Meet The Team

The people behind the dream

Erin O'Loughlin

Founder & President

  • Erin and her husband, Colm, have 3 wonderful children, Jordan Grace (age 17), Marcus (age 15) and Brendan (age 13).

  • Her son, Marcus, has autism, hence her passion for this project.

  • BA in Psychology and Philosophy - Wake Forest University '97

  • Wrote a children's book, entitled "The Bluebird Dance." Proceeds benefit 3 Bluebirds Farm.

  • Extensive experience in fundraising, campaigning, development, and event planning.

  • Loves gardening, riding horses, watching the birds out of her living room window in the morning with a cup of coffee, and spending loads of time with her family and pets.

Julie Llanes

Vice President

  • Julie and her husband, Jorge, have 4 children: Roman 20, a sophomore at ECU, Alex 16, a sophomore at Panther Creek, Michael 14, an 8th grader at Mills Park and Bella 11, a 4th grader at Mills Park Elementary

  • A realtor with Allen Tate Realty

  • Originally from Massachusetts, graduated from Wentworth Institute with a degree in Architectural Engineering Technology

  • Has lived in Cary for the past 13 years

  • Loves playing ice hockey with the NC Trailblazers, cheering on her kids at their sporting events and family vacations!

Andrew Moriarty

Treasurer

  • Andrew currently lives in Cary with his wife Jennifer and three children – Michael (age 17), Meghan (age 15), and Brendan (age 13). His son Brendan has autism.  

  • Currently a Professional Engineer, serving as Principal with Bohler Engineering in Raleigh and Charlotte.

  • A graduate of Lehigh University in 1992 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering.

  • 20+ years of project experience and involvement in starting and strategically growing various businesses.

  • Andrew enjoys coaching youth sports, is an avid golfer, and is passionate about helping solve the long-term care needs for children with autism.

Colm O'Loughlin

Secretary

  • Colm, husband to founder Erin and from Galway, Ireland, lives in Cary with his wife and his “3 Irish jewels.”

  • Employed as a gastroenterologist with Digestive Healthcare in Raleigh. 

  • He graduated from University College Cork (NUI), Ireland in 1991. He completed his residency at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston in 1999. He then completed fellowship in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital.

  • Serves on the Rex Hospital Endoscopy Committee and Rex Hospital Therapeutics and Pharmacy Committee.

  • An avid soccer fan, he still manages to play at least one competitive game a week.

Emily Kuhn

Board Member

• Emily holds a BA in English (1999) and Juris Doctor (2002) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
• Practiced family law and has experience in law firm administration. 
• Emily serves on the Olds Elementary PTA Board as Volunteer Coordinator and Audit Committee Chair and enjoys volunteering with community organizations that focus on children and families.
• Her youngest brother, Stewart, has autism, giving her a personal perspective on the needs of adults with autism and a special passion for our mission.
• Emily and her husband, Ben, have two children, Walker (age 8) and Harper (age 6). Their Weimaraner Goldendoodle puppy, Ace, completes the family!

  • Andrea was born in Colombia, S.A., and lived there until the age of 11 when she was adopted by a family in the U.S.

  • After training with the Autism Society of North Carolina, she began working in the public schools with elementary children in an autism support classroom as an assistant teacher in an AU1 classroom, while completing her bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in fine arts.

  • Her life experiences have taught her important lessons needed to empathize with children with autism: 1) Life throws you curve balls and it is important to know how to handle change even when it is uncomfortable. 2) Expression is meaningful in many forms and textures and we all need a way to express what is inside. 3) Together we can accomplish what seems to be impossible. 

Mary Freeman

Board Advisor

  • Mary holds a BA in Human Services from College of St. Mary in Omaha, NE, she did post-graduate work in Human Development & Family at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and obtained her MA in Special Education from ASU in Boone.

  • Has 41 years of experience in human services.

  • She returned to North Carolina in 1985 to lead Methodist Home for Children’s growing and transitioning community residential programs across eastern North Carolina. Early in 1995, Mary joined Tammy Lynn Center as President & CEO, retiring in the summer of 2012 after 15 dedicated years of leadership.

  • For the past 5 years she has been proud to serve on the advisory board of 3 Irish Jewels Farm.

  • She lives in Raleigh with her husband, Jack and is quite proud of her adult son, Christopher.

Andrea Rasmussen

Director of Programs

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