KRIS HARRINGTON
founder & ceo

As Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Center, Kris provides a wealth of experience bringing together people with a vision for positive social change and those able to bring resources to the table. Through decades of work with non-profit organizations, her collaborative approach to social challenges has made a positive impact both locally and globally. Driven by a fascination with neurodiversity and differentiated learners, Kris is passionately committed to creating innovative, effective, and sustainable educational opportunities for gifted and autistic children and young adults.

E-mail: kharrington@frontrangecenter.org

JEN THOMAS
vice president of operations

Jen is a nonprofit executive who has invested more than 15 years in increasing responsibility in nonprofit management. She devotes herself personally and professionally to organizations making a measurable impact. Jen most recently served as Director of Program and Development for MyLifeLine.org Cancer Foundation and as Executive Director for Texas 4000 for Cancer. She brings to the Center a lifelong passion for volunteering and helping others find strength and hope in adversity.

E-mail: jthomas@frontrangecenter.org

NANCY HARROD
vice president of design

Trained in design at the University of Cincinnati, Nancy enjoyed 24 years as Principal in a large international multi-disciplinary firm. Her primary focus was on planning, and her design clientele included colleges, universities, private schools and nonprofit organizations. Nancy’s work sparked a personal passion for the effects of physical environment on those on the autism spectrum and a range of other differences, particularly around sensory challenges. Having earned graduate-level certification in autism, she has since devoted her career to creating inspired spaces and programs for gifted and differentiated learners.

E-mail: nharrod@frontrangecenter.org

DAVE FINCH
vice president of business development

Dave is a nationally sought-after speaker and mentor with Asperger syndrome, and he’s the author of the New York Times best-selling memoir, The Journal of Best Practices: A Memoir of Marriage, Asperger Syndrome, and One Man’s Quest to Be a Better Husband. As a speaker, Dave has shared the stage with Temple Grandin, John Elder Robison, Steve Silberman, Stephen Shore, Phil McKinney, and others. He has written for the New York Times, NBC Universal, Zoom Magazine, Slate, and Huffington Post, and he writes a relationship blog for Psychology Today. When he’s not writing, speaking, or mountain biking, Dave works as a creative marketing and business development consultant for small businesses and Fortune 500 companies.

E-mail: dfinch@frontrangecenter.org

BARRY PRIZANT, PH.D.
vice president of innovation and global outreach

Dr. Barry Prizant is recognized as one of the leading scholars in autism spectrum disorders and communication disabilities, with more than 40 years experience as a researcher and international consultant for individuals with autism and related disabilities.

ELAINE MEYER, PH.D.
vice president of family engagement and ethical practice

Dr. Meyer is a nurse and clinical psychologist with over twenty years of experience in pediatric and neonatal intensive care settings. She is Director of the Institute for Professionalism and Ethical Practice at Boston Children’s Hospital and Associate Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Meyer’s teaching and academic work has focused on patient and family perspectives, pediatric end-of-life care, challenging conversations in healthcare, the ethics of everyday clinical encounters, and humanism across the spectrum of healthcare. She has designed creative and comprehensive psychological services for children and their families. Her teaching efforts have promoted innovative simulation-based interprofessional communication and relational learning, nationally and internationally. To improve the emotional standard of care of patients and families, she has championed simulation-based educational learning to encourage clinicians, across disciplines and experience levels, be more direct, honest and confident when engaging in challenging healthcare conversations. She gave a successful TEDx Talk entitled, “On Being Present, Not Perfect,” has published nearly 100 peer-reviewed articles and chapter, presents widely at national and international conferences, reviews books for the Journal of the American Medical Association, and serves as an Associate Editor for Simulation in Healthcare.

E-mail: emeyer@frontrangecenter.org

KRIS HARRINGTON
founder & ceo

As Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Center, Kris provides a wealth of experience bringing together people with a vision for positive social change and those able to bring resources to the table. Through decades of work with non-profit organizations, her collaborative approach to social challenges has made a positive impact both locally and globally. Driven by a fascination with neurodiversity and differentiated learners, Kris is passionately committed to creating innovative, effective, and sustainable educational opportunities for gifted and autistic children and young adults.

E-mail: kharrington@frontrangecenter.org

JEN THOMAS
vice president of operations

Jen is a nonprofit executive who has invested more than 15 years in increasing responsibility in nonprofit management. She devotes herself personally and professionally to organizations making a measurable impact. Jen most recently served as Director of Program and Development for MyLifeLine.org Cancer Foundation and as Executive Director for Texas 4000 for Cancer. She brings to the Center a lifelong passion for volunteering and helping others find strength and hope in adversity.

E-mail: jthomas@frontrangecenter.org

NANCY HARROD
vice president of design

Trained in design at the University of Cincinnati, Nancy enjoyed 24 years as Principal in a large international multi-disciplinary firm. Her primary focus was on planning, and her design clientele included colleges, universities, private schools and nonprofit organizations. Nancy’s work sparked a personal passion for the effects of physical environment on those on the autism spectrum and a range of other differences, particularly around sensory challenges. Having earned graduate-level certification in autism, she has since devoted her career to creating inspired spaces and programs for gifted and differentiated learners.

E-mail: nharrod@frontrangecenter.org

DAVE FINCH
vice president of business development

Dave is a nationally sought-after speaker and mentor with Asperger syndrome, and he’s the author of the New York Times best-selling memoir, The Journal of Best Practices: A Memoir of Marriage, Asperger Syndrome, and One Man’s Quest to Be a Better Husband. As a speaker, Dave has shared the stage with Temple Grandin, John Elder Robison, Steve Silberman, Stephen Shore, Phil McKinney, and others. He has written for the New York Times, NBC Universal, Zoom Magazine, Slate, and Huffington Post, and he writes a relationship blog for Psychology Today. When he’s not writing, speaking, or mountain biking, Dave works as a creative marketing and business development consultant for small businesses and Fortune 500 companies.

E-mail: dfinch@frontrangecenter.org