Joe Mohs is a determined and creative individual whose life can be defined as a success story. Having recovered from severe autism at the age of four, Joe shares a special history with the famed Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh, in which she personally treated Joe using ABA treatment at the UCLA where Joe recovered. Now, at 26, Joe holds a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Minnesota Duluth and is the founder and co-owner of Living Proof, an inspirational web organization dedicated to addressing that recovery from autism is possible, as well as any personal or family crisis. Joe has spoken publicly about his life before and after autism at a number of venues across his home state, Minnesota, and reunited with Dr. Granpeesheh in the summer of 2009 to catch up and receive advice about his future goals. Joe is currently writing a biographical book and adapting to his new home in sunny California, where Joe works as a Project Coordinator at an influential, nationwide ABA provider. His passions include music, art, history, film and video games.
Barrett Bramstedt works as a film/video editor and copy editor in Los Angeles, where he was born and raised. His father was a professor of Anthropology who studied American Indians, and his mother a school teacher from Hawaii. When he’s not working, he enjoys visiting Europe and Japan, the cinema, being a motorcycle commuter, and perfecting his French and Spanish. Barrett holds a B.S. in International Business Administration, a minor degree in Spanish language studies, and a M.A. in Applied Linguistics.
Suzanne Oshinsky is a Los Angeles based artist. She received her BFA at Otis College of Art and Design in Fine Arts with a minor in Creative Writing. Her work focuses on cognition and the social phenomenology of perception. For the past 3.5 years and counting she has worked in filming and editing autism and related content.
You can find out more about Suzanne at suzanneoshinsky.com
Margo Kahnrose is a web and user experience designer in Los Angeles. She received her Bachelor’s from Parsons School of Design, and has spent her career toeing the line between art and business, aesthetics and usability. An unabashed typography snob and advocate of purposeful design, she spends her free time in the kitchen and playing soccer with her three young muses.
J.J. Nelson is a Corporate Office Manager at an autism clinic in California. In the “jack of all trades” fashion, J.J. has been a musician, bartender, massage therapist, casting assistant, book worm, tourist, anglophile, writer and blogger, publishing a blog about food, wine and beer culture. J.J.’s latest passion is home brewing beer, collaborating with her friend under the moniker Double J&A Crib Brew. http://www.foodiewinonbrew.blogspot.com/
Michael Shields is a multi-disciplined entrepreneur with particular focus on alternative and non-industrial solutions and paradigms as a path forward for a society transitioning away from the failures of the existing modern societal constructs to a structure more designed to serve actual intrinsic human needs. His focus has been the promotion of an alternative, localized food system that returns and empowers people both in the sense of responsibility and control as well as the far reaching benefits associated with true nutrition and health gained by the avoidance of an industrial system and its associative toxicity and resultant non-health. Additionally Mr. Shields uses this platform as a launching of discussion and introspective consideration where the broader understanding of human consciousness, its path and future are concerned. It is in the empowerment gained at the individual level through the education and understanding of a more self-reliant non-corporate/industrial dependent social paradigm that Shields believes can transform individuals and entire societies and provide pathways and solutions to the many challenges that face humanity at an individual and collective level. This includes health and wellbeing, the avoidance of chronic illness, disorders, aging , stress and the many byproducts of the modern human society and culture. While these concepts may challenge much of the established thought in modern medicine, cultural thinking etc., there is clear evidence found in indigenous cultures, alternative practices and the many individual success stories of those who have awakened to a “shift” in their own self-perceptions a well as their perspective of the human condition at large.