Presenter Bios

Cari Ebert, MS, CCC-SLP

Pediatric speech-language pathologist in private practice in the Kansas City, Missouri area.

She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa in1993 and her master’s degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1995. Cari is a therapist, consultant, author, product developer, and nationally recognized speaker who gets paid to do what she loves most—TALK! She specializes in autism, apraxia, and early intervention. Her son has autism and apraxia which allows her to engage audiences both as a professional and as a parent of a child with special needs. Cari recently co-authored a book with Dave Hammer titled The SLP’s Guide to Treating Childhood Apraxia of Speech.

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Chad P. Wade


Attorney Shareholder at Strang, Patteson, Renning, Lewis & Lacy


Chad’s practice is focused on working with school and higher education clients, as well as public and private employers in labor and employment relations issues. Chad regularly works with school district clients on governmental issues, employment relations matters, and education law issues, including pupil special education and disability accommodation matters. Chad is also experienced with public records, open meetings, and other issues that concern school district’s responsibilities as governmental bodies.

Chad also provides counsel in a variety of labor and employment matters, including legal compliance and defense of employers under the FLSA, FMLA, NLRA, and discrimination laws. He also has experience drafting and implementing a wide range of employment policies.

Chad’s primary client base consists of public school districts, Wisconsin municipalities, and private employers.


Kim and Jason Kotecki are best friends, husband and wife, parents of three kids, entrepreneurs, authors, retro t-shirt wearers, and partners in crime on a crusade to annihilate Adultitis in themselves and the world! Kim is a former kindergarten teacher and a lover of all things whimsical. Jason is a professional reminder-er and permission granter who moonlights as an artist, author and speaker. He enjoys Star Wars, soft t-shirts, and brand new tubes of paint. Kim and Jason are the creators of Escape Adulthood, a company on a mission to help people eradicate Adultitis by offering real-world strategies, practical ideas, and permission to create a life filled with adventure, meaning and joy.

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