Ryan Wecker, M.S. Special Education - Co Founder, Director of Operations
Wecker has committed his life to the academic and social success of young adults. Wecker started his career working as a social studies teacher and found a calling serving special needs communities. While receiving his masters in special education he worked in a collegiate autism support program. In this position he discovered his passion for working with adults on the autism spectrum. For over 10 years Wecker has worked with many different ASD support programs as an administrator, teacher, and academic/social coach. Over the years, Wecker has helped students receive their degrees while being an integral asset in the overall direction of the program’s development. Wecker noticed that while the academic support programs were successful, there was a greater need for social and independent living skills. In addition, a more flexible model was needed in order to match the needs of every student on the autism spectrum. As a response to this growing national need, Wecker and Huber developed and pioneered Enigma ASD Services. Wecker is currently working full time developing the program and helping adults on the autism spectrum reach their educational, occupational, and independent living goals.
James Cannon Huber, Esq - Co Founder, Legal Council
Huber is a corporate attorney who lives in Southern California and practices as a litigator throughout the nation. Huber's practice advises companies on all aspects of business with a focus on reducing liabilities. With a proven experience in the courtroom resolving business disputes, Huber has earned a reputation as a fierce litigator. Huber combines his skills as an attorney with his passion for helping the community, particularly in education. Through his friendship and professional relationship with Wecker, Enigma was born. Huber and Wecker want to help the ASD community by building specifically designed programs for individuals who don't have access to further education and life skills. Wecker and Huber saw the gap left in the current education system and are proud to offer Enigma as a much-needed solution.
Christy Bateman - M.S. Education - Program Development Director
Ms. Bateman has worked with students on the autism spectrum for over 20 years. During this time, she has focused on teaching and supporting the development of social skills and executive functioning skills for students. Ms. Bateman has a Bachelor of Science in Deaf Education and Special Education as well as a Master's Degree in Education.
For the last decade, Ms. Bateman has developed and run the District High School Program for Students with High-Functioning Autism in Bellevue, Washington. While in this position, she educated not only students on the spectrum, but also the community and environment around them. She taught family and community members how to work effectively and build relationships with someone who has a social deficit, using a variety of programs to facilitate success. She considers herself a "translator" between the two worlds. As students from this program graduated, it became apparent that there are no parallel programs after high school. Therefore, Ms. Bateman teamed up with Enigma-ASD in order to provide the support systems needed for young adults on the autism spectrum to thrive independently in leisure, work, and school.
Bryant Phillips - BA Business - Academic Coach and Mentor
Bryant majored in business in college, with an interest in pursuing work in the nonprofit sector. Being diagnosed on the spectrum in middle school, it took some time to really grow as an individual and develop the social and life skills needed to become independent. As someone who is constantly striving to improve aspects of his life, he would like to help others improve and develop the life skills they want.