To break down the barriers that exist for those with disabilities and shed light on the positive impact of inclusion, ignite compassion, and foster awareness of the unique abilities of others.
Interested in getting your classroom, school or district involved in our 2022-2023 in-person field trips or virtual interactions? Please let us know and we will get back to you!
We are a team dedicated to supporting our LEADers as they spread the important message of kindness, compassion, and inclusion to students and teachers.
Hollis Owens graduated with a B.S. in Neuroscience from Washington and Lee University in Virginia and went on to get her Masters in Physical Therapy from UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas in 2000. She has worked primarily in the area of pediatrics for the past 18 years including experience in clinical research, inpatient, outpatient, home health, and school-based physical therapy.
Over the last three years, Hollis has been a volunteer and led the popular Understanding Differences disability awareness program in Richardson ISD. Hollis is a lover of connecting people, finding gifts/talents in those she meets, and helping people find tools for success both in the classroom and out in the community. She has four daughters who also keep her busy with their own passions and a husband who supports and encourages her entrepreneurial spirit!
Toya’s love for working with kids and desire to help others led her to a career in Speech-Language Pathology. She received her B.S. at the University of Oklahoma and her Masters from Texas Christian University. Toya has spent her career working/playing in schools as well as doing private therapy and evaluations. Her favorite students are the ones that make her think outside the box. Toya has a fun-loving husband and two energetic kids. She enjoys being creative, adventures, eating good food, theatre, and spending time with those that make her smile.
Andrea is a native and proud West Virginian but headed to warmer weather as soon as she could. She has always enjoyed storytelling and listening to others’ stories, and her favorite game is “six degrees of separation.” She went to West Virginia University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy (PT). She has worked as a PT across the South, taking great pride in connecting with her patients on a personal level to motivate them to do the hard work of therapy. She brings that desire to know and connect people to her role as Director of Development with To Be Like Me. She and her husband have three daughters and a dog. They all enjoy meeting new people and exploring new areas of the country and world together. When she’s not playing “six degrees of separation,” Andrea enjoys baking, exercising, and sharing the story of To Be Like Me.