Meet Penny Githens
Penny was raised in Richmond, Indiana, and is a Hoosier through and through. She attended Purdue University for undergrad and Indiana University for her graduate degree. She has been married to her husband, Ed Buffie, for nearly four decades, and they have two sons Nathan and Nick.
After her second son was born, she was a stay-at-home mother for fifteen years. She is formerly a Project Manager for the Indiana University School of Education, coordinating a multi-state project to research the efficacy of parent-initiated intervention for toddlers with autism.
Penny is no stranger to the legislature. To fight for her autistic son, she led the charge to include health insurance coverage for autism. Because of her efforts, Indiana became the first state to offer autism coverage in state employee health insurance plans.
For three years, she served on the Board of the Autism Society on Indiana as well as the South Central Indiana Chapter of the Autism Society of America.
She has been a community leader in educational advocacy for special needs kids, including co-creating an adaptive martial arts program at the Monroe County YMCA, where she has volunteered for the last fifteen years.
When Penny sees a problem, she works to fix it.