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Amy-Jane Griffiths
Amy-Jane Griffiths, PhD, NCSP, is a licensed clinical psychologist (PSY 24536) and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. She obtained her doctorate in Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Griffiths recently served as the Director of the Families and Schools Together (F.A.S.T) program. Developed by Chapman University's College of Educational Studies and The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders, F.A.S.T is a cutting education program specifically designed to support both families and schools. Prior to her work at Chapman University, Dr. Griffiths served as a director for an intervention program designed to support teens and young adults with disabilities as they transition into adulthood. She has worked as a consultant and trainer implementing data-driven practices in a number of settings, including residential treatment facilities, public schools, and alternative school settings. Scholarly and research interests include: student engagement, autism and disability through the lifespan, implementing Positive Behavior Supports, psychological well-being, threat assessment, system-wide intervention implementation, targeted interventions for students with behavioral concerns, and program evaluation.
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Linda O'Neal
Linda earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Southern California and her Master’s Degree in Special Education from California State University Los Angeles. She has worked in the education field for 38 years and has experience teaching in grades K-12 as a General Education Teacher, Special Education Teacher and Transition Specialist. In addition, Linda has been a part-time faculty member at Chapman University for the past 25 years. She also writes and implements local, state and federal grants with a focus on career development for youth and young adults with a wide range of disabilities. Linda is currently a Consultant for San Diego State University Interwork Institute and the Regional Center of Orange County. Additionally, she is also the Southern Coastal Regional Manager for the California PROMISE Initiative. This program is one of six national demonstration programs that provides innovative transition, employment and support services for Supplemental Security Income recipients ages 14-16 with a goal of adult self–sufficiency.
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Lisa Boskovich
Lisa Boskovich, M.S. Special Education from Chapman University, obtained her B.S. in Human Services from California State University Fullerton. While at CSUF she spent a year and a half as a research assistant. She has over 8 years of experience privately tutoring individuals with Learning Disabilities and those along the Autism Spectrum. She spent the past 7 years speaking about her path and journey as a student working and dealing with a disability. Her scholarly and research interests include Females on the Autism Spectrum, Grandparent Care Givers of Grandchildren with Disabilities, individuals with hidden disabilities, dual identity coming out process, and the Intersectionality of Queer Theory and Disability Studies. Presently she is a second year Ph.D. student in Disability Studies at Chapman University. Lisa is also currently working as a Research Assistant at The Thompson Policy Institute on Disability and Autism. Lisa brings her own experience being on the Autism Spectrum to her work at TPI.
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John T. Brady
Dr. John Brady is a professor in the school counseling and school psychology masters and doctoral programs and is the coordinator of the school counseling graduate program. Prior to teaching at the university he served for twenty seven years as a school psychologist, special education administrator and a counselor in private practice. Dr. Brady’s interests lie in the development of collaborative problem solving skills for school consultants.
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Heidi Castillo
Heidi Castillo, M.S., is a Job Developer at Irvine Unified School District. She received both her M.S. and B.S. at California State University, Long Beach, in Counseling and Psychology respectively. She previously worked as a Club Administrator at Saddleback United Soccer Club.
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Nancy Donnelly
Mrs. Donnelly is a graduate of the Universtiy of Massachusetts, College of Education. She has been a high school and middle school teacher, and then a program developer and administrator for over 40 years. Her career in Massachusetts included: Executive Director of Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative, Executive Director of Meadows Home, Inc and Vice President of The Center for Human Development. Since moving to California, she has worked for the American Academy of Pediatrics, and been the Executive Director of New Vista School. She is currently the Director and Developer of New Vista Tech Academy. Her volunteer work includes: being the Treasurer of CASA of Western Massachusetts and a Board Member of the Incidental Teaching Pre-School at the University of Massachusetts, under the direction of Gail McGee, PhD. In California she was the President of the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine Guild, and is currently a Board member and Treasurer for The City of Irvine Land Trust Board, and a Board member of New Vista School.
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Cristina M. Giannantonio
Cristina M. Giannantonio is an Associate Professor of Management in the Argyros School of Business and Economics at Chapman University. She is a research affiliate at the Thompson Policy Institute on Disability and Autism at Chapman University. She is serving as the President of the Chapman University Faculty Senate. She received her Ph.D. from the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park, MD. Dr. Giannantonio’s research interests include extreme leadership, image norms, and high tech entrepreneurial careers. Her research has been published in academic journals, including the Journal of Management, Personnel Psychology, The Journal of Business Leadership. She is the co-editor of the Journal of Business and Management. In 2012 Drs. Giannantonio and Hurley-Hanson’s Academy of Management symposium Staying Hungry, Staying Foolish: Academic Reflections of the Life and Career of Steve Jobs was designated an AOM Showcase Symposium. Dr. Giannantonio and Dr. Hurley-Hanson’s book Extreme Leadership: Leaders, Teams and Situations Outside the Norm was published by Edward Elgar Publishing in 2014. The book is part of the New Horizons in Leadership Studies series. Extreme Leadership was selected as a finalist for the 2014 Outstanding Leadership Book Award by the Department of Leadership Studies at the University of San Diego.
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Bonnie Gillman
Bonnie Malkin Gillman is the founder and Executive Director of the Grandparent Autism Network (GAN), a nonprofit organization established in 2006. GAN provides grandparents with information about autism and how they can help to improve the quality of life for their families. Ms. Gillman also serves as the Executive Director for the Family Autism Network (FAN), a program under the auspices of GAN, which increases access to autism resources. Two websites, www.ganinfo.org and www.faninfo.org, managed by Ms. Gillman, provide families world-wide with information about autism events, programs, services, research and advocacy. In 2016, Ms. Gillman established a Project Search program at Children’s Hospital of Orange County to provide job training opportunities for young adults with developmental disabilities. Under her leadership, GAN and FAN collaborate with local and national organizations to leverage existing resources in the development of new, cost-effective lifetime supports for families.
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Gillian Hayes
Gillian Hayes is Robert A. and Barbara L. Kleist Professor in Informatics in the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences and in the School of Education and School of Medicine at UC Irvine. Her research interests are in human-computer interaction, assistive and educational technologies, and health informatics. Her research focuses on supporting vulnerable populations, such as children and under-represented groups, in engaging with design and research activities. She also serves as the Director of Technology Research for the Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders and the Faculty Director for Civic and Community Engagement in the Division of Teaching and Learning at UC Irvine.
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Amy E. Hurley-Hanson
Amy E. Hurley-Hanson is an Associate Professor of Management in the George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics at Chapman University. She is a research affiliate at the Thompson Policy Institute on Disability and Autism at Chapman University. She received her Ph.D. in Management from the Stern School of Business at New York University. She is the co-editor of the recent book Extreme Leadership: Leaders, Teams and Situations Outside the Norm. She is the co-editor of the Journal of Business and Management. Dr. Hurley-Hanson was chosen as an Ascendant Scholar in 2000 by the Western Academy of Management. In 2008 Drs. Hurley-Hanson and Giannantonio received the Best Symposium Award from the Management and Education Division of the Academy of Management. Her areas of research are organizational decision making, image norms, high tech entrepreneurial careers and the application of behavioral decision theory to strategic aspects of executive succession. Her work on these topics has appeared in numerous journals including the Journal of Vocational Behavior, Journal of Applied Psychology, Women in Management Review, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Group and Organization Management, Journal of Leadership and Organization Development, Organizational Dynamics, and the Journal of Psychology. She was selected as a Research Fellow at the Center for Leadership and Career Studies at the Goizueta Business School of Emory University.
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Kurt Kosab
Kurt Kosab is a vocational specialist for WorkAbility and a coordinator for the Huntington Beach Union HSD. He received both is B.A. in Liberal Studies and Severely Handicap Credential & Learning Handicap Credentials from ‘The Beach’ Transition Certificate from CSULB. Kurt has 32 years of experience in education, working for not only HBUHSD but also the Orange County Department of Education. He is part of the Orange County Employment Advocacy Network (OCEAN), Orange County Adult Transition Task Force (OCATTF), and Orange County Autism Regional Task Force (OCARTF).
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Anna Laakman
Anna Laakman is the Education & Training Director for The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders and has just recently joined the team as of February. She was previously at the University of Missouri Thompson Center for Autism where she led the training efforts. Anna also has experience in direct intervention, clinical, and research settings and has years of experience evaluating children with suspected Autism Spectrum Disorders. Anna is spearheading Education & Training expansion efforts with health professionals, schools & colleges, and parents, as well as expanding our training to best assist with transitioning into adulthood.
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Sandy Martin
Sandy Martin is an advocate for individuals with disabilities and is a parent of a young adult with Down syndrome. Sandy served from 1998 to 2012 as President and Board Member for the Intervention Center for Early Childhood, a program which provides multi-disciplined, family- centered services to children aged birth to five years with developmental delays and counseling and education services to their families. She was appointed by the Laguna Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) to be a voting member of the SOC SELPA Community Advisory Committee (CAC), a collaborative partnership of parents, educators, and community members in the LBUSD and the Saddleback Unified School District. Sandy was a voting member and the parent representative for the LBUSD Medicaid Committee and also a Laguna Beach Special Education Mentor. Sandy holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Finance from California State University, Fullerton. She was a Vice President in Commercial Banking for Wells Fargo Bank for 15 years.
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Sneha Kohli Mathur
Sneha Kohli Mathur is the Co-Founder and CEO of Spectrum Success, LLC. Her program at Spectrum Success strives to provide adolescents and adults on the Autism Spectrum a chance to secure employment that they are passionate about. Her training program includes professional development, social, and life skills training. Sneha is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and has worked with children and adults on the Autism Spectrum for the last five years. She received her Masters degree in Psychology from New York University (NYU), and her Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Sneha is currently a student in Chapman University’s Ph.D. program of Education and Disability Studies.
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David J. Monkarsh
David J. Monkarsh, Ph.D., is a Clinical Developmental Psychologist who has specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of individuals with autism since 1982. His psychology practice focuses upon training individuals and their families in ways to facilitate the growth of social adaptive behavior in naturalistic settings. By promoting increased understanding of self and others, Dr. Monkarsh works to help individuals with autism develop strategies for acquiring skills that enhance personal competence and community integration. His therapeutic efforts focus on supporting and strengthening individuals and families as they grow and change over time. In addition to his private practice, Dr. Monkarsh has been an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the UCI Medical Center since 1982.
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Joseph J. Nacario
Joseph J. Nacario, M.S., is the program director at the Integrated Resources Institute in Irvine with 27 years of leadership experience. He received his Master of Science in Education Administration at National University, Bachelor of Arts in Recreation Rehabilitation at San Diego State University, and Associate of Arts at Chabot College. He has two California Community College Credentials: supervisor and instructor for the severely handicapped. In addition he also has a California Community College Certificate as a teacher in adult special education.
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Richard Louis Rosenberg
Richard received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in Behavioral Disabilities and Educational Administration. He has had over 30 years of teaching and administrative experience as well as being a faculty member at California State University, Los Angeles. Currently, Richard is the Lead Vocational Coordinator for Whittier Union High School District’s Career Connection, Richard was identified as the WUHSD Teacher of the Year for the 2009-2010 school year. Richard’s special education administrative position coordinates vocational and career support for all students with special education needs for six high schools and two continuation schools and provides technical assistance for adult agency providers, supported employment and supported living services. He is currently a Regional Manager for CaPROMISE (Promoting the Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income), a 5 year federal research project supporting 14-16 year old SSI recipients and their families in becoming self-sufficient. Richard has worked for a number of years with Interagency Systems Change grants linking Education, Rehabilitation and Developmental Disabilities services at local, state and national levels.
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Ann Sebek
Ann Sebek is passionate about encouraging students to pursue the skills necessary to qualify for the exciting careers that Orange County has to offer. She has worked in the education field for 18 years; with experience in the following positions: General Education Teacher (Ocean View School District), Job Developer for an Adult Transition program (Irvine Unified School District), and is currently employed by the Orange County Department of Education as a Project Manager for Work-Based Learning, with the Career Technical Education Partnership (CTEp). The mission of CTEp is to encourage all students to identify their passions, develop their intellectual capabilities; talents and skills; and to prepare for a successful future in Orange County’s promising careers. Ann has had the opportunity to develop hundreds of community business partners; which allows students to interact with employers in their local communities. Ann strongly believes that collaboration between education and business is essential for young adults transitioning into adulthood, through training in high-demand careers. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from USC and Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction; with an emphasis in autism, from Arizona State University.
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Linda L. Seppala
Linda L. Seppala is the Associate Director at the Integrated Resources Institute. Linda has 28 years of experience in the industry, holding multiple leadership positions at places like Project Independence, Institute for Applied Behavior Analysis, and Advancement for Behavioral & Educational Development & Intervention. Linda received her Master of Science in Rehabilitation Psychology and Bachelor of Science in Education at the University of Wisconsin. She is currently part of the Orange County Employment Advocacy Network, Adult Day Services Advisory Committee, and the Regional Center of Orange County Work Initiative Group.
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Janis White
Janis White, Ed.D., is the Chief Operating Officer of RCOC. She is in charge of all of RCOC’s consumer services. The managers of RCOC’s area offices, as well as Chief Counselor, Fair Hearing, Federal Programs and Risk managers report to her.

Additional Committee Members

Melany Mezzera
Dennis Roberson
Chris Romanosky
Amy Tingiredes
Trin VanErp