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 serves 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 an 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.
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 more than 40 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.
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 1.5 years as a research assistant. She has over eight years of experience privately tutoring individuals with Learning Disabilities and those along the Autism Spectrum. She spent the past seven years speaking about her path and journey as a student working and dealing with a disability.
John T. Brady
Dr. John Brady is a retired professor with the College of Educational Studies. Prior to teaching at the university, he served for 27 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.
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.
Mrs. Donnelly is a graduate of the Universtiy of Massachusetts College of Education. She has been a high school and middle school teacher, 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.
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 also a research affiliate at the Thompson Policy Institute on Disability and Autism. 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.
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. 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.
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 include 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.
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 also a research affiliate at the Thompson Policy Institute on Disability and Autism. She received her Ph.D. in Management from the Stern School of Business at New York University. She is the co-editor of the 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.
Kurt Kosab is a vocational specialist for WorkAbility and a coordinator for the Huntington Beach Union HSD. He received both his B.A. in Liberal Studies and Severely Handicap Credential & Learning Handicap Credentials from ‘The Beach’ Transition Certificate from CSULB. Kurt has more than 30 years of experience in education, working for not HBUHSD and the Orange County Department of Education.
Anna Laakman is the Education & Training Director for The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders. She was previously at the University of Missouri Thompson Center for Autism where she led their training efforts. Anna also has experience in direct intervention, clinical, and research settings and has evaluated children with suspected Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Sandy Martin is an advocate for individuals with disabilities and 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, counseling and education services to their families.
Sneha Kohli Mathur
Sneha Kohli Mathur is the Co-Founder and CEO of Spectrum Success, LLC where she strives to provide adolescents and adults on the Autism Spectrum a chance to secure employment they are passionate about. Her training program includes professional development and life skills training. Sneha is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and has worked with children and adults on the Autism Spectrum. She received her Masters degree in Psychology from New York University and her Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego.
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 on training individuals and their families in ways to facilitate the growth of social adaptive behavior in naturalistic settings.
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.
Richard Louis Rosenberg
Richard received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in Behavioral Disabilities and Educational Administration. He has over 30 years of teaching and administrative experience as well as being a faculty member at California State University, Los Angeles.
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 more than 20 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). 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.
Linda L. Seppala
Linda L. Seppala is the Associate Director at the Integrated Resources Institute. Linda has more than 30 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.
Janis White, Ed.D., is the Chief Operating Officer of the Regional Center of Orange County which serves over 20,000 people with developmental disabilities and provides early intervention for children up to age three. She came to the regional center system after working in education for 20 years at the district and county levels, as a teacher, speech-language pathologist, school principal and administrator. Dr. White’s interests lie in school to work transition for students with developmental disabilities. With the right supports, success can be attainable.