Ability Tree 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.

Our Team

Joe Butler

Joe and his wife Jen are the founders of Ability Tree. The Butlers have three children, their middle child, Micah, has multiple special needs. Joe is an ordained minister and missionary with the Assemblies of God and holds a B.A. in Bible from the University of Valley Forge and an M.A. in Disability Studies from California Baptist University.

Jen Butler

Jen is the co-founder of Ability Tree and the artistic inspiration for everything we do. She is a strategic leader who manages many day-to-day duties. She is currently finishing up a B.A. in Art from Liberty University and looks forward to using her additional skills to expand the art program with Ability Tree.

Maddy Schultz

Maddy is the Operations Director at Ability Tree. She oversees staff and the administrative side of Ability Tree. She is also the Director of Connections University, an education program for young adults with special needs. Maddy has her B.S. in Early Childhood Education and her M.S. in Teaching, Learning and Leadership with an emphasis in Special Education.

Rachael Bradford

Rachael worked for 7 years in health care for a long-term brain injury rehab facility, 3 years at special needs school, and 3 years as a children’s  education assistant at her church.  She moved to Arkansas and knew she wanted to be involved with Ability Tree’s art program.  She started volunteering and now works for the Art Studio and Store as the Assistant Art Director.

Karla Singer

Karla is the Recreation Director at Ability Tree. She oversees the After School program, supervising all MVPs,  camp, community programs and volunteers. She also trains, schedules and coordinates with all volunteers for Ability Tree. 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.


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