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Commerce, CA 90040



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Friends of the Board

 In 2017, Circle of Friends (CoF) created a new volunteer opportunity to assist the Advisory Board with our outreach efforts. A "Friend of the Board" is someone who believes in the mission of Circle of Friends and champions the cause to their friends, family and work connections. Below are a list of our current Friends of the Board.   

Scott Badesch

President, Autism Society of America

Allison Davis, M.A.

Alumna, Circle of Friends

CoF Volunteer 

Speech-Language Pathologist 


Rosemary Ecker

Retired SELPA Director


Brian Erickson

Principal, Erickson Consulting

Debra Granfield
Community Activist

Casandra Guerrero
Program Facilitator, CoF

Speech-Language Pathologist

Michael Hirschfeld

Consultant, Executive Service Corps SoCal

Jacqueline Hoffman

Alumna, Circle of Friends

Sheri Hoffman

Parent of Non-Disabled child

Joan Lucid
Superintendent-Saugus Union School District

Rabbi Jeff Marx

Rabbi at Santa Monica Synagogue

Dave Paller
First VP - Wealth Management

Senior Portfolio Manager, UBS

Marcie Paller
Social Worker


Mark Rosman
Feature/TV Director & Writer


Penny Rosman

Parent of a child with a disability


Bill Shumard

President/CEO at Special Olympics Southern California

Teddi Silverman
Grant Writer and Nonprofit Consultant


Ruth Slaughter
Former Director, AIDS Prevention Division for Prototype


David Smith

Community Advocate

Behavioral Therapist, Leaps N Boundz

Arden Diamond Teplow, MSW

Philanthropist and Retired Social Worker 

Courtney Wilk

Alumna, Circle of Friends

Senior Associate at Isaacson, Miller

Pat Wurster

Alumna, Circle of Friends