In 2012 we met and recognized our shared dedication to helping families of children with disabilities gain better access to services and supports. We knew disability information was available, but that much of it was too general or inaccessible for families who needed it. To solve this problem, we began collaborating on technology to empower families. In 2013, we launched Exceptional Lives.
Anne Punzak Marcus
Co-founder and CEO
Anne Punzak Marcus has over ten years of experience working with organizations focused on brain disorders, education, and health. She was a co-founder of the Autism Consortium and previously worked for Fidelity Investments as a portfolio manager and research director. Anne was a 2012 and 2013 Harvard Advanced Leadership Fellow. She earned her MBA from the Wharton School after receiving her BS from Boston College.
Director of Product Content and Health Literacy Specialist
Julie McKinney is a health literacy expert with extensive experience writing and revising health information for audiences with lower literacy skills. She has a BS from Brown University and an MS from Northeastern. As a parent of a child with special needs, Julie also has a personal understanding of the barriers that complex health information presents, and a heartfelt appreciation for information that is easy to understand and use.
Community Engagement Specialist
Julie McIsaac is a child development expert with an interest in exploration through play and relationships. Julie believes supporting the parent is often the best way to support the child. She has a Masters degree from Tufts University and is expected to complete her PhD in Infant and Child Development (Fielding University) in 2019. Julie is certified in DIR/Floortime and she has gained lived experience of navigating life and services as a parent of child with a developmental disability.
A native North Carolinian, Paul has bachelor’s degrees in Music and French and a master’s degree in Voice Performance from Boston University. Paul has also been a teacher and in his spare time enjoys working on graphic design projects.
Resource, Communications & Data Specialist
Matthew Henry earned his bachelor’s degree in International Relations and French from the University of the West Indies Mona in Kingston, Jamaica. He has taught English as a Second Language to students in Jamaica, at the Lycée George Sand in Nerác, France, and throughout Europe via Skype. Matthew is passionate about contributing to the special needs community and volunteers his weekends to work alongside his wife, who teaches therapeutic horseback riding to children, teenagers and adults with disabilities.
Louisiana Resource Specialist
Jackie Snyder has a B.S. in Information Technology as well as an extensive background in Human Resources and Accounting. Born and raised in the bayous of south Louisiana, this outgoing Cajun first encountered the Exceptional Lives organization in a focus group held to gather the unique perspective of parents in the state. She quickly realized the importance of the organization and expressed interest in joining the team. Jackie hopes the information she has garnered thus far will be as helpful to Louisiana families as it has been to her and her own child.
Sr. Product Designer
Ben Brunt graduated from Champlain College, in Vermont with a degree in Multimedia and Graphic Design in 2004, I began working as a Graphic/Web designer in the wireless networking industry. My entrepreneurial drive motivated me to go out on my own in 2006 and I built a successful business creating websites/apps that are as much my client’s vision as my own. In my 10 years of freelancing, I was hired by hundreds of clients, ranging from small businesses to very large enterprises. For the past 6 years, I've focused almost exclusively on the UI/UX of mobile and web apps for businesses of all sizes.