Jared Perkins, MPA

Board Role: President

Professional job: Operations Director (TMC Children’s Clinic)

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

Vanessa Zuber

Board Role: Vice President

Professional job: Director of Employment Services (UCP of Southern AZ)

Affiliations: Transition Consortium; RSA Advisory Committee

Autism connection: Sibling with autism; service provider

Expertise: Advocacy; program development; employment and transition supports

Jared Perrine, CPA

Board Role: Treasurer, Business Committee Chair

Professional job: Accounting and Assurance Senior Manager (BeachFleischman, PC)

Affiliations:  AICPA Member, ASCPA Member, Boy Scouts of America Catalina Council Board Member and Audit Committee Chair

Autism connection: Son with Autism

Expertise: Accounting; Finance

Lynda Weigel-Firor

Board Role: Secretary

Professional job: Consultant/Grant writer (Independent)

Autism connection: daughter with autism

Expertise: fund development; non-profit management

Pete Schwarz

Board Role: Immediate Past President

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


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

Courtney Henson

Board Role: Honorary Director

Professional job: Attorney (Snell & Wilmer)

Autism connection: none

Expertise: law, fund development

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

Larry Mac

Board Role:  Director

Professional job: Broadcaster. Operations Manager – Arizona Lotus Mid-days 96.1 KLPX

Autism connection: Uncle of twin nieces with Autism

Expertise: Broadcasting, Marketing, Management

Hailey Thoman

Board Role:  Director

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