MEET OUR STAFF

Education Spectrum develops and provides
effective and targeted community-based services
for neurodiverse individuals to effect
positive growth in their lives.

 

  For over 25 years, Education Spectrum has provided quality services to children, adolescents, their families, educators and professionals. Through our unique blend of individual, family and group programs, our goal is to foster their social, emotional, behavioral, communicative and learning potential by implementing specifically tailored intervention techniques. We believe that individuals with autism spectrum disorders make the most progress when approached with respect, compassion and a true understanding of their needs.

MEET OUR STAFF

Education Spectrum develops and provides effective, targeted community-based services for neurodiverse individuals to promote positive growth in their lives.

 
For over 25 years, Education Spectrum has provided quality services to children, adolescents, their families, educators and professionals. Through our unique blend of individual, family and group programs, our goal is to foster their social, emotional, behavioral, communicative and learning potential by implementing specifically tailored intervention techniques. We believe that individuals with autism spectrum disorders make the most progress when approached with respect, compassion and a true understanding of their needs.

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FOUNDERS

Diane Howard

DIANE HOWARD

Co-Founder
Executive Director Emeritus

Diane had over 50 years experience both in the classroom and Executive Administration.  Diane was awarded a Lifetime Credential in Special Education.  As a co-founder of the organization, Diane brought a a wealth of experience and direction to the staff at Education Spectrum. After overseeing its operation and countless hours meeting with families, Diane retired in February, 2020.  

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KATHY HOLLIMON, MA

Co-Founder
Director of Training & Consultation

Kathy has worked extensively with individuals with autism for 30 years. She holds three teaching credentials and a Master’s Degree in human development. Her thesis was a case study on effective school based intervention for an individual with high functioning autism. She is also a Board Certified Education Therapist. Kathy’s expertise includes training and consultation services to school districts to develop effective programs for individuals with ASD and related disorders. When Functional Behavior Analysis or a specific behavior plan is needed, Kathy is frequently called in by both school districts as well as parents.​

 

Kathy also facilitates groups at Education Spectrum and conducts training for parents and educators.

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CATHY GOTT, MPA

Co-Founder
President

Cathy, who was instrumental in co-founding Education Spectrum, has an adult son with autism. Cathy, Commissioner, Los Angeles County Commission on Disabilities, holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and recognized the need for this innovative program based on personal experience with her child. Cathy, and her husband Jim, are passionate about helping other parents navigate their way through the joys and challenges of having children with autism. Jim is a former MLB pitcher and currently coaches for the MLB Draft League. They work tirelessly to raise awareness and acceptance for those with developmental differences. 

EXECUTIVE TEAM

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NATHAN ROETTGER, MS

Executive Director

Nathan joined Education Spectrum in 2000 and brought more than 25 years experience as a Special Education Teacher and Resource Specialist.  Nathan holds both a BS in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Special Education.  He held the position of Program Director for many years and was recently promoted to Executive Director. In addition to the many administrative duties, Nathan works hands-on with many groups and clients.

FRANCES ROETTGER, MA

Director of Programs

Frances joined Education Spectrum as an Instructor to provide additional support in the Community Integration Program and Social Skills Group. Frances has her BA in Interdisciplinary Studies and her Master’s in Special Education, focus on Special Education. She is currently in the Credentials program at National University. She has recently joined Education Spectrum as a Program Director.

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DEBBIE CORNEJO

Office Manager

Director of Administration

Debbie joined Education Spectrum in 2001 and has 34 years of working with families providing support and guidance through the system. She interacts on a daily basis with regional centers and currently volunteers on a regional center committee. Her involvement to advocate as a supportive parent to families within Education Spectrum and other parents has been her focus over the years. Debbie has a neurodiverse adult son who has been her inspiration in his lifetime journey.  She is involved in civic and community outreach. Debbie also provides support to contracted school districts that Education Spectrum serves. 

MAMIE FUNAHASHI

Chief Financial Officer

Mamie joined the team at Education Spectrum in 2008 when we were contracted with Los Angeles Universal Preschool (LAUP) to design an inclusive preschool at Noyes Elementary School in Altadena.  Mamie brings decades of financial management and accounting experience. 

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JULIE LAROSE

Operations Manager
Independent Facilitator

Julie's extensive background and education in Business Management, coupled with her specific training in Budgeting and Spending, bring a high level of professionalism and experience to our team.  She is also the proud mother, champion, and advocate of two neurodiverse children, one of whom is nonverbal.

Julie is an Independent Facilitator, trained in the Liberty Plan Method, accredited in the person-centered practice of  “Planning Live,” and certified through The Guidelight Group.

 

Each aspect of Julie’s background has contributed to her ability to empower other families, and help those with diverse needs to find their own paths. Her Midwestern values and collaborative spirit give her the unique ability to make people feel at ease.  She is particularly experienced in assisted technology and working with minimally or non-verbal clients.

Staff photos taken by Education Spectrum former client, Alex Kim.