John M. McLaughlin, Ph.D. has been involved in over 25 transactions in the autism and special education markets. He served a Managing Director of Behavioral Innovations with eight ABA clinics in the Dallas Fort Worth area from 2009- 11. An education entrepreneur his entire working life, at age 24 he started a school in Nashville now in its 44th year for students who benefited from a highly personalized education. In the mid-80’s John become an associate professor of educational administration at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. While a professor he researched the role of the private sector in school reform and started the influential Education Industry Report, tracking private investment in the education arena. He left his tenured post in academia in 1997 to focus full-time on the business of education and behavioral health.
John Bergstrom has been involved with advising companies on capital formation, merger & acquisition transactions, governance and strategy for almost three decades. He has worked with companies as an advisor on their liquidity processes by means of sale of the business to a larger corporation or a private equity firms, by means of initial public offerings as well as through recapitalization transactions. In addition to his significant transaction experience, John has been a member of the board of directors of over 20 companies, serving either as an independent member of the board or as the representative of investors.
David M. Grenat maintains over 35 years of professional experience in consulting, financial advisory services and business operations within a variety of private and governmental organizations. David founded and serves as Managing Director of Path Partners LLC, a consulting firm that assists for-profit and non-profit organizations in a variety of strategic planning, organizational development and financial advisory settings. His private sector experience includes a variety of project contexts including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and sales of companies, recapitalizations, share repurchases, fairness opinions, expansion financings, management leveraged buyouts, executive compensation, gift and estate tax, income tax and litigation support roles.
Sarah has been in-love with Behavior Analysis since she took her first intro to ABA class as an undergraduate student at Gonzaga University. Sarah has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2004 (she even took the exam using real paper and a pencil). Sarah founded and was President of an ABA services business, STE Consultants, from 2004-2019. During that time STE Consultants worked to provide quality ABA services to individuals with ASD and developmental disabilities throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento and Washington state.
A native of Kladno, Czech Republic, Eva brings a depth of experience and determination to her research and writing. With an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Exercise Biology from the University of California, Davis, and a Ph.D. from the University of Idaho Eva joined ChanceLight Behavioral Health, Therapy, and Education where she spent nine years finishing her tenure as Assistant Director of Research & Analytics. In her role with ChanceLight she performed competitive and locational analyses, site and issue specific investigations, conducted original research, published in peer reviewed journals, and was responsible for the company-wide annual operating report. In addition, she served as the administrator of ChanceLight’s Institutional Review Board. She also spent a year as a research analyst with Family Treatment Network. Eva has an earned reputation for thoroughness, speed, and integrity in her research. Beyond work, Eva is an avid runner and has competed in marathons across the country.
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McLaughlin Advisors provides business advisory services to owners and investors in the behavioral health and special needs markets.