Diane Raba is the longest serving of Firefly's many valued Board of Directors. During her 12 year tenure Diane has served as Board President and Vice President and is currently the Board Secretary. Upon moving to Colorado, Diane had a desire to invest in a local nonprofit and give back to her community. She became immediately interested in the fledgling Firefly Autism because of her experience in ABA during her graduate work and her career as a classroom teacher and special education consultant. "I always worked to maximize learning opportunities by tailoring lessons and goals based on where my students were at the time," Diane says. After taking a graduate class on Functional Behavior Assessment and Applied Behavior Analysis, Diane was, "ecstatic because it was such a clear way to baseline skills, set measurable goals, and know whether the plan was effective."
Diane says, "There have been so many amazing achievements because of the work that is done at Firefly every day. The initial dream of the founders was to provide all of the services to support individuals with autism in one location. That vision has come to fruition in this outstanding organization. Our expanded reach is very exciting! Moving to our magnificent new facility will enable us to reach more families, do more research, and to provide more training for professionals. The Firefly team is extremely talented and visionary."