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Melissa and Sean Husmoe

Melissa and Sean Husmoe were born and raised in Washington state and moved to the Valley in 2003. Sean worked for a nonprofit organization in Washington, so when his family moved to Arizona, he was interested in staying involved with the nonprofit sector. It wasn’t long after they arrived that he learned of Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC).

“I was working for a footwear company, and we were involved as corporate volunteers with SARRC, so I had opportunities to participate in events through work,” Sean says. “I was immediately impressed with the organization and how passionate the people were.”

In 2009, Sean was hired as SARRC’s Finance Director, and today is the Chief Financial Officer. He says the hard work that goes into every facet of the organization continues to drive his admiration of SARRC.

“It’s the passion of our hard-working employees, our tireless volunteers, and our involved Board of Directors that motivate me,” Sean says.
Melissa and Sean decided to enroll their youngest daughter in SARRC’s Community School. Even at a young age students learn valuable life skills, and this resonated with Sean and Melissa.

“Not only do students learn the regular preschool activities like numbers and colors, but they also learn how to interact with each other, how to respect each other’s differences, and how to be tolerant of each other,” Sean says. “The Community School helped to teach our daughter compassion and how to be a good friend.”

Sean and Melissa’s experiences led them to add SARRC to their estate plan. Through their generous support, they are helping to ensure the future success of SARRC’s programs and services.

If you would like to learn more about becoming a Legacy Circle member and ensuring the continued vitality and growth of SARRC’s services from one generation to the next, please contact Beth Salazar at [email protected] or 602-340-8717, ext. 1039.