Steve Davis (President & Director)
Not Without Us was not the plan. I thought by now I was going to be designing board games or writing about computer security. When Eleanor and I decided to have kids, we also decided that it was important that one of us stay home with them. Eleanor’s career was on the upswing and I was doing consulting, so the choice was easy.
Stay-at-home dad time.
First Clara came, then Geoffrey. Then came Geoffrey’s autism diagnosis just before he turned three. At first I thought that the challenge was one of “working the bureaucracy” better and how we should approach his diagnosis and treatment (read some of my early posts).
The more I dug into the problem, the bigger it seemed.
Meeting with other parents, I found that our different diagnoses didn’t matter much. We were all working with (or working around) the same systems. We were all dealing with many of the same needs for the same services yet too often what we could get to help our kids seemed more like a game of Russian Roulette than any sort of sensible process.
So, here we are.
Chelsea Bonini (Treasurer, Secretary & Director)
I have two boys (11 and 15 years old). The past 6 years have been a learning process for me, as far as how kids with disabilities are served in our community and by our local school districts. I continue to navigate this complicated process for my younger son (which has taken years to get right), I share what I have learned with those in need of assistance, and I feel blessed every day to have the strength to continue the journey. Patience and perseverance are my allies.
My goal each day is to do whatever I can to help ensure that other parents don’t experience the isolation, mis-information, and lack of continuity in the process and systems that our family did. The confusion and crisis that is common for parents with special needs kids is something that can be alleviated, and I know in my heart that it is possible have better systems that will lead to better outcomes for our kids.
I have served a term as a member of the Governing Board of the San Mateo-Foster City School District (2013-2017). at that time, I also served on the Executive Board of the San Mateo County School Boards Association and on California Assembly Member Pro Tem Kevin Mullin’s Educational Advisory Committee.
In 2018, I was appointed as a Personnel Commissioner by the San Mateo County Board of Education. In 2019, I was appointed to the San Mateo County Commission on Disabilities, where I now also serve as Chair of the Youth and Family Committee, and also as a liaison to the San Mateo County Mental Health & Substance Abuse Commission (BHRS) and the Arts Commission.
I hold a B.S. in Elementary Education & Psychology and taught Kindergarten, First Grade and Title I reading in the South San Francisco Unified School District from 1994-1998, after which I attended law school at U.C. Hastings. I graduated and was admitted to the California Bar in 2001. My current business law practice serves a variety of entrepreneurial and business clients, and I also work part-time as In House Corporate Counsel for Lundberg Family Farms.
For over a decade, I have served in community-based leadership roles, including participating in various community-based Boards, task forces and steering committees within San Mateo County, with a focus on education, community building, housing needs, wellness, early literacy supports, and access to arts. I have been a strong advocate for equitable opportunities and support structures for all students.
I am currently a candidate for the San Mateo County Board of Education in 2020. It is a county-wide election for the Area 4 Seat on that very important Governing Board.
Thank you to our founding members who supported snkids.org during its first year!
Laura Croft, Alexia Worsham, Julie Neale, Diane Papan, Steven Yoda, Carrie Du Bois, Lisa Azar, Deborah Fields, Dennis P. McBride, Josh Becker, Shelley McGinity, Alisa Greene MacAvoy, Ian McCullough, Debbie Dodge, Eric Knapp, Gloria Kim, Sean Moran, Meredith Mengel, Christina Inman, Randi Paynter, Krista Martinelli