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.

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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

Email me: paula@asdachievement.org

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.

Email me: maryann@asdachievementement.org

Michele Brindle

Program Director / Peer Mentor Coordinator

“Life isn’t about changing who you are, but becoming who you want to be.”


  • Certified in PEERS, Peer Mentoring, and Self-Advocacy
  • Parent, Educator, and Mentor of those with autism and related abilities.

Email me: michele@asdachievement.org

Priya Chobe

Program Facilitator / Peer Mentor

 “Do or do not, there is no try.”


  • 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.”


  • 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.”


  • 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

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

Email me: matthew@asdachievement.org

Alina Alvarez

Program Assistant / Peer Mentor

  • Psyche Major and Creative writer
  • Certified in PEERS and Peer Mentoring. Resident writer/administrator: works hard behind the scenes preparing reports and other administrative needs

Email me: alina@asdachievement.org

Kimberly Becker

Videographer / Social Media Marketing

  • Enrolled for a Business degree and a specialization in digital media
  • Certified in Peer Mentoring. Resident Videographer, Photographer and Social Media Specialist

Email me: kimberly@asdachievement.org

Amanda Carbonneau


“Change the world by being yourself.”

— Amanda Carbonneau

  • 2019 graduate from UCF Inclusive Education Services.
  • Animal lover who enjoys boating and spending time with family

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