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Our Mission

nonPareil Institute is dedicated to providing technical training, employment and housing to individuals who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. We hope to one day be partially self-sustaining from the products our Crew build and market.

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 130 active Crewmembers.

Today, 5 of our students are full-time employees of the company, with 31 other students being part-time staff.
As of October 2013, we have 5 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, work, and eventually, a residential campus.

Our Board

Dan Selec - Creator / Founder / Chair / CEO
Dan Selec is the creative mind behind nonPareil.
• Conceptualized the need for, and the operational business model of the nonPareil Institute.
• Conceptualized and created nonPareil Institute and its properties, for the purpose of providing technology research and technical training for adult individuals on the autism spectrum, so that they might work together in one community, and build product, in the hope the revenues from the products they have created will help provide a lifetime of income for their support.
• Conceived of and created a new education and income paradigm, to suit the specific needs of adults diagnosed with ASD, for their lifetimes.
• Conceived of and wrote all of the web sites and training/administrative/production applications (both public and private), created the domains, logos, mission and vision statements, tag lines and themes, training methodologies, and long term income and living concepts that we operate under today.
• Conceived of, and built, the operational structure of our entire IT stack, across the Server, Cloud and NAS space, networking, backup, and training and lab spaces, including conceiving of and writing the entire functional software platform that runs our business today.
• Interviewed, invited and titled all initial directors to the company, and have continued to manage the formation and establishment of the technical and management teams at nonPareil.
• Continue to oversee the day to day practical roll out of our solutions in order to fulfill the corporate mission from a technical standpoint and continues to develop the future vision of our organization.

Dan's youngest son was diagnosed with autism at 18 months of age, and was the original impetus for the creation of nonPareil.

Gary Moore - Co-Founder / 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.

Our Staff

Andrew LaBounty - Art Director
Andrew began his journey toward design and art at a very early age engaging in his love of drawing and writing. He gave it up for a time and attended Texas Tech University and received a B.A. in Communications. After a few years of soul searching, he found his passion again and enrolled at the Guildhall at SMU, obtaining his M.I.T. in Digital Game Development with a specialization in Art Creation. Along the way, Andrew also worked in various other industries, but it was not until he came upon nonPareil that he found his calling and career. At nonPareil, Andrew primarily helps to teach, direct, and mentor the students of the art curriculum in 2D and 3D design and theory. This includes helping nonPareil and its crew in the creation of games, apps, marketing artwork, comics, film, and interactive books.

Angie Snyder – Technical Program Manager
Angie graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science from LSU-Shreveport with a Minor in Accounting. She began her career at AT&T, developing software as a Programmer-Analyst, where she ultimately led customization efforts. She moved to Dallas as a Systems Consultant, where she made recommendations to global businesses and project managed those implementations. Promoted to Product Manager, she was responsible for design, market research, pricing, sales, and implementation. Currently at nonPareil, Angie is expanding the technical program curriculum for coders, while teaching individual students, and working with teams to bring professional games and applications to market.

Armando Villarreal III – Lead Designer
Armando graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas as well as a M.I.T. in Digital Game Development with a specialization in Level Design from The Guildhall at SMU in Plano, Texas. Armando began his career developing proprietary software as a Technology Engineer before focusing his efforts on developing Christian-based video games. Throughout his career he has also served as a software consultant, web developer, and accomplished musician. Here at nonPareil, Armando helps the students bring their video game design ideas to life. He works with them individually and in a team environment to help them utilize the skills they learn at nonPareil for professional video game projects.

Brian Jeffreys – Technical Engagement Director
Brian graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science from Dallas Baptist University and pursued graduate studies in Mathematics from Texas A&M. Not your typical student, Brian also pursued a Physics degree from the University of Oklahoma and an Electrical Engineering degree from Texas Tech University. He started his career at Texas Instruments where he was awarded a U.S. patent in materials engineering before joining the Semiconductor Manufacturing IT group eventually working as a Solution Architect. Brian left T.I. after 20 years to help start a profitable Educational Software company and author four full-length science fiction novels. He discovered nonPareil in October 2010, where his son Adam plugged in as student #10 and found his place as a 3D modeler. Brian went on to volunteer his nights and weekends helping Dan build the scheduling system for student classes. Brian realized his passion in life was helping other adults on the spectrum find fulfillment through acceptance, work, and community. Brian joined nP full time in the spring of 2013. Brian’s focus is on the technical engagement aspects of our systems and software for the benefit of our Crew.

Cheryl O'Brien - Staff Programmer / Instructor
Cheryl was a founding student at nonPareil, and quickly became a strong producer. An Engineering graduate from the University of Houston, Cheryl was our first student to become a full-time staff member at nP. The concept and code development of our first Apple Store application for the iPad was developed by Cheryl. Today, Cheryl continues to grow other crew members on the code track, as well as creating new and exciting applications for future release.

J'Lynn Anderson - Student Administration
J'Lynn brings over 33 years of Public Education experience to nP. J’Lynn is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin and holds a Bachelor of Music degree, a graduate of East Texas State University with Master of Music degree, a graduate of University of North Texas with Master of Science degree, and a graduate of University of Texas at Arlington with Education Administration Certification. J’Lynn co-authored the book Developing Integrated Library Programs, which has been used by public school librarians as well as a college textbook. Prior to joining nonPareil full time, J'Lynn served the last 12 years as a principal for the Frisco Independent School District. Today, J’Lynn is our student/parent liaison to keep us running smooth!

Julie Everett - Director of Admissions
*Bio Coming Soon!

Kevin Chandler - Designer/Instructor
Kevin has an M.I.T. Degree from The Guildhall at SMU in Plano, TX and started his game development career at BioWare Austin working on Star Wars – The Old Republic. He went on to work at several startups making titles for PC, Mac, Web and iOS Devices as a programmer and designer. He specializes in level design, programming and game production. As a staff designer he works with students individually and in groups to develop their ideas from paper to product. He is also helping expand the curriculum and adds additional features to new and existing nonPareil titles to make them more marketable.

Tammy Suarez - Executive Administration
*Bio Coming Soon!

Adam Jeffreys - 3D Modeling Instrutor and 3D Production
*Bio Coming Soon!

Aaron Winston - Staff Programmer
Aaron was one of our new guys, back in October of 2010. Aaron has risen through the courses and the ranks to become one of the market producers for nP. Aaron's first release, SpaceApe, has been a great success! Aaron's diverse technical skillset allows him to work across the entire scope of nP team's, from Hammer to XCode.
Gage Farris - Photoshop Instructor
Gage graduated from High School in 2006 and went to Eastfield College. While he had little experience in formal art before nonPareil, he had a strong desire to draw and create. While at nonPareil he has worked with, and been inspired by, people who created beautiful art. This instilled a great dedication that kept him pushing to grow and improve his talent. These efforts resulted in Gage not only being the first crew Photoshop instructor, but also the full-time staff member that he is today.

Kyle McNiece - Design Instructor
Kyle was student number one, taking the very first classes conducted by Dan in his kitchen. Kyle first heard about nP through a Future Horizons autism conference in the summer of 2009. Kyle has become a solid instructor, and deeply knowledgeable in the use of our core design tool, Hammer. Kyle is the third of our original 8 to join our full-time staff at nonPareil. Kyle continues to act as an instructor and cabal leader at nonPareil.