5242 Highway 70 W, Morehead City, NC 28557  252-240-2255

Board of Directors

We have come together to create a solution targeting the limited resources and access to services in Carteret County, and to provide a location for the provision of developmental therapy. Our chosen location features a cozy and welcoming environment where children and parents can obtain information and resources, gain answers to their questions about ASD, and receive services, all in one location!

Thomas Maxwell Mundy, MD – Co-chairperson
As a pediatrician, I am astounded and perplexed by the emergence and apparently increasing prevalence of disorders on the autism spectrum. Both through personal connections to those with autism and the witnessing of incredible impact made by those who give back through volunteerism, I am drawn to furthering the services provided to those in need in Carteret County. And through reading Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew I learned more about myself than I thought possible.
Email: TMMundy@aol.com

Jean Turner – Co-chairperson / Treasurer
I have served on the boards of The American Red Cross, The Mental Health Association, and Hospice, in addition to many civic and professional boards. I am always amazed at how dedicated the professionals are to the cause they are serving and feel honored to help them however possible. We have several friends/acquaintances who have autistic family members.
Email: jeanturner@embarqmail.com

Lee Padgett
I have a fourteen year old granddaughter with Autism. I am also a retired elementary school principal. I worked with special needs children for six years at a center located in my school. I currently volunteer with my church and with wounded Vets.
Email: warhawk@ec.rr.com

Bill Knecht
After nearly forty years of practicing law in central Pennsylvania, my wife and I retired and moved to Pine Knoll Shores, NC in 2011. Prior to moving to NC, I served on many volunteer boards, the YWCA, SPCA, Legal Assistant Advisory Committee of The Pennsylvania College of Technology, FNB Bank, NA, non-profit housing boards, many professional boards and committees and other church and civic organizations. In 2009, I was recognized by the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation for my career legal services pro-bono work.

During the last three years, I have done volunteer tax preparation through AARP, have served on the Board of Directors of the Beacon’s Reach Single Family Homeowner’s Association and The Country Club of the Crystal Coast, as well as helping with the annual PKS Kayak for the Warriors. I have always liked working with and helping individuals in various capacities. Although I have had limited experience with people diagnosed with Autism, when asked to join the Board of the Crystal Coast Autism Center, Inc., I saw this as an opportunity, even if only in some small way, to try to enhance the lives of those affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder and at the same time, to further enrich my life.
Email: Wlk253@aol.com

Lynne Choate – Director
I am a mother of two sons, David, 27 and Michael, 16. My youngest son’s diagnosis of being on the Autism Spectrum led me to search for resources and services that could help him. Becoming involved with the local chapter of the Autism Society furthered my desire to help not just Michael, but other families who have the same needs that were not being met in our county. I am a member of CoastalCare’s Consumer and Family Advisory Committee and sit on their Human Right’s Committee. I am also on the Board of Partnership for Children as a parent of a child with special needs. I am passionate about helping families and individuals affected by Autism.
Email: lchoate730@gmail.com