Tripp is a retired United States Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel. He retired after 25 years of military service with multiple command and combat tours. For his second career Tripp chose community service. He co-founded the Lowcountry Autism Foundation, Inc. then added Director of Family Support Services, Children’s Hospital, Medical University of South Carolina, and finally became the Director of the Autism Center, Navicent Health, Medical Center of Central Georgia, Macon, GA. A highlight of his community service experience occurred in 1995, when Tripp received the "Jefferson Award" from the American Institute for Public Service, at the United States Supreme Court. His military-community team’s work supported low income, minority citizens with intellectual disabilities. Tripp earned his BA in Psychology from Eastern Washington University and MS in Logistics Management from Florida Tech.
“Do well by doing good.”
Sarah Rice, M. ED
M. Ed., CCC-SLP
Sarah graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in communication sciences and disorders in 2013. She then attended the University of West Georgia, where she graduated with a master’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology in 2015. Throughout her educational experience Sarah had the opportunity to gain hands on experience in clinical settings such as WellStar Kennestone’s outpatient neuro-rehabilitation clinic, the University of West Georgia Comprehensive Community clinic, and Piedmont Mountainside inpatient rehabilitation. These clinical experiences served to provide Sarah with invaluable knowledge in working with both children and adults.
Sarah started her career as the Speech Language Pathologist at Blue Ridge Elementary from 2015- 2019. In June of 2019, Sarah accepted the position at the North Georgia Autism Foundation. This experience continues to challenge and grow her tremendously as a Speech Language Pathologist. Sarah is certified to provide speech therapy to all age groups. She has extensive knowledge in the diagnosis and treatment of: articulation disorders, phonological disorders, expressive and receptive language impairment/ delay, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Stuttering, Apraxia, and Social/ Pragmatic Communication.
It is Sarah’s firm belief that everyone deserves a voice! Therefore, she strives to ensure that all her clients receive evidence-based therapy to achieve their most functional voice!
Programs and Development Leader
Lauren graduated from East Tennessee State University with a bachelor’s degree in Human Services with a minor in Family Studies in 2017. She is now attending Liberty University to obtain a master’s degree. While attending college, Lauren was able to volunteer with many local centers to gain hands-on experience with the community settings. These experiences helped equip Lauren to work with adults, children, and families.
Lauren began her Human Services career at Avita Community Partners as a Social Services Technician in Blairsville, GA. Lauren served as a Supported Employment Specialist assisting individuals in finding, obtaining, and maintain gainful employment. Lauren is excited to serve the community and members of the North Georgia Autism Foundation, while growing in her human services career.
Lauren will provide Family Support Services and guide fundraising initiatives. She seeks to engage and encourage everyone she encounters on a daily basis.