Board Members


Glen Ackerman


Glen is a founding board member and Board Chair of The Autism Community in Action. (TACA) a 501(c)(3) foundation. He also currently serves on the Regional Orange County Board for GenNext and as advisor to SprintRay. Glen was involved in the IT services business for 30 years. For 16 of those years he was CEO of Integration Technologies, Inc. (ITI), which he founded with his wife Lisa in 1987. In 2000 ITI's mapping division AnySite was acquired by Thompson and Associates and in 2004 ITI's system integration business was acquired by Dyntek. Glen left to form a new business, Baseline Systems. In 2006 Baseline Systems was acquired by inhouseIT. Glen became CEO of inhouseIT and it's SaaS division Nuvotera in 2009. Nuvotera was acquired by J2 Global in 2015 and inhouseIT was acquired by CalNet Technology Group in 2016. Glen graduated from the university of California Los Angeles where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology.

Lisa Ackerman

Lisa Ackerman


A native of California, Lisa worked in the retail and real estate site selection for almost 20 years. Lisa was a co-founder of Integration Technologies and AnySite Software which was sold to MapInfo Corporation in 2003. Working with customers like Wal-Mart, Burger King and Shell Oil, Lisa has consulted and sold large solutions for planning and managing the site selection process.

In 1999, Lisa and her husband Glen received the news that their 2 ½ year old son had been diagnosed with autism. At the time it was the recommendation from multiple physicians that the family find “institutional placement” for their son. Refusing to consider this option, they began their research to find answers for their son. One year later they launched a parent support group in their home with 10 families who were living with autism. As a result of this dedicated group, The Autism Community in Action (TACA) was founded in November 2000.

In March 2004, Lisa retired from her real estate career to assume a full-time volunteer role as Executive Director for TACA. She transitioned from volunteer to a full-time professional capacity in July 2008 managing a national non-profit organization headquartered in Irvine, Calif. From a grass roots beginning in Southern California, under Lisa’s leadership almost $30MM has been raised to help fund TACA’s mission and helping over 80,000 families across the U.S.


Keith Banning*


Keith has been in the financial services industry for over 35 years.  He is very involved in the community having been a past board member of the Newport Beach Little League, The Child Abuse Prevention Center, and the Corona Del Mar High School Booster Board. Keith, his wife Denise, and their two boys Ryan and Ben reside in Newport Beach, CA.

Dan Carney*


Dan Carney has been a member of TACA since inception. He is an advocate for families affected by autism. Dan earned his bachelor’s degree in economics for the University of Southern California and he earned his MBA from Woodbury University. After graduation he worked for E.F. Hutton, Merrill Lynch and Smith Barney. He is the founder and President of Carney Portfolio Management, an investment advisory firm. In 1998, Dan Carney and Max Carney founded Midwest Insurance an insurance company that provides worker’s compensation for businesses and other institutions.Dan serves on the Finance Committee and the Gifts and Trust Committee for the Newport Center Methodist Church. He actively supports and coaches the Challenger Baseball and Challenger Flag Football teams. He resides in Newport Beach with his wife Vicki and their two children Michael and Aspen.


Celena Hallstead*


Born and raised in Northern California, Celena moved to Irvine, Calif. to attain her B.A. in English and Communications from Concordia University.  After college, realizing her true passion was culinary arts, Celena attended Le Cordon Bleu in Los Angeles earning the Grand Diplôme® the most prestigious culinary qualification awarded by the institution.  She has worked as a private chef in various sectors of the entertainment industry attending to the dietary needs of A-list producers and actors.  She has also made numerous appearances on Food Network Shows including Cupcake Wars and Halloween Wars.  Transitioning from her time in Hollywood, Celena started her own business of meal prepping for athletes and business professionals.

After attending her first Ante Up for Autism Gala, Celena couldn’t help but jump ‘all in’ to support TACA.  Being a proud supporter over the years has only deepened her want to bring awareness and break the stigma with autism. Her goal is to bring more families for guidance, and friends to support.

Celena resides in Ladera Ranch, Calif. with her husband Jonathan and their three children, Harrison, Kallan, and Isla.


Inna Kassatkina Jones*


Entrepreneurial spirit, zest for life, and dedication to children are just a few of Inna Kassatkina Jones’ personal and professional traits. Born and raised in Russia, she attended Moscow State University and came to the United States in 1990 as a junior year student. After graduating cum laude from University of California/Irvine (UCI) with a B.A. in Linguistics she worked for an international firm with strong presence in Russia. In 1994, together with her best friend Olga Smirnova, she co-founded Global Language Solutions, Inc. (GLS), a translation firm providing services in 100+ languages to multinational organizations in the life sciences industry, and served as its President for 22 years. In June 2016, the company was acquired by Welocalize, Inc., a global leader in the translation and localization industry.

Inna’s current passion is to grow and support the next generation of thoughtful business leaders. Together with Ms. Smirnova, she formed Plan A, a non-profit foundation whose mission is to provide mentorship, education, resources, and accountability to self-driven women and first-generation immigrants to help them achieve their life’s vision.

Inna enjoys playing piano and tennis, loves traveling, and is fluent in several languages. She lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband Norman and their four children.

Kim, Yang-Uk

Kim, Yang-Uk*


A recognized leader in the real estate community known for consistent high quality and volume production, Kim Yang-Uk offers extensive market knowledge and expertise to maximize sellers’ net and matches buyers with the perfect property. Over the past twenty-six years in the real estate community, Kim, Yang-Uk has earned the Hall of Fame, Lifetime Achievement and the Circle of Legends awards. In 2011, she was named #1 individual producer for RE/MAX in the United States. She attends the annual REOMAC conventions and Realtor for Kids Charity Golf Tournament.

With a reputation of being an ethical, reliable and assertive broker, she has effectively represented institutional sellers such as Fannie Mae, Wells Fargo Bank, Bank of America, & Chase Home Loans. Kim, Yang-Uk offers a cohesive team of professionals specializing in property management, valuation, rehabilitation, and closing that consistently delivers results by aligning clients’ goals with a tailored marketing strategy.

Kim, Yang-Uk obtained her B.S. in Biology from Brown University in 1984 and has also attended Dartmouth College in 1981, Ewha Woman’s University Korea in 1982, Stanford University in 1983. As an active member of Brown University Alumni Association, she participates in the annual admissions interviews and is involved in alumni community events, charity fundraising and networking. With Kim, Yang-Uk’s dynamic personality, you will rarely see her sitting still. If she is not kickboxing with her two sons or cooking with her daughter, you will find her traveling across the world with her family. Her most recent trips were to Sri Lanka with her husband and daughter where they spent time volunteering at an orphanage and to Italy for a nice and quiet girls’ trip where they explored local architecture and local cuisine. With any tasks assigned to her, Kim, Yang-Uk will exceed your expectations completing them with experience, passion and dedication.


Erich Kreidler*


Erich Kreidler is a seasoned leader with over 15 years of experience working in environments that require the execution of mission-critical initiatives. Currently serving as Managing Partner for KRE Consulting and Industry Professor at the University of Southern California (USC), Erich brings leading thought leadership in the areas of project management and organizational management. At KRE, Erich leverages his ability to connect and relate to people of different generations, background or responsibilities to in the organization, both internally and working with its clients. Whether advising members of the C-suite or individual contributors, Erich takes a pragmatic approach consists of extracting the knowledge, ideas, vision and inspiration trapped within his clients’ organizations to become drivers of such strategic transformation. At USC, he lectures in Engineering Project Management and Business Engineering at the graduate level. Author of award-winning publications, Professor Kreidler was recognized by Orange County’s Engineering Council by being awarded the Outstanding Educator Award. Sample publications include: “Business Acumen as an Integral Part of Project Management”, “The Art and Science of Managing a Crisis” and “The Do’s and Don’ts of Offshore Software Outsourcing”.


Elizabeth McCoy*


Elizabeth McCoy has been a licensed Attorney in California since 1997, practicing primarily in the area of special needs trusts, conservatorship, and estate planning for families who have a child with Autism or other special needs. Mrs. McCoy earned her Juris Doctor from Washington University School of Law. During law school, she was the Jan Adam Zuckerman scholarship recipient, and a staff member for the Washington University Journal of Urban and Contemporary Law. Since 1988, Mrs. McCoy has also been a licensed Landscape Architect. Prior to practicing law, she produced landscape architectural plans for Disney theme parks and 5-star Ritz Carlton and Marriott hotels throughout the world. Mrs. McCoy has been a proud supporter of TACA since 2006. She lives in North San Diego County with her husband Mike and two sons Atticus and August.

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Bill Oldham*


Bill has 30 years of experience as an entrepreneur, investor and consultant supporting growth industries and high value clients across health, technology, financial and energy industries, and leading cutting-edge and dynamic companies in a broad range of industries.

A recognized leader in the government contracting space, Bill continues to support the development of new entrepreneurial GovCon firms as well as larger, more established companies and their investors.  With more than a dozen mergers and acquisitions to his name, Bill has supported buy-side and sell-side engagements as an analyst, broker, and principal.

With the strong belief philanthropy is a part of good citizenship, Bill is the founding principal and President/Chairman of the Thought Leadership & Innovation Foundation (TLI), a non-profit focused on driving innovative thinking and action on global issues relating to health, education, and economic empowerment.  TLI is committed to fostering transformative change and improving the health and well-being outcomes of communities across the world.  Through TLI Bill supports a wide range of charitable initiatives in health and community projects.

Together with his wife, Casandra, Bill joined a team to create Autism First, a family support and therapy organization for Northern Virginia families with children diagnosed with autism and related developmental disorders.

Bill resides in Virginia with Casandra and their three sons.


Robby Saggu*


Robby serves as a trusted advisor for a select group of high net worth entrepreneurs, private investors, families and foundations on all aspects of Wealth Management at Corient Capital Partners. Prior to joining Corient, Robby was a Private Wealth Advisor at Goldman Sachs for 10 years in both the San Francisco and Los Angeles offices. Robby received his BA in Business Administration from the University of California at San Diego. He received his MBA from the USC Marshall School of Business where he received the Kiplinger Prize for Academic Achievement and for giving back to the community. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst. Robby and his wife live in Anaheim Hills, California with their two children.

Emeritus Members

TACA wishes to thank our emeritus board members for their time and service to our mission.

Chad Fitzsimmons

Patrick McIlvain

Casper Zublin Jr.

*Independent Voting Members