Founder / Board President
Julie Lackey is honored to be the parent of a son with Asperger’s Syndrome. Her passion is advocating and working to overcome obstacles that pertain to those with disabilities similar to what her son is challenged with. She has worked with school systems to implement social skills programs for students with Asperger’s Syndrome/Autism Spectrum Disorder beginning at the 6th grade through High School. The programs she originated, based off of Dr. Jed Baker’s model programs, have run at several school sites in Owasso, OK (Peer Connections) as well as Bixby High School.
She was the co-leader of a support group for mothers of kids with Asperger’s/High Functioning Autism in the greater Tulsa area for many years as well as writing for the support groups blog. She received the 2012 Outstanding Board Member of the year from the Autism Center of Tulsa as well as the 2013 Parent Advocate of the Year from TARC. She is the founder of LeadLearnLive, which has the mission of beginning fully integrated 4-year college programs in Oklahoma for students with intellectual or developmental disabilities. She has been married for over 25 years to her husband Tom, and is an active member of First Baptist Church of Owasso. When she is not serving as wife, mother and community advocate, you can find Julie at MATRIX Architects and Engineers in the position of Sr. Associate and Director of Interior Design