Officers

Jared Perkins, MPA

Board Role: President

Professional job: CEO of TMC Children’s Clinic

Affiliations:
Governor’s Commission on ASD Member, Tucson’s Commission on Disabilities Issues Commissioner, Sonoran University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Community Advisory Member, Former President of Tucson Council of Arizona Autism Coalition.

Autism connection: service provider

Expertise: System change; behavioral health systems; strategic planning; management

Gina Khwam, CPA

Board Role: Treasurer, Business Committee Chair

Professional job: Tax Associate (BeachFleischman PC)

Affiliations: Tucson Young Tax Professionals Member, AICPA Member, ASCPA Member

Autism connection: None

Expertise: Accounting, Tax, Non-Profits

Pete Schwarz

Board Role: Director and Chair of Affiliate Leadership Committee for Autism Society of America

Professional job: Tucson Branch Manager/Engineer (GHD)

Affiliations: former Advisory Committee member of Arizona Autism Coalition; former VP of Tucson Council of Arizona Autism Coalition; former Board Chairman of Tucson Alliance for Autism

Autism connection: son with autism

Expertise: management; strategic planning; advocacy

Hailey Thoman

Board Role:  Secretary

Professional job: Executive Director (Linkages)

Affiliations: Tucson’s Commission on Disabilities Issues Commissioner; RSA Advisory Committee

Autism connection: Advocate for employment opportunities

Expertise: Non-profits; program development; employment

Directors

Brie Seward

Board Role: Associate Director, Marketing Committee Member
Autism connection:  Mother of a boy with autism and aunt to a nephew with autism
Expertise: Corporate Marketing/ECommerce, The University of Arizona Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) fellow 2017-2018

Courtney Henson

Board Role: Honorary Director

Professional job: Attorney (Snell & Wilmer)

Autism connection: none

Expertise: law, fund development

Lynda Weigel-Firor

Board Role: Director

Professional job: Consultant/Grant writer (Independent)

Autism connection: daughter with autism

Expertise: fund development; non-profit management

Sydney Rice, MD, MS

Board Role: Director

Professional job: Developmental Pediatrician, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Arizona

Affiliations: Director of ArizonaLEND; Governor’s Committee on Autism

Autism connection: medical provider

Expertise: medicine; program development; education; system change

Ray Frieders

Board Role: Director,

Marketing Committee Chair

Professional job: Production Manager (Cox Media)

Affiliations: former board member with Tucson Alliance for Autism

Autism connection: son with autism

Expertise: marketing; management

Sal Hernandez, CPA

Board Role: Director, Business Committee Member

Professional job: Senior Audit Manager (Keegan, Linscott, & Kenon, PC)

Affiliations: AICPA Member, ASCPA Member

Autism connection: Nephew with autism, Wife is a Behavior Interventionist working with children with autism

Expertise: Accounting; Finance; Management; Non-profits

Laura Valenzuela, M.S. CCC-SLP

Board Role:  Director, Program Committee Chair

Professional job: Speech Language Pathologist, Communication Consultant for behavior health services (Intermountain Centers).

Autism connection: Works directly with individuals and families affected by Autism.

Expertise: Communication Disorders, Applied Behavior Analysis

Hattie Groskind

Board Role: Director, Chair of Self-Advocate Council

Professional job: Student, Barn Manager at JCC Ranch Camp

Autism connection: Individual diagnosed with Autism

Expertise: First-person experience with Autism, public speaking, advocacy

Jonathan Reich

Board Role: Member Board of Directors, Family Advisory Committee and Housing Subcommittee

Professional job: Attorney in area of Elder Law including litigating issues in the Probate Court

Affiliations: Member of the Arizona Bar Association and National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Member of SAFEE (Stop Abuse and Financial Exploitation of the Elderly).

Autism Connection: I have a 24 year old son diagnosed with Autism and moderately hearing impaired. I am self diagnosed with multiple Autistic traits.

Expertise: Personal experience with Autism having gone through my son’s lifetime need for special help, IEP meetings, working with teachers and professionals as well as personal experience with traits and characteristics of Autism not known until after my son’s diagnosis. I also bring attorney experience in areas of Elder Law which include law for disabled and vulnerable.

Josh Anbar

Board Role: Board Member

Professional job: Doctoral candidate at the University of Arizona

Autism connection: Individual diagnosed with Autism

Expertise:  First-person experience with autism; public health; education

Affiliations: University of Arizona; Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health: American Public Health Association  

Dr. June Wood

Board Role: Board Member

Professional job: Consultant –Specializing in: Autism, Coaching-Asperger’s Syndrome, Tutoring –ADHD Learning Differences

Autism connection: Raised two boys diagnosed with autism

Affiliations: Educational Therapists Association, Autism Specialist

Expertise: PhD Psychology, M.A. Special Education, M.A. Marriage Family Therapy, LICSW-Emeritis (-Minnesota), NAU- Instructor in Applied Behavior Therapy-Education department, Founder of Buenaventure  Academy-  Special Needs Students, Teaching, Mental Health Counseling, Working with parents, teachers and children with Learning Differences