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Autism Group TACA Appoints New CEO Janine Ingram

TACA CEO Our New Chief Executive Office Announcement

After 10 years of hard work and extreme growth, I am thrilled to bring Janine Ingram on board as CEO to help lead TACA through the next decade. The next stages of growth for TACA’s mission and the families we serve will require enormous planning and execution. Janine brings over 20 years experience in the non profit world and a personal connection to autism through her nephews.

Janine and I will be operating as a team with very clear and distinctly different roles.  My role will continue, and will change into a more traditional role for Founders.  The Founder role will allow me to continue to be the spark behind TACA, to help drive our vision as it relates to autism programs, and to be the public spokesperson for TACA families and the TACA mission.  I will be able to focus on parent empowerment and autism community related efforts. I will serve on the board, and lastly I will drive individual donor efforts to support our important effort and help TACA grow.

We welcome Janine to the TACA family.  We can’t wait to share with you our vision for the future.

Lisa Ackerman, TACA Founder

Non-profit Veteran to Spearhead TACA's Operations and Fundraising Efforts
COSTA MESA, Calif. – Talk About Curing Autism, a national non-profit organization that provides support and resources to over 20,000 families across the United States, recently hired Janine Ingram as CEO.  TACA’s former executive director, Lisa Ackerman, will continue her role as founder of the non-profit organization.  TACA has more than 27 chapters located in 17 states across the country (Alabama, California, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin).

With more than 20 years of non-profit leadership experience, Ingram will be responsible for operations, fundraising, mission delivery and strategic planning for TACA.  

“Janine brings a unique combination of non-profit expertise and special education history to TACA,” said Ackerman.  “Her life-long passion for non-profit organizations began early in her career when she started working with autistic and special needs children.  Additionally, Janine’s family has been profoundly affected by autism, with two nephews diagnosed with disorders on the autistic spectrum.”

Prior to joining TACA, she held executive positions with several national health-related charities at the local chapter level, including the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, as well as leading chapter expansion efforts for Home Aid America, an Orange County, Calif.-based national non-profit benefitting the homeless.

Ingram received a master’s degree in education with special emphasis on child development from The University of Maryland, College Park. In addition, she obtained a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California, Irvine (UCI).

A Look Back at Our 2010 Accomplishments

We realize our mission through providing real help now for children with autism and their families.  We educate, empower, support and connect families with the resources they need to secure the best possible future for their children. Please see our listing of 44 accomplishments for last year detailing our efforts HERE.

About TACA
Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) provides information, resources, and support to families affected by autism. For families who have just received the autism diagnosis, TACA aims to speed up the cycle time from the autism diagnosis to effective treatments. TACA helps to strengthen the autism community by connecting families and the professionals who can help them, allowing them to share stories and information to help people with autism be the best they can be.
DISCLAIMER: TACA provides general information regarding medical research, treatment options, therapies and nutrition to the autism community. The information comes from a variety of sources, and TACA does not independently verify any of it. Nothing presented at meetings, emails or in print should be construed as medical or legal advice. Always consult your child's doctor regarding his or her individual needs.



Congratulations TACA! The service you provide our community is invaluable. I am hopeful that other autism organizations will give thought in adopting your business model.

Kim Davis

Thank you Lisa for all you've done for us, and all, I'm sure, you'll continue to do.

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