the founders

Katie Murwin

 Katie is mother of 3 children (23, 21, 17), her 21-year old son  diagnosed with High Functioning Autism when he was four. She and her  husband, Todd have devoted much of their time and energy to learning  about Autism and working towards ways to improve their family’s quality  of life. Katie is in the process of completing Kids With Autism Can: A  Photographic Journey, an inspirational story of her family’s experience.  She also works to support others facing the challenges of Autism. She began working with special needs adults 20 years ago when  managing a restaurant that embraced the idea of incorporating all  members of the community into its staff. She has several interests,  which include traveling, working with rescued dogs, and cooking. She  shares her joy and knowledge of cooking by teaching students at a small  private school where children are encouraged to learn in a way that  works well for them. 


Todd Murwin

Todd graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BA degree  in Mathematics and has an MS degree in Microeconomics from Kellogg  Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. He has worked  for a large financial institution for the past 20 years in Credit Risk,  eCommerce Sales, as well as systems design and deployment. He has many interests, which include annual weeklong backpacking  trips with his four brothers, traveling with Katie and family, and  playing with the kids. He is an avid reader that enjoys a wide spectrum  of topics from Autism, religion, adventure books and murder mysteries.  He enjoys being an assistant coach for a Challenger Baseball League  team, designed to allow children with all disabilities an opportunity to  play and succeed. Todd is active in his children’s lives, regardless of how they learn  and participate in our world. He actively encourages fathers of Autistic  children to engage and experience their child’s life in a new way. He  recommends that each father take the time to enjoy the things that are  special to their child. For Todd, these include watching them score a  run in baseball, partner in a 3K walk to raise money, or just pretending  to save the world with light sabers. The smile from any child after  they succeed is worth the price of admission to their lives. 

Cindy Lee Herrick

 Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Cindy grew up in Los Angeles, California.   She currently resides in Scottsdale, Arizona, where she runs her music  studio, Cindy Lee Studios, LLC.  She is a member of the Music Teachers’  National Association and is a certified Suzuki music teacher.   Through  her teachings, Cindy encountered many students with special needs and  sparked her interest in special education.  She is currently pursuing  her Masters of Arts in Special Education degree at Arizona State  University, with an emphasis in Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Cindy is  currently doing research on the use of music for developing  socio-emotional skills for children with Autism.  Cindy received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration  degree from the Marshall School of Business at the University of  Southern California, where she also studied cinema-television and  music.  She has also studied English Literature and Poetry at Cambridge  University in England.  After graduation, Cindy worked in Media Sales  for News America Marketing (a subsidiary of News Corporation) in Los  Angeles.  Cindy received her classical music training at The Colburn  School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles.   Cindy also volunteers as the  music teacher at Ethos School in Scottsdale.  Her hobbies include  crafts, ancient history, archeology, and reading.   In her spare time,  Cindy enjoys spending time with her husband Ron and their two Persian  cats:  Kismet and Napkin.     

Lisa Hurst

 Lisa Hurst was born in Crystal Falls, a small town in the Upper  Peninsula of Michigan.  She completed her BS degree at the University of  Michigan, MD degree at Wayne State University and internal medicine  residency at the Mayo Clinic. She is a Board Certified Internal Medicine  physician and has specialized in Hospital Medicine for over 10 years.  She now works as a Hospitalist for the Mayo Clinic in Arizona.  Lisa is the mother of three wonderful children.  The best thing  about life is the time spent with her husband and kids. Her family loves  to stay active and enjoys family bike rides, swimming, and any type of  outdoor sport!  Whenever the opportunity arises, they love to travel.  The second best part of traveling is coming home to their myriad of  family pets in beautiful Arizona.  Children with special needs are near and dear to Lisa’s heart.  She  is honored to be part of this project to help bring hope to the families  of these wonderfully unique kids. 

Sarah Lindquist

 Sarah Lindquist was born in Bakersfield, California and graduated  Summa Cum Laude from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis  Obispo with a B.S. in Business (concentration in Accounting). After  college, Sarah started her career as a Certified Public Accountant at  Ernst & Young in San Jose, California. In 2001, Sarah and her  husband moved to Scottsdale, Arizona where she worked for Republic  Services, Inc. for 11 years in various accounting and finance roles,  eventually specializing in executive compensation compliance and  reporting. Sarah is the mother of three rambunctious boys and will soon be  welcoming a baby girl. Kids with Autism Can and other special needs  causes are close to her heart as one of her sons is on the Autistic  spectrum and lives with sensory and emotional challenges. Sarah enjoys  sewing, quilting and spending time with her family. 

Lynne Robinson

 Lynne is a CPA who graduated with a BS in accounting from Marquette  University and holds a Masters of Business with a marketing emphasis  from JL Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Lynne  has a diversified background working in public accounting,  manufacturing, financial institutions, investment banking and as an  entrepreneur.  Lynne’s interests lie primarily in the business arena focusing on  business development, process improvement and leadership. Her personal  hobbies include: genealogy, fishing and spending time at her cabin with  time for contemplation and solitude. She reads across a broad range of  topics with a particular interest in history and health, including  recent autism research and inspirational stories. She is particularly  interested in helping the organization serve more people as it helps to  overcome the challenges of having fun in a family environment. Lynne has  three adult children and a wonderful husband who is a special needs bus  driver.