Meet the Executive Team
These dedicated individuals work behind the scenes and with the children every day to make IRODA a success.
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Meet the Board of direcTors
Board of Directors and an Executive Leadership Team oversees IRODA’s work. IRODA is in the process of formalising an Advisory Committee to support the Board and Leadership Team. The Executive Leadership is responsible for managing staff and overseeing IRODA’s Programs. The Executive Leadership Team makes decisions in relation to staffing and program operation. Significant changes in staffing structure or program direction are made in consultation with the Board of Directors and IRODA’s Advisory Committee.
The Board of IRODA develops and reviews the strategic direction of the organisation and the organisations finances. At IRODA’s Annual General Meeting the strategic plan for the organisation is presented along with program updates and reviews. This meeting is open to staff, parents and other interested parties.
The members of the Board of Directors are responsible for oversight of different areas of the organisation’s work according to their skills set and experience. These are the areas of responsibility for the current Board of Directors:
Board President- Karen Purdie, Occupational Therapist.
AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY
Gulshan Gufronova, Board President
Karen Purdie, Advicer, Board of advicers leader
Government Partnerships & Social Enterprising, Mass Media collaboration and fundrising
Legal Issues, Awareness Raising
Financie and fundrising
Building Maintenance & Equipment
Parent Support Programs
Publications & Printing
Child & Youth Services
Recreation and campings
Lola Nasriddinova | Lola is the parent of a child with autism and has a medical doctor background and experience in disability work. After studying in India with her son, Kamol, she started the Parents Initiatives of Children with ASD (IRODA) in 2008. Lola is responsible for overall management of the organization and all programs, organizing the main fundraising processes and coordinating the training programs for parents and professionals. She also leads partnership work on a national and international scale.
Munira Makhmadova | Munira is the parent of a child with autism and has experience in social work and home-based programs. She joined the Initiative group in the very beginning, coordinating the organization's financial system. In conjunction with her financial work, she works on Parents' Support Programs as a Mellow Parenting Trainer and Mother Child Program Assistant.
Mukhayo Gulova | Mukhayo is one of the most dedicated professionals who manages the children services. Starting from the admission process to developing the Individual Developmental Plans and Transition programs, she has contributed great work to IRODA. As an occupational therapist, Mukhayo is also responsible for the new practitioners, volunteers, interns and student programs.
Gulchehra Ergasheva | Being a parent of children with autism, Gulia joined the organization in 2012. After participating in the second course on ASD and Parents' Support Group Mellow Parenting—conducted by IRODA—she started her work as an Early Intervention Specialist . She was trained in IRODA educational programs and started the first diagnostic services based on the international standards ADOS.( Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule). Gulia is also one of the Mellow Parenting trainer, who runs the groups for mothers in Iroda center. Together with Lola conducting the trainings for medical professionals on ASD and early intervention.
Shahodat Goibova | As a mother of an autistic child, Shahodat joined IRODA in 2011 and took the first course on ASD. Later, she served as a primary worker with the children to develop their academic skills. A teacher by profession, she initiated the first collaboration with the mainstream schools and the inclusive development program. Shahodat is coordinating the inclusion in 2 mainstream schools while also actively training universities students, colleges students, post graduates, teachers, and tutors.
Orzu Ibragimova | While babysitting an autistic child for two years, Orzu became very close to the families affected by autism. Coming to work as a program assistant, she completed the ASD courses in IRODA and started to work within the developmental and life skills program; but Orzu had a passion to work with young autistic children. For the last two years, she has been working with the Mother- Child and Home Visiting Programs.
Nodira Dzhuraeva | Nodira is the parent of a son with ASD, who studies in a mainstream school. Using her own experience and the success story of her son, she recently Joined IRODA in one of the adaptive class programs. There she helps children with different disabilities to be successfully included into the mainstream schools.
Zu Ruzieva- Mellow parenting program coordinator.
Latofat Kurbonova | A dedicated aunt of a child with autism, Latofat assisted her nephew for three years; after which she started to work in the IRODA adaptive class, supported children in the academic programs, developed computer skills, and integrated them into the mainstream classes.
Matluba Atakhanova | A mother of an autistic child, Matluba started her study in the Pedagogical University for psychology and joined IRODA in 2014 as a Life Skills/Developmental Program Assistant. Matluba is a very enthusiastic young professional who wants to develop the vocational program for her son and other adolescents with ASD to make them employable in future.
Gulnora Shukurova | Gulia joined IRODA as a short term assistant during the CAAN conference; she showed her comprehensive skills in caring about kids, cooking the food, and organizing the snack time in the center. Gulia ran her own respite care weekend program for one adolescent with ASD, where she established a nice way to communicate with children. Her understanding of the sensory needs of children with ASD motivated her to become a teacher in cooking and art therapy classes.
Tatyana Abdunazarova | Tatyana has a grandson with autism and joined IRODA in 2013. She became a First Program Assistant by supporting both the young and older groups. Currently, she is the Office Manager, which includes: preparing the materials for teachers and staff, documentation responsibilities, and administrative work for equipment and training materials. Tatyana is also the IRODA photographer and social media connoisseur.
Takhmina Samatova | As a mother of child with autism, Takhmina has been with IRODA since the very beginning. She started to volunteer in 2014 in the Daily Living Program. In 2015, she became a tutor within the same program. Takhmina graduated the Pedagogical University last year and wishes to work in vocational programs for adolescents with autism.
Firuza Zokirova | Nigina Ortikova | Rustam Odilov | These tutors are students from different universities who've completed the short term course for tutoring. They've also started to assist children in the adaptive mainstream classes in both schools.
Zulfia Turava | Zulfia just recently joined the IRODA team and is still getting familiar with the organization.
staff and their inspiration - Mother child greetings