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Our Team

Irmo Marini

Dr. Irmo Marini

PhD, CRC, CLCP

Dr. Marini is a certified life care planner, rehabilitation counselor, and vocational expert with the Social Security Administration. He has a graduate degree  in clinical psychology from Lakehead University in Ontario, Canada, and a PhD in rehabilitation from Auburn University, Alabama. Dr. Marini is recipient of numerous University and National Association awards including distinguished career in teaching, research, and education. He has seven co-authored/co-edited books on disability and counseling, over 90 peer-reviewed journal publications, 55 book chapters, and over 100 national and international presentations. He is former chair of the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification, and former Pres. of the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association.

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Laura Villarreal

MS, CRC

Laura Villarreal is a Master’s graduate of the Rehabilitation Counseling program at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. She is also a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. Laura has worked as an intern at the South Texas Behavioral Center, specializing in both inpatient and outpatient care. She is currently a consultant at Marini & Associates and assists in vocational assessments and life care planning.

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Tommy L. Barbosa

M.S., CRC, LPC

Mr. Barbosa has a Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Texas – Pan American.  He is a program coordinator for South Texas Chronic Pain Institute and as a Licensed Professional Counselor, Mr. Barbosa specializes in chronic pain management and psychotherapy, treating individuals with post traumatic stress disorder, major depression, panic disorder who have sustained work related injuries.  He is currently a consultant at Marini & Associates and assists in vocational assessments and life care planning.

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Bernard Preston

M.S., CRC, CLCP

Mr. Preston has a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Texas -Pan-American, and is a certified life care planner and certified rehabilitation counselor. As an Associate, Mr. Preston has developed a life care plans and vocational damage reports for over 10 years for plaintiff and defense firms. He also currently serves as a vocational expert with the Social Security Administration. Mr. Preston is employed by the City of Las Vegas Office of Community Services as a Sr. Inclusion Specialist. He also works as a Job Placement Specialist placing persons with disabilities. Mr. Preston has 3 peer-reviewed journal publications in forensic rehabilitation and several presentations.

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Danielle Leigh Antol

MS

Danielle Antol is currently a vocational rehabilitation counselor with Texas Workforce Commission in San Antonio, TX.  She has been an associate of Marini & Associates for approximately six years.  She is a published author, national presenter, and advocate for people with disabilities.

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Rigel Pinon

Rigel Macarena Pinon is currently a second-year PhD student in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley. She has worked as an education coach for Project Hire, helping young adults with cognitive and physical disabilities attain a post-secondary education and employment. She is also a volunteer for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) where she presents at conferences and has court testimony experience working with attorneys and judges, advocating for the foster youth in the Rio Grande Valley. Rigel is also an active member of the National Federation for the Blind where she does outreach with community members who are blind, teaching/putting on workshops regarding technology, and hosting conferences. Ms. Pinon is currently a forensic rehabilitation associate with Marini and Associates and assists in vocational assessments, labor market analyses, and life care planning.

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