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The Faculty

First Place Global Leadership Institute is led by a faculty of autism specialists from across the country.

George Braddock

Creative Housing Solutions, LLC Director

Catherine Camp Boyle

Catherine Camp Boyle

Autism Housing Pathways, Inc. Founder & President
Mother of a young man with autism

Peter Gerhardt, Ph.D.

EPIC School Executive Director

Anna Hundley, M.Ed.

Autism Treatment Center (ATC)
Texas Executive Director

Kristina Lopez, Ph.D., M.S.W., M.S., M.A.

ASU Strategic Coordinator & First Place Doctoral Fellowship Program

Raun D. Melmed, M.D.

SARRC Co-Founder & Medical Director
Melmed Center Director & Developmental Pediatrician

Daniel Openden, Ph.D., BCBA-D

SARRC President & CEO

Valerie Paradiz, Ph.D.‚Äč

Valerie Paradiz, LLC Director and Elijah's Mom

Jeff Ross, M.A.

First Place Adult Transition Specialist

Paul Shattuck, Ph.D.

AJ Drexel Autism Institute
Drexel University Associate Professor & Life Course Outcomes Research Program Leader

Christopher Smith, Ph.D.

SARRC Vice President & Research Director