North Los Angeles Autism Regional Taskforce Members

Name Title Agency
Chairs & Moderator - NLAART Education & E    
Emily Iland, MA - Chair & Moderator President Autism Society of Los Angeles
Mary Urquhart - Co-Chair Designer/Owner/Parent Urquhart & Associates
Chairs & Moderator - NLAART  Education & E    
Geri Fuchigami, MA - Chair & Moderator Transition Youth Coordinator LAUSD
Pamela Clark, MA - Co-Chair Director of Autism Schools The Help Group
 Chairs & Moderator - NLAART Insurance Wor    
William Frea, PhD -  - Chair & Moderator Founder and Chief Clinical Autism Spectrum Therapies
Mike Koch - Co-Chair Executive Director & Privacy Official California Kids Healthcare Foundation
Ronit Molko, PhD - Co-Chair Co-Founder Autism Spectrum Therapies
Chairs & Moderator - NLAART Early Identifica    
Elizabeth Laugeson, PsyD - Chair & Moderator Director The Help Group/UCLA Autism Research Alliance
Margaret Dunkle - Co-Chair Director Early Identification & Intervention Collaborative for LA County
Doreen Granpeesheh, PhD,BCBA-D - Co-Chair Founder & Director CARD- Center for Autism Related Disorders
Chairs & Moderator - NLAART Housing Workg    
Ronald Cohen - Chair & Moderator President & Chief Executive Officer United Cerebral Palsy
Mike Danneker - Co-Chair Executive Director Westside Regional Center
NLAART - North Los Angeles Autism Regional    
Linda Andron-Ostrow LCSW Director Focus on All-Child Therapies (F.A.C.T.)
Guillermo Arce Parent/Supervising Appeals Hearing Specialist LA County Dept. of Public Social Services
Martha Dina Arguello Executive Director Physicians for Social Responsibility
Sarit Ariam, Esq Special Education Attorney/Advocate/Grandparent Attorney & Parent
Peter Attwood Sr. Assistant Software Engineer CA
Yudi Bennett Founding Member and President Foothill Autism Alliance
Yolanda Bosch Director, Grants Management & Legal Compliance First 5 LA
Kristie-Sepulveda Burchit Parent & Advocate LIA Foundation
Marlene Castaneda Interim Executive Director UCLA Semel Inst. Nathansen Center
Fran Chasen Public Policy Chair, Infant Development Association Infant Development Association
Pamela Clark, MA Director of Autism Schools The Help Group
Ronald Cohen, PhD President & Chief Executive Officer United Cerebral Palsy
Teddi Cole Parent, Actor, Advocate  
Carlos Cortez, PhD Director UCLA Education Extension
Pegeen Cronin, PhD Director, Autism Evaluation Clinic & Clinical Psychologist UCLA Semel Institute
Diane Cullinane, MD Developmental Pediatrician, Co-Executive Director Pasadena Child Development Associates
Diane Danis, MD M.D., MPH Developmental Pediatrician
Mike Danneker Executive Director Westside Regional Center
Magdalena Beltran-Del Olmo Vice President of Communications California Wellness Foundation & Parent
Linda Demer, MD, PhD Professor of Medicine, Physiology and Bioengineering UCLA Medical Center
Margaret Dunkle  Director Early ID & Intervention Collaborative for LA County 
Marcia Eichelberger Parent/President Autism Society of Santa Barbara
Cara Entz,LMFT, BCBA Director and Co-founder Inizio Interventions, Inc.
John Farrimond, MBA Vice President The Help Group
Deborah Fils, MSPA Parent & Speech Pathologist  
Warren Finn, Esq. Special Education Attorney/Advocate/Grandparent Warren Finn Attorney at Law
Barbara Firestone, PhD President & Chief Executive Officer The Help Group
William Frea, PhD Founder and Chief Clinical Officer Autism Spectrum Therapies 
Geri Fuchigami, MA  Transition Youth Coordinator LAUSD
Fran Goldfarb, MA, CHES Director, Family Support USC UCEDD CHLA
Doreen Granpeesheh, PhD Ph.D., BCBA-D Founder and Executive Director CARD-Center for Autism Related Disorders
Philip Hain Executive Director, Los Angeles Chapter Autism Speaks- Los Angeles
Kia Hale Young Adult Leader Focus on All-Child Therapies (F.A.C.T.)
Elaine Hall Miracle Project Coordinator Vista Del Mar 
Whit Hayslip, MA Assistant Superintendent - Early Childhood (0 - 5) LAUSD
Sharon Hensel-Cohen, MSCCC Speech Language Pathologist Sharon Hensel-Cohen
Esther Hess, PhD Clinical Pediatric Psychologist  Center for the Developing Mind
Jon Hope Autism Manager San Gabriel/Pomona Regional Center
Emily Iland, MA  President Autism Society of Los Angeles
Tom Iland    
Jamie L. Jaurez Director Hope Counseling & Family Therapy, Inc.
Gemma Jimenez Task Force Contact-Field Deputy Senator Alex Padilla
Steven Kapp PhD Student UCLA UCLA-ASAN
Copnnie Kasari, PhD Professor Dept. of Education & Information Studies UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute
Cynthia Kawa, MA, MFT Chief Executive Officer New Horizons
Hilary Kip  Parent  ASD Support Group/The Help Group Parent Association
Michele Kipke, PhD Clinical Director, Clinical, Diagnostic & Research Center, Boone Fetter Clinic Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Mike Koch Executive Director & Privacy Official California Kids Healthcare Foundation
Tom Komp, LCSW Sr. Vice President The Help Group
Evelyn Kung Clinical Director CARD-Center for Autism Related Disorders
Stanley Landes, Esq. Attorney    
Connie Lapin Family Member Lecturer & Consumer/Legislative advocate for children and adults with ASD's
Eric Latham Executive Director Pathway UCLA Extension
Elizabeth Laugeson, PsyD Director The Help Group/UCLA Autism Research Alliance
Elias Lefferman, PhD CEO Vista Del Mar 
Jay Lytton Student UC Davis
Judith Maizlish, MA Executive Director Independence Center
Debra Berry Malmberg, PhD Assistant Professor Dept. of Psychology, California State Univ. Northridge
Soryl Markowitz, LCSW Autism & Behavior Specialist Westside Regional Center
Irene Martinez Executive Director Fiesta Educativa, Inc.
Evelyn Martinez, MPA Executive Director First 5 LA
Sara McCracken, PsyD Director Autism Spectrum Disorders Program The Help Group
Jennifer McNulty President Ventura County Autism Society
Beverlyn Mendez, MS COO Easter Seals Southern California
Steve Miller Executive Director, CEO Tierra Del Sol Foundation
Ronit Molko, PhD Co-Founder Autism Spectrum Therapies 
Debbie Moss, MA Autism Specialist Los Angeles Unified School District
Roberta Newton Executive Director Developmental Disabilities Area Board 10
Tiffany O' Day Director of Operations CARD-Center for Autism Related Disorders
Robert Oakes   Office of Senator Carol Liu
Keith Penman Executive Director San Gabriel/Pomona Regional Center
Judith Piggot, MD Consultant, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Assistant Professor in Residences, Center for Autism Research and Treatment UCLA Autism Evaluation Clinic (CART)
Tom Poe, Esq. Staff Attorney Disability Rights California
Paula Pompa-Craven, PsyD Regional Vice President Easter Seals Southern California
Sarah Pripas Co-Director UCLA Autistic Self-Advocay Network
Lois Provda, PhD Educational Psychologist Private Practice
Olivia Raynor, PhD Director Tarjan Center,Semel Institute
Ellen Reinstein, LCSW Director Cedars-Sinai Medical Center - Cheerful Helpers Child & Family Study Center
Max Reyes District Representative Senator Fran Pavley
Andrea Ridgway, PhD Director of Clinical Services Autism Spectrum Therapies 
Ricki Robinson, MD Developmental Pediatrician Descanso Medical Group
Donna Ross-Jones Co-Founder Special Needs Network
Louis Rubino, PhD, FACHE Interim Director Institute for Community Health & Wellbeing - CSUN
Jennifer Sanderson, MS Pre-Doctoral Fellow UCLA Semel Institute
Scott Sangsland Regional Director, Behavior HealthCare Services Kaiser Permanente 
Judy Schwartz, PhD Coordinator, Center for Students with Disabilities Santa Monica College
Karen Shapiro The Shapiro Family Foundation Parent
Sue Steiner Speech Pathologist Family Advocate
Laurie Stephens, PhD Ph.D. Director of Clinical Services Education Spectrum
George Stevens Executive Director North Los Angeles County Regional Center
Jeffrey Strully Executive Director Jay Nolan Community Services, Inc.
Elizabeth Terschuur MFA Dance Choreography Student Department World Arts & Cultures,UCLA
Joey Travolta Creative Director Inclusion Films
Mary Urquhart  Designer/Owner/Parent Urquhart & Associates
William Wagnon Young Adult Leader Focus on All-Child Therapies (F.A.C.T.)
Steve Wesson Managing Partner ENT Partners, Inc
Caroline Wilson, RN, BSN CEO Autism Society of Los Angeles
Michelle K.Wolf Director, Serving the Vulnerable Pillar The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles
Ann Wolf   Whole Child Wellness
Gloria Wong Executive Director Eastern LA Regional Center
Patrice Yasuda, PhD Director of Training  USC UCEDD (University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities) at Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Peter Zimble Founder and Chief Clinical Officer Oliver Ranch

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