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Leadership Team

Learn about the hearts and minds of the Autism Society of Greater Phoenix Leadership Team.

Olivia Fryer

executive Director

Olivia Fryer has lived in Arizona since 2006. She and her husband are the proud parents of two children. Their oldest son is diagnosed with Autism and utilizes an augmentative communication device. Her youngest son is neurotypical and is his brother’s best friend and supporter. Her sons are her pride and joy. Olivia loves spending time with her family and likes to travel, garden, read, bake cookies, and is an avid Arizona Coyotes hockey fan.

Olivia holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Akron. Prior to becoming Executive Director, Olivia was an Executive Committee Member of the Arizona Autism Network of the West Valley and was a board member of the Autism Society of Greater Phoenix for four years. Olivia is a certified BE SAFE instructor, Sibshops facilitator, Partners in Leadership graduate, and has participated in various community advisory boards. She has worked within the disability community since 2014 and previously worked with children in kinship foster care. Her previous employers include Southwest Human Development, Arizona Autism United and T.E.A.M. 4 Kids. Olivia is bilingual and speaks Spanish. Olivia was awarded the 2023 Gabe Zimmerman Emerging Champion Award from Child & Family Resources Inc. for her leadership and dedication to her community. 

Kristen Puma

Community director

Kristen Puma grew up in Pennsylvania and went on to graduate from James Madison University in Virginia with a Bachelors of Science in Fine Art. Following graduation Kristen did a year with a national service organization called AmeriCorps NCCC. After graduating from AmeriCorps, Kristen returned to work for one of the organizations served with AmeriCorps. In 2007, she moved to Arizona to pursue a career in firefighting. Kristen worked in the field as a firefighter for several years, before having to step away due to a medical diagnosis.

Kristen is married and her husband is a local Law Enforcement Officer. Together, they are the parents of two incredible boys. Their oldest son was their introduction to the world of developmental disabilities and medical complexities. In 2014 just before his 3rd birthday, he was diagnosed with Autism, then followed with a brain cancer diagnosis at 4 years old and posterior fossa syndrome following his brain surgery. During this time, Kristen learned how to advocate to help make change and be a voice, not just for her child, but for other children that would endure similar situations in the future. Sadly, their oldest son died at 6 years old due to his cancer diagnosis in 2018. Their youngest was also diagnosed with Autism just after his 3rd birthday in 2018. The journey of learning and advocating continues daily with their son.

Being an active member of the community has always been important to Kristen. Prior to her role as Community Director, she served on the board of directors for the Autism Society of Greater Phoenix. Kristen has volunteered in the community as a member of the City of Avondale’s Crisis Response Team while working as a firefighter. Kristen actively volunteers with several different non-profit organizations and organizes a yearly book drive for local children’s hospitals, along with blood drives. Kristen currently serves on the Patient and Family Advisory Council with Phoenix Children’s Hospital for the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. Kristen is a Partners in Leadership graduate.

Terry Perez

Family support specialist

Terry Perez grew up in San Antonio, Texas and has lived in Phoenix, AZ for over 30 years. Terry and her husband have been married for almost 20 years; he is an Arizona Native.  They have four awesome children. She is also a Nana to four beautiful grandkids. Her youngest child was diagnosed with Autism at 3 years old and he is now a teenager.  After his diagnosis, Terry educated herself and her family about Autism to be her son’s advocate. Terry is bilingual and speaks Spanish. She is very involved in her community and has volunteered with many organizations in her area.  She has served as a Neighborhood Leader, Parent and Student Liaison with Downtown Urban Community Kids and served 1 year as PTA President at her son’s school at the Arizona Autism Charter School Upper Campus.
 

Callie Walling

Family support specialist

Callie Walling grew up in Northeast Ohio and holds a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management from Kent State University. After graduation she married an airman, and the military has moved them all over. They have lived in North Carolina, England, Missouri, and moved to Arizona in 2021. Her husband is active duty and currently stationed at Luke Air Force Base.  

Callie and her husband have two beautiful children. Her oldest son was diagnosed with Autism at 18 months old. Her youngest son is developmentally delayed but does not have an official diagnosis. Callie loves spending time with her family, traveling, reading, and true crime. 

Callie is a Partners in Leadership graduate and loves to volunteer and fundraise with various non-profits. Callie is very passionate about advocating and supporting the autism and disability community. She is very excited to help bring the autism community together.