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SBESInc. Co-Founder, CEO, President Board of Directors SBESInc., TVI, COMS

Sonja Biggs, Ph.D., Co-Founder, CEO, President/Secretary of the SBESInc. Board of Directors, Investor

Dr. Sonja Biggs is the President, CEO, and Co-founder of Sonja Biggs Educational Services, Inc. She has been an elementary classroom teacher, as well as a university professor working with students from birth to adulthood. Sonja is a TVI and COMS instructor dually certified in both California and Washington State. Sonja has her Ph.D. in Advanced K-12 Education from Capella University and brings experience as a mother of a blind child from birth to transition into adulthood. Dr. Biggs is active in many professional organizations such as CAOMS, CTEBVI, and AER. Personal motto: "I'm surrounded by stars and it is my job to help them shine!"

Vice-President, Board of Directors, SBESInc.

Atom Biggs, BSN, Vice-President of SBESInc. Board of Directors, Investor

Atom Biggs, BSN RN, is the Vice President of Sonja Biggs Educational Services, Inc. Board of Directors. He is also a major investor and shareholder in the company. He brings a wealth of expertise from a medical point of view, as well as that of a parent of a blind child. Atom enjoys creating wonderful recreational and team building activities for us to experience together. He is Sonja's husband of 33 years and we are so fortunate to have him on our team!

Blind Entrepreneur, CFO, Research & Design, R&D, programmer

Brandon Keith Biggs, B.A., CFO, Co-Founder, Treasurer of the SBESInc. Board, Research and Inclusive Designer, VI AT Specialist, Programmer, Investor

Brandon Keith Biggs is the CFO and Co-founder of Sonja Biggs Educational Services, Inc. He graduated in June 2016 with a B.A. in Music and minor in Marketing. Brandon also has an extensive background in business, marketing, and helping start-ups become successful businesses. Brandon is instrumental in bringing growth and vision to our company. He is currently working on a Masters Degree in Inclusive Design through OCAD University in Toronto, Canada. Brandon is passionate about research & development and inclusion. Brandon is also an expert in Assistive Technology and guides our team in knowing what technology our blind & visually impaired students need. We are fortunate to have him help build our team! He is an important member of our Admin Team.

Human Resources, Non-certificated Program Manager

Lindy Culler, B.A., Human Resources Director, Non-Certificated Program Manager

Lindy Culler came to us from Walla Walla, WA. She is our Human Resources Director and Non-Certificated Program Manager. Lindy has a B.A. in Psychology from Walla Walla University. Lindy is working on her certification in Human Resources thorugh UC Berkeley. She also leads our production of large print and tactile materials using InDesign and Photoshop. Lindy organizes our professional development and orientations. Lindy brings with her a positive attitude and brings joy to our work place. We are so happy that Lindy is a part of our team! She is an important member of our Admin Team.

O&M, COMS, TVI Intern, Blind Students, Braille, VI AT

Nick Leon, MA, COMS, Certificated Program Manager, TVI Intern Candidate

Nick Leon, MA, COMS, is our Program Manager and comes to us from Indianapolis where he previously worked at the Bosma Center as an Orientation & Mobility Specialist. Nick is a presenter for AER International and has produced a Webinar with AER on using 3-D pens in making tactile maps for Orientation & Mobility. We are so excited that Nick has joined our team of Orientation & Mobility Specialists. He is enrolled in the TVI Program at SFSU. Nick also organizes our professional development opportunities, orientations, and staff meetings. He is an important member of our Admin Team.

TVI, VI students, teacher, braille

Puao Teo, MA, TVI

Puao Teo, MA, Teacher of the Blind & Visual Impaired. Puao is currently working on an authorization in autism.  She has a wealth of experience as a TVI working in the Bay area for the last 20 years. Currently,  Puao is serving in the Concord area. We are happy she has joined our team.

O&M, blind students, TVI Intern, braille

Britt Reel, COMS, TVI Intern Candidate

Britt Reel, MA, COMS, comes to us from Martinez, CA where he previously worked as an orientation & mobility specialist with the Veteran's Administration. He is a wonderful team member and his colleagues really enjoy working with Britt. He is really making a positive difference in the lives of his students. Britt is enrolled in theTVI Program at SFSU for a dual certification. We are excited to have Britt as a part of our SBESInc. team.

O&M, Blind student, TVI Assistant, braille

Paul Raskin, MA, O&M, TVI Assistant, Marketing

Paul Raskin, MA, O&M, comes to the SBES, Inc. team after serving in the Bay Area for over 30 years as an Orientation & Mobility Specialist, Rehabilitation Specialist, Adjunct Faculty at SFSU, and Supervisor of TVI's/COMS. Paul is helping us with contracts, interviewing teachers, and working where needed in the field as an Orientation & Mobility Specialist and TVI Assistant. Paul will begin working on his TVI certification through San Francisco State University in the fall. His expertise in the field is very valuable to our growth as a company.

TVI Intern, VI students, braille

Cheryl Siu, MA, TVI Intern Candidate, Marketing

Cheryl Siu, MA,is serving in the Sacramento area. She is a certificated multiple subject education teacher who is currently enrolled in the VI program at San Francisco State University. Cheryl has a wealth of experience working with students with special needs, including children with visual impairments. Cheryl also represents SBESInc. in doing marketing.

Independence Specialist, VI students, braille

Monique Quientero, Independence Specialist

Monique Quientero is coming to us with an extensive background as a VI paraeducator and braillist. She will be working one-on-one with a blind student, as well as assisting with braille and large print production of materials. Monique is bilingual in Spanish and English. She knows both literary and Nemeth codes. We are so excited that Monique has joined our staff. She is dedicated to making a positive difference in lives of the children she works with.

Independence Specialist, VI students, braille

Yesenia Castro-Arreola, Independence Specialist

Yesenia Castro-Arreola has a B.A. in Liberal Studies. She is very strong in math skills. She knows both literary and Nemeth braille codes and is currently working as one of our braillists. Yesenia is bilingual in both Spanish and English. She has brought us so much in her skills as a braillist. We are happy she has joined our team!

Indepence Specialist, VI students, braille, one-on-one services

Denise Bravo, Independence Specialist

Denise Bravo is currently doing the NFB braille course. She is fluent in English and Spanish. Denise comes to us with a background as a behavior specialist. She has completed her​ AA degree.  Denise is currently working on her B.A. degree in Health and Human Services with a concentration in Social Work. We are fortunate to have Denise work with us as an Independence Specialist.

Intervener, Interpreter, Deafblind, ASL

Taylor Smith, Intervener, ASL Interpreter

Taylor Smith has joined our SBES, Inc. team as an Intervener. Taylor has her B.A. degree in Deaf Studies. Taylor is fluent in American Sign Language and has her Interpreter Certification. Taylor is currently working with one student at CSB and assists with interpreting needs. Taylor is working on her Intervener certification through Utah State University. Taylor is a wonderful addition to our SBES, Inc. team.

Intervener, ASL, Haptic sign, tactile communication, deafblind

Victoria Olea, Intervener

Victoria Olea is our team lead Intervener. Victoria is fluent in American Sign Language and Spanish. Victoria is working on her B.A. in Deaf Studies. She is working with a student at CSB with the Morgan Hill Unified School District. Victoria is an expert in haptic sign and has completed her Intervener certification coursework through the University of Utah. We are happy she is a part of our SBESInc. team.

Intervener, deafblind, ASL, haptic sign, tactile communication

Olivia Maldonado, Intervener

Olivia Maldonado has joined our team as an Intervener. Olivia not only has experience in American Sign Language, but she also has experience working with students with multiple disabilities and behavior challenges. Olivia is bilingual in Spanish and English. Olivia is working with two students through the Santa Clara County Office of Education. Olivia has completed her Intervener certification through the University of Utah. She is a wonderful asset to our SBESInc. team.

Intervener, deafblind, ASL, SEE

Katie Long, Intervener

Katie Long has joined our team as an Intervener. Katie is fluent in American Sign Language, as well as SEE, and is working with a student in Scotts Valley Unified School District. She is working on her Intervener certification through the University of Utah. We are excited Katie is a part of our SBESInc. team!

Intervener, deafblind, tactile sign, haptic sign, ASL

Ciara Gutierrez, Intervener

Ciara Gutierrez has joined SBES, Inc. as an Intervener. Ciara has experience working with children with special needs and is trilingual in Spanish, English, and American Sign Language. Ciara is currently working with a deafblind preschool student in San Jose. Ciara is working on her Intervener certification through Utah State University. We are excited to have Ciara working with SBES, Inc.

Intervener, deafblind, ASL

Thomas Riddell, Intervener

Thomas Riddell is currently serving as an Intervener at the California School for the Deaf site. He has a BA from Gallaudet University in International Studies. Thomas has extensive experience working with deaf children and adults. He is fluent in American Sign Language. Thomas will begin his Intervener certification studies in the fall through Utah State University.