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.
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.
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