Vocational

Erica Rubin

Erica Rubin, BA / Director of the International Society for Autism

Erica French is a graduate of Michigan State University, where she obtained a degree in education. After a year of teaching, she decided to join the United States Peace Corps. It was a fellow Peace Corps volunteer who inspired Erica to move to Miami after her service in Niger. Together they expanded and invigorated Educate Tomorrow, a non-profit that provides support and mentoring for youth aging out of the foster care system. She developed Educate Tomorrow’s holistic approach to mentoring foster youth over the six years in which she worked for the organization. Also, through a partnership with Entertainment Benefits Group, Erica helped develop a mentoring program for their employees to give back to the community. Now, as Director of The International Society for Autism, a not-for-profit scholarship, research, and development program, she works with clients to obtain volunteer and employment opportunities. She is currently working on a master’s degree in community psychology at the University of Miami. In her free time, she enjoys making and performing music. Her dream is to pursue her love of music professionally after all of the world’s children have been saved.
Paula Katz, BA

Paula Katz, BA / Director of Vocational Services

Paula Breen is originally from Savannah, NY, which is just an hour outside of Syracuse. She moved to Florida in 1997. After attending college at Florida Atlantic University, she received a bachelor’s degree in sociology. She is also a Certified Behavior Health Technician by the State of Florida. Paula counseled at a shelter for at-risk youth for eight years, has 10 years of experience in various administrative positions, and was a member of Big Brothers & Big Sisters for five years. She met Dr. Rubin while working at College Living Experience.