Our Board



Cynthia J. Patton, Founder and Chairperson, is a public interest attorney, author, autism advocate, and nonprofit consultant. She attended the University of California, Davis, where she received a BS in Environ-mental Policy Analysis and Planning with a Minor in English as well as a JD from the Martin Luther King Jr. School of Law. During law school she was the Editor-in-Chief of ENVIRONS: The UC Davis Environmental Law & Policy Journal.

Prior to autism entering her life, Cynthia worked as an environmental attorney, scientific editor, consultant, and grassroots advocate for organizations such as the Sierra Club and Save The Bay.

Cynthia is an accomplished writer and has published nonfiction, poetry, and two books on wetland protection and restoration. She hosts the Whistlestop Writers Open Mic and co-produced Storied Nights: An Evening of Spoken Word on behalf of the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center. Her award-winning work has appeared in twelve anthologies, including five volumes of the best-selling Chicken Soup for the Soul series, plus numerous print and online publications as well as her blog, An Unplanned Life. Two of her stories have been performed on stage. Her poetry collection, Across An Aqueous Moon: Travels in Autism, will be published by Finishing Line Press in 2016. Learn more about her life and work at CynthiaJPatton.com.



Barbara Soules, Vice-Chairperson and Secretary — bio coming soon







Sharon Herman, Treasurer — photo and bio coming soon