Board & Staff

Amplify Life is a 501 (c)(3) non profit organization that was founded in 1973 by a group of committed parents who wanted to increase opportunities for their children with disabilities to experience the world. Over forty years later, we are still going strong, and growing! 


The agency is led by a committed Board of Directors, and our longest serving Board Member has been with the agency for over 20 years!

If you would like to email the Board, please email us at and we will get right back to you.

Our Board Includes:

Chairman- Cyndy Gustafson, MA

Vice-Chairman- Diane Thorkildson, MPH

Sec/Treasurer- Amy Garland

Member- Linda Barnes

Member- Al Herak

Member- Stephanie Rice, Esq.

Member- Dr. Ken MacAleese, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA

Member- David Frydman

Our staff members include:

Jessica Daum- Executive Director, M.Ed. in Special Education

Luis Chavez Torres- Program Coordinator

Cindy Oesterle-Prescott- Office Manager

Amplify Life is also staffed by over 100 volunteers who give their time and talent to the agency every year to make our programs successful.

480 Galletti Way, Bldg. 2

Sparks, Nevada 89431

Mail: PO Box 7178

Reno, NV 89510

(775) 827-3866 phone

(775) 827-0334 fax

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