Progress to Date

Funds Raised 2018: $245,517

46% of ATPF 2018 Operating Budget

Children Screened: 15,548

Team

Dayna Kay Hoff, M.B.A.

Dayna Kay Hoff, M.B.A.

Volunteer Executive Director, Co-Founder & Board Member

Since 2003, Dayna Hoff has transformed the autism community in San Diego and the Bay Area through her role as Founder and Volunteer Executive Director of Autism Tree Project Foundation (ATPF). ATPF, which Dayna founded with her husband, Todd, when their son, Garret, was diagnosed with autism at the age of 2 ½, is the only autism foundation in the region that focuses on combining the three areas of Research, Early Intervention and Programming. ATPF provides 20 free programs and services to the community and has invested $2.4 million back into the community under Dayna’s leadership.

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 over 200 interns and volunteers. She works directly with Dayna Hoff, ATPF Executive Director and the ATPF Board of Directors.

Rebecca Barron

Rebecca Barron

Operations Assistant

Rebecca Barron, a native of Los Angeles, California, earned her B.S. in Hospitality and Tourism Management from San Diego State University, with an emphasis in Meetings and Events. Rebecca has over four years of experience in the hospitality industry. Rebecca joined the ATPF team in September 2017 and is the organization’s Operations Assistant. Barron assists Lisa Kaufmann in overseeing each of our 20 programs along with running the daily operations of the ATPF office, producing all fundraisers and program events, maintaining ATPF daily social media and managing all ATPF website updates and manages over 200 interns and volunteers. She works directly with Lisa Kaufmann, ATPF Director of Development, and Caitlyn Hunter, ATPF Director of Financial Operations.

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. 

Karen Morrissey

Karen Morrissey

All Kids Academy Head Start Disabilities Coordinator

Karen Morrissey has been working for AKA Head Start for over 22 years. Her passion has always been helping families. The last 6 years has been focused on children with Special Needs and helping those families to navigate the complicated system of getter their children services. Karen joined the ATPF team in 2014 when ATPF partnered with AKA Head Start to provide free preschool screenings to more than 1,200 Head Start students. Karen works to "hold the hand" of any new families who are referred on for further evaluation through the ATPF Free 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 & ATPF International Ambassador

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.

 

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. 

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.

 

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

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

In 2003, Garret's parents, Todd and Dayna, founded ATPF when he was diagnosed with autism at the age of 2 1/2.  Since then, Garret has played a key role in growing ATPF to the incredible organization it is today-- providing more than 20 free programs to children and families impacted by autism in San Diego County and the Bay Area.  Since 2007, Garret has been a dedicated ATPF volunteer and wholeheartedly devoted himself to giving back to ATPF children and families. 

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. 

Michelle S. Connelly, M.A., CCC-SLP

Michelle S. Connelly, M.A., CCC-SLP

Speech & Language Pathologist

Michelle S. Connelly, M.A., CCC-SLP is a licensed speech-language pathologist and member of ASHA and CSHA with over 20 years’ experience. She is the founder of Connelly Speech & Language Clinic in the San Francisco Bay Area. Michelle is the Director of the ATPF Early Intervention Screening Program in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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".

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.

Serenitie Buyse

Serenitie Buyse

Serenitie Buyse is a medical student currently working as a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Epilepsy Division at UCSD Hospital. Serenitie and Michael L. Levy, MD, PhD, Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery Children's Hospital San Diego (CHSD) and Clinical Professor of Neurological Surgery at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine, have initiated ATPF’s Early Intervention Preschool Screening Longevity Study to review early intervention screening data from 2006 onward.