Making a positive impact on your family, day-to-day and well beyond tomorrow

Abeona Group helps families navigate the complex world of supporting a loved one experiencing intellectual or developmental delay, special needs, or disability. Special needs financial planning is all we do, and we’re here to make your life easier, from understanding how to qualify for benefits and support services to building a retirement plan that considers every member of your family.

Abeona continues our founder’s personal and professional journey.

Alisha Langford has been a special needs parent and active advocate since her oldest daughter, Ashlynn, was born in 1999 with a Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy diagnosis. The long and difficult path of caring for a child who doctors said would never walk, talk or attend school inspired Alisha to help other families build a future with real peace of mind.

Upon graduating from Portland State University with dual degrees, she began her professional career as a Special Needs Planner with Palladio Group. After serving families for nearly five years, Alisha started Abeona Group to pursue her passionate vision for the health and financial well-being of families with loved ones experiencing special needs. She lives in Southeast Portland with her two daughters; Lily is a funny, empathic and sassy teenager, and Ashlynn — who has not allowed her diagnosis to define her — is a walking, self-advocating young adult who graduated from high school in 2018.

Our name reflects our mission.

Abeona was the Roman Goddess of outward journeys, who watched over a child’s first steps and protected travelers. She was there to ease the fears of parents and guard their son or daughter as they transitioned to adulthood and left home. She may be petitioned to look after children in a coma, whose souls may be misunderstood as having temporarily departed, or in any situation where a child has become distant or is no longer truly with you. Her name means “to depart, or to go forth” — and we want to help your family move forward with confidence, empowered by a plan that cares for all of you.

Meet the Team

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Alisha Langford, ChSNC

Special Needs Planner

Alisha was born and raised in Southern Oregon and has called Portland, Oregon, home since 2002. She holds bachelor of science degrees in Business Management & Leadership and Human Resource Management from Portland State University, and currently lives in Southeast Portland with her two daughters, Lily and Ashlynn, who has a Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy diagnosis. Alisha’s 20+ years of experiences as a parent of a special needs child drive her passion to advocate for families with special needs children. Through the Abeona Group, she is able to focus completely on helping these families navigate the complex process of special needs life care planning.

Licenses: Series 7, Series 66, SIE, Life, Health, Variable Annuity
Designations: Chartered Special Needs Consultant (ChSNC)

Alisha Langford, ChSNC

Special Needs Planner

Alisha was born and raised in Southern Oregon and has called Portland, Oregon, home since 2002. She holds bachelor of science degrees in Business Management & Leadership and Human Resource Management from Portland State University, and currently lives in Southeast Portland with her two daughters, Lily and Ashlynn, who has a Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy diagnosis. Alisha’s 20+ years of experiences as a parent of a special needs child drive her passion to advocate for families with special needs children. Through the Abeona Group, she is able to focus completely on helping these families navigate the complex process of special needs life care planning.

Licenses: Series 7, Series 66, SIE, Life, Health, Variable Annuity
Designations: Chartered Special Needs Consultant (ChSNC)

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Ryan Westfall

Financial Advisor

Ryan is an Oregon native, born in Grants Pass, and operates the Abeona Group’s Southern Oregon branch in Medford. Ryan has guided families and businesses to create a personal retirement vision since 2005, and he’s currently working toward the completion of his Retirement Income Certified Professional (RICP) designation. While working in finance, he also served the community as a full-time family pastor at Living Waters Rogue Valley — a grassroots-level experience that led to a natural understanding of individual and family financial needs, both in and out of special circumstances. He married his high school sweetheart, Jessica, and created a family that includes five children, three cats, three fish, one dog, one leopard gecko and one future son-in-law.

Licenses: Series 6, 7, 66, 63, SIE, Life, Health, and Accident

Hayley Palmer

Relationship Manager

Hayley was born in Portland, and raised in the small towns of Tillamook and Lakeview Oregon.  She received her bachelor of science degree in Psychology from Western Oregon University in 2010. Hayley lives in West Linn with her four-year-old daughter, Mila, who has Spastic Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy, along with many co-occurring conditions. After being a stay-at-home parent for those difficult first years, Hayley’s involvement with other parents in the special needs community brought her to our team in 2018 as the Relationship Manager. She enjoys using her unique perspective to demonstrate empathy, patience and understanding with our clients, and in her free time (HA!), she enjoys catching up on Netflix and connecting with family and close friends.

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Hayley Palmer

Relationship Manager

Hayley was born in Portland, and raised in the small towns of Tillamook and Lakeview Oregon.  She received her bachelor of science degree in Psychology from Western Oregon University in 2010. Hayley lives in West Linn with her four-year-old daughter, Mila, who has Spastic Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy, along with many co-occurring conditions. After being a stay-at-home parent for those difficult first years, Hayley’s involvement with other parents in the special needs community brought her to our team in 2018 as the Relationship Manager. She enjoys using her unique perspective to demonstrate empathy, patience and understanding with our clients, and in her free time (HA!), she enjoys catching up on Netflix and connecting with family and close friends.

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We'll get there together.

Having a child or loved one with special needs lands most families in uncharted territory. We know that every family’s situation is unique, so our approach is highly personal, moving through four stages:

  • Listening & Learning – We want to know as much as possible about your family situation, from current government benefits received and short to long-term financial goals. We welcome any and every question you may have.
  • Strategies & Recommendations – We take everything we’ve learned and develop a holistic plan that may include components from our suite of comprehensive services.
  • Execution & Coordination – Working closely with your CPA, attorney, case worker and other professionals, we create an action plan and set it into motion.
  • Review & Refinement – Life changes, so we regularly assess your financial status, take a fresh look at your goals, and adjust your plan as necessary.

Abeona Group is committed to being your partner, advocate and resource for many years. That’s why we’re here.