Anisa “Nisey” Webb

Anisa “Nisey” Webb is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Biology. She started working at The Center in February of 2009 part-time, to gain experience in the healthcare industry and to have the opportunity to observe clinical research studies that were then underway.  Over time, Nisey’s talent for building relationships with families and professionals within the community, combined with her enthusiasm, led to her promotion to the Community Outreach Coordinator. In this position she is focused on providing valuable and accessible information to parents, caregivers, and professionals. As an active part of the Austin non-profit community she hopes to continue to raise awareness and bring hope to children and families that may not yet have access to the resources they need.

Anissa Ryland

arylandAnissa Ryland is the Director for The Johnson Center for Child Health and Development. Born and raised in Oklahoma, Anissa began her career in the field of non-profit organizations in New Orleans, where she helped organize benefits featuring local as well as nationally known musicians. Relocating to Washington, DC, she served as the Director of an organization working with business leaders to raise critical funding for an inner-city group that provides affordable housing, job training, child care, and health care for low-income families.

Her son was diagnosed with autism after the family moved to Texas, and she and her husband began researching all aspects of the disorder. They started their child on an intensive education and behavioral program, and traveled around the country learning more appropriate intervention and support.

Prior to joining us, Anissa worked as the Director of Development and served on the Board of Directors of a Dallas, TX school for early intervention for children with autism. In addition to her extensive experience in the non-profit field, as the Director at JCCHD, Anissa brings her experience as a parent of three children to bear on a matter that is close to her heart.

Wendy Richardson

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After graduating from Washington State University with a degree in communications, Wendy Richardson worked in advertising at Lintas Muir Cornelius Moore and PS Ltd. in New York. She left to coordinate the production and art departments on feature films, such as The Hudsucker Proxy, Forrest Gump, The Jungle Book, Indian in the Cupboard, The Fast and The Furious and We Were Soldiers. Prior to joining The Johnson Center, Wendy was a staff film accountant at Warner Brothers, where she worked on Happy Feet, The Good German, The Ant Bully, and August Rush. While living in California, she was a devoted volunteer at the Pasadena AIDS Service Center, making films for mothers with AIDS to leave to their children; she also assisted in art classes for children affected by AIDS. In addition, she produced a yearlong program, Digital Groove, through the Los Angeles School System, bringing together digital artists to mentor at-risk high school seniors. Wendy raised money for The AIDS Foundation by completing The AIDS Ride, a seven-hundred-mile annual bike ride from San Francisco to LA.

Wendy Richardson brings this same commitment and dedication to JCCHD, helping to coordinate our research efforts. Wendy works directly with families to ensure their research participation is a positive experience, as well as coordinating the logistics of data collection for clinical research studies. Often a study requires that many elements be put in place for patients sprinkled across the country - a logistical challenge and Wendy’s favorite part of her work. She shares her considerable talents and passion for Excel spreadsheets in her role as Research Coordinator.

Lauren Cunningham

Lauren holds a bachelor of arts in music and public relations from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. With a dream of starting her own non-profit someday, she is gaining valuable experience as the Front Desk Manager of The Johnson Center.

Before moving to Austin in 2013, Lauren was the office coordinator of a busy dental office in Ann Arbor, MI. She was also active in her community as a member of the University Musical Society Choral Union and a volunteer coordinator for the Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

Lauren is very excited to be a part of The Johnson Center team. Helping children and their families find and navigate services at The Johnson Center truly brings her a great sense of purpose.

Jarett Suhr

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Jarrett Suhr has been working at The Johnson Center in the Nutrition Clinic since August of 2009. Born in The Woodlands, Texas, he moved to Austin with his family in 1998. Diagnosed with ASD when he was a child, Jarett enjoys working at The Johnson Center because he gets to be a part of an organization that helps so many others on the autism spectrum.

His colleagues at The Johnson Cetner value Jarrett’s kind nature, humor, and optimism. As assistant to the Nutrition Clinic Manager, Jarrett is in charge of shipments and stocking inventory for the Nutrition Clinic. Always willing to lend a helping hand, Jarrett makes sure to keep the toys and play areas organized and clean for when clients visit the office, and he often assists the administrative staff with their tasks.