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Free Event for Moms of Children With Autism by Therapy and Beyond

Mom’s Mingles

“Mingling with other moms in a safe and motivating environment leaves a lasting impression on our Autism moms & allows them to continue being the best mothers that they can be. It’s a great feeling when we can get together to be free, glammed up, win prizes, & network.” – Autism Moms Are Beautiful

HOUSTON (PRWEB) January 24, 2020
Each year Therapy and Beyond, a leading ABA provider across Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado, partners with local organizations to host Mom’s Mingles that are designed for 100+ moms of children with autism. This event allows moms to mingle with others in their community on the same journey, and ultimately, enjoy a night of carefree fun. The highly anticipated 3rd annual North Houston Mom’s Mingle will be held March 23rd, 2020 in North Houston. Registration fills fast and will be open on Friday, February 21st, 2020.
About the Mom’s MinglesAccording to the CDC, about 1 in 59 children has been identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Because parents play a pivotal role in a child’s treatment, they can often find themselves feeling isolated and lost. The Mom’s Mingles aim to share resources, connect mothers with their local communities, and give moms a night to let their hair down. This year, Therapy and Beyond has partnered with Autism Moms Are Beautiful for moms to indulge in free food, drinks, raffle prizes, Mardi Gras themed games and most importantly, the chance to create new and long lasting friends and support.
Details about the North Houston Mom’s Mingle and other free upcoming events are available on Therapy and Beyond’s event page.
“Autism moms are beautiful and they rock! Mingling with other moms in a safe and motivating environment leaves a lasting impression on our Autism moms and allows them to continue being the best mothers that they can be. It is a great feeling when we can get together to be free, glammed up, as well as win prizes, dance the night away and network. It leaves us feeling excited and motivated!” – Autism Moms Are Beautiful
In 2013, founder of Therapy and Beyond, Dr. Crone wanted to create a community giveback that didn’t focus on a workshop or learning a new skill, but would simply give moms the opportunity to bond and have an amazing night out. In turn, the Mom’s Mingle event was born in Dallas, Texas and since has been so successful that Therapy and Beyond began to establish annual Mom’s Mingles in other cities such as Denver, Oklahoma City, and Houston.
About Therapy and BeyondTherapy and Beyond was founded in 2006 on the principle that there is hope for every child. Today, they provide 1:1 individualized ABA therapy for individuals on the autism spectrum in Oklahoma, Texas and Colorado. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the most commonly prescribed treatment for children on the spectrum, and focuses on expanding functional communication skills, executive functioning skills, and advancing each child’s independence. In addition to helping individuals on the spectrum through ABA, one of Therapy and Beyond’s goals is to find ways to give back to the autism community as a whole, through free events like the Mom’s Mingles and much more.

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Largest Autism Sequencing Study to Date Identifies 102 Genes Associated With the Condition

“This is a landmark study, both for its size and for the large international collaborative effort it required.” – Joseph Buxbaum, PhD, Director of the Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment at Mount Sinai

NEW YORK (PRWEB) January 23, 2020
In the largest genetic sequencing study of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to date, researchers have identified 102 genes associated with risk for autism. The study also shows significant progress towards teasing apart the genes associated with ASD from those associated with intellectual disability and developmental delay, conditions which often overlap. The study results are published online January 23 in the journal Cell.
For this study, an international team of researchers from more than 50 sites collected and analyzed more than 35,000 participant samples, including nearly 12,000 with ASD, the largest autism sequencing cohort to date. Using an enhanced analytic framework to integrate both rare, inherited genetic mutations and those occurring spontaneously when the egg or sperm are formed (de novo mutations), researchers identified the 102 genes associated with ASD risk. Of those genes, 49 were also associated with other developmental delays. The larger samples size of this study enabled the research team to increase the number of genes associated with ASD from 65 in 2015 to 102 today.
“This is a landmark study, both for its size and for the large international collaborative effort it required. With these identified genes we can begin to understand what brain changes underlie ASD and begin to consider novel treatment approaches,” said Joseph D. Buxbaum, PhD, Director of the Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment at Mount Sinai, and Professor of Psychiatry, Neuroscience, and Genetics and Genomic Sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
Obtaining such a large sample was made possible by the Autism Sequencing Consortium (ASC), an international group of scientists who share ASD samples and data. Co-founded by Dr. Buxbaum in 2010 and originally funded by the Beatrice and Samuel A. Seaver Foundation and the Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment at Mount Sinai, the ASC is now a multiple-Principal Investigator grant funded by the National Institute of Mental Health.    
In addition to identifying subsets of the 102 ASD-associated genes that have disruptive de novo variants more often in people with developmental delays or those with ASD, the researchers showed that ASD genes impact brain development or function and that both types of disruptions can result in autism. They also found that both major classes of nerve cells—excitatory neurons, which trigger a positive and activating change in the downstream neuronal membrane upon firing, and inhibitory neurons, which trigger a negative change upon firing—can be affected in autism.
“Through our genetic analyses, we discovered that it’s not just one major class of cells implicated in autism, but rather that many disruptions in brain development and in neuronal function can lead to autism. It’s critically important that families of children with and without autism participate in genetic studies because genetic discoveries are the primary means to understanding the molecular, cellular, and systems-level underpinnings of autism,” said Dr. Buxbaum. “We now have specific, powerful tools that help us understand those underpinnings, and new drugs will be developed based on our newfound understanding of the molecular bases of autism.”
About the Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment
The Seaver Autism Center is one of the most recognized institutions of its kind in the world because of its ability to translate breakthroughs in the lab to clinical trials that bring cutting-edge treatment to individuals affected by autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and associated neurodevelopmental disorders. We offer compassionate care, including assessment and behavioral health services, to children and families, as well as educational and community outreach programs. Founded in 1993 and located at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, families come from around the world to seek our services and the expert counsel of our team of scientists, researchers and clinicians.
For more information, visit: http://www.seaverautismcenter.org, or find the Seaver Autism Center on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
About the Mount Sinai Health System
The Mount Sinai Health System is New York City’s largest integrated delivery system, encompassing eight hospitals, a leading medical school, and a vast network of ambulatory practices throughout the greater New York region. Mount Sinai’s vision is to produce the safest care, the highest quality, the highest satisfaction, the best access and the best value of any health system in the nation. The Health System includes approximately 7,480 primary and specialty care physicians; 11 joint-venture ambulatory surgery centers; more than 410 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and 31 affiliated community health centers. The Icahn School of Medicine is one of three medical schools that have earned distinction by multiple indicators: ranked in the top 20 by U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Medical Schools”, aligned with a U.S. News & World Report’s “Honor Roll” Hospital, No. 12 in the nation for National Institutes of Health funding, and among the top 10 most innovative research institutions as ranked by the journal Nature in its Nature Innovation Index. This reflects a special level of excellence in education, clinical practice, and research. The Mount Sinai Hospital is ranked No. 14 on U.S. News & World Report’s “Honor Roll” of top U.S. hospitals; it is one of the nation’s top 20 hospitals in Cardiology/Heart Surgery, Diabetes/Endocrinology, Gastroenterology/GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Nephrology, Neurology/Neurosurgery, and Orthopedics in the 2019-2020 “Best Hospitals” issue. Mount Sinai’s Kravis Children’s Hospital also is ranked nationally in five out of ten pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report. The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked 12th nationally for Ophthalmology, Mount Sinai St. Lukes and Mount Sinai West are ranked 23rd nationally for Nephrology and 25th for Diabetes/Endocrinology, and Mount Sinai South Nassau is ranked 35th nationally for Urology. Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai St. Luke’s, Mount Sinai West, and Mount Sinai South Nassau are ranked regionally.
For more information, visit https://www.mountsinai.org or find Mount Sinai on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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Author Dawn Dawson's New Book 'Felix, Not a Dog' is the Sweet Tale of a Little Girl With Autism Who Sometimes Confuses Her Words

Recent release ‘Felix, Not a Dog’ from Newman Springs Publishing author Dawn Dawson is the adorable and lighthearted story of the author’s granddaughter Robyn who is autistic and sometimes struggles with her speech.
Press Release – updated: Jan 22, 2020 06:00 EST

ORLANDO, Fla., January 22, 2020 (Newswire.com) – Dawn Dawson, who spent almost four decades in the hospitality industry before retiring, has completed her new book “Felix, Not a Dog”: an inspiring and happy story that focuses on Robyn and her shyness.
Published by Newman Springs Publishing, Dawn Dawson’s joyful tale is perfect for readers and listeners of all ages. This is a heartwarming holiday true story of a girl with autism, whose love for her family gave her the courage to try.
Readers who wish to experience this heartfelt work can purchase “Felix, Not a Dog” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iBooks Store, Amazon, or Barnes and Noble.
For additional information or media inquiries, contact Newman Springs Publishing at 732-243-8512.
About Newman Springs Publishing: 
Newman Springs Publishing is a full-service publishing house for serious authors. Each title produced by Newman Springs Publishing undergoes every step of the professional publishing process, including editing, layout, cover design, circulation, distribution, and publicity. All titles are made available in both eBook and print formats. Newman Springs Publishing distributes to tens of thousands of retail outlets throughout North America and internationally. All manuscripts in any genre are welcome to be submitted for review; If the manuscript meets the necessary criteria and is accepted for publication, Newman Springs Publishing will work closely with the author to bring the book to the retail market for a relatively inexpensive initial investment.
Source: Newman Springs Publishing

Free Event for 100 Moms of Children with Autism by Therapy and Beyond

Therapy and Beyond Mom’s Mingles

The Mom’s Mingles aim to share resources, connect mothers with their local communities, and give moms a night off for themselves.

FORT WORTH, Texas (PRWEB) January 21, 2020
Therapy and Beyond, one of the largest applied behavior analysis providers across Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado is partnering with FEAT-NT to bring Fort Worth’s 3rd Annual Mom’s Mingle for moms of children with autism! This free event for 100+ mothers of children with autism will be held on Sunday, February 9th at The Hurst Conference Center located at 1601 Campus Drive, Hurst, TX. Each year, Therapy and Beyond partners with local organizations to throw annual Mom’s Mingles in multiple cities, where 100+ moms of children on the autism spectrum join together to enjoy a night off from their busy lives. Registration for this popular event is now open and available HERE.
About Therapy and Beyond’s Mom’s MinglesFor this year’s Fort Worth Mingle, Therapy and Beyond has partnered with the nonprofit group FEAT-NT to present the moms with a suave 007 Casino Night! 100+ moms will enjoy free dinner, drinks, and play casino-themed games. Afterward, they can turn in their ‘winnings’ for some amazing prizes from our generous sponsors! Most importantly, they will immerse themselves in their local community and be surrounded by women on the same autism journey as themselves.
According to the CDC, about 1 in 59 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). At times, caregivers may find themselves feeling isolated and lost. The Mom’s Mingles aim to share resources, connect mothers with their local communities, and give moms a night off for themselves.
Details about this mingle and other free upcoming events are available at http://www.therapyandbeyond.com/events
The mingles first began in Dallas in 2013, when Dr. Regina Crone, founder of Therapy and Beyond, had the idea to create a community giveback that didn’t focus on learning a new skill or a workshop, but would simply give moms the opportunity to bond and have a fun night out. The event was so successful that Therapy and Beyond began to establish annual Mom’s Mingles in other cities, such as Denver, Oklahoma City and Houston.
About Therapy and BeyondTherapy and Beyond was founded in 2006 on the principal that there is hope for every child. Today, they provide 1:1 individualized ABA therapy for individuals on the autism spectrum in Oklahoma, Texas and Colorado. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the most commonly prescribed treatment for children on the spectrum, and focuses on expanding functional communication skills, executive functioning skills, and advancing each child’s independence. In addition to helping individuals on the spectrum through ABA, one of Therapy and Beyond’s goals is to find ways to give back to the autism community as a whole, through free events like the Mom’s Mingles.

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Leading Provider of Applied Behavior Analysis for Autism Announces New Location in Houston, Texas

Therapy and Beyond

“The goal is for each individual struggling with developmental differences to gain independence and live their best, fullest life possible.”

HOUSTON (PRWEB) January 17, 2020
Therapy and Beyond, a leading provider of autism treatment for individuals, will expand its applied behavior analysis and autism therapy programs to a new location in Sugar Land, TX.
About Applied Behavior AnalysisApplied Behavior Analysis (ABA therapy) is the most prescribed treatment for children with autism. Applied behavior analysis is the science in which procedures derived from the principles of behavior are systematically applied to improve socially significant behavior to a meaningful degree. It is a scientific approach to understanding how behaviors change, how behavior is affected by the environment, as well as how learning happens. ‘Behavior’ refers to skills and actions needed to communication, socialize, and live.
ABA programs can help increase language and communication skills, as well as help individuals develop healthy social and coping behaviors. “Programs are individualized for each person based on what each family needs,” says Dr. Regina Crone, CEO and founder of Therapy and Beyond. “The goal is for each individual struggling with developmental differences to gain independence and live their best, fullest life possible.”
About Therapy and BeyondTherapy and Beyond was founded in 2006 on the principle that there is hope for every child. Today, they provide 1:1 individualized ABA therapy for individuals on the autism spectrum in Texas, Oklahoma, and Colorado. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) focuses on expanding functional communication skills, executive functioning skills, and advancing each individual’s independence. In addition to helping individuals on the spectrum through ABA, one of Therapy and Beyond’s goals is to find ways to give back to the autism community as a whole, through free events like annual Mom’s Mingles and Santa’s Helpers Holiday Camp.

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Bridges Autism Therapies is Now Circle City ABA

INDIANAPOLIS, January 14, 2020 (Newswire.com) – Bridges Autism Therapies is thrilled to announce the rebrand to Circle City ABA. Everything about Bridges Autism Therapies will stay the same; Circle City ABA will continue to be a leading applied behavior analysis (ABA) provider for children with autism.
What does this mean for families?

Day-to-day, it’s business as usual. Circle City ABA’s new brand puts families at the forefront of our company. Circle City ABA has unique resources that will roll out for families and staff in 2020.
What does this mean for Circle City ABA?
The entire Bridges Autism Therapies staff is now a part of the Circle City ABA family.  The corporate headquarters remains in Carmel, Indiana. Circle City ABA will continue to lead our dedicated and talented team under the new name Circle City ABA.
“Circle City ABA’s mission is to enrich and empower children with autism through applied behavior analysis therapy.”
The story continues…
Over 20 years ago, the Burlison family set out to make life better for individuals with disabilities. Along the way, their innovative spirits and dedicated team provided an outstanding service using applied behavior analysis therapy. Helping children thrive through ABA therapy is what we do best.
Circle City ABA is the next chapter, stay tuned to see where our innovation takes us. The Circle City ABA team is committed to providing the most effective therapy for children with autism. The dedication to our families is stronger than ever during this exciting time.

Arizona Goat Yoga is the First Yoga Company to Become a Certified Autism Center™

Press Release – updated: Jan 2, 2020

MESA, Ariz., January 2, 2020 (Newswire.com) – Arizona Goat Yoga is now a Certified Autism CenterTM (CAC), designated by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). The designation requires staff to complete an autism sensitivity and awareness program and complete updated training to qualify for renewal every two years. Arizona Goat Yoga joins almost 60 organizations in and around Mesa, AZ, that have completed or committed to the CAC process, as part of a movement started by Visit Mesa. Mesa is now the first Autism Certified City.
“We’re so excited to be partners with IBCCES and look forward to exposing families in the autism community to the therapeutic benefits of spending time with animals. We know families will enjoy the time they have together while participating in goat yoga,” said owner Sarah Williams.
For almost 20 years, IBCCES has been the leader in cognitive disorder training and certification for healthcare, education and corporate professionals around the globe. IBCCES recognized that many families with children who have special needs have limited travel and recreation options. In response to this need, IBCCES created training and certification programs specifically for the hospitality and travel industry. More families and individuals are seeking out destinations and organizations that have completed a certification program through an accredited source. IBCCES is the only credentialing organization providing this type of certification, which includes evidence-based information as well as the perspectives of individuals with autism, alongside other tools and resources such as onsite reviews and customized recommendations to ensure the program is a long-term commitment and has a lasting impact.
“We’re excited to work with another unique experience to ensure all families and individuals have options,” said Myron Pincomb, IBCCES Board Chairman. “Organizations can no longer ignore the huge number of individuals looking for trained and certified options.”
IBCCES also created AutismTravel.com, a free online resource for families and individuals looking for travel and recreation options that lists certified destinations and travel professionals. Each destination listed on the site has met Certified Autism Center™ (CAC) requirements.
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MEDIA CONTACT:
Sarah Williams, ownerPhone: 480.201-9520Email: owner@goatyoga.com
Meredith Tekin, PresidentPhone: 904.508.0135 // 904.434.1534Email: meredith@ibcces.org
Source: IBCCES

The New England Center for Children Opens Clinic for Autism Services in Dubai

NECC-Clinic in Dubai Healthcare City – Kristin Buchanan with women who are pursuing their education in ABA through Emirates College. for Advanced Education.

“We are pleased to continue our outreach through the NECC-Clinic in Dubai, providing expert educational services to help children with autism and their families be successful,” said Vincent Strully, President and CEO of The New England Center for Children.

SOUTHBOROUGH, Mass. (PRWEB) December 16, 2019
The New England Center for Children® (NECC®), a global leader in autism education and research, announced today the opening of the NECC-Clinic in Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC), UAE. The NECC-Clinic will provide session-based, applied behavior analysis (ABA), and Speech and Language services to clients and their families across all nationalities in both English and Arabic.
“Effective autism services are in high demand everywhere,” said Vincent Strully, President and CEO of The New England Center for Children. “We are pleased to continue our outreach through the NECC-Clinic in Dubai, providing expert educational services to help children with autism and their families be successful.”
Part of NECC’s mission is training and educating local staff to ensure knowledge transfer, program sustainability, and local growth of ABA programs, while respecting local language and cultural and religious practices. In addition to session-based services, the NECC-Clinic will provide consultative services to support students in schools, home-based, and center-based programs; a licensed BCBA who can support program development and management of centers in other countries; lecture and home-based parent training; training to schools and centers; and ACE® ABA Software System training and support. The NECC-Clinic also provides free outreach workshops to the public on topics such as behavior analysis and special needs.
“We are very excited to play a bigger role within the Dubai autism community and bring trainings to educators, support to parents, and access to world class services,” said Kristin Buchanan, MSEd, BCBA, Program Director – GCC Consulting.
Ms. Buchanan oversees NECC’s global consulting expansion and the NECC-Clinic to ensure quality programming. She is the Clinical Director appointed through DHCC. Melissa Smyth, MS, BCBA is the NECC-Clinic Manager, overseeing day-to-day operations.
NECC Continues to Grow GloballyLast month, NECC announced a partnership with One Two Three Autism School in Lebanon. NECC has helped thousands of children in the Middle East and worldwide through its centers, consulting services, and ACE® software. In addition to Dubai and Lebanon, NECC operates or consults in Kuwait City, Kuwait; Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the UAE; Doha, Qatar; Gurgaon, India; Riyadh and Dammam in Saudi Arabia; and in Brazil, Australia, Italy, England, Canada and other countries. The ACE® software is currently used in 13 countries. NECC employs close to 300 people internationally, a quarter of whom are U.S. citizens and the remaining are nationals. NECC employs more than 50 percent of the BCBAs in the entire Gulf Region.
International Influence and ReachReflecting its worldwide reputation, NECC received the 2017 Award for International Dissemination of Behavior Analysis from the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis (SABA), the peer academic organization of applied behavior analysis. The highly respected award is given to a person or organization demonstrating a significant and sustained contribution to the dissemination and development of ABA outside of the United States.
NECC’s professional development program has graduated many of the autism service industry’s leaders – teachers, behavior analysts, and researchers inside and outside of NECC whose training and dedication have helped thousands of children with autism and their families.
About The New England Center for ChildrenThe New England Center for Children® (NECC®) is an award-winning autism education center and research institute. Our community of teachers, researchers, and clinicians have transformed the lives of thousands of children with autism worldwide through education, research, and technology. The Center provides comprehensive services to maximize independence: home-based, day, and residential programs, partner classrooms in public school systems, consulting services, the ACE® ABA Software System (http://www.acenecc.org), teacher professional development, and research on educational best practices.
NECC is committed to staff professional development, partnering with local colleges to provide on-site graduate training and degrees at little to no cost to the NECC teacher. The result is a growing pool of exceptional teachers trained in best-in-class methodologies, whether they continue their careers at NECC or move on to public schools or private agencies. The New England Center for Children is based in Southborough, MA, and operates a center in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Learn more at http://www.necc.org.

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Salt River Project Becomes First of Its Kind Designated as a Certified Autism Center™

Press Release – updated: Dec 16, 2019 07:00 EST

MESA, Ariz., December 16, 2019 (Newswire.com) – Salt River Project (SRP) is the first water and power organization in the country to earn the Certified Autism Center™ designation (CAC), granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). The designation demonstrates the commitment SRP has made to neurodiversity and inclusive hiring practices. SRP staff completed a training and certification process through IBCCES to learn how to better attract and manage neurodiverse individuals, including those with autism, ADHD and other disorders.
“SRP is always looking for ways to become a more inclusive employer and becoming a Certified Autism Center supports that aim wholeheartedly,” says Stephanie Winn, Manager of Talent Acquisition. “With our recent partnership with The Precisionists, Inc., which included hiring individuals with autism for Records Management and Enterprise Systems Quality Assurance (QA), we knew that support systems and resources for our staff would be critical to successfully seeing that program through. We are thrilled that our team has additional training and resources to support this program and future hires.”
SRP was the first company in Arizona to partner with The Precisionists, Inc. to create job opportunities for people on the autism spectrum, harnessing their special talents, and providing valuable employees for the utility. Since the partnership began this year in 2019, SRP has hired 11 individuals supporting Records Management and Enterprise Systems QA and has plans to hire more. To build on this initiative, SRP joined a growing number of organizations in the Mesa community completing certification through IBCCES as part of an inclusion initiative spurred by Visit Mesa. Because of these efforts, Mesa, Arizona, is now the first Autism Certified City in the world.
For almost 20 years, IBCCES has been the industry leader in cognitive disorder training and certification for education, healthcare, and corporate professionals around the globe. IBCCES provides evidence-based training and certification programs created in conjunction with clinical experts and individuals with autism in order to provide professionals serving individuals with cognitive disorders a  better understanding of what these disorders are, industry best practices, varied perspectives, and the latest research in these areas.
“It’s exciting to have a forward-thinking organization like Salt River Project take the lead for their industry by seeking IBCCES certification. This is wonderful news for the individuals on the SRP team and we know this is just the beginning,” said Myron Pincomb, IBCCES Board Chairman.
About Salt River Project
Salt River Project has built a legacy by delivering water and power to the Phoenix metropolitan area for more than 100 years. Today, we are among the largest public power utilities in the nation and the Phoenix area’s largest supplier of raw water, serving more than two million businesses and residents in Central Arizona.
MEDIA CONTACT:
Patty Likens, SRP SpokespersonP: (602) 236-2588  |  M: (602) 245-0047​Patty.Likens@srpnet.com
Meredith Tekin, President, IBCCESPhone: 904.508.0135 // 904.434.1534Email: meredith@ibcces.org
Source: IBCCES