Our Mission Statement

Supporting Neurodiversity From Autism to Alzheimer’s and All Brains In Between!

Different Brains ® is a 501C3 nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the understanding and acceptance of the basic variations in the human brain known as neurodiversity; ending the stigma attached to the related diagnoses and treatment; uniting silos of resources and research whose goals could be better achieved through collaboration; offering support to families and caregivers; and improving the lives and maximizing the potential of those whose brains may be different.

Our Officers

Hackie Reitman, M.D.

Hackie Reitman, M.D.

Neurodiversity Author and Advocate / Filmmaker / Retired Orthopaedic Surgeon / Former Professional Heavy Weight Boxer
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Lynne Wines

Lynne Wines

Director and Member of the Audit and Risk Committee of BankUnited / Former President and CEO of First Southern Bank / Former CEO of Union Bank of Florida
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Kimberley Spire-Oh

Kimberley Spire-Oh

Private Attorney for Special Education and Disability Law / Special Education Advocate
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Bernard Karcinell

Bernard Karcinell

Former CEO of Multiple Companies / Former Partner at KPMG LLP
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Our Board

Becca Lory, CAS, BCCS

Becca Lory, CAS, BCCS

Advocate and Life Coach for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum
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Bernard Karcinell

Bernard Karcinell

Former CEO of Multiple Companies / Former Partner at KPMG LLP
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Brandon C. McDaniel, J.D., LL.M.

Brandon C. McDaniel, J.D., LL.M.

Counsel, Sales & Marketing at General Motors
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Debbie Origho Manigat, M.S., DMFT(c)

Debbie Origho Manigat, M.S., DMFT(c)

Wellness Counselor / Mental Health Advocate / Mindfulness Teacher
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Lori J. Butts, J.D., Ph.D.

Lori J. Butts, J.D., Ph.D.

CEO and President of the Clinical & Forensic Institute (CFI) /Past President of the Florida Psychological Association (FPA)
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Francie Rose Canter

Francie Rose Canter

Educator / Holistic Health Advocate / Former Real Estate Owner & Broker / Founder of Visionary Legends of Love Inc.
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Hackie Reitman, M.D.

Hackie Reitman, M.D.

Neurodiversity Author and Advocate / Filmmaker / Retired Orthopaedic Surgeon / Former Professional Heavy Weight Boxer
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Kimberley Spire-Oh

Kimberley Spire-Oh

Private Attorney for Special Education and Disability Law / Special Education Advocate
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Lynne Wines

Lynne Wines

Director and Member of the Audit and Risk Committee of BankUnited / Former President and CEO of First Southern Bank / Former CEO of Union Bank of Florida
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Natalia Laurie

Natalia Laurie

Staff Member in the Audit Department of MBAF
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Nick DeCristofaro, Ph.D.

Nick DeCristofaro, Ph.D.

Chief Technology Officer at Solidia Technologies / Former Vice Chairman of the Educational Council at MIT / Former Member of the New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology
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Todd Paton

Todd Paton

Founder and CEO for Paton Marketing
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