Kinga E. Czegeni, Executive Director
Kinga co-founded The Avalon Academy in 2005. She holds a master’s degree in Special Education (with an emphasis in Physical and Health Impairments) as well as a California teaching credential. She was a Lecturer at San Francisco State University for over a decade, where she taught a graduate course on the Implications and Management of Physical Disabilities and Sensory Impairments. Kinga entered the field of special education at the International Peto Institute in Budapest, Hungary. She graduated with High Honors in 1996 with a degree in elementary education majoring in special education of motor-disabled children. Kinga was recruited to California in 1997 where she contributed to the establishment of two programs for children with cerebral palsy. Kinga is a certified practitioner in the Anat Baniel Method®. She is a graduate of the Mastery Program which encompasses children with special needs. Kinga has an established private practice dedicated to children and teenagers with special needs.
Chris Layne, Director of operations
Chris moved from New Jersey to California in 2005. He was trained at the New York Restaurant School, and worked as a cook in New York and New Jersey, then transitioned over to retail management. Upon moving to California; Chris worked as Office Manager/ Account manager for a small benefits firm where he became certified in Payroll and HR administration. When a position opened with a small non-profit in the East Bay; Chris took on a dual role as Supported Employment Coordinator/ Office Administration. He remained there for 3 years before continuing onto The Avalon Academy. Chris brings patience, responsiveness, and a sense of commitment to any job he holds. Chris brings a degree of understanding about “disability” that comes from personal experience. Growing up in a large family; including a younger brother with cerebral palsy. Today, he is committed to providing the same quality of support that he would want his brother to receive. Chris joined Avalon in 2012.
erika delgadillo-perez, office manager
Erika has over 15 years experience in the field of administration. She is currently working towards her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Erika has previously worked with children with autism spectrum disorder. She enjoys contributing to the special education community. Erika joined Avalon in 2018.
rosette el qutami, accountant
Rosette joined Avalon in 2005.