The Thompson Foundation is a national leader in autism-related legislative efforts, research, interventions, and education.

Bill and Nancy Thompson founded the Thompson Foundation for Autism to make a difference in the lives of children and families affected by autism spectrum disorders. Their goal was to create hope.

Today, the Foundation supports clinical services, research and training, primarily through the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders at the University of Missouri.

Our Commitment and Vision

The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors. The board is comprised of innovative, successful business and community leaders across the nation. Their commitment and vision for the foundation is to make an impact by improving the lives of children and families affected by autism.

Board of Directors

Myles Hinkel

Executive Director, Thompson Foundation for Autism

Myles Hinkel began his new role as Executive Director in June of 2020.

Prior to this, Myles was Director of Advancement for Gift Planning & Regional covering the West Coast for The University of Missouri. This was Myles’ second time with MU Advancement. He previously worked in the College of Arts & Science before taking advancement positions at Columbia College and the Missouri United Methodist Foundation. Myles, his wife Lora, and their two boys have been involved in the Thompson Center and the Thompson Foundation since their inceptions.

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Katie Lentz

Director of Donor Relations, Thompson Foundation for Autism

Katie Lentz began her new role as Director of Donor Relations in November of 2020.

Katie comes to the Thompson Foundation from Major League Baseball’s nonprofit, the Baseball Assistance Team, where she worked in donor relations and grant management. Originally from Quincy, Illinois, Katie has lived in New York for the last three years. Prior to that, Katie worked for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Community Relations. Katie’s move to Columbia has brought her closer to her Midwest roots.


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Columbia, MO 65201

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