When Mary was just 10 years old her family adopted her younger brother, Gregory, who has multiple disabilities and significant behavior challenges. It was that experience that began to pave Mary’s journey for more than 25 years. Working with, advocating for, and helping people with disabilities became Mary’s passion.
Her family owns and operates a successful day program in Riverside County that has won numerous awards for the services provided and philanthropy for adults with developmental disabilities. Since 1999, Mary served under many different capacities such as Job Counselor, Behavior Specialist, Assistant Program Director and most recently as a consultant to help develop and train staff on behavior management, using people first language and general education on different disabilities. Mary’s journey led her to Portland, Oregon where she earned her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Portland State University. Upon graduation, Mary’s interest in mental health led her to an amazing career working in substance abuse research at Oregon Health and Science University. After a few years of working in this sector, Mary wanted to return to school and California to pursue her passion of working with children and adults whom have disabilities. Mary earned her Masters of Arts in Educational Psychology with a Credential in School Psychology, later becoming a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. Mary has provided a unique experience for the families and students she serves. She not only has knowledge of the school district and laws that help protect students who struggle or have a disability, but she provides them with great compassion and empathy since she has been through these processes with her younger brother.
Mary and her husband saw a great need for a day program for adults with developmental disabilities in North County San Diego and are excited to work with you and your family to help the people you love most in your life!
Aaron was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. His wife being a San Diego native convinced him he had to move to San Diego so he could golf 365 days a year; clearly it didn’t take much convincing. They moved to North County in 2010, and he has never looked back.
Aaron began working with his in-laws at their day program working with adults with developmental disabilities, eventually becoming one of the Program Directors. This field was very familiar to Aaron as his mother worked in human services in Oregon with adults with severe handicapping conditions. When Aaron began his career, he knew the first day it was where he wanted to be forever. Seeing his clients’ success, feeling their joy, advocating for them and developing plans to help them become independent adults within their community was fulfilling and brought him the same joy they felt. Aaron is enthusiastic about helping clients pursue their dreams and passions and supporting families through this process.