Meet Our Leadership Team
Brad has a degree in English from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo and holds both a single subject credential and a moderate-severe education specialist credential. Brad has conducted numerous trainings for educators, parents, and law enforcement. He has also been active in facilitating our Reverse Mainstreaming Program.
Family, surfing and crocodile wrangling are all close to Brad’s heart.
ASSISTANT PROGRAM DIRECTOR
PROGRAM SPECIALIST / CONSULTANT
When on site at Morgan Autism Center, Sun enjoys supporting teachers, staff and students with development of curriculum, instruction, administration, training and behavioral support. With a focus on a higher quality of life for students and clients, Sun continues to embrace the idea of lifelong education for all as she teaches the skills our students and clients need, in the most functional and practical form, with love and kindness.
DIRECTOR OF FINANCE AND BUSINESS
DEVELOPMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR
Lisa joined Morgan Autism Center in 2002. Having grown up with two special needs family members, Lisa has always been passionate about making the world a better place for these special individuals. She immediately fell in love with Morgan Autism Center’s culture and began working as an instructional aide in one of the younger classrooms. In 2012, Lisa began assisting with the organization’s fundraising efforts part-time while studying nursing at University of San Francisco. She quickly realized how much she enjoyed raising money and awareness for such a worthy cause and decided her true calling was at Morgan Autism Center. She is now the Development and Communications Director and manages the fundraising efforts of the organization.
In her free time, Lisa loves reading, being out in nature, photography and spending time with her husband, son and their 3 dogs.
ADMINISTRATIVE SPECIALIST / ART THERAPIST
By divine intervention, Nicole met Morgan Autism Center’s then Executive Director, Jennifer Sullivan. Immediately Jennifer asked Nicole if she could teach students how to paint because they just lost their art therapist and would she be interested in a job in their Art Enrichment Program.
Over 9 years, Nicole has had the privilege of teaching art to our clients and students. She is passionate about helping them cultivate their artistic skills as well as supporting their development through adaptive art curriculum. Nicole is also a part of the administration team, using her creative and administrative talents to further Morgan Autism Center’s mission. When she has free time, Nicole spends it with family, gardening, and spoiling her Boston Terrier, Puka.
DEVELOPMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATE
She enjoys working for Morgan Autism Center because the students and staff are so kind and welcoming. It’s an overall loving environment that she’s blessed to be a part of. In her free time, she loves to coach volleyball, visit the beach, and enjoys a good nap.
ROOM 1 TEACHER
Rob has been with the Morgan Center for over 14 years! Originally a theatre geek with a B.A in Technical Theatre and Design from San Francisco State Universtiy, as well as 5+ years of professional stage management experience, Rob landed at the Morgan Center completely by chance! He fell in love with the students, the culture, the climate and the sense of family at MAC. Having worked as an Instructional Aide, Rob is excited to have taken on a lead teaching role while he pursues his credential in special education. In his free time, Rob loves cooking, being creative, and video/board gaming. He is also happily partnered to his wonderful husband who he has been with for over 16 years.
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Kristin grew up in Tucson Arizona and went to the University of Arizona for Elementary Education. She moved to San Jose in 2007 and has been working at the Morgan Autism Center ever since. Kristin received her masters in Special Education and enjoys cooking for her friends and family. She lives with her husband and 2 children.
In 2003, Tyler received a bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University in Child and Family Development. Following graduation, he worked as a 1-to-1 aide at a public high school with a student who had high functioning autism. Tyler then moved to San Jose and worked in a couple of different special education programs before coming to Morgan Autism Center.
Adult Program Team
ADULT PROGRAM DIRECTOR
COMMUNITY INTEGRATION PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Board of Directors
Retired now from a career as a professional fundraiser, Nena is involved in her community through volunteering and teaching Pilates. An avid reader and outdoor explorer, she enjoys hiking, swimming and boogie boarding. Nena holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History from George Washington University and an MFA in Dance from Tisch School of the Arts.
Tom works at Twitter in the Supply Engineering organization and he and his family enjoy boating, hiking, biking and all things outdoors. Like many of you, he is looking forward to 2020 being hindsight.
Christopher decided to join Morgan Autism Center’s Board of Directors in 2013 in an effort to assist with the marketing and communications functions at the school. As secretary of the board, Christopher is responsible for ensuring the accuracy of board documentation and reporting. He is also head of the Communications Committee.
Professionally, Christopher worked at Apple for 12 years in various communications roles. He completed his career there in 1996 as vice president of corporate communications. He also served in executive marketing roles at various high-tech start-ups, completing his business career at Google as Creative Director from 2000 to 2006. He attended Stanford University, where he received a BA in 1980 and master’s degree in English literature in 1981.
As an Architect, Jeffrey brings his design, construction and project management experience to help assist with the organization’s campus and logistic needs and as a member of the Campus Facilities Committee. He aspires to help guide Morgan Autism Center in its vision for the future.
Jeffrey is a graduate of Architecture from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and is the proud father of two teens, Kennedy (17) and Maverick (16) who both attend Branham High School.
Greg has served as Director of Planned Giving for Mercy Foundation in Sacramento, and as a trust officer for both Union Bank of California, Bank of the West and now Fremont Bank. He is a member of the Estate Planning Councils of East Bay, Diablo Valley, Tri Valley, Peninsula, South Alameda and Santa Clara. In 2009, 2010 and 2011 Greg was a keynote speaker on “Investing for Court Supervised and Non-Supervised Trusts” at the annual PFAC (Professional Fiduciary Association of California) conference.
He has a BSC and MBA in Finance from Santa Clara University and an MS in Operations Research from University of Kent, Canterbury in England. He has three grown children and lives with his wife Karen in Sacramento.
As a result of his years of work experience with special needs trusts, Greg got to know Morgan Autism Center through its parents. The more he learned, the more he wanted to become involved and asked to join the board.
On my very first visit to Morgan Autism Center, I was sold. It was clear from my exposure to the kids, the faculty, the community, and the Morgan Center teachings, that Morgan Autism Center was an incredible place. Although I do not have a child in the program, it was readily evident to me how much the lives of the students were enriched by the individualized and compassionate teachings there.
At the time I first became associated with Morgan Autism Center, I was working as an attorney in private practice, having transitioned from a 5 year career in public accounting (CPA), then pursuing my educational studies in law (JD/LLM) and initially starting my legal career as an associate attorney for a mid-size law firm. Through the years that I have assisted Morgan Autism Center in navigating its growth, I also navigated a career in private law practice as well as an executive in health care. I am currently the CEO of Power Personnel, a healthcare staffing company that my wife, Cynthia Stewart, and I provide strategic leadership for and manage. Power Personnel is distinguished for its reputation for outstanding service delivery and was named as one of the top 100 fastest growing healthcare staffing companies by Staffing Industry Analyst.
As a member of Morgan Autism Center’s Finance Committee, I have had the pleasure of working with fellow committee members Barbara Wright (Board) and Doug Stevens (Business Manager) to assist the center in achieving its financial growth. We all believe the broad community impact that Morgan Autism Center has from its conferences, educational programs, and consulting services about autism to multiple school districts makes it one of the unsung heroes of Silicon Valley. We are all proud to support the charitable mission of the Morgan Autism Center.
In addition to for-profit businesses, Kevin has extensive experience working with nonprofits. His former clients include the San Francisco Exploratorium, Fremont Christian School, Esalen Institute and Presidio Knolls School. Kevin aided his clients to acquire or refinance their campuses, expand facilities or move locations. His relationship with Morgan Autism Center precedes joining the board as he provided the financing to acquire its permanent home in Willow Glen.
Kevin holds a Bachelor’s degree from UC Santa Barbara and a MBA from the USC Marshall School of Business.
Ted’s position and purpose of being on the board is to help focus on the long-term viability of the organization. Ted uses his background at Merrill Lynch as a Senior Vice President of Wealth Management at the Santana Row branch to do so. He is proud to say that the diligent and persistent efforts by faculty in the past are evident in the service Morgan Autism Center provides now. With the forward thinking of fellow board members and the drive of the entire staff, Morgan Autism Center can continue to prosper and be on the leading edge of the continual changing face of Autism.
A special thanks goes out to all the people who give of their time and money, allowing Morgan Autism Center to be successful in what it does!
Joe has a BS in Business from Southern Methodist University and an MBA from the Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania.
Joe has three children, two which have special needs and who are students at Morgan Autism Center.
Given his background, connecting with Morgan Autism Center was a natural fit for Reuben. Reuben’s wife had the good fortune to meet fellow board member, Lindley Zink, in 2001 through the Silicon Valley Leadership program. Lindley was seeking potential candidates for the Morgan Autism Center’s Board and she referred him to Reuben. Reuben subsequently joined and served enthusiastically for a few years until work-related travel requirements demanded most of his time.
In 2014, his path crossed with Morgan Autism Center again, when he visited with Executive Director, Brad Boardman, about volunteering with the Adult Program. Almost immediately, Reuben received a call from Lindley asking him to join the board again. Without hesitation, Reuben agreed because he knew how important Morgan Autism Center is to the community.
In addition to serving on Morgan Autism Center’s Board, Reuben is still professionally active. He advises caregivers about therapeutic recreation services and provides behavioral training and positive reinforcement courses to staff of day programs and residential care homes.
Reuben has been happily married for over 45 years and he and his wife spend their free time traveling, gardening, playing golf, fishing and remodeling their home…when they aren’t visiting their grandchildren.
Jennifer was honored to join Morgan Autism Center’s Board of Directors in 2015. In this capacity, she is also a member of the Communications Committee, which assists with the marketing functions at the school.
“I always look forward to working with the rest of the Board and the campus community to elevate the profile of this remarkable school,” Jennifer says.
In addition to her current role as a board member, Jennifer has previously volunteered for a number of other activities at Morgan Autism Center. She has served as co-chair of Starry Starry Night, Morgan Autism Center’s annual fundraising gala; co-chair of the annual Golf Classic; and a member of the Development Committee.
Jennifer’s professional career has included a variety of roles within media, creative, marketing, global advertising and research. She is currently a Marketing & Brand Strategy Consultant, advising C-Level and senior executives brand positioning, go-to-market media strategy, marketing effectiveness, and revenue growth opportunities.
When she’s not working, Jennifer enjoys outdoor sports (especially when she can include Jillian), entertaining, and spending time with family and friends.
In 2010, Lindley retired as Assistant Sheriff for the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office, after working there for more than 33 years. Lindley is happily married and has been for more than 45 years, and he and his wife have one adult daughter. Lindley currently has a bakery catering business, Lil Bites Bakery, and hopes to one day open an actual bakery in the area. He also serves on two other boards and spends most of his free time either playing golf, playing with his dog or baking.
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