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 Coach
  • Mother 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: maryann5asd@gmail.com

Michele Brindle

Program Director

“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.brightfeats@gmail.com

Priya Chobe

Assistant Program Director

 “Do or do not, there is no try.”


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

Email me: priyachobe0609@gmail.com

Bethany Emerson

Job Placement Coordinator

  • Certified Life Coach
  • Husband discovered he was on the spectrum, has made great strides with some of the challenging behaviors associated with ASD.

Email me: bethanyann215@gmail.com

Videsh Ramsundar

Life Coach

  • Certified Life Coach
  • Volunteered for ASD Adult Achievement Center coaching VIPworks participants

Email me: vindalero@gmail.com

Jackie Kavanagh

Team Leader

“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”


  • Enrolled in a Master’s level Clinical Psychology program at UCF
  • Enjoys spending time with my family and two cats

Email me: jackieckavanagh@gmail.com

Julia Spence

Team Leader

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


  • A.S. Digital Media Degree and Digital & Interactive Media Certification
  • Wrote curriculum for VIPworks Program

Email me: juliaspence15@gmail.com

Matthew Johnson

IT Specialist

Email me: matthew.johnson.asd@gmail.com

Alina Alvarez

Program Assistant/ Peer Mentor

  • Psyche Major and Creative writer
  • Resident writer: works hard behind the scenes preparing reports and other administrative needs

Email me: alvaalina89@gmail.com

Kimberly Becker

Program Assistant/ Peer Mentor

  • Enrolled for a Business degree and a specialization in digital media
  • Resident Videographer & Photographer

Email me: kbecker1220@gmail.com

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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