FOUNDER, president and Ceo
While working as a marketing coordinator for 25 years, Paula was raising her son Zak, who has ASD. This journey inspired her 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, executive function, job readiness 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, family and friends.
Monica is a Florida native, calling Orlando her home for several years. She received her bachelor’s degree in English from Stetson University. Her passion for helping businesses grow was ignited when she began working with nonprofit organizations in 2008. Monica joined the ASD Adult Achievement Center in the fall of 2017 and is in charge of publishing our monthly newsletter, among many other duties. When she isn’t staring at computer screens, Monica enjoys the outdoors and traveling whenever she can.
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 helping adults with autism lead independent lives.