Rachel Morgan graduated with her Ed.D. in Instructional Leadership with an emphasis in andragogy from Lindenwood University in 2017. She received her Master’s in Education with an emphasis in early intervention in Autism & Sensory Impairments from Lindenwood University in 2013.
While pursuing her master’s degree, she worked as graduate assistant for the education department at Lindenwood University (2011-2014). Rachel became Internationally Certified as an Autism Specialist in January of 2014. She is the Owner and CEO of Consultants For Community (CFC); an educational consulting firm that assists parents, providers, and educators to collaborate and effectively problem solve in the educational planning of students receiving special education support.
Rachel is a proud wife and mother of four amazing children of all abilities! She founded a non-profit organization called the Adam Morgan Foundation (AMF) in 2008. The foundation assists families raising children with autism, and other co-occurring disabilities, in locating resources and funding: summer camps, sensory equipment, and iPads.
A. Melissia Riddle, Esq. is the founding member of the Riddle Law Group located in Chesterfield, Missouri. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin in 1990, and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Texas School of Law in 1993. Melissia’s practice focuses on special needs planning, estate planning, probate and trust administration, and fiduciary litigation, with an emphasis on trust and estate litigation. In approaching an estate plan, her main objective is maintaining familial relationships which are easily and catastrophically damaged without a customized, well-tailored plan in place which takes into consideration varying family dynamics and special needs.
Melissia has written and lectured extensively on the topics of trust and estate litigation, trustee liability, and probate practice and procedure. She is a member of the Missouri Bar Association, the Colorado Bar Association, and the Texas Bar Association. She was named as a National Association of Professional Women’s Executive Woman of the Year for 2013. Melissia also previously
served on the Board of Directors for CASA in El Paso, Texas, for St. Louis OASIS, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Adam Morgan Foundation. This affiliation has lead Melissia to a committed desire to assist families of special needs children in planning for their futures.
Melissia is the mother of a son with special needs, which gives her a unique perspective when working with families with children or loved ones with special needs. She understands the challenges and concerns families face when caring for loved ones with special needs and planning for their futures. As a result, she is committed to helping better the lives of these families and individuals throughout the St. Louis area
A. Melissa Riddle, Esq
Growing up with Dyslexia and a Learning Disability has provided me the ability to understand what it’s like for children and adults with Disabilities.
I became a special education teacher after receiving my Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Special education. I then transitioned into starting my own company that provided early childhood care for children with disabilities as well as those in the foster care system. Later I joined a non-profit that provided support to parents of children with disabilities through educational Advocacy. Additionally, I began working with adults with disabilities by supporting them to achieve self-determination through self-advocacy. I am currently pursuing my Doctorate degree in the area of Educational Leadership with the emphasis in Andragogy. I received my Master’s degree in Autism K-12, and received International Certification as an Autism specialist in January 2014.
Most importantly I am a wife and mother of two wonderful boys, one of which has a diagnosis of Tourette’s syndrome. My passion is to support parents, teachers, administrators, and community stake holders in working together to ensure a positive collaboration.
Moving to the St Louis area in 2010, Christopher found his passion for community engagement in the form of nonprofits when he and his wife were introduced to Spectrum Disorder with the birth of their two oldest children.
Seeing a gap between what is available and what is needed drove this passion to provide an understanding to those who did not know or could not provide the structure that he and his wife worked to build with few helping hands. The problem wasn’t that people weren’t willing or the programs weren’t available, but it was the engagement, the waiting lists and the personal time it took to sift through which programs are beneficial to his childrens' specific need. He now offers his experience, passion, knowledge which is dedicated to providing for the the individuals and their needs with the collective effort of a select group
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Omar Maldonado’s journey began as he witnessed his parents’ involvement in the local community at a young age. His earliest memory of volunteering was at the age of 4. He was part of a parade for the Educational Talent Search, through the Federal Government. It celebrated cultural diversity and awareness in Washington D.C. As a young man, Omar would volunteer with event set up for local non-profits.
At the age of 31, Omar Maldonado wanted to make a big impact in the city of St. Louis, and became the youngest President for the Puerto Rican Society of St. Louis, a 501(c)3. He also became the youngest President of the Hispanic Leaders Group of St. Louis, focusing on making headway in the areas of Education, Health, Legislation and Inclusion.
Focused on empowering others Omar Maldonado became a Financial Associate with Thrivent Financial. He uses his talents to connect faith and finances for good. Omar actively cultivates a culture of generosity to change lives, and helps turn “what-ifs”
into a meaningful strategy. “I believe money is a tool, not a goal,” say’s Omar Maldonado. He uses this mantra, and guides people by creating a strategy that reflects their values, provides for their families and protects their future.
In August of 2016, Omar was reflecting on the lives of children and families he had met through The Adam Morgan Foundation. He was inspired to create the Apple A Day program. “I had this vision, of what it must feel like to be left in a country where people spoke a different language, and what it would feel like to be unable to communicate. Instantly I went through a wide range of different emotions such as hopelessness, anger, and sadness. Right then, I felt like I had a small glimpse of what some families must being going through. I knew I had to do something to create communnication; something bold enough it could move what historically had never moved before.” Since then, The Adam Morgan Foundation has implemented the program and has permanently altered the lives of families in the greater St. Louis area.
Jay Kriegesmann Jr. graduated from Lindenwood University in 2002 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications. He is a proud husband and the father of two little boys, Will and Sam! Will is 7 years old and was born with Down Syndrome and recently diagnosed with autism.
Advocating is a huge part of Jay and his family’s daily lives, and six years ago they started the William J. Kriegesmann, Working Wonders 4 Downs Charitable Golf Tournament! Over the past six years, they are proud to announce that they’ve donated over $200,000 to the Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis. The monies donated went towards the organizations educational programs. Jay is extremely excited to be a new board member of the Adam Morgan Foundation and looks forward to collaborating with them on future projects and the continuation of the successful golf tournament!
Jay Kriegesmann Jr.
Ellie is a young adult with a diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome as an attribute. Her work experience has primarily been in the early childhood field focusing her expertise on those children diagnosed with a disability. Ellie’s love for animals, especially horses, has led her to volunteer and work at Exceptional Equestrian, a therapeutic horsemanship organization.