Hugh J. Keough, Esq. – President
Mr. Keough volunteered to serve on the Autism Society of Broward’s Board in 2008 and is currently its President. He has served as Vice President and Board Member and chaired numerous committees and events. Mr. Keough is a trial lawyer and works for the Miami-Dade Public Defender’s Office. He has tried jury trials in the Felony, DUI, Domestic Violence, and Misdemeanor Divisions. He is currently serving in the Civil Mental Health Division where he represents people in Baker Act proceedings. Mr. Keough also served as a Florida Assistant Attorney General for the State’s Office of Civil Rights. He investigated complaints of discrimination at private clubs and places of public accommodation. He also investigated whistle-blower complaints. He drafted the State’s first Hate Crime Jury Instruction which was adopted by the Florida Supreme Court. He served on the first National Association of Attorney General Internet Subcommittee which convened in 1997. He has represented thousands of people in over 20 years of practice.
Mr. Keough has a Master’s Degree in Counseling and worked as a high school guidance counselor for 8 years in Charlotte, NC, Philadelphia, PA, and St. Thomas, USVI. He developed study skills programs and social skills groups in the 1980′s which are still in place today at the schools where he worked. He also coached high school football in Philadelphia. He attended Widener University Law School in Wilmington, DE at night while counseling during the day. He has a degree in Elementary Education from West Chester University (PA). He was Director of West Chester University’s Outdoor Adventure program as a Graduate Assistant and pioneered many of the outings and trips that they do to this day.
Mr. Keough was born in Philadelphia, PA, as one of four children to Hugh and Mary Teresa Keough and educated in Catholic schools. He is married to Noel MacNeill Keough and they have two children. He enjoys music, golf, fishing, swimming and spending time with family and friends.
Fabiola Ana Torrez – Vice President
Ms. Fabiola Ana Torrez, is the very proud mom of Miguel Alejandro Zapata, an amazing 12 years old boy in the Spectrum, serving at AS Broward as a Board Member for 4 years, volunteering in different events. School Liason for ASB, Chair for the Melody of Life Event “An event in Celebration of Moms” in its fourth year currently; coordinates the monthly Yoga Classes for our Kids; initiated the Mentorship Program “Let’s Walk Together” for Hispanic members within the community and Chair for the Ambassador’s Program that gathers Parents, Educators and Professionals interested in creating a difference in the life’s of our kids.
Fabiola Ana completed her Undergraduate Psychology Studies in La Paz-Bolivia, her country of origin, at the accredited Major University of Saint Andrews. She is fluent in Spanish, German and English. Her passion leads her to look for alternative less invasive health therapies and New Human models of understanding, assisting people in their growth and development. She worked in several social organizations in Bolivia as well as non-profit organizations here in USA, such as HOPE Outreach Center and Broward Housing Solutions. She is also a Certified Awesomism Practitioner (AWE CP Level 2) and a PAIRS Professional Level I Instructor, and a member of Bringers of Light at the Energetically Sensitive Child Community.
Fabiola Ana currently works as an Advocate at United Cerebral Palsy of Broward County, Inc., serving families with special needs children. She is completing her ACPI (Academy for Coaching Parents International) certification to become a certified special needs parent coach; was a participant of the New Human Experience Project (NHEP) and a graduate from Impact Trainings (Quest, Summit and Lift Off). She is a member of several Special Needs Parenting Networks such as Denise’s List, TACA group, Special Moms Special Kids and Co-Founder of Parent Pathfinders – Connecting Families by Heart and an Awesomism Ambassador as well. Fabiola Ana is continuously participating in different trainings that would assist her with more tools to benefit best our Community, such as the Start Up Son Rise Program and Energetically Sensitive Child workshops. Founder for The Heart Sanctuary Foundation, Inc. a non- profit organization (pending 501 c 3 status) created to assist parents and families in shifting their awareness about their energetically sensitive children/ASD as well as other diagnosis, promoting improvement in their quality of life by developing alignment to Self, Intuition and Heart Centered connections and relationships.
Brent Boucaud – Treasurer
Mr. Brent Boucaud serves as the Autism Society of Broward’s as its Treasurer. He is the Assistant Comptroller and Accounts Payable Manager for Heys USA, “The World’s Lightest Luggage”, which is a large International luggage manufacturer with corporate offices in Weston, FL. Brent’s skill in accounting, financial compliance and reporting, budget preparation and planning greatly assists the Autism Society of Broward with its fiscal obligations and planning goals. Brent originally hails from Trinidad and now lives in Davie, FL with his lovely wife June and their two sons. He enjoys sailing, organic gardening, and spending time with his family.
Billie Morgan, MS – Secretary
As the 2-1-1 Broward Special Needs Program Manager, Mrs. Morgan assisted in the development of the 2-1-1 Special Needs Connections Hotline and database. She manages this information and referral program, which assists families in navigating the complex system of care in Broward. Billie is a graduate of Marshall University and holds a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University. Advocating for disability rights in Broward County for over a decade, she is a current board member of the County’s Advocacy Board for Individuals with Disabilities, secretary of the Autism Society, and a member of the YMCA Children’s Advocacy Board. She is also Chair of the 2013 Disabilities Expo, an annual event held at NSU to celebrate and empower individuals with all disabilities. She shares her vast knowledge and experience through seminars on the topic of Disability Etiquette and Awareness. She is also the recipient of the 2008 Exceptional Parent Magazine, Maxwell J. Schleifer Distinguished Service Award for her advocacy for individuals with disabilities. She supports the Society with all this expertise, her amazing knowledge about the non profit world.
Dr. Brian Udell – Board Member
Dr. Udell is a Board Certified Pediatrician and Neonatal/Perinatal specialist. He has been a leader in the healthcare industry with over 35 years of experience, and presently practices Special Needs Pediatric Medicine in Weston, FL.
Since his days as a practicing newborn specialist, Dr. Udell has consistently demonstrated a commitment to improved medical care in America. Through community activism and congressional testimony, and by focusing on data collection and analysis to evaluate various health outcomes, Dr. Udell has helped shape various Florida and US healthcare policies.
“This newly emerging epidemic of Attention Deficit and Autism Spectrum disorders has inspired me to direct my training and practice to focus on problems with childhood development. Because there has been such an explosion of families who are affected by these challenges, I am in a unique position to help evaluate all of the available research and treatments, and to provide a combination of all of the proposed therapies so that my patients have the best chance to achieve their highest potential.”
represented this year by Luis Grana, MS
Mr. Grana received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Central Florida and his M.S. in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University. He has had a variety of professional experiences working with individuals with autism, including his work at the Baudhuin Oral School at NSU, the Preschool Program for Autism at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida and Threshold Care Center for Autistic Adults and Children in Orlando Florida. Mr. Grana has experience with individual and family counseling as well as play therapy. In addition to his role as Director of Administration and Support Services of UM-NSU CARD’s NSU Satellite office, Mr. Grana is the facilitator of numerous support groups, including groups for parents who speak Spanish and groups for fathers.
Elaine Terner – Board Member
Ms. Elaine Terner is the ASB Adult Liaison Board Member, Chair for the AMC Friendly Movies Team and Facilitates SPEC when necessary. She participates in the Aktion Club, a special needs branch of Kiwanis; the Exceptional Theater Company, a special needs drama group; and keeps the Board informed on any important adult issues that families might face in the future. Professionally, Elaine established a design firm called Exceptional Designs which provides customized living environments for people with special needs based upon her experience with her 31 year old son with autism, a husband who had Parkinson’s Disease and an uncle who had Alzheimer’s.
Mr. Alberto Cristancho is a Financial Advisor at VALIC Financial Advisors, INC. His primary focus is to assist his clients the the areas of Retirement, Investment, College, and Financial Planning; as well as Wealth Accumulation. He is also an adjunct professor of Global Business Curriculum at UNAD of Florida and Unilatina International College. Mr. Cristancho brings experience and expertise in financial matters to assist the Autism Society of Broward to keep moving in a positive direction regarding financial compliance and transparency. Additionally, Mr. Cristancho is very involved with his child’s school and its activities. He is a Dan Marino WalkAbout Team Leader and is a tremendous team organizer. Mr. Cristancho shares his love of music with is son. He originally hails from Colombia (SA) and lives in Weston with his wife and son.
Ms. Sharon Ayalon, is the very proud mom of Ben, an amazing boy on the Spectrum, and Eden, the best advocate Ben will ever have! Sharon is a Sales Manager for Friends Fun Wine and works on the belief of their tagline “It’s All About Fun”. Sharon Ayalon also has a family owned and operated fashion merchandising business where she handles all the business development as well as paperwork and legalities. Sharon brings her non-traditional sales and marketing experience to Autism Society of Broward. Sharon believes that just because we are proud parents of amazing children does not mean we can not have fun and do good at the same time! Her goal is to bring awareness and help families all while having FUN!! Sharon currently co-chairs “The Melody of Life” events along with Fabiola Ana. Sharon attended Bar Ilan University in Israel where she had lived for a few years.
Ms. Gottesman is a proud and active mom of Isaac -13 (on the spectrum) and Alec -11. She lives in Weston with her husband, two boys, dog, parrot and lovebird. Sue runs the marketing department for Penn Dutch Food Center. Penn Dutch is an avid supporter of ASB; hosting events and selling raffle tickets to help raise funds for ASB to continue to provide meaningful education and activities to the community. Prior to living in Florida since 2006, she lived in NYC, growing up in her career at American Express and getting her MBA from NYU Stern. Sue’s time with ASB consists of event planning, fundraising and member communications in addition to attending many of the ASB events with her boys. When you see Sue at an event, feel free to introduce yourself, ask any questions, and offer any ideas you may have.
Dr. Galen Chun is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who has been working in the mental health field since 1997. He is the Director of Psychological Services at College Living Experience (CLE) and specializes in young adults with ASD in his private practice. While at CLE he developed a social curriculum designed to pragmatically help young adults develop social skills by using them in a real world setting. CLE now uses the curriculum nationally as part of their holistic program aimed at strength based goals. Dr. Chun’s areas of expertise include Learning Disabilities, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Health Psychology. He helps clients become better experts on themselves and helps to improve the quality in which they relate with others. On a personal level, Dr. Chun’s life was deeply impacted by an early experience with a family member who was later identified as being on the Autism Spectrum. Since then he has been passionate about helping others discover how to better navigate the social world. Dr. Chun has advocated for the National Autism Society in our Nations’ Capitol. He frequently provides dynamic and interactive presentations for parents and young adults on self-determination and fostering healthy decision making. He has served on the ASB board since 2010.