Progress to Date

Funds Raised 2017: $78,084

16% of ATPF 2017 Operating Budget

Children Screened: 13,042

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Team

Dayna Hoff, M.B.A.

Dayna Hoff, M.B.A.

Volunteer Executive Director, Co-Founder & Board Chief Executive Officer

Dayna Hoff has served as Volunteer Executive Director for Autism Tree Project Foundation since the foundation was established in 2003. Hoff has over 24 years of experience in sales and marketing with major corporations such as Johnson & Johnson, NCR and Siemens. Hoff is the catalyst for ATPF’s no cost 17 Programs and Services including the ATPF Early Intervention Preschool Screening Program, the ATPF Parent Mentor Program and the ATPF-University of San Diego Players Mentor Football & Baseball Programs. Hoff has raised over $1.5 million and given back to the autism community since founding ATPF in 2003. 

Dr. Michael L. Levy, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Michael L. Levy, M.D., Ph.D.

Chief of Neurological Surgery, Rady Children's Hospital & Clinical Professor of Surgery, UCSD School of Medicine, ATPF Board Officer

Dr. Michael Levy, Chief Neurosurgeon at Children's Hospital of San Diego Division of Pediatric Neurological Surgery and the University of California San Diego Division of Pediatric Neurological Surgery. With 24 years of medical practice, Levy's current hospital appointments also include LAC-USC Medical Center Los Angeles and USC University Hospital Los Angeles. He has served as Clinical Instructor, Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery and Associate Professor with Tenure of Neurological Surgery – all for the University of Southern California School of Medicine, as well as a Residency Program Director for the Division of Neurological Surgery at UC San Diego. Dr. Levy has been actively involved with ATPF since 2003.

Dr. Doris A. Trauner, M.D.

Dr. Doris A. Trauner, M.D.

Dr. Doris A. Trauner has served as Interim Chair of the Department of Neurosciences as well as Chair of the Health Sciences Faculty Council, Vice Chair of the Department of Neurosciences, and Chief of Pediatric Neurology at UCSD.

Widely recognized and respected for her academic leadership, Dr. Trauner has held a joint appointment in Neurosciences and Pediatrics since 1977. Her research emphasizes the cognitive consequences of conditions that alter brain development early in life. These include both structural and metabolic disorders affecting the developing brain. Her study subjects include children with neurodevelopment, genetic, and metabolic disorders.

Dr. Jean Novak, Ph.D.

Dr. Jean Novak, Ph.D.

ATPF Director of Global Research, Bay Area Early Intervention Screenings & Programs

Dr. Jean Novak is a bilingual professor in Speech Pathology and was the 1st Department Chair of the Communicative Disorders & Sciences Department at San Jose State University. She is a clinical supervisor for speech pathology graduate students in assessment and therapy clinics for children with speech, language, and communication disorders. She is Director of the Bilingual Toddler and Preschool Screening Project which is funded by the Autism Tree Project Foundation. The screening project provides students with training and offers the community a needed service.

 

Dr. Jennifer Oke, Ph.D.

Dr. Jennifer Oke, Ph.D.

Director & Founder of ATPF Mommy, Daddy & Me Playtime Group

Dr. Jennifer Oke, Ph D, is a clinical child psychologist specializing in the assessment and treatment of autism spectrum disorders. She is the Founder & Director of ATPF's monthly Mommy, Daddy & Me Playtime group. Dr. Oke received her doctorate under Dr. Laura Schriebman at UCSD. She has been practicing in the San Diego community for 18 years.

 

Lisa Kaufmann

Lisa Kaufmann

Director of Development

Lisa Kaufmann, a native of Seattle, Wasahington, earned her B.A. in Social Work from the Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego. Lisa has over ten years of experience in nonprofit management. Lisa joined the ATPF team in June 2008 and is the organization's only full time employee. Kaufmann oversees each of our 20 programs along with running the daily operations of the ATPF office, co-writing grant requests, producing all fundraisers and program events, maintaining ATPF daily social media and managing all ATPF website updates and manages all interns and volunteers. She also works directly with Dayna Hoff, ATPF Executive Director.

Bobbi Hanna

Bobbi Hanna

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

Bobbi Hanna recieved her associate of science degree in occupational therapy in 1997. She has over thirteen years of experience as a certified occupational therapy assitant working in private pediatrics practices, schools, and mental health settings in the San Diego community. She is a co-owner of Kids on the POINT OT, Inc.

Kara Dodds, M.S., CCC-SLP

Kara Dodds, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech-language Pathologist

Kara Dodds, M.S., CCC-SLP is a licensed speech-language pathologist and a a member of ASHA and CSHA. She is a director of Kara Dodds and Associates, Inc. a private practice in San Diego and specializes in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of children with Autism, Apraxia, sensory feeding disorders and in developmental delay. Dodds is the Director of the ATPF Early Intervention Preschool Screening Program. 

Patrick Thompson

Patrick Thompson

Alumni Liaison for ATPF Football Player Mentor Program

We are thrilled to have Patrick on our team! Patrick is a USD Football Player Alumni and is actively involved with our San Jose Sate University Football Player Mentor Program in the Bay Area. Thank you Patrick for your heart and love for our children and families living with autism! 

Joel Anderson

Joel Anderson

ATPF Artist, Author & 2013 Volunteer of the Decade

Joel's art at the age of five was well beyond his years.

He always has a pencil in hand. When Joel turned eleven he started painting, soon to follow was putting his art on note cards and starting his business "Joel's Vision Arts".

 

Kelly Greene

Kelly Greene

ATPF Graphic Designer

Kelly Greene is part of the ATPF Founders Committee and owner of Kelly Greene Design (www.kellygreenedesign.com). She has been the ATPF Graphic Designer & Art Director since the inception of the foundation 10 years ago. Kelly has created most of the foundation's important collateral materials and continues to serve ATPF in our marketing and branding efforts.

Karen Wright

Karen Wright

ATPF Ministry

My husband Tim and I were challenged by the demands that a special needs child puts on a family. Married in 1963, we have faced many seasons of life together. We know firsthand the power of prayer and how it can heal broken bodies, broken minds and broken hearts.

As the mother of three children and grandmother of five, the most important way to show my love for my family and friends is to pray for them. When you love people, accept them and allow them to be who God created them to be, you'll be amazed at what He will do in your relationships. It's an honor to be a part of the ATPF team and to share that love.

Tracy Shepler

Tracy Shepler

ATPF Parent Mentor Program Volunteer Director

Tracy has been a Parent Mentor with the Autism Tree for several years. Her family first connected with the Autism Tree in 2008, and initially participated in the Parent Mentor Program as Mentees. Over the years, as her situation has changed, she has served as a Parent Mentor and has found that role to be very rewarding. As a parent of a child on the Autistic Spectrum, she is very aware how isolating parenting a child with Autism can be. The Parent Mentor events are a great way to fellowship with other parents, enjoy adult time, and receive support and guidance from our team of Parent Mentors.

 

Victoria Ikerd-Schreiter

Victoria Ikerd-Schreiter

ATPF Spanish Programs

Since the diagnosis of her first child in September of 1999, Victoria has tirelessly advocated for the needs of both of her children in their struggle to overcome their disability. But her advocacy did not end with her children alone. It carried forward to fighting for individual children who are not hers, and the needs of children with autism and other special needs on the local, state, national, and now global level as well.

 

Yvette Soto

Yvette Soto

ATPF Spanish Programs Team & Annual Bi-National Health Week

Yvette has twins boys that were diagnosed with Autism in 2008. Yvette met Dayna Hoff through Dayna's husband, Todd, who happened to walk into Yvette's office to get a document notarized. Yvette & Todd talked for quite awhile and it could not have come at a better time as it was just a few months after her children had been diagnosed. 

Scott & Ann Leslie

ATPF Video Producers & ATPF Parent Mentors

As the parents of a child with autism, Scott and Ann understand first hand the need for therapeutic mainstream products that capture their son Gage's interest in a fun and motivating medium, while helping to improve his behavioral and communication skills.

Ann is the President of NoteAbilities, and is also Vice President & CFO of Eugene Scott Productions. She is a Parent Mentor for Autism Tree Project Foundation and has served on the board of Pomerado Hospital Mothers of Twins & Triplets Club for 2 years. She holds a BA of Psychology from UCSD.

 

Sandi Anderson

Sandi Anderson

ATPF-USD Football Player Mentor Program Founder

Sandi Anderson has been an active Autism Tree Project Foundation volunteer since its inception 9 years ago. She and her husband, Jeff have two adult sons on the autism spectrum. Her many years of experience advocating, homeschooling, and special needs trainings in academics; health and life skills enable her to encourage others in their journey with a vast resource of connections and creative solutions. Sandi is a founding member/chairman for Jeremiah's Ranch, a group home community being established in Fallbrook, CA.

 

Addie Godinho

Addie Godinho

Autism FITT Club & Annual Remodel Your Body for Autism

Addie's first daughter Reese was diagnosed with autism in 2006. Since then Addie started researching autism programs for exercise because the physical therapy in Reese's daily life was just not cutting it. "I was so disappointed when I couldn't find any outlets for children as they grew into their adolescent and teen years. Just 30 minutes a week with a physical therapist is not enough. It didn't sit well with me and I wanted to make a difference for families and their loved ones."

Helen Ghio

Helen Ghio

Co-Director Of ATPF School & Education Resources Team

Helen Ghio, Esq.

A 2001 graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law, Helen began her law career in real estate has worked at Luce Forward Hamilton & Scripps, Chicago Title Company, and Hovey & Kirby. She has been advocating for her son since he was born with cerebral palsy and other disabilities in 2002. Helen and her husband Chris Ghio have been involved with ATPF since its inception in 2003. She previously served on several nonprofit boards of directors and currently is involved with various other nonprofit organizations. Helen has also been a mentor in ATPF’s Parent Mentor Program for several years. She joined forces with Cara Lucier’s firm in 2015.
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Cara Clemens Lucier

Cara Clemens Lucier

Co-Director of ATPF School & Education Resources Team, Attorney & Faculty at University of San Diego & ATPF Board Secretary

After USD Law School, Cara began her career representing school districts in the areas of special education law, charter schools, and litigation. She represented school districts at IEP team meetings, mediations, due process hearings, and in Federal and state courts. When Cara’s son was diagnosed with Autism, Cara switched to assisting families with special needs. Cara is on the faculty at the University of San Diego, where she teachers Special Education Advocacy, Fundamental Legal Studies, Introduction to Law, and the Practice of Law. She is a Board Member for Autism Tree Project Foundation and was the Co-Chair of the Early Intervention Committee for the California State Senate Autism Task Force for South Counties. Cara is frequently asked to teach legal trainings and seminars in the area of education and disabilities law. Lucier has been active with ATPF since 2008. 

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Julie Guy

Julie Guy

Co-director of the Music Therapy Center of California

Julie Guy, M.M., MT-BC, NMT, a board-certified music therapist, is founder and co-director of the Music Therapy Center of California. She has received several grants and scholarships including a Craig's Fund Grant, Brian Smith Memorial Scholarship for Music Therapy Interns, MJ Gelder Performing Arts Fund, and he Kalamazoo Chapter National AMBUCS Living Endowment Fund.  

Jon Hickey

Jon Hickey

Director ATPF-USD Baseball & Football Player Mentor Program

Jon Hickey is the ATPF Co-Director for the USD Mentor Program have been married for 13 years to his wife Fran Pritchard, also Co-Director. They have two boys, Lawson currently 12, was diagnosed PPD NOS / ADHD at the age of 5. Their other son, Levi is currently 8. Shortly after receiving their son's diagnosis Jon found a way to support the autism community with his skills.

Brian Towle Zeugschmidt

Brian Towle Zeugschmidt

Director of ATPF Blue Horizons Program

Brian Towle Zeugschmidt is the General Manager for JetBlue Airways in San Diego and Palm Springs. Brian launched our ATPF Blue Horizons Program in 2013, helping children and families with autism to practice flying and traveling through the San Diego International Airport, TSA security lines and board an empty plane. 

Garret Hoff

Garret Hoff

Director of ATPF Intern & Young Volunteer Program

Garret Hoff is the Director of the ATPF Intern and Young Volunteer Program. He has been with the foundation and has volunteered at ATPF programs and events since 2006. 

Angela Neve, MT-BC

Angela Neve, MT-BC

Neurological Music Therapist

Angela Neve, MT-BC is a board-certified neurologic music therapist and co-owner of the Music Therapy Center of California. She has been working as a music therapist for over seven years in the San Diego area with children, teenagers and adults with autism. 

Breena Hayman, M.S

Breena Hayman, M.S

Speech-Language Pathologist

Breena Hayman, M.S., CCC-SLP is a licensed speech language pathologist and a member of ASHA and CSHA. Breena is a certified Hanen instructor and along with Kara Dodds, M.S., CCC-SLP also a certified Hanen instructor teach the parent training class "More Than Words".

Thomas Cobbs

Thomas Cobbs

USD Football Team Liaison - Autism Tree Project Foundation/USD Football Mentor Program

The ATPF/USD Football Mentor Program has been serving families affected by autism since the 2009 season. The program pairs up a USD ball player with a child on the spectrum and has created some lasting relationships ranging from mentors to buddies to big brothers. As the team liaison, Thomas is our point of contact with his teammates to communicate details about our events, assist in pairing up the players with children, and represent the team at ATPF functions. His infectious smile and big heart endear him to our kids and parents alike.



Manny Alefor

Manny Alefor

ATPF is happy to announce the newest addition to our team: Manny Alefor, our offical ATPF DJ! Thank you Manny for your huge heart and passion for our kids and families. Manny has 20+ years of experience as a ROCK STAR DJ. Manny has been an International DJ everywhere from Manila, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego.