Alfredo Coronado

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“A family’s ‘thank you’ is the greatest reward.”

Alfredo Coronado finds nothing more rewarding than providing respite care to families with individuals who have special needs. He sees firsthand the world of difference his job makes, to a family that sometimes just needs a little support to be able to do the daily things others often take for granted.

Alfredo earned his Bachelor of Health Sciences with a minor in communication studies in 2011 and began his career in behavioral intervention in 2013. Alfredo has settled in the city of Ridgecrest where he is program coordinator and department manager for respite care.

Alfredo was an accomplished cross-country runner, competed at the Division I level,
and set school records. He used to think he’d run professionally until he found respite care to be so meaningful. Alfredo now runs for exercise and his physical health.


Kayleigh Bray

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“If your path doesn’t have obstacles, you may be walking in a circle.”

Kayleigh Bray is passionate about overcoming obstacles in her work with people with developmental disabilities, and is reminded constantly of the magnitude of the job she does. She says, “Progress may be quick, or slow, but watching children grow in their abilities and confidence changes you and the way you interact with your world outside of work.” Kayleigh watches the kids grow, along with their families, in empathy, compassion, and magnanimity.

After receiving her bachelor’s degree, Kayleigh decided to further her education and enrolled in a master’s program in Integrative and Functional Nutrition. She’s interested in the potential nutritional deficiencies in the populations she works with, and how her education and work experience intersect.

Kayleigh taught herself to knit so she could donate knit squares to Warm Up America, a charity that makes blankets for homeless shelters and hospital nurseries.

Marina Simonyan

Marina Simonyan

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“Some people can hear you speak a thousand words and not understand you. Others understand without you speaking a word.”

Marina Simonyan understands people, and she is passionate about making positive, lasting changes in the lives of families who have loved ones diagnosed with developmental disabilities. She says, “We help people learn to function as independently as possible in society, and go on to live meaningful lives.” Marina aspires to travel the world, helping families who are affected with autism and related disabilities.

Marina received her master’s degree in clinical psychology at Antioch University. She began her journey 11 years ago, and has been a behavioral therapist, direct staff, program coordinator, and manager of in-home parent training. She earned her BCBA, under the supervision of Dr. Sadeghi, in 2011.

Marina grew up in a household of women that taught her how to be strong, dependable, and independent. She enjoys going to the beach (though she can’t swim!), working out, traveling, and reading crime mysteries.


David Yim

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“The little things matter. Never underestimate the impact you can have on others.”

David Yim knows the impact he has on the families he serves, and for more than 10 years he has seen his impact in action with many different people, behaviors, and life situations. He’s had an incredible journey that has taught him countless life lessons. David wishes everyone could experience and cherish such moments.

David began working with children with special needs as a college student in 2005, while earning his master’s degree in teaching with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). For the past 13 years, David has worked at various autism agencies and special-needs schools, but he has found his true passion with ABA.

In David’s spare time, you can find him singing, playing golf, and hanging out with family and friends.