When a flower doesn’t bloom you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower.
— Alexander Den Heijer

the founders


Meet Roxy! (wife to Shelley and mom to Jude & Shepherd)

Roxy is an Autism Mom.  Roxy teaches preschool and advocates for her children, both who have Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder. She enjoys travel, the outdoors, art & photography, and of course....kids!

Meet Katie!

Pediatric Occupational Therapist and Soccer Enthusiast!

Katie has been working in health care for 10 years. She has experience working as a Strength and Conditioning Coach for youth, adults, and professional athletes, an exercise physiologist for Cardiac, Cancer and pulmonary rehabilitation programs, an international health educator and teacher in the Peace Corps, and a licensed massage therapist for 11 years.

She graduated with her Masters in Occupational Therapy from Winston Salem State University in 2013. Katie has worked as an OT with pediatrics in a psychiatric hospital and a private pediatric clinic specializing in sensory processing disorders. She has volunteered in pediatric settings including Easter Seals UCP Charlie Gaddy Children’s Center and the Children’s Center Public School of Forsyth County gaining invaluable experience working with children of all ages. 

Katie has worked with community youth programs for 11 years focusing on life skills and social justice. She enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends, playing kickball, hiking, and enjoying parks and festivals in the Raleigh area.

Katie is an assistant coach for Oak City Soccer as well as our Volunteer Coordinator. 

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Meet Shelley! (He goes by his last name.)

Shelley is an Autism Dad (to Jude & Shepherd), husband to Roxy, soccer player of 30+ years, captain, and coach! (as well as loyal fan of the professionals)

Shelley has played soccer for over 30 years, coached kids at the YMCA, and captained adult recreational teams. He currently plays for an adult recreational league in Raleigh. He likes soccer...A LOT.

Shelley is very loving and patient with children, especially those with extraordinary abilities. He lights up around them.

We won't call out his team of choice as to not step on any toes, but let's just say his dog is even named after his favorite team (or club?).