Team Members

Mary Anne Ehlert
President & Founder


Mary Anne Ehlert is a financial professional and sister to an individual with disabilities. She is a highly regarded specialist working with families of individuals with disabilities and serves on the boards of several organizations, including the Special Olympics of Illinois. She speaks at conferences nationally and locally on planning for families with special needs. She recently completed her book entitled The Gift I Was Given.


Jeanine Geraci-Dubs
Special Needs Service Coordinator


Jeanine Geraci-Dubs joined Protected Tomorrows, in 2021 as Special Needs Services Coordinator. Jeanine has spent 15 years working and advocating in the disability community with a background in psychology, social work, and mental health. Jeanine became passionate about this line of work, having grown up with and caring for family members with special needs. She hopes to use her existing knowledge and love of learning to continue to improve others well-being. She lives in Lake County with her husband Jason and their cat Gus-Gus. In her free time, Jeanine loves to cook for her family, travel, and spend time with friends. She is currently in the process of obtaining her Series 65 License.


Roberta Costion
Marketing Coordinator


Roberta worked for 22 years in the radio and TV industry as a specialist in marketing, sales, and operations. She is also the proud mother of two sons, Jase and Jack. Her son Jack was born with Down syndrome and began involvement with GiGi’s Playhouse, a Down syndrome achievement center. Roberta served on their Executive Board and as the President at their local Hoffman Estates location. She has successfully worked with special needs families to help them navigate the educational system and community resources. She has become a strong advocate for families through inspiration and the experience of her own son.


Barbara Gier
Operations Support


Barbara Gier, joined Protected Tomorrows, in 2014 as an Accountability Coach. Barbara’s work experience has been 30 years in the Customer Service arena in the insurance industry. Additionally, her main focus for much of that time has been as a fierce advocate for her son John who has Cerebral Palsy. John now lives independently in the community. Barbara enjoys giving back and would like to use her experiences to help others secure the services they need.


Ramesh Gulatee


Ramesh, a licensed architect in the U.S. and Canada, is the owner and principal of the LifeCare Design Studio, a sister company to Protected Tomorrows. The LifeCare Design Studio emphasizes barrier-free and universal access strategies by offering ADA consulting, planning, design and building services. These are offered for existing and new businesses, specialized homes, assisted-living and community settings. Ramesh has more than 25 years of experience on numerous projects around the world. Since 1997, Ramesh has focused on building projects in the Chicagoland area.