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Board of Directors

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is the governing body of the Autism Society of North Carolina. Our Board has always been a diverse, dedicated group of volunteers, many of whom are parents or family members of individuals with autism or self-advocates.

Executive Committee

Ron Howrigon, Chair

Ron Howrigon is the President and CEO of Fulcrum Strategies, a company he founded in 2004. He has been very active in advocating for children with special needs. In 2010, Mr. Howrigon joined the Board of Directors for the Mariposa School in Cary. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Miracle League of the Triangle from 2014 through 2016. Mr. Howrigon lives in Apex with his wife and three children, the oldest of whom is on the spectrum. When asked about having a child on the spectrum, he describes it as the hardest and best thing he will ever do with his life.

Kristin Selby, Vice Chair

Kristin Selby currently serves as the Chapter Leader of the Autism Society of North Carolina New Hanover County Chapter.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Sociology from the College of Charleston and has held various marketing positions with Fidelity National Title Group since 2004. She is currently the Marketing Representative in their Wilmington branch. She is active in her community, her church, and her children’s school. She and her husband, Scotty, enjoy spending time on the coast with her two boys, the youngest of whom is on the autism spectrum. Kristin is honored to be a part of the Board to continue to advocate for all individuals on the spectrum in North Carolina.

Scott Taylor, 2nd Vice Chair

Scott Taylor has been a Territory Support Manager with Southeast Industrial Equipment since 2015. For the past eight years, he has advocated for autism issues on the federal and state level. In 2011, Mr. Taylor served as a Community Representative to the ASNC Board of Directors. From 2012 to 2015, he served on the Board of Directors for Alliance Behavioral Health, a managed-care organization established to manage federal, state, and local funds to provide services for mental health, substance abuse, and intellectual/developmental disorders. During that time, he served on the Human Rights Committee, which he chaired in 2014 and 2015. Mr. Taylor lives in Garner with his wife and three sons, two of whom are on the autism spectrum.

Craig Seman, Secretary

Craig Seman is the general manager of the Cadillac Craft Center, a third-generation business that reproduces and restores parts and equipment for the automobile industry. Mr. Seman holds a BSBA in Economics from UNC-Chapel Hill and an MBA from UNC-Charlotte. An alumnus of both the Charlotte and Chapel Hill TEACCH programs, Mr. Seman has been active in the spectrum community as a program coordinator, Meetup organizer, and host of numerous events in the Charlotte area centering on outreach to young adults. Mr. Seman has also held leadership positions in numerous civic and community organizations and joined the ASNC board in 2018. Mr. Seman lives in Charlotte and has family members both on the spectrum and as professionals serving the community.

Doug Brown, Treasurer

Doug Brown previously served on the Board of Directors of the ASNC Guilford County Chapter for three years and as an autism advocate with another local autism nonprofit organization in Greensboro. He obtained his Bachelor of Business Administration from Campbell University in 1996 and his Master of Science in Accountancy from UNC-Wilmington in 1997. He has 19 years of experience in public accounting and also served three years as Chief Financial Officer for a Greensboro company. Mr. Brown lives with his wife and two children. His desire to help the autism community comes from having a child on the autism spectrum. His goals are to raise awareness in the community about autism and to help the parents, children, and adults on the spectrum experience life to the fullest extent possible.

Chris Whitfield, Immediate Past Chair

Chris Whitfield is the Chief Financial Officer for MANA Nutritive Aid Products, a nonprofit organization that produces ready-to-use therapeutic foods for the treatment of acutely malnourished children throughout the world. Prior to that, he served in roles as practice area director at a CPA firm and financial officer for private and public companies.  With several relatives on the autism spectrum, Mr. Whitfield has seen firsthand its impact on families and appreciates the opportunity to support the Autism Society of North Carolina’s mission in serving those families. Mr. Whitfield and his wife live in Charlotte, where they raised their two sons and daughter.


Stephanie Dorko Austin has worked with Attorney General Josh Stein since 2015 and has her own company, Stephanie Austin & Associates, Inc. She began her career working for former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles both times he ran for U.S. Senate (2002 and 2004). Ms. Austin has since worked as a fundraiser for numerous statewide campaigns including State Treasurer Richard Moore, N.C. Senate Majority Leader Martin Nesbitt, Gov. Bev Perdue, State Treasurer Janet Cowell, and Gov. Roy Cooper. Her nonprofit experience includes serving as Vice President of Government Affairs for the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and Development Director at the Council for Entrepreneurial Development and the NC Advocates for Justice. Ms. Austin is a native of Greensboro and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Trinity College in Washington, D.C. She and her husband, Will, live in Raleigh with their daughter and rescue dog.

Rob Christian is a Chapel Hill native and a graduate of the UNC School of Medicine and the Brown University Triple Board Program (general pediatrics, adult psychiatry, and child and adolescent psychiatry). He is also board certified in those three areas. Since 2009, Dr. Christian has worked clinically almost exclusively with children and adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities, including autism, at The Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities (CIDD) at UNC School of Medicine, where he is appointed in pediatrics and psychiatry. Dr. Christian is also Associate Director of the NC Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disorders (LEND) program at CIDD/UNC School of Medicine. He has a special interest in IDD services and policy related issues and has collaborated with ASNC in an array of advocacy and other efforts. Dr. Christian has served on the ASNC state human rights committee since fall 2016. He lives in Chapel Hill with his wife, Jenny, and his two children.

Latonya Croney earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1994 and began her career in the banking industry with BB&T, serving as a Retail Services Officer and as a Project Manager. After discovering her love for training, Ms. Croney transitioned to BB&T University as a Retail Credit Instructor and worked her way up to Senior Credit Instructor. In 2005, she became a Deposit Portfolio Administrator and served as the strategic leader and main deposits contact for her assigned regions in the community banking network. Currently, Ms. Croney is the Bank Card Services Solutions Delivery Manager. Her team is responsible for increasing the effectiveness of branch associates delivering relevant retail and small business card solutions. Ms. Croney lives in Raleigh, where she is active with the local chapter of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network; a longtime member of her church choir and Financial Peace ministry; and a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her nephews (who are both on the spectrum) and godchildren.

Fredrick A. Davis, II, LEED¬ģ AP BD&C, currently serves as Executive Director of Building Services with Durham Public Schools System, Durham NC. He joined Durham Public Schools in 2012 serving as a Facility Support Specialist. Prior to returning to Durham Public Schools, Fredrick worked as the Senior Director of Property and Facilities for the YMCA of the Triangle Inc. Fredrick is trained in the field of architecture from Hampton University and has a Masters in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Fredrick is very active in his community serving as the Chairman of the Durham Housing Appeals Board, a former Board Member for the Durham County Board of Adjustment, and the former Vice-Chairman of the Durham Planning Commission. Aside from being focused on designing twenty-first century learning environments and serving on various boards, Fredrick is also a real estate agent. His number one role is to be the best father and husband setting a positive example for black families.

Tenisea Higgins currently serves as the facilitator of the Haywood County Chapter of the Autism Society of North Carolina. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Western Carolina in 2006. She is currently a 2nd grade teacher in Haywood County and has worked in public education for 16 years, serving students in Title I schools throughout the Western and Piedmont Regions of North Carolina. She lives in Clyde with her husband, and two daughters. Her passion for autism advocacy started in 2012, shortly after her oldest daughter was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Mrs. Higgins is honored to serve on the state board of directors and is eager to help individuals and families across the state in their own journeys.

Steven Jones is an attorney who has been General Counsel of Clintrax Global, a service provider in the drug development industry, since 2013. He has been an advocate for local and statewide policies to strength special-education opportunities, particularly for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, in North Carolina public schools. Mr. Jones lives in Chapel Hill with his wife, daughter, and son, who is on the autism spectrum, and three large dogs.

Steve is the Director of the Olson Huff Center (OHC) autism program at Mission Health in Asheville, which focuses on diagnostic evaluation, assessment, and consultation for children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Prior to joining OHC, he was the Clinical Director of the Asheville TEACCH Center for 18 years. He earned his PhD in Psychology from Louisiana State University and has been a long-time advocate for individuals with autism. Steve is married and has three young adult sons and two dogs.

LaChanda Solomon earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Special Education from Shaw University and her Masters of Education degree from Regent University.  She has served in the field of education in various counties across the state of NC as a teacher and leader in the area of developmental disabilities and autism. She currently serves as the Director of Education for Murdoch Developmental Center wherein she oversees the educational programming of four specialized statewide programs: Partners in Autism Treatment and Habilitation (PATH), Behaviorally Advanced Residential Treatment (BART), Specialized Treatment for Adolescents in a Residential Setting (STARS), and Therapeutic Respite Addressing Crisis for Kids (TRACK), which all serve many individuals and their families with developmental disabilities, autism, and severe behavioral challenges across the state of NC. Her passion, professional experience, and her own personal experience as a mother of a young man with autism give her hope and the continuous drive to encourage, advocate, and support families everywhere with their own unique journeys with autism.