Why was Maple Seed Farms started?
As parents of teenagers with Autism Spectrum Disorders, we noticed an absence of support to help our children transition from childhood to adulthood. We want to bridge the gap by developing skills that can be used by both children and young adults as they progress through the different stages of life. Cindy and Amy bring over 30 years of professional and parental experience in working with children with disabilities to Maple Seed Farms.
Cindy served children with developmental disabilities as a Service Coordinator for First Steps for over 7 years. At First Steps, she coordinated OT, PT, and speech therapy services with families. Cindy also provided information regarding community resources to the families. From 2006 to 2015, she served on the Board of Directors at a non-profit therapy center for children with autism in Fort Wayne, IN.
Director of Operations
Amy began her professional career in Fort Wayne with Lincoln National Corporation, performing a variety of management roles. Amy also worked in the healthcare insurance industry for a national preferred provider organization where she was responsible for both internal and external customer support. After her son received an ASD diagnosis, she teamed up with several other parents to start a non-profit outpatient therapy center for children with autism and other developmental disabilities, serving in the role of Manager of Human Resources for 8 years as well as on the center’s Board of Directors.