Asher Maier

Asher is a bright and beautiful soul. He is smart, talented, and an amazing performer and singer. Asher is extremely sensitive, kind, and caring. He has a great commentator's voice and is full of wise and quirky "Asherisms". Asher is a big teddy bear and everyone loves him. Asher says his favorite thing to do is "make sure everything is just right" and we love having Asher keep us all centered at HEART!

James Bethea


James is a character with a wonderful sense of humor. He is smart, generous, independent, and a romantic. James likes to be in control and usually gets his way from sheer determination, cleverness, and charm. He loves country and pop music and enjoys singing at our heART Shows. James has three dogs and a cat and loves animals. He is a leader among his peers. When we get James to draw, he has real talent. James is one of a kind and stands out among his peers. We call James "The King of Heart" and he loves that title. 

Eliza Kerrison

If you look up adorable in the dictionary, you'll likely find a picture of Eliza and if not -- there should be. Eliza is a sweet and gentle soul who is typically shy but has a shocking theatrical side. She is fun and funny. Eliza is a great artist with a graphic designer eye. She is playful and game for anything! Eliza captures the heart of everyone she meets. We love having Eliza's playfulness and feminine energy at HEART!

Ryan Thornhill

Ryan is sweet, friendly, observant, and curious. Ryan makes everyone feel special with his kind words. He is healthy, active, and social. Ryan has good rhythm and enjoys performance art. He enjoys the outdoors, horse back riding, exercising, and being engaged in an activity. We love having Ryan's participation at HEART and he is a positive and loving influence on those around him.

Jimmy Miller

Jimmy is so many things wonderful including thoughtful, engaged, sincere, helpful, honest, athletic, creative, and gentle. Jimmy's girlfriend, Eliza comes to HEART too. They have been boyfriend and girlfriend since kindergarten. We are so happy to have Jimmy's participation at HEART-- he is mature, eager to help and a positive influence on our heARTists!

John Agostino

John is a gentle, sweet, and quiet soul. He excels at drawing and can color with both hands at the same time. John loves nature and animals and is happiest watching the ducks at the pond. John is mostly non-verbal. When he is happy, he lights up a room with his smile and laughter. We love having John's sweet energy at HEART!

Austin Livingston

Austin is a sweet, gentle, and quiet soul who is mostly non-verbal. He is an active and engaged participant at HEART. He loves going for walks at the park and playing kickball. Austin enjoys playing the djembe and riding the bike at HEART. He is helpful and offers support to staff and peers. He chose his cat, Otis as his spirit animal and the characteristic, grace and we think that is brilliant because Austin epitomizes grace. We love having Austin's sweet nature at HEART!

Kevin Jackson

Kevin is a sweet, gentle, and quiet soul. He loves basketball and dancing and is really talented at both. He loves his mom and brother and making his family proud. Kevin shines at the heART Shows with his song and dance routines. Kevin has a sweet and beautiful voice and smile. He enjoys watching movies and seeing himself in the mirror. Kevin is a good friend to his peers at HEART. We love seeing Kevin shine at HEART!

Joey Iler

Joey lights up a room with his enthusiasm and laughter. He is a wonderfully talented masseuse and would rub shoulders all day long if we let him. Joey is a wonderful helper and enjoys cleaning and keeping things organized. We love Joey's sweet spirit and watching him sing and dance is as good as it gets! Joey is talented artistically and loves socializing with people. Joey has never met a stranger and everyone who meets Joey, falls in love with him.

Joey's Hope for Hearing

One of HEART's awesome volunteers, Hunter Horton organized a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for Joey to get hearing aides and the $2500 goal was met in just 4 days! We are so grateful to Hunter and all the generous donors.

Stuart Barth

Stuart is a sweet soul and a pure joy to be around. He is our official time keeper and keeps us on schedule at HEART. He is smart and can put a complex thousand piece puzzle together in less than 20 minutes. Stuart is engaged and has a great attitude. He was our inspiration for making t-shirts transfers because that's all he has been wearing since he was a boy. He chooses images and his parents iron it on to t-shirts. Stuart loves puzzles on the ipad, 80's culture and reciting various tv dialogue, jingles, etc... Stuart doesn't talk much but when he does; he speaks well and with enthusiasm. We love having Stuart's style and delightful ways at HEART!

Chris Peery

Chris is fun & attentive. He enjoys art, heavy metal music, and WWE. Chris works at Krispy Kreme Donuts and HEART's Handmade. He is a very good employee and tries very hard to be helpful. Chris loves young pretty girls and is not shy about letting them know how he feels. Chris has a great sense of humor and loves to exercise.