Beheschta Barati

Specialty: Dari, Farsi, German
Originally from Afghanistan, I understand the unique challenges faced by families raising children with special needs. With both personal experience and professional expertise, I’m here to assist Farsi/Dari-speaking families in navigating the system. I’m dedicated to supporting families through coaching, so they can advocate for their children and access the support networks they deserve.

Sumathi Balaji

Specialty: Hindi, Tamil
I am a parent turned advocate. I enjoy learning and researching services available for children with complex needs. My life’s satisfaction comes from helping families receive the services they deserve. When I am not researching, I enjoy being outdoors.

Kay Holmes

I am a sibling to an amazing brother who was diagnosed shortly after birth with Cerebral Palsy. I remember seeing the frustration and sadness on my mother’s face. It brings me so much joy and peace to now be apart of the FRN family, using my background in Interior Design and Event Coordination, to make genuine connections with families by designing unique workshops, trainings and conferences to bring more awareness and free resources to the community. I am always ready to create a safe space for support and inspire families to walk the walk alongside us.

Ali Hernandez

Specialty: Spanish
My son has led me to knock on the doors of FRN years ago after his diagnosis. And today I’m proud to be part of this great team and to be able to support the community, as one day they did with me.

Selina Zhan

Specialty: Cantonese, Mandarin
I am a mom of two children and first came to FRN as a parent. I am very happy to work in the FRN organization. I have received a lot of training at work and have increased my knowledge of special education, which enables me to better support my children. I also very much hope to help more families who have similar experiences and needs, and to help people in the Alameda County community.

Will Long

Specialty: ASL
I am a Hard of Hearing family advocate with training and experience with IEPs. FRN is host to some of the most passionate and helpful team members I’ve ever seen in the disability world. I also rely on them for support! I’m honored to be part of this team. Family empowerment is my goal for you. Disability is normality!

Mayyadah Zaidani

Specialty: Arabic
I studied democracy and human rights and I am an advocate for women. I love helping others and making more people aware of the services and resources they can be provided with, especially Arab people because I come from the same background as them and want to guide them in the right direction by providing them with useful resources.

Isabel Alvarez

Specialty: Spanish
My son Santi, who is 10 years old, has autism. I attended an FRN support group and from day one I felt welcomed, understood, and started to know about resources for my son. My goal is to help families by connecting them with the system to make their journey a little easier.

Alex Guerrero

Specialty: Spanish
I love working for an organization that does amazing things for the community. I found out about FRN through my mom because FRN helped her in many ways. I love what we do and am so happy to be a part of this team. In my free time, I enjoy fitness and watching movies.

Sameena Ishaq

Specialty: Hindi, Urdu
I am the warrior mom of two kids and my younger son has a rare disease and has special health care needs. In addition to working at FRN, I co-run the Union City Special Needs Library Playgroups. I have a passion for arts and crafts. I enjoy working with families and helping them advocate for services.