We are a small team of talented professionals with a wide range of skills and experience. We love what we do, and we do it with passion. We look forward to working with you.

Paula Breeden

President / Founder

“There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light get in.”


  • Certified Life and Career Coach. Also certified in Executive Function Coaching, PEERS and Self Advocacy.
  • Proud Parent of Adult With Autism

MaryAnn Russell

Executive Administrator

“Be the change you want to see in the world.”


  • Majored in psychology in college and received Certifications as a Social Service Designee, Activity and Volunteer Director
  • Worked with individuals with Down syndrome and Autism for the past 15 years in several non profit arenas.

Julia Spence

Program Facilitator / Curriculum Creator

“The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion.”


  • A.S. Digital Media Degree and Digital & Interactive Media Certification
  • Facilitates VIPworks and writes curriculum for ASD Adult Achievement Center Programs. Certified in PEERS.

Videsh Ramsundar

Job Placement Coordinator / Life Coach

  • Certified Life and Career Coach
  • Provides Life Coaching, Job Coaching and Job Placement for our VIPworks participants

Matthew Johnson

IT Specialist / Facilities Manager

“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.”


  • Graduated Winter Park Tech Computer Systems Technology/Network Systems Administration in 2013.
  • Inducted into the National Technical Honor Society and -voted Student Advisory Board President for the 2012-2013 school year

Jane Durket

Receptionist / Admin

“Be Happy for this moment and be kind whenever possible.”

  • Owned a plant nursery and landscape company in Central Florida for 20 years.
  • Worked as an Admin Assistant for the Cardio Division of Medtronic for 15 years.

Sophie Wolfberg

Program Assistant / Admin

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”


  • Currently a senior attending the University of Central Florida with a major in Health Sciences and a minor in Psychology.
  • Helps with administrative work, assists with our various programs, and designs social media posts for all platforms.

Bethany Emerson

Job Placement Coordinator / Life Coach

“We are in the process of positive changes.”


  • Certified Life and Career Coach. Also certified in PEERS & Self Advocacy.
  • Husband discovered he was on the spectrum, has made great strides with some of the challenging behaviors associated with ASD.

Devin Lessne

Employment Specialist

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear–not absence of fear.”


  • Started in the rehabilitation field early in life working for Rehabilitation Services, Inc a company founded by Mr. Lessne’s parents in 1974.
  • Holds a Master of Science Degree and Master of Arts Degree
  • Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), Certified Vocational Evaluation Specialist (CVE), holds a Psychometric Evaluation Certification (IPEC).

Teri Hillery

Employment Specialist

“The true measures of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.”

— Samuel Johnson

  • MS in Counseling & Psychology, BS in Business Management, Certified Disability Management Specialist, and Vocational Evaluator Assistant
  • Loves to travel!

Claire Ziegler

Employment Specialist

“There is always light. If only we’re brave enough to see it. If only we’re brave enough to be it.”

— Amanda Gorman

  • Has a Master’s Degree in Mental Health & Rehabilitation Counseling, Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), Certified Vocational Evaluation Specialist (CVE), and holds a Psychometric Evaluation Certification (IPEC).
  • Provides vocational evaluations, career counseling, and job placement services as well as expert testimony.

Brenda Martinez Richardson

Employment Specialist

“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”

— Maya Angelou

  • M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling, Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), and Certified Vocational Evaluation Specialist (CVE)
  • Began working in the vocational rehabilitation field in 2011.

Kris Mercado Lugo

Youth Peer Mentor

“Look for something positive in each day, even if some days you have to look a little harder.”

– Author Unknown

  • Graduated from the University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s of science in Health Sciences and a minor in Psychology Specialist (CVE)
  • I assist with various programs at the center. I currently work as a VR Youth Peer Mentor. I work with young adults with Autism through a one-on-one mentoring relationship on how to self-advocate in their community and for social as well as professional services and supports.

Olga Pierce

VIPworks Facilitator

“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.”

– Albert Einstein

  • Member of PTK – Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society International.
  • President of IT & Programming Club at Valencia College.