Superhero Center for Autism Appoints New President, Board Members

Billy Kulpa

LOVES PARK, Illinois — (Nov. 4, 2022) — The Superhero Center for Autism has promoted Billy Kulpa to president of its board of directors, effective November 1, 2022.

Dustin Smith, the outgoing president, is stepping down to focus on a new career as a special education teacher and spend time with his family.

“Earlier this year, I accepted a teaching position that makes me responsible for students with intellectual disabilities, allowing me to work closely with children who have autism and other disorders,” Smith said. “Stepping away allows me the time to focus on my students and continue my education. I’m proud of my time on the Superhero Center board, and my family looks forward to attending the center and its wonderful events.”

Kulpa joined the board in June 2021 as communications director before being promoted to vice president. He is the father of two children with autism. 

“My family and I have utilized the Superhero Center since our community center opened in 2019,” Kulpa said. “The families, volunteers, board members and — most importantly — children of our community make it the most rewarding organization I have been a part of. 

“I could not be more proud to continue the work of our previous boards,” Kulpa said.

Kulpa lives in Roscoe, Illinois, with his wife, Stephanie, and his children, Grant and Jude.

Founder Jamie Dornink will be moving into the vacant vice president’s role on Jan. 1. She previously rejoined the board as treasurer on June 1, 2022, after taking a short hiatus.

Jake Maliszewski and Matti Rivotto also have joined the board as a member-at-large and volunteer director, respectively.

About the Superhero Center for Autism:

The Superhero Center for Autism, founded in 2015, is a non-profit organization offering support, education, and resources for individuals with autism and other special needs and their families. The community center, located 4205 Galleria, Loves Park, is a judgment-free place where kids can be safe, be empowered, be supported, and be themselves.

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Brian Wallheimer, Communications Director  |  (815) 977-3065

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