In German, the word for voice is “stimme”. We thought Stimmi was the perfect name for our company because Germany was the place where Deb’s son became non-verbal and later diagnosed with autism. This is the place where the journey began…
Deb and Laura are co-founders of Stimmi. As parent and professional, we have both seen the issues that happen when a disabled person is not able to express themselves. Parents want the best for their children, they fear “What happens to my child when I’m not there or if I am unable to care for them?” This is why we are so passionate about Stimmi. We created Stimmi to be a life plan to help those who are unable to care for themselves.
Our heart is to serve the most vulnerable and to empower families to have a plan in place.
Deb is the mother of 2 boys, a military spouse, and a fulltime caregiver for her 25-year-old autistic son, Evan. Deb’s passion has always been to help parents who have disabled children, and to make sure that those children are properly cared for. Watching her son go through major transitions and stages in life, Deb understands what is missing in the care of her son and others like Evan. Her mission is to empower parents with a tool so that people see our children for who they are and not just their label or diagnosis.
Laura Berkner is an energetic professional with a wide and varied background and experience. She is co-founder of Stimmi, LLC a mobile care plan for persons with autism or other disabilities. Laura is deeply committed to making a difference and helping create the best quality of life for both the family and the individual affected. Laura has 15 years experience in the medical field, 5 of these as a physician assistant in Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine. She often cares for adults with disabilities in this setting.