Our Team

Max Konan, M.A., Ed. SP.

President and Chief Executive Officer

Max has spent his career working with the disabled community. He earned a Life Time California Teaching Credential from Sonoma State University. Max also attended Sacramento State University where he completed a Masters of Arts in Education.

Throughout his career, Max has focused on implementing research based positive behavior modification strategies and creating meaningful programs for individuals with disabilities in Northern California.Before joining A Bright Future Inc., Max worked as an Education Specialist for California public school system.

Being the current President and Chief Executive Officer of ABF, Max is living to the catchphrase of the company and serves as an inspiration to both the participants and employees to Reach Higher.

TGan Holden

​Human Resources Manager

A Bachelor's Degree holder on Business Administration - HR Management Concentration at the University of California, Riverside, TGan is currently the HR Generalist of A Bright Future, Inc.

TGan loves working at A Bright Future, Inc. because she enjoys providing the staff with the resources they need to ensure their job satisfaction.

She believes that with ABF's staff being content, they are able to provide the best support the participants in the community.

Maricel Ancheta

Payroll Specialist

Maricel has Bachelor of Science in Accountancy degree in the Philippines. She has been working professionally for over 20 years having the General Accounting and Budget as her forte. Her vast experience working with the government paved way to a lot of skills and knowledge for her.

Maricel is currently running the Payroll Department of A Bright Future, Inc. As the Payroll Specialist, her primary responsibilities are to process and manage the entire in-house payroll process and ensure compliance with the State regulations.

Paul Alex Nocum

Billing Specialist

Paul is a BS Accountancy graduate from his homeland, the Philippines. He has been with some major Financial Institutions doing Accounting and Management during his 15 years banking stint. Paul is a Senior Tax Analyst in a Tax Company and is a commissioned Public Notary in California.

Paul is currently heading the Billing Department of A Bright Future, Inc. He is responsible for collecting and receiving incoming payments, managing the status of accounts and balances, and identifying inconsistencies.

Isaac Phaondy Konan

Asset Manager

Isaac is a young but dedicated and reliable college student with years of experience in caregiving and housekeeping. He has strong expertise in time management and developing systems to maximize efficiency.

Isaac is currently majoring in Health Science while managing the properties of the company. Being the Asset Manager, He oversees assets that are owned, leased and subleased by ABF.

Less talk, more work... that’s our Isaac.

Chanell Smith

​​SLS/ILS Case Management Supervisor
North Bay

She has many years of experience in the field of mental health which has helped her to provide support for very high need clients who are dually-diagnosed. She’s always willing to take on challenging and high need clients and help them receive services. She continues to excel and provide excellent leadership skills in a highly structured environment promoting behavioral intervention plans as well as with clients with developmental disabilities, serious maladaptive behaviors and/or moderate health issues. She’s dedicated to making A Bright Future bright!

April Gray

​​​Program Director – Day Program

April’s passion for those who are differently abled began at a young age. Her parents, grandparents, and aunt and uncle each operated a small group home in their personal homes. Holidays and family gatherings were large and joined by the wonderful bonus family members. This created a passion for April throughout her life to be surrounded by and provide services for people with disabilities.

April has served in the Human Services field since 1994. She began her career as a Direct Support Professional and continued to advance and gain knowledge in Applied Behavior Analysis, Management Development, and Program Design.

April brings her many years of leadership and coaching experience she gained while working with agencies throughout Sonoma, Napa, Solano, and Contra Costa counties to the team. She prides herself on fostering an organizational culture that is inclusive, supportive, flexible, and conducive to reaching organizational milestones.

Cassidy Smith

​​Program Director
Alta Sacramento

Cassidy has been working in the mental health field since 2008 in a wide range of specialty services including addiction counseling, behavior modification and TBI care management. She received her Bachelors Degree in Psychology while studying at Florida Southwestern State and continues to passionately pursue her education to become more familiar with our client's everchanging needs. Cassidy prefers a "hands-on" approach with clients and staff and enjoys helping them develop their independent living skills while encouraging them to consistently reach beyond their disability.

Natalie Smith

​​​Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Natalie Smith is Board Certified Behavior Analyst with 15 years of experience working with people with disabilities. She graduated from Sacramento State University, Sacramento with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and went on to earn a Master’s in Teaching Administration with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis. She has been board certified with the Behavior Analytic Certification Board since 2015.

Natalie specializes in the implementation of evidence-based positive behavior supports (including antecedent intervention, reinforcing positive behaviors, functional alternative response training), autism-specific interventions and training, and staff training and education.

Natalie spends her free time giving back to her community via volunteer work, hiking with her dogs, and working on her physical fitness. Natalie is a powerful force in the workplace and uses her positive attitude to encourage others to work hard and succeed. She is inspired by the mission of A Bright Future and is excited to bring positive behavior change to participants and staff alike.

Becky Chaco

Quality Assurance Specialist

Beckyann Chaco is from the beautiful island of Guam. She was a Medical Assistant and never imagined her career would be in assisting adults with Developmental Disabilities in her younger years. She moved around a lot after high school and finally made a move to the Bay Area in 2017.

Upon moving, she immediately landed a job within A Bright Future. Her skills and attitude paved way to her promotion as a Coordinator from being a Community Living Instructor within months of being with ABF.

Becky is currently heading the Quality Assurance Department. She has a mindset of anything can be done within responsible margins and to always assume positive intent. She has no intentions on being or doing anything else. She will remain with A Bright Future inc. for awhile because she loves what she does and she is here for a reason.