Board of Directors

Jonathan Basinger, Chair

Jonathan Basinger is commercial real estate agent/business broker specialist and is owner/partner of McShane Basinger LLC which had is origins in 1999. Over the years, McShane Basinger has closed over 150 transactions in excess of $250,000,000 property value. Recently, his reputation and experience have made him a reliable and trusted witness in cases involving property disputes. Previously, Jonathan had a distinguished career in advertising/marketing from 1977-1999 and was the founder/owner of Basinger & Associates, Inc from 1982-1999 which was an Atlanta based business-to-business full service marketing/advertising/PR firm.Jonathan, originally from the north side of Chicago, is a graduate of the University of Illinois (1975). Has lived in the Atlanta area since 1980 and has three grown children. He currently lives in Buckhead has served on numerous boards since 1987 and has been dedicated to causes that help kids at risk or with disabilities. Jonathan also serves on the National Board for the Autism Society of America and has since 2010.

Jere Pittner, Director

Director of Physician Billing for Northside Hospital, Jere Pittner is a native of Pennsylvania who moved to the Atlanta area 21 years ago. Jere holds a Masters Degree in Healthcare Policy and Administration from Mercer University and an MBA from Georgia State University.Jere lives in Cobb County with her husband Ken, 3 children, Broc, Ainslee and McKinley (Mac), as well as their dog Penny. Jere’s oldest son, Broc, was diagnosed with PDD-NOS, an Autism Spectrum Disorder, just before his second birthday. Jere spends her free time with her family and also enjoys working on her squash game.

Evan McElroy, Director

Evan McElroy serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer at the national headquarters of Atlanta-based Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA).  He has spent 28 years helping to build and protect the Boys & Girls Club brand, providing strategic direction and services for more than 1,100 local affiliates, which operate some 4,000 service locations domestically and on U.S. military installations worldwide.McElroy’s teams have created and executed BGCA’s brand strategy, through advertising, media relations and publicity, cause marketing, celebrity and alumni relations, editorial services (including the BGCA magazine Connections), Web sites and social media, video, design and production, supply services, licensing, crisis communications, and marketing training for local Clubs. Most recently, his team launched the GREAT FUTURES brand campaign, and developed a partnership with the Outdoor Advertising Association of America.  McElroy initiated and has managed BGCA’s relationship with Club alumnus and 22-year national spokesman Denzel Washington.

A 40-year marketing and communications veteran, McElroy’s previous experience includes 10 years in New York with Burson-Marsteller, one of the nation’s leading public relations firms, and two years with the Panasonic Company in New Jersey. He currently serves on the board of the Pacific Youth Foundation in Los Angeles, and is a member of the LifeTeen Band at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Alpharetta.

Melissa Solares, Director

Melissa Solares started her nursing career in 2004 after graduating with a baccalaureate degree in nursing from Kent State University. She worked at the #1 ranked Cleveland Clinic as a staff nurse in their post-operative cardiothoracic unit specializing in the management of ascending and descending aortic aneurysms. She was promoted after 2 years to the management team where she directly supervised a ten bed minimally invasive unit and had supervisory responsibilities over the larger 75-bed, 250-employee unit. She helped to implement the H.E.A.R.T service recovery program throughout the Cleveland Clinic’s ten campus systems.

After her son was born in December of 2007 she took on her most challenging role as a mom. In December of 2011, after many years of searching for help, her oldest son was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and thus she began the journey as an advocate.  After realizing the stunning lack of services at the local, state and national level she began advocating for substantive change throughout. Locally, she took over the management, re-branding and re-launch of the only autism support group in the Augusta and Central Savannah River Area. She continues to play an important advocacy role on the state level helping support national and state initiatives to promote optimal living for all persons with ASD.

Melissa believes strongly in a future where people can live their life at their maximum potential and will continue to fight until that is achieved.

Scott Kramer, Director and Chair - Adult Advisory Board

After being diagnosed with autism in 2007 and receiving official documentation of his diagnosis in 2010, Scott founded Greater Chattanooga Aspies (GCA) on December 31, 2010.  GCA is a support/social group for adults and young adults on the autism spectrum and their parents/caregivers.  Scott has five years of experience running/facilitating support groups for GCA in Chattanooga, TN, and a support group in Dalton, GA that started in September 2015.

Scott is married, has three stepchildren (one who is on the autism spectrum) and five grandchildren. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Human Sciences from Purdue University, a Master of Science in Education degree from the University of Kansas, and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.   He is an Insurance Premium Auditor with US-Reports, a third-party vendor that works with insurance carriers to conduct premium risk audits on general liability and workers compensation policies that businesses have.



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