Krystal Than has been part of the Firefly Board of Directors since 2015. She came to the organization after having first been a sponsor of Laugh Yourself Blue with her former employer, Walmart. Now Krystal works for Peak Dental as their chief HR and Compliance officer.
Krystal was drawn to Firefly because of a number of reasons, including a mission which aligned to her core philosophy on non-profit work and the active investment back into the organization by the Firefly leaders.
“Firefly continues to make great impact on our ASD families and community at large. In addition to a mission that personally aligns with my core philosophy on non-profit work, I had met with its leadership team and a portion of their board. I quickly found myself surrounded by leaders who were consciously making their own contributions to the mission in a meaningful way. It is energizing to be in the company of such passion. Joining this board has been one of most enriching experiences I have had to date in my non-profit work.”
Krystal says her most impactful experience as a member of the Board came in 2019 when during our Laugh Yourself Blue gala we were able to raise over 1 million dollars in ten minutes during our paddle raise event; a truly historic accomplishment. “My understanding is that this had never happened before in the state's non-profit history and it was incredibly humbling to see it all unfold live,” remembers Krystal.
When Krystal has free time much of that is centered around her family and friends. “I get energy by being around people. Every opportunity I get to spend quality time together is a blessing. While the pandemic has made that challenging, I am relieved to know we're headed in the right direction.”
As Krystal helps move Firefly forward in the days, months and years ahead she says, “I would love to see Firefly grow in its ability to serve the ASD community beyond the state of Colorado. While we have great need and support locally, I know our reach can go further. Whether this is through opening new locations or partnerships with other organizations serving the ASD community, I know the groundbreaking work that is being conducted at Firefly could benefit more families.”
Krystal says, “Honor all of the things that make you who you are. This includes acknowledging that who we are outside of work can, and should, greatly influence who we are at work. Bring your whole self everywhere you go!”
Krystal, thank you for your service and passion to Firefly Autism. You have made a big difference!
Did you know Firefly Autism offers diagnostic services?
Firefly Autism Diagnostics specializes in comprehensive psychological testing and evaluation for toddlers, children, adolescents and adults experiencing a variety of developmental, behavioral, and learning differences.
This includes challenges associated with developmental delays, intellectual, learning, and other developmental disabilities, such as autism spectrum disorders.
We work with families through all steps of the process (assessment, diagnosis as warranted, and connection of services.)
Yesterday, I met a remarkable woman whom I am certain I will never forget. She is the mother of a boy living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and like so many parents in similar circumstances, she scheduled a tour to learn more about the programs and services we offer at Firefly, hoping that we might be the answer for her 8-year-old son, Jackson.
June 24th, 2021 Laugh Yourself Blue is back! Our 10th Anniversary celebration has MORE celebrity guests MORE VIP experiences MORE ways to enjoy the evening's entertainment and MORE laughs than ever before!
Each month Firefly Autism introduces you to another member of our distinguished and generous Board of Directors. In November, Sandra Gudat became the new President of the Board. This month we wanted to introduce her to you and share a little bit of her story.
Sandra is the President and CEO of Customer Communications Group and Publisher of customer.com For 30+ years she has been helping executive level managers and Boards at organizations like Nordstrom, Macy’s and GM articulate and implement a common vision and roadmap for customer centricity. In 2012, her company was recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing companies in America. Sandra is also the publisher and Editor-in-Chief of customer.com, a website dedicated to helping Fortune 2000 companies improve their customer centricity initiatives. Sandra’s son, Alec is on the spectrum. Alec is the most unique, interesting and flabbergasting person she knows. In February of 2016, Alec was one of the many reasons she joined the Board. Sandra says, “I am proud to serve on the Board of such an amazing, world-renowned organization like Firefly. FFA is leading the way in the treatment of kids and young adults on the spectrum. They have been a pioneer in collecting and using the student’s behavioral data to shape their therapies and change lives and I LOVE that, being a data-geek myself!”
Sandra’s core values stem from believing in the dignity and un-replicability of every human being and that is my driving force with everyone with whom I interact. It is why she has been highly successful in a consulting business which promotes customers and looks for ways to better their experience with a brand, and it is why she serves on the Board of Firefly Autism.
Firefly Autism is proud to be hosting Megan's Place, LLC's 1st Annual Prom "Under The Stars" April 24th from 5-8pm
Megan's place provides respite for children with disabilities and day programs to young adults
This will be the 1st prom for their young adults, an evening that will be remembered forever! If you want to help make this event magical you can visit http://bit.ly/mgnsplc for more information or venmo: @bsmock
All donations go to buying outfits, corsages, boutonnieres, event tickets and event funding for this one-of-a-kind event!
See the event link to meet the young adults that will be in attendance at Under The Stars
Firefly Autism is proud to announce that friend and supporter Al Jackson has published a children's book about the Spectrum!
This is a story about three siblings exploring a vast computer generated, video game world with each other. In the end they learn that detaching themselves from their electronic devices reveals a world of fun, real outdoor play. What the kids reading the this may not notice as they go through the story is that one child; Ford, does not speak as he is non-verbal. The lesson is: you can still have an impact on the world and form bonds with those around you without speaking.