Our Staff

The ASIE Team

Beth Burt, Executive Director 

Beth is a parent of two young adults, one of which has Autism.  She has co-authored of two books on inclusion and has been working to improve the lives of all affected by Autism for the last 16 years.  She has served on a number of State and Local Task Forces, Collaborations on Housing, Employment, and Public Policy issues related to Autism.

She currently serves as the President of the Autism Society of California.

Clara Garcia, Director of Programs

Clara has been active in the field of social services for the past 21 years in the areas of mental health and drug treatment counseling, gang prevention/intervention programs and has spent the last 9 years serving those in the disability community by promoting inclusion, advocating and educating.

Clara has created and implemented inclusive programs for special needs children and their typical peers which include a Summer camp, play dates, outings in the community. Clara has appeared on PSA’s promoting inclusion and advocacy for the disability community.

What stands out most about Clara is the special relationships she builds with families. Because of her genuine care for families, they turn to her for assistance with advocacy, share important family issues and best of all invite her to gatherings where there is always great food!

Anel Ibarra, Program Coordinator    

Anel is the mother of three beautiful children, one of them who has autism.  Previously to joining ASIE, Anel volunteered helping Spanish speaking community.

Anel is responsible for keeping ASIE going! Among her many responsibilities, Anel organizes all of our events and programs – which averages 12 a month.  This includes finding locations, speakers, supplies, creating the electronic registrations, and notices as well as creating  our newsletter.

Melissa Cardona, Autism Resource Specialist

Melissa graduated from Florida Atlantic University and has a Bachelor of Health Services. She is a mother of 4 boys, 2 who are on the spectrum.

Melissa is joining the ASIE Team to fill a new position as a resource specialist, she will be helping parents with questions, resources, find events and lend a listening ear. She will also continue to improve our website resource pages. Melissa is a great addition to ASIE and is also bilingual, please say hello to her when you are calling in or emailing us!

Michele Villa, Autism Resource Specialist

Michele is a local special needs advocate and Riverside resident. She is the mother to a young boy with down syndrome and autism, and has volunteered her time and skills to these two communities. She has been an active member on Special Needs Community and other groups, helping families with advocacy issues around school, IHSS, Regional Center for the last 8 years.

Group Faciliators

Advocacy for Autism Support GroupNicole Aptekar

Nicole is a mother of triplets, one of whom has autism.  She is holds monthly support groups share information, tips, resources, successes, challenges and support, which will hopefully help you along the way.

Awesome AdultsTheresa McFarland

Education Specialist with over 28 years experience in Special Education and a passion for young adults with special needs.

Charla, Autismo y Café- Liliana Alvarado

Liliana is a community advocate and mother of identical twins affected by autism.  One with High Functioning Autism who is attending Community College and the other with severe autism with multiple disabilities who is attending High School.

Chess Club – Jeff Kirshberg

Jeff and his wife Ivy are founders of A Place for All Pieces.  ASIE recently started a new collaboration in Murrieta for a monthly Chess Club.

Murrieta Teen and Adult Group – Kelly Londenberg

Kelly is an adult on the spectrum who has facilitated this group for over 10 years.  It is welcomed to everyone including parents.  Meets twice a month, once in the community and once at the Murrieta Community Center for fun!

Sky High Nights – Michelle Goodrow

Michelle is a Special Educator with more than 18 years experience.  She will be the one out in the middle of the trampolines jumping!

Rancho Cucamonga Adult Group –

Rancho Cucamonga Adult Group – Allison Mata, Autism Behavior Services Inc.

Allison has followed this career path because she wants to help people with special needs and their families to have the best quality of life possible.  She is a behavior interventionist and Qualified Autism Support Provider (QASP) at Autism Behavior Services Inc and is currently working on my master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis.   She has been in this field for over two years now and is grateful to her amazing husband who is very supportive of her career and education.

Autism Behavior Services Inc. (ABSI) very generously donates the staff for this event to help ensure that it goes as smoothly as possible. ABSI is engaged in many community building events as well as their regular services, such as 1:1 applied behavior analysis, social groups, and school services. This company currently provides services throughout the Inland Empire to children and adults.

Volunteer Coordinator – Mariah Villalobos

ASIE needs lots of volunteers to run!  Mariah is a student at Cal State San Bernardino helping us to make sure we keep our volunteers plugged in.