Elena Sanchez, Executive Director
Elena lives and breathes the Parents' Place mission of "Empowering families of children with special needs through education and community resources." She began her career at Parents' Place as a volunteer at the Information Fair & Festival in 1998. She continued to learn and grow in the helping process and became a Family Resource Specialist. She then moved on to be Outreach Coordinator, Support Group Coordinator, Project Manager, Payroll Assistant, Director's Assistant and Interim Director. Having worked at Parents' Place for the last 18 years, the Board is confident that her considerable experience will serve Parents' Place and our community well.
Elena's strengths are drawn from her personal experience, having raised twin boys who were born premature and medically fragile; she has come to understand the struggles and triumphs that many families may encounter. Please join us in congratulating Elena Sanchez in her promotion and welcoming her in the Executive Director position. We are confident that she will continue to do her absolute best in serving our community. Together, the Board and the Parents' Place Staff are devoted to providing support and resources to families in their journey of raising children with special needs.
Lynne Powell, Family Resource Specialist
Having a disability myself, having two children with
disabilities, and a husband with disabilities, I could not
understand how I could use my biology degree, until I
started working here. I consider working here a gift that
I can use my life experiences and education to help parents
on their journey.
Valentina Allen, Family Resource Specialist &
Support Group Coordinator
I have been with Parents’ Place nearly eight years.
I am a mom of a beautiful, young lady with
Intellectual disability. I have served as the
Outreach Coordinator and a Family Support
Specialist as well as my current position as the
facilitator for REACH parent support group, Teen
Titans teen social group and our Young Adult
Social Group. In addition to my position at
Parents’ Place I am an independent consultant for
a Commercial Development team. I feel very
privileged to be a part of a great team at Parents’
Place that works so hard to serve our community.
Connie Kwok, Family Resource Specialist
I am a Family Support Specialist and provide
support to families. I am trilingual in English,
Mandarin & Cantonese.
I am very pleased to serve families in the
community. Part of my job is facilitating the
Chinese parent support group for Parents’ Place.
My 22-year-old son has autism and I have come
to understand the necessary support and resources
needed by parents who have children with special
Gloria Zuniga, Family Resource Specialist
My name is Gloria Zuniga, I am bilingual in
English & Spanish. I am a mother of a teenager his
name is Leo. He is a handsome young man with Autism. When
he was diagnosed I became part of the Parents`
Place family. Here is where I found support and
hope. Now, I am working as a Family Support
Specialist. I am very happy to serve and share
with our families what I have been learning
through these years. Thank you!
Fele Mireles, Family Resource Receptionist
My full name is Matafele Auteletoa Mireles, what
a mouth full! Even though I’m half Samoan,
thanks to my lovely husband who’s Mexican, I
am bilingual in English and Spanish. I have two
unique young adults that have given me
experiences with seizures, advocating for their
rights and learning about 504 & IEP’S. I started
volunteering at Parents’ Place in the so-called
Spring to get out of the heat. After volunteering
for quite a while I was approached and given my
current job as Receptionist. Upon entering our
doors, you’ll be greeted warmly and with a smile
by myself or if you call I will graciously and
eagerly want to hear how we can help you.
T.L., Family Resource Specialist
I am a Family Support Specialist and a representative for the
California Autism Professional Training and
Information Network (CAPTAIN). As a parent of
a child with special needs, I have a passion to help
families of children with special needs. I enjoy
collaborating with other agencies and have served
on the Community Advisory Committee for The
ESGV SELPA since 2009 and as council chair for
the last 5 years. I find my work valuable and
rewarding working with parents, districts and
teachers who may struggle with special education