John Krejcha is co-founder of Autism Empowerment and is currently serving as Program Director and Board Secretary. Prior to Autism Empowerment, John spent 14 years as the co-owner of Count Your Beans, a successful online retail business. Prior to that, he worked in sales, service and accounting for a Fortune 100 company. He is a veteran of the United States Navy.
As Program Director, John currently oversees a variety of Autism Empowerment programs, including Autism Serves Kids Care Club and the SW WA Dads’ Autism Support Group. John has also served as a trainer for scout leaders in the area of Autism Awareness and Acceptance through Autism Empowerment’s Autism and Scouting program. He loves to inspire and teach other parents and leaders within all scouting programs in their quest to help enrich the lives of youth with autism spectrum and other related disorders. John’s passion to provide the tools and resources that will help others achieve their goals has inspired him to write a book about Autism and Scouting. John also serves as host for Autism and Scouting Radio and is a frequent co-host on Autism Empowerment Radio.
John is a volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America and served on the National Disability Awareness Committee from 2013 – 2015. Locally he volunteers as an Assistant Scoutmaster. He is a graduate of WoodBadge Training W1-492-13 and a member of the Order of the Arrow and has served in a wide range of Scouting leadership positions over the past seven years. In 2015 he received the Silver Beaver Award, a council-distinguished service award.
John was recognized in September 2014 as a Community Champion finalist at the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce Business and Leadership Awards.
In addition to his volunteer work with Autism Empowerment and the BSA, John spent four years teaching chess in an after-school program at a local elementary school. He has been a Board Member for Special Education Parent Teacher Student Association (SEPTSA) of SW WA for two years and currently serves as Treasurer. He previously served on the Advisory Committee for the SW WA Special Education Conference and Resource Fair.
John is the father to two amazing sons on the autism spectrum and is husband to a wife diagnosed with Asperger syndrome. He is dedicated toward their success and happiness.