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Mindy Kaling

Actor, Comedian, Writer and Producer

Alex Padilla

U.S. Senator Representing California

Anne Sweeney

Help Group Parent

Brad Sherman

Congressmember Serving California’s San Fernando Valley


Jason Bolton, PsyD

Vice President of Community Partnerships & Admissions, The Help Group


Kevin Beggs

Chairman, Lionsgate Television

Kimberly Hébert


Help Group Parent

Joe Mantegna

Actor, Parent and Autism Advocate

Hon. Antonio Villaraigosa

41st Mayor, City of Los Angeles

Darrell Steinberg

Mayor, City of Sacramento
Founder, Steinberg Institute
Former President pro Tempore, California State Senate

Mary Urquhart

Help Group Parent and Autism Advocate

Mike Hopkins

SVP, Prime Video and Amazon Studios, Amazon

Hon. Zev Yaroslavsky 

Former Member, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors

Former Member, Los Angeles City Council

Steve Stark

Steve Stark Productions

Celeste Alleyne

Director of Executive Engagements, Microsoft 

Gary Cole

Actor, Parent, Autism Advocate

Louis Vismara, MD

Co-Founder UC Davis MIND Institute

Parent Advocate

Robert Hertzberg

Senate Majority Leader

California State Senator

Mark Ridley-Thomas

Los Angeles City Councilmember | District 10

Former Member, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors

Maria Lopez

Help Group Parent

Hon. John Chiang

Co-Chair, California Forward

Former California State Treasurer and Controller

Shafali Jeste, MD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology and Pediatrics,

UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA Semel Institute

Director, The Help Group – UCLA Autism Research Alliance

Grace Baranek, PhD

Associate Dean and Chair and Mrs. T. H. Chan Professor of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, USC

The Help Group- USC Occupational Science Initiative

Rebekah Firestone

Help Group Teacher

Jamie Pearson, PhD

Assistant Professor, Special Education, College of Education

North Carolina State University

Jim Frazier

California Assembly Member

Chair of the Select Committee on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Bob & Hilary Kip

Help Group Parents

Lawrence Fung, MD, PhD

Director, Stanford Neurodiversity Project
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Stanford University School of Medicine
Parent Advocate

Louis Vismara, MD

Co-Founder UC Davis MIND Institute

Parent Advocate

Paul Wehman, PhD

Professor, School of Education Counseling and Special Education Dept.

Virginia Commonwealth University


David Sharif

Autism Self-Advocate and former Help Group Village Glen Graduate

Joe Sprung  

Founder & Chairman, Bear Givers

Diane Lempert

President, Bear Givers

Seow Leng Porter

Help Group Parent

Charlotte DiStefano, PhD

Clinical Psychologist, Center for Autism Research & Treatment

Clinical Instructor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA Semel Institute

Robert Accordino, MD

US Founder, Music for Autism

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