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FAU’s Center for Autism and Related Disabilities Names Two New Constituency Board Members


BOCA RATON, FL (June 23, 2010) – The Florida Atlantic University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) has named Joe Eppy and Glen Stein as two new members to its constituency board. 

Recommended by current board members, vetted by the Autism Society of Florida, as well as approved by FAU Interim President John Pritchett, these two new appointees will join the board in its mission on behalf of CARD.  The constituency board is mandated by the State of Florida to provide advice on policies, priorities and activities.  The board is also mandated to raise at least 2 percent of the grant dollars that CARD receives annually. The Eppy and Stein families have generously supported CARD.

Eppy is the founder and president of Eppy Financial Group, Inc., and uses his background as an accountant and nationally recognized expert in insurance to advise his clients on how to accumulate wealth through insurance plans, annuities, investments, corporate and employee benefits, and estate planning.  An alumnus of The Ohio State University, Eppy is a certified special care planner, registered investment advisor and certified long-term care specialist.

Eppy has been a strong proponent of long-term planning for children with special needs, and speaks frequently on the subject at workshops and conferences around the country. Representing Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company’s Special Care program, Eppy has been instrumental in bringing secure “real life” solutions to families who face the challenges of autism.

“I have had the pleasure of working with FAU CARD in the past and by accepting this board position, it is my hope to enhance this fine organization, and its mission and future,” said Eppy.  “CARD benefits our community. The community has been good to me and to my family, and this is just a small way for me to give back."

            Stein currently serves as part of the management team for First Capital, an asset-based lender headquartered in Boca Raton. He is also the co-chair of Duvera Financial, a consumer finance and billing company he founded in 2001. Stein is a graduate of Columbia Law School and earned a bachelor’s degree from Amherst College.

Stein and his wife, Tricia, turned to CARD for help in 2005 when their son, Jordan, then 3 years old, was diagnosed with being on the autism spectrum.

“CARD was tremendously helpful in linking us to the appropriate services, clinicians and therapy opportunities,” said Stein.  “Our son’s amazing success story began with FAU CARD, and I am eager to lend my expertise as a board member to this very deserving team of professionals, so that more success stories can be created.”  

   CARD’s focus is to enhance the lives of individuals with autism by helping them become valued members of their communities, enabling them to learn, work, communicate and socialize.  CARD offers support within the natural contexts of homes, residences, child care programs, schools and communities at no charge.  

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