Meet Our Team

 

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.”

— LEONARD COHEN

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

MaryAnn Russell

VIPworks Program Director / Executive Administrator

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

— MAHATMA GANDHI

  • 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.

Matthew Johnson

IT Director / Facilities Manager

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

— MARTIN LUTHER KING JR

  • 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
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Kris Mercado Lugo

Program Coordinator / Employment Specialist / 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.
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Videsh Ramsundar

VIPworks Coordinator / Employment Specialist / Life Coach

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

VIPworks Coordinator

“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.
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Julia Spence

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Website Administrator / Curriculum Creator

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

— PAULO COELHO

  • A.S. Digital Media Degree and Digital & Interactive Media Certification
  • Writes curriculum for ASD Adult Achievement Center Programs. Certified in PEERS.
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Sophie Wolfberg

Program Assistant / Admin

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

— MARTIN LUTHER KING JR

  • 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.
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Devin Lessne

Employment Specialist

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

— MARK TWAIN

  • 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).
  • CDMS, ABVE/F, PVE, ICVE

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!
Paul Moran
Paul Moran
September 27, 2021.
I'm currently a part of the VIPWorks program, started going a few weeks ago. Everyone I met there has been amazing, very friendly and helpful too.
Scarlett Flames
Scarlett Flames
August 30, 2021.
I’ve been taking the task masters program for seven weeks and it has helped me a lot with my daily life. I’m really happy to be here.
Elias Piccard
Elias Piccard
August 30, 2021.
I am currently in the Taskmasters program and I am learning a lot about myself and being able to share my goals and have great instructors teaching me the fundamentals and getting to where I want to be in the future.
Priya Chobe
Priya Chobe
July 12, 2021.
I can confidently say that this organization is one of the best places you can sign up with if you are an adult on the spectrum who needs help with developing any kind of area in your life, including: social skills, independent living skills, self-advocacy, job readiness skills and vocational skills, and much more! I have personally seen dozens grow from joining and participating in these programs. In addition, every single staff member—as well as the founder herself—put every fiber of their being towards helping clients and creating a safe, positive environment for everyone.
Ryan Stauffer
Ryan Stauffer
June 23, 2021.
ASD Adult Achievement Center is truly a remarkable place to work at. There, I've met a lot of people that go through similar challenges that I also face. Here, I've learned all sorts of new techniques that will help more when I'm in a workplace to improve from the struggles that I have been going through and I have made many designs of creativity in the working environment.
Sterling Swope
Sterling Swope
February 16, 2021.
Bella Lavoie (MarieWalker14)
Bella Lavoie (MarieWalker14)
January 20, 2021.
Amazing. Very kind people who want to help. Wonderful atmosphere.
Jeffrey Korentur
Jeffrey Korentur
November 24, 2020.
There are not enough superlatives to describe the amazing work that Paula, MaryAnn, and the entire staff do every day. Our son found a community, friends, life skills, and new found optimism for his future. This organization is more than worthy of your attention, inquiry, and support. Thank you to the entire team for the positive, life changing mission that you embody and share everyday!
Lori Dahan
Lori Dahan
November 24, 2020.
I cannot rave enough about this organization! Kudos to Paula and all the staff for creating an incredible environment filled with warmth, kindness, and programs perfectly suited for the needs of young adults on the spectrum.
Dixie Johnson
Dixie Johnson
January 27, 2020.