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Meet Our Team!
 
California BrainWaves has a Board of Directors, Operations Advisory Board, Neuroscience Advisory Board, Program Leaders, Volunteers.
Some, not all, are featured below:
Kiera Rain, Founder and Executive Director of California BrainWaves, a Nonprofit for neurodivergent people of all ages/stages.

Kiera Rain, Founder of Bay Area Professional Organizer

Founder, President of the Board of Directors, Executive Director at California BrainWaves

Kiera Rain founded California BrainWaves after seeing a huge disparity in services for her young son, who is diagnosed with Autism and mental illness. She wanted to ensure supports for her even-younger daughter as well, who has suffered a lot of trauma due to the lack of support, services, and safety during her brother's episodes. The family brainstormed a live/work/learn/play therapeutic resort for Special Needs Families, and started taking action to making it a reality as a nonprofit. California BrainWaves was officially formed in 2022.

 

Kiera Rain has been self-employed for over 20 years, specializing in the mental and emotional health aspects of disorganization through her business, Bay Area Professional Organizer Co.

Dr. Leighton Hinkley, PhD, Sr Scientist in Biomagnetic Imaging Lab at UCSF, Neuroscientist who studies Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, Teacher of a Research Design Class at Department of Psych at USF

Neuroscience Advisory Board at California BrainWaves

Dr. Hinkley completed his Ph.D. in Psychology at UC Davis, with a background in multi-modal non-invasive neuroimaging, specifically, using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and magnetoencephalography (MEG) to identify the neurophysiological bases of behavior.

 

He is currently a senior scientist in the Biomagnetic Imaging Lab in the Department of Radiology at UC San Francisco, implementing neuroimaging approaches as a means to understand the neurobiological basis of multiple conditions, including neurodevelopmental disorders. He currently applies multiple imaging techniques (specifically MEG, but also MRI, MRSI, fMRI and TMS) to advance the diagnosis and treatment of multiple neurological and psychiatric disorders. These techniques are often combined with neuromodulation methods (including TMS and DBS) to rehabilitate neurocognitive outcome. He has a deep passion for public education (podcasts, Mythbusters) on neuroscience and how it can be applied to our understanding of conditions like autism spectrum disorders, psychosis and dementia. 

bil.ucsf.edu (Leighton's Lab)
 

https://profiles.ucsf.edu/leighton.hinkley

Patty Gently, PhD, MSMHC, Founder of Bright Insight Support Network, Specializing in 2E Individuals 

Neuroscience Advisory Board at California BrainWaves

Patty Gently, PhD, MSMHC, is a trauma therapist who specializes in EMDR, DBT, and IFS modalities. Through Bright Insight Support Network, she works to counsel, coach, and advocate for gifted, twice-exceptional, and neurodivergent persons, along with other marginalized populations. Her unique involvement with this community gives her a platform through which Patty writes, presents, and educates others about giftedness, twice-exceptionality, neurodiversity, trauma, relationships, parenting, leadership, and more. Her community involvement and work also inform her research efforts as she completes her doctorate in developmental psychology. Outside of her work as a therapist, advocate, and student, Patty coordinates engagements for and teaches Student Connections for Success and Adult Education at Cochise College in Sierra Vista, Arizona. She is also the Cochise County area coordinator for Free Mom Hugs-Arizona, a group of parents, friends, and allies who support the LGBTQIA+ community. Additionally, Patty has two twice-exceptional adult daughters, was the wife of a disabled veteran, and founded and ran New Day Farmstead, a small rescue farm.

Douglas L. Major, O.D., Professional Advocate for Incarcerated Youth and Adults with Special Needs

Family Re-Entry Program at California BrainWaves

Doug Major received his Doctor of Optometry from the Southern California College of Optometry in 1985 after completing his undergraduate work at Brigham Young University. While in professional school, he received numerous national awards for his research in the areas of computer-assisted visual skills and visual problems associated with juvenile delinquency. He also authored several published professional articles and lectured before the American Academy of Optometry and many local parent and teacher groups. Dr. Major has a special interest in the area of incarcerated youth and adults with brain and developmental disabilities. 

Ruth Miller, Retired Comcast HR Professional with emphasis on employees with disabilities, Former HS Special Education Teacher, Current Nonprofit Volunteer

Operations Advisory Board at California BrainWaves

After more than 25 years in the Human Resources profession, Ruth retired and has since utilized her knowledge and business skills to assist nonprofit organizations. As well as volunteering with California BrainWaves on the Operations Advisory Board, Ruth supports career seekers at the Career Resource Center in Lake Forest, IL by providing assistance with resume writing, interviewing skills, and guidance in choosing the next career path. Ruth also tutors first and second graders at a charter school in North Chicago, IL through Reading Power. The program enhances reading strategies mixed with the joy of reading to enable youth to read at grade level and beyond.


Ruth began her career as a special education teacher, working with high school children with multiple emotional and behavioral issues. She moved into business and led branch offices for a staffing organization. For 21 years, Ruth worked as an HR Business Partner supporting various teams for Comcast in the Greater Chicago area. While at Comcast, Ruth had the opportunity to be active in the Chicago's Employee Resources Groups. She was the program co-chair for the MyAbilities ERG and organized as well as hosted virtual lunch and learns on various topics that impacted employees with disabilities.

Lauri Moffet-Fehlberg, AIA, LEED AP, Senior Principal at Dahlin Group

Design Team at California BrainWaves

DAHLIN's integrated planning and architecture practice has been developed by over 40 years of shaping communities globally, starting in California. We design each project with an intimate understanding of its context and respond to today's issues of resource conservation and sustainability. Our designs are innovative, real and achievable.


Expertise:

Community Planning: Master Planning, Urban Design, Entitlement

Community Places: Institutional + Municipal, Education, Community Amenities, Golf Clubhouses

Place to Live: Multifamily Residential + Mixed-use, Neighborhood Residential, Apartments, Affordable Housing, Senior Living, Private Residences

Work & Play: Hospitality + Fitness, Commercial + Retail, Office, Healthcare, Interiors

Dane Bunton + Nas Mousavi, Founders of Studio BANAA, Principal Architects, RAs

Design Team at California BrainWaves

Here at Studio BANAA, we always consider the broadest context—what do the cities, people, businesses need? And then we dive in on the human view. The one that holds identity. Perspectives. Stories. Like homes made out of abandoned masonic temples, restaurants with the owner’s culture literally etched into the walls, or a brandy experience that takes you back to the Californian gold rush.


Because rare and authentic spaces do wonders for the heart and soul of a city.

Two sides of the big picture. United in the detail.

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Studio BANAA is run by Dane and Nas. Dane, a San Francisco local by birth, and Nastaran, a Northern Iranian expat who grew up surrounded by mountains and the Caspian Sea. They met in architecture school and bonded over a shared love of everything in their right brains: art, design, craft. It was at this point the pair—with two different life journeys, and many different perspectives—united as architects and designers. They still hold some common interests: staring at buildings, absorbing art, being in nature, meeting new clients, throwing dinner parties full of Persian food. But their differences are what keep things interesting.


Dane—who studied business and economics before moving into the world of architecture—likes pondering future cities, the business of architecture (or the business of anything, really), and the craft of architectural drawing. Whereas Nas can more often be found delving into the study of villages and micro communities, resilient structures and materials, biomimicry and ecological architecture.


While their right brains are aligned, their left brains are always thinking differently. So when they come together, they can question, inspire and challenge each other to think deeper. To collaborate. And to explore new ground.


Dane's dad owns and operates Bay Area senior living facilities, and his grandfather passed away from complications related to a traumatic brain injury.

Jeff Barrett, Founder of Jeff Barrett Studio, Architect, LEED AP 

Design Team at California BrainWaves

Registered Architect – California Lic.# C-37499

NCARB Certificate # 99043

Leed Accredited Professional


Jeff is the founding principal and owner of Jeff Barrett Studio. His innovative and forward-looking approach to design is unique in his pursuit to connect the outside natural environment with the building structures which has distinguished him as a leading Architect today. His design insight stems from a passion related to progressing the interconnection of people and places through ecological and technological solutions.


Jeff and the Studio’s design process is centered on collaboration inside and outside traditional design fields and has been developed through a variety of current and previous experiences which has resulted in a diverse body of work.


Notable project experience includes:

Netflix Corporate Campus

VMware Corporate Campus

Palo Alto Mitchell Park Library and Community Center – LEED Platinum

West Sacramento Community Center – LEED Gold

Walnut Creek Library – LEED Gold

San Leandro Senior Center – LEED Gold

Monterey Bay Aquarium

San Francisco Eco Center at Herons Head Park


Jeff's young daughter has seizures. His aunt has severe Autism and has been in RTPs most of her life.

Noah Nuer, President of Nuer Foundation (Nonprofit), Chairman/CEO/Master Trainer at Learning as Leadership, Co-Founder and CEO of Baleine Sous Caillou Productions 

Videographer at California BrainWaves

I am the President of Nuer Foundation, a  24-year-old Nonprofit with the mission to empower people to make a positive difference for the future of humanity through supporting existing projects, efforts, and providing the tools to accomplish new ideas.


I currently serve as Chairman, CEO, master trainer at Learning as Leadership,www.learnaslead.com. LaL is a thirty-five-year-old leadership development and culture change firm that works with senior executives at large organizations across the US and abroad. For the past 20 years, I've run the company, facilitated programs, co-developed seminars, and coached management teams in the private sector (Shell Oil, M&T Bank, Fairchild Semiconductor) as well as the public sector (NASA, Sandia National Laboratories). I even had the opportunity to train parliament members and ministers of the Republic of Georgia.


I have lectured at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, University of Michigan, and Stanford University. I’ve published articles in Psychological Inquiry and Psychological Bulletin, a journal of the American Psychological Association.


In addition, I am an award-winning film writer-director with over 12 fictions, documentaries and a web series. In 1996, I co-founded Baleine Sous Caillou Productions, www.bscprod.com., a French film production company that creates short movies, features and series for TV and cinema, both in France and the US. I remain CEO to this day. I will be working on the TV show(s) for California BrainWaves, a Nonprofit for Neurodiversity.


More details at www.noahnuer.com

Rebecca Hall Gruyter, Founder and CEO of RHG Media Productions, Creator of the Speaker Talent Search, Radio and Podcast Show Host, Publisher, #1 International Best Selling Author 

Book Club Talk Show Host at California BrainWaves

Experienced entrepreneur with a demonstrated history of working in the media production industry. Skilled in management, business development, social media, and major media visibility,. In-demand radio show host, featured on the Influencer Channel of VoiceAmerica, and syndicated on 9 international networks. The publishing arm of our business has helped launch over 1,000 Best Selling authors, 40+ individual best-selling books, and specializes in helping you make an impact...be seen, heard, and powerfully positioned to reach all those you are called to reach.

Chef Mallyon, Owner of The Chill Factory  

Event Caterer at California BrainWaves

Chef Mallyon delights guests with yummy soulful treats. 5 Stars on Yelp for: large portions, fresh ingredients. creative menu, great value! Follow his ever-changing menu on Instagram!

 

For California BrainWaves, Chef Mallyon is preparing a select menu for neurodiversity diet needs and Sensory Processing Disorder issues. He is also working with the Executive Director to sell disability and eco-friendly food-based wares as a Fundraiser such as lunch boxes, specialized utensils, brain sippy cups with straws, and more fun kitchen gear! 

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