Diane Neal, M.S., LPCC, is the Executive Director of Project Pathfinder, Inc. She has been working in the mental health field for over 25 years. The span of her career has been focused on the challenges of families, youth and adults. Working with adoptions and attachment issues, her career path extended to challenging youth within the correctional and mental health arena. She has developed and implemented programming for at-risk youth, gangs, and families particularly focused on the associated impact of abuse, trauma and violence, sexual and behavioral, psychopathy and Serious and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI). She has a passion for working with how to address special needs and autism in adults and children, FASD and FAE and parenting. Diane has provided training for agencies, schools, and organizations in the areas of sexual offending, juvenile offending, addictions, abuse, how to address special needs and autism in adults and children, and trauma-informed care. Diane owned an adoption agency and collaborated with social service agencies to place at-risk children including those with reactive attachment, FASD, and autism. She provided training for adoptive families and workers from the perspective of a professional as well as an adoptive and previous foster parent. Diane has focused on enhancing community safety by working with offenders and developing curricula and programming that targets abusive and assaultive areas of concern. In 2014, Diane came to Project Pathfinder, where she assumed the role of Clinical Director and now Executive Director. In that role, she has been building the bridge to work with those offenders with developmental disabilities and varying exceptionalities that may correlate to the risk of offending patterns of behaviors including autism, FASD and Traumatic Brain Injury. Diane is a member of the American Counseling Association, ATSA and currently serves on the Board of Directors as treasurer of MNATSA (Minnesota Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers).