Vanessa Kahlon, M.A.Executive Director & Founder
With almost two decades of experience and a Masters in Clinical Psychology under her belt, Vanessa is no stranger to families whose children have special needs. Vanessa started her own company KAHLON FAMILY SERVICES in 2008. KFS provides behavior consultations, professional support, social skills groups, and parenting groups for families with children with Learning and Behavioral challenges and needs. In her various capacities, as she directed and supervised various in-home / at schools Behavioral programs all around California, as well as facilitating Social Skills Groups, she succeeded in developing her own Yoga Curriculum (YEAS YOGA) to help address children’s needs as well as aid professionals in the field. YEAS YOGA (Yoga Education for Autism Spectrum) is an exciting, personalized program that Vanessa created to address Self-Regulation needs of High-Spirited children. Being inspired to help more families in the Bay Area more professionally and effectively, Vanessa founded KFS SCHOOL as the Executive Director. KFS SCHOOL K-8 Program has been officially a Nonprofit Organization (501c3) since December 2016 and serving children in San Francisco and the Bay Area Community. Vanessa is the host of "Parenting with Vanessa Kahlon". The show empowers parents with tools and strategies for children's daily struggles. The show was aired on KABC Radio station and currently on her own podcast (www.VanessaKahlon.com). She is also a guest lecturer around California – with various schools and organizations seeking professional development in behavior modification and management. Named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women in 2014, Vanessa also serves on the board of the Special Place Foundation, a residential-vocational community seeking self-sufficiency for adults with disabilities. She is passionate about keeping families together, communicative, happy and healthy.
Vanessa is passionate about keeping families together, communicative, happy and healthy. Vanessa’s approach is professional, yet personal. She is relationship based – and she gets results! She cares deeply for all clients and their families, bringing purposeful challenges to stretch them beyond their current capacity.
Named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women in 2014, Vanessa also serves on the board of the Special Place Foundation, a residential-vocational community seeking self-sufficiency for adults with disabilities. In her spare time, Vanessa enjoys a good latte, traveling, escaping to the beach, dancing, hiking, going to Disneyland and she really, really loves Unicorns.
Josue Zamora, M.A.Administrative Director & OT Specialist
Josue Zamora is our latest great addition at KFS School. He's helped kick start the STEAM Program and has added quality to our Occupational Therapy plans for students. He attended Dominican University of California where he received a bachelors degree in Health Sciences and a masters degree in Occupational Therapy. He also has a certification for Behavioral Therapy. He has been working with children that range in age from 5-18 in different capacities for the past 10 years. Over those years he has worked with both typical and atypical children in various settings such as, schools, hospitals, homes, and outdoors (sports) and with a large range of differing diagnoses.
Susan McCormick, Ph.D.Learning Specialist/Consultant
Susan holds a doctorate in Theoretical Linguistics from Cornell University and has worked in the field of Applied Linguistics, including learning/educational domains for 30+ years.
She develops verbal/learning strategies for students who need to improve their academic habits and performance in all domains. She works closely with students with learning challenges, including, but not limited to, ADD, ADHD, dyslexia, and dysgraphia. For each student, she designs a specialized curriculum aimed primarily at honing reasoning and problem-solving processes. Her approach is based on mastery of verbal skill, on both the processing and production end, and encompasses work on quantitative as well as verbal reasoning. She is happy to work collaboratively with teachers and administrators according to her students’ needs.
She identifies and implements approaches that will allow her students to successfully navigate their academics and develop permanent, successful problem-solving and academic strategies.
Her methodology focuses on developing skills with verbal input and output, primarily Reading and Writing. Since quantitative achievement also depends on verbal ability, her work in math is critical as well. Learn more about Susan here www.smmccormick.com
Sara Love, B.A.Music & Enrichment TeacherSara is a Los Angeles-born and Chico-grown educator, who completed her Bachelor’s degree in music at California State University, Chico. She has an extensive background in music, with over a decade of experience as a performer and teacher. In addition to her musical qualifications, she has also gained experience in the behavioral health field as a personal mentor and caregiver, to supplement her courses that she completed in the health and wellness field. She also possesses a more technical background in the field of physiological sciences, having completed two year’s worth of courses in anatomy and physiology.
At Kahlon Family Services, Sara provides shadowing in the San Francisco area for children with a wide range of behavioral qualities. She has also joined the newly opened KFS School in San Francisco, offering her experience to the school as a teacher, while specializing in music. Sara is currently being trained in YEAS yoga (Yoga Education for Autism Spectrum; Vanessa Kahlon).
Sara’s interests include surfing, jewelry crafting, running, swimming, biking, tea drinking, spear fishing, sailing, camping, hiking and traveling.
Carrie Johnson, LMFTKFS School Therapist Consultant
Carrie Johnson is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT#79984), has joined KFS School to provide monthly clinical consultation and support the vision of fostering every child's unique greatness! Carrie is part of a multidisciplinary group practice, specializing in therapy for kids, teens, and families when there are mental health, attachment, behavioral, emotional, learning, or developmental challenges. Carrie is skilled at collaboration and case management to help families and teams use individualized and strength-based solutions, from her decade of working in the child welfare, residential treatment, and juvenile justice systems. Learn more about her practice and philosophy at www.CarrieJohnsonMFT.com, or email her at info@CarrieJohnsonMFT.com.
Lola "The Dog"School Therapy Dog
Lola has been supporting our school for over two years. KFS School is a big believer in celebrating birthdays, so here we are singing happy birthday to Lola on her 9th year. She is the smallest most cutest therapy dog you can look for. She has been adopted by her new mommy Vanessa Kahlon and all the kids now call her family. Lola is so funny and loves playing with balls and if you hear her make any sound that's her saying "Hi, I want to play with you". She's on a mission to help the kids learn how to take good care of her as well as grooming skills. Lola makes every child feel happy and playful!