Dr. John Zulli, Ph.D.

​Board Advisor &

Public Speaking Programs


In the next decade, half a million young adults with autism will age out of school. What will they do? Currently, nearly 80% are unemployed. That alone should wake the masses. These young people have much to offer and as a community, we need to rise up for them. Fly Brave is a driving force in making change happen and I am honored to be apart of it.

Vanessa Bieker, Founder

Board President


​As an autism mom, I know the ins and outs of this journey. It took years to tap into John's talents and find what he was passionate about. This process didn't happen overnight but once we found it, he came alive. We  all want purpose; for ourselves, children, friends and family. Together, we are building a sustainable employment program for adults with developmental disabilities.  This mission is led with heart.

Vanessa Magaña

Sports and Fitness Programs


Vanessa Magaña and her family are residents of Elk Grove.  Her family values fitness and enjoys sports and outdoor activities.  Vanessa found our Fly Brave Family through Fly Fit while she was searching for a program that best suited her daughter Mila’s unique needs as an individual living with Autism.  

Dr. Lauren Libero, Ph.D.

Vice President
Autism Specialist

Dept of Developmental Services

I am a neuroscientist who studies brain development and autism. I previously served as a therapeutic horseback riding and Special Olympics coach, and currently work in social skills/support groups for children, adults, and parents. In my work I've come to realize the great need for services and work support for adults with autism in the community. I hope to be a part of a movement that meets the need ASAP.

Benita Ayala



Benita is a mother to two boys. Her youngest son, Chris, has non-verbal autism. Benita sits on several committees in the Sacramento area and has 16 years of experience advocating for the differently abled community. 

Board of Directors

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Kristy Lundy-Seltzer, MA Psychology

Improv/Theater Programs


​As an autism mom, I am constantly thinking about my daughter's future and the future of others on the autism spectrum.  Employment for individuals on the autism spectrum shouldn't be few and far between, it should be the norm!  By working together with our communities, we can provide the support and foundation these amazing and talented individuals deserve.

​Laimute Druskis


​Special Education Teacher



Ten years of teaching the moderate to severe population, specializing in Autism. For the past five years, she has helped create a transition program within a school district and a private institution. 

Breana Perkins

Bre is an adult on the Autism Spectrum. She is instramental is helping us grow and flourish and we couldn't do it without her.

Special Agent, Al Franco

Police Programs,

Bookkeeping Oversight


Al Franco resides in the Sacramento area with his family.  He is currently a Special Agent with the State of CA and previously a police detective for a local law enforcement agency with over 20 years of law enforcement experience.

 Al has a passion for being involved with youth programs such as the police explorers and Devil Pups, Youth Program for America.  Within the last year, he immersed himself with the Fly Brave organization and was instrumental with getting the Fly Fit program started with the Elk Grove Police Department. 

Realizing 1 in 50 people are on the autism spectrum, Al believes in the values Fly Brave supports as it brings autism awareness to the community and gives support to those individuals on the autism spectrum.