VIF Advisory Panel

Paul T. Picciano Ph.D
President of CENTERS for Neurofunctional Restoration, Inc.
Founder of The Presatore® Group, LLC

Dr. Paul Picciano is the Founder and President of The Presatore® Group, LLC, a futuristic company that is poised to deliver substantive change in American Education and Healthcare based on a system Paul developed called Presatore®. The Presatore® System offers a working thesis on how a child develops neurologically that brings about correct movement and thought formation, a corrective methodology for resolving difficulties due to Childhood Developmental Disorders, and Presatore® Academy, a 21st - 22nd Century approach to education that will soon be introduced that remakes classroom learning and resolves learning challenges for the 80% of children who struggle in America’s Classrooms. He is the Master Instructor and Founder of the Institute of Self Defense, Farmington, CT (www.isd-ht.com), a premier center for teaching Martial Arts to children and adults that utilizes a one - of - a - kind program based on movement mechanics, mindfulness, and awareness. He can be found on Linkedin at linkedin.com/in/paul-t-picciano-ph-d.

Donna Schneider

Donna is an educator with 35 years of teaching experience in K-12 Regular and Special Education . She currently is the Assistive Technology Specialist in the Brewster, NY Schools and is also a teacher in the Life Skills Program. She spends time training students, teachers and parents on how to use technology to help them access the curriculum.  In addition, she works with students who are staying in HS until age 21 and training them on job skills to help them gain employment post high school.

Donna is a Local Coordinator and Coach for Special Olympics New Milford, as well as being a coach for Special Olympics Brewster in New York. She coached a Unified Basketball Team from NY to the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles. The team won a gold medal.

Donna has 3 grown children. Her older son lives in PA with his wife and 2 young sons. Her 2 other children, a son and daughter, are special needs and live with her. They both have a seizure disorder and various other medical conditions.  Her son has a very complicated medical history and requires significant care. The Special Olympics is a big part of their life and her son was on the team that went to LA in 2015. They participate in sports year round and enjoy being as active as they can.

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