Administration, Faculty & Staff

Barbara Firestone, PhD
President & Chief Executive Officer

Barbara Firestone, PhD
President & Chief Executive Officer

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Susan Berman, PhD
Chief Operating Officer

The administration, faculty and staff of The Help Group comprise more than 850 professionals with a heartfelt commitment to helping children with special needs experience achievement and success.

Our multidisciplinary expertise includes program development and administration, special education, clinical psychology, psychiatry, neuropsychology, speech and language pathology, occupational therapy, social work, counseling, nursing, adaptive physical education, professional training, and research. This depth of experience and knowledge enables The Help Group to offer a wide range of educational and therapeutic programs of the highest quality.

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Michael Love
Sr. Vice President of Finance

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Tom Komp, LCSW
Sr. Vice President

Jason-Bolton

Jason Bolton, PsyD
Vice President of Admissions and External Relations

Elena-Brewer

Elena Brewer, MBA
Vice President of Programs

Diane-Flannery

Diane Flannery, PhD
Vice President of Strategy and Programs

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Oscar Valadez
 Vice President of Strategy and Operations 

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Priscilla Barajas, Ph.D.
Sr. Director of Psychology Training

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Keri Borzello, MA, MS
Head of School, Summit View

Elin-Bradley

Elin Bradley
Director of Therapeutic Schools and Residential Treatment

Pamela-Clark

Pamela Clark, MA
Director of Autism Schools

Elis-Crasnow

Ellis Crasnow, PhD
Director, STEM³ Academy and STEM Education

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Lucyna Iga Gaj, LMFT
Sr. Director, Intensive Family Programs

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Stephanie Kerfoot, PsyD
Sr. Director of Clinical and Behavioral Services

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Claudia L. Kernan, Ph.D.
Director, The Help Group/UCLA Neuropsychology Program

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Ken Moon
Sr. Director of Information Technology

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Edna Ramos, BSC
Corporate Controller

Bradly-Shahine

Bradley Shahine
Director of Public Affairs

Laurie-Stephens

Laurie Stephens, PhD
Director of Program Development

Debbie-Webb

Debby Webb, MSW
Sr. Executive Administrator

Olga-Zysman

Olga Zysman, M.A., MFT
Regional Director of Programs and Services