Foundation Founders

Gwen Hoganson

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Program Manager

Gwen has always believed in the importance of community involvement and has served on various community boards. She is the mother of an active, inquisitive son with autism and advocates for Recreational Therapy with a passion.  Gwen is the co-owner of Two Twigs Studio, a workshop that creates beautiful and practical art from repurposed materials.  She earned a degree in Geography from ASU and has had a diverse career spanning many aspects of Real Estate including sales, management, and GIS Analyst for government, engineering, and legal applications.

Elizabeth Burkland

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Development Director

Elizabeth is a Texas native whose family moved to Arizona in 2011 to access improved services for their autistic son.  She is the co-owner of Two Twigs Studio. She has been heavily involved in developing and coordinating the artistic talent to design and create items for sale that benefit the artist as well as the Foundation. She has been instrumental in organizing and prepping curriculum while serving as an active participant in her son's classroom. She continues to focus her energy on her long-term goal of improving life for individuals with disabilities and their families by assisting in the development of programs and strategies for independence. 

Andrea "Andi" Robertson

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Community Outreach Coordinator

Andrea is a passionate activist for children on the autism spectrum.  She has spent more than a decade fighting and advocating for school choice and educational rights for special needs individuals. Andrea's daughter, Lexie, is the samosas for Lexie's Law, which provides up to $5 million annually K-12 education scholarships to qualified disabled/displaced students. Andrea is a member of the Arizona State Senate Subcommittee on Education where she has helped form the structure of the Empowerment Savings Account. She is a graduate member for Scottsdale Leadership Class XXX and has chaired their Ethics and Diversity Day. As a founding member of a Scottsdale-based special-needs school, Andrea continues to advocate for this special population.