On May 25, 2012 we lost one of our founding members, Ms. Lisa Obrist, who died of a sudden heart attack. She was a courageous woman with a loving heart and wonderful spirit who contributed much to SANYS. She helped to start the organization; serving on the board in its formation and again in recent years. She advocated for people with developmental disabilities and lived her life true to her values. Lisa spoke about her life saying, "I want people to know that people with disabilities can be very smart in their own ways. I want people to see how hard I have worked to be where I am. I have felt before that I would quit if things didn't get better, but I didn't give up. I had wonderful parents and grandparents who cared a great deal for me.... With the right support, we can all achieve success." We will miss you Lisa!