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.
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.
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.
Erika Ponce, ILP Manager
Erika is originally from New Mexico where she previously taught for the past 6 years. During her teaching career she focused on 3rd-5th grade inclusion classrooms and managed Individual Learning Plans. Erika earned a Bachelor's in Education from New Mexico State University and completed her Master's in Interdisciplinary Studies focusing on social work and psychology. Currently, Erika is working on her PhD in Health Psychology at Northcentral University.
Erika has a passion for working with youth populations and believes everyone is capable of great success. Erika oversees Individual Learning Plans, student accommodations, school-wide testing, and mentors teachers at Pieceful Solutions.