Our Stories


Our Clients, Families and Staff tell the rest of the story.

If you are a client or family member of a client, and are interested in sharing your story, please reach out to your Service Coordinator. No achievement is too small, and we would love to celebrate you!



Long started his career in social work in 2015 at Hmong Lifted Underserved Barrier. During his time there, he focused on encouraging Hmong families to get healthcare screenings and access generic resources. Often, he was tasked to outreach to the community in South Sacramento.


Mai Gee

Cultural Diversity Specialist

Mai Gee has 10 years of social work experience and initially started her journey as amental health counselor. In 2018, she transitioned to Alta California Regional center and dived into her work as a Service Coordinator in a children’s unit. Her experience would continue to grow as she moved into a role as an Intake Specialist where she helped families navigate and complete the intake process.


How One Family Navigated a Successful Transition During a Challenging Time

Shared by the Association of Regional Center Agencies

Jimmy, a cheerful and adventurous 15-year-old with autism, had a strong bond with his father, Jim. When Jim, a children’s book author and English as a Second Language teacher, passed away in a tragic car accident in 2021, Jimmy and his mother, Beatriz, were left in a state of uncertainty and hesitation about how to move forward with the developmental disabilities services system to adjust their blend of services to meet Jimmy’s unique needs.



Client Services Manager

Kenisha is a veteran and has 15 years of social work experience. She first fell in love with social work when she attended an Individual Education Program (IEP) meeting for her brother, a client of the regional center, as a sophomore in college. During the meeting, she was impressed with the Service Coordinator and how she advocated for Kenisha’s brother. Her interest was peaked, and she embarked on entering the service delivery system. 



Service Coordinator

Shamir has been employed with Alta California Regional Center for 6 months, but has provided social care throughout his life. Caring for the community is a big part of his heritage. As a member of the Choctaw tribe, providing healing both medically and spiritually has been fundamental in his upbringing.  



Dancer and Model Citizen

Abby is a client of the regional center and an accomplished dancer. She is very involved in the Pow Wow arena and performed in the Nutcracker as an angel. Abby is an enrolled member of the 3 affiliated tribes Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara. She is an ambassador for her people and will share her culture by taking time to visit her cousins’ schools and educating the students on her heritage. She enjoys sharing stories, dancing and singing.



Proud Member of the Yurok Tribe

Will is a proud card-carrying Native American of Yurok, a northern California tribe and is a client of Alta California Regional Center. He has visited the reservation and enjoys interacting with his community. His tribe is known for being experts at fishing and were the first people to build canoes for both fresh and salt water. They also are creative basket weavers, some of which were featured in an exhibit at the Steinhart Aquarium in San Francisco.  



Service Coordinator

Luis began his career in social work with Passport to Learning in 2019. His experience in hospitality and sales gave him expert skills in communication and he learned how to interact with people of different backgrounds and needs. But he knew he wanted to make a change in his career that would allow him to help others and make a positive impact. Initially he dreamed of becoming a probation officer for youth. Luis found the profession of social work aligned with his goals and led him to a job with Alta California Regional Center.



Service Coordinator

Emily is a Service Coordinator for Early Intervention, with 20 years of social work experience. She has primarily worked with youth, starting off her career with providing services for emotionally disturbed children. She moved on to child action, which provided subsidized child care for low income families. Eventually, she would find her way to Alta California Regional Center (ACRC) in the Early Intervention unit.



Special Olympics Swimmer and Bowler

John is a Special Olympic gold medal winner who takes immense joy and pride in being a swimmer. However, he didn’t learn about his interest in swimming until high school. Before this interest blossomed, he struggled with behavioral issues and had no outlet to allow his personality to flourish.


Ben (also known as Seth)

Living independently!

Ben (also known as Seth) lives a well-rounded  life where he enjoys his work, his hobbies, and feels pride for his accomplishments. He wanted to live an independent  life and has achieved that with  education and persistence. In addition  to his professional life, Ben is somewhat an adrenaline  junkie and enjoys chasing the thrill rollercoasters provide.



Mom and Self-Advocate

Peggy is a single mom on a mission to improve her life and her children’s lives. She has overcome tremendous difficulties, from unsafe relationships to financial turmoil. Despite it all, she has shown with perseverance, she can achieve her goals.



Advocate and Parent

Reyva is soon to be a graduate of Sacramento State with a Bachelor’s degree in Social  Work, a mother and an advocate for herself and for her daughters. Despite a tumultuous upbringing and becoming disabled at the age of 4 months, Reyva always felt motivated to prove to herself that she is capable and can achieve all of her goals. Now, she is excited to begin her career and be a role model for herself and for others.



Filmmaker and Director

Crystal realized she had an interest in film early on. In high school, she went to the Sacramento Film Festival and fell in love with filmmaking. She would rent books on screenwriting and teach herself how to write for movies. She always had an active imagination, and she puts it to use through her writing.



Thriving and Growing

When Xavier’s parents, Samantha and Thomas, received his post-natal diagnosis of Down Syndrome, they were worried. The initial expectations every parent has for their child melted away. The primary concern was Xavier’s  health; he was born 3 weeks early and was sent to the NIC-U  to be provided early care.  




Maria is an accomplished athlete and student. She loves to attend sporting events and show off her skills on and off the field. Maria enjoys hanging out with her family and improving her knowledge regarding sports.



Lucy may only be 2, but she is strong! When her parents first started noticing signs of delay, they were naturally worried. With the right help and Lucy’s positive personality, she has been making improvements despite her disability.



Comic Book Artist and Creator

 Jason is a naturally artistic person with a mind designed for creativity. He has created characters, designed t-shirts, and is even developing a comic book! Jason is ambitious and goal-driven, spending most of his time developing and perfecting his passions. He persevered through the difficulties of having expressive and receptive language disorder and Autism, finding a way that works for him to not only create and express himself, but also generate income and build a business.



Child Model

Being a parent always brings a sense of joy, and for Kristal it brought double when she learned she was pregnant with twins! However, it wasn’t until she gave birth to her premature girls, Ariel and Katalina, that she learned that Ariel has Down Syndrome. Kristal’s labor was a tumultuous experience, so when she was told about Ariel’s disability, she had to cope with the difficulties that lay ahead. Despite the complications of having a child with Down Syndrome, what they gained was a new world filled with possibilities.



Volunteer and Teacher

Steven is a well-rounded person who enjoys spending his time volunteering for committees, teaching children about disabilities, and watching movies. He is an articulate individual and advocates for people with developmental disabilities. Despite living in the midst of a pandemic, Steven maintains a positive outlook on life and is patiently waiting to decide what his future has in store while maintain his membership with committees at Alta California Regional Center (ACRC).