Missouri Families for Effective Autism Treatment

An organization of parents and professionals throughout Missouri with headquarters in St. Louis. Our mission is to provide advocacy, education, and support for families and the autism community and to support early diagnosis and effective autism treatment.

Katie Hotard, President

Katie is a resident of Fenton and the mother of two wonderful daughters, one of whom sees the world through the lens of autism. Katie has been active in the community since moving to the St. Louis area in 2008. She completed MPACT's mentor training and is working toward her Certified Autism Specialist designation. Her specific interests include inclusive education, communication skills for nonspeaking people with autism, neurodiverse communities, and developing person-centered and creative small businesses.

Katie is active in the Moms Club of West County and sings with the Women's HOPE Chorale of St. Louis.  She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina with 5 years experience in the financial industry. Katie enjoys hiking, biking, photography, float trips, and RV camping.

Betty Schaefer, Vice President

Betty Schaefer is a resident of St. Louis City and a parent of two teenagers, one of whom was diagnosed on the autism spectrum at the age of three. She has been active in the autism community for many years, sharing information with families new to the autism diagnosis and serving on the Eastern Missouri Autism Project (EMAP) Parent Advisory Committee. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of Missouri Families for Effective Autism Treatment (MO-FEAT), she is a member of the Regional Advisory Council (RAC) of Region XI, which advises the Regional Director of the Department of Mental Health for the St. Louis Region. She is a graduate of Northwestern University and St. Louis University School of Law. She formerly served as Legal Counsel to the St. Louis County Probate Division and is currently an attorney in the Trusts & Estates Department of the law firm of Greensfelder, Hemker, & Gale, P.C. She specializes in estate and trust administration, estate planning, including special needs estate planning, probate, trust, and fiduciary litigation, and guardianship and conservatorship proceedings for both minors and adults.


Donna Campbell, Secretary

Donna originally hails from Canada, but has spent her professional and personal life for the past 42 years in St. Louis. She is Professor of Psychology and Special Education with Webster University, where she currently oversees graduate programs in special education and ABA. A licensed Psychologist, and a B.C.B.A., she has taught, conducted research and worked in the field of developmental disabilities, autism, and children’s mental health programs over the course of her career. An active member of the community, she has been a member of several advisory committees and boards, including SLARC, SSD, Belle Center, Logos School, StoryStichers, and most recently MO-FEAT. She is married to a St Louis native, enjoys walking with her Labrador dogs, travels internationally, and sings in the American Chamber Chorale.


Tabatha Hoffmeyer

Tabatha Hoffmeyer is a Special Education teacher at Eureka High School in the Rockwood School District. She has a Master of Teaching Degree from Webster University with an emphasis on Mild to Moderate Disabilities. She is currently working on her certification in Behavior Analysis and Severe Disabilities.


Natasha Marrus, MD

Natasha Marrus is a child and adolescent psychiatrist and autism researcher at Washington University. Originally from Southern California, she came to St. Louis to complete her M.D./Ph.D. training at Washington University and has enjoyed St. Louis enough to stay for her clinical training and now her early career. She primarily serves patients with autism spectrum disorder, both in her outpatient clinic at Washington University and through school consultations for Special School District in St. Louis County. Her research involves developing measurement tools for early social function, with the goal of improving early diagnosis of autism and monitoring of responses to interventions. She also studies brain systems underlying aspects of social development as a way to gain insight into the neurobiology of autism.


Peppy Howard-Willms

Peppy Howard-Willms is a resident of St. Louis County. She has a Master's in Special Education and is a BCBA and licensed Behavior Analyst. Peppy has been a special education teacher, Director of Special Education and most currently before retirement was the Vice President of Education programs at Great Circle. She currently teachers both the ABA courses at Webster University and in the Autism Certification Program at Fontbonne University. She has worked with students with Autism in multiple roles for the last 40 years.


Elizabeth Granier, Ph.D.

Dr. Elizabeth Granier is a resident of Kirkwood MO and mother of 2. Matthew, her 6 year old son, has an Autism Spectrum Diagnosis which sparked Elizabeth and her husband Jay to become more active in the St. Louis Community for inclusive education and early interventions.

Elizabeth has her PhD in Physiology from East Carolina University of North Carolina along with a M. S. Degree from Colorado State University. She is also a 2000 Graduate of the United Air Force Academy where following graduation she served 5 years of active duty in the Air Force as an Aerospace Physiologist. She currently teaches Anatomy and Physiology courses for pre-nursing, OTA, PTA and other medical career paths at St. Louis Community College, Meramec Campus. Outside of teaching and managing a busy family, Elizabeth enjoys reading, traveling, running and yoga at the Kirkwood YMCA.


Nick Sargent

Nick Sargent is director of digital strategy for Standing Partnership, a reputation management consulting firm in St. Louis. He helps organizations engage with their most important stakeholders using digital tools, coaching them on how to share stories and using them to drive real value for organizations. Nick earned his MBA from Saint Louis University (SLU) in 2010 and his bachelor’s degree in print journalism and political science from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.


MO-FEAT is always interested in increasing our board, if you are interested in serving on our board, CLICK HERE. We are currently in need of a board member that could serve as a treasurer and those with fundraising experience/event planning as well.