Our Mission Statement

Different Brains® strives to encourage understanding & acceptance of individuals who have variations in brain function and social behaviors known as neurodiversity. Our mission has 3 pillars:

  1. To mentor neurodiverse adults in maximizing their potential for employment and independence.

  2. To increase awareness of neurodiversity by producing interactive media.

  3. To foster the next generation of neurodivergent self-advocates

In loving memory of Bernard Karcinell 1938-2022

Our Founder & President

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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Our Officers

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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Our Board

Anita Mitchell

Anita Mitchell

Creator of BrowardPeople.com / Former Producer at WSVN-7
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Debbi Siegel

Debbi Siegel

Neurodiversity Advocate
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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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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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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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Sarai Welch

Sarai Welch

Intern Board Representative
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