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Cathy is President of Education Spectrum, Inc., a center-based educational and social skills training center for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders. Education Spectrum serves more than 400 families in and around the San Gabriel Valley. She holds her Master’s Degree in Public Administration, specializing in Non-profit Organization Management from the University of San Francisco. Recognizing the growing need for employment opportunities for adults with disabilities, she created a petting farm named Danny’s Farm. Opened in November 2007, Danny’s Farm employs and serves persons with special needs. Named for her nineteen-year-old son, Danny, who has autism, the Farm is a labor of love.
Cathy enjoys many civic and community activities and was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles Universal Preschool by Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich. She has served on the California Legislative Blue Ribbon Commission on Autism’s Task Force on Early Identification and Intervention and is an honorary Board member of the Los Angeles Chapter of Autism Speaks. Cathy received the Most Inspirational Award in 2001 by the California State Assembly, and Woman of the Year Award in 2008 by the Los Angeles County Commission for Woman. Cathy and her husband, Jim, live in San Marino, California with their younger son, Nicholas (17). Jim’s son CJ (25) lived with them as a child, and he also has autism.
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