We at Stand Out know that finding the right advocate to represent you is a choice not to be taken lightly. That’s why we offer free consultations to walk you through your needs, the scope of your goals, and help you start to build your foundation.
How It All Started?
Melissa Lander and Marlene Lueck met in the summer of 2016 after mutual colleagues referred them to each other. Both parents of special needs children, they have endured the struggles that is the reality of being lost in the Regional Center System and struggling to understand services such as IHSS and Medi-cal. Both Melissa and Marlene had established their passion and determination in advocating for IHSS, Regional Center, CCS, and Medi-cal services within the special needs community. After learning about each other’s companies and the services they offered, they found that their individual fields complemented each other’s in surprising, and what turned out to be inseparable ways.
Melissa and Marlene were inspired by their unique experiences working with families with special needs, and strongly believe that services such as IHSS, Regional Center, Medi-cal, CCS, and SSI are what builds a strong foundation.
More than that, Melissa and Marlene are devoted to giving back and helping families initiate, build, strengthen, advocate, and educate for their loved ones. We believe that advocating and winning cases is what makes our company stand out and thrive, and we have the passion that drives it. Unlike any other advocacy group, Stand Out offers a full suite of services to help at every step of your loved one’s journey.
Stand Out officially opened its doors in 2017, although Melissa and Marlene have been advocating and operating under separate businesses for more than a combined total of 25 years. Since opening, they’ve facilitated in garnering much needed services for more than 250 clients and established Russell’s Reinforcers as a non-profit corporation. In 2018, they brought on Lead Care Coordinator Jasmine Haro to work directly with clients, agencies, social workers, and various resources in Southern California. Earlier this year, Betty Haber joined the team as office manager. Both bring an exceptional level of enthusiasm, dedication, and nuanced perspective that makes their company the holistic solution for our most fragile loved ones.