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The mission of the Edward Pierce Center for Autism is to provide lifelong support, services and advocacy to individuals and families touched by Autism. 


The purpose of EPCA, is to provide families with the support necessary to ensure the child reaches independence, while discovering confidence and their special gifts. 


The vision of EPCA is to combat the negative impacts of an unsupported family touched by Autism through: creating a community of support and advocacy, increasing employment opportunities for those on the spectrum; reducing parental stress and increasing postiive parental perceptions of those raising children with ASD.

Meet the Team

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Olivia Staats

Vice President

Olivia wears many professional hats, but chiefly adores her role as the Vice President of EPCA. After
earning an undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and entering the world of
education, her heart began to beat wildly for underserved populations. She continued her education
and earned a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership with the understanding that in order to bring
about true equity and change for these populations she would need to take advantage of a graduate
degree and acquire the proper qualifications, knowledge, and skill sets. Presently, she pursues a doctoral
degree in educational leadership from Tarleton State University to actively increase knowledge and skill
to better advocate for such populations.

Tracy Pierce (President)

Tracy Pierce

Founder & CEO

Honor. Courage. Commitment

Tracy is a Marine OEF Veteran and currently teaches Government at Tarrant County Community College as well as Navarro College. Tracy is pursing a PhD in Human Services specializing in Social and Community Services, holds a M.A. in Political Science specializing in Public Policy and a B.S. in Political Science.