The A-Team

Angela Ricci, B.Ed – Executive Director

Angela became ARC’s Executive Director in November 2021. She brings expertise to ARC with her public and private sector business experiences. For several years, she has been an advocate for ARC through supported employment and as a board member. In recognition of her work with the ARC board of directors, Angela was recently awarded the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers. Born and raised in Regina, Angela has four grown children and a large extended family.

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Brian Lach, B.Ed, M.Ed. – Operations Director

Brian joined the Autism Resource Centre staff following a 30 year career in education. During his time in education he was a classroom teacher, curriculum implementation lead teacher, vice principal, principal, and superintendent. Brian has also been actively involved in many volunteer boards and committees as his way of giving back to the community. Brian has a Bachelor of Education degree and Masters of Educational Administration degree both from the University of Regina.

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Stacey Herperger, B.A – Program Director

Stacey has worked in the non-profit sector for over 17 years. After finishing her degree in Sociology from the University of Regina, she spent some time travelling western Canada and living in the Rocky Mountains. She then moved to Ottawa to and received a Recreation and Leisure Services Diploma (with honors) from Algonquin College. Stacey spent three years in Ottawa working for a non-profit recreation centre before returning to Regina and working at Ranch Ehrlo for 6 years. She join the ARC team in 2013 and is currently Program Director for our residential and employment programs. Over the years Stacey has enjoyed working in a variety of different programs that ARC offers and feels truly grateful to have the opportunity to work with many of our wonderful members and families.

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Becky McLeod, B. Ed. – Program Director

Becky began her employment with ARC in 2012 as a Summer Program Staff while she worked to complete her Bachelor of Education. After completing her degree, graduating with great distinction, she left to teach abroad in Thailand in for two years before returning to Regina, and ARC, in 2016. At ARC she has successfully balanced the roles of Employment Coordinator, Social Drop-In Coordinator and Summer Program Coordinator for youth ages 7-12. She was hired as a full time Program Coordinator in 2018 and accepted the Program Director role in 2021. Becky is passionate about helping members increase their independence and reach self-identified career and social goals.

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Morgan Kuntz, B.Kin. – Program Coordinator

Morgan began working with ARC in 2011 in the Therapeutic Summer Program where she worked in both supporting and directing roles. While completing her Bachelor of Kinesiology in Adapted Movement Science, Morgan worked and volunteered with various organizations supporting youth with autism and varying abilities. Morgan also completed her university practicum at ARC where she assisted with the facilitation of adult programming. Morgan started her current position as Program Coordinator in 2018.

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Leo Saccary, B. Kin – Program Coordinator

Leo graduated from the University of Regina in 2021 with a Bachelor of Kinesiology in Human Kinetics. During his degree, Leo best enjoyed his hands-on classes working with people. In these classes, he was exposed to formalized program planning and execution and was able to hone his skills of adapting on the fly. He was later able to put these to the test while on practicum, with Creative Options Regina, where he performed: 1 on 1 support, led Tell It Like It Is, participated in book clubs and various other events, and helped to create the Cents and Sensibility curriculum. Leo is passionate about helping others to achieve their goals, as it gives a great sense of accomplishment to everyone involved.

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Diandra Nicolson, BHJ – Employment Coordinator

In January of 2019, Diandra began working at the Autism Resource Centre as an Employment Coordinator with the Autism at Work program. In 2015, while completing her Bachelor of Human Justice degree, she began working hands-on with people with disabilities and fell in love with it. Since she began working with autistic adults, she has explored her own neurodiversity. In December of 2020, an ADHD diagnosis has transformed her work with ARC members for the better. With many family members who have ADHD/autism, this is work that she is very passionate about. She is a strong advocate for inclusive hiring and celebrating neurodiversity. Aside from her career, she enjoys plants, art, music, animals, and gardening.

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Alicia Schick – Employment Coordinator

Alicia Schick has over 20 years of experience working with children and adults with Autism and various disabilities. Her passion for human services started in high school where she spent a lot of time volunteering in the FIAP (Functionally Integrated Adapted Programming) classroom. Her experience includes a total of six summers with the Autism Resource Center Summer Program. She enjoys socializing and interacting with people of all kinds and is very excited to join the ARC team as an Employment Coordinator. During her personal time, she loves spending time with her husband and two children and is working towards earning a degree in the human services area.

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Ashlea Larson, B.A. – Employment Coordinator

Ashlea started her ARC career in 2021 in the Residential Housing Program, before moving into an Employment Coordinator position in 2022. Prior to working at ARC, she spent 10 years working for non-profits in Regina as a support worker, recreation facilitator, and shelter counsellor. She attributes her love of support work to her wonderful brother, who was born with microcephaly and FASD. In 2021, Ashlea achieved a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The University of Regina and looks forward to using her knowledge and experience at Autism Resource Centre.

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Ryan Tourney, B.A. (Psychology) R.P.N. – Residential Support Coordinator

Ryan began his career in Yorkton, SK as a drug counselor at the Whitepruce Youth Treatment Center. He later worked in several positions provincially and federally in Corrections. After 22 years of service he was briefly retired before joining ARC as a respite worker. When the pilot Residential Program began in August 2019, Ryan accepted the position of Residential Support Coordinator. The health and well-being of the residents are a top priority. Ryan is a graduate of SIAST as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse and from the University of Regina with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.

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Autism Resource Centre

199 Leonard Street
Regina, SK S4N 5X5

Regularnoffice hours are:
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday to Thursday
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Friday
Closed weekends and statutory holidays

Phone: 306-569-0858
Email: info@autismresourcecentre.com

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