TIMOTHY J PURNELL, CEO, joined NEXT for AUTISM to lead its continued growth after 17 years of innovation. An entrepreneurial leader and strategic planner, Tim has a proven track record of spearheading transformational initiatives and building businesses for global expansion. As superintendent of the Somerville public school district in New Jersey, Tim oversaw a $44 million budget, educational services, personnel management, and stakeholder communications for district schools. He implemented the first, district-wide, trauma-sensitive initiatives in the state of New Jersey and launched multiple-disabilities classes, learning differences, and life skills programs. This work led to a Spirit of Inclusion Award in 2014. Tim was one of 100 educators invited to President Obama’s 2014 ConnectED Initiative. In 2016, he was named National Superintendent of the Year and was recognized as a Highest Rated Professor in the Nation for his class on mental health. As an executive, Tim utilizes multiple-lens diagnostics, forecasting, fiscal accountability, employee satisfaction, leadership development, and goal-oriented productivity to achieve rational growth and expansion. He led a 27% increase in revenue over three years and expansion of operations to Asia as the CEO of the American Montessori Society. Tim holds a doctorate in leadership from Seton Hall University, where he was named a 2019 Many Are One award recipient for service leadership. He is an internationally-recognized speaker on topics such as leadership, ethics, trauma and mental health.