Kay Stockdale, Director of Education
Kay’s role at Pieceful Solutions is to oversee all facets of program development, administration, and supervision of educational programs. Kay has worked with students with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental delays for the last 38 years. She has extensive expertise not only as a classroom teacher but also a Program Specialist/District Demonstration teacher for autism programs within the public and private school educational systems.
Kay earned a Master’s of Education degree from Texas Tech University. She has extensive training and experience in different modalities of teaching including ABA, TEACCH, PBIS, RTI, verbal behavior and behavioral/social skills. She also brings a strong commitment to the community with her involvement in sports and leisure programs for children and adults with disabilities in the East Valley.
Staci Neustadt, Director of Support Services
Staci's specialized skills include working with Alternative Augmentative Communication (AAC) such as high tech devices, PECs, and communication boards. She is a co-creator of Alexicom Tech, which is an AAC application available to the students at Pieceful Solutions.
Staci earned her Master of Science in Speech Pathology from Arizona State University and her Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorder from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She holds the Certification of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association (ASHA).
Ryan Olmstead, Music & Karate instructor
Ryan's musical background has included playing trumpet with the Mesa Symphony, lead trumpet in the ASU Marching Band, Choir Director, Percussionist, Guitarist, and work as an Audio Technician.
In addition to these roles, Ryan has been in Chinese Kenpo Karate for over a decade and teaches several classes geared toward children with varying abilities. The classes have been a huge success, and have been very advantageous for creating a social environment that includes exercise, structure, following directions and having fun!
Ryan has a degree in Music Therapy from Arizona State University and is a Board Certified Music Therapist. He is also certified as a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant through Northern Arizona University. In addition, he obtained his certification as a Neurologic Music Therapist from Colorado State.
Mary Barkley, Department Chair
Mary has been teaching for the past eleven years and discovered her passion for working with students who have autism and other exceptionalities six years ago. Mary earned her Masters in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University and a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from AZ State University. She is currently teaching our younger generation of students who flourish in her classroom, both on an educational and social level.
Kami Cothrun, Founder
Kami founded Pieceful Solutions and Exceptional Expectations acting on her passion to open a school designed specifically for children with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities. Her exciting journey has lead from the inception of Pieceful Solutions in 2008 in Mesa, AZ and has evolved into two more campuses in Gilbert and Chandler, AZ.
Kami and her team created a foundation where the curriculum and environment are solely focused on the special individualized learning needs of each student. She has had a profound impact on the lives of children and their families.
Kami earned her Bachelor's degree in Speech and Hearing Science from Arizona State University and Master's Degree in Special Education from Northern Arizona University.
Robin Rollando, CEO
Robin oversees business development, human resources, marketing, finance, information technology and overall business operations, among other duties at Pieceful Solutions.
Her extensive business experience lends itself perfectly to a role about which she is very passionate. Robin makes sure that Pieceful Solutions schools are operating in a manner that ensures the safety, happiness and well-being of each student.
She is the mother of a son with autism, who was diagnosed at the age of two. Today he is a successful young adult who drives, attends community college and has a full-time job.
Robin earned a degree from Arizona State University.
Ryan Cothrun, CFO
Ryan combines his expertise in accounting, finance, and project management to handle day to day tasks in operations and funding management. Ryan has extensive experience in project and facility management.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Project Management from Arizona State University.