Kelsey Holder is the Program Coordinator at My Autism Connection (MAC). Driven by her desire to help others, Kelsey knew from a young age that she wanted to be a part of meaningful work. With that in mind, she made the choice to major in Psychology at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU). Through various volunteer experiences at senior living facilities, the Lee County School District, animal shelters and sanctuaries, and mental health conferences, her passion for making a difference grew stronger.
Kelsey started off at MAC for a class project during her studies at FGCU in which she was tasked with choosing a non-profit organization to partner with for volunteer service. While holding a long-term management position in the food service industry, she organized a field day event for the Autism community and was then offered an internship position as a peer mentor for the members of MAC. This opportunity allowed her to connect and bond with the members, setting the groundwork for what was to come shortly after. Within five months of her internship, Kelsey was offered a new position as the Office Administrator. Through this experience, she gained extensive knowledge of autism and the community through phone calls, emails, and researching resources to provide families.
Kelsey graduated from FGCU with her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in May 2020. She had accomplished graduating from the Honors College with over 300 volunteer hours, while receiving “A” grade percentages in every course, making the Dean’s list each semester. After being involved with MAC as an intern and staff member, she knew that MAC was extremely unique and the connections she formed with its members had been the most rewarding part. After graduation, Kelsey was promoted to the full-time position of Program Coordinator that she now holds, planning activities and lessons for the members, reaching out to community partners, and assisting Sandra Worth, the Founder and Executive Director, in MAC’s growth. Kelsey is ecstatic to finally be a part of the groundbreaking, life-changing work that she dreamed of.