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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 a great group of autistic adults who mentor our youth and a variety of professionals who generously share their time and expertise. Monthly meetings to explore transition issues, as well as social events in the community, provide opportunities for parents and youth to establish a community of support. Join us as we learn about transition, share our experiences, celebrate our successes and support each other on the journey to independence.

  • Browse our Facebook page for additional information and community events! Job fairs, apprenticeships, career exploration, job shadowing and other employment-related opportunities are listed every week.
  • 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.

April Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019, 6:30PM - 8:30PM

MiAmigo’s Mexican Restaurant
1264 S Gilbert Rd
Mesa, AZ 85204


Speakers: We had 18 wonderful presenters at our April 2019 Meeting

Topic: Summer Programs! CLICK HERE for the handout from the April 2019 EVAN Summer Camp Meeting that lists all of the summer programs that presented at the meeting and has a link to the flyer for each camp. 

About the Summer Program Meeting: We hold our annual Summer Camp Meeting every April so families can make plans for the summer. We hope you will join us for this very popular meeting! 

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

We look forward to seeing you again at our next meeting in August!


Questions about EVAN?

Contact Holly Reycraft at:


Katie Wride at

Upcoming Meetings

NO Meetings May-July

EVAN takes the summers off to be with our families. 

We look forward to seeing you again at our meetings in the Fall the 4th Tuesday of each month starting in August.

See you then!

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.