Lea Anne


About Me

I believe in relationships.

My husband and I moved our family from Chicago, Illinois to Colorado in 1998. When one of our children was diagnosed on the autism spectrum in 2000, I founded a support group for parents of special needs children. For the next 17 years, I led support groups for parents, and later, adults on the autism spectrum. At the same time, I became deeply involved in my children's school district to advocate for special needs children. 


Through my work at the Temple Grandin School in Boulder, Colorado for almost 10 years, I collaborated with dozens of professionals and organizations in Boulder County and across the Colorado Front Range to support student success and wellbeing.  

My volunteer and board involvement with the Autism Society of Boulder County, Autism Society of Colorado and Children's Hospital Colorado have deepened my understanding of the autism resources available and the systems in place to help children and adults on the spectrum here in Colorado. 


As a parent of a child on the autism spectrum and a consumer of autism services, I can offer a level of understanding and experience that brings relief to parents who are searching for resources. 


My experiences have laid a solid foundation for Next Steps Consulting, LLC. I have built connections with autism professionals and organizations in Boulder County and beyond. The best referrals are made through relationships and finding the right autism resources can make all the difference. 



Autism Society of Colorado

2020 to present

Executive Director 

Temple Grandin School, Boulder, CO

2011 to 2020

Director of Admissions and Public Relations 

Autism Society of Colorado

2019 to 2020

Board Member

2016 to 2017

Advisory Board Member


University of Utah iStar/Trimble SketchUp Program

2014 to 2015

Boulder Program Coordinator

Autism Society of Boulder County

2012 to 2016

Adult Autism Support Group Facilitator


Child Learning Center, University of Colorado, Boulder

2012 to 2014

Family Resource Consultant

Boulder Valley School District, Boulder, CO 

2011 to 2012

Special Needs Paraeducator

Autism Society of Boulder County​

2011 to 2013

Board Member

First Presbyterian Cooperative Preschool, Boulder, CO

2009 to 2011

Teacher, Connections Classroom

Children's Hospital Colorado, Aurora, CO

2008 to 2010

Parent Liaison, Child Development Unit

Special Education Advisory Committee, Boulder, CO

2001 to 2010



Superior Parent Support Group, Superior, CO

2000 to 2010

Founder and Lead Facilitator