Board of Directors


Alison Whitney

Allison WhitneyFounder / President
B.I.A.N.C.A

Allison Whitney Schnepper is an accomplished executive with over 14 years experience instituting organizational strategies and measures for continuous improvements and efficient business operations. She has worked with MTVN, Dr. Phil and The Howard Stern Show.

Allison received an athletic scholarship from SDSU to row on Division I Crew Team while she earned a B.A. in Communications with an emphasis in Journalism. She graduated in the honors program and on The Honors Board from SDSU in 2003.

In 2011, Allison founded Be Involved * Act Now * Cure Autism (B.I.A.N.C.A.) to help children like her niece, Bianca, struggling to cope with the affects of autism and their families.

Christine RuppVice President
PrideStaff

With 40 years in the staffing industry, Chris began her career in social work by earning her B.A. in Psychology and Sociology. She was disappointed that she could not make a difference in people’s lives with the career she chose, so she went back to the staffing service she temped for to earn money to go to college. They hired her as a sales rep, and she found that she could change people’s lives by mentoring, coaching and finding them a career path. Chris was able to become an owner and open a PrideStaff office in 1998. She has received the Diamond Award for 6 years for providing the ultimate experience. Since her granddaughter is on the autism spectrum, she generously joined our team to help support the autism community.
Larissa L. Ferrill

Larissa L. Ferrill, M.S., CCC-SLP, ATACP Secretary

Larissa has been a licensed speech language pathologist since 2009 and has found her niche working with a moderate-severe pediatric population.   She graduated from the University of Redlands in 2009, with my master’s degree in communicative disorders and began her career working for a pediatric focused private practice delivering one-to-one and small group intervention to a variety of patients.  She has received training in a variety of therapy techniques including: Hanen- It Takes Two to Talk, Hanen- More than WordsProject ImPactBeckman Oral Motor Therapy, and the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS).  Over the years she has found a passion for working with kids who are minimally verbal and use assistive technology (who doesn’t love apps and tablets!).  Over the past 4 years she has been developing the program reAACt therapy working to connect families in San Diego with access to AAC and support in using this technology.

Lt. Col. Eddy Hansen

Lt. Col. Eddy HansenTreasurer
General Atomics,
Aeronautical Systems Inc

Eddy manages development of emerging technologies for the Mission Systems division of General Atomics. He implements advanced systems and payloads on aircraft and surface platforms for military and commercial applications. Eddy is a retired Marine Corps pilot and a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is the father of two beautiful children, including a 12-year-old boy on the autism spectrum..

Eddy holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Minnesota and a M.B.A. from the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business.

Eddy holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Minnesota and (will finish in April) a Masters of Business Administration from the Michigan Ross School of Business.

David Rousseau

David Rousseau, CCIM Trillium Captial Partners

David has been in the commercial real estate lending market since 2003. Before becoming a commercial real estate lender, David worked as an open outcry futures trader on the floor of the Montreal Exchange
trading 10 year government bonds and bankers acceptances. After the open outcry trading pits went to an electronic platform, David helped set up a derivatives department with a major financial institution in Toronto, Canada. This capital market background gives David an edge when it comes to helping clients with their commercial real estate financing needs.

Working with a variety of lenders, David has brokered hundreds of millions of dollars of commercial real estate loans for most property types using a variety of loan products customized to the purchaser’s individual investment strategy, including conventional, CMBS, construction, bridge, mezzanine, private equity and SBA financing.

David has also been involved in the syndication of commercial real estate and raising capital through private offering memorandums. David enjoys the uniqueness of each transaction and the challenges that sometimes arise so that he can use his outside the box thinking to get to the end result…a funded loan and a happy client.

David enjoys golf, ice hockey, softball and experiencing the geographic and cultural diversities of the United States while traveling in his RV with his family.

David co-founded “Golf Fore Autism” Charity Golf Tournament with Jeff Thomas in 2014, and has served on B.I.A.N.C.A.’s Board of Directors ever since.

Jeff Schnepper

Jeff Schnepper, M.B.A., J.D., LL.MMicrosoft’s MSN MONEY tax expert, Economics Editor for USA Today

Jeff A. Schnepper is the author of several books on finance and taxation, including How to Pay Zero Estate Taxes and all thirty-three previous editions of How to Pay Zero Taxes. He is a financial, tax, and legal advisor to the Transamerica sales force and runs a full-time accounting and legal practice in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Mr. Schnepper is Microsoft’s MSN MONEY tax expert, Chief Legal Counsel for Estate Planning of Delaware Valley, Inc., an economics editor for USA Today and is tax counsel for Haran, Watson & Company.

Jeff’s granddaughter, Bianca, is the inspiration behind Be Involved * Act Now * Cure Autism.

Kimberly Tullis

Kimberly TullisKT Home Designs

Kimberly Tullis is a successful residential interior designer in Southern California. She is an ASID Allied designer, and the proud owner of KT Home Designs.

Her heart truly shines when she is helping others. When Kimberly’s two children were in elementary school, her neighbor had a son on the autism spectrum; Kimberly learned the struggles parents have and saw first-hand how much of a difference can be made with the necessary resources. She came to B. I. A. N. C. A. because she wants to help us provide these resources to many others like her neighbor.

Kimberly was born and raised in San Diego. She enjoys spending time with her family, hosting events in her home, hiking, and traveling the world with her fiancé.

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