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SARRC NextGen aims to involve the next generation of SARRC supporters by focusing on raising critical funds, engaging the community, volunteering, and increasing awareness and acceptance of autism. We are in search of professionals with a commitment to fostering positive change in Arizona, and specifically individuals who are enthusiastic about furthering SARRC’s vision of people with autism meaningfully integrated into inclusive communities.

Who You Are

To be considered for SARRC NextGen, prospective members must be under the age of 40, showcasing leadership both in their professional roles and in the community. Additionally, candidates must work for or have an association with a company that values philanthropy.

Members can serve on for a minimum term of two years, with the flexibility to renew their commitment for two additional terms.

Members Can Look Forward To

  • Networking with other members and the SARRC Board of Directors
  • Engaging and learning about SARRC’s research, programs, and services
  • Attending and supporting SARRC’s special events
  • Volunteering at SARRC’s campuses
  • Learning opportunities like board governance training and other valuable professional development topics such as resume building, effective communication and delegation, and optimizing productivity within a team

The fundraising efforts and involvement of SARRC NextGen will support the growth and expansion of SARRC’s mission-critical programs and research for individuals with autism and their families.

Application Deadline for 2024-25

If you are interested in applying, please fill out and return the application form by Friday, June 14, 2024, to Lauren Smith at [email protected]. Please note that the application requires a SARRC sponsor to submit.

Meet Our Chairs

SARRC is excited to announce Audrey Metzler and Krystal Vanvales as our 2024-25 SARRC NextGen Co-chairs! Their enthusiasm, passion and commitment to SARRC are truly inspiring, and we feel privileged to have them lead SARRC NextGen.

Audrey Metzler

Audrey is an Arizona native who’s been connected with SARRC both professionally and personally for several years. From her previous work as a habilitation and respite provider for children and teens with autism to her involvement with SARRC and other organizations like Special Olympics Arizona, Audrey has a passion for supporting the autism community.

Krystal Vanvales

Krystal resides in Phoenix with her husband Kyle and their three children. She is employed at Allergan Aesthetics, an Abbvie company, and actively volunteers for their Neurodiversity and Inclusion employee resource group. Krystal's dedication is evident in her passion for supporting SARRC's mission of providing resources to individuals with autism and their families.