Team

Board of DirectorsOur Staff

    Sandra Murphy

    Coordinator

    TREASURER

    Sandra recently retired from a long-time top account executive position with Waterman Broadcasting (KTSA) after working successfully in print media. Sandra currently serves as Branch Office Assistant for Edward Jones Investments in San Antonio, TX, acting mentor at Ridgewood elementary and has served 20+ in the Alamo Heights Chamber of Commerce. Sandra tells of her passion towards serving as coordinator of aspergers101: “The reason I want to be on the board of AS101 is because I have seen first hand what a different it is to a family and children with aspergers through my dear friend Jennifer Allen and her son, Sam Allen.  With love, kindness, patience and education a child with aspergers can live a fulfilled life. You must choose the child first.  Everything else will fall into place as the child grows. I have been to quite a few seminars with Jennifer and the parents that come up to her and Sam and say “You have made a difference in my life” are profound.  I am honored to serve on the board of AS101.”

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      David Clapp

      SECRETARY

      David J Clapp is a financial advisor with the firm of Edward Jones. Working closely with select families in the San Antonio area, his team provides the expertise and foresight needed to provide current income, predictable growth and legacy giving. David became a limited partner with Edward Jones in 2011. David is a proud graduate of Texas A&M with a Bachelor of Science degree. He was also awarded a Master of Science degree from the University of Southern California. David is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner. As a father of 4 children, David has a passion for encouraging others to excellence through continuous improvement; and to remind them that as long as God keeps waking you up, He has a plan for your life.

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      Jennifer Allen

      CEO Aspergers101

      PRESIDENT

      After an extensive career broadcast marketing, Jennifer and her husband searched for answers when their oldest son hit the kinder years with great difficultly. After finally learning that their oldest son had Aspergers Syndrome, she left her career in television and became a full time mother to both of her sons. Jennifer elicited the participation of her sons and together they produced several independent programs including a children’s animated series titled Ameriquest Kids (now distributed by Landmark Media) as well as her documentary and book titled, Coping to Excelling: Solutions for school-age children diagnosed with High-Functioning Autism or Aspergers Syndrome.

      The need for more information encouraged Jennifer to elicit a team of autism experts to provide weekly, original content to a website free to anyone seeking to live their best under the diagnosis of High-Functioning Autism/Aspergers Syndrome… appropriately titled: Aspergers101.com.

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        Kirt Manecke

         

        Kirt Manecke is an award winning author and sales, marketing, and fundraising specialist who’s an expert at delivering amazing customer service that makes people smile. Kirt is passionate about helping teens and adults succeed. He wants to help people with autism and other special needs get and keep a job and live fulfilling lives, which is why he is thrilled to be working with Aspergers101. He hopes his information will make it easier for parents of kids and adults with special needs to make friends and get that job.

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          Gabriela Lemos

          Senior Editor Aspergers101 and Aspergers101 Weekly

          Gabriela Lemos was born in Porto Alegre, Brasil, and was raised in San Antonio, Texas. She is currently  a student at UTSA, graduating in December 2014 with a Bachelor degree in English. Brie states that she loves language and words, and the way in which people communicate with each other. She has always been interested and attracted to the  autism community. “I find those on the spectrum to be incredible in so many ways, and I believe we can all learn  from each other in our different strengths and weaknesses. I would love to use my talents to aid those who are not as strong in areas which I have confidence, and in turn receive an infinite amount of lessons and aid from those who I work with. Everything you send out, comes back to you, and I plan to practice sending out love and compassion every day”. We feel so fortunate to offer Brie’s talent of writing as well as her passion for autism awareness every week through Aspergers101 and our Aspergers101 Weekly.

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            Lisa Rogers

            Education K-12 Blog

            The Education (K-12) Blogs as well as the Special Ed Q & A  are written and maintained weekly by Lisa Rogers with Educating Diverse Learners.  Lisa received her M.A. in Special Education with an endorsement in the area of individuals with severe disabilities. Mrs. Rogers has also created products that have been used throughout the state of Texas for training purposes.  Through the Association for Texas Professional Educators [ATPE], Ms. Rogers has produced an online course that targets the importance of visual strategies for student with autism spectrum disorders and just released her highly anticipated book titled: Visual Supports for Visual Thinkers.

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              Louise O’Donnell Ph.D.

              Dr. O’Donnell is a licensed psychologist who provides neuropsychological or psychoeducational assessment of children and adolescents with suspected neurodevelopmental and genetic disorders. at the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas. She has a PhD in School Psychology with an emphasis in child neuropsychology from the department of Educational Psychology at the University of Texas in Austin. In addition to extensive clinical assessment background, she has in-depth knowledge of test design gained from her work with a leading psychological test publisher. It is her clinical assessment  and test design expertise that she puts to work for Aspergers101 by testing and data assessment of our “Driving with Autism” initiative with the Texas Department of Public Safety.

              More on Dr. Louise O’Donnell 

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                Dema Stout

                Feature Blogger

                Dema Stout is a Professional Certified Coach who specializes in coaching students and adults with neurological challenges such as AD/HD and autism spectrum disorders. She assists her customers with all aspects of their life such as relationships, education and careers. Additionally, she provides consultation to families who have “intense” children. Dema is owner of Greatness Coaching in San Antonio Texas and is a Certified Advanced Trainer of the Nurtured Heart Approach which she utilizes in her work. Aspergers101 is proud to share her knowledge and vast experience to benefit our audience.

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                  Autism Community Network

                  Medical Blog

                  Providing the weekly Medical Blogs are the team of professionals, doctors, occupational and behavioral therapists at San Antonio’s premiere Autism Diagnostic Clinic, the Autism Community Network.

                  Contributors include:

                  • Executive Director Dr. Loree Primeau
                  • Medical Director Dr. A Patricia Del Angel
                  • Training and Research Director Dr. Berenice de la Cruz
                  • Carrie Alvarado, OTR, PhD©, DIR/Floortime-Certified
                  • Lupe Castaneda, MS, BCBA
                  • Adriana Sanchez, MA, BCBA
                  • Dr. Gayla Aguilar, OTR, OTD, C-SIPT
                  • Megan Kunze, MA, BCBA

                  The ACN teams works to maximize the potential of children with autism through their  administrative, clinic, training and development departments. Their expertise on Aspergers Syndrome is offered to you through aspergers101.com.

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                    Samuel Allen

                    Asperger Blogger Autistically Speaking

                    Sam Allen has taken a pro-active approach to having autism. He is the inspiration behind and worked on the production/content for the documentary, Coping to Excelling: Solutions for school-age children diagnosed with High-Functioning Autism or Aspergers Syndrome. Sam offers his insights into the world of Autism through speaking at conferences as well as his weekly blogs on aspergers101.org. Currently enrolled in college working toward a degree in Engineering, Sam enjoys spending his time building high-end computers, on-line gaming and even took time to build a low-powered FM Radio station for fun. Sam’s take on having Aspergers is: “Don’t think of Autism as a weight but more like a pair of wings in which to soar”. 

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                      Alfred Chavira

                      Health and Wellness

                      Alfred Chavira, Any Baby Can’s Health and Wellness Director, holds a Bachelors in Biology and a Masters in Kinesiology. He has 10 years of experience in the field of health and wellness and 6 years of experience in adaptive fitness. Alfred also teaches a CEU Class titled “Teaching Strategies for Adapted Fitness”. He has presented strategies for adapted fitness at multiple conferences including: 2105 SHAPE America Southern District Conference, 2014 California Association for Health, Physical Education and Recreation, 2104 5-P Society Annual Conference, 2014 Autism Society of Greater Austin and more. We at AS101 are please to offer our readers/viewers the insights from Mr. Chavira!

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                        Tisha Gonzalez

                        Education/Parent Training

                        Tisha Gonzalez (M.A., SLP, ATC, BCBA) holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Disorders and a Master of Arts in Special Education. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, licensed speech pathologist, holds an Advanced TEACCH Certification, Early Childhood Teacher Certification and a Special Education Teacher Certification. Tisha has 35 years of experience in the autism field and was a special education teacher and autism specialist for SAISD for 20 years, where she received the Texas Education Agency reommendation for Model Autism Program. She has presented at Texas and various other state conferences on autism support, teaching academics to students with autism, behavior support and communication training. Tisha is also no stranger to international presentations for she has presented at conferences in Europe, Ireland and South Africa. Tisha currently serves as the Director of Autism Family Services at Any Baby Can in San Antonio, Texas.

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                          Sandra Jacobs, M.A., ATC, BCBA

                          Sandra currently serves as the Autism Services Coordinator at Any Baby Can in San Antonio, Texas. Her background working in Public Schools with Special Education has provided her working knowledge of working with Autism/Asperger youth. Aspergers101 is pleased to offer our readers/viewers the insights of Sandra Jacobs!

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                            Jessica Nieminski

                            Family

                            Jessica joins aspergers101 team of writers as a single mother of two extraordinary children who believes that all children deserve the love and acceptance that they give out.  Follow Jessica in the Family section of aspergers101 and share in her personal stories as she will cry and laugh her way through life.  Jessica blogs regularly on her site, My Extraordinary Child,  a place where parenting is discussed, tears and sarcasm come to meet, and differences are celebrated.  “Unless the world stops limiting opportunities for people of all abilities, I never will. Join me on a journey of tears, laughter, and courage”.  -Jessica Nieminski

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                              Ken Kellam

                              Blogger

                              Ken Kellam III was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome in his late 30’s, and has worked with Autism Treatment Center of Texas since 2003. He is currently the administrative assistant to the clinical director. He also helps facilitate three different self-advocate groups, and in the Spring of 2015 was presented with the “Angel Award” by the National Autism Association of North Texas for the works he has done with these groups. He has also done public speaking on the subject of autism/Asperger syndrome, and has spoken to various educational and parental groups. When not involved with autism, Ken has led the singing at the same church since 1988, and has also been the fill-in preacher at this same church. In 2006 he was called on to sing the National Anthem at the Autism Society of America’s national convention in Dallas, and performed the same song at ATC’s rodeo fundraiser. He also enjoys writing, and formerly wrote articles for a website dedicated to reality television. In 2011 he got married for the first time, and his wife Rachel works for ATC in Adult Services. Ken graduated from Oklahoma Christian University in 1987 with a Bachelor’s in Mass Communications, and once worked as a radio traffic reporter, interactive announcer and writer, and news producer in Dallas. He views Asperger’s as a difference, not a defect, and has come to appreciate the positive aspect’s of Asperger’s. Contact Ken

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                                Marcia Eckerd PhD

                                Marcia Eckerd PhD has been in practice as a licensed psychologist since 1985. She is on the CT ASD Advisory Council and the Clinical Advisory Committee of the Aspergers/Autism Association of New England, as well the professional advisory board of Smart Kids with LD. Dr. Eckerd specializes in working with individuals of all ages who have issues with social understanding, rigid thinking, anxiety and emotional control whether or not they are diagnosed as “on the spectrum,” NLD, anxious or even ODD. With my experience in neuropsychological evaluations and therapy, I integrate a comprehensive understanding of patients that includes:

                                • cognitive processing
                                • emotional development and dynamics
                                • life stressors
                                • co-existing conditions such as ADHD, mood and anxiety disorders and LD

                                In therapy, she addresses these issues with modular cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), collaborative problem solving, social skills coaching and mindfulness training as well as innovative techniques such as video teaching. Trained extensively in stress reduction techniques, which are effective for all ages, Dr. Eckerd says these are simple scientifically proven techniques that repair the damage of stress to the body and increase stress resilience. Dr. Eckerd also performs extensive neuro-psychological evaluations. Using this knowledge, she often consults with parents, schools, advocates and attorneys to help best meet a child’s needs in school programs or a young adult’s needs in college. Aspergers101 is privileged to pass on the knowledge and experience from Dr. Eckerd by way of her blogs!

                                You may contact Marcia Eckerd PhD directly:

                                91 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06851 and
                                1261 Post Road Suite 203, Fairfield, CT
                                203-299-1331
                                Eckwestoff@gmail.com
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                                  Alix Generous

                                  Asperger Blogger Autistically Speaking

                                  Alix’s childhood was hindered by undiagnosed Aspergers until she learned to harness her gifts. Now, at 21 years old, she has already done what most people can only hope to do in their lives; speak to the UN, make a major scientific contribution, give a TED talk, and travel the world.

                                  Alix was misdiagnosed as a child. Told she was strickened with a plethora of mental illnesses and learning disabilities, she spent years desperately seeking answers until she found the right kind of help that enabled her to flourish; piano playing, composing, ballet and science.

                                  Alix is an undergraduate student in Vermont working toward a degree in neuroscience. She is also currently working on several research projects studying autism  and schizophrenia. She utilizes the college learning disabilities accommodation program  and now lives comfortably with her challenges.

                                  Aspergers101 is thrilled to offer you the insights and brilliance of Alix!

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                                    Christopher Aaron Seltzer

                                    Blogger

                                    Christopher Aaron Seltzer, despite the most promising of early childhood days and the effort he put into his education, continues to be brushed aside by most employers, as is unfortunately the case for quite a lot of Autistic adults. Noticing that the order of the day in the movement for awareness of, education about, and opportunities for those diagnosed with Autism is heavily centered on very young children, his current efforts are to remind activists within the movement that diagnosed adults were once children too, and they don’t stop needing help just because they’re a bit more mature. After dreams of being an editor at a major publication, a police officer, a member of the Coast Guard, a published author, a bartender, a legal assistant, the owner of a small business providing solar energy, and just working at a local comic book store, and indeed taking courses of intellectual study and physical training to achieve these ends, he now works at a local fast food restaurant, the only employer that saw fit to take him seriously enough to hire him and treat him with a kind of fairness.
                                    As Joseph said to Clarence in the opening scene of a film titled It’s a Wonderful Life, “no, George Bailey isn’t sick. It’s much worse than that: he’s discouraged.”
                                    Christopher Aaron Seltzer is discouraged. His goal through Aspergers101 is to prevent discouragement from taking root in other Autistic adults, and reminding the rest of the world that we adults with Autism do in fact exist. He was born on October first, in the Chinese Year of the Dog, and as such he identifies strongly with canines that genuinely want to be loyal and steadfast to a cause or to a person, but are either mistreated or left to roam out in the street.
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                                      Reese Eskridge

                                      Reese Eskridge is a Production Technician  with Fairville Products who is passionate about working in the sciences (biology) and wishes to take his work experiences further into the fields of Educational Neuroscience; Science Fiction; Freelance Writing; Disability Advocacy; Public Speaking; Leadership and Entrepreneurship. Aspergers101 is proud to offer the insights and perceptions of the talented Mr. Eskridge  to our team of bloggers as he is a great example of living life on the spectrum to it’s fullest!

                                      You may contact Reese Eskridge directly at: reeseesk@udel.edu

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                                        Dr. Marc Ellison

                                        Education – College Blog

                                        Marc Ellison, Ed.D. is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and an approved Licensed Professional supervisor (ALPS) who has worked nearly 30 years to provide person-centered support, services and advocacy to individuals who live with autism spectrum disorders, their families and those who support them. He has supported individuals with ASD throughout their lifespan, as they moved to the community from state-supported institutions, searched for and obtained employment, entered into relationships, and transitioned into college. Dr. Ellison is the Executive Director of the West Virginia Autism Training Center, and a part-time professor at Marshall University.

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                                          Nikki Jeanette

                                          AuTalkz

                                          Nikki is the creator of the webcomic “AuTalkz”. She has Asperger’s Syndrome and found relief from panic  attacks by doodling. Nikki wanted to make a comic which went back to the “bare basics” of past comics:  ones l  like Calvin & Hobbes which could teach lessons and procure laughter without the use of bad language and-or  graphic violence….she called this comic strip “AuTalkz“. “The idea was for the opinions and comedy to come  from the viewpoint of someone with ASD.  I decided to branch out and do something I’ve always wanted to  do:  Help people understand autism.  My hope is that my comic can help promote understanding, particularly  teachers who have students on the spectrum, parents who have children on the spectrum, and even kids and  workers who have classmates and co-workers on the  spectrum”. We would agree and are proud to feature  Nikki and her fabulous work, AuTalkz, on aspergers101.com

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                                            Dr. John Habershon

                                            Dr John Habershon has spent many hundreds of hours conducting in-depth interviews during his career in consumer and social research. Over the last eight years he has analysed the nonverbal responses captured on video on a wide range of topics, ranging from favorite products and advertising on TV, to bereavement and stress at work.

                                            He became involved in work for those on the autism spectrum through friends with Asperger’s in the family and has created Emotions Reader, an interactive program with quizzes to help users identify facial expressions.

                                            John has a long standing interest in understanding emotions, having gained his PhD on the psychological effects of unemployment at Imperial College, London University. He has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

                                            Reading Emotions System

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                                              Matthew Rozsa

                                              Guest Blogger/Autistically Speaking

                                              Matt Rozsa is a Ph.D. student in history at Lehigh University, as well as a political columnist. His editorials have been published on Salon, the Good Men Project, Mic, MSNBC, and various other newspapers and blogs. Matt actively encourages people to reach out to him at matt.rozsa@gmail.com.

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                                                Katherine Goodsell

                                                Family

                                                Katherine completed her B.A. in Early Childhood Education and the Masters program, specializing in Family and Community Services at Ashford University. She now has the unique opportunity to write social stories and high-interest/low-literacy stories for older beginner readers and to speak as a certified TIME TO TEACH trainer, traveling the country to promote teacher effectiveness skills. She is married to Scott and together they have five children. Our youngest was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at age three. In addition to contributing valuable family content to aspergers101.com, Katherine’s goal is to increase the number of high-interest, low-literacy stories for struggling readers to enjoy and increase their literacy abilities on her blog Tiny Seeds for a bright future.

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