Our Team

Get to know our Staff, Volunteer Program Directors, and Core Team Leaders!

Our Staff

Rebecca Barron
Rebecca Barron
Director of Operations
Caitlyn McTaggart
Caitlyn McTaggart
Grant Writer & Finance
Dayna Kay Hoff, M.B.A.
Dayna Kay Hoff, M.B.A.
Co-Founder & Executive Director

Our Volunteer Program Directors

Kara Dodds, M.S., CCC-SLP
Kara Dodds, M.S., CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist & Co-Director of Autism Tree San Diego Early Intervention Preschool Screening Program
Breena Hayman, M.S., CCC-SLP-COM
Breena Hayman, M.S., CCC-SLP-COM
Speech-Language Pathologist & Co-Director of Autism Tree San Diego Early Intervention Preschool Screening Program
Jean Novak, Ph.D.
Jean Novak, Ph.D.
Director of Autism Tree Global Research, Founder of Autism Tree Bay Area Early Intervention Screenings & Programs
Michelle S. Connelly, M.A., CCC-SLP
Michelle S. Connelly, M.A., CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist & Director of the Autism Tree Bay Area Early Intervention Screening Program
Angela (Neve) Meier, M.M., MT-BC, NMT
Angela (Neve) Meier, M.M., MT-BC, NMT
Co-Director of the Autism Tree Musical Playgroup and In Harmony Programs & Neurological Music Therapist
Julie Guy, M.M., MT-BC, NMT
Julie Guy, M.M., MT-BC, NMT
Co-Director of the Autism Tree Musical Playgroup and In Harmony Programs & Neurologic Music Therapist
Jon Hickey
Jon Hickey
Director of Autism Tree-USD Football & Baseball Player Mentor Programs
Marilee Burgeson, M.A., CCC-SLP
Marilee Burgeson, M.A., CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist & Autism Tree-NCL Girls Mentor Program Liaison
Helen Ghio
Helen Ghio
Co-Director of Autism Tree School & Education Resources Program
Garret Hoff
Garret Hoff
Director of the Autism Advance Program for Professional Development & Founder of the Autism Tree Intern & Volunteer Program
Michelle McGowan
Michelle McGowan
Director of Autism Tree Parent Mentor Program & Navigating Neurodiversity Programs
Melissa Sargent
Melissa Sargent
Director of the Autism Tree Heart & Hooves Therapy Program
Chris Reingen
Chris Reingen
Founder of the Autism Tree-PLNU Soccer Player Mentor Program
Larisa Hall
Larisa Hall
Director of the Autism Tree Adaptive Dance Program & Executive Director of Tap Fever Studios
Santana Getz
Santana Getz
Director of the Autism Tree LEGO Therapy Program & Sibling Support Group Program
Otto Lana
Otto Lana
Founder & Director of the Autism Tree Typers Social Club and Book Club Programs
Gregg Cady
Gregg Cady
Autism Tree Community Partner & Farm Manager at Wild Willow Farm
Sierra Reiss
Sierra Reiss
Autism Tree Community Partner & Education Coordinator at Wild Willow Farm
Kat Greene
Kat Greene
Director of the Autism Tree Bridge to the Beach Program
Anlin Zhang
Anlin Zhang
Co-Founder of the Autism Tree Coding Program
Hannah Zhang
Hannah Zhang
Co-Founder of the Autism Tree Coding Program
Michelle Ripol
Michelle Ripol
Director of Autism Tree Girls in STEM Program
Anica Tillu
Anica Tillu
Founder & Director of the Autism Tree Kid Fitness Program
Alexa Zaino
Alexa Zaino
Founder of the Autism Tree Adaptive Arts Program
Brian Towle Zeugschmidt
Brian Towle Zeugschmidt
Director of Autism Tree Blue Horizons Program
Karen Wright
Karen Wright
Director of Autism Tree Ministry

Our Core Team Leaders

Julie Bronstein
Julie Bronstein
Volunteer Advisor
Sandi Anderson
Sandi Anderson
Founder of Autism Tree-USD Football Player Mentor Program
Joel Anderson
Joel Anderson
Author, Animator, Artist & Autism Tree International Ambassador
Bobbi Hanna, COTA/L
Bobbi Hanna, COTA/L
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
Jennifer Oke, Ph.D.
Jennifer Oke, Ph.D.
Founder of Autism Tree LEGO Therapy Program
Jeff Snyder
Jeff Snyder
Autism Self-Advocate, Writer & Public Speaker
Terrence Patridge
Terrence Patridge
Autism Tree Spokesperson & Liaison for the San Diego Symphony
Vincent Ghio
Vincent Ghio
Spokesperson for the Autism Tree Blue Horizons Program

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