Kristin Gist, Senior Director of Developmental Services
Kristin has been with Rady Children’s for over 40 years. Most of her work has been with children ages birth to 5 and their caregivers. She has supported Alexa’s PLAYC since its beginning in 1998. Her formal education includes a master’s degree in clinical psychology from San Diego State University, and her first position was as a Head Start teacher. In her spare time, Kristin can be seen cycling, playing with her grandchildren or walking her Goldendoodle, Ollie. Kristin and Ollie are volunteers in Rady Children’s Canine Therapy Program.
Andrea Valdez, Manager
Andrea is passionate about working with children and families. She started her career as a preschool teacher and continued to focus on early childhood education. She holds a master’s degree in human behavior as well as a two bachelor’s degrees from San Diego State University: one in child development with a minor in sociology and one in psychology. In her free time, she enjoys reading, concerts, movies, playing the piano, trying new restaurants and spending quality time with family and friends.
Fara Bowles, Administrative Assistant and Patient Access Representative
Fara has her degree in early childhood development. She has been teaching in the preschool setting since 1987 and teaching children on the autism spectrum since 2009. She recently came out of the classroom to join the front-office staff and enjoys the relationships she has made with the families. Outside of work, Fara enjoys traveling, concerts, watching sports and spending time at the beach.
Bonnie Corbin, Administrative Associate
Bonnie has been a part of the Autism Discovery Institute since its inception. Then known as the Children’s Autism Intervention Center, she held roles ranging from scheduling, assisting in the Toddler School with snack and nap times, and taking care of the daily business transactions. With the expansion of the center to the Autism Discovery Institute, Bonnie now focuses more on the business operations but may still be found interacting with families at the front desk or handling the variety of needs that arise.