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Meet the Team!

Board Members

Director of Peer 1 on 1

Zhan Qi is the head and founder of the Peer1on1 program. She is a mother of two autistic children, and understands the difficulties of being such a parent. As a result, she created this program not only to help her two autistic sons but to educate teens about autism and to help other autistic families as well.

Zhanqi Cheng


Grace Maeshiro works at a logistics company as the director of North America client solution.  Currently, she is taking her MBA class in Cal State.  She is making plans for marketing of our organization, for further development including a speech enhancement program, community awareness projects, and long term sponsorship and support families affected by autism. Her duty is marketing /fundraising /book keeper

Grace Maeshiro

Advisory Board Member

Gail Singer-Chang has a son with autism. She has been a medical educator for 20 years and founded FACE: Faculty for Autism Collaboration & Education, whose mission is to promote education and inter-professional perspectives about autism to improve quality of life. She is an autism awareness advocate.

Gail Singer-Chang, Psy. D., MS, MA

Advisory Board Member

Brandon Q. Tran represents banks and financial institutions, and other corporations, large and small, in business litigation matters in both state and federal courts. He has wide-ranging experience in general business and commercial litigation matters, including lender liability, misappropriation of trade secrets, fraud, unfair competition, breaches of contract, mechanic's liens, stop notices, receiverships, and class actions. He also has experience in real estate litigation, representing design builders and design professionals. In addition to other facets of the litigation process, Mr. Tran advises his clients on alternative dispute resolution options that are available in both state and federal court, such as mediation and arbitration.

Brandon Q. Tran

Board of Directors


I am a senior at Oxford Academy. I joined Peer 1 on 1 to see the beauty in helping those with autism, along with the sportsmanship that came with it. Since then, I have become addicted to Peer 1 on 1. I have been with Peer 1 on 1 almost 5 years, and I have no doubt that I have enjoyed my stay. I hope to see that I, along with Peer 1 on 1, have an impact on the autistic youth.

Derek Maeshiro

Vice President

I am forever grateful for this wonderful opportunity to help others in need. Peer 1 on 1 has let me understand the real meaning of happiness and has also taught me many important life skills. Overall, Peer 1 on 1 will forever hold a place in my heart as a place of great activity, joy, achievement, and compassion.

Matthew Cheng

Vice President

A senior at Crean Lutheran High School, I am part of  Varsity Football Team and Honor Jazz Band.  I also run my Sports Injury Prevention club at school. Started as a volunteer at Peer 1 on 1 since middle school, I immensely enjoyed the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of youth on the autism spectrum and other developmental disorders; learn to communicate and see things from a different perspective. I look forward to supporting Peer 1 on 1’s mission as VP of Public Relations.

Jeremiah Finaly

Public Relationship Director

I am currently a senior in Woodbridge High School, Irvine. I joined Peer1on1 because I wanted to contribute to the community and provide help the neurodiverse peers need. Some things that I enjoy to do are playing music, basketball and video games. I hope more and more friends will join our organization and bring awareness to the neurodiverse peers. As the President of the  Branch, I will make sure every volunteer and peer can have a good time together!

Tim Zhao


I am so thankful for the opportunities and lessons that I have been able to attain from serving Peer 1 on 1. The  changes we make in the children’s lives are heartwarming, and serve as a catalyst for my dedication to this organization. As I continue serving as a member for this organization, I hope society will grow more accepting of those with autism and the children we work with will be able to freely interact with their peers in the future. Through working as the secretary I hope to foster strong relationships with everyone and contribute to a better world.

Kobe Phu

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