Dr. Gary Sweeten is Founder and President of Sweeten Life Systems, a not-for-profit research, training, and consulting organization. Dr. Sweeten holds an Ed. D. from University of Cincinnati. He is a noted speaker and trainer both in the United States and abroad. In 2009, Sweeten Life Systems was given a grant for an in-depth, ethnographic, quality research program of families with children who have special needs. Since completion of that research project, Dr. Sweeten and his team have been turning the compiled data into action by sharing the information and partnering with churches and non-governmental organizations. Gary has been married to his wife Karen since 1961, and together they have two children and four grandchildren.