunity to volunteer his clinical expertise to the Lowcountry Autism Foundation.
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