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East Valley Autism Network (EVAN)

Supporting autism families in the East Valley for over 14 years. 

East Valley Autism Network (EVAN) was founded by three Autism Moms in Gilbert – Holly Reycraft, Melissa VanHook, and Katie Wride in 2006. We have been meeting, advocating, and supporting the families in the East Valley for over 14 years.   Monthly meetings explore a variety of topics with speakers each month and a time for parents to connect with each other before and after the speaker. Our meetings are FREE, but since we do meet at a restaurant, it is appreciated if you are able to purchase something while attending the meeting. 

  • Browse our Facebook page for additional information and community events! Many of our EVAN meetings have been recorded using Facebook Live over the years and can still be watched on the Facebook page.
  • Check out our Calendar to discover what we have planned.
  • Looking to relocate to the East Valley? Holly Reycraft is a realtor that specializes in helping families with special needs find a home. Visit Holly’s website for more information.

Monthly Meeting - Join us ONLINE!

Tuesday, May 26th, 2020, 6:30PM - 8 PM

Online from home! (Unless we can meet in person)

SPEAKER: Several speakers from different agencies

TOPIC: Come and learn what programs, supports, and therapies are being offered at this time 
RSVP below and you will be sent the link to the Zoom meeting

Panera Bread (If we can meet in person)
3426 E Baseline Rd, Ste 113, Mesa, AZ 85204
Located in Village Square at Dana Park at Val Vista & Baseline



In order to preserve the health of our community, the Autism Society of Greater Phoenix has made the difficult decision to cancel all in person meetings until it is safe to gather again. We have moved many of our meetings online including the EVAN meeting. So we hope you will join us online! 
For more information on COVID-19, please visit the Arizona Department of Health Services website HERE.
Thank you for your understanding during this challenging time.

This meeting is for parents or caregivers only, this meeting is NOT for children. 

We look forward to seeing you at our NEW LOCATION!


Questions about EVAN?

Contact Holly Reycraft at:


Katie Wride at

Upcoming Meetings

– 4th Tuesday of each month



See you then!

 – 4th Tuesday of each month



About Us

Holly Reycraft

Recently, Holly began a career in residential real estate, where she specializes in assisting families relocate in the Phoenix area, based on their child’s educational needs. Holly has spent the last two decades consulting parents on school choice options for their child as an educational consultant and has now expanded her knowledge to assisting families in purchasing a home in a community that meets their child’s unique educational needs. Holly has followed the market trends and property values in the east valley for several years. She feels fortunate to have joined the team at Realty Executives East Valley, where her broker shares thirty years of experience and knowledge with her and her clients. She would love to assist your family in buying or selling your home.

Holly has spent over two decades advocating for special needs children in several capacities. She worked ten years in public education as a counselor, special education teacher and administrator. Holly is the co-founder of East Valley Autism Network (EVAN), a parent support group and affiliate of the Autism Society of America for the last twelve years. Holly enjoys helping families and passing legislation to better the lives of individuals with autism and special needs. She is married and has three children. Her oldest son has autism and Type 1 Diabetes. Holly’s husband, Ken, has worked in commercial real estate as a land broker for the past two decades. Together they love to spend time looking at model homes and following the new product of home builders.

katie Wride

Katie received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education in 1996 from Brigham Young University. She taught second grade in Utah before returning home to the East Valley with her husband to raise their family. She has four children, her oldest son has Autism. Katie has been active in the Autism community for many years. She is currently the Community Director for the Autism Society of Greater Phoenix and on their Board of Directors as Treasurer. She also co-founded a parent support group called E.V.A.N. (East Valley Autism Network) with two other Moms in 2006.

Katie enjoys reading, raising goats and chickens on their family farm and in supporting families in all areas of need. She is a resource for Autism Awareness Education for future teachers, for students, and families throughout the valley. She enjoys sharing information to both families affected by Autism and throughout our communities.