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Meet the Team

Board Members

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Zhanqi Cheng

Director Of Peer1on1

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.

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Grace Maeshiro

CFO

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

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

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.

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Brandon Q. Tran

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.

Board of Directors

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Emmy Chen

President

I love Peer 1 on 1 because I am able to help and meet so many people. It makes me so happy to see smiles on people’s faces and see them try new things. I am able to learn so much from everyone in this program!

 

In the future I hope to go into computer sciences. In this way, I can help people by creating more experiences and opportunities for them online. I can use experience I have obtained from this program to communicate to my audience better and be able to provide them with the best experience I can.

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Tiffany Cheng

Director of Publicity

Tiffany's current hobbies include playing volleyball, dancing, playing instruments, singing, and drawing. She likes being a part of peer1on1 because she thinks the activities make the parents and peers very happy.

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Marina Zhao

Secretary

Being a part of Peer1on1 is an absolute honor because I love to interact with autistic youths. Helping these children really challenges myself to be a better person because I can learn so much from everyone involved in this program.

 

In the future, I hope to help out more youths.

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Ashley Cho

Website Manager

I enjoy being a part of Peer1on1 because I feel like I am able to help out so many people and make a real difference. It also pushes me to strive to improve myself, because it helps me realize that in order to help others reach a goal, I must proficient in that area as well.

 

My future goals are to study computer sciences.

Los Alamitos Branch

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Emmy Chen

Branch President

I love Peer 1 on 1 because I am able to help and meet so many people. It makes me so happy to see smiles on people’s faces and see them try new things. I am able to learn so much from everyone in this program!

 

In the future I hope to go into computer sciences. In this way, I can help people by creating more experiences and opportunities for them online. I can use experience I have obtained from this program to communicate to my audience better and be able to provide them with the best experience I can.

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Marina Zhao

Secretary

Being a part of Peer1on1 is an absolute honor because I love to interact with autistic youths. Helping these children really challenges myself to be a better person because I can learn so much from everyone involved in this program.

 

In the future, I hope to help out more youths.

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Ryan Otsuka

Director of Activities

Peer1on1 amazes me as the most dedicated organization I have worked with. There is true dedication to helping autistic children, and I am glad to be on board. I especially love that I can challenge myself to do better. Through the experience I have gained with Peer1on1, I have gained patience, courage, and determination. I have also become more outgoing as a person and it is hard to believe how much of an impact Peer1on1 has had on me.

 

In the near future, I hope to expand this astonishing group for others to experience what I have. I wish to continue helping the autistic youth and allow Peer1on1 to thrive.

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Daniel Wu

Website Manager

Peer 1 on 1 is a great opportunity for me to interact and get to know many people. I enjoy helping others and this has provided me the tools for me to do so. Talking and meeting autistic youths has allowed me to meet and get to know so many amazing people I never would have had a chance to know otherwise. I hope to be able Peer 1 on 1 make a positive difference.

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Jeremiah Finaly

Activity Director In Training

I love being a part of Peer 1on1 because it allows me to help children with autism. Helping these kids makes me a better person overall and allows me to improve on myself. Peer 1on1 also teaches me many valuable life lessons! 
 
In the future, I would really love to become a collegiate (and maybe, just maybe a professional) football player as it would fulfill my dream and also allow me to use my platform and extend the reaches of this program and many other important things that I hold near to my heart. 

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Rose Kong

Secretary in Training

When I first joined Peer 1 on 1, I was impressed by its positive environment created by the peers. Everyone there was extremely friendly and kind, and I can see that children with autism are starting to open themselves up. While communicating with children with special needs, I was worried about their emotions all the time. Their smiles taught me patience, optimism, and persistence. I love this program, and I will help more youths as much as possible. 

 

In the future, I hope to study statistics in order to show the importance to more people with graphs and objective numbers and to gather more enthusiastic volunteers to help more youths. 

Cypress Branch

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Derek Maeshiro

Branch President

Hi, my name is Derek Maeshiro and I am a freshman 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 for nearly 2 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.

  • Duties:

    • Manages deadlines and makes sure everything is complete

    • Runs meetings 

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Averi Luo

Secretary

Peer1on1 is an organization built on love and passion, it is my honor to work with these amazing people. Everyone in this program is motivated to help and support others, and I have learned so much from them. I do not have a specific path that I want to take in life, but I do know that helping others puts a smile on my face so I hope I can continue helping others. During the time I have spent with Peer1on1, I have learned patience and compassion, and I hope to use my experience to bring more happiness and joy to others. I hope that I can be a part in making Peer1on1 a better program and make an impact on the lives of others.

  • Duties:

    • Meeting Minutes: takes track of what is being done during the meeting

    • Sends out emails regarding upcoming events and meeting dates

    • Takes attendance of events

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Eric Wen

Director of Activities

At first I was really into Peer1on1 for the volunteer hours, but as I spent more time volunteering and working with the organization and its amazing participants I gradually felt myself become my drawn in. Now, as I continue to work with Peer1on1, I get to learn more and feel a sense of accomplishment by helping my community. I hope to be able to continue working with Peer1on1!

  • Duties:

    • Creates new events that are preapproved by the president and vice president

    • Helps increase membership with events and discusses what can be done to make more popular events, etc.

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Ashley Cho

Website Manager

I enjoy being a part of Peer1on1 because I feel like I am able to help out so many people and make a real difference. It also pushes me to strive to improve myself, because it helps me realize that in order to help others reach a goal, I must proficient in that area as well.

 

My future goals are to study computer sciences.

  • Duties:

    • Provides outreach opportunities like guest speakers, community events, etc. that help spread neurodiversity

San Gabriel Branch

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Alec Ho

Director of Activities

I love helping others and in peer 1 on 1, I am able to do that. I really feel like I am making an impact and giving the kids with autism a lot of joy. Watching them smile and have fun just makes my day.

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Allen Qiu

Branch Vice President

To me, Peer 1 on 1 is an opportunity to make a difference in my community, especially in these hard times. I want to improve the lives of those with autism and in doing so make the world a better place.

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Vivian Yu

Secretary in Training

Vivian is a musician and a writer. Her instruments are piano, vocals, and a bubbly character that often makes people smile. She trusts that music is a powerful connecter and wishes to spread joy to others. Peer 1 on 1 is significant to her because she yearns to reach the wandering souls while adding Christ’s love and a ray of sunshine to their worlds. She believes that every person wants to unfold their stories—all they need is an encouraging smile.

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Athena Liu

Secretary

I am currently a freshman at Arcadia High School. I enjoy dancing, playing piano, chess, eating, and traveling all around the world.

 

Being a part of Peer 1 on 1 is an exciting opportunity for me because I would love to make a difference in the lives of children with autism. I want these people to have more reasons to smile and enjoy the beauty of life! Through working with the team, I hope to learn and improve life skills, both practical and personal, such as planning, cooperation, compassion, patience, and courage.

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Lucy Zhang

Branch President

I think that the mission of Peer 1 on 1 is very meaningful and is something I would love to be a part of. It is such a wonderful opportunity for me to join other volunteers to build relationships with these children and to have fun! It is so encouraging to see other teenagers taking the time out of their lives to love and care for these children. Through this program, I look forward to learning more about autism and to overall become a more outgoing and caring person.

 

I know that what I gain from joining this organization will benefit me in the future. Communication and service are important skills to have in every aspect and can always be improved on. I hope that my contribution to this group can help it to grow tremendously over the years.

Cerritos Branch

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Tiffany Cheng

Branch President

Tiffany's current hobbies include playing volleyball, dancing, playing instruments, singing, and drawing. She likes being a part of peer1on1 because she thinks the activities make the parents and peers very happy.

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Kristen Tang

Secretary

Kristen Tang's hobbies include cooking, singing, playing basketball, running and drawing. She likes being a part of peer1on1 because she wants to help the kids to have fun and feel loved.

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James Lee

Director of Activities

James Lee loves playing soccer and drums, and secretly likes to sing even though he is not very good at it. He enjoys participating in Peer 1on1 because he likes planning fun activities for the peers, and enjoys playing with them.

Irvine Woodbridge

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Nico Xu

Branch Co-President

I love being a part of Peer1on1 organization, working together with the team to bring help, and supporting autistic people. As an energetic person, I enjoy golf and music remix.

This is also an excellent opportunity for me to understand the need and expectation for autistic people. It also allows me to include people with various situations into our daily life. I will do my best as a benevolent leader and grow with the team together on the path of helping people.

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Harry Yu

Branch Co-President

Harry has been swimming and playing clarinet for years. I deeply believe persistence is a crucial step towards future development. I am passionate at socializing and interacting with people and treasure every time and opportunity with my friends as well.

Being a part of Peer1on1 organization, alongside the team, it is absolutely my honor to help autsitc children with some stuff they had never learn or never experienced before. With the appropriate environment created for them, I and the team will help them integrate into society, bring happiness to them and their families.

In the future, I will develop myself on the road of practicing sports. I want to encourage more people to experience the spirit of sports, never giving up!

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Tim Zhao

Director of Activities

Tim is an active basketball player at South Lake Middle School. As an 8th grader, he presented communication talent with children at various ages. He likes sharing his travel trivia and stories growing up. 

Being with the Peer1on1 organization, he hopes to devote his time helping children with autism. Through various sports and music activities, he will bring easy and happy communication experiences with autistic children.

Valley Christian Branch

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Isaac Zhang

Branch President

Isaac Zhang is very excited to fund the Valley Christian Branch of Peer 1 on 1. He is a freshman at Valley Christian High School and enjoys surfing, playing baseball, and coding robots in his free time.

 

He has worked with kids on the autism spectrum before and is a very patient and enthusiastic. He is ready to expand and make a difference in other’s lives.

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Alayna Lee

Director of Marketing

​Alayna Lee is very honored to be apart of Peer 1 on 1 and its mission. She has first handedly seen the many hardships and struggles that come with autism and feels that this is a great opportunity for her to serve others.

 

In her free time, Alayna enjoys playing tennis, singing, and being with family and friends. Some of her strengths include being passionate about what she believes in and showing empathy.

 

She is enthusiastic to, not only learn new leadership and communication skills, but to make a difference in people’s lives. She knows that this program is, and will, continue to bless society.

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Whitney Erickson

Director of Activities

My name is Whitney Erickson and I am very excited to work with Peer 1 on 1 to really make a positive impact within the autism community. I have worked with kids on the spectrum before and greatly enjoy helping others. I am currently a freshman at Valley Christian High School and enjoy playing soccer and running cross country and track.

 

I am a very determined and enthusiastic person, and I always looks forward to learning new ways to socialize with people who have autism and how to best communicate with them and help in whatever ways necessary.

Beach Branch

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Nathan Cheng

Branch President

Nathan Cheng is a student at Los Alamitos High School and thoroughly enjoys working with ASD afflicted teens. His team’s main goal revolves around helping them exercise more frequently. In addition to this, he has researched the possible causes of an increased prevalence of obesity in ASD individuals. The study concluded that the number of available opportunities and amount of social interaction (in addition to many other factors) may have a strong correlation. All in all, he hopes to plan more outdoor-centered events in the future.

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Matthew Cheng

Branch 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.

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Anton Viet Vu

Activity Director

Beach Branch exercise peer helping every Saturday night leading jumping ropes. Anton loves to run and is a Boy Scout leader. He loves to lead exercise with the peer one on one group weekly.

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Andrew Geller

Exercise Director

Beach Branch exercise peer helping every Saturday night by leading stretches and Table Tennis. Andrew is a competitive rower and a leader in Boy Scouts. He loves to exercises with the peer one on one group weekly.

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Austin Simmons

Activity Director

I am very friendly with an outgoing personality. I enjoy meeting and interacting with individuals with unique and diverse backgrounds. My hobbies are traveling, art, piano, dance and sports. Peer 1on1 has given me the opportunity to make new friends and socialize with them on a regular basis. I am grateful to be able to lead the dance in the exercise group, and fun activities in the arts & crafts group on weekends.

Bay Area Branch

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Ella Guan

Branch President

Hello! My name is Ella Guan, and I am a freshman at Amador Valley High School. I love interacting with different people, so I am grateful for this opportunity to meet new people while helping out my peers. I do art, play the violin, and would like to pursue graphic design in the future.

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Alyssa

Public Relations Director

Hi, my name is Alyssa and I am a freshman at Dublin High School. I enjoy playing tennis, reading, watching Netflix, hanging out with friends, singing in the shower, and listening to music in my spare time. Through Peer 1 on 1, I am hoping to help students impacted by autism and make them feel comfortable in whatever environment they are in.

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Yilin

Activity Director

Hello,
My name is Yilin and I’m in 8th grade at Harvest Park Middle School. I like to read, draw, and play with my dog. I also enjoy being with friends and having random (sometimes pointless) conversations with them. I hope to help many students and get to know all of them!

Irvine Central Branch

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Vedhika Mohankumar

Branch President

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about neurodiversity as well as taking the time to communicate with all individuals. It's very important to me that everyone has a say in what happens in their life. I also want to bring more neurodiversity awareness to my community. I'm excited to have a fun time meeting new people and doing activities with them. I hope to make an impact and help everyone live up to their true potential. I love to sing, play the piano, read, socialize, and I am currently learning sign language as well!

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Dhikshita Manikonda

Branch Vice President

Some of my interests include reading, listening to music, watching crime documentaries, and trying to solve those fake unsolved cases. Being a part of Peer 1 on 1 is a true honor for me. The opportunity to learn about autism and work with individuals who have autism is one I couldn’t pass. I hope to raise awareness of autism as well as increase my knowledge of it while I’m working with this organization. I like putting smiles on people’s faces and I love working with kids! I believe the activities we do with these kids are mutually beneficial because we help each other in our own ways. I hope to carry on the knowledge and experience from Peer 1 on 1 for the rest of my life.

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Alexa Jones

Branch Treasurer

I believe that everyone can achieve their dreams, and am privileged to have the opportunity to support children through Peer 1 on 1. This program is a gateway of opportunities for many children on the spectrum to discover a healthy community of supportive friends and peers. I want to help each child embrace themselves and support them in accomplishing their goals. By working with these children, I hope to help every individual discover their potential and leave a positive impact on their lives. 

Northern California Branch

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Henry Yin

Branch President

Hello! My name is Henry Yin, and I am currently a sophomore at Miramonte High School. When I am not at school, I enjoy hanging out with my friends and spending time outside playing tennis or enjoying nature. I am also involved in church, scouts, and debate. The reason why I am involved with Peer 1on1 is because I want my brother, and other children with special needs, to succeed in a world that misunderstands neurodiverse individuals. I want that world to become one where teachers better understand how to teach them and their peers and community accept them.

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Jade Peng

Branch Vice President

Hello, I'm Jade Peng, and I'm currently in my junior year of high school. Outside of academics I also like art and games, and I also play the piano and violin. By joining and being part of Peer1on1, I hope to foster and spread acceptance of autistic people and better inform neurotypical people about neurodiversity as a whole, as well as autism specifically! I'm also aiming to grow and develop my leadership skills.

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Ashley Sang

Director of Activities

Hello, I’m Ashley Sang and I am an 8th grader at Orinda Intermediate School. I wanted to join Peer 1on1 because I want to help break down the barriers between neurotypical and neurodiverse youth. I also joined Peer 1on1 because it is an amazing opportunity to work with neurodiverse youth and understand them. I have met so many great people throughout this experience so far and I look forward to continuing with Peer 1on1 through my highschool years.

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Jason Yang

General Manager

 Hello! My name is Jason Yang. I've always wanted to help other people in need. I have past experience teaching and guiding autistic people in the past. I wish to put myself in a position where I can spread this experience, and making autistic children lives a better life. 

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Sophie Peng

Social Media Manager

 Hi! My name is Sophie Peng. I am currently an 8th grader at Orinda Intermediate School. I really love listening to music and doing arts and crafts. I also play the flute. I really enjoy working with people and making new friends. Being a part of Peer 1 on 1 has been a great experience for me. It has helped me so much with talking to others and building leadership skills. Another thing I really love about Peer 1 on 1 is that not only can you help people through this program, it also teaches you the skills to help others outside of this program as well.