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 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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Phil has worked in disability employment for sixteen years with a focus on Autism. He is an experienced business and program development professional within the non-profit and for-profit workforce development sector.

 

He is a sales professional focused on driving revenue and program growth. Experienced in Autism and disability programming with a thorough understanding of Workforce initiatives, employment, and vocational opportunity.

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Geraldine Durka-Pelok

Growing up around the kitchen table, I kept hearing the same question. What do you want to be when you grow up?

 

My CV is littered with the stuff of my life: Bachelor of Science - University of Toledo, Master of  Information Science - University of Michigan, research papers and projects from multiple institutions.  What is not in there? I am a wife (going on 35 years), artist, avid reader, gardener, and lover of all things dog. 

 

The question is no longer who I want to be, but what I want to do with all the skills and knowledge I have accumulated, what new things I might learn, skills I can teach, information to pass on or knowledge to help build. I look to take the skills of the person who was in love with learning, combining the drive of long research hours and technical skill, with the fascination for evolving new questions into a life of ‘doing’. I want to take what I know and share it to create something new, something that benefits, teaches, lifts up the world around me, regardless of how tiny or large that space might be.