Board of Directors

Jonathan Doctor

Interim President, CSD

Jonathan Doctor is a founder and managing partner of Denovo Healthcare Partners and brings years of experience in the healthcare delivery and healthcare technology industries. Besides his active involvement in Denovo, Jonathan has served as President, Managing Member, and Director, Centers for Advanced Medicine, LLC; President, Chief Operations and Financial Officer for The Angeles Clinic and Research Institute; and Managing Director for The Angeles Clinic Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing cancer research and education throughout the nation. According to Jonathan, “It’s an honor and privilege to play a role in an autism organization that makes such an impact on the lives of children and families dealing with autism. I plan on leveraging my years of experience in healthcare services to help navigate the complex healthcare market for continued profitable growth and scale.”

James A. De La Torre

Owner/Founder of De La Torre and Young Insurance Services

Jim is an entrepreneur and insurance consultant with over 28 years of business experience. He is the founder of the FedAdvantage program which is a brand offering custom designed insurance programs to public sector employees. Under Jim’s leadership, FedAdvantage grew from a start-up to one of the largest companies offering programs to federal employees. Jim is also President and CEO of De La Torre & Young Insurance Services, Inc., a regional insurance brokerage firm specializing in alternative funding employee benefit programs for mid-size companies. Jim is building D&Y into an organization that offers services to its clients that are not readily being provided. Jim is active in the community serving on various boards and committees and is very excited to be a part of the Pedro Pallares autism and Behavior Health Foundation to utilize his skills to achieve the advancement in the understanding and treatment of autism. When not working, Jim enjoys many outdoor activities and is discovering a new passion for bike racing with his son.

Matt Kahn

Founder of Cigar Bar and Grill Restaurant

It is the classic story of working one’s way up through the ranks. When Matt left his 9 to 5 job four years after graduating college and a friend recommended running food at mc2, he decided to take the job while he figuring out what to do next. Fascinated by the food and the cooking, it was one of the best experiences he could have had. Chef Yoshi Kojima took Matt under his wing and soon he was working the line where he spent the next year and a half. It was a seminal point in the San Francisco culinary culture when the award-winning mc2 was the hottest ticket in town. Throughout his career, Matt has maintained many of his ties to former mc2 colleagues. It is with another mc2 graduate, Chef Kim Alter, that he opened Plate Shop. Matt oversaw the front of house management and the beverage program, seeking out small-batch spirits and boutique wineries to highlight on the wide-ranging list. Plate Shop was Michelin recommended and sold in 2013.

Amber Merrigan

Commercial Real Estate Advisor, Avison Young

Amber Merrigan specializes in office space consulting with an emphasis on landlord and tenant representation. Amber transitioned to Avison Young following a successful fourth-year career at California Capital & Investment Group, where she accelerated through the sectors of; property management, asset management, and tenant/landlord representation. Amber’s passion is in providing real estate solutions that parallel one another; attaining her clients’ business intentions and achieving her clients’ end goal. Amber serves on the board for The Pedro Pallares Autism Foundation, a non-profit organization formed by Center for Social Dynamics’ CEO, Pete Pallares. Their mission is to provide more support, opportunities, and hope to individuals with autism, their families and the future professionals in this field of work. Amber helps execute their goal to partner with passionate individuals, organizations, and governments to bring creative, dynamic, and effective solutions that reshape the possibilities for individuals with autism and the professionals that work with them.

Pete Pallares

Founder and CEO of CSD, President of The Pedro Pallares Autism Foundation

Pete Pallares, is the Founder and CEO of the Center for Social Dynamics. Active in the field of autism and developmental disabilities for over 19 years, Pete has devoted much of his time working in research, diagnosis, and the treatment of autism across different cultures. As CEO, Pete oversees a team of highly qualified professionals develop and implement individualized treatment programs for children and families diagnosed with autism utilizing the principals of applied behavior analysis and the cultural context within their geographical location. Pete has provided intervention programs for a wide range of patients from high-functioning children to very challenging individuals. His specialization includes unpacking and analyzing cultural dynamics within a setting, an environment, or an individual. Pete is an annual presenter and his work in cultural competence has been internationally recognized. Originally from Barcelona, Spain, he spends time in his native country and the Bay Area helping families affected with autism. Pete is currently an active member and presenter for the California Association for Behavioral Analysis (CAI-ABA) and has also been an associate to important autism research studies conducted by the Department of Public Health and Kaiser Permanente.

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