Board of Directors
Rob brings to his role over 25 years of experience in the private sector, having successfully founded, financed, and eventually sold two separate companies in the high-tech and management services field. Rob is active in the investments world as managing director of Robert L Lapides Co, a boutique private equity investment management firm, where he oversees several private equity funds. Previously, he was Managing Director of OmniHolding A.G. in Zurich, Switzerland and CEO of OmniProperty, Inc. in New York City. He also played competitive tennis for several years, having competed in a number of satellite, qualifier, and main draw professional tour events. When he’s not looking after his investment activity, you can find him on the tennis court overseeing his tennis academy or providing board level assistance to several commercial and nonprofit organizations. Rob earned his Bachelor of Science and MBA degrees in International Business & Strategic Management from Babson College in Wellesley, MA.
Founder / Executive Director
Peter Kotsifas, CPA
Mira Tamir Spiegel
Rebecca began playing tennis at the age of six after her mother exhausted all other sports options. Coaches in other sports did not want to work with her due to not being able to understand her since she was nonverbal. She did years of speech therapy and eventually graduated. Rebecca credits tennis for helping her find her voice and giving her a safe space. Rebecca played collegiate tennis (Augustana University) and now wants to give back to the sport that has given her so much. She is a recent graduate of ASU Law with a Masters degree in Sports Law and Business and serves on the USTA National Adaptive Tennis Committee. She is a co-program director of the Phoenix ACEing location.
Nancy Caroline Meidel
Nancy brings broad skills and thought-leadership to ACEing Autism, embodying a deep commitment and passion for philanthropy. Her dedication extends to supporting meaningful causes that encompass both pediatric healthcare and medical research at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, with a particular focus on advancing methodologies in pediatric cardiovascular surgery and the education of dedicated cardiac nursing teams for improving heart surgery outcomes. Additionally, she actively contributes to ensuring underserved families gain access to essential life necessities and medical access.
Nancy has served as a patient parent ambassador for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles for 14 years and has played pivotal roles on various governing boards and committees, demonstrating her fervent advocacy for children’s welfare. Beyond her contributions to healthcare, Nancy is a proactive advocate for women’s rights, equality, and increased access to venture capital for women entrepreneurs. She articulates her profound dedication to service as her life’s purpose, driving her involvement in initiatives that make a positive impact on society.
Her professional journey commenced at American International Group, where she served as an executive for 14 years, holding the position of Vice President of their Commercial Insurance Finance division. Thereafter, undertook the challenge of building a team from ground up for a new business within Credit Suisse’s Investment Banking Fixed Income Group. In this role, she focused on structuring Life Insurance Financing loans, managing death bond instruments and overseeing the sales of time-sensitive life insurance portfolios to secondary markets – a task requiring delicate risk balancing. Her success in establishing this specialized business in Los Angeles positioned she and her team to be one of the most profitable new markets for Credit Suisse in the country.
Nancy earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications with an emphasis in International Political Science and Macro Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Family holds a special place in Nancy’s life, and alongside her husband Greg, she is the proud parent of two children, Katelyn and Blake. The family actively participates in the ACEing Autism program in Southern California, where they have witnessed the transformative impact of athletic sports on their daughter’s developmental progress and social interactions. The profound sense of interconnectedness with peers has brought about extraordinary changes in her daughter’s life. Nancy is filled with gratitude as she joins the Board of ACEing Autism, a special team dedicated to advocating for children with special needs.
Matt Schleichkorn passed away on June 26, 2023, and is remembered by his family and friends. Matt was always a positive and caring person, who greatly contributed to the success of ACEing Autism. To read more about his contributions, CLICK HERE.