Meet the Sibshop Team
Erica Dresslar is an adult Sib, advocate, and care provider. She has a younger brother with Autism and they both live in the Lake Tahoe area. Erica was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, and graduated from the University of Southern California (USC) with a B.S. in Business Administration in 2012. She previously lived in San Francisco when she worked as a director at a global consulting firm. Erica has volunteered in the San Francisco and Lake Tahoe areas at non-profit organizations that support the disability community and their families. She currently is employed as an In-Home Supportive Services care provider. In her free time, she enjoys reading, snow skiing, playing tennis, hiking, and traveling. Erica is excited to offer Sibshops to support younger Sibs throughout Northern California.
Message from Erica: “I really wish I could have had the opportunity to participate in Sibshops in my youth, but I am so grateful to be able to offer Sibshops and support others as an adult Sib. Having a safe space to share and learn from each other is so valuable. It is really rewarding to connect with other Sibs who ‘just get it’ and to see the positive benefits that validation and community can offer us all no matter our age!”
Sarah Barukh is an adult Sib, and current Masters in Social Work (MSW) candidate studying at the University of Washington, Seattle. Sarah has experience with case management and community organizing and is excited to start her career as a therapist post-graduation. She received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles. Sarah has a younger brother, Alex, who lives in the Los Angeles area. They are both excited for her to move back this summer so they can continue some of their shared favorite pastimes: going out for ice cream and dancing to pop music.
Message from Sarah: “It’s important to know that even though our problems may look and feel different from our sibs, they are equally as important, and we deserve to have the space to share them with people who understand us. If you’re searching for that space, look no further!”
Amanda Macias is an adult Sib, and a Certified Speech Language Pathologist Assistant (C-SLPA). Amanda works full time in Glendale as a speech therapy assistant. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders from California State University Los Angeles and is currently enrolled in a Masters of Communicative Disorders (CDS) program at California State University Northridge. Amanda has an older brother with Autism, Albert, and they both live in the Los Angeles area. In Amanda’s free time, she loves reading, exercising, spending time with her friends and family, and supporting her brother at his Special Olympic Games.
Message from Amanda: “I am excited to be a part of this spectacular team of dedicated sibs and families who strive to support each other in all facets of life.”
Rachel Sing is the parent/caregiver of three teenagers/young adults. Her eldest has co-occurring neurodevelopmental conditions, including Autism. Before stepping away from her career to focus on her children, she worked with youth in underserved communities. She has a doctorate in education, with a focus on adolescent development, intersectional identity formation, and resilience. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to collaborate with compassionate, insightful adult Sibs to offer Sibshops. As a parent/caregiver, she appreciates the balancing act that parent/caregivers must finesse in a family with a child with a developmental or other disability, and hopes Sibshops will help lighten the load of
parent/caregivers, as well as brighten the journey of young Sibs. Rachel lives with her family, including two dogs, in San Francisco’s East Bay.
Message from Rachel: “I am grateful for our Sibshop team and know my younger two children would have benefited tremendously from Sibshops to connect with other Sibs and affirm shared experiences that are unique to Sibs.”