Board of Directors

Back Row:

  • David Van Etten, General Manager and owner of The Network Meeting Center; parent
  • Jack Fagan, Deputy Director, Operations, Hamilton Family Canter; former chair San Francisco Mayor’s Disability Council; previously, Program Director, The Arc of San Francisco 
  • Pamela Buttery, Real estate developer; 20 year board member of CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates; parent
  • Ronald Bixler, City College of San Francisco faculty; background in financial planning; Star Academy founding board member; parent
  • Camilla Bixler, AASCEND Co-chair; City College of San Francisco faculty; Support for Families honoree; SF Mayor’s Office of Disability honoree; Star Academy founding board member; parent
  • Greg Yates, AASCEND Co-chair; writer; handyman; zen student; creator,  autismtheory.orgadult on the autism spectrum;
  • James Ullrey, IT specialist; adult on the autism spectrum
  • Michael Bernick, Attorney; served as Director of California’s labor department, the Employment Development Department, from 1999 to 2004; Employment specialist; Author, The Autism Job Club; parent
  • Brian Jacobs, General Partner in Emergence Capital Partners, a venture capital firm focusing on technology-enabled services; parent
  • Keith Halperin, Sr. Technical Recruiter; AASCEND TV Host

Front Row:

  • Jacob Wang, Office Worker, adult on the autism spectrum
  • Stacey Kennedy, proprietor, StaceysPuppyLuv pet maintenance; performer, Barbary Coast Revue; AASCEND TV Commentator; adult on the autism spectrum
  • Franz Wolf, AASCEND Treasurer; Insurance specialist; previously, legislative aide to Congresswoman Jackie Speier
  • Paul Nussbaum, Handyman; writer; autism speaker; US Air Force veteran; Leader/Organizer of Expedition-Autism: Greenland 2017; adult on the autism spectrum
  • Will Bernick, recent graduate of California State University East Bay; works in law firm data entry; long distance runner; AASCEND TV Host; adult on the autism spectrum

Not Shown:

  • Adam Pollock, Math teacher; photographer; founder of Autastics, a support group for adults on the Autism Spectrum; adult on the autism spectrum
  • Steve Medina, Product management director; parent
  • Jennifer Schwartz, community volunteer; previously in pharmaceutical sales with Pfizer; parent
  • Jennifer Brooks, adult on the autism spectrum
  • Rachel Lawrence, health and social services worker, currently in Medi-Cal and food assistance programs