Our Board of Directors

Bringing a Vast Array of Experirnce
Laura Briggin, M.A., BCBA - President

Laura Briggin, M.A., BCBA – President

Cypress School Director

Laura has 35 years of professional experience as a Non-Public School Principal, Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and Special Education Teacher. She received a Master of Science degree in Special Education from Dominican University in 1987 and became a member of The Association for the Severely Handicapped (TASH) in 1978. Most recently, Laura served as the Principal of ABC School at the California Autism Foundation. During her 10 years, Laura founded the school, developed a new 6,000 square foot school site, and increased enrollment to 45 students with autism spectrum disorders, developmental disabilities, and emotional disabilities.

As a leader in the field of special education, Laura was invited to Ljubljana, Slovenia in July 2006 where she provided a four-day autism services training seminar for medical and educational professionals.

Years of Experience:

Dr. Janet Robinson

Dr. Janet Robinson

Founder of Unity Academy

Dr. Robinson is the founder of Unity Academy of North Highland in Sacramento, California.  She has a doctorate of Christian Counseling from Sacramento Theological Seminary and Bible College.  Dr. Robinson has a Masters Degree in Public Administration from California State University, Hayward, California.  She has been a champion of education in the bayarea for over 20 years

Years of Experience:

Thomas Widger , M.A., BCBA

President & CEO of Thomas J Widger Behavioral Consultation Services

Thomas Widger received his Master of Arts in Psychology in 1995 from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. Mr. Widger began his career in 1996 providing home-based behavioral services to severely emotionally disturbed adolescents at the Ulster County Youth Advocate Program in Kingston, New York.

After moving to California, Mr. Widger began working at the California Autism Foundation (CAF) in 2000. During his 9-year tenure at the CAF, he served as a Special Education Teacher, Work-Ability I Director and Supported Living Coordinator. After receiving his certification in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2003, he was promoted to Clinical Director over all of the CAF/ABC programs.

Today, Mr. Widger is President & CEO of Thomas J Widger Behavioral Consultation Services in Oakland, California.  Thomas is an active participant in his community and continues to provide behavioral services to adults, children and families throughout the Bay Area.

Years of Experience:

Dr. Claudia Hall-Gale

Dr. Claudia Hall-Gale

Assistant Manager

Dr. Hall Gale works for Contra Costa County Employment and Human Services Department/Community Service Bureau. She has been with this agency for 9 years. Dr. Hall-Gale has a doctorate degree in Christian Counseling from Sacramento Theological Seminaries and Bible School. She is also a graduate of California State East Bay with a Bachelors Degree in Sociology. Dr. Hall-Gale is the founder and pastor of United Praise and Worship Ministries in Richmond, California.

Timely Support

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Innovative Ideas

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Advanced Technology

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Clear Communication

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