As moms of special needs children, Marlene & Melissa know the isolation and pitfalls families face. Their passion drives them to give back to those in need.
Marlene Lueck - Co-founder
Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, Marlene is a mother of 4 children, 2 of which have special needs. Her passion in life is her family and a love of craft. Marlene is a member of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates and is currently finishing a master's in psychology.
Prior to co-founding Stand Out, Marlene ran Russell's Reinforcers, an advocacy agency representing individuals with autism and related disorders.
Melissa Lander - Co-founder
Melissa is a mother of 3 in Los Angeles since 2010. Her eldest son is on the autism spectrum with ADHD. Melissa is a registered behavioral technician, advocate and coordinator. She is a member of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates.
Prior to co-founding Stand Out, Melissa ran GuidingGems, a special needs resource network that helped families diagnose and manage their special needs children.