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

Email me: paula@asdachievement.org


MaryAnn Russell

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.

Email me: maryann@asdachievement.org


ASD Team Member

Priya Chobe

Program Facilitator / Peer Mentor

 “Do or do not, there is no try.”

— YODA

  • UCF student studying Clinical Psychology. Certified in PEERS, Self Advocacy and Peer Mentoring.
  • Facilitates several programs for ASD Adult Achievement Center, such as: PEERS, Self-Advocacy and Peer Mentoring

Email me: priya@asdachievement.org


Julia Spence

Program Facilitator / 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
  • Facilitates VIPworks and writes curriculum for ASD Adult Achievement Center Programs. Certified in PEERS.

Email me: julia@asdachievement.org


Videsh Ramsundar

Job Placement Coordinator / Life Coach

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

Email me: videsh@asdachievement.org


Bethany Emerson

Job Placement Coordinator / Life Coach

“We are in the process of positive changes.”

— LOUISE HAYS

  • 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.

Email me: bethany@asdachievement.org


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

Email me: devin@asdachievement.org


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!

Email me: teri@asdachievement.org


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.

Email me: claire@asdachievement.org


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.

Email me: brenda@asdachievement.org


Matthew Johnson

IT Specialist / 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

Email me: matthew@asdachievement.org