Jeanne Beard

Founder of National Autism Academy
Author of “Autism & The Rest of Us”

Jeanne Beard, founder of the National Autism Academy and author of “Autism & The Rest Of Us”,  has decades of experience in the trenches with Asperger’s Syndrome and autism spectrum disorders, and the people diagnosed with them. In addition to her essential life experience creating functional, nurturing and balanced relationships with those on the spectrum, Jeanne was mentored by clinical expert Timothy Wahlberg, PhD during the writing of his clinical guide “Finding the Gray: Understanding and Thriving in the Black and White World of Autism and Asperger’s.” Through her incredible insight into the thoughts, experiences and challenges of those on the spectrum AND of the rest of us, Jeanne builds a bridge to hope and a better future for us all.

Jeanne is the devoted mother of 2 sons, one diagnosed with Asperger’s, one with ADHD. A graduate of both Northwestern University and Dale Carnegie training, Jeanne is a successful Vice President of Sales for a Chicago-based printing company with a 25 year tenure.

As Jeanne grew in her understanding of life with autism, her personal mission became supporting other parents by providing the help she needed and couldn’t find. Jeanne is so sure that this information will change your life that she created the National Autism Academy to provide the platform to share this incredibly valuable information with you from the comfort of your home, and with the flexibility you need to fit it into your schedule.

Dr. Timothy Wahlberg

Clinical Director
Author of “Finding the Gray”

Dr. Timothy Wahlberg has been developing life-changing strategies for families with children on the autism spectrum through his work in a clinical, one-on-one environment for nearly 25 years.

Dr. Wahlberg has published extensively on the subjects of autism and neurological impairments, has spoken at local and national levels on autism and neuro-developmental delay. Dr. Wahlberg also conducts training seminars at the professional level in these areas.

Dr. Wahlberg trained Jeanne during her work as the lead of the writing team of his popular book for parents, “Finding the Gray; Understanding and thriving in the Black and White World of Autism and Asperger’s.”

Dr. Wahlberg is a member of the American Psychological Association and is the Founder and Clinical Director of The Prairie Clinic in Geneva, IL.

Lawrence Rutkowski

Managing Director

Larry’s career encompasses extensive leadership experience in various industries and markets. Prior to joining the National Autism Academy, he led a small business as President & CEO, as well as prior senior management roles in Sales, Marketing, Supply Chain and Operations. He’s a highly ethical leader with a passion for achieving competitive advantage with people, cross-functional teamwork, a strong customer focus, and application of business processes that drive organizational excellence. He has an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

He is responsible for all the innerworkings of the National Autism Academy including Customer Support, Marketing, Sales, Technology and Finance.

Larry is the proud father of 4 children and 1 grandchild and often says “Parenting brings me the most joy in my life!”