Board of Directors

Diane Osaki – Board Member

Diane is an occupational therapist, who has specialized in autism intervention for over twenty years. Her approach is grounded in merging principles of applied behavior analysis and a developmental framework to promote social relatedness, self-regulation, communication, independence, play/work, motor development, and problem solving. She works with individuals of all ages and functioning levels in a variety of settings.  Beginning her career at the JFK Partners Autism and Developmental Disorders Clinic, Diane worked with Dr. Sally Rogers on early versions of the Denver Model program and is now a certified as a trainer and in direct delivery in the Early Start Denver Model. After serving as Director of the Occupational Therapy Department for the JFK Partners, she founded and directed a non-profit treatment center, focused on providing developmentally-focused, behavioral intervention for children with autism, called the Aspen Center for Autism and Alta Vista Center for Autism. Diane provides direct intervention, program development, training, supervision and mentoring to families, schools, and outdoor recreation programs. She regularly consults with school districts and other agencies, nationally and internationally, to assist in developing new programs, training staff and collaborative problem solving.  Diane is passionate about her work and loves her family. Diane enjoys spending time with her partner, friends, two adult children, two dogs, two tortoises and one old cat.  Diane loves to cook and eat good food, garden, learn and travel.

 

Annie Konegni – Board Member

Annie Konegni is an assistant vice president in the office of advancement at the University of Colorado. She oversees the offices of marketing and communications, finance and budget, gift administration and gift planning for the CU system office and supports fundraising and alumni engagement efforts for all four CU campuses: Boulder, Denver, Colorado Springs and the Anschutz Medical Campus.As a member of the leadership team, Annie plays a significant role in all personnel and operational decisions. CU raises more than $350 million annually across the CU system to advance the economy, health and culture of the entire state of Colorado.

Annie previously worked at the Colorado School of Mines Foundation where she was an an associate director in the donor relations and communications department overseeing all stewardship and gift administration activities. Annie started her career in the finance industry in the Private Fund Group at Credit Suisse, Wall Street’s premier third party marketing organization focused on raising capital for private equity and hedge funds. During her time at Credit Suisee, she helped raise more than $35 billion on behalf of clients worldwide. Before changing career paths to focus on higher education, Annie also worked at Mountain Pacific Partners, a start-up private equity firm where she helped acquire and operate businesses with a significant real estate component.

 

Stephanie Hill – Board Member

Stephanie is a board certified behavior analyst with a master’s degree in education in autism and is also a K-12 licensed special education teacher.  Stephanie has worked with individuals with autism for 11 years in a variety of settings including home, community, school and center-based.  She has served individuals ranging from 2-20 years old with most of her experience being with school-age children and young adults. Stephanie also has experience managing and training staff as well as developing and modifying curriculum. She enjoys collaborating with other professionals to implement appropriate, effective, evidence-based treatment.  Outside of her work with individuals with autism, Stephanie enjoys being outdoors, reading, and traveling.

 

Chris Sutton – Board Member

Chris Sutton has over 30 years of experience with environmental and natural resources matters. His current practice emphasizes environmental litigation; regulatory counseling; insurance coverage; permitting; and enforcement defense on matters including air quality, water quantity and quality, hazardous and solid waste management, regulated storage tanks, chemical manufacturing and distribution, oil and gas regulation, site investigations and remediation projects. Chris provides due diligence and transactional support in mergers and acquisitions and in real property transfers involving environmental contamination. Chris’s practice also includes representation of clients in defense of Occupational and Mining Safety and Health Act (OSHA/MSHA) matters, conducting worker fatality/accident investigations and performing environmental, health and safety compliance audits.