CEO and Co-Founder
Robert is originally from Oceanside, CA but being the son of a US Marine, he had the opportunity to move frequently and experience life in different parts of the country. He graduated with a BA in Psychology from Claremont McKenna College. Not long after college, he moved to Arizona, where his 25 year long career in sales management took on many different challenging opportunities. Robert and his wife Terri were inspired to open Tyler’s Place because they have a teenage son with autism and they just could not find a good enough after school program for him. Robert enjoys traveling, tennis and the Arizona outdoors which means he likes to get out and go off roading with his son Tyler as often as he can.
“As a proud autism dad, my first priority will always be to make sure that our members have an engaging and uplifting experience when they set foot inside our facility.”
Co-Founder and Director of Therapy Services and Community Outreach
Terri is a very proud 4th generation AZ native. Before devoting herself fulltime to Tyler’s Place, she worked in the Chandler Unified School District for eight years. First, as a paraprofessional and then these last 5 years as a Special Education Sr. Administrative Clerk at the high school level. As the mother of a teenage son with autism, Terri understands what it is like to stand in our parents/guardians shoes and believes in keeping an open line of communication between families, vendors and the community so that our members can reach their full potential. In her free time, Terri enjoys spending time with her family/friends, traveling, being active, watching movies and gardening.
“It’s time we take our focus off disabilities, and place it on capabilities, so we can see the person first.”
Director of Human Resources and Training Services
Jeannie comes to us with over 25 years of managerial and leadership experience in the field of health and human services. Originally from San Antonio, TX, she moved to Arizona in 1988 where she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management at University of Phoenix. Her extensive experience managing day programs, developing curriculum and hosting workshops along with her infectiously fun attitude will ensure that our members enjoy their time with us. When she isn’t working, she loves to crochet and watch crime documentaries.
“I believe in always having a positive attitude and have always had a passion to help others become successful in life.”
Brooke comes to us with over 5 years of managerial and leadership experience in the field of health and human services. Her extensive experience managing HCBS providers and employees. She has an extreme passion and eagerness for establishing relationships with people and a fiery attitude to go the extra mile for her members/providers and is not afraid to stand up for what is right. Her willingness to learn and execute innovative ideas will ensure our members a long-lasting relationship with our staff and agency. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her twin boys, and making lasting memories. She loves to travel and experience unfamiliar places, cultures, and food. She is excited to learn and grow with Tyler’s Place.
DTA/DTT Program Director
Sarah is 24 years old with a BA in Marketing from New Mexico Highlands University. She has been with Tyler’s Place since its inception and has worked with many of our members both in our day program and in the home/community. Through her time at Tyler’s place, she has found a passion for teaching and working with individuals with developmental disabilities and plans to further her career in the field. Born and raised in northern New Mexico, Sarah is both an avid outdoorswoman and green chili lover. She has a passion for fitness and spends much of her free time hiking here in Arizona. She would best describe herself as creative, detail-oriented, fun-loving, and industrious.
On-boarding Specialist / HR Assistant
Audrina is an Arizona native and a proud member of the Navajo Nation. She comes to us with 12 years of experience in early childhood education with three years in a leadership role. She hopes to one day finish her degree in anthropology and enjoys traveling the country. In her free time, she likes to try new foods, read, watch horror/true crime movies and loves anything related to Halloween! She has a deep passion for establishing relationships with people and understanding their needs.
Hannah was born and raised in AZ. She has a BS in Speech Language Sciences and Technologies from Northern Az University. She has been providing Speech Therapy in the home health setting before coming to our agency. Hannah takes great pride in individualizing every session to fit unique personalities and needs of her members. Hannah is an avid traveler and loves to immerse herself in other cultures. She and her husband enjoy spending quality time with family/friends and country dancing.
Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant
She knew she wanted to pursue Occupational Therapy after she spent a summer at a camp for individuals with special needs. She graduated from the Occupational Therapy program at Illinois Central College. With experience in the school setting, home health, vocational programs, and rehab, she enjoys expanding her knowledge of OT and therapeutic interventions. She moved to Arizona in 2021 and loves the scenery of mountains and palm trees! She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, baking, and trying new coffee shops. She is excited to grow with the members and see them reach their full potential at Tyler’s Place.
Day Program Supervisor
Gracen is originally from Kansas, she moved to Arizona with her family when she was 8 years old. Throughout her childhood she played soccer, her position being goalkeeper. Through playing competitively for club teams and her school teams, Gracen experienced many concussions. She faced a difficult decision, play soccer collegiately and risk her brain health or walk away and pursue new goals she had yet to think of. Ultimately Gracen walked away from that life on the field she knew so well and stepped into a new one full of love and compassion. Her passion comes from her desire to understand and support others. Gracen has worked in group homes but most recently worked at a camp specifically designed for individuals with disabilities. She comes to us with 4 years of experience working in this field. Gracen finds healing and peace in the work she does with our adults and teens supporting them with their goals and dreams. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music and being in nature with her best friend and dog.
“All behavior is a form of communication.”