Our Board of Directors
Kimi Matsumura - Founder and CEO
Kimi has a bachelors in education from Brigham Young University. After teaching high school for a year, she moved to Chicago and began working for The Joffrey Ballet as both a teaching artist and an administrative associate. She began studying about autism when her 2nd child began showing signs of autism around age 2 1/2. In the years since her daughter received a diagnosis, Ms. Matsumura has been grateful for the therapy services and special programs that have helped her daughter thrive. In establishing Chicago Autism Network, Ms. Matsumura hopes to give more individuals with autism opportunities to connect with the services that will enable them to reach their potential.
Board of Directors
Rachel Loftin, Phd, Secretary
Rachel is a clinical & school psychologist in private practice and adjunct faculty in the Psychiatry Department at Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Loftin specializes in diagnosis of treatment of people with ASD throughout the lifespan. Dr. Loftin has particular interest in legal issues that can affect people with ASD. She is also on the board of Community Support Services. Dr. Loftin earned her PhD at Indiana University and completed pre and post-doctoral fellowships in developmental disorders at the Child Study Center at Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Loftin also completed a social policy fellowship in the Edward Zigler Center while at Yale and continues to consider social advocacy an important component of her work.
Sam Brunson, jd, Treasurer
Sam is the Georgia Reithal Professor of Law at Loyola University Chicago. His articles have been published in a variety of law reviews, including the Northwestern University Law Review, the Wake Forest Law Review, the Washington University Law Review, the Alabama Law Review, and the Florida Tax Review. Prior to joining the Loyola faculty, Professor Brunson practiced law with Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP and clerked for the Honorable George W. Miller on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Professor Brunson teaches Federal Income Tax, International Tax, Not-for-Profit Organizations, and Business Organizations.. He received his law degree in 2004 from the Columbia University School of Law, where he was a Senior Editor of the Columbia Law Review and a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar for all three years. He also was an Editor of the Columbia Journal of European Law.
David is a quantitative analyst for Kabouter Fund. He was previously employed at Credit-Suisse as a research analyst. Though he spends more time working with data, he is an active part of our website development. He received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Brigham Young University.
Erin Potterton, Med
Erin has a Master's degree in Urban and Multicultural Education from the College of Mount Saint Vincent in NY. She began her career teaching special education in New York City public schools before moving to Egypt, then Sweden, to teach English and continue her studies in cultural immersion. Since 2015, Potterton has worked closely with children with autism and their families as the Office Manager at Blue Bird Day therapeutic preschool and kindergarten. She has extensive experience with non-profit organizations, including the National MS Society and as one of the founders of U4Uganda.
Natashee Scott, Jd/mba
Natashee is Chief Strategy Officer at the North American Center for Trauma Assessment and Trauma Response. She has formerly worked as the Senior Advisor to Chicago City Clerk Anna M. Valencia and the Office’s Chief Legal Counsel. Before that, Scott served as Counsel at the Chicago Park District. Scott also serves as the President and CEO of the Westside Cultural Foundation (“WCF”). WCF was established in 2012 in an effort to create cultural and educational outlets for the youth, adults and seniors in the Lawndale, Austin and Garfield communities on the West Side of Chicago, and to support the Chicago Westside Music Festival (“WSMF”). Scott holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Northeastern Illinois University, a Master of Business Administration degree from Roosevelt University and a Juris Doctor degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She is a member of the Chicago Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association.
Debra is the Founder and Execute Director of The Answer, Inc, an autism nonprofit that assists parents and caregivers in navigating through the systems of social services and academic institutions by providing case management/referral services, recreation and resources for families with individuals having autism or other developmental disorders. Under Ms. Vines’ leadership, The Answer, Inc. has developed amazing evidence-based programs such as Spectrum University Tutoring Program, and Music N Me. She serves on several boards and is involved with several organizations including the Erikson Institute, Interfaith, Inc, and Targeting Autism. She is also the recipient of several awards and honors, but her greatest accomplishment has been to watch families that she has aided reach milestones that were once told would be unobtainable.