Meet the


Chairman, Board of Directors

Chris has graduate degrees in Electrical Engineering and is a Senior Director at a software development company. Aside from his daily vocations, Chris is active in his Masonic Lodge as well as the Scottish Rite (the organization supporting our Childhood Language Center). He has been on the Board of Directors since 2012 and was elected Chairman as of June 2017. Chris also represents the San Francisco-Burlingame RiteCare Childhood Language Center on the Board of Directors for the California Scottish Rite Foundation.


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Jim conducts both individual and small group speech and language therapy and teaches creative writing classes at the center. A portion of his therapies and parent counseling sessions are in Spanish.

Jim has an MS in Communicative Disorders from San Francisco State University(1996) and an MFA  in Creative Writing from the University of Oregon(1988). He worked for the San Francisco Unified School District for ten years before becoming a clinician at the center in 2007. He is currently our director.

Aside from his work at our center, Jim enjoys singing and songwriting, poetry writing and is currently working on becoming an author of children’s and young adult literature. Furthermore, he enjoys speaking Spanish, dancing, going to the gym, and exploring a wide variety of music, literature, and art. He received a Certificate in Sound, Voice, and Music Healing from California Institute of Integral studies in 2007.



Maria has a long history of supporting parents and directing them towards appropriate educational resources.She has an AA in Early Childhood Development and worked as a lead preschool teacher at the Children’s Day School in San Francisco. She spent two years working at the YMCA, where she assisted parents in selecting the best classes for their children and prepared financial reports. Furthermore, she has both notary and real estate licenses, which have lead her to work with over 200 banks. She worked as a liaison between parents and the city of San Ramon to help find the appropriate recreational activities for their children. 


When not working, Maria enjoys going to sporting events, traveling, dancing, and cooking. She especially enjoys baking desserts and making Mexican food.

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