Fall Creek businessman Brian Rands has been elected to serve a two-year term on the President of KindTree Productions Inc., aka KindTree – Autism Rocks. Brian is the father of a teenager on the spectrum and has attended and volunteered at KindTree’s Friends and Family Camp for several years. His service on the Board of Directors began in 2016, where he has focused his
considerable energy and ability on fundraising and outreach. Brian was chosen for his dedication to and understanding of KindTree’s founding principles, that “through the power of self-advocacy in an atmosphere of acceptance and respect, autistic and neuro-normal people alike can work toward self-realization.”
Brian earned a BA in business Administration from Northwest Christian University and currently owns and manages two local small businesses. He has a history civic leadership after serving as Master of the Lowell Grange as well as his service on the KindTree board of directors.
Brian is only the third president of KindTree. Founder Steve Brown was succeeded by Mary-Minn Sirag, who has served for over 15 years. Mary-Minn, a person with autism, was a major force in community outreach, support group development, and the Art Program, as well as contributing many, many insightful articles in her “Stim Pages”, some of which you can find here. All of us in the KindTree family are in her debt.
Two other long time Board members and volunteers also left their Board positions and still remain as dedicated volunteers. Many Thanks to Mary Beth Bonte and Eileen Brixey for their years of Board service. Full speed ahead! None of them are going away!