XciteSteps Employee Profiles: Matt Winkley

FILED IN: Our Staff
Name: Matt Winkley
Title: Co-Founder
Location: San Diego, CA

Staff Profile:

Matthew Winkley, co-founder and executive director of Xcite Steps, grew up in a large family in Connecticut. His parents founded an agency called Brian House Inc, an integrated behavioral treatment, socialization, and community based residential programs for teens and adults with autism spectrum disorders & diagnosed developmental disabilities. In the early 1980’s it was uncommon to find an agency that provided exceptional autism spectrum services that displayed integrity and dignity to every individual involved in the programs. Brian House set the bar for what Matt wanted to generate in San Diego.

Matt began working at Brian House at 10 years old. He would accompany the various recreational and vocational programs designed for the clients of Brian House. Later, in his teens, he managed a range of programs. He now has over 25 years of experience in this field, and working this model of behavioral treatment, socialization, and therapeutic recreational programs. His hope is to not only replicate, but to improve upon the model in which he grew up. Recognizing the need for passionate people to better the lives of those around him, Matt gained insight into the nature of autism spectrum disorders and effective means of reaching those afflicted.

While his early years granted Matt certain insights and comfort with autism spectrum disorders, it was his own struggles with learning that provided the empathy so critical to reaching the people he serves. He spent his formative years coming to terms with his own learning difficulties and his experience led him to coin the phrase, “a foot in both worlds.” Put simply, his experience middling between the “normal kids,” yet feeling marginalized due to his own difficulties, further enhanced his desire to serve others. He decided “all people” need a place free of stigmatization where they could acquire new skills free of external judgment.

With athletics, hard work, and the appropriate tutelage, Matt surmounted his difficulties and graduated with a degree in social work from Salve Regina University as well as a Masters Degree in Divinity from the University of Spiritual Healing & Sufism. With a tireless work ethic, loads of experience, and the pedigree to serve those around him, Xcite Steps is overjoyed to have Matt heading a program that is so obviously needed. His incredible desire to make a difference coupled with his own dream to broker hope and acceptance is truly inspiring.

Our Services are available in the following areas:

San Diego (North)

  • Oceanside
  • Carlsbad
  • Rancho Santa Fe
  • San Marcos
  • Camp Pendleton
  • Escondido
  • Vista

San Diego (Central)

  • La Jolla
  • Clairemont
  • Downtown
  • Poway
  • Mira Mesa
  • Coronado

East County

  • Santee
  • Lakeside
  • La Mesa
  • Spring Valley
  • El Cajon
  • Paradise Hills

South Bay

  • Eastlake
  • Chula Vista
  • National City
  • Bonita
  • Imperial Beach
  • Otay Mesa

Temecula Region

  • Murrieta
  • Lake Elsinore
  • Menifee
  • Fallbrook