About Us

R.E.A.C.H. West for Special Adults was established in 2009 by a group of concerned family members of people with disabilities. Our program mirrors another program, R.E.A.C.H. for Special Adults of the Tri-Valley, for the community living in the Tri-Valley counties of Northern California. The group's goals are to provide safe, quality living environments where our residents learn self-sufficiency and live with dignity and respect. We provide a holistic approach to address nutrition, fitness, social and educational opportunities for this same community. We strive to bring significantly more joy to the lives of people with disabilities of the West Contra Costa and Northern Alameda counties.

R.E.A.C.H. West for Special Adults is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.
Tax ID # 26-4462275

Board of Directors

Andy Cho

R.E.A.C.H. West President

R.E.A.C.H. Volunteer History: Founding Member of R.E.A.C.H. West and the Special Olympics East Bay Buffaloes, Golf Tournament Logistics Coordinator, East Bay Buffaloes (Special Olympics Team) Coordinator, Annual Track Meet Director, Assistant Track and Swimming Coach, former Head Coach (Soccer, Basketball, Track, Snowshoeing and Swimming).
When my son was diagnosed with autism, I recognized the need for recreational activities to strengthen his muscle coordination. With other families of developmentally disabled children, we founded the East Bay Buffaloes in 1998. I was a board member of Tri Valley R.E.A.C.H. and as our children’s needs evolved when they reached transition/adult ages, we started R.E.A.C.H. West in 2009.

Awards: "Jefferson Award for Public Service" and "You Make a Difference"

Work Experience: Information Systems field for over 20 years, and for the past 15 years Higher Education Information Systems Manager at California State University East Bay, University of California Berkeley, and San Francisco State University.

Danielle Deaver

R.E.A.C.H. West Vice President; Nutrition Program Director

Volunteer History: Special Olympics Coach for the East Bay Buffaloes Team – sports include swimming, track and field, softball, bocce, and snowshoeing; former Challenger Baseball League volunteer.
I volunteer because I have a brother with disabilities and have worked with Special Olympic athletes since I was 8 years of age. Having a family member with disabilities and assisting in the homes of others with disabilities has allowed me to become a part of the wonderful community in which I serve.

Awards: "You Make a Difference", "Jake Rockeman Award", of 2004.

Work/Education Experience: AA in Special Education; AS in Early Childhood Education. I currently work as a caregiver for adults with disabilities in Solano County and as a kindergarten teacher aide at Greenwood Elementary School.​

Joy Deaver

R.E.A.C.H. West Secretary

Volunteer History: Founding member of the East Bay Buffaloes Special Olympics Team; Coached for the Challenger Baseball League; For 15 years was an active member of the Community Advisory Committee for Special Education for the West Contra Costa Unified School District.
I am volunteering as I have a son, Justin, with development delays, who needs activities to keep him focused and fit. My passion is to provide this to others who have special needs.

Awards: “You Make a Difference” Award; “Volunteer of the Year” Award from the Developmental Disabilities Council; “Honorary Service Award” for volunteering with the PTA.

Work Experience: United States Postal Service.

Doug Deaver

R.E.A.C.H. West Treasurer; Organic Gardening Program Director

Volunteer History: Founding member of R.E.A.C.H. West and the Special Olympics East Bay Buffaloes Team. Coach for Special Olympics – sports include track and field, swimming, bocce, bowling, soccer, and snowshoeing; former Challenger Baseball Coach; former treasurer for the parent/teacher nonprofit at Harmon Knolls, a special education preschool program.
I volunteer because I have a son with developmental disabilities which has introduced me into this community that I have great passion for serving.

Awards: "The YMCA Community Partner Volunteer of the Year Award of 2014"; and "The Developmental Disabilities Councils Volunteer of the Year Award of 2001".

Work Experience: Semi-retired and was self-employed for over 45 years.

Gail Tsujimoto-Cho

R.E.A.C.H. West Board Member, Volunteer Coordinator, Curriculum Director for R.E.A.C.H. West Enrichment Program

R.E.A.C.H. Volunteer History Founding Member of REACH West and the Special Olympics East Bay Buffaloes, Golf Tournament Volunteer Coordinator, East Bay Buffaloes Track Meet Volunteer Coordinator.
I have an adult son who is nonverbal and has autism and dream that he and other young adults live fulfilling lives and am committed to providing disabled youth parallel activities and opportunities available to their non-disabled peers.

Awards: "You Make a Difference"

Work Experience: Worked for the West Contra Costa Unified School District for over 30 years as a special ed educator, Speech Language Pathologist and currently leads the Augmentative and Alternative Communication Department.

Katherine O'Brien

R.E.A.C.H. West Board Member; Leadership Program Director; East Bay Buffaloes Interim Team Coordinator

Volunteer History Special Olympics Coach for the East Bay Buffaloes Team – sports include swimming, track and field, softball, and bocce; Head of Delegation at UC Davis during the Summer Games every year since 2015; E-Soccer program in Piedmont and Berkeley for kids that are both non typical and typical. After being an athlete for the East Bay Buffaloes team in swimming, basketball, bowling, I am now coaching basketball, softball, and swimming and enjoy mentoring my teammates and community.

Work/Education Experience: Recreation Leader in the Inclusion ADA Center for City of Oakland Parks and Recreation; Enrolled in Berkeley City College and College of Alameda for AA to transfer in Elementary Special Education; Certificate in Early Childhood Education from Merritt College, Certified Swimming Coach with USA Swimming.

Glen Rockeman

R.E.A.C.H. West Board Member

R.E.A.C.H. Volunteer History: Founding member of the East Bay Buffaloes Special Olympics Team - sports include track and field and basketball. Working with these special athletes is the most gratifying thing a person can do. I try to live my life by a simple rule, "don't give up, don't ever give up!"

Work/Education Experience: WCCUSD Elementary School Teacher; BA from CSU East Bay

Peter Wong

R.E.A.C.H. West Board Member

R.E.A.C.H. Volunteer History: East Bay Buffaloes Special Olympics Team Assistant Coach
I have an adult son with Down Syndrome and hope to make his and other people with disabilities lives better.

Work Experience: Senior Principal Campus Planner and Facilities Designer for ED2 International; An architect, planner and interior designer with over 45 years of experience who has directed many projects, which have required creativity and comprehensiveness; Nationally regarded expert on sustainable and ecological responsible designs.

Gina McLean

R.E.A.C.H. West Board Member

R.E.A.C.H. Volunteer History: Volunteered for track meet, golf tournament and other activities.
Desire to make people with disabilities lives better through REACH West having an uncle and a close personal friend with a disability.

Work/Education Experience: CCCOE Mount Mckinley High School Math Teacher for Juvenile Hall. Former Special Education Teacher.