About Karen Simon
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She has worked as the president of a $55 million corporation ... and as president of one of the major autism lobbying groups in California. For the last 15+ years, Karen J. Simon has been using her broad leadership experience to work with hundreds of Connecticut parents and help them secure services for children with special needs and learning disabilities.
“In the corporate world, I had dozens of people reporting to me, each with different ideas and recommendations. It was my job to bring everyone to the table and help reach a decision or solution,” Simon said. “These days, I use the same skills at PPT meetings, working with parents and school administrators to help design and win appropriate services for children in need.”
In her 25-year business career, Simon worked as a corporate turn-around expert at such New England companies as Cumberland Farms, the second largest convenience food chain in the country, where she was Corporate Director of Marketing. At Dairy Mart, she was Senior Vice President for the third largest convenience store chain in the country. As Executive Vice President of the Circle K Corporation in Arizona, she played a major role in bringing the 5,000-store out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. She served as President and CEO of Fisco Farm and Home Stores, a Home Depot-style farm and home store chain that is the second oldest registered company in California state history.
Then came an event that changed her life: the diagnosis of her son, Christopher, with autism in 1996 when he was two years old. Simon immediately quit her job and plunged into the world of autism research and advocacy.
Simon has been a sought after guest speaker at Arizona State University, the University of the Pacific, and Fairfield University on autism issues. Her work has been recognized by Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who Worldwide, and Who’s Who of American Business Leaders. She lives in Stratford CT with her husband, Dr. James Simon, a professor and administrator at Fairfield University, and her college student son, Christopher. Several years ago, Christopher also was diagnosed with Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes, and Karen’s involvement now includes various diabetes research and fund-raising activities.
She says her greatest achievement has been in winning an impressive set of needed services for a long list of young clients who live in virtually every school district in Connecticut. Some of those children now no longer carry a diagnosis of autism and are considered recovered by every measurement of testing.
To schedule a free telephone consultation, contact Karen:
203 257 6520
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