Steve Davis (President & Director)
snkids.org was not the plan. I thought by now I was going to be designing board games or writing about computer security. When Eleanor and I decided to have kids, we also decided that it was important that one of us stay home with them. Eleanor’s career was on the upswing and I was doing consulting, so the choice was easy.
Stay-at-home dad time.
First Clara came, then Geoffrey. Then came Geoffrey’s autism diagnosis just before he turned three. At first I thought that the challenge was one of “working the bureaucracy” better and how we should approach his diagnosis and treatment (read some of my early posts).
The more I dug into the problem, the bigger it seemed.
Meeting with other parents, I found that our different diagnoses didn’t matter much. We were all working with (or working around) the same systems. We were all dealing with many of the same needs for the same services yet too often what we could get to help our kids seemed more like a game of Russian Roulette than any sort of sensible process.
So, here we are.
Chelsea Bonini (Treasurer, Secretary & Director)
I have two boys (10 and 14 years old), one of which is currently receiving special education services at an NPS through the San Mateo-Foster City School District.
Through the process of determining how to get services, what our rights were, and eventually (3 years in) getting to the right place, I decided that this experience was less than ideal. My personal mission is to do whatever I can to help ensure that other parents don’t experience the isolation, mis-information, and lack of continuity in the process and systems that our family did. The confusion and crisis that is common for parents with special needs kids is something that can be avoided, and I know in my heart that it is possible have better systems that lead to better outcomes for our kids. Through our work at snkids.org, I am dedicated to making this a reality.
I join my co-founders at snkids.org with recent experience as a member of the Governing Board of the San Mateo-Foster City School District (2013-2017). During my Board term, I also served on the Executive Board of the San Mateo County School Boards Association and on California Assembly Member Pro Tem Kevin Mullin’s Educational Advisory Committee. In February 2018, I was appointed as a Personnel Commissioner by the San Mateo County Board of Education, and in February 2019, I was appointed to the San Mateo County Commission on Disabilities.
I hold a B.S. in Elementary Education & Psychology and taught Kindergarten, First Grade and Title I reading in the South San Francisco Unified School District from 1994-1998, after which I attended law school at U.C. Hastings. I graduated and was admitted to the California Bar in 2001. My current business law practice serves a variety of entrepreneurial and business clients, and I also work part-time as In House Corporate Counsel for Lundberg Family Farms.
For over a decade, I have served in community-based leadership roles, including participating in various community-based Boards, task forces and steering committees within San Mateo County, with a focus on education, community building, housing needs, wellness, early literacy supports, and access to arts. I have been a strong advocate for equitable opportunities and support structures for all students, including students with special needs.
Thank you to our founding members who supported us as we got started and were figuring out what exactly we needed to do for snkids.org.
Chelsea Bonini, Steven Davis, Jenny McPherson, Laura Croft, Alexia Worsham, Mother’s Quest, Diane Papan, Steven Yoda, Carrie Du Bois, Lisa Azar, Deborah Fields, Dennis P. McBride, Josh Becker, Shelley McGinity, Alisa Greene MacAvoy, Ian McCullough, Dodge and Associates, Eric Knapp, Gloria Kim, Sean Moran, Meredith Mengel, Christina Inman, Randi Paynter, Krista Martinelli