Suzanne Potts, LMSW, MPH
Board of Directors, Board Chair
Suzanne joined the William’s Community School board in spring 2018 and is an autism parent and advocate. She most recently served as the Executive Director of the Autism Society of Texas providing information, referrals, advocacy, education and recreational opportunities to people affected by autism across the state. She has experience advocating in local, state and national levels, and teaches at the University of Texas, Austin Graduate School of Social Work and George Washington University, Sports Philanthropy Certificate program.
Board of Directors, Vice Chair
Brandi joined William’s Community School in 2012 when she enrolled her son Eli who has classic austim. After attending first grade in public school, she quickly realized that he needed a more personalized education. Using the flexibility of a small private school environment, she delights in creating programs and activities that inspire the students and foster a strong community among the parents. Her career in the toy industry keeps her connected to kids year-round and drives her passion to infuse education with play.
Kristi Swice, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA
Board of Directors, Secretary
Kristi is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and co-founder of ASPIRE, a home and community based provider of ABA serevices. She has over 20 years’ experience providing ABA therapy to individuals with autism. Kristi graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor degree in Psychology before returning to UT to complete her Masters of Education with an emphasis on Autism/Developmental Disabilities and Early Childhood Education. She is a former member of the Autism Society of Greater Austin board of directors and of the Austin regional advisory task force to the Texas Council on Autism & Pervasive Developmental Disorders.
Board of Directors, Treasurer
Tony joined the William Community Schools board in 2020 as its Treasurer. Being affiliated with WCS has a very special meaning to Tony, as he has an older daughter who suffers from epilepsy and development disabilities and has been in special education for most of her life. He is excited is help the board and school promote its mission in the Austin area. Tony is the Managing Director and Director of Commercial Management at WSP USA one the world’s largest engineering firms. He has over 30-years of experience in Accounting and Finance working in public accounting and on Wall Street. He has a MBA in Finance from New York University and an BBA in Accounting from the University of Massachusetts.
Board of Directors
Mike is the Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel of Nutrabolt, an industry-leading global sports nutrition company. Mike was formerly a partner and founder of a New York law firm that specialized in the representation of companies in the Food, Drug, and Cosmetics industries. He has spent his career counseling clients on matters ranging from regulatory compliance to general business and corporate matters, including intellectual property protection, litigation management, marketing and advertising law and transnational matters. Mike earned his J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law and a B.A. in Political Science at the State University of New York at Albany. Mike currently serves on the Board of the Natural Products Association, which is the dietary supplement industry’s largest and most influential trade association and is the Chairman of their Sports Nutrition Committee.
Board of Directors
Christine is a graduate of Wright State University and Antioch McGregor. For 8 years, she was an early childhood educator in inner-city schools, as well as the director of an after school program. She decided to further her education in special education and received her Masters as an intervention specialist. In 2009, Christine moved from Yellow Springs, Ohio to Austin, Texas with her 2 children, who have since started their own careers and families. She came to work at STEPS in January 2010. Since coming to STEPS, the program has grown exponentially. In 2014, Christine became the assistant director. In the Fall of 2017, she became the program director and coordinator. She is grateful to be part of this unique opportunity for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In 2020, she was invited and accepted as council member of the Advisory Council on Postsecondary Education for Persons with IDD through the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). This year, Christine joined the Williams Community Schools Board. She is excited and impassioned to be part of this amazing school and team.
Board of Directors
Ryan joined the Board of Directors in 2021. He is an accomplished entrepreneur with a BA in Sociology. His many accomplishments include a successful career in sales and launching a music festival in San Marcos that brought in 20,000 people per day. Ryan is a proud parent of 2 kids, one of which is enrolled at WCS. He is committed to community service and is currently working towards a volunteer EMT role. His passion for outdoor adventure includes spending time in the mountains, snow skiing, and hanging out at the area lakes. He also loves to see the world and takes every opportunity he can to travel with his family and friends.
Board of Directors
Shelly joined the William’s Community School board in Spring of 2021. She is an autism parent and advocate. Shelly has volunteered with AISD Schools and various Austin Non Profits for numerous years. She has been actively involved in raising over $14,000,000 for local non profits. She has experience advocating in local, state, and national levels.