About Us

Staff

Ray Frieders

Brie Seward

Board Role: Executive Director, Marketing Committee Member
Autism connection:  Mother of a boy with autism and aunt to a nephew with autism
Expertise: Corporate Marketing/E-commerce, AZ Partners in Leadership (2015), The University of Arizona Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (ArizonaLEND) graduate (2017-2018), MA Communications Program (August 2020), Autism Society of America Marketing Task Force, Sonoran Center for Excellence in Disabilities Community Council

Ray Frieders

Maxine Mathews

Board Role: Information and Referral Specialist
Experience: Finding resources across Pima County in the mental and behavioral health community. Began working in mental health in 2007. Has worked for nonprofits since 2010.
Autism connection: Mother of a teenager diagnosed with Autism at age 4 and of an 11-year-old diagnosed with Autism at age 10.
Expertise: Navigating through behavioral health systems from initial diagnosis of Autism to transitioning to adulthood. Including working with State agencies and therapeutic agencies.

Ray Frieders

JC Rivers

Role: Grant writer
Experience: Over 15 years as a nonprofit fundraiser/grant writer.  Over 25 years as an executive/senior manager with municipal and voluntary hospitals, social service agencies, school systems, and academic institutions.
Autism connection: An aunt of an adult with autism. Substantial experience overseeing continuous quality improvement in health care services for individuals with disabilities living in community settings.
Expertise: Human Services, Pre K-12 and Higher Education, and Health Care

Officers

Kyle Lininger

Kyle Lininger, MPA, BCBA

Board Role: President
Professional job: Divisional Director of Integrated Health for Intermountain Centers
Autism connection: Family member
Expertise: Management, Leadership, Behavioral Health Expertise

Terry Randolph

Terry Randolph, MA, LPC

Board Role: Vice President
Professional job: Executive Vice President, Care Coordination at Pyx Health
Expertise: Management, Leadership, Behavioral Health Expertise, Strategic Planning

Kyle Lininger

Eric Peterson

Board Role: Treasurer
Professional job: Shareholder, Former-CFO or Shareholder, Retiring-CFO
Autism connection: Father of 20-year old son with autism
Expertise: Accounting and Finance, Management, ERP Systems, Succession Planning, Construction Industry, Consulting

Josh Anbar

Josh Anbar, DrPH, MPH

Board Role: Secretary
Professional job: Research Associate at the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) 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  

Ray Frieders

Ray Frieders

Board Role: Past President, 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

Directors

Courtney Henson

Eric Stark

Board Role: Director
Professional job: Senior Marketing Coordinator, Banner University Health Plans
Autism connection: He is an accomplished public speaker who openly shares his own lived experience facing and overcoming challenges including a diagnosis on the autism spectrum.
Expertise: He holds a JD degree from the Dickinson School of Law at Penn State and is a graduate of ASU’s School of Social Work - Tucson Campus with a Master’s in Social Work. In addition, Eric is also certified by the State of Arizona to provide peer support as a Recovery Support Specialist with over a decade of experience working in the behavioral health field. 
Affiliations: Teaches self-advocacy skills and how to more effectively navigate the public healthcare system.

Lynda Weigel-Firor

Diane Kent

Board Role: Director


Professional job: Director of EDvance, an educational support program designed to empower staff to advance the achievement of students with disabilities, Pima County School Superintendent’s Office.                                                                                       

Autism connection: Provided speech therapy to students with autism during 39-year career in public schools. Advocated for services and supports for students with autism as Assistant Director of Special Education in the Vail School District


Expertise: Communication Disorders

Catherine Riley

Catherine Riley, MD

Board Role: Director
Professional job: Developmental Pediatrician, Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Arizona
Affiliations: AZAAP medical director: Early Brain and Child Development
Autism connection: Medical provider
Expertise: medicine, education, and program development

Laura Valenzuela

Laura Valenzuela, M.S. CCC-SLP

Board Role:  Director, Program Committee Chair
Professional job: Speech Language Pathologist
Autism connection: Works directly with individuals and families affected by Autism.
Expertise: Communication Disorders & Applied Behavior Analysis

Amy Figliolino

Amy Figliolino

Board Role: Board Member
Professional job: Branch Manager for Tucson Federal Credit Union
Autism connection: Son with autism
Expertise: Management and Leadership

Courtney Broome

Courtney Broome

Board Role: Board Member
Professional job: Quality Improvement Management at P3 Health Partners. In my role, I work to try to reduce our patient's hospitalization rate and increase patients to get preventative care.  We do this by tracking the trending data of patients who go into the ER and hospitals frequently and implementing new interventions with physician practice groups. I also work as a BCBA at Optima Behavior Consulting where I provide support to  children with autism. 
Autism connection: My autism connection is that I started out working at Intermountain Academy that serves children with autism. After working at the school, I fell in love with serving individuals with autism. So much, that I decided to go back to school and get my master's in special education with an emphasis on behavior support. After completing my degree I was able to test for a BCBA license
Expertise: Knowledge of the behavioral health and physical health systems. I provide autism resources and referrals for families to get appropriate services. I also have knowledge of the insurance world as well.

Honorary Members

Pete Schwarz

Pete Schwarz

Board Role: Honorary Director and Chair of the 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

Courtney Henson

Courtney Henson

Board Role: Honorary Director
Professional job: Attorney (Snell & Wilmer)
Autism connection: none
Expertise: law, fund development

Lynda Weigel-Firor

Lynda Weigel-Firor

Board Role: Honorary Member
Professional job: Consultant/Grant writer (Independent)
Autism connection: daughter with autism
Expertise: fund development; non-profit management

Jared Perkins

Jared Perkins

Board Role: Immediate Past President
Professional job: CEO of The Children’s Clinics
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

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