The Orange County Asperger’s Support Group is a nonprofit organization improving the quality of life for individuals with Asperger’s, High-Functioning Autism and PDD-NOS and their families.
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Meet Our Team
We’ve brought together a diversity of caring and involved community leaders.
Judi is active in the Orange County Transition Initiative and the OC Local Partnership Agreement where she is leading the benefits planning committee. Judi established the Autism in Entertainment Working Group and was recently award a Department of Developmental Services Grant to host and Autism in Entertainment Conference in the Spring of 2024. Judi retired from a career as a high technology marketing. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Math/Computer Science from UCLA (where she graduated Cum Laude) and an MBA from the Tepper School of Management, Carnegie Mellon University (where she graduated in the top ten of her class). Judi is married and is the mother of a 31-year-old son with High-Functioning Autism who is graduated as Cinema and Television major from CSUF.
Robin's daughter Erin graduated from UCI in 2020 and works as a Behavioral Therapist while pursuing her Master of Science Degree in ABA. She volunteers with OCASG as our Social Coordinator. Robin's son Josh was diagnosed with autism in 2016 at the age of ten. Robin is so grateful for the much-needed information, resources and support OCASG has provided her family and hopes she can give back to the group with her service.
For several years she and her husband were foster parents whose care included medically fragile and technology dependent minors leading to the formation of a non-profit designed to raise awareness and provide services for special needs children under the jurisdiction of the dependency courts. Deborah worked within various County Departments of Children and Family Services developing systems, policies and processes to improve outcomes for children in the foster care system, mentoring new personnel as well as youth under her direct supervision. She has been actively involved in the facilitation of transition programs through local school districts, integrating services across agencies including Employment Development Department (EDD), Department of Rehabilitation (DOR), Regional Center (RCOC & IRC) as well as multiple Social Services Agencies.
Serving in a variety of positions at University of California, Irvine Deborah has provided executive and administrative support to faculty and staff in the School of Medicine coordinating business and academic functions. Deborah earned her Associate of Arts in Science and Math at Victor Valley College, Bachelor of Arts degree in Life Span Developmental Psychology from California State University of San Bernardino and Health Care Executive MBA from Paul Merage School of Business at University of California, Irvine. Deborah considers herself blessed to be the mother of four children as well as the grandmother of four (for now).
Ken's son Kenneth was diagnosed with High-Functioning Autism at the age of three. Despite many challenges, Kenneth graduated from UC Riverside with a B.S. in Business and a concentration in accounting. Both Ken and Kenneth have gained significantly from active participation in the many inclusive activities offered by OCASG, including the outstanding Toastmasters Gavel Club.
As Treasurer of OCASG, Ken is responsible for managing the group's finances and ensuring that the group's financial resources are used effectively to support its mission. The OCASG is dedicated to supporting individuals with autism and their families by providing education, resources, and social opportunities. The group offers a variety of programs and services to support individuals with autism, including support groups, social events, and educational workshops. The Toastmasters Gavel Club is one of the outstanding programs offered by OCASG, providing individuals with autism with the opportunity to develop their communication and leadership skills.
Scott believes many people with Asperger’s are naturally suited for careers in the information sciences, and his initial volunteering with OCASG was teaching computer game programming classes to its members, in hopes of sparking a passion in some of them.
Scott is married and has two young adult children. He has a family member with High-Functioning Autism, who recently graduated from college with a BS degree in Computer Science.
Kenny has learned communication, public speaking, and leadership skills from being a member of the Toastmasters Gavel Club that is affiliated with the OCASG. He graduated from UC Riverside with a B.S. in Business Administration and has returned to Saddleback College to take additional classes to further his education and add to his skill set. Currently, he has a paid part-time accounting position at Optimentality and a part-time accounting position at the OCASG. In the past year, Kenny has been working full-time at Amazon, where he is being trained in data analysis.
Kenny is committed to helping with the Autism@Work initiative in Orange County, which will encourage local businesses to actively hire people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). He believes that individuals with ASD have unique talents and abilities that can benefit the workplace, and he is dedicated to promoting this message. Kenny is grateful for the many social activities offered by the OCASG, and he is committed to ensuring that the organization continues to provide valuable resources and support to individuals with ASD and their families.
Peggy’s family includes her husband, Chuck and her three (now grown) sons, Chad, Kyle and Zack. Zack, now 23, was officially diagnosed with Asperger’s when he was 13 years old, although the family’s path to navigating Zack’s journey started when he was much younger (6). Just as family life and fitness was Peggy’s lifeline in changing her trajectory, finding OCASG in 2018 has been a lifeline in helping Zack transition into adulthood.
In her spare time, Peggy enjoys hiking, paddleboarding, cycling and meditation. She is excited to join the OCASG Board of Directors and eager to help make a difference in the lives of those affected by Autism.