ABOUT US

Mission:

To partner with California Sibs (siblings of individuals with disabilities) in finding and creating information, community, and tools to promote with their brothers and sisters the issues important to them and their entire families.

 

Purpose:

  • Promote a broad network of Sibs who share the experience of disability and people concerned with Sib issues;
  • Connect the network to social, emotional, governmental, and provisional supports across the lifespan;
  • Enable Sibs to be effective advocates with their brother and sister, and to be change agents for themselves and their families.

 

Values:

We believe:

  • Individuals with disabilities have the same rights as all members of society to dignity, respect and the opportunity to grow and to be productive members of their communities;
  • Sibs can have a powerful, positive impact on their siblings’ experiences, and are uniquely positioned to help ensure their present and future care in partnership with service organizations and government;
  • Sibs are committed to advocating for policies and services that meet the needs of their siblings and all others with disabilities;
  • Sibs can be of great support to one another to enhance both our lives and the lives of their siblings.

 

The CASLN network includes:

  • Sibs of people with disabilities It is important to connect with other Sibs who understand the disability experience. By uniting, we can support each other and be stronger together;
  • People with disabilities – The self-advocacy movement serves as a model for us to learn how we can get involved in advocacy with our brothers and sisters;
  • Parents and family members – Finding connections and information through the CASLN can provide a unique perspective for families;
  • Professionals Many professionals can provide important support to Sibs and partner with them throughout their lives;

Sibling supporters – Anyone who is a friend or colleague to Sibs and their families is welcome.

Executive Committee

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JULIE PAYNE NEWARD, President linkedin-icon

julie@californiasibs.org

Education Background
International MBA from the University of San Diego
BS in Business, International Concentration from Saint Mary’s College of California 

Professional Background
Julie is a lover of retail! She stumbled into the world of retail real estate working with Landlords and Tenants, leasing space, right after college. Post-graduate school she jumped back in, but this time she lived her dream- managing a shopping mall! Her career has taken her from SoCal to NorCal, from large malls to small ones and from large international companies to large national ones. She likes to cultivate community and create environments for people to enjoy! 

Sibling Experience
Julie’s younger sister- Natalie Rose, was born typical, but fell into a coma which left her brain damaged.  Together, they are the eldest of four siblings spanning 8 years. Natalie’s diagnosis is, “Encephalopathy Unknown Origin”.  Julie has come to the realization that her sister does not need to be typical to be her best friend, she has accepted her sister for who she is and strives to show her the joy of life- cruising down the highway, visiting the beach,  pampering with mani/pedis or enjoying a sundae.
I love you Nattie Rose! 

Other Interests
Chasing around an active toddler, who likes to care for “Auntie Nattie”
Wine Tasting in Napa at Honig, Peju and the future V29 Tasting Room at Oxbow
Watching Adam Ruins Everything, Chelsea Does, Vice, The Profit & Netflix Documentaries
World traveler & novice surfer

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Make Today the “Best Day Ever!”


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JAQUELINE MORENO, Vice President linkedin-icon

jaqueline@californiasibs.org

Education Background
BA in Neuroscience and Psychology from University of Southern California
MA in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College

Professional Background
Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Sibling Experience
Jaqueline is the older sister of a very special, strong-willed, inspirational young lady. Her younger sister, Jessica, was diagnosed with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities when she was a toddler. She counts herself lucky to have witnessed Jessica develop her incredibly hysterical, independent personality. She inspired Jaqueline’s chosen field of study, in Neuroscience and Psychology, and her work as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

As a Sib and service provider, Jaqueline always tries to emphasize the person behind the disability. In either her clients or in her sister, she loves seeing the humor, the love, the interests, and even the drama that comes along with their individual personalities.

Other Interests
You can find Jaqueline cozied up reading or writing next to her cat, traveling along the California coast, or hitting her local golf courses in Los Feliz, Pasadena, and Altadena.

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I’m honored to be the Vice President of The California Sibling Leadership Network. I get to work with a passionate group of women who are as dedicated to their siblings as I am to mine. Trust me, I wrote a book about it! I love working with people who want to make a difference in this world, in the lives of their loved ones, for generations to come.

 

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EUNICE IM, Education & Outreach

eunice@californiasibs.org

Education Background 
BA in World Literature and Disability Studies minor from UCLA
Family Support fellow, California Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (CA-LEND) at University of Southern California Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities

Professional Background
Staff member at Wilshire Cardiology Group (Los Angeles, CA)

Sibling Experience
I have a younger sister with autism, who is one of my closest friends.

Other Interests
Running, hiking and ultimate frisbee
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“If more of us valued home above gold, the world would be a merrier place.” -The Hobbit

 

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KALYN FARRIS, Development linkedin-icon

kalyn@californiasibs.org

Education Background
BA in Urban Studies from New York University
Master of Public Policy from University of Southern California

Professional Background
Currently a Director at a large health plan in the Bay Area
10 years in Management Consulting, followed by 5 years in Healthcare

Sibling Experience
Kalyn’s brother, Jonathan,
was diagnosed with a brain tumor at 3, shortly before Kalyn’s birth. As a result of his treatments, Jonathan was left with IDD and physical disabilities; he functioned at a 12 year old level, and was able to hold a part-time job in early adulthood. Jonathan and Kalyn attended the same schools, and Kalyn was the primary caregiver on weekday afternoons/evenings from age 9 to 16. During this period, she lived with anxiety and depression. When they were in their 20s, Jonathan suffered a massive stroke. A recovery highlight was being able to attend Kalyn’s graduation. Despite a partial recovery, Jonathan continued to have respiratory issues as a result of his permanent tracheostomy, and died a year later.

Other Interests
Kalyn enjoys independent films, and has recently taken up camping, enjoying all of the natural beauty that California has to offer.

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My identity has and always will be as a sibling first, even though my brother is no longer with us. I am so excited to have the opportunity to help grow The California Sibling Leadership Network, as a way of honoring that relationship and sense of self.

 

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Special Recognition to former members of founding team:
Dana Denton & Philip Payne

 

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CASLN is a chapter of the National Sibling Leadership Network