Poonacha Machaiah is a global leader among a new breed of social entrepreneurs, having chosen to apply his corporate expertise from 25 years as a business executive in multiple Fortune 100 companies and entrepreneurial initiatives to addressing societal and wellbeing challenges. For over 30 years, he has worked closely with luminaries such as Deepak Chopra, MD, Shekhar Kapur, and AR Rahman. Poonacha is the CEO of The Chopra Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to improving health and well-being, cultivating spiritual knowledge, expanding consciousness, and promoting world peace. He is the co-founder of the Never Alone Movement for Suicide Prevention and Mental Health along with both world-renowned mind body medicine pioneer and New York Times best-selling author Deepak Chopra, and actress and humanitarian Gabriella Wright. Poonacha, like NuroLux™, is particularly passionate about neurodiversity and helping families impacted by Autism reach their full potential and be celebrated for exactly who they are.
Global Thought Leader in Wellness and Mental Health
Expert Behavior Analyst and Autism Thought Leader
Libby Allman, MA BCBA
Libby deeply believes that all families should have access to effective behavioral and social-skills programs. Her passion, dynamic experience and commitment to serving families impacted by Autism is unmatched. Libby built her career around creatively and effectively designing behavioral and social-skills programs for families around the world. During her tenure at the University of California, San Diego, where she earned a master’s degree in psychology, she supported research on early biological markers in infants at risk for Autism. After spending extensive time in the world of Applied Behavior Analysis (“ABA”), Libby became progressively more disheartened about the lack of quality social-skills services available to families. Taking matters into her own hands, Libby co-founded a San Diego non-profit to build and deliver social-skills and recreational programs—such as soccer leagues for impacted children—to families around San Diego. Passionate about creating even more impact, Libby then built and implemented a behavior analytics program for the Special Education Department in the U.S. Virgin Islands to reach countless underserved families. Recently, Libby has returned to San Diego to her current role as Clinical Director at Autism Learning Partners and she continues to pursue her passion to democratize access to social skills for all families.
Community Activist and Superhero Mom
Tracy Lynn Cruz
Coach, Creator, Advocate
Adam Lanser’s combination of creativity and commitment to families impacted by Autism is a gift to communities around the country. Beginning his work in special education at the age of 18, Adam taught and advocated for children of all ages as a mentor, behavior therapist (to include ABA), and program designer. He worked in schools, homes and social settings across the community. Two of Adam’s many talents and passions are photography and videography. Realizing there was a gap for impacted individuals, especially children, to safely and creatively express themselves, Adam created a solution by fusing his creative gifts with his desire to support impacted families. Adam currently helps impacted individuals across the United States with YouTube content creation, learning safe online practices, graphic design, photography and videography. His programs help young adults leverage these skills to become freelance photographers and videographers. Recently, his program, “Inclusion in Focus,” partnered with Point Loma Nazarene University to help impacted college students learn these creative skills while engaging with other university peers. More information about Adam and his amazing programs can be found here and here.