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Our Team2019-08-22T16:54:32+00:00

Scholarships, Education, & Support for Children With Special Needs in Our Community

OUR TEAM

Darren Jaffe
Darren JaffePresident
Darren Jaffe grew up in Oak Park attending elementary school through high school locally. He returned with his wife and son 13 years ago to raise his family. Since returning in 2007, his family has grown, in 2009 he welcomed his baby girl to the world. In addition to being the father of a baby girl he also became the father of a special needs child for the first time. His daughter was diagnosed with ASD at 18 months old. His son is active in band, sports, and the martial arts. His daughter enjoys going to gym, riding horseback and hanging with her big bro. They recently rescued a mixed breed dog and added a 5th member to the family.
He received his Master’s degree from Pepperdine. Darren spent 6 years as an elementary school teacher before shifting gears into the world of Design & Production. He spent the next 17 years working his way from the bottom up. He moved from being a coordinator, to a Producer and then to a Head of Production. He then transitioned to Director of Motion Graphics before settling into his role of Executive Producer. He has spent time at a number top level companies within the industry.
In addition to spending time with his family, playing soccer on weekends, and his career, Darren is a busy and active member of the community. Whether it is serving as a member of other non-profit entities or coaching youth soccer he is dedicated to serving the community he loves in any way he can.
Terri Hilliard
Terri HilliardVice President
Terri E. Hilliard, Esq. is the principal of Terri Hilliard, P.C. Estate Law and Mediation in Westlake Village, CA.  Her practice centers on advanced estate and business succession planning, asset protection, special needs trusts, and family protection planning for seniors.  She is also a private mediator focused on helping families, elders, individuals and businesses resolve disputes.
Winner of the 2017 Trail Blazer Award by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal and named in the Who’s Who in Professional Services by the Pacific Coast Business Times. She was named 2017 Favorite Attorney for East County by the Ventura County Star and also named the 2016 and 2017 10 Best Attorneys for Outstanding Service by the American Institute of Legal Counsel.  She is a member of the Moorpark Morning Rotary, Secretary of the Conejo Valley Estate Planning Council, Provisors, Wealth Counsel and Elder Counsel and active in various non-profit organizations focused on meeting the needs of senior and special needs families.
She is the Vice President and on the Governing Board for Pause4Kids, non-profit and a long-time Board Member of Senior Concerns of the Conejo, supporting special needs individuals, elders and their caregivers in her community. She created the successful Pro Bono Panel of Attorney program called “Legal Concerns” at Senior Concerns, where she lends her expertise in eldercare, estate planning and mediation, as well as planned giving. The 2018 Secretary and Board Member of the Conejo Valley Estate Planning Council.
She is a contributing author of a book entitled, “Protecting Your Legacy: What You Really Need to Know for the Second Half of Life” with a focus on family mediation and aging.  She is also a public speaker and panel moderator on a wide variety of subjects, including caring for seniors, Medi-Cal, long-term care, deed transfers upon death, divorce and estate planning, senior abuse and scams, purposeful estate planning, transition planning and conservatorships for special needs young adults, estate and financial planning, aging, strategies for health and wealth, planned giving, business succession planning, and politics and the special needs community.
Kathy Greco
Kathy GrecoBoard Member
Kathy has been a Board member since 2005. She has facilitated the P4k monthly parent advocacy-education meetings since joining the Board. She enjoys working with parents and feels blessed to be able to work for kids.
Kathy has been a practicing attorney since 1995, initially in civil litigation- employment law where she represented employees in wrongful termination, sexual harassment and employment discrimination matters. Since 2005 her practice has been focused on working with families, young adults and kids with special needs. She takes a pragmatic approach to working through the Special Education and Regional Center process.  She is passionate about her work.
Kathy is a Yankee fan, collector of vintage couture and mom to Mia the famous dog in Westlake that looks like a lion.  Often they are at the Target center where Mia greets her fan club.
Terri Kanner
Terri KannerTreasurer
Terri Kanner, graduated with honors from California State University Northridge in 1989. In 1993 she received her juris doctorate from Southwestern Law School, graduating with high honors. She practiced medical malpractice defense litigation until 1999 when she gave birth to her daughter and decided to leave litigation and became in house counsel and CFO for a multi-national footwear importing business. In 2007 she was blessed with a son: in pre-school it became apparent her beautiful boy had special needs.
Childhood had been difficult for her, her siblings and their single mom with only a high school degree. Terri was thrown into adulthood at 17, she was orphaned when her mom died of cancer. As is her way today, Terri took on the mantel of responsibility: she worked two jobs, while putting herself through college and raising her brother. These experiences shaped her passion to attend law school and use those skills to help other disadvantaged children: Terri was a founding member of the first public interest organization at Southwestern Law School.
Upon graduation, given her significant student loans she was not able to focus on her passions, but these passions were reignited once seeing the struggles her own special needs son had in simply getting an education. Therefore, Terri sold her interest in the footwear business and intends to dedicate her efforts and legal mind to helping her son and other children with special needs. Ms. Kanner is proud to be part of PAUSE4kids and their mission to make a difference in the lives of these special children.
Taylor Amstutz
Taylor AmstutzSecretary
Taylor Amstutz is a Juris Doctor Candidate at Pepperdine School of Law. Although her mother would tell you she knew her opinionated eldest daughter would make a great lawyer from the age of four, Taylor did not consider law school until much later. Before attending law school, she worked full time as a Direct Support Professional at a day program for adults with special needs while earning her BA in Sociology from California State University of Channel Islands. It was during this time she realized the extreme need for disability rights advocacy.
While working as a career counselor for individuals on welfare and obtaining her real estate license, she was admitted to Southwestern Law School. After her first year, she transferred to Pepperdine School of Law. She has worked at the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office and A2Z Advocates, a special education advocacy firm. Taylor has been able to use her legal education to work with the Global Justice Program in Uganda twice. Locally, she enjoys volunteering with Forever Found, an organization fighting human trafficking, and PAUSE4kids, a nonprofit working to empower parents of children with disabilities. At Pepperdine, she serves as the Women’s Legal Association Representative and participates in the Restoration and Justice Clinic. She is passionate about being a resource for vulnerable populations.
In her spare time, Taylor enjoys ocean swimming, spending time with friends and family, hiking, and drinking copious amounts of coffee. Taylor is a dog mom to her pride and joy, a pug named Calypso. .
Brit Pantoliano
Brit PantolianoBoard Member
Board of Directors member and Secretary, Britt Pantoliano, a Colorado native, received her college degree in art.  Thereafter she was blessed with two beautiful daughters.
As a single mom Britt continues to learn and grow to provide for her girls.  Her creative mind allows her to blossom in all areas.  Britt, an accomplished artist, has professionally created art in many mediums, including sculpture, painting and fiber art.
Her warm, gentle demeanor allows her to provide ethereal services as a professional esthetician.  And currently she is training as an arborist, which fits her love for details and beauty perfectly.  She is also a professional cake decorator, which showcases her artistic brilliance beautifully.  But she most enjoys sharing her artistic juices as a makeup artist with her daughters at Halloween, creating amazingly scary Halloween makeup creations.
Britt has a heart for supporting children on the spectrum, having familial experience with Asperger’s.  Ms.  Pantoliano is proud to be part of PAUSE4kids and their mission to make a difference in the lives of these special children.