Our Board of Directors

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As Chair of the Autism Power Board, Ms. Eaton provides strategic guidance on organizational growth, infrastructure development and business operations. 

 

Ms. Eaton brings over 25 years of extensive experience in the Healthcare Administration industry. Having served as CEO and COO of Scioto Properties, a firm focused on providing housing to individuals with developmental needs, Ms. Eaton was instrumental in establishing long-term strategic goals focused on doubling the size and value of the company.

 

When Ms. Eaton left in 2020, Scioto had over 1,800 real estate holdings operating in 42 states, valued at over $600 million. Most notably under her leadership, she positioned the organization for an investment recapitalization of over $75 million in 2015 to continue growth efforts.

 

Prior to this, Ms. Eaton served in a faculty position at Marietta College (Marietta, OH), where she provided guidance, accommodations and support to students with disabilities. 

 

Additionally, Ms. Eaton has held executive-level leadership positions with Bright Springs Health Services (Vice President of Operations); People Serve Voca Corporation (Director of Operations); and Wood County Adolescence Care Center (Clinical Director). 

Mary Bea Eaton
Board Chair
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Austin St. John

Austin is an American actor and martial artist. He is best known for his portrayal of Jason Lee Scott, the first red Power Ranger in the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers franchise. Austin is also an accomplished martial artist and a nationally registered paramedic.

 

He is passionate about giving back to his community through charity work, his position on the Autism Power governing board and raising awareness for underserved populations.

 

Austin connects often with people with disabilities as he travels globally to ComicCon and other professional events and realized how much potential is often overlooked in these talented people.

 

Austin connected with Tony after hearing about his vision for Autism Power. Austin continues to give his time and talents to the Autism Power mission.

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Lina Berling

Lina Berling serves as a Real Estate Specialist at The Mentor Network, the leading network of local health and human services providers in 37 states offering an array of quality, community-based services to adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, brain and spinal cord injuries and other catastrophic injuries and illnesses; to youth with emotional, behavioral and medically complex challenges, as well as their families; and to elders in need of support.

 

Also, Lina has extensive experience in fulfilling the real estate needs of people with developmental disabilities having been the Senior Real Estate Coordinator at Scioto Properties.

 

Most importantly, Lina is the mother of a beautiful daughter with disabilities, Mia, and is a strong advocate for disability rights.

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Gwendolyn
Harshaw

The trajectory of Gwen’s life changed dramatically over 20 years ago with the autism diagnosis for her son, Zayne. This event led to a pursuit of information to help Zayne receive the therapies and educational assistance he needed to live his best life. That pursuit also led to Gwen and her family working and volunteering in many organizations that help individuals with developmental disabilities.

 

Gwen has served and continues to serve within a variety of organizations including:
 

  • Parent mentor for the Aspirations program held at Nisonger Center of The Ohio State University (OSU)

  • Parent/Family Advisory Council for CAST (Center for Autism Services and Transition) at OSU

  • Best Buddies Advisory Board Ohio

  • Advocacy and Awareness Committee member for the Autism Society of Ohio

  • Board member on the Ohio Statewide Independent Living Council (OSILC).  OSILC is a governmental body that advocates for individuals with disabilities. The appointment to this board requires an official nomination, followed by approval from the governor of Ohio.

 

Gwen’s experiences as an advocate, parent resource and a Mom has resulted in her being approached for speaking engagements to share her insight and knowledge. She has given speeches and presentations at a number of gatherings and conferences. She was requested by the Autism Society of America to be the keynote speaker at their national conference which was held in Bethesda, MD in July 2019. This opportunity resulted in her recruitment to provide the closing address at the Together for Autism Conference in El Paso, TX in December 2019.

 

But Gwyn’s favorite role is being the marketing director for her son, Zayne, and his band, Blue Spectrum. Zayne’s amazing abilities as a guitarist have resulted in the Harshaw family being requested to speak and perform all over Ohio and many parts of the country. They provide an example of the benefits of supporting individuals to pursue their interests and passions. Gwendolyn believes and lives the motto of Blue Spectrum: 

“Life is not to be viewed through the single lens of a diagnosis but to be lived through the Spectrum of potential, promise and purpose."