Tim Newman

Co-FOUNDER/Executive Director

Tim is the co-founder and executive director of Adult Spectrum Transitions, an employment, housing and transportation program for adults over age 21 with developmental disabilities. Prior to starting Adult Spectrum Transitions, Tim served as Asset Manager for Levine Properties, a real estate development and management organization headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina. Tim’s prior experience includes serving as a Business Development Manager for MSS Solutions, LLC of Charlotte and serving as CEO of the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority where he managed a team of 200 employees with an annual budget of $50 million to oversee the marketing of the Charlotte region as a travel and tourism destination and the management of Charlotte’s publicly owned assembly facilities. Tim served in this capacity from 2004 to 2012. Prior to this role, Tim was President of Charlotte Center City Partners, with oversight of the marketing and management of Charlotte’s central business improvement district from 2002 to 2004. Tim served as Vice President and General Manager of the Charlotte Knights Baseball Club from 2000 to 2002 and was Vice President of Beaver Sports Properties from 1997 to 1999. Additional professional experience for Newman includes Vice President of Public Finance for Wachovia Securities in North Carolina and Associate in Public Finance for Morgan Stanley in New York.

Tim is active in the special needs community as a co-founder in 2002 of the Carolinas NAAR chapter and former Board Member of Autism Speaks’ Carolinas Chapter. Tim was also a charter Board Member and Chair for a three year term of the North Carolina Business Leadership Network which works to develop jobs and markets for those with developmental disabilities. He also served as Affiliates Representative to the US Business Leadership Network board. Finally, Tim serves as chair of the Development Advisory Committee for the Greenwood Genetics Center in Greenwood, SC for its efforts to find a blood based test for autism and its partnership with Project Hope for autism services in Upstate South Carolina. Tim has also been a board member and remains actively involved with Victory Sports Outreach, a sports ministry whose offerings include a Conquer League for individuals with special needs, in Fort Mill, SC.

Tim has an adult daughter, Rebecca - a proud Clemson graduate— and twin sons David and William, both of whom are on the autism spectrum and are both employed in marketplace jobs. Tim holds an MBA from Columbia University where he was a Lawrence Wien Fellow and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was a Morehead Scholar. He was given the Pegasus award which is the highest honor for public service to the Charlotte community by the Public Relations Society of America in 2009 for his work to make Charlotte a national destination. He is a Paul Harris Fellow with the Rotary Foundation.


Marianne Koehl

Director of Operations

A native of Fort Wayne Indiana, Marianne attended Indiana University School of Nursing in Bloomington, Indiana. Marianne gained experience in several hospitals practicing post cardiac catheterization patient care, in several different states during her husband’s active duty tour with the US Air Force. Marianne and her husband have 3 girls. A freshman in high school, a 7th grader, and a 4th grader. Marianne’s youngest, Victoria, was diagnosed with autism at 4 years old, and so began her education in autism spectrum disorder. Victoria has, and continues to receive various therapies to include ABA, speech therapy, occupational and physical therapy.

Marianne and her family relocated from Pittsburgh to Fort Mill in 2014. Marianne has been very eager, for some time, to get involved with making a difference in the lives of everyone effected by autism. Marianne was first employed by Aging With Flair as a medicaid targeted case manager, to individuals with intellectual and related disabilities. Marianne’s experience includes assessing, planning, referring, and linking autistic children, and their families, to services in the community that they were otherwise unaware. Marianne found such fulfillment in supporting these parents, and their children. Marianne’s desire to improve the education for children with autism led her to run for a seat on the Fort Mill School district board of trustees. While campaigning, it became evident that her true passion lies not only with education, but with all aspects of those with autism. I have connected with many high level officials and politicians and I am determined to transform the future for all those with autism spectrum disorder.