Lisa Marie Noke-Kearney is the Executive Director of the Autism Higher Education Foundation (AHEF). Previously she was the Vice President to the Board of Directors. Prior to this role, she served as an education advocate specializing in residential and out of district placement for children on the autism spectrum and other related disabilities for 11 years. She also represented families during mediation with school districts. Her knowledge of ABA, evidence-based practices, functional behavior assessments, crisis prevention, neuropsychological reports, and federal and state laws allowed her to create strong Individualized Education Plans for her clients. During this time, she was a court-appointed advocate for the Worcester Court system, a guardian ad litem for Essex, Middlesex, and Worcester Counties and a special education surrogate parent for children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. Ms. Noke-Kearney has been a board member for the New England Chapter of Autism Speaks since 2005, committee member for Advocates for Autism of Massachusetts (AFAM) for twelve years, Teamsters local 25 autism gala committee member for twelve years, a family mentor for the Shriver Kennedy/LEND program and Family Partner for the Children’s Behavior Health Initiative. She has been a member of the Special Needs Advocacy Network (SPAN), Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA), The Massachusetts Association of Guardians ad Litem (MAGAL) and Melmark New England Human Rights Committee. Prior, she was the Human Resource Director for WorldStreet Corporation and Marble Associates. Her son Ryan attends Melmark New England, and her daughter Marissa is a student at Suffolk University.