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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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Derek Maeshiro

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.

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Athena Liu

Vice President

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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Matthew Cheng

Public Relations

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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Harry Yu

Secretary

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!

Los Alamitos Branch

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Matthew Cheng

Co-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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Rose Kong

Co-President

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. 

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Daniel Wu

Vice President & Website Managerment

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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Andrea Dao

Public Relations Director

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Andrew Pham

Event Director

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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Vivian Yu

Branch President

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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Dave Zheng

Public Relations Director

Peer 1 on 1 has always stuck me as a heartening organization that has been dedicated to helping
children who suffer from autism, and I really respect all the effort and work put in by the members to
really help them. It’s an influential motive and I genuinely love helping these children construct their
transmission and communication skills. It’s an honor and always will be to partake in such an inspiring
cause and truly be able to make a difference in my community.

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Athena Liu

Branch President

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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Christina Xu

Branch Vice President

Joining Peer 1 on 1 has been one of the most meaningful decisions I have made. It opened my eyes to a wonderful community I had not known of before. Throughout my time volunteering, I have made invaluable relations with children with autism. I’ve enjoyed every second volunteering; even when it is challenging, I always learn something new. I want to continue to make a positive impact in these kids’ lives. By dedicating my time, skills, and passion for this program, I hope to touch the lives of others.

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William Pan

Director of Activities

Peer 1 on 1 is an awesome organization to be part of, and has changed me a lot as a person. Ever since I joined, it has gone far beyond just volunteering. Through my experience, I’ve developed a relationship I never would’ve had otherwise, all while learning to communicate, see things in a new perspective, and of course, have fun. As a person who enjoys music, observing how expressive they are to appreciate the same is amazing. Making a difference while learning more about the autism spectrum has helped me grow with them, and changed my outlook on life. You don’t have to put yourself in their shoes to understand, you can be the second pair that walks alongside. 

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.

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.