About Us

ASPIRE Creative Arts Program was founded on the belief that individuals with intellectual disabilities hold an incredible amount of untapped potential, and can rise to high levels of social, intellectual, and artistic success with proper guidance and support. With more than 50 years of combined experience serving adults with intellectual disabilities, Kim Kosaki and Janice Reyes have created a day program that embodies their respect and devotion to this population.

Kim Kosaki

Executive director Kim Kosaki’s background contains a blend of practical and therapeutic skills. Kim holds a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from U.C. Irvine, and an M.A. in Dance/Movement Therapy from UCLA. Early in her career, she worked with children with learning disabilities and severe developmental delays.

However, she found true satisfaction when she became a dance instructor for adults with intellectual disabilities, immediately gaining a deep appreciation for their courage, determination, and pure hearts. She was promoted to Program Director and served for 12 years, specializing in working with students with Autism, Down syndrome, and Williams syndrome. In total, she has worked closely with adults with intellectual disabilities for more than 25 years, and finds herself continually inspired by them.

Janice Reyes

As a parent of an adult with Williams syndrome, it has been Janice Reyes’ lifelong mission to provide a meaningful and loving place for adults with intellectual disabilities to excel and reach their maximum potential. She has served on various Boards of Directors for more than 35 years, and as the Executive Director of a day program for adults with intellectual disabilities for more than 20 years.

She has also been the founder and owner of two travel agencies, and is a skilled business woman with two decades of experience in the private sector. She is a co-founder of ASPIRE, and with her nurturing heart and business acumen has helped make ASPIRE into a success.

ASPIRE Creative Arts Program

Prior to creating ASPIRE, Kim and Jan had the idea of starting their own day program and when family members of adults with intellectual disabilities began asking them to do so for their loved-ones, Kim and Jan saw the true need for a program that was not centered around the program itself but around the students that are served by the program. Kim was touched that so many family members gave their trust and support for creating a new program, and ASPIRE Creative Arts Program was born.

Today ASPIRE has become an intimate, family-like environment where everyone is genuinely and equally valued. The staff possesses a deep respect and appreciation for each student, allowing artistic development, creativity, and personal growth to unfold naturally within each individual. Unlocking this hidden potential is how ASPIRE defines success.

Our Board

Co-Founder & Retired Co-Director of ASPIRE Creative Arts Program

Over 20 years experience as an Executive Director for a non-profit organization serving adults with intellectual disabilities

Over 20 years experience as the business owner & President of R&R Travel and Mexico Travel Experts

M.A. Special Education and teaching credentials, CSULA

B.A. Psychology, Westmont College

Retired Special Education Teacher, Trabuco Hills High School in the Saddleback Valley Unified School District

M.A. Dance/Movement Therapy, UCLA

B.S. Applied Mathematics with a minor in Dance, UCI

Co-Founder & Executive Director of ASPIRE Creative Arts Program

Over 10 years experience as a Program Director for a non-profit organization serving adults with intellectual disabilities

Ph.D. Electrical & Electronics Engineering, Purdue University

Retired Senior Director, Broadcom Corporation

M.A. Curriculum and Development, CSULB

B.A. Liberal Studies Elementary Education, CSULB

5th Grade Teacher – ELA, St. Junipero Serra Catholic School

B.A. Communications, CSUF

Retired Director of Talent Management, Ernst & Young