Anna Warwick Riggs of Little Rock, Arkansas, retired after a long career in the healthcare services and developmental disability arenas. She worked in a number of university medical centers around the country as a pediatric cardiac ICU nurse. When one of her daughters was diagnosed with autism, her life and career changed. Anna became a charter member and president of the Arkansas Autism Society. She then worked as a consultant with organizations such as the Arkansas Department of Education on Medicaid program development and implementation. Most recently, she partnered with state universities to create post-secondary education options for people on the autism spectrum. Anna has served on and been appointed to numerous boards and commissions, including the Governor’s Developmental Disabilities Council; Arkansas Advisory Board for the Education of Individuals with Disabilities; Arkansas Department of Human Services Committee for Long Term Care Services; and the Arkansas Women’s Leadership Forum.
Anna fell in love with the outdoors as she and her family spent time sailing, backpacking, and exploring. She and her husband, John, raised their six children the same way, and she particularly recognized the connection between her daughter with autism and the outdoors. Anna has been on the Audubon Arkansas Board since 2005 and is currently the chairperson.