Board of Directors

All of the directors and officers of GAN serve on a volunteer basis.

Bonnie Malkin Gillman

Bonnie Malkin Gillman, Executive Director, is a non-profit consultant who specializes in resource development for charities. She has more than 50 years of professional and volunteer experience working as executive director, director of development, volunteer coordinator and member of the board of directors for a myriad of health, educational and social service organizations. Ms. Gillman founded GAN in 2006 to inform grandparents about autism, the medical, educational, legal and social issues that impact their families and to raise awareness and support for autism. She develops and manages GAN’s programs and projects and represents GAN in collaborative efforts with community and national organizations.

Olivia A. Johnson

Olivia A. Johnson, Secretary, has over 35 years of leadership experience in the Orange County, CA non-profit community. She has served as a founder and board member for many well respected charities including High Priority: breast cancer information network, Children’s Hospital of Orange County Foundation and South Coast Repertory Theatre. Her forte includes event coordination and she has taken major roles in every facet of non-profit operations in organizations supporting causes such as educational institutions, civic organizations and the arts. Ms Johnson brings her creative skills, experience in fund development and passion to support GAN to the Board of Directors.

Judy Berkowitz

Judy Berkowitz, Treasurer, has encouraged and assisted the development of the Grandparent Autism Network since its inception. Ms. Berkowitz owns and operates Berk International, which provides promotional products and advertising programs for businesses. Her organizational skills are instrumental in the planning and execution of presentations and activities. Ms. Berkowitz’s expertise in marketing and designing collateral materials expands GAN’s outreach in the community. Her personal leadership and recruitment abilities have significantly increased GAN’s membership.

Erica R. Holding, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Dr. Erica Holding received her Ph.D. in Psychology and her Masters degree in Counseling Psychology.  She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral level. Her professional interests lie in the remediation of developmental delays and the treatment of social and behavioral disorders in children and young adults. Dr. Holding has experience in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of children, adolescents, and young adults with a variety of developmental disabilities and behavior disorders in school, home, community, and clinic settings. She has presented at numerous national and international conferences on a variety of topics regarding effective autism treatment, parenting and enhancing child development.   Dr. Holding is the founder of Avita Nova, which provides Applied Behavior Analysis services for children and adults with ASDs.

Linda Loaeza

Linda Loaeza is an award winning entrepreneur with almost 30 years of experience as the owner and operator of Jay’s Catering. She builds relationships within the management team and strives to always exceed expectations in her business and philanthropic efforts. Ms. Loaeza is an innovative strategic thinker and an effective, hands-on leader. She resides in Orange County and, as the C.E.O. of Jay’s Catering in Garden Grove, CA., she actively participates in a broad based business network. Ms. Loaeza provides professional resources for GAN and assists in identifying new job opportunities for people with developmental disabilities.