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 began her career as a Special Needs Coordinator at the Dovercourt Recreation Centre in Ottawa. Upon returning to Regina she worked at the Ranch Ehrlo Society for six years as a Job Coach and Vocational Resource Trainer. She joined ARC in 2013 as a Program Coordinator and has also been our Summer Program Director. She is currently covering the role of Program Director. Stacey has a Bachelor of Sociology degree from the University of Regina as well as a Recreation and Leisure Services Diploma with honours from Algonquin College.

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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. 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

Diandra has recently graduated with a Bachelor of Human Justice and a Minor in Psychology. Although she is a recent graduate, her career in human services began years ago. She loves the direct, hands-on work with people experiencing disabilities, addictions, and/or mental health issues. She is the Employment Coordinator at the Autism Resource Centre, supporting adults with autism to gain or maintain employment. Diandra also has a young nephew, who she loves with all of her heart, that has recently been diagnosed with Autism. Aside from her employment, Diandra also has a strong love for social justice, music, art, animals, and family.

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Marci Down, BKIN – Employment Coordinator

Marci graduated from the University of Regina in 2011 with a Bachelor of Kinesiology in the Adapted Physical Activity area with a minor in psychology. She worked in the disability area all through university and did her fieldwork placement at Inclusion Regina, where she worked after finishing her degree. There she worked as the Next Chapter Book Club coordinator, recreation coordinator and facilitator and then moved into the Employment and Transition Facilitator position. In this role, Marci gained over 8 years of experience providing support to high school students and adults in employment and transition planning from high school into adulthood. She believes that people with Autism should have all the opportunities that people without Autism have in life and that we are all unique, which is what makes our world a beautiful place.

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Shannon Theriault, BSW, RSW – Mental Health Counselor

Shannon recently joined ARC as the Mental Health counselor, a role she is familiar with. She has worked in the mental health field for over 30 years, first as a Psychiatric Nurse and now as a Social Worker. Shannon has worked for the Regional Health Authority in a variety of roles both in community and hospital settings. She has also done work in community based organizations like Phoenix Residential Society.
Shannon offers a variety of counselling modalities; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Choice Theory, Person Centered Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Family Systems Theory and works from a Strengths Based Trauma Informed perspective.
The foundation of any therapeutic relationship is trust. Shannon skillfully approaches her work in a non-judgmental, thoughtful manner to facilitate this trust. She believes people can and do change. She provides counseling for anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, relationship and communication skills.
She is very glad to be working for such a progressive and highly regarded organization!

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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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Deborah Banks, B.Admin. – Executive Assistant

Deborah joined ARC in 2017 after a successful career in the insurance and investment world that focused on marketing and customer support. She has a Bachelor of Administration from the University of Regina and has always enjoyed taking courses to further her knowledge. She is enjoying her change to the world of office administration and loves working with the amazing staff and members at ARC.

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Autism Resource Centre

199 N Leonard Street
Regina, SK S4N 5X5

Our regular hours are 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday to Thursday, and 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Fridays. We are closed weekends and statutory holidays.

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

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