San Diego

Amber Hernandez

Amber Hernandez

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“Every day is a new challenge, a new family, and a new journey—that’s the beauty of it.”

Amber Hernandez is ready for every new challenge, and she knows it takes patient-driven and caring people to work in her field. She is passionate about her role providing support to individuals and families impacted by autism and other developmental disabilities. She explains, “Families and staff have been with us for many years because we are good at what we do — supporting our clients and families from early childhood to adulthood.”

Amber graduated from Whittier College in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Educational Policy & Development, a path she self-designed to include her love of education, public policy, political science and child development. She has been working with Behavior Respite in Action since 2015 and became a Program Coordinator in just over a year. Through her hard work and dedication, she’s now the Department Manager overseeing service delivery and mentoring her teammates in our two offices in San Diego and Vista.

Amber’s love language is music, and she enjoys making playlists for friends and family for different moods and events. In her spare time she often volunteers for Relay for Life and runs social media accounts for her brother’s photography/videography business.

Edwin Tsai

Edwin Tsai

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“Leadership is not about a title. It’s about impact, influence and inspiration. Impact is getting results, influence means spreading the passion you have for your work, and inspiring those around you.”

Edwin Tsai is a true leader, with a true passion for helping families in need. He says, “Dedication is what I see every day when I get to work. I see people who really care about what they do, and the families they serve. It is so important to help those who have come to us, and to provide treatment for their loved ones.” Edwin’s dedication is inspiring, and keeps him motivated to fight through any barriers he may face.

For more than 10 years, Edwin has been working with the developmentally disabled in Riverside, Los Angeles and San Diego. He has extensive knowledge as a service coordinator working side-by-side with child and adult services agencies, and in the court system. Edwin has a Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and has provided therapies to children with autism, as well as staff and parent trainings on ABA concepts and principles.

In his personal time Edwin plays guitar and fire dances, which helps him unwind and expand himself creatively so he can use that energy in his work.


Savanna Beecroft

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“Our choices show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

Savanna Beecroft knew she was making the right choice for her when she started working in the special-needs community. She shares, “People aren’t aware of the amount of work these families have on their plates. It is physically and emotionally challenging. Parents are expected go to work and then come home to even more work. Their 8-hour work day is 24/7.” Savanna reminds her team that they’re providing an “emotional lunch break” for families that rarely get any breaks.

Savanna earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and worked over five years in various special-needs classrooms before realizing that her passion was in behavioral services.

Savanna travels as much as her vacation time allows. Her goal is to visit as many countries as possible. She spends weekends reading and hanging out with her dog, Pippin.


Stephanie Richardson

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“Great leaders share power without ego. Fulfillment comes through serving others.”

Stephanie London is a great leader, providing hope and empowering people to be more independent in their communities. When she thinks about life and her purpose, it is truly to serve. She adds, “The life we live is greater than us, and should be poured out for others through service.” Working with the special-needs population and their families is at the center of Stephanie’s heart.

Stephanie had her undergraduate experience at California State University, Northridge. She was selected to intern at Chime Institute, one of the top inclusion programs for children with disabilities in the country. Stephanie enrolled at UC Davis and was among the first cohort to complete the autism certification program. She received her Master of Teaching and Education with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from National University, followed by her BCBA.

Stephanie enjoys being outdoors, going to the spa, spending time with family, feeding and serving the homeless, mentoring young ladies through a program called Sarah’s Daughters Ministries, dancing with her church ministry, and traveling.


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.