Our ACN Board of Directors takes a very active role in our autism community and our nonprofit organization’s management.
Eulalio (Lalo) Guerrero III, CPA (Chairman and President) specializes in taxation of real estate transactions and partnerships with over 15 years of experience. He is part of the Padgett, Stratemann & Co. real estate and manufacturing, retail, and distribution service teams as a senior tax manager. He is affiliated with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, and San Antonio Real Estate Financial Society. Mr. Guerrero and his wife, Vanessa, have two sons, Jacob and Joshua.
Courtney Floyd (Vice President) serves as counsel in Norton Rose Fulbright’s San Antonio office. Her practice involves all aspects of commercial and multi-family residential real estate matters and condominium regimes, including financing, development, acquisition, disposition, leasing and operation of improved and unimproved real estate property, and foreclosures and related remedial matters.
Brenda Peterson (Treasurer) is a Vice President at Tesoro Companies, Inc., and currently oversees the organization’s Business Improvement efforts. Brenda actively supports the United Way, having served as an auditor for both the Bexar County, Texas, and Greater Baton Rouge, La., chapters of the organization, overseeing the annual review of agencies receiving United Way funding. She is a dedicated supporter of educational programs and has served on the board of directors of a number of charities, and has hosted high school foreign exchange students to America, three times, in association with the American Field Service (AFS) organization. Ms. Peterson holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemical Engineering and Biology from the University of New Mexico, and an MBA from the University of Texas, San Antonio. She and her husband have three sons.
Janet Enriquez, MS (Secretary) is currently the autism education specialist for Education Service Center, Region 20. She has a 15-year-old brother on the spectrum that has motivated her to continue her active role in the autism community. Janet has been working with students with autism spectrum disorders for the past nine years in both the elementary and secondary settings. She has also provided in-service training and workshops for the mental health community in South Texas as well as worked with parent support groups in promoting education and awareness of autism spectrum disorders. Janet has her master’s in Autism Spectrum Disorders Interventions with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis. Janet is married and enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, Sarabeth.
Rose Cofer, M.D., F.A.A.P. is a board certified pediatrician working with Southwest Children’s Center since 1996. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas Women’s University with a BS in physical therapy. After working one year as a physical therapist, Dr. Cofer went on to attend medical school at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas and completed her residency at Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. After completing her training, she volunteered as an attending physician for the Residents General Pediatric Clinic. Dr. Cofer worked in private practice for several years in Ohio and Pennsylvania before returning to Texas and joining Southwest Children’s Center. She is married to Barry Cofer, MD and has three sons.
Asia Ciaravino first landed in San Antonio to pursue her Bachelor’s degree in Theatre at University of the Incarnate Word. Asia found a home at the city’s beloved Magik Children’s Theatre as an actor and the Marketing and Development Director. After Magik, Asia started work at the CE Group where she honed her management and production skills. It wasn’t long before another pillar of the San Antonio theatre community took notice and sought out Asia to take over the reins. Known then as the San Pedro Playhouse, The Playhouse San Antonio would see a successful re-branding, booming growth (over 200%) in education program attendance, and a rise in production quality under the leadership of Asia as President & CEO. She currently serves as the COO for the Tricentennial Commission.
Leann Darnell graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She then completed her teaching certification in English and special education, and later got her master’s in school counseling from the University of West Alabama. Currently she works part-time as a school counselor at Holy Spirit Catholic School, a school she has been with for over 15 years. With her work, Mrs. Darnell also takes part in the school intervention team that develops accommodations for students with special learning challenges. She has two beautiful children with her husband of twenty years, who are both on the autism spectrum.
Samantha Dyal is an associate in the real estate practice group with Fulbright & Jaworski, L.L.P. (Norton Rose Fulbright) in the firm’s San Antonio office. Her practice focuses on all aspects of commercial and multi-family residential real estate matters and condominium regimes, including development, acquisition, disposition, leasing, financing and operation of improved and unimproved real property, and foreclosures and related remedial matters.
Kent Evans is a returning board member whose passion to serve families impacted by autism was inspired by his wife Jennifer, and her career as an Autism and Behavior Specialist. He and Jennifer have been married for 27 years and have two children, Justin and Alex. Justin is a senior at Texas State University, and Alex is a junior at LSU. Mr. Evans has a BBA in Finance from Sam Houston State University, and an EMBA from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He worked for Shell Oil Co., Dow Chemical Co. and is currently a Supply Chain executive for Valero Energy Corporation. Kent enjoys spending time with family, playing music, fishing, and serving the people of San Antonio.
Jessica H. Franco, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BCBA-D is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the department of communication sciences and disorders at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Franco has focused her clinical practice and research on assessment and treatment of children with autism. She has experience with a variety of evidenced-based approaches for teaching communication skills and methods for reducing severe challenging behaviors. Dr. Franco was the founding executive director of Autism Community Network. In addition of remaining active on the ACN board, she is involved in many other autism-related committees and boards, including the Texas Autism Resource and Research Center, Texas Autism Council Advisory Task Force, and Autism Speaks U Longhorn Chapter.
Tom Frost III has been in the banking industry for 42 years and is a Senior Executive Vice President at Frost Bank. He also is a lifelong musician and wonderful philanthropist in and around San Antonio.
Jason Heye is a man who is living with ASD and serves in many capacities in San Antonio to help others living with autism. Jason is the first member of the board living with ASD. https://therivardreport.com/living-and-succeeding-with-autism/