Board of Advisors

Dr. Nan Negri, PhD, Autism Educational Consultant, Imagine a Child’s Capacity
Dr. Negri has over thirty years experience as a teacher, trainer, and consultant in the field of autism. As a member of the National Personnel Training Team, Nan has provided a trainer-of-trainers model to programming for individuals with autism. She has written autism-related articles and co-authored a book on non-aversive behavior management strategies. Along with Kate McGinnity, she is the author of the exciting new book, Walk Awhile in My Autism (Cambridge Book Review Press). Currently, Nan is providing consultation to families, and direct treatment and yoga to individuals on the spectrum. She believes relationships and fun are the keys to learning for all of us.

Andy Paulson, Psychologist, Integrated Development Services, Inc.
Andy is a licensed psychologist who directs Integrated Development Services (IDS), a pediatric therapy clinic that serves children with a broad range of behavioral and developmental challenges. Their programs are especially helpful for children with autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, anxiety, attention deficits, hyperactivity, sensory processing problems, motor delays and difficulties, and social skill deficits. IDS's cornerstone philosophy is to foster learning and growth in interactive, real-life contexts.

John & Donna Shaw, Shaw Family Trust & Nomad Investment Group
Donna Shaw has a master’s degree in Counseling. John has a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing. John and Donna run investment groups for both their family trust and the Nomad Investment Group. Their current interests are finding and funding Internet applications for business ventures that focus on scalability and marketability to meet the needs of large numbers of users.

Rick Solomon, M.D., Medical Director of the PLAY Project
Dr. Solomon is the medical director of The PLAY Project at The Ann Arbor Center for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Michigan. Dr. Solomon has recently evaluated the ability of parents to successfully use play-based approaches, and his results indicate that parents can learn the PLAY-based methods and that nearly 50% of the children make good to excellent progress. Rick is a board member of Stanley Greenspan’s Floortime organization, which is one of the most widely recognized and respected schools of thought for autism treatment.