Austin has been helping others find their voices for nearly a decade. Her experiences span complex medical needs, adoption, surrogacy, military life, and finding accessibility in an inaccessible world. She has been nominated for Military Spouse of the Year and is a Heroes at Home Awardee in recognition of her fierce advocacy for families utilizing Medicaid and Tricare.
Austin co-founded THEYCAN with an intense desire to help guide families who feel lost in the diagnosis their family is facing, and to be a voice for those who cannot yet speak for themselves.
Morna has spent 25 years working in public policy and advocacy in the private sector, state government, and on Capitol Hill. Morna served as Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Developmental Services, and a member of Governor Dan Malloy’s cabinet. In that position, she oversaw state services for children and adults with disabilities throughout Connecticut. Prior to that, she was President and CEO of the Connecticut Community Providers Association, advocating and lobbying for disabilities and behavioral health non-profit providers at the state level. From 2007-2010, Morna served as Senior Counsel to Senator Bob Casey, Jr. (D-PA), leading all healthcare and children’s issues. She was Senator Casey’s lead staff during the development and passage of the Affordable Care Act, including drafting final legislative language. Morna previously served as Director of Youth Development for the Children’s Defense Fund, Washington, D.C.
Morna specializes in federal and state policies/programs affecting children and adults with intellectual, developmental, and other disabilities. She currently serves as a member of the Advisory Committee for the Autism Transitions Research Project (ATRP), a research program funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration. A graduate of the George Washington University Law School, she is a member of the Connecticut, District of Columbia, and Florida Bars. She lives in Virginia, and has two adult children and one granddaughter.