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.
Meet Our Team
We’ve brought together a diversity of caring and involved community leaders.
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 participating in the many activities offered by OCASG including the Toastmasters Gavel Club, which Kenneth joined in November 2018.
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.
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.