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.
Training & Special Needs Resource Coordinator
Keri Andrews joined Protected Tomorrows as a Special Needs Resource Coordinator in 2019. She was drawn to our mission as she has two family members with special needs. It has always been her passion to help others to help themselves. Prior to joining Protected Tomorrows Keri worked for 27 years at the largest Pre-Admission Screening (PAS) agency in Illinois. Keri’s experience of working as a service coordinator and an advocate for people with intellectual disabilities has made her an excellent liaison for families, agencies and the Department of Human Services. She is recognized as a QIDP (Qualified Intellectual Disability Professional) with the state of Illinois and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Northern Illinois University in Dekalb Illinois. Keri spends the majority of her free time with her family, traveling or practicing yoga.
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, 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, 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.