Carolina has a B.S. in Special Education and General Education. She has been involved in the education field as a teacher and as a resource specialist for over 10 years. She is now a consultant working to help families with neurodiverse young adults. As the parent to a young adult with autism, she has spent the last 3 years working to improve transition experiences for her son and many other neurodiverse adults in the tri-county area. Through her summer camp program (CAMP IRL) and collaborations with other non profits in the area, she continues to impact the lives of the community in a positive way. She sees Independentworks as a bridge for families and young adults looking for a long term housing solution that has meaning.
Suzanne is a professor of marketing and entrepreneurship for the past 20 years. She is passionate about finding innovative solutions to neurodiverse housing because her best friend has a teenage autistic son. She has seen her friend struggle with education issues, therapy and medical challenges, and now, future housing options. She is hopeful that smart technology can be integrated into this community to address some concerns about interdependent living. Finally, her goal is to share IndependentWorks' solutions with other communities and states in the future.
Co-Founder / Vice President
Fran is a Harvard MBA and works for a national nonprofit. She has an adult son on the autism spectrum who was diagnosed at a time when 1 in 250 children were diagnosed with autism. Like her son, those children are now adults and are challenged with finding safe, supportive living situations that promote independent living. “This is a national problem for a vulnerable population and I believe solutions will come from people banding together to create opportunities for their family members to lead productive lives.”
Mary Beth Bobek
Mary Beth received her Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Michigan afterwards founded the clinical pharmacy services at both the Cleveland Clinic and New Hanover Regional Medical Center. She later received her MBA from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in entrepreneurship and innovation during that time she became the founding President of TransitionsFoundation-NC. This non-profit helps students with autism transition to community college in hopes of gaining employment. Her passion for autism services stems from her son and she knows with the right services they can flourish as adults and be productive members of society.