Board of Directors

Alison Whitney

Allison WhitneyFounder / President

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 * Champion 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 Rupp

Christine RuppVice President

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

    Eddy Hansen, MBA       Lt Col (ret)Treasurer
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.

David Rousseau

David Rousseau, CCIM San Diego Lending, Inc.

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 * Champion 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.

Abigail Josephsen

Abigail Josephsen

Abbie is a two-time alumna from California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) with a BS in Business Administration and an MBA specializing in Business Intelligence. Her love of data and analysis led her to a career at Viasat, Inc. as a Data Analyst but her desire to work with a non-profit led her to B.I.A.N.C.A. Abbie spent several years working at a pediatric clinic, where she met many remarkable families and children on the Autism Spectrum. She wanted to be able to support an organization with her organizational skills and analytical abilities and become more involved in the world of non-profits. With over 10 years of administrative experience to bring to the table, Abbie transitioned from a volunteer to a B.I.A.N.C.A. board member in May of 2018.

Abbie enjoys reading, spending time with her family and volunteering with the young children at her local church.

Sanjiv Prabhakaran

Sanjiv Prabhakaran

Sanjiv Prabhakaran

Sanjiv Prabhakaran is a senior executive and entrepreneur with over 30 years of software development management and technical architecture experience in mobile and web applications for eLearning, health care, work-flow management, fleet management, wireless mobile data applications, enterprise web applications for business management, corporate real estate, and financial markets. Mr. Prabhakaran is the author of nine U.S. patents in the fields of fleet management and vehicle mapping systems using GPS and traditional maps. He holds an MSEE from Ohio State University.

In early 2002, Mr. Prabhakaran founded Bytes, Inc. to provide low cost and rapid software outsourcing and project management services. Prior to this, he was vice president of engineering and R&D at Baylogics, a software solutions e-business company offering enterprise-level asset management, lease management and financial applications to Fortune 1000 customers in the retail, telecommunications, health care and energy industries. He previously served in senior management roles at Mobile Information Systems and Chronos Systems, where he spearheaded the development and implementation of fleet management systems.

Mr. Prabhakaran’s philanthropic interests extend to helping underprivileged children with proper education and job training and assisting physically challenged individuals with job opportunities within Bytes and other companies.

Noe Silva

Noe Silva

Noe Silva

Noe Silva is the Founder and CEO of Golden Circle & 21st Century Custom Paintings.


Amanda Cornell

Amanda Cornell

Amanda Cornell

Amanda is a San Diego native with a great passion for helping the community. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Health Science from California State University San Marcos. She also attended CSUSM for her graduate K-12th teaching credential program. She has public, charter, private, special education, international, and ESL teaching experience.

Amanda’s experience working with children on the autism spectrum in a public school setting as a preschool teacher inspired her to join our team. When she is not helping B.I.A.N.C.A. champion autism, Amanda enjoys working as a fashion model and ESL educator/ program director.


Joe Cave

Joe Cave

Joe Cave

Joe was born and raised in San Diego. He attended the United States Military Academy at West Point where he graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. He played 4 years Division I golf at West Point participating in NCAA championships and serving one year as team captain. Upon graduation, was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Army and served as a Field Artillery Officer for 5 ½ years on active duty. He served in Ft. Sill, OK and Ft. Bliss, TX where he deployed to Iraq as a Fire Support Officer for a Cavalry Troop and earned a Bronze Star Medal.

Joe left active duty at the end of 2013 and moved back to San Diego to pursue a career in professional golf. He played professional golf from 2014-2016 in various mini-tours in the southwest US and PGA Latin America.
After leaving active duty and while pursuing professional golf, Joe joined the Army Reserve in San Diego, CA as a Military Intelligence Officer. He is currently a Major in the Army Reserve and serves in a strategic unit supporting missions around the world one weekend a month.

rji-2018-winners-web-768x474B.I.A.N.C.A. recruited Joe to help us run our annual charity golf tournament in 2018 after his team beat out 1,440 golfers to win The Randy Jones Golf Tournament Grand Prize.

We are grateful Joe accepted our nomination to serve on the Board, applying his organizational leadership experience learned as an Army Officer as well as his deep understanding of risk management and mitigation which he practiced daily while planning and leading Army Soldiers during training and operations.

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