Administrative Team

Karen Kaplan BS/MS
Executive Director, Admissions Director

Karen Kaplan has over 30 years of experience in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorders and developmental learning challenges. She possesses a credential in speech and hearing as well as an administrative credential. Her roles as Head of School and Executive Director of schools for students with special needs have given her a wide base of knowledge and experience. Karen works as a private consultant with family resource centers, parents, public and private schools, colleges and universities that support the needs of Autism Spectrum Disorders and similar learning differences. She is the founder of the Autism Lecture Series and The ASD Resource & Exposition at Dominican University in San Rafael, California. She participates on the San Francisco/Marin Autism Taskforce and is the chair of the Autism Housing Committee. She is on the Marin Autism Collaborative Steering Committee and chairs the Educational Sub-committee. 

Laxmi Ghale
Program Coordinator

Laxmi has been working with special needs children for the past six years. She holds a B.A. in Business Administration and an A.S. degree in Early Childhood Education. Her interests fall in the areas of behavior management and implementation of different communication strategies.

Bethany Rios
Business Coordinator

Bethany is fluent in American Sign Language, and has previously worked with deaf special needs children as well as in the classroom of Wings Learning Center. She enjoys watching the students' of Wings thrive and make progress while supporting the operations of the school.

Juan Carlos Gonzalez
Operations Coordinator

Originally from southern California Charlie, as his friends and co workers call him, has been involved with working with teens through athletics. He was a soccer coach for both Junior High and High School teams as well as in community programs. His desire to help others has led him into different endeavors such as becoming and EMT and worked as a reserve firefighter in his home town. He joined Wings as an Instructional Assistant and now has taken up the a new role in the Wings family. Personal Development through the acquisition of new skills and taking on new challenges is part of his philosophy not only for personal growth but in becoming a person of value to the community.

Pilar España
Community & Events Coordinator

Pilar España joined the Wings team in September of 2014. She is a Native of Bolivia and has lived in the Bay Area for the past 20 years, working for the Corporate, Non-profit and Education sectors. In her current role, she assists the Executive Director with events and fundraising for the school. She enjoys the challenges and successes of this position.

Kate Douglas
Education Coordinator Assistant

Kate was born and raised in Florida. She received her Bachelors of Science degree in Biopsychology at UC Santa Barbara. While at UCSB she volunteered with at risk children through C.A.L.M. and realized her passion for working with kids. After college Kate moved to Dallas and was working in an administrative role. In Dallas she also received her credentials as a yoga instructor. Kate is so excited to be taking on the role of Education Coordinator Assistant and is very eager to bring her experience to Wings to begin a yoga program. 

Emily Carambat
Family Liaison

Emily was born and raised in the Bay Area and grew up in Millbrae, CA. Emily received her Bachelors of Science in Special Education and Rehabilitation with an emphasis in Deaf studies and a minor in jazz dance from the University of Arizona in 2011. Following graduation, Emily has worked at Oak Hill School in San Anselmo, CA as a Senior Instructional Assistant for the past 7 years. Emily’s experience ranges in working with students in elementary classrooms all the way to high school classrooms. Emily is extremely excited to be taking on her new role as Family Liaison at Wings. She is eager to apply her experience and skills towards working with families, their children, and building meaningful relationships.