Dean's Cabinet Member
Otieno Okatch is President and CEO of Per Ankh Life Skills, Inc. dba PALS, Inc., a leading provider of specialized day services for adults with intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities (IDD). Their core competency is serving adults who have a history of trauma and behavioral challenges adapting to ordinary routines and activities of daily living; and also supporting persons who may have a secondary diagnosis of a Mental health Disorder. PALS operates facilities licensed by the State of California as well as community-based operations in Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties.
Upon completing college, Mr. Okatch served as a Therapist for adolescents in foster care settings and as a behavior consultant. He managed residential, adult day care programs, and now he is directing PALS since its founding. Mr. Okatch has extensive experience in conducting functional assessment, formulating behavioral support plans/protocols, and providing behavior modification training for people (individuals and families) in a variety of work settings. Mr. Okatch is fluent in English and Kiswahili.
A graduate of UC Santa Barbara in 1992, Mr. Okatch holds a B.A. in English. He then earned a M.A. in African Studies and Public Health from UCLA, followed by a M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University.