The Unumb Center for Neurodevelopment appointed five new board members

June 13, 2022

The Unumb Center for Neurodevelopment appointed five new board members in fiscal year 2022. The five new board members include:

Charles “Chaz” Ellis is a realtor at The Moore Company and co-owner of Parlour 818. Chaz has established his mark on the business world across the state of South Carolina, serving in a host of capacities such as director of sales and marketing, national account sales consultant, franchisee/owner in the moving industry, and more. He also serves as the coexecutive director and vice president of the Miss South Carolina Scholarship Organization where he is the regional representative for the Miss America 2.0 competition.

Shelly Huhtanen teaches Public Speaking at the University of South Carolina for the Pathway Program. Her column, Puzzles and Camo, for EP magazine shares her experiences of raising a child with autism while serving in the military. She has also authored a book entitled, “Giving a Voice to the Silent Many.” As a military spouse, she has lobbied Congress for better access to care for military families raising children with autism.

Matt Culler is the Pre-Construction Manager at Contract Construction. He works with the client, design team, and estimating staff throughout the design and budget development process on construction management at risk and design-build projects. Matt has been in
the industry for his entire 20-year career, working on both the design and contractor side. Matt is a graduate of Leadership Columbia, currently serves on the board of the Central SC Committee of 100, is a member of ULI Midlands Executive committee, and is a member of
the SC Economic Developers’ Association.

Kathleen Herald is the former Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Lexington Medical Center. During that time, she led the implementation of LMC’s comprehensive electronic health record. In addition, as a nationally recognized CIO, she was involved in a
U.S. task force to fight addiction, particularly opioid use. Kathleen also volunteers for Serve and Connect, More Justice, advises Trio solutions, a Charleston-based marketing firm, and is active in her church.

Susan Beck is the School Psychologist at Little Johnny LLC, a school psychology services contractor for public school districts which addresses the state shortage of school psychologists. Susan has worked in Richland School District Two, the SC Department of Education, and the SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs She has served in collaborative roles with people with disabilities, their families, state agencies, stakeholders, professional associations, and advocacy groups to strengthen the system of service delivery for students as well as South Carolinians with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities.

“We are thrilled to welcome Chaz, Shelly, Matt, Kathleen, and Susan,” said Anslie Patrick, Executive Director of The Unumb Center. “Our board is comprised of keen leaders that possess a deep passion for our work. Our new members have hit the ground running and we
are confident that their guidance will enable us to expand and innovate to meet the pressing needs of the autism community here in the Midlands.”

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About The Unumb Center for Neurodevelopment

The Unumb Center for Neurodevelopment serves as the Midlands community resource for individuals with autism and their families. Their mission is to help individuals with autism reach their full potential by providing comprehensive, evidence-based services and collaborative solutions for the needs of the autism community. Since its founding in 2010, The Unumb Center has strived to provide services that empower individuals with autism to reach new milestones. For more information, visit