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Our IRS 501(c)(3)

Our Mission

nonPareil Institute is dedicated to building better futures for adults with autism.

Our Vision

We envision ever-expanding programs beyond our current technology focus, and expanding our campus model around the world, which will allow a lifetime of sustainability, fulfillment and purpose for adults affected with autism spectrum disorder.

Our History

Dan Selec had been thinking about his son's future for a long time. Having a child on the autism spectrum, he asked the same question so many parents ask; "What happens when my son grows up? What is out there that can help him today, in a practical and predictable way?" Dan recognized the interest, ability and passion many like his son seemed to display, especially in regard to PC’s and game consoles. If this passion could be harnessed in the form of technical ability, an entirely new method of communication, expression and productivity would be possible.
The culmination of Dan's thoughts resulted in the foundational nonPareil whitepaper, Technical Training for the Autistic Mind written in July 2008.

Shortly after, Dan met Gary Moore, a parent asking the same questions. Gary is also the parent of a child on the spectrum, and understood the challenges ahead, and also recognized his son’s similar interest in computers and video games. It was at this first meeting that Gary committed to helping Dan take his vision and make it a reality, and in September 2008, they founded Nonpareil Institute.

Dan began training the first student in his kitchen in July 2009, then added a second and third quickly thereafter, due in no small part to the efforts of J’Lynn Anderson who conducted the early student recruiting efforts. The nightly training in Dan’s kitchen quickly grew to 8 students and five nights a week, for over a year. As his wife says today, “It was just our new norm…”
Gary’s efforts during this time were largely directed at building a network of supporters, partners and donors to help fund the young, fledgling company, as well as finding a location for nonPareils’ first training center. Through a mutual friend, an introduction was made to the Executive Director of the Guildhall at SMU-in-Plano, which led to a meeting with the Campus Director to consider space for nonPareil.

The culmination of the efforts of this team resulted in the opening of the first full-time nonPareil operation on the campus of SMU-in-Plano in September 2010. This site, which opened with 8 students, quickly grew to 52 students in the first 8 months. One year later more space was acquired, and the program grew to over 80 students. The program now has over 180 active Crewmembers.

Today, 5 of our students are full-time employees of the company, with 31 other students being part-time staff.
As of January 2016, we have 8 apps in the iTunes store, and 4 in the Android store, as well as many free to play maps and campaigns for various popular games. Students have moved from around the country to enroll in this leading edge, ground-breaking, practical solution for adults with autism spectrum disorder which includes technical training, mentoring in professioal working skills, and eventually, a residential campus.

Our Board

Dan Selec - Chair / CEO
Dan Selec is the creative innovator behind nonPareil Institute, including the construction of the business model and all software systems, including hardware and cloud infrastructure that currently run the nonPareil training and work platforms.

Dan has been in the technology business for over 20 years as a business owner, developer of software and a systems architect. Dan has designed, developed and produced successful software applications across many platforms. Dan’s technical knowledge is very diverse, with real world experience and ability in most all current languages and environments, though he has a passion for cloud based systems as well as platform specific game development.

Dan is a graduate of Abilene Christian University with a B.S. in Geology.

Dan has been a licensed pilot since 1980 and also has 15 years of amateur and professional racing experience (SCCA/USAC/FIA licenses), including extensive experience in training adults for the rigors of competition driving.

Dan's youngest son was diagnosed with autism at 18 months of age.

At nonPareil, Dan focuses on positioning our training, programs, systems and products platforms. Dan also focuses on the continuing development of our business model to successfully engage adults with autism across the nation, and the world.

Gary Moore - Vice Chair / President
Gary has a Bachelor of Science degree (with Honors) from the University of North Texas in computer science. After a successful tenure at Texas Instruments as a programmer and technical trainer, Gary began a career as an IT consultant and educator, and has personally taught over 2,000 IT professionals. Prior to nonPareil, Gary’s career spans twenty-seven years in Information Technology, including twenty years in the professional services industry, focused primarily on staffing IT professionals at many of the Fortune 500 companies throughout the U.S., as well as Federal, State, and local government agencies. He has held positions in recruiting, marketing, sales and executive-level management, and has received numerous awards at all levels throughout his career. Gary has a son who was diagnosed with autism at 2 years old. At nonPareil, Gary focuses on the externally facing education, fundraising, and intake processes as well as general operations of the day to day business of our growing nonprofit. The consummate networking professional, Gary has overseen our student growth from 8 to our current 80 students in less than 2 years.

Vicki L. Hill - CFO / Director
Vicki brings many years of volunteer and industry leadership to nP. Currently she serves on the boards of the Healthcare Committee of Collin County and the Dallas Asperger Network for Information, Support and Help (D.A.N.I.S.H.). She served on the founding committee for The Balanced Mind Foundation, where she was a support group leader for many years. She is past treasurer of Plano Community Home, a nonprofit providing low-cost housing for senior citizens, as well as Plano Boy Scout troop 288, She is past president of the Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of the Tourette Syndrome Association. In her professional career, Vicki served as Vice President and Treasurer, Sterling Software, Inc., Assistant Treasurer, Mostek Corporation and Treasurer, Steak and Ale Restaurants of America, Inc. She holds a B.S., Mathematics, University of Texas at Arlington, (summa cum laude), M.S., Mathematics, Purdue University, and M.B.A., Southern Methodist University. She is a CPA and a member of the Texas Society of CPA’s. Vicki has an adult son diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder who is a student at nonPareil Institute.

John Eix - Director/Audit Committee
John W. Eix is head of Regional Business Development in Texas for AmLaw Global 50 law firm Hunton & Williams LLP. He has extensive experience in marketing, business development, strategic planning, communications, media relations, public relations, corporate image development and fund-raising. Mr. Eix has more than 25 years of professional experience and expertise, including careers in broadcast news, non-for-profit and professional services. He also serves in a leadership volunteer capacity with the Legal Marketing Association's Dallas Chapter and with the Special Olympics Texas - Area 10's Jimmy Mac Charity Golf Tournament. Mr. Eix is also a proud "warrior" at Elevate Life Church in Frisco. John has a son and a stepson, each diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.

Morgan Boardman - Director
Morgan currently serves as Senior Vice President for RSI Stewardship (A Pursuant Company). RSI and Pursuant have assisted in raising over $15 Billion for nonprofit clients. Morgan brings over 20 years of experience in the areas of nonprofit development and fundraising, including higher education, independent schools, religious organizations, healthcare, youth services, social services and cultural arts. Prior to joining RSI, Morgan assisted nonprofit organizations in developing special event silent auctions and was the President of Church Networking Services, a marketing company providing educations products to churches and independent Christian schools. Morgan serves on several nonprofit boards, is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and has served on various capital campaign leadership teams. Morgan received his Bachelors in Music Education from West Texas A&M University.

Paul Baldwin - Director/Audit Committee
Paul Baldwin is qualified as a Chartered Accountant in the UK, and has spent the last 24 years in the IT consulting industry. He was transferred to the US from the London office to manage the US entity of a publicly quoted IT consulting company, Hestair PLC. Paul was the CFO/COO of Force Five, a leading provider of contingent workforce services catering to North America’s IT industry. Under Paul’s guidance, Force Five - which he co-founded in 1993 - became one of the fastest growing privately-held companies in the Dallas/Fort Worth market. Force Five was sold to Comforce, a $500M publically quoted company, and Paul was retained as an Executive Vice President for the next 4 years. Paul was also the CFO at Eclipse Solutions, a Sacramento based government IT consulting entity, which he helped form, manage and fund. Paul is currently the CFO/COO for Knowledge Tranzfer Inc. and Abacus Technical Services Inc. which each serve different markets within the IT consulting arena.

Russell Selman - Director
Russell Selman is currently serving as Director, Digital Commerce at JCPenney. In this role, he is tasked with coordinating and communicating all jcp.com initiatives. The prior three years at JCPenney were spent in Corporate Strategy where he was involved in the development and implementation of key business strategies and core initiatives. Prior to JCPenney, he served as the Product Management Specialist at Flexjet (Bombardier Aerospace). In this role, reporting to the Director of Marketing, he developed product concepts and saw them through to implementation. His most recent effort in this capacity was the development and launch of the Flexjet One Aircraft Management Solution, which returned two to three times more than management expectation. Russell has also served as senior financial analyst at Home Interior & Gifts and Raytheon Systems. Russell is also very active in his church where he has served for six years as deacon leading the church’s finance and accounting efforts. Russell received a MBA with dual concentrations in Brand Management and Corporate Finance from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University, December 2005. Russell received his BBA in Finance from Texas A&M University, May 1998.