UNIQUE NEEDS REQUIRE SPECIALIZED KNOWLEDGE
Andrew Komarow MSFS, CFP®
Andrew is the Founder of Planning Across the Spectrum and specializes in helping any self-advocating client or families with autism and intellectual disabilities.
Andrew is a passionate advocate for autism awareness in his community and for his work as a Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP™). He has always worked toward helping his clients gain financial security now and for their future. Putting both of these interests together, Andrew was inspired to launch Planning Across the Spectrum.
Andrew understands the difficulty and stigma that many individuals with special needs face. Having received his Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis as an adult, many questions about the struggles he had growing up, and as a young adult, were answered. Through this experience, Andrew knew that he wanted to do something to work with the special needs community to provide answers and security in the financial world. He took time to educate himself in everything he could to help this underserved community and now dedicates himself to it.
Andrew provides a unique planning perspective for those with special needs, their caregivers, and their families because he has “walked in their shoes.” He has experienced the medical, social, educational, legal, vocational, and relational issues that come with being a member of the autism community. Due to this, he can provide specialized aid to his clients, and most importantly, he understands that every situation is unique.
Planning Across the Spectrum is a company designed for more than just financial planning. Andrew created a resource to provide expert guidance and valuable resources for life decisions that are either unknown, not easily accessible or can be complicated to pilot for someone with special needs.
Andrew is active with Autism Services & Resources Connecticut as a member of their board. Andrew also sits on the boards for The American College Alumni and the FOCUS Center for Autism. He was appointed by the Connecticut house of representatives to their Autism Spectrum Disorders Advisory Council and frequently advocates for those with Autism and other Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Andrew is a frequent guest speaker on his own experiences or on various financial and insurance planning topics.
Andrew earned a Master of Science in Financial Services (MSFS) and has achieved the distinction of being a Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP™). He also has certifications as a Behavioral Financial Advisor(BFA™), Chartered Special Needs Consultant (ChSNC®), and an Associated Estate Planner (AEP®) among his other designations. As a business owner, husband, and father Andrew does not get much spare time, but when he does, he enjoys tinkering with electronics, travel, and bike rides. He resides in the Farmington Valley with his wife, daughter, and his dog Bentley.
He can most easily be reached via email; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Designation:Special Needs Advisor
Nolan has personal experience in dealing with the issues that our clients and families face. This meaningful work helps these families achieve a stable financial future and allows them more time to focus on their daily challenges. Nolan resides in Westport and has a daughter in law school, and a son who transitioned from a private school for individuals with learning disabilities, graduated college, and is now working in the retail sector.
He can most easily be reached via email: email@example.com.
Designation:Autism Transition Coordinator
Andrew Arboe is the autism transition coordinator of Planning Across the Spectrum. He helps teens, young adults, and their parents navigate adulthood with autism. Andrew graduated from Manchester Community College with an associate degree as a Disability Specialist. Andrew is attending Charter Oak State College for a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Within Planning Across the Spectrum, Andrew continue to update the autism event calendar from Connecticut to all over the country. Andrew writes blog posts about his experiences as an adult with autism and driving. Andrew continue his event facilitating by reaching to various organizations to create free webinars. In collaboration with The Next Street, Andrew provides lectures/workshops about autism and driving and does one on one coaching to families about getting a driver’s license. Andrew’s past experiences include being a job coach for Plainville Community Schools, which taught him the importance of transitioning to adulthood. When not at work, he is into walks, ice coffee and gaming.
“A future is not given to you. It is something you must take for yourself”.
Designation:Director of Client Services
Brittney, using her many years of experience working in the medical field, has translated well into the financial planning industry. With Brittney serving on the front line of a variety of different aspects of client services such as, event planning, and other administrative duties.
In her spare time, Brittney enjoys listening to music, reading science fiction books and taking any chance she gets to visit with her brother and his family in Florida.
She can most easily be reached via email; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Designation:Director of Digital Content
Department:Director of Digital Content
Jillian Noyes is a Connecticut-based filmmaker, writer, designer, and advocate for mental health and autism related issues. Her passion lies in crafting stories about oft-marginalized communities - in particular, the disabled community. To that end, she writes candidly about her own experiences as an autistic woman for our blog and serves as its editor. She also designs graphics for our social media and compiles resources for our monthly newsletter.
Jillian holds a B.A. in Film Studies and Philosophy from Connecticut College. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, singing, playing board games with friends, and spending time with her two dogs.
Becca Lory Hector
Designation:Director of Individual Empowerment & Employee Wellness
Becca has been working in the nonprofit sector for the last 7 Years, in particular with the autism and neurodiversity community, and have been consulting in nonprofit since 2017. In addition, she is a national keynote speaker and a published author, as well as a late diagnosed adult autistic who knows disability culture from the inside.
In her current role as a neurodiversity and inclusion consultant, the majority of her energy is spent advising organizations on projects that involve the neurodiverse community. Additionally, she provide Diversity & Inclusion training to a varied audience, combining her knowledge of neurodiversity with public speaking skills to create dynamic presentations meant to advocate, educate, and entertain. Lastly, she utilizes her strength with the written word to communicate, via blog, vlog, article, and book, the needs expressed by so many in the greater disability community.
She will work on many projects at Planning Across The Spectrum, with the main goal to help every autistic adult we serve live their best life!
She is passionate, driven, self-starter who leads by example. She wants every autistic adult to live their best life and works with individuals on being able to accomplish their goals.
Michelle has 17 years of experience in customer service and client relations. She has worked in a wide range of fields, including retail management, the restaurant industry, secretarial services, and caring and advocating for clients with special needs as a home health aide.
As an athlete in the sport of roller derby, she was voted into the role of mediator and league representative for her team, helping to resolve interpersonal issues and aid in team communications.
She truly enjoys assisting people, and prides herself on being personable, trustworthy, and efficient.