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Our Team

Strength in Knowledge. With more than 150 years of combined leadership experience and work across Districts, County Offices, State Agencies, our thought leadership in the field of SPED is unparalleled. 

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Leadership

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Arjun Kushwaha

Managing Director

He has more than two decades of special education dynamic leadership experience and has worked with multiple LEAs to improve educational achievements for students with disabilities.  

Arjun has served on various county and State educational committees to streamline resources, data, services and instructional pedagogies. In his role at Expatiate, he is responsible for conceptualizing, developing and launching innovative services to improve special education programs for schools and agencies. 

Arjun strongly believes in the One Student philosophy and advocates tirelessly for removing learning barriers for students with exceptional needs. His demonstrated talent is leveraging technology and developing new models of service delivery designed to promote inclusion. Arjun’s work has benefitted students at school districts, county offices and charter schools by developing and implementing high quality sustainable special education programs.

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Kim Hopko

Senior Director
Consulting Services

Kim has an extensive background in the field of special education with more than 44 years of experience. She began her career as a Speech Pathologist working in an Aphasia classroom, and then moved into Special Education administration. Kim served in a variety of positions from Assistant Principal, SELPA Director and Director of Special Education for the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE), a regional education agency serving 80 school districts. She spent 12 years as Director prior to her retirement in June 2015.

 

Kim’s passion has always been meeting the needs of students. She enjoyed being at school sites, working with students and staff. She developed partnerships with the district hosts, engaging them in inclusive education for all special education students. 

 

Kim gladly accepted the opportunity to contribute her skills in the field of special education with Expatiate Communications as the Senior Director of Consulting Services. She works directly with charter schools and LEAs to provide guidance and support to their special education programs.

Our Staff

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O'Connor Joseph Mahabir, Ph.D

Administrator 
Special Education

Dr. Mahabir has a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary and Special Education, and a Master's Degree in Elementary Education from Rhode Island College. He received his Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University in Urban Education Leadership. 

 

He gained valuable experiences as a teacher in Regular Education and Special Education at the Compton Unified School District. In Special Education, Dr. Mahabir began as a teacher then moved to a program specialist, a program coordinator and then Director of Special Education.

 

After Compton Unified School District, he accepted a position as a school administrator at the Los Angeles County Office of Education. He was also worked a Graduate Academic Advisor/Adjunct Professor at Cambridge College in Rancho Cucamonga, California, and as an adjunct professor at Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, California.

 

From his deep experience in the education field, Dr. Mahabir authored The Marginalization of Students in Need, a book on the exclusion of students with disabilities from obtaining an appropriate education, from early in America’s history to the current time. 

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Tammie Wilson

Administrator
Special Education

Tammie Wilson is the Special Education Administrator for Expatiate Communication. She is a graduate of the University of North Texas, National University and California State Dominguez Hills. She holds a Master degree in Public Administration and a Masters in Educational Leadership, with a focus on Special Education and Human Resource Management. 

Tammie enjoys using her knowledge, skills and abilities to empower all students and staff to reach their full potential. With more than 20 years of professional leadership in the public and private sector, her guiding philosophy has always been equity, collaboration and fairness in a pursuit of happiness and growth.

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Mark Scott

Consultant

PBIS/MTSS

Mark Scott has worked in education and professional development for more than 25 years, specializing in behavior supports, management, and applied practices. For 20 years, his service was with the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE), the largest regional education agency in the United States. During that time he also supported the nation's largest juvenile justice system with Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (NCI) training. 

 

As a training coordinator for LACOE he was tasked with the delivery and implementation of several evidence-based models in the framework of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) and Response to Intervention (RtI). Mark implemented the principles of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), Trauma Informed Care and Response, Restorative Practices, and Cultural Competencies. He was actively engaged in planning / coordinating training and related activities with key LACOE leadership and Special Education Local Planning Area directors, program personnel, and internal/external staff and constituents. Mark focused on leading and training individuals and multi-disciplinary teams in behavior emergency prevention, intervention, and debriefing for various student populations. 

 

In addition to a vast array of Continuing Education Units (CEUs), Mark is certified by the Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) as a master instructor in Nonviolent Crisis Intervention in the content areas of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Trauma Informed Care, Applied Physical Training, and Enhancing Verbal Skills. He is also certified as a Restorative Practices (Justice) Conferencing Facilitator by the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP). 

 

Since joining Expatiate Communications, Mark has applied his experience to a continuum of MTSS service and support models including SEL and PBIS. This approach facilitates support that respects the needs and culture of each client (student, staff, parents, and caregivers) in their unique and particular environment. He also developed a unique behavior intervention concept known as C.A.R.E. for use by school staff, parents, and caregivers to build resilience and improve student engagement, accountability, and access to curriculum with a new and particular emphasis placed on virtual engagement.

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Frank Kwan

Director
Strategic Communications

Frank Kwan, APR, is currently the Director of Strategic Communications, overseeing communications, marketing and digital media for Expatiate. He has an extensive background in education marketing, public affairs, media relations, community relations, crisis communications, and special event management. 


He retired from the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE), after overseeing communications and visual media for the nation’s largest regional educational agency serving 80 K-12 school districts, and also served as the Executive Director of the Los Angeles County School Trustees Association, with more than 500 k-12 school board members and community college trustees. 


Frank’s experience includes news and production at NBC 4 Television and consulting for national and state education organizations, including serving as an auditor for the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) working with school districts in Canada, Alaska, California, Idaho, Oregon, Texas and Washington. Frank served as NSPRA President in 2011-12, and is Accredited in Public Relations (APR) by the Universal Accreditation Board.


Frank is the recipient of major awards from NSPRA, the California School Public Relations Association, and the Public Relations Society of America. Frank earned four Emmy Awards from the Los Angeles Television Academy and two National Education Association’s Advancement of Education Through Broadcasting awards, and his productions were also recognized by the American Women in Radio and TV, the NAACP and the National Hispanic Media Coalition.

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