Barbra is the founder of BEAS Academy. She is a native of Annapolis, Maryland. Barbra received her Master’s degree in Educational Psychology from Towson University, a Special Education Teaching credential from Monterey Peninsula College and her AA in Speech Language Pathology from American River College in Sacramento California. Barbra serves as an Autism Ambassador for Autism Speaks and volunteers with the Special Olympics. Barbra has had exceptional results with children who experience behavioral issues and other various learning and emotional disabilities. Barbra is also a published author of children’s books.
Peter M. Stirling
Peter joined BEAS Academy in 2014. He has been acting as Executive Director and currently serves as Vice President and Treasurer of our Board of Directors. In addition to his administrative duties with BEAS Academy, Peter continues to work as a Spanish Language interpreter. He received his BA in Spanish from Humboldt State University and his MA in Spanish from Sacramento State. He has also received Translation & Interpretation certifications from National Hispanic University and San Francisco State University. Peter ensures everything runs smoothly behind the scenes and that our information is accurate and relevant. Peter is dedicated to community service. He has volunteered with The Monterey Bay Aquarium, the American River Parkway, the Special Olympics, and Auburn Ski Club. He is also a member of community organizations including the Eldorado Backcountry Ski Patrol.
Lizette Mancilla recently graduated with her Masters in counseling and Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential from CSU, Sacramento. In 2015, she received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in counseling. Through her academic and professional experiences, Lizette has shown to have the qualities of a leader passionate to make a change in children’s lives. She has previously worked as a paraprofessional for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and respite agency. For the past year and a half, she has also interned as a counselor in various local schools where she provided individual and group counseling for children K-12 with varying abilities. Lizette strongly believes that “every child is capable of reaching their academic and behavioral goals but it is up to us to nurture a child’s abilities by providing them with the appropriate tools to help them flourish and succeed”
Program Development Director
Laura Vang graduated from CSU Sacramento in Spring 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development and is fluent in Spanish. Through her academic experience, she has had field experience working collaboratively with preschool and elementary teachers in creating curriculum for children. More recently, she has also worked as a respite care provider working with children and their families. She is passionate about creating a learning environment that supports and develops children’s unique abilities, knowledge, and interests. She also strives to work collaboratively with families to better support their children and develop relationships with families.
Karen has been a CPA since 1990. After graduating from UC Davis with a Bachelor of Animal Science and a goal of veterinary school, she returned to California State University in Sacramento to complete the necessary coursework to sit for the CPA exam. She made a choice to support her horse habit instead of working directly with the critters. She was raised in a family business, Sacramento Barber and Beauty Supply, from an early age. Well versed in general business, by the age of sixteen Karen was stepping in for the company bookkeeper on a regular basis. Karen continues to enjoy owning McDougal & Co. Inc, Certified Public Accountants, working with her family of clients, pursuing interesting, creative, and entertaining solutions to business problems, family wealth transition, and minimizing income taxes through business entity selection and creative compliance with the tax laws. In her spare time, she enjoys horseback riding and parenting four active young adults plus one challenging almost 5 year old nephew.