Lauren Todd Steinbacher

Lauren Todd Steinbacher

Director, Strategic Workforce Initiatives

LAUREN TODD STEINBACHER, Director, Strategic Workforce Initiatives, is responsible for implementation of corporate consulting efforts at NEXT for AUTISM. Lauren oversaw operations and was lead consultant for the Disability Inclusion division at ViaQuest Foundation.  She led the national, corporate consulting division, as well as the transition to employment teams in schools across the country. For the past 15 years, Lauren has helped individuals with disabilities become meaningful partners in their communities. She began her career working with individuals with developmental disabilities in residential settings, then in employment services where she has helped hundreds of individuals with disabilities gain employment.  As an active member of the national disability community, Lauren has served multiple terms as a Board Member of the Ohio Chapter of the Association of People Supporting EmploymentFirst (APSE). She holds a Bachelors of Arts, Psychology degree from the University of Akron.

John Bryson

Senior Manager, Strategic Workforce Initiatives

JOHN BRYSON, Senior Manager, Strategic Workforce Initiatives, creates partnerships with businesses and school districts to develop employment services at NEXT for AUTISM. As a consultant at ViaQuest Foundation, John specialized in school-to-work transition services and implemented innovative strategies to develop career pathways for workers with disabilities.  Prior to ViaQuest, John was an educator and public sector leader for ten years, where he supported students and adults with disabilities and other barriers to employment.  His use of direct instruction and cooperative learning strategies led to consistently successful outcomes. He is committed to exploring innovative strategies and using his experience in education to help companies work with individuals with ASD. John is a Board Member of the Ohio Association of People Supporting EmploymentFirst (APSE). He holds a Bachelor of Arts, Communications degree and a Master of Science, Education degree from The University of Akron.