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Board of Directors

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Jeremy Goldbach

Board of Directors, Chair

Jeremy is an Associate Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs at teh University of Southern California Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. He joined the faculty in 2012 after completing both his mater’s and doctoral degrees in Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, specializing in prevention science. Jeremy has two kids, Elias and Holland, and a partner, Evan, who support his work on the Board.

 

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Brandi Pinsker

Board of Directors, Vice Chair

Brandi joined William’s Community School in 2012 when she enrolled her son Eli who has classic austim. After attending first grade in public school, she quickly realized that he needed a more personalized education. Using the flexibility of a small private school environment, she delights in creating programs and activities that inspire the students and foster a strong community among the parents. Her career in the toy industry keeps her connected to kids year-round and drives her passion to infuse education with play.

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Tiffany Behning

Board of Directors, Treasurer

Tiffany is a board-certified CPA. During the last 15 years, her career has given her the opportunity to work in many different industries including software )for and not for profit), governmental staffing, retail, and medical billing. Her skills include accounting, financial analysis, and forecasting both in the US and internationally, which allows for some fun work travel. She enjoys reading, traveling, snuggling with her dog, and spending quality time with family and friends. Through some of these friendships she has met children with autism and parents of children with autism. She learned very quickly that one person’s challenges and successes with autism are very different from another’s. Each child and family must learn what works for them. She was happy to find an organization where the focus is on providing individual and inclusive learning for children.

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Kristi Swice, M.Ed., BCBA

Board of Directors, Secretary

Kristi is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and co-founder of Autism Spectrum Instructional Resources, LLC (ASpIRe).  She has provided ABA services to children with developmental disabilities since 1998.  Kristi graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor degree in Psychology before returning to UT to complete her Masters of Education with an emphasis on Autism/Developmental Disabilities and Early Childhood Education.  She sits on the board of the Autism Society of Greater Austin and is a member of the Austin regional advisory task force to the Texas Council on Autism & Pervasive Developmental Disorders.

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Abel Garcia

Board of Directors

Abel Garcia is a seasoned key contributor for IT/Operations/Infrastructure teams with expertise in provisioning, networking, systems, security and global data center infrastructure. Managing the budgets, forecasting and planning lifecycle through implementation and data center deployment. Excellent negotiation skills with vendor relationships offering the ability to reduce costs across the board for all operating and capital expenditures. His expertise in IT/Operations and Infrastructure teams will be a great value-add to WCS. As a board member, Abel believes it is important that we offer students a bridge from education to productivity in the workplace. There is no substitute for the empowerment to contribute to a common workplace goal and be rewarded for those efforts mentally and fiscally.

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Allison Gouris, M.Ed., BCBA

Board of Directors

Allison has 25 years experience working with children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. She has11 years experience teaching in the public school system and has implemented Applied Behavior Analysis privately since 1999. Allison is co-founder of Autism Spectrum Instructional Resources, LLC (ASpIRe).  She received her Master of Education from the University of Texas at Austin with a major in Special Education and an emphasis on Autism/Developmental Disabilities and Early Childhood Education. She received her Bachelor of Education from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1987. Allison is a member of the Austin regional advisory task force to the Texas Council on Autism & Pervasive Developmental Disorders and has served as President of the Autism Society of Greater Austin.

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Tony Hall

Board of Directors

Tony joined William’s Community School after his son Jamus attended the shcool for a year. Jamus’ improvement at the school was dramatic and it motivated Tony to give back. Tony is a sofware development executive and entrepreneur in the high technology space. He has a passion for education and a drive to help Wiliamm’s expand its current reach. Tony holds a degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Texas. When not spending time with his wife Priscilla, their children Jamus, Jace and Joey, Tony enjoys the outdoors from atop his mountain bike.

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Jessica Levesque

Board of Directors

Jessica is a long-time advocate for individuals with Autism. She has served as the WCS Development Chair the last five years, and Board member for just over three years. When she is not volunteering her time and talents at William’s, she is actively involved in the parent teacher organization at AISD Pillow Elementary School.

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Suzanne Potts, LMSW, MPH

Board of Directors

Suzanne joined the William’s Community School board in spring 2018 and is an autism parent and advocate. She most recently served as the Executive Director of the Autism Society of Texas providing information, referrals, advocacy, education and recreational opportunities to people affected by autism across the state. She has experience advocating in local, state and national levels, and teaches at the University of Texas, Austin Graduate School of Social Work and George Washington University, Sports Philanthropy Certificate program.

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