About Louie's Voice:
To help the lives of families & individuals affected by Autism, by providing financial, emotional, &
advisory support methods.
- Integrity: We commit to hold ourselves to the highest standards of ethics and values in all that we undertake.
- Compassion: We commit to the ideal of compassion and to extend it fully to all of those we serve.
- Excellence: We commit to challenge ourselves to ongoing improvement in every aspect of our mission and work.
Our Board of Directors
Lou Berman - President
Louie’s Voice was created in 2012 by Lou Berman, a single father to an autistic child. It was named after his son “Louie.” This organization was formed to benefit the lives of people affected by Autism. “Autism doesn’t just affect the individual… it affects the entire family, “ says Berman, who has sought out psychiatric, educational, emotional and financial support for his son Louie.
In 2005 Lou relocated to Houston hoping to give his family a fresh start after his wife and he had separated. It was at this time in early 2005 Lou Berman started on the journey of seeking help for his son. Being faced with seemingly insurmountable obstacles facing his son Louie, Louie’s voice is another milestone in that journey.
“Through my hardships, I have been able to amass some resources that I think would help others that are faced with similar circumstances. To solve my problems and help my son, I had to become an “amateur expert” in areas like child support, school districts, medical, legal, prescriptions, rights for people with special needs, etc. I have been fortunate to build relationships and endear the help of various professionals. But it wasn’t handed to me.
The help I received was from what I sought. What is really rewarding now is that I get to help other families get the services they need. I get to make a difference… I get to give back.” says Berman.
Dr. Herman Axelrod - Vice President
Dr. Herman Axelrod has been an educator for 50 years. He began as a teacher in the School District of Philadelphia and has held positions as an administrator, Assistant Professor at Penn State University and teaching several adjunct courses at area universities. He has presented a national and local conferences and has several professional publications. Most recently, he was the Executive Director of the Green Tree School and developed several initiatives to broaden the scope of the services to children with autism and their families. He retired from that position June, 2012.
Dr. Axelrod received his bachelor’s degree from Temple University and masters and Ph.D. from Penn State University. He has been a member of many volunteer boards and served in leadership positions for United Cerebral Palsy, Mayor’s Commission for People with Disabilities and Eastern Pennsylvania Association of Teacher Educators.
Now in retirement, he serves on volunteer boards, writes and travels with his wife, Madeline.
Anthony D’Allesandro - Assistant Vice President
Anthony D’Alessandro, has been in the real estate industry for
the past 15 years. Anthony began in commercial real estate sales, and then moved onto
the title insurance industry. During the time he worked in the title insurance industry,
he assisted in co-brokering many commercial loans between banks, investors and
Anthony also serves as President of PaperStone Financial Group, which provides servicing for a multitude of property types. The
company handles an extensive array of commercial loan requests including, but not
limited to: multi-family, acquisitions and development, bridge loans, cash out refinance
loans, construction loans, conventional financing, equity financing, hard money loans,
joint ventures, lines of credit, mezzanine loans, and SBA loans.
Bianca Berman - Administrative Coordinator
Bianca, age 18, joined Louie's Voice upon its inception since 2011. Currently a senior at Merion Mercy Academy, Bianca devotes much of her spare time for Louie's Voice. School Autism projects, Awareness campaigns, social media updates, counseling for special needs siblings, and general administrative assistance for Louie's Voice. Bianca lives at home with her father, Lou Berman, President of Louie's Voice. Bianca is an avid performer, and her interests include theater, music, and singing. She has already landed two roles in Merion Mercy's production of "Almost Maine", which ran in the fall of 2013, and is currently in rehearsal for Merion’s Production of CHICAGO. Bianca is college bound already having been accepted by St. Joe’s, St. Johns, PACE, Millersville, Bloomsburg, as well as a host of other schools. Bianca is also an accomplished athlete, a varsity player on the Merion Mercy Softball Team and club travel team the South Jersey Silver Bulletts. Bianca is also an avid runner and participated and finished in the Broad Street Run.
Jason Cardonick is President of Big Mountain Imaging. For 15 years Jason has built Big Mountain into a nationally recognized ‘go to’ for big ticket print items on a variety of substrates. From Billboards for Steen outdoor, to step and repeats for your favorite event, Big Mountain Imaging is everywhere you are, from coast to coast. For 10 years, Jason coordinated the annual Elaine Cardonick memorial outing, in memory of his beloved mother, who taught special needs children in the Philadelphia School system, at a time when hardly a resource was available as compared to today. The annual event benefitted the GreenTree School, who serves Philadelphia families suffering from Autism. Jason also served on their board. We are thrilled to welcome Jason’s professional acumen, expertise and leadership to Louie’s Voice.