Connor Kavanaugh

Connor Kavanaugh has six years of experience in various areas of Special Needs and Financial Planning. Originally from Seattle, he calls Oregon home after moving to Portland in 1996. Connor earned a degree in Finance from Portland State University in 2012 and also spent five seasons on the football field as an All-Conference quarterback for the Vikings.

Connor has developed a specialty in helping families create valuable financial strategies to provide for the lifelong needs of their loved ones experiencing a disability or special need. In 2014, he finished his Chartered Special Needs Consultant (ChSNC) designation from the American College. Connor serves on the Families and Community Together (FACT) Board, Portland State Alumni Association Board, the Portland State Athletic Department Advisory Board, he is a member of the Society of Settlement Planners and Academy of Special Needs Planners. Connor is the Founder of the Palladio Company and lives in SW Portland with his wife, Lexi, and their golden retriever, Hootie.


Alisha Langford

Alisha Langford earned her Bachelor of Science degree and double-majored in Business Management & Leadership and Human Resource Management from Portland State University.  Alisha has two daughters, Ashlynn whom experiences Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy and Lily. Her extensive experience as a parent of a special needs child drives her passion to advocate for families with special needs children and adults.  Her position on the Palladio Group Team allows her to focus on community outreach to help families with special needs loved ones navigate the complex process of life care planning.­­­ Alisha is the Director of the Client Care Team for the Palladio Company. 


Ricky Verastegui

Ricky Verastegui earned a Bachelor of Arts from Portland State University and graduated with degrees in Marketing, Advertising Management, and Finance. He served as a Development Coordinator for Portland State Athletics, helping to raise funds in support of student-athlete scholarships. Ricky also served as a Co-Chair for Portland State’s Campus Recreation Advisory Board and helped write policies to create a more inclusive facility for all of the participating members. Ricky’s mom, Josefiná, experiences retinal dystrophy. That has fueled his passion to serve and connect special needs families to resources and information that could help improve their quality of life. Ricky is the Director of Marketing for the Palladio Company. 


Emily Sheldon

Originally from Portland, Emily Sheldon left to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business and Psychology from University of Puget Sound. During her time there, she was also a member of the Women’s basketball team and competed in the Heptathlon for the Track & Field team. In 2016 she was named Conference Player of the Year, a Division III All-American and Most Outstanding Female Athlete of the University.  Athletics presented countless opportunities for community outreach and volunteering with Special Olympics, where she found her passion to serve and assist families with special needs.