Hillary Marie Ran
Class of 2002, MBA class of 2006
While pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in English from Xavier, Hillary (pictured right) found her true passion: working with children with autism. She saw a posting on a billboard at XU left by a mother to provide behavioral intervention for her young son named Alex who had autism. Hillary later started working with the Cincinnati Center for Autism, as the applied behavior analysis coordinator and later as the executive director. As a private behavioral consultant in Cincinnati, she also held a yearly fundraiser to raise scholarship funds for different organizations dedicated to servicing children with autism in Ohio.
Thereafter, Hillary established her own business, Exceptional Learners Behavioral Services, LLC, after completing her Master's in Education from XU in 2006 and acquiring her board certification as a behavior analyst. Two years ago Hillary moved to Denver where she has grown her business. Hillary is a firm believer that ALL children can learn and deserve the opportunity to do so, through exploration, laughter, and nurturing of their strengths. She feels forever indebted to the children with autism who she's had the privilege of laughing and growing with.
Hillary's friend Melaina Neyer (pictured left) nominated her in saying that "God has given her a tremendous gift which she gracefully uses with these children, offering them compassion, patience, love, and hope."