Executive Team

Meet Our Executive Team

Via Services is led by a wonderful management team with diverse backgrounds in special needs, business, and therapy. They are committed to our mission of helping individuals with disabilities and special needs achieve greater self-sufficiency and lead richer lives.

Matt Bell

Matt Bell

Executive Director

Matt is the Executive Director of Via Services. He is responsible for the management and direction of all aspects of Via including the Via West and First Step programs, advancement, administration, and strategic direction. He joined Via in 2019 and brings more than 25 years of experience in marketing, business development, fundraising, and non-profit leadership to the organization.

Matt earned his B.A. in political science from San Jose State University. As the father of a child with developmental disabilities, he has been a part of the special needs community for the past 20 years.

Matt served on the Board of Directors for Via Services from 2009-2015. He is also a longtime member of the Rotary Club of San Jose where he served on the committee that conceived, designed, fund raised, and built the Rotary PlayGarden – a $6 million universally accessible playground in San Jose’s Guadalupe Riverpark where people of all abilities can play side by side. Most recently, he was the Executive Director of Cristo Rey San Jose Work Study, Inc., an internship program for low-income, underserved high school students in which students work one day per week in Silicon Valley companies. There, he developed partnerships with more than 90 companies and brought in $3.5 million in annual revenue.

Matt resides in Santa Cruz with his two daughters, Grace and Charlotte.

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Leslie Davis

Leslie Davis

Vice President

Leslie is the Vice President. She joined Via in 2011 as the director of Via West before becoming the Vice President of Programs in 2012. In 2014, she transitioned into the role of chief executive officer. In 2018, she decided to take a step back to spend more time with her growing family and transitioned into her current role.

Leslie received her B.A. in Spanish from Santa Clara University and her M.A. in special education and rehabilitative counseling from San Jose State University.

Leslie has extensive experience working with the special needs population. She worked as the special education manager at Rocketship Schools, an organization dedicated to closing the achievement gap of low income students. She also owned a private counseling practice in San Jose dedicated to vocational rehabilitation and transition counseling for those with special needs and those with work-related injuries.

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Jennifer Baird

Jennifer Baird

Director, First Step

Jennifer oversees our clinics’ speech and occupational therapy program as well as Via’s Early Start assessment team . She originally worked in the First Step program from 2003-2007 and returned in 2017 as a speech-language pathologist before assuming her current role of Director in 2019.

Jennifer received her B.A. and M.A. in communicative disorders at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA. She has received training in PROMPT, PECS Level I, Talk Tools courses, and Hanen and Social Thinking courses.

Jennifer has 15 years of experience working with children and their families with a variety of communication needs in private clinics, preschools, early intervention programs, school district contracts, and outpatient programs. She has also earned 2 consecutive ASHA Awards for Continuing Education.

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Julie Kling

Julie Kling

Controller

Julie is the Controller for Via Services and is responsible for all things finance and accounting related. She joined Via in October 2020 after working at Via’s outsourced nonprofit accounting firm, FASS (Financial Administrative Support Services), for 7 years. Via was Julie’s client at FASS for 2 years prior to her joining the organization full-time.

Julie attended California State Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo where she obtained her B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting and a minor in Psychology. Julie holds a Certified Public Accountant license from the State of California, and is a member of the California Society of CPA’s.

Prior to doing nonprofit accounting, Julie was a financial statement auditor who worked at local, regional, and national CPA firms. Julie brings more than 15 years of accounting, finance, and nonprofit business best practice experience to Via.

While at FASS, Julie worked with many nonprofit clients in a variety of sectors including social services, agriculture, fair housing, military support, and private foundations. Julie currently serves on the board of directors for Operation: Care & Comfort.

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Joan Ryan

Joan Ryan

Director of Human Resources

​Joan is the Director of Human Resources for Via Services. She joined Via’s leadership team in 2020 to provide expertise in the areas of talent acquisition, organizational development, employee engagement, and HR operations.

Joan earned her B.S. in Recreation Administration from CSU, Chico. She is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR-HRCI) and is certified in Strategic Talent Acquisition (STA-HCI).

Via Services’ mission of helping people achieve self-sufficiency and lead richer lives resonates deeply for Joan. Prior to her 15+ year career in Human Resources, she was a camp director and a recreation leader, working with children and adults with disabilities in under served communities. Now that she is no longer in direct care, she is passionate about supporting those that are. Most recently, Joan was the Talent Acquisition Manager at AbilityPath in San Mateo County. She also recruited for high tech companies here in Silicon Valley.

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