Together For Our Keiki - Peer Advocates

Andrea Poling - Maui

Andrea lives on Maui with her husband, David and son, Silas. Andrea is a college graduate from the University of Hawai’i, with over 15 years of experience working with children, both in a group settings and within children's literacy programs. Shortly after their son Silas was diagnosed with autism, Andrea and David sought out information and support from the local community. As a result of their tireless advocacy, their son is now thriving in our Hawai’i public schools. Silas has access to a robust special education program, which includes ABA services, provided by an RBT and overseen by an LBA. Andrea has been a proud member and supporter of Together For Our Keiki, since the fall of 2019.

Maile Rogers, Ph.D., Peer Advocate - Utah

Dr. Maile Rogers grew up in Aina Haina and was the second oldest of 6 kids. Dr. Rogers' older brother was severely disabled; one of his diagnoses was autism. Naturally, Dr. Rogers and her siblings grew up advocating for her brother and others with similar challenges. Dr. Rogers and her husband, Tyler have been married for 12 years and have 4 beautiful children together; 2 boys and 2 girls. Their oldest son, age 9, is brilliant and kind and thoughtful, and is on the autism spectrum. More recently their youngest son, age 3, was also diagnosed with autism. As a family, they do their best to enjoy every little milestone and take each day as it comes. In addition to her role as a full-time mother and volunteer advocate, Dr. Rogers also serves as a Parent Representative on the board for the Hawai'i Association for Behavior Analysis (HABA) and is also a volunteer member of the PAIMI (Protection & Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness) Council.