FOUNDER, president and Ceo
Paula's journey as a parent of an adult with ASD (autism spectrum disorder) has inspired her to become an ASD Life Coach. After retiring from a 25 year career in marketing, she switched gears to earn a Life and Career Coaching certification from Life Purpose Institute. Over the past 3 years, she has gained additional training and experience as an Executive Function Coach and Social Skills Coach, and served as the Adult Programs Facilitator for UCF CARD (Center for Autism and Related Disabilities). Launching the ASD Adult Achievement Center has enabled Paula to continue her mission of empowering ASD adults with skills, strategies and solutions to help them reach new levels of achievement in life.
Monica is a Florida native calling Orlando her second hometown for several years. She received her bachelor’s in English from Stetson University. Originally planning on starting a teaching career, her passion for helping businesses grow was ignited when she began working with nonprofit organizations in 2008. When she isn’t staring at computer screens, Monica enjoys the outdoors and traveling whenever she can.
social media coordinator
Marily was born in Arecibo, and raised in Bayamon Puerto Rico. She moved to Orlando 3 years ago in order to pursue her passion for Media Production/ Entertainment. Marily comes to ASD Adult Achievement Center having worked in the TV, radio and film production arena for over 7 years. Reading and writing are two of her passions. Marily is excited about this new journey and is looking forward to grow with this amazing family.
Tony was born in Puerto Rico and moved to Florida five years ago. He is an adult diagnosed in the Autism Spectrum. He comes to the ASD Adult Achievement Center having served at the board of directors in the Autism Society of Greater Orlando from 2015 to 2017, representing the Autistic population. Also, he graduated with his bachelor’s degree in Business and Information Management in December 2016 and has years of work experience in customer service and retail sales. His passion is to raise Autism awareness in the community, especially in raising awareness to find ways to help adults with Autism to have an independent life.
Born and raised in the small town of Charleston, West Virginia, Trina grew tired of the quiet life and craved the adventure and career opportunities that only a big city could afford. In 2003, she ventured away from her humble beginnings and moved to Orlando, Florida, seeking a big break in the special effects make-up industry, but instead found herself drawn to massage therapy. As a licensed therapist, she not only worked with many walks of life, healing their ailments and alleviating their stress, but she listened to their stories—their stories of health and stories about life. This prompted her to start a daily journal, recording others’ stories and reflecting on her own reaction to them. The writing world beckoned. And now her greatest passion is giving a voice and shape to all the stories she hears.