About Us

Mark Llobell

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 - Founder CEO of the Virginia Autism Foundation

- Founding Member Virginia Autism Project

- Past President Big Brothers Big Sisters South Hampton Roads

- Nobleman

- Proud Grandfather of Mark III 

a great kid with Autism

- 12 years of experience working with Federal State and Local elected

officials on Autism initiatives

- Locally involved with all Autism Groups in Hampton Roads and many National Autism groups and agencies

- Married to Laurie Llobell 2 children 

and 3 grandchildren

- Business Consultant

- Associate Broker Licensed 

Realtor Atkinson Realty

- Committed to bettering the lives 

of individuals and families who have 

loved ones with an ASD diagnosis


Laurie Llobell

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- Licensed Professional Counselor 

in Virginia - LPC

- Masters Clinical Psychology Eastern Michigan University

- MBA University of Phoenix

- Work focus is with at risk youths 

- Served on multiple Boards

 throughout her career

- Volunteer work through

many community organizations

- Married Mark Llobell 2 

children Virginia Beach resident

- Autism Advocate for the past 12 years

Participant Organizer and volunteer at all Tidewater Autism Summits

Jennifer Atkinson

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  An attorney with Alperin Law PLLC, where she focuses her practice on elder law, estate planning, and estate & trust administration. She received her B.A. degree from the College of William and Mary, and her J.D. degree from the College of William and Mary Law School. Ms. Atkinson is VA accredited and also has experience handling guardianships, special needs planning, and a variety of business matters such as incorporation, operating agreements, shareholder agreements, succession planning, asset purchases, sales and purchases of businesses as well as business related litigation such as shareholder disputes, corporate dissolution actions, and business bankruptcy. Her favorite aspect of her work is providing her clients with peace of mind.

Melanie Miller

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I am a volunteer in the Tidewater area autism community.  My involvement came from meeting and getting to know Mark Llobell and his grandson, Mark Llobell III.  As I watched them learn to deal with and conquer challenges together with their family, and started to understand the very real life changes that were involved with an autism diagnosis I knew I wanted to help in some way if I was able. When Mark started working on community projects along with awareness and I asked if he wanted a hand and here we are, ten years later! I’m proud to be working with Mark, Laurie, Hayley and 

Jennifer and look forward to working with our community with the creation of

the Virginia Autism Foundation.


Hayley VanDeCasteele

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 - Marketing Specialist and

Graphic Designer for Atkinson Realty

- BFA in Communication Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University

- Freelance Artist / Designer

- Volunteer for multiple 

community events and organization

- Helped with graphic designs as well as volunteered for last years’ Autism Summit

 -Virginia Beach resident and recently engaged to Virginia Beach Firefighter Kevin Holsapple