Board of Directors

Sallie Bernard, President

Sallie became a mental health advocate when her son Jamie died from suicide in 2010. Sallie co-founded JKBF to help address suicidality and to honor the creative legacy of Jamie and others like him. Since 2013, Sallie has served on the board of the Aspen Hope Center, which provides innovative and effective crisis services in the western region of Colorado.

Sallie has been an autism advocate since 1996. She was the board president of Cure Autism Now, served on the board of Autism Speaks, and is the board president of SafeMinds. Sallie served on the science committees and reviewed grants at each organization. Sallie’s son Bill has autism, and she founded Ascendigo Autism Services in 2004 in the Colorado Rocky Mountains near Aspen to provide the same outdoor adventure opportunities for children with autism that typically developing children enjoy. Ascendigo now offers summer camps, winter ski lessons, comprehensive year-round adult services, transition programs, and behavior therapy.

Sallie spent over 20 years in the marketing business before devoting herself full time to non-profit activities in 2005. She graduated with honors from Radcliffe College, Harvard University, in 1979. Sallie has resided in Aspen, Colorado since 2002 and enjoys the Colorado outdoors.

Tom Bernard, Vice President & Secretary

Tom Bernard had a 30-year career in global finance before retiring in Aspen, Colorado to devote himself to writing and philanthropy. He has served on several corporate and nonprofit boards, and was board president of Aspen Words, the literary arm of the Aspen Institute. Tom is a published author. With Sallie, Tom co-founded Extreme Sports Camp, now known as Ascendigo, offering summer and winter recreational opportunities to children and adults on the autism spectrum. Tom is Jamie’s dad and co-founder of JKBF, as well as the father of Bill and Fred.

Heidi Roger Kidd, Treasurer

Heidi Roger Kidd has more than 30 years of accounting and tax preparation experience in a corporate retail environment as well as non-profit organizations. Heidi has been involved in drafting federal and state legislation for scientific research (including the Children’s Health Act of 2000) and non-profit fundraising. She has served on various boards for autism advocacy and public policy concerns.

Lyn Redwood, Director

Lyn Redwood, R.N., M.S.N., is a Nurse Practitioner and spokesperson active in autism and child health research and advocacy. Lyn has co-founded non-profit research/advocacy organizations and served as a public member of the NIH’s Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee and an Integration Panel Member for the Department of Defense’s Autism Spectrum Disorder Research Program.

Theresa Wrangham, Director

Theresa Wrangham has more than 30 years of business administration experience, half of which were spent in non-profit organizations with concentrations on project management, accounting, and organizational policy. She is executive director of a nonprofit advocacy organization and has co-founded and served on various boards supporting education, services, and health-related concerns in children and youth.