We understand how difficult it can be to find professionals that have a strength-based approach to working with people with disabilities, as well as an approachable demeanor. The complexity of the systems makes it frustrating to navigate without support.
We saw the need for a reliable network of professionals who are genuinely invested in the well-being of special needs individuals and their families. The lack of a referral network in the San Francisco Bay Area led us to create PEP. We have focused on assembling a group of individuals who are empathetic to the stresses you experience and are attentive to each family’s unique needs. We feel better knowing we have a list of vetted service providers when our clients request a referral, and we are thrilled to provide the community with opportunities to mingle with trusted providers.
Please know that we accept you, we are here for you and will do anything we can to assist you in reaching your goals for your family.
Alexis, Hession, and Colleen
Alexis is an attorney who represents families in conservatorship proceedings. She is also knowledgeable in special needs estate planning including special needs trusts. She founded her solo practice to provide special needs families with a more approachable, casual and flexible attorney experience. Alexis also serves on the board of Matrix Parent Network and Resource Center.
Hession is the founder and co-director of tuLIPS Speech Therapy. She graduated from California State University, Chico with a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. She received a Masters of Science degree from University of the Pacific in Communicative Disorders. She is a part time faculty member at San Francisco State University teaching a graduate level course. She holds a Certificate in Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP), a Speech-Language Pathology California state license, and teaching credential. She is a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA), California and Speech-Language-Hearing Association (CSHA). Hession continues to expand her knowledge by attending various continuing education services in order to gain the best skills to serve each individual with communication needs. Hession realizes that every person is unique and each therapy session should be individualized to meet the needs of each client and their family/caregivers.
Colleen is the founder of Arnold Advocacy LLC, and works as a special education advocate, working with families across Marin County to empower students with learning differences through strength-based solutions for both school and home. Colleen specializes in working with students with behavioral challenges, learning disabilities, autism, as well as those with attention differences. She is currently concluding her doctorate in special education at University of San Francisco and serves on the board of Matrix Parent and Resource Center.