Help From Life Planning Experts

LIFE PLANNING

Find the proper methods to plan for a better future

CONSULTING

Getting the right advice or help concerning any questions or inquiries.

Catherine Faherty

Catherine Faherty is an autism author, trainer, teacher, and consultant and the author of four books, one of which was honored as the Autism Society of America’s 2009 Outstanding Literary Work. She worked as an autism specialist with the internationally recognized TEACCH program in North Carolina for more than two decades from 1990 to 2012 as a parent consultant; child and adult therapist; consultant to school programs; trainer of teachers and other professionals locally, nationally,and internationally; and facilitator of social groups for adults on the spectrum, along with support and education groups for parents and family members.

Ronald Caissie

Health Coordinator, KEEN Education Foundation President, Ultimate Progress Mediation Former military officer and parent of daughter with autism. He formed a disability management company focusing on the effects of trauma on the livelihood of victims and grew it to over 30 offices with his partner. After selling the business he began Ultimate Progress Mediation and Counselling which focuses on children of all abilities and families endeavoring to save his clients’ time, money and sanity during separation and relationship breakdowns, helping people come to mutual agreements and leave on a positive note. Ron has a BA, BSW, MEd in counseling and a PhD.

Kerri Pakurar

Kerri Pakurar is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Owner, and Director of ABA Outreach. She has worked with children with special needs using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis since 1997, in family, community, and school environments. Kerri earned a BS in Psychology from the University of Mary Washington, a MAT in Special Education with a concentration in Mental Disabilities from the College of Charleston, and a Graduate Academic Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas.

Nicky Palmer

Nicky Palmer

Nicky Palmer received her B.A (with honors) degree in Psychosocial Studies from the University of East London in the United Kingdom in 1996. She went on to secure a position as an Assistant Program Coordinator at the National Autistic Society in London, which enabled her to focus on ASD early on in her career. During her time at the NAS, Nicky examined the effects autism had on individuals and their families. She focused on developmental treatments to understand this complicated disorder, which has enabled her to support families to grow.

Karen Simmons

CEO, Founder, AutismToday.com Co-Author, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Children with Special Needs Karen is the Founder and CEO of Autism Today, the first online information and resource center for autism worldwide. She brings over twenty years of expertise to the organization having created over 14 publications including “Chicken Soup for the Soul, Children with Special Needs” and gold medal award winning “The Official Autism 101 Manual”. She has hosted sixty-nine conferences in both the biomedical and behavioral autism and special needs space and is deeply rooted in the autism community worldwide. As a parent to six children, two on the spectrum, she strongly believes in manifesting miracles for the global community in a very big way.

Samuel Levine

Professor Samuel J. Levine 2010 is professor of law and director of the Jewish Law Institute. He previously served as professor of law at Pepperdine University, School of Law, and he has served as the Beznos Distinguished Professor at Michigan State University College of Law. He has published more than fifty law review articles and book chapters, and he has lectured throughout the United States on the subjects of legal ethics, Jewish law, criminal law, law and religion and constitutional law.

EMPLOYMENT

Using the proper techniques to hire individuals and help develop the necessary skills to find job opportunities.

Ronald Caissie

Health Coordinator, KEEN Education Foundation President, Ultimate Progress Mediation Former military officer and parent of daughter with autism. He formed a disability management company focusing on the effects of trauma on the livelihood of victims and grew it to over 30 offices with his partner. After selling the business he began Ultimate Progress Mediation and Counselling which focuses on children of all abilities and families endeavoring to save his clients’ time, money and sanity during separation and relationship breakdowns, helping people come to mutual agreements and leave on a positive note. Ron has a BA, BSW, MEd in counseling and a PhD.

Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin is one of the world’s most accomplished and well known adult with autism. She has a PhD in animal science from the University of Illinois and is a professor at Colorado State University. She is the author of six books, including the national bestsellers Thinking in Pictures and Animals in Translation.

Karen Simmons

CEO, Founder, AutismToday.com Co-Author, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Children with Special Needs Karen is the Founder and CEO of Autism Today, the first online information and resource center for autism worldwide. She brings over twenty years of expertise to the organization having created over 14 publications including “Chicken Soup for the Soul, Children with Special Needs” and gold medal award winning “The Official Autism 101 Manual”. She has hosted sixty-nine conferences in both the biomedical and behavioral autism and special needs space and is deeply rooted in the autism community worldwide. As a parent to six children, two on the spectrum, she strongly believes in manifesting miracles for the global community in a very big way.

Stephen Shore, Ed.D.

Board Member, K.E.E.N. Education Foundation Diagnosed with “Atypical Development and strong autistic tendencies” and “too sick” for outpatient treatment Dr. Shore was recommended for institutionalization. Nonverbal until four, and with much support from his parents, teachers, wife, and others, Stephen is now a professor at Adelphi University where his research focuses on matching best practice to the needs of people with autism.

FINANCIAL CONSULTING

Managing the sources of income or financials while planning for the future.

Michael Ringel

For many, understanding every aspect of personal finance can be daunting. From investments to retirement to insurance, the decisions can be overwhelming. That’s where my firm comes in. Whether you have significant assets to manage—or if you are just starting to accumulate wealth—we have the tools and background to provide the services that may fit your needs. My personal goal is to provide you with guidance that can help you understand and better define your financial goals. I work hard to create a mutually beneficial and respected long-term relationship with my clients and their families. As a member of the community for several years, I take pride in knowing that I have helped many people pursue the type of financial future they dreamed about.

Stephen Sicoli

Licenced Associate, World Financial Group. Marketing Coordinator, KEEN Education Foundation. Being a sibling of two brothers with disabilities, Stephen has found himself in many situations that require tact and understanding. Throughout the years Stephen has been faced with many opportunities to help people within this community through his work with the K.E.E.N. Education Foundation, Autism Today and his own ventures in business. He started his restaurant TapaVino in 2015 as a way to connect with the community and serve the general population fantastic food and drinks. After 5 years of operation he was looking for something where he could make more of an impact and follow his true passions of helping people, especially those who have difficulty helping themselves.

SUPPORTS FOR ADULTS

Helping adults with financial, housing and community related issues.

Chris Rans

Chris has been in the field of autism for over 40 years. She started her studies at Indiana University with the Indiana Resource Center for Autism. She has been an ASD Consultant for a local school district in S.E. Michigan for over 17 years. Presently, Chris is supporting local school districts, private family units as well as working with some families through CMH/CLS Oakland County. Chris also serves Madonna University as an Adjunct Faculty member in their ASD Graduate Program.

Grant Leibersberg

Grant has twenty years of leadership experience helping young adults, families, and organizations build a solid foundation for success. He was a Founding Partner at Mansfield Hall, a successful residential college-support program for students with learning differences. His experience also includes serving as the assistant director of a young adult transitional living program, the director of two innovative wilderness therapy programs, university lecturer, and as a clinical therapist in residential and non-residential settings. Grant has also worked to help families fund private therapeutic programs as an advisor at a global financial services firm.