About Our Founders
Alisa ‘Cai’ Baker Ph.D.,
ARI Co-Founder & President
Alisa ‘Cai’ Baker is energized by an inherent curiosity in human development and the environmental context in which it takes place. Her life-long passion for supporting children and families was energized by her own gratifying and humbling experience of raising two children, now young adults.
Passionate about Helping All Students Progress
Having worked in direct and adjunct special education arenas for over 20 years, Cai knows how to maximize the educational progress of all students as well as appreciate the rewards and challenges of special education service delivery for public school districts. She is highly regarded in her field as thorough, understanding, and gifted at clear communication when it matters most.
Dedicated to Continuing Education & Personal Growth
Cai obtained her certification/PPS credential as a school psychologist in the state of Kentucky in 1992. After finishing her Ph.D. at the University of Kentucky College of Educational and Counseling Psychology, Cai obtained Kentucky licensure as a psychologist in 1997. After one year serving as a staff school psychologist, Cai entered private practice focused on home-based early assessment and intervention (IFSP) and multidisciplinary assessment of low incidence handicapping conditions in children. Following seven years in private practice, Cai moved to California in 2006 for a clinical staff position at Santa Cruz County Children’s Mental Health. Cai has been licensed as a psychologist in the state of California since 2007. During her 6.5 year tenure at Santa Cruz County, Cai continued her work i.e., assessment, intervention, and supervision in the special education arena via Educationally Related Mental Health Services (ERMHS).
After leaving Santa Cruz County in 2012, Cai re-entered private practice, serving as a contract assessor for Easter Seals in the Bay Area before renewing/transferring her PPS credential to the state of California. Cai has worked as a staff and contract school psychologist in the Bay Area since 2013.
Seasoned Mental Health Therapist with Expertise in Intervention Modalities
In addition to 20+ years of experience in the field of special education, Cai is a seasoned mental health therapist with advanced training in state-of-the-art intervention modalities for children, families, and adults such as Triple P and AEDP. She has successfully run private practices in Kentucky as well as California.
In her free time, Cai enjoys cycling, yoga, partner dance, and hiking the beautiful Bay Area hills.
Licensed Psychologist CA. # 21588
Pupil Personnel Services Credential (Clear)
Diana Chapman, LEP,
ARI Co-Founder & Director
Diana has been fortunate to work in education since 1993. She began her career as an instructional assistant in a special education preschool class. With encouragement from the teacher she pursued and received her teaching credential. After teaching for a few years she returned to school for a Masters degree in School Counseling. She was a middle school counselor at a school on the border of Mexico. At this middle school she interned under the school psychologist and obtained another Masters degree in Educational Psychology.
Experience in Preschool to Post-Secondary
Diana has worked as a school psychologist in numerous settings from preschool to post-secondary. She has worked in small school districts and large school districts from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. In Las Vegas she was the District Crisis Team Leader. This required being on call 24/7 and responding to various crisis situations daily. In addition she authored the district crisis manual and provided various trainings to staff and students. She is also a crisis trainer for the National Association of School Psychologists.
Specializations in Emotional Disturbance & Autism
Diana currently works with students in residential placements and non-public schools. Although seasoned in all areas of assessment she specializes in Emotional Disturbance and Autism.
20 Years+ Counseling Experience
In addition to 20+ years of experience in the field of special education, Diana enjoys providing counseling services to students, teaching social skills, and encouraging students to include others through group counseling.
In her free time, Diana enjoys pilates, watching US Men’s National Team soccer, and running and hiking with her rescue dog in the Bay Area.
Licensed Educational Psychologist, LEP # 3358
PPS Counseling and Psychology, Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, and Administrative Credential