CAC Advisory Council

The Children's Autism Center Advisory Council was created during the inception of the CAC in Clear Lake, Iowa, and continues to meet twice annually to help guide and shape the vision of the center. The role of this group of volunteers is to advise CAC staff on activities, services, and to help determine whether it meets the needs of the community. 

Members of the Advisory Council are:

  • Karn Johansen, nurse practitioner and mother of a son with autism.

  • Dea Ellen Birtwistle, LSW.

  • Dr. Norma McGuire, pediatrician.

  • Amy Wilhelm, mother of a son and daughter with autism and Lake Mills school paraprofessional for children with autism.

  • Jere Bartolo, speech and language pathologist at Mercy Medical Center.

  • Sarah Smith, Cerro Gordo Medical Alliance Society.

  • Mark Feustal, retired AEA Assistant Director of Special Education.

The Children's Autism Center was created in August 2013 by One Vision to provide resources, education, and support for families of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. For more information about the CAC, contact Ashton Tucker, clinic manager, at 641-355-1201.