Staff – Specialisterne USA

Employee_Admin_Thorkil_Sonne_THSO (6)THORKIL SONNE


CEO, Founder and chairman of Specialisterne Foundation and Specialisterne. Thorkil first became involved in autism when his youngest son Lars was diagnosed with infantile autism in 1999. He became active in the Danish Autism Society, eventually leaving his Technical Director position in an IT start-up company to establish Specialisterne in 2003. Thorkil has since become a recognized leader in social entrepreneurship, and was named an Ashoka Fellow in 2009 and a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur in 2012. He is now based in the United States where he is driving the expansion of the Specialisterne model.




John Ronga is the Engagement Manager for Specialisterne USA, based in New York City responsible for delivery management. With over 20 years experience in IT consulting at global firms including Dow Jones, Sun Microsystems and Oracle, he brings enterprise class management style working with many of the same clients but now in this exciting nonprofit role.









Stephanie has been with Specialisterne USA, Inc. for over 3 years. She is the Employment Service Manager. She has over 10 years of experience in education and 20 plus years in the business world. She has a BS in Elementary Education from Chestnut Hill College. Stephanie focused her professional development in the areas of technology and autism. She has over 10 years of experience working with autistic individuals tapping into their unique potential and wealth of skills.








Sinéad Kelly is the Life & Career Specialist for Specialisterne USA, based in New York City. She is an International Coach Federation, Associate Certified Coach. Sinéad began her career as a lawyer in Ireland and since moving to the United States in 2011, has pursued her passion for social work with particular focus on assisting people with autism unlock their exceptional talents and abilities.

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