- Executive Team
- Board of Directors
- Administrative Team
- First Step Team
- VIA West Team
- Advancement Team
Via Services is led by a wonderful management team with diverse backgrounds in special needs, business, and therapy. They are committed to our mission of helping individuals with disabilities and special needs achieve greater self-sufficiency and lead richer lives.
Matt is the Executive Director of Via Services. He is responsible for the management and direction of all aspects of Via including the Via West and First Step programs, advancement, administration, and strategic direction. He joined Via in 2019 and brings more than 25 years of experience in marketing, business development, fundraising, and non-profit leadership to the organization.
Matt earned his B.A. in political science from San Jose State University. As the father of a child with developmental disabilities, he has been a part of the special needs community for the past 20 years.
Matt served on the Board of Directors for Via Services from 2009-2015. He is also a longtime member of the Rotary Club of San Jose where he served on the committee that conceived, designed, fund raised, and built the Rotary PlayGarden - a $6 million universally accessible playground in San Jose’s Guadalupe Riverpark where people of all abilities can play side by side. Most recently, he was the Executive Director of Cristo Rey San Jose Work Study, Inc., an internship program for low-income, underserved high school students in which students work one day per week in Silicon Valley companies. There, he developed partnerships with more than 90 companies and brought in $3.5 million in annual revenue.
Matt resides in Santa Cruz with his two daughters, Grace and Charlotte.
Vice President, Advancement & Sales
Leslie is the Vice President of Advancement & Sales. She joined Via in 2011 as the director of Via West before becoming the Vice President of Programs in 2012. In 2014, she transitioned into the role of chief executive officer. In 2018, she decided to take a step back to spend more time with her growing family and transitioned into her current role.
Leslie received her B.A. in Spanish from Santa Clara University and her M.A. in special education and rehabilitative counseling from San Jose State University.
Leslie has extensive experience working with the special needs population. She worked as the special education manager at Rocketship Schools, an organization dedicated to closing the achievement gap of low income students. She also owned a private counseling practice in San Jose dedicated to vocational rehabilitation and transition counseling for those with special needs and those with work-related injuries.
Director, First Step
Jennifer oversees our clinics’ speech and occupational therapy program as well as Via’s Early Start assessment team . She originally worked in the First Step program from 2003-2007 and returned in 2017 as a speech-language pathologist before assuming her current role of Director in 2019.
Jennifer received her B.A. and M.A. in communicative disorders at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA. She has received training in PROMPT, PECS Level I, Talk Tools courses, and Hanen and Social Thinking courses.
Jennifer has 15 years of experience working with children and their families with a variety of communication needs in private clinics, preschools, early intervention programs, school district contracts, and outpatient programs. She has also earned 2 consecutive ASHA Awards for Continuing Education.
Director, Via West & Altitude
Scott oversees all of the programs for Via West and Altitude, and he provides leadership, supervision, and management. He joined Via in 2019 with over 33 years of experience directing camps and nonprofit organizations.
Scott received his B.A. in Recreation Administration from Northwest Nazarene University. He also earned a Senior Director certificate and Executive Director degree from the YMCA, where he spent 17 years.
Scott has spent the last 12 years focused on providing quality programs for people with special needs. Most recently, he served as the director for Camp Harmon where he was able to work with many of our current Via West participants. He has extensive experience improving camp programs and facilities to make them the best camping experience possible.
Board of Directors
Via Services is directly supported by our Board of Directors. They are committed to our mission of helping individuals with disabilities and special needs achieve greater self-sufficiency and lead richer lives.
Our administrative team supports all of the programs of Via Services through registration, scheduling, accounting, billing, accounts receivable, accounts payable, and vendor management.
First Step Team
Our First Step team is comprised of speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, and early childhood educators who provide assessments of infants and children up to age 10. They also provide educational services and assessments as well as a wide array of speech-language and occupational play-based therapy to address developmental delays or disorders.
VIA West Team
Our Via West team manages our Via West and Altitude programs which provide residential respite care and camping services with weekend and week-long experiences throughout the year. They are also responsible for our facility rentals use groups.
Our Advancement team handles all aspects of fundraising, grants, planned giving, and events.