Ability Tree | Arkansas

Welcome to Arkansas

Ability Tree Arkansas is the current Main Office for the nonprofit organization. The founders of Ability Tree, Joe and Jen Butler were college students, studying pastoral ministry, when their son Micah was diagnosed with developmental disabilities. They would go on to pastor for five years before founding Ability Tree, a faith-based nonprofit organization, in 2010. Joe and Jen have three children, and a personal understanding of the impact of disability on the family.

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Our Adult Programming

Ability Camp

Our very own summer camp for adults with disabilities!
Oklahoma camp takes place in August at New Life Ranch Frontier Cove.
It is our favorite week of the summer and it is full of dance parties, outdoor activities, making friends, and deepening their relationship with the Lord.
Who: Open to Members and Nonmembers! Must be 18+
Price: $550

Art Ability

Art Ability is our Art Program that offers weekend classes as well as a 6-weekcourse twice a year for all different ages.
It is a great way to learn while having fun creating.
We also offer other art events throughout the year and encourage individuals of all ages to participate.
All of Art Ability is hosted at our art studio and store in downtown Siloam Springs.
Who: Open to Members and Nonmembers!
Price & Ages varies on class

Connections

Connections is a social group for adults that exists to create relationships and encourage community among peers with and without special needs.
Who:Open to Members and Non Members! Ages 18+
Price: Free

To get notified of events, text ATConnect to 479-244-2406

Connections University (CU)

Geared towards adults with disabilities ages 18-30.
The students will experience class at Ability Tree, as well as spend time on John Brown University campus. The program is Monday-Friday from 9am-3pm during the school year.

Students will learn social and life skills, complete projects, and take trips into the community.
Who: Open to Members and Nonmembers, Ages 18-30
Price: $1400 per semester
Must apply for the program.
Contact Rebecca Hunter for more info:
rebecca@abilitytree.org

Questions about programming or membership?

School Age Programming

After School

Monday-Thursday every week from 3:30 - 5:30pm, children with special needs in K-12th grade will spend their time playing games and being active.
They are put into groups to get to know each other and our awesome volunteers. They have the opportunity to play in all of our speciality rooms such as sensory play, sensory learning, the gym, craft room, and calming room, as well as our outside area.
Who: Members only (MVP children only)
Price: Varies upon the amount of days per week

Art Ability

Art Ability is our Art Program that offers weekend classes as well as a 6-week course twice a year for all different ages. It is a great way to learn while having fun creating.
We also offer other art events throughout the year and encourage individuals of all ages to participate.
All of Art Ability is hosted at our art studio and store
in downtown Siloam Springs.
Who:Open to Members and Nonmembers! Age varies from class to class
Price varies class to class

MVP League

A 4-6 week program that focuses on a specific sport and is taught by a team from John Brown University or a partnering organization. Students will complete drills, learn more about the game, and learn what it means to be a part of a team. No experience is necessary.

Who: Members (MVP children only, with siblings being offered available spots)
Price: Based on time span and Sports Team available

Stay & Play

Various times throughout the week and one Saturday per month, our facility will be available for parents/guardians to come play with their children in their favorite space.
This time is open for both members and non-members of all abilities to come enjoy time in our facility.

Who: All Members get 4 hours free per month
(Open to MVPs, siblings, and community members)
Open to Nonmembers
Price: $10 per hour, per child,

Parent’s Night Out

Typically offered on the first four Fridays of each month,
Sept - May from 6:00 - 9:30pm, parents and caregivers can enjoy a night out and some
REST while the Ability Tree Team takes care of the children (MVPs and their siblings).
Ability Tree members typically can attend once a month.

Who: MVP Members Only (MVPs and siblings only)
Price: Included in MVP Monthly Membership Fee

Stop, Drop and Play

Primarily held during the summer months, this is an opportunity for you to drop off your students for two-three hours of play, supervised by AT staff and volunteers.

Who: All Members (MVPs and Siblings, and Community Members)
Price: $10 per child per day

Text "ATConnect" to 479-244-2406

To stay up-to-date and get event notifications!

Meet the Arkansas team.

Maddy Schultz

CEO
maddy@abilitytree.org
Maddy is the leader of the Ability Tree Arkansas branch as CEO. She received her bachelors in Early Childhood Education and Masters in Teaching, Learning and Leadership (Special Education emphasis) from Oklahoma State University. Maddy has been with Ability Tree since 2018, starting as Program Director and working her way up to her position now. Maddy lives in Siloam Springs with her labradoodle, Primrose. When she’s not working, Maddy enjoys taking walks with Primrose, reading, spending time with family and learning about/growing closer to her Heavenly Father.

Carrie Lane

Family Support Director
carrie@abilitytree.org
Carrie is the Family Support Director for Ability Tree Arkansas. She oversees membership, family support needs, and family resources. Carrie has a B.S in Outdoor Leadership Ministries from John Brown University. She is currently pursuing her M.S. in Outdoor Program Management from John Brown University. She is originally from Edmond Oklahoma but has been in Siloam Springs since graduating in 2018. She has one brother and a niece and nephew who live in Colorado. She loves being an aunt! Carrie's favorite aspects about Ability Tree are getting to know families, their stories, and supporting. If she is not at Ability Tree you can find her going on walks, paddle boarding, reading, or drinking a good cup of coffee.

Karla Singer

Recreation Director
Karla is the Recreation Director at Ability Tree. She oversees all school-aged programming, community events, and Ability Camps. Karla has B.S in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Grace College, as well as her M.S. in Outdoor Program Management from John Brown University. Karla has a border collie, Luma whose favorite thing to do is go on walks and swim. When not working Karla enjoys reading, hiking, and playing games with friends.

Phil Porter

Staff Accountant
phil@abilitytree.org
Phil serves as our Staff Accountant.  He is a recovering CPA and banker of over 36 years as well as a long-time supporter of the Ability Tree mission.  Phil met and married his wife, Leslie in 1984, and graduated from the University of Arkansas that same year.  He enjoys cycling, reading and working in his shop.  Phil and Leslie have three children: Kaylie, Logan and Mackenzie along with six grandchildren – all of whom reside in Siloam Springs.  

Grace Brand

Communications Coordinator
grace@abilitytree.org
Grace grew up in Edmond, Oklahoma along with her two older sisters and younger brother under the care of their mom and dad. She currently resides in Springdale with her husband, Robert. Grace studied at John Brown University where she received a B.S. in Art and Illustration with an Illustration concentration, and a Minor in Psychology. Some hobbies that Grace enjoys are painting, drawing, and spending time on horseback.

Mackenzie Porter

Advocacy Coordinator
mackenzie@abilitytree.org
Mackenzie has been a part of Ability Tree since 2015 during her freshman year at John Brown University. She has completed several Disability and Ministry certifications through the Joni and Friends Institute on Disability.  Mackenzie has a passion to advocate for families affected by disability. Her desire is to educate others so they can  understand the need for inclusion and accessibility. Mackenzie is a hometown girl that enjoys serving her community. She is an aunt to six nieces and nephews.  Mackenzie loves being outside, working out, and hanging out with friends.

Rebecca Hunter

Education Director
rebecca@abilitytree.org
Rebecca has lived in Siloam Springs for almost 28 years. She attended John Brown University, where she received her degree in Elementary Education and Special Education. She later received her Master’s degree in Special Education with an emphasis on Students with Visual Impairments from the University of Arkansas Little Rock. She’s been married 25 years to her husband Joey. They have two children, Jedidiah “Jedi” and Jayzlee. Rebecca worked for the Siloam Springs School District for 20 years holding many different roles within the Special Education Department. Rebecca enjoys cheering her kids on in their extra curricular activities, reading, walking in nature and serving, supporting, training and educating others.

Becky Korasick

Connections University Teacher
rjkorasick@gmail.com
Becky joined the Ability Tree team in September 2021. She and her husband, Todd, live in Monett, MO and are parents to four great kids. Coming to Siloam Springs to spend time with CU students is a highlight of her week as she guides them during their time at JBU. Her background in science as well as years of teaching Bible classes has made for a fun blend to share with the students.  Becky loves being outside, trying new recipes, but her kids tease her that laundry is her hobby.

Joe Coleman

Connections University Assistant
info@abilitytree.org
Joe and his family moved to Siloam Springs in 2015 from Carthage Missouri. Joe and his wife Tricia are parents of four children, two of which are twins with cerebral palsy. Joe and his family have been Ability Tree members since 2016. Joe has been serving at Ability Tree since August of 2020 as the Connections University Assistant. He loves working with the CU students to build relationships with them and help them become more independent. 

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EXTRAORDINARY PARTNERSHIPS

Thank you to all those corporations and organizations that financial support the mission of Ability Tree. Our kids and families thank you!

John Brown University

The Chamber

CMN

Lazboy

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