FOUNDER, president and Ceo
Paula served as a Marketing Coordinator for 25 years. During this time, she raised her son Zak, who has ASD. This journey inspired Paula to start a new career. She earned her Life Coach certification from the Life Purpose Institute in 2014, and started her own coaching business. During this time, she founded a meetup group for adults with ASD, and served as the Adult Programs Facilitator for UCF CARD. Paula conducts workshops to help adults with ASD develop social skills, executive function skills, job readiness skills and independent life skills. Paula launched the ASD Adult Achievement Center in September, 2016. She is passionate about discovering each individual's talents and empowering them to achieve greater success in life. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her yorkies, and her family and friends.
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 on the Autism Spectrum. He comes to the ASD Adult Achievement Center having served on the board of directors for the Autism Society of Greater Orlando from 2015 to 2017, representing the Autistic population. Tony graduated with his bachelor’s degree in Business and Information Management in December 2016 and has 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.
Tatiana received her bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida in Spring, 2017, and joined the ASD Adult Achievement Center shortly after graduation. Tatiana served as a Program Assistant in the Fall 2017 PEERS Program. During this time, she assisted with role-play exercises and has become a valued member of our team. Tatiana is passionate about helping young adults with ASD learn successful strategies to develop healthy interpersonal relationships. In her free time, she enjoys singing, doing research and spending time with her Shih Tzu, Buttons.
PROGRAM ASSISTANT/PEER MENTOR
Patrick received his high school diploma from the Paragon School in May, 2016, and began his journey with ASD Adult Achievement Center in August, 2016. Patrick is currently studying theater at Valencia State College, and works as a crew member at McDonalds. He leads the children's church program K-5 through 5th grade at Orlando Community Church, and serves as the janitor. Patrick worked as a Scare Actor at the Petrified Forest in the fall of 2017. He served as a Program Assistant in the Fall 2017 PEERS Program. During this time, he assisted with role-play exercises and became a role model for the other members of the group. Patrick is passionate about helping other young adults with ASD and serves as a PEER mentor. In his free time, he enjoys getting together with friends, working out at the Jungle and attending MMA events.
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.