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Lynda Tache



As a single parent of a child living with autism in the state of Nevada, Lynda Tache has come into contact with many families over the years, including her own, who have experienced the struggles of raising a child with autism due to lack of programs, support and comprehensive funding. Through her experiences, she has made a difference by testifying, as a parent, in front of the Nevada State Legislature in 2007 to help receive the original state autism services funding, which is known today as the Autism Treatment Assistance Program. She was involved in the process, as a parent and advocate, for the Autism Insurance Bill AB162 which passed in 2009 and served as a parent advocate, lobbying in Carson City, for autism-related bills in 2011 and 2013.

In addition, Lynda is the Founder of the Grant a Gift® Autism Foundation, and serves as Faculty for the NvLEND at the University of Nevada Reno which is a strategic planning project federally funded through HRSA’s Maternal Child Health Bureau and the Combating Autism Act. She is also a graduate of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Leadership Las Vegas Class of 2013, Co-chair of the Learn the Signs Act Early, a Center for Disease Control initiative, and serves on various NV Autism Commission Sub-committees.

Lynda has been a Nevada resident since 1993 and has a Bachelor of Science Degree from the UNLV College of Hotel Administration. She was an original team member for the opening of the MGM Grand Hotel and on the original beverage management team for the New York-New York Hotel and Casino overseeing 250+ employees. Lynda also has a strong financial planning background, and has served as the Director of Southern Nevada for a major banking/financial program for Wells Fargo Bank of Nevada. Together, these experiences helped shape Grant a Gift® Autism Foundation’s mission, vision and purpose. Her long-term vision is to help make Nevada a great place to live for all families living with or without neuro-developmental disabilities!

Our staff and boards include a diverse range of backgrounds and talents committed to improving the lives of children on the autism spectrum and the families who care for them.

Grant A Gift® Staff

Terri Janison
Chief Executive Officer
Kelly Pearsall
Chief Financial Officer
Melanie Bash
Chief Development Officer
Malina Akerman
Events Director
Samantha Lloyd
Fundraising Development Manager
Desirae Wingerter, BCaBA, LaBA
Program Services & Support Manager
Kim Ortega
Resource & Navigation Specialist
Sarah LaBean
Accounting & Administrative Specialist

Kelley Grim
Cross Functional Administrative Manager
Regina Hanson

UNLV Medicine Ackerman Autism Center Staff

Dr. Julie Foutz Beasley, Ph. D
Child Neuropsychologist


Rooman Ahad, MD
Pediatric Neurologist
Mario Gaspar De Alba, MD, FAAP
Developmental Pediatrician
Michael Nasiak, MD
Medical Geneticist and Internist

Cathleen Danheiser
Clinical Manager


Jamie Johnson, BCBA, LBA
Programs Manager

Board Certified Behavior Analyst
Clemencia Best, RBT
Registered Behavioral Technician
Community Health Worker
Chris Moore, RBT
Registered Behavioral Technician
Jade Pryor, RBT
Registered Behavioral Technician
Administrative Assistant


Board of Directors

Donna Curry
Board Chairman
Subway Corporate Franchisor
Gary Ackerman
Board Vice Chairman
Gaudin Automotive Group
Daniel Gerety
Board Treasurer
CPA Gerety & Associates
Sarah Guindy
Board Secretary
Executive Vice President, Bank of Nevada
Andrea Blue
Board Director
Senior Property Manager,
Cushman & Wakefield Commerce
Tony Bonnici
Board Director
General Manager, Lotus Broadcasting
Flossie Christensen
Board Director
SVP/HR Director, Bank of Nevada
Pat Christenson
Board Director
President, Las Vegas Events
Randy Gabe
Board Director
VP/Gas Resources, Southwest Gas
Jodi Hale Fonfa
Board Director
Lucky Dragon Hotel and Casino
Amy Hooks
Board Director
Pharmaceutical Industry
Brian Lauzon
Board Director
Lauzon & Associates
Kate Lowenhar-Fisher
Board Director
Partner, Dickinson Wright, PLLC.
Kathy Martin
Board Director
The Virtuous Group
Sharry Quillin
Board Director
Quillin Advertising
J. Christopher Stuhmer
Board Director
Christopher Companies

Advisory Board

Dr. Julie F. Beasley, PhD.
Clinical Director, UNLV Medicine
Ackerman Autism Center
Stacy Brazill
The Brazill Team,
Help of Southern Nevada
Jan Crandy
Nevada Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorders Chair

Mario J Gaspar de Alba, M.D., FAAP
Assistant Professor in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics

University School of Medicine
Former First Lady Dawn Gibbons
KSNV New 3 ~ Director of Community Relations
Kirk Homeyer
Fertitta Enterprises
Corporate Counsel
Michelle Scott-Lewing
Owner of Med Energy

Executive Director of Autism