Advocates

Mary Anne Ehlert
Protected Tomorrows, Inc.

103 Schelter Rd.
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
p: 847-522-8086
f: 847-522-8081
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Mary Anne Ehlert is President of Ehlert Financial Group, Inc. and Protected Tomorrows, Inc., and sister to an individual with disabilities.

A Certified Financial Planner and having the benefit of more than 33 years of financial planning experience, she is highly regarded as an expert in working with families of individuals with disabilities, as well as the elderly. Mary Anne regularly travels around the country speaking to various disability groups about the positive impact a person with a disability has on the world.

Mary Anne has served as a member of the board of directors of many organizations that provide services to children and adults with special needs. These include Illinois Special Olympics, Clearbrook, the Special Education District of Lake County, Illinois Foundation, Northpointe Achievement Center, Opportunity Inc. and St. Coletta’s Development Committee. She is a member of the Alliance for the Mentally Ill, ARC of Illinois, Council on Planned Giving and the National Council on Aging.


 

adv_jamesJohn R. James
Protected Tomorrows of Seattle

Contact Info:
4030 Lake Washington Blvd NE, Suite 208
Kirkland, WA 98033
p: 425-828-7540
f: 425-822-7959
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John R. James is a Licensed Advocate with Protected Tomorrows®. He has been serving individual and business owner clients for the past 40 years, in the financial services industry.
During that time, he has been involved with a regional non-profit foundation, both as a board member and as the interim Executive Director. This involvement has added experience in planned giving, endowments, and estate and care planning.

John’s specialty is providing clients a high level of customer service typical of a concierge style. In the Life Planning process, he and his staff strive to deliver value above the expected level of service.

This process includes written plans to establish a client’s short- to long-term goals and/or plans to accomplish these goals. The key to his relationships with clients is the time taken to clearly understand the current situation, determine what needs to be accomplished, assist in the implementation, and monitor the completion of the plan. The diversity of John’s experience has prepared him well to service his clients various needs.

His mission is to assist with the needs of families with special needs children by partnering with motivated clients to reach their goals.


 

adv_colemanIrene Coleman
Licensed Advocate of Protected Tomorrows

Contact Info:
103 Schelter Rd.
Lincolnshire, IL
60069
p: 847-522-8086

f: 847-522-8081
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Irene Coleman joined Protected Tomorrows in 2012 as a Special Needs Coordinator and a Protected Tomorrows Advocate. Irene’s formalized education background is in Early Childhood and Sociology.

Irene’s life was given an endless gift the day her daughter came into her world that would drive her future mission to educate families for a lifetime. In 2008 Irene’s daughter was diagnosed with autism. Irene has completed several grants, scholarships, and funding for AAC devices, therapies, evaluations, and recreational activities by educating organizations with her story.

Irene’s passion and drive to support families in the journey of finding the right resources and making lifetime connections with organizations comes from advocating for her daughter. Irene was nominated as an Inspirational Person in Fox Valley VW Lovebug2 Contest and achieved one of the 3 top voted stories in 2010.


 

Samantha Nord
Licensed Advocate of Protected Tomorrows

Contact Info:
103 Schelter Rd.
Lincolnshire, IL
60069
p: 847-522-8086

f: 847-522-8081
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Samantha brings 10 years of experience working in the non-profit industry to Protected Tomorrows.

She earned her BSW at the University of Iowa, School of Social Work. She quickly succeeded as counselor and coordinator working with the homeless, mentally ill and developmentally disabled.

She went on to found and direct “Living for Success,” a day program for individuals with mental illness. Her life’s passion is to help individuals with disabilities reach their fullest potential.