Special Needs Planners near Valparaiso, IN

Carrie Ganci-Clodi

Ganci-Clodi Law & Mediation, LLC

1 Dearborn Square
Kankakee, IL 60901

For twenty years, Attorney Carrie Ganci-Clodi has served as a Director of Special Education in variously-sized school districts and Special Education Cooperatives.  In addition to her role in the educational sector, Ms. Ganci-Clodi is licensed to practice law in both Illinois and Indiana.  Through her independent law firm, Carrie practices in the areas of disability law, estate planning, family law, guardianships, and educational advocacy.  Additionally, Carrie is a trained mediator and has taught for Olivet University since 2005.  Ms. Ganci-Clodi teaches classes in special education methodologies and pedagogy, data analysis, educational leadership, curriculum and instruction, and English as a Second Language.  Recently, Carrie wrote the curriculum for a class in Olivet's newly founded special education department.   Professionally, Carrie prefers to help lead change.  For over twenty years, Ms. Ganci-Clodi has served on different Board of Directors and has supported interests at the state and federal level.  Currently, Carrie sits on the Executive Board for Illinois Alliance of Administrators of Special Education (IAASE), Harbor House of Kankakee and Iroquois Counties, and the Rotarian Club in Pontiac, Illinois.  Ms. Ganci-Clodi presents on a consistent basis and serves regularly as a guest speaker for different types of professional organizations.   Personally, Carrie is in the process of raising three amazing young adults.  Two of Carrie's children have received special education services which gives her a unique and close look into the field in which she advocates.  With this personal background, Carrie is able to interweave her experiences as an advocate for her own children with her expertise in the field to analyze strong solutions for each diverse scenario presented by parents and families.  

Mike Walther, CPA/PFS, CFP®, CFA®

Oak Wealth Advisors

836 Skokie Blvd.
Northbrook, IL 60062


Mike’s passion for helping people led him to open Oak Wealth Advisors in 2008 so that families with special needs members seeking experienced and objective financial advice could access the same quality of service that has traditionally been available only to the very wealthy.  Having a brother on the Autism spectrum, Mike has a first-hand understanding of the challenges and joys living with a family member with special needs bring.  His mission is to assist individuals and families in achieving financial security and enjoying their lives to the fullest extent possible.  Mike’s career includes leadership positions with three of the most respected independent financial advisory firms in Chicago prior to his founding Oak Wealth Advisors.  In addition to his professional experience, Mike has served as president and/or treasurer of a number of Chicago-area special needs charitable organizations.  Mike enjoys sharing his expertise and has done so through teaching classes on special needs financial planning at Texas Tech University, the University of Illinois, and the University of Wisconsin.  He has also written articles for the Chicago Sun-Times, and has been featured or quoted in numerous national publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Money Magazine, and Financial Planning.   


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