Reuben Zarate

In 2011, Reuben retired from the California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) after 30 years of service. During that time, he worked extensively and directly with clients at Agnews Developmental Center who represented the full spectrum of developmental disabilities. With an expertise in effective treatment and management of behaviors, Reuben served on the Behavioral Management Training Team where he trained not only staff at Agnews in Santa Clara but also those from other developmental centers across the state. Reuben later served with the DDS’ Regional Projects, responsible for the transition of clients into community homes, both locally and throughout the state.

Given his background, connecting with Morgan Autism Center was a natural fit for Reuben. Reuben’s wife had the good fortune to meet fellow board member, Lindley Zink, in 2001 through the Silicon Valley Leadership program. Lindley was seeking potential candidates for the Morgan Autism Center’s Board and she referred him to Reuben. Reuben subsequently joined and served enthusiastically for a few years until work-related travel requirements demanded most of his time.

In 2014, his path crossed with Morgan Autism Center again, when he visited with Executive Director, Brad Boardman, about volunteering with the Adult Program. Almost immediately, Reuben received a call from Lindley asking him to join the board again. Without hesitation, Reuben agreed because he knew how important Morgan Autism Center is to the community.

In addition to serving on Morgan Autism Center’s Board, Reuben is still professionally active. He advises caregivers about therapeutic recreation services and provides behavioral training and positive reinforcement courses to staff of day programs and residential care homes.

Reuben has been happily married for over 45 years and he and his wife spend their free time traveling, gardening, playing golf, fishing and remodeling their home…when they aren’t visiting their grandchildren.