Sherwood Center dba Sherwood Autism Center
8030 Ward Parkway Plaza
Kansas City MO 64114
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 333-3344
Mission Statement
Sherwood Autism Center’s mission is to empower children and adults with autism spectrum disorder and related developmental disabilities to maximize their potential in family and community life.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Laci Maltbie
Board Chair Mr. Craig Reid
Board Chair Company Affiliation Country Club Financial
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1974
Former Names
Sherwood Center for the Exceptional Child
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement Sherwood Autism Center’s mission is to empower children and adults with autism spectrum disorder and related developmental disabilities to maximize their potential in family and community life.
Background Statement
Sherwood Autism Center opened its doors in 1974 with six students in a rented church basement. It was the first facility of its kind in the Kansas City metropolitan area and today Sherwood provides special education services for 68 students and Adult Day Services for 34 more individuals.
Impact Statement

Accomplishments for 2016:

  • Enrollment in both programs has increased by 15% in the last two years. We are currently supporting 70 students in our special education program and 34 individuals in our adult day program.
  • Our Blues & BBQ event raised 30% more than last year and 50% more than two years ago. Our partnership with BB's Lawnside BBQ continues to grow and prosper.
  • We utilized over 500 volunteers to assist with the maintenance of our two, old buildings. We estimate a group of volunteers can accomplish roughly three months of work. This is a huge time and cost saving for Sherwood Center.
  • Our new Executive Director, Laci Maltbie, brings a wealth of experience working with children with autism. She is bringing new ideas and practices into both our school and adult program.
  • We hired a Curriculum & Training Coordinator to implement the new teaching methods and ensure that our programming continues to reflect best practices in the field.

Goals for 2017:

  1. Increase enrollment for both programs. 
  2. Increase community inclusion time by adding individual trips instead of group.
  3. Renovate a section of our existing building and add 5,000 additional sq. ft. to house our school program and our adult program in the same building.
  4. Expand our pre-voc and voc programs to ultimately place individuals in meaningful employment in the community.
Needs Statement
  1. Computer equipment – Technology can help our non-verbal students find their voice.
  2. Additional transportation options - In order to increase the number of Community Outings, we need to secure an additional van for our adult program.
  3. Updated facilities - Both buildings need renovations to allow them to expand and better serve additional participants.
Service Categories
Special Education
Areas of Service

We support individuals from the Greater Kansas City area, including Clay, Johnson, Jackson, Platte in Missouri and Wyandotte County in Kansas. We are not restricted by state lines, counties or cities, but are open to anyone in the metropolitan area.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

Sherwood Center’s special education program is known for providing services to students who (for whatever reason) cannot find success in a typical school setting. The Adult Day Services program serves individuals throughout the metropolitan area. Sherwood Center has a strong reputation among school districts and with adult service professionals. The Program Directors stay abreast of the latest methodology and ensure that Sherwood Center’s programming is effective and relevant. The Executive Director is passionate as well as frugal and manages the limited funding wisely.

Sherwood Center expanded in 2014 and moved the special education services to a new location. The adult program remained at the old location. At the old location, the special education program had reached capacity and could not serve any more students. Now that we have two locations, both programs can expand and improve the level of service. Sherwood Center has been quietly providing phenomenal services for almost 40 years, yet our public profile is low and virtually unknown outside of the autism community. All of these factors limit our growth potential for service as well as funding opportunities.

I joined the Sherwood Board in February 2014. I have been blessed in my professional and personal life and wanted to find a way to share this blessing with others. Sherwood's mission to improve the quality of life for child and adults with, among other challenges, autism spectrum disorder, struck a chord with me and I felt a calling to be a part of their mission. I want to be one of the key people who shapes the vision and outreach of this organization for years to come, as our organization can provide a great value to the Kansas City community.

Sherwood's Special Education program is a comprehensive, school program that operates 225 days a year, including a nine-week extended term during the summer. Students, K-21, are referred to our program through their public school districts when a specialized school environment is recommended for the success of the student.

The program operates Monday-Friday from 8:15am-2:30pm during the regular school year and from 8:15am-2pm during extended school year. Services are provided in a small staff to participant ratio (1:1 to 1:3). Each student has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), that identifies individualized goals and objectives that determine programming.

Programming emphasis may include:

Academics, Activities of Daily Living, Adapted Physical Education, Community Based Instruction, Music Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech & Language Therapy, Social Skills, Transition Services, Vocational Training

Program Budget $2,338,450.00
Category Diseases, Disorders & Medical Disciplines, General/Other Diseases & Disorders
Population Served People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities, ,
Short-Term Success Each student has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) that is created with their teacher, parent/guardian, school-district representative and others involved in the students life. We measure improvement towards our five main goals. Recent data has shown us that 89% of students are showing improvements in the area of Language/Communication; 92% in Activities of Daily Living; 95% in Functional Academics; 97% in Community Inclusion; and 95% in Behavioral/Social skills.
Long-Term Success Our ultimate goal is to make our students as independent as possible in their home and in their community. We want to help our students transition to the next level of instruction or a new environment. We do not try to retain any student that we believe can succeed in a less restrictive environment or whose parents prefer a different placement.
Program Success Monitored By Using Precision Teaching, teachers collect data on the frequency of targeted behaviors, both positive and negative. This data is charted on a regular basis to determine growth, maintenance or regression trends. These charts provide learning pictures that help teachers asses program effectiveness and the need for instructional interventions. Objectives that are not attainable are changed/removed from the students IEP. All objectives are taught in multiple ways, broken down into small steps with repeated drills.
Examples of Program Success Our success is measured in different ways for different students. For some students, success means transitioning back to their home district; for others success means looking someone in the eye and saying “hello”. We can consistently say that our students are improving in their identified areas and 99% percent of our students are successful in our environment.
Description Sherwood Center provides Adult Day Services (ADS) to adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and related developmental disabilities. ASD is a complex neuro-biological disorder that typically lasts throughout a person’s lifetime. The purpose of Sherwood Center’s ADS program is to enable adults with ASD to maintain and strengthen skills in the areas of daily living, language/communication and socialization in order to live, work and function within their communities as independently as possible. Adults access the community on a weekly basis and opportunities for volunteering, leisure and recreational activities are made available to each individual. There is a daily communication between program staff and families/providers to ensure consistency from one environment to the next. The ultimate goal of the ADS program is to help participants learn new skills and build upon previously acquired skills so they can become as independent as possible in their homes and the larger community.
Category Diseases, Disorders & Medical Disciplines, General/Other Diseases, Disorders & Medical Disciplines, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success Sherwood Center coordinates with families and the Department of Mental Health to create the Individual Service Plan (ISP) outcomes for each adult participant in the program. This ensures that all parties are aware of, and in support of, the goals in the ISP. We measure whether or not or participants are showing progress towards their goals. Our most recent data shows us that 67% of our residences are showing improvements in Activities of Daily Living; 63% in Language and Communication; 84% in Choice Making; 82% in on-site Volunteer activities; 88% in off-site Volunteer Activities; 74% in Recreational Activities; and 84% in Community Inclusion goals.
Long-Term Success Our ultimate goal is to make the adults in our program as independent as possible in their home and in their community. That might mean staying at Sherwood Center long-term; it might mean transitioning to a different facility.
Program Success Monitored By Data collection complies with and surpasses the requirements of the Department of Mental Health and Kansas City Regional Office (KCRO). Sherwood Center staff is trained by KCRO to provide participants with the best possible supports by utilizing strategies from Positive Behavior Support, Gentle Teaching, Tools of Choice.
Examples of Program Success Much like our school-aged program, success is measured in different ways for each individual we support. The main goal for each person is for him/her to have a meaningful day filled with activities that interest them and at the same time maintain their current skill level. Many of the individuals we support live in residential placement. Individuality is difficult to achieve in this type of setting. We always strive to give individual attention to everyone.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Laci Maltbie
Term Start Aug 2016

Laci Maltbie, M.S., Sherwood's Executive Director started in August 2016. She succeeded Debbie Wood, one of the original founding members, who retired after 42 years. For nearly 15 years, Laci has worked in a variety of capacities to develop and support high quality programs for individuals with autism on the West Coast and in the Midwest Region. Throughout her work in Kansas City, she has had the opportunity to partner with the Autism Society of the Heartland, Kansas Center for Autism Training and Research, University of Kansas Special Education Department and the Olathe Public Library in efforts to educate and increase quality services in our community.

Laci joined Sherwood Center from KidsTLC, where she was serving as the Autism Program Director and a member of the Senior Leadership Team. She holds an undergraduate degree in Education and a graduate degree in Special Education. Maltbie commented, “I am honored to be joining an organization with such strong roots in the Kansas City community. I look forward to bringing high quality, evidence-based services to children and adults with autism and related disabilities.”

Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
Deborah Wood Aug 1985 - Aug 2016
Senior Staff
Title Program Director
Title Community Relations Manager
Title Special Education Curriculum & Training Coordinator
Experience/Biography Tracy Tormes joined Sherwood Center in January of 2017. She comes to us with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, a certification in Special Education and 20 years of special education experience. She is also a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA). In addition, she has a lifetime of experience with a sibling with special needs. Her personal experience is what drives her passion to help individuals with disabilities reach their full potential. Tracy is responsible for providing curriculum and training support to students and teachers throughout the Sherwood Special Education Program.
Title Adult Day Services Supervisor
Experience/Biography Tenderrlee Hughes, known affectionately as “the hat lady,” joined the Sherwood ADS Program in May of 2016 after working at Immacolata Manor for five years. She has her bachelor’s degree in Psychology as well as 27 years of practical experience with autism and learning disabilities. Tenderrlee is responsible for the daily operation of the Adult Day Services Program. She brings a gentle and kind approach to the program that emphasizes social relationships, creativity and community integration.
Title Special Education Program Director
Paid Full-Time Staff 43
Paid Part-Time Staff 6
Volunteers 500
Paid Contractors 5
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 15
Caucasian 30
Other 4
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 39
Male 10
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Under Development
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Alliance of Greater Kansas City United Ways Agency Certification2017
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Craig Reid
Company Affiliation Country Club Financial
Term Jan 2015 to Jan 2018
Board Members
Ms. Megan Carman Kansas City Autism Training Center
Mr. Jewell Colbert Social Security Administration
Mr. Larry Hisle Kansas City Federal Executive Board
Mr. Jim Hoelzel Center School District
Mr. Nathan Martin TPP CPA's
Mr. Craig Reid UMB Financial Services
Ms. Kerry Schmittling Gary Gribble's Running Sports
Ms. Ashley Shroyer Lakemary Center
Mr. Cliff Smith Kansas City Kansas Community College
Ms. Melissa Spencer Cerner Corporation
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 85%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Standing Committees
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Program / Program Planning
Advisory Board Members
Mr. Howard Barewin Barewin Law Firm
Ms. Leigh Anne Guminger KCMO School District
Mr. J. Dale Youngs Jackson County Courthouse
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2017
Projected Revenue $3,626,582
Projected Expenses $3,040,294
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2016, 2015, 2014: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals. 
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$23,356$0$0
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$769$15,657$1,031
Membership Dues$0$0$4,154
Special Events$28,624$37,875$2,181
Revenue In-Kind$16,022$9,403$15,181
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$2,045,499$2,082,084$1,855,594
Administration Expense$441,908$391,624$346,606
Fundraising Expense$93,344$98,534$72,096
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.160.970.96
Program Expense/Total Expenses79%81%82%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue34%32%34%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$2,466,171$2,125,025$2,196,685
Current Assets$1,098,872$876,447$809,218
Long-Term Liabilities$790,127$839,421$1,000,571
Current Liabilities$139,055$159,429$24,568
Total Net Assets$1,536,989$1,126,175$1,171,546
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities7.905.5032.94
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets32%40%46%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Campaign Purpose Renovate unused space and add additional space to move both programs to the same location.
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Name Sherwood Center dba Sherwood Autism Center
Address 8030 Ward Parkway Plaza
Kansas City, MO 64114
Primary Phone (816) 333-3344
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Laci Maltbie
Board Chair Mr. Craig Reid
Board Chair Company Affiliation Country Club Financial
Year of Incorporation 1974
Former Names
Sherwood Center for the Exceptional Child