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Tod is an Industrial Organizational Psychologist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.  He coaches, trains, and develops executives and their teams to enable robotic exploration of the universe.

Tod graduated from the California School of Professional Psychology with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and a MBA from San Diego State University.  He is nationally certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources.  He is also a NASA Mariner Award winner for outstanding work in his field.

Tod has been involved with 1p36 DSA for the last three years.  After attending the conference in Minnesota in 2011, he was inspired to take a more active role in this vital and much needed community.  Tod has extensive experience working with other non-profits including the Community Research Foundation, Miracle Babies, and the San Diego Domestic Violence Council.

“Having a child with 1p36 has been the biggest challenge my family has ever faced.  If there is any way I can help other families face the obstacles we encountered – medical, social, or emotional - I will do it to the best of my abilities.” 

Tod and his wife Amanda live in San Diego California with their three children, Devon age 8, Colin age 5 (1p36 Deletion Syndrome) and Peyton (19 months).