Richard Robles joined the STE team in 2011 with extensive special education experience as a para-educator (7 years), during which he worked closely with students with various special needs ages 2 to 22 years. Richard completed his first Master of Education degree in Educational Assessment and Evaluation (M.Ed.) in 2008. Richard earned his Master of Science degree in Applied Behavior Analysis with an emphasis in Autism Spectrum Disorder in 2014, and is pursuing requirements to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Richard has worked in the ABA field for 3 ¾ years performing direct services, assessments, and currently staff training. Richard shared that what excites him most about staff training is being able to practice, teach and observe ABA skills beyond the academic and classroom setting and within family’s homes and communities.
Maricela Garcia-Plascencia has been a member of the Training Team since the beginning of 2015, and has also provided support for staff for over a year. Maricela joined the STE Consultants team upon graduating from the University of California, Davis with a Master of Science in Child Development in 2012. She is pursuing requirements to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, is fluent in Spanish, and shared that she takes joy in seeing staff’s continual improvement in program implementation, which has a huge impact for the clients and families we serve.
Jacob Sosine joined STE Consultants with supervisory experience as a program supervisor in a day program for adults with special needs. Jake earned a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from California State University, Chico, and is currently pursuing a Master of Science from Florida Institute of Technology and the requirements to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Jacob’s experience ranges from working with young children to adults with a variety of special needs in schools and in home settings. Jacob shared he appreciates the collaborative and supportive role that being a Trainer provides, and he is excited to help develop skills of staff who are looking to make an impact on the lives of clients we serve.
Nancy received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Florida International University in 2009 and since then has delved into the Applied Behavior Analysis workforce. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Education with a concentration in ABA from Arizona State University. Upon her Master's completion in May 2015 and fulfillment of experience and supervision hours, Nancy plans to sit for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Altogether, she has worked in clinical, home, and school settings. Nancy has experience working with children ages 2-12 diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities.
Alyssa attended Patten University where she received her B.A. in Liberal Studies in 2013. She is currently completing her Master’s in Education with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from Arizona State University with an anticipated graduation in May 2015. She began working as a behavior technician in 2012. She became a Clinical Intern in Behavior Analysis in 2014. Currently she is working on completing the requirements to sit for the BCBA exam.
Laura has been working with individuals with autism spectrum disorders and related developmental disabilities since 2008. She has experience working in school facilities as well as providing in-home intensive services. Laura received her B.A. in Psychology from Sonoma State University in 2006. She received her Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from Arizona State University in 2014. Laura is also Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
Michelle has been working with children and adults with a variety of developmental disabilities since 2007. Her experiences range from independent living facilities, acute care, school facilities, and in-home intensive services. Michelle received her B.A. in Psychology from U.C. Santa Cruz in 2008. She received her M.A. in Special Education with an emphasis in the Moderate/ Severe population and also received certification in the Autism Spectrum program at San Francisco State University in 2013. Michelle is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
Jillian graduated from UC Davis with a B.A. in English and a minor in Religious Studies. She has always had a passion for writing and someday hopes to write a children's book. In the past she has been a medical transcriptionist, and in this role she helped doctors maintain their medical practices by typing and editing their medical reports. Jillian loves bringing new therapist talent to STE in her role as Recruiting Coordinator!
When Jillian is not working, you can find her nerding out about English language and linguistics, watching movies, laughing at stand-up comedy, or spending time with her friends
Anna has been working in the field of ABA since 2007, primarily with children diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder age 18 months-13 years. After earning her B.A. in Psychology from Notre Dame de Namur University she worked with children in an Early Intervention home program as well as a 1:1 aide in private and public school settings. Additionally, her experience includes understanding the methodologies of ABA, working closely with Clinical Directors in developing and maintaining programs for the Early Intervention and 3-10 programs, and conducting individualized training for staff.
Melissa Thompson, M.S., BCBA is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who began working with individuals with developmental disabilities in 2004. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley in 2006 and her Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from Auburn University in 2012. Melissa works with individuals with developmental disabilities ages 16 months to 21 years, supporting families, therapeutic, and educational teams in homes, schools, and community settings. As Director of Staff Training, Melissa is dedicated to guiding the Training Team in providing competency-based training to improve the quality of ABA therapeutic services provided to ultimately improve clients' and their families' quality of life. Melissa has a breadth of professional experience in the areas of parent, staff and teacher training; toilet training for children and young adults; early intervention; assessing and reducing problematic behavior, and improving communication and social skills.
Jenelle attended Eastern Michigan University where she received her B.A. in Psychology. She completed her masters in Applied Behavior Analysis at Florida Institute of Technology where she conducted research on rates of skill acquisition with children whom had been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. She has been working in the field of ABA since 2009. Her experience includes in-home intensive services, in clinic based services, full-inclusion model preschool services, telecommunication health, and school facilities. Jenelle is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
Gina graduated as a member of the Smittcamp Family Honors College with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies from California State University, Fresno. She then earned a M.A. in Psychology with an option in Applied Behavior Analysis. Her experiences include clinic-based services for children with autism, in-home intensive services for individuals with varying diagnoses, in-home consultation for adults with disabilities and their care providers, and school-based consultation. Gina also has researched and collaborated with other professionals in the development of technology-based communication systems. Gina is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
Penelope graduated from Emory University with B.A.s in both Psychology and French. She received her Master of Science degree in Psychology with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis and Developmental Disabilities from Auburn University. Penelope has been working with individuals with autism spectrum disorders and related developmental disabilities since 2004. Her experience ranges from full-inclusion model preschool programs, to in-home intensive services, residential home and school facilities, and day programs for adults with mental retardation. Penelope is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
Nirupa Fenn graduated from Texas A & M University, Commerce with a B.S. in Psychology and Counseling. She received her Masters in Psychology with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of the Pacific. Nirupa has been working with a range of individuals in various settings for the past 6 years. Her experience includes working in group homes for children with emotional disorders, residential care facilities for individuals with mental illness, crisis homes for individuals with developmental disabilities, schools, homes, and community re-entry programs.
Natasha has been working with individuals with developmental disabilities since 2005. She received her B.A. in Psychology from U.C. Santa Barbara in 2007 and her Master's and teaching credential in Early Childhood Special Education from San Francisco State University in 2011. Her experience includes working with children and adults with a variety of developmental disabilities in a range of settings including residential care facilities, schools, and homes. Natasha loves working with children and making a positive difference in their lives.
Michelle received her BAs in Political Science and Sociology from U.C. Berkeley in 2007. She received her Master’s in Social Welfare, specializing in health from U.C. Berkeley in 2009. Her experience includes working as an elementary school counselor, facilitating social skills groups for kids with mild to moderate disabilities. She enjoys running, Muay Thai, reading, and spending time with her family.
Kim Romick graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a M.A. in Psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis. Kim has been working with individuals with developmental disabilities for 11 years. Her experience includes working in non-public schools and a residential facility for children with emotional disorders, consultation for public schools and regional centers, and working for a non-public agency. Kim is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. In her spare time, Kim can be found spending time with her family, or playing competitive soccer.
Hilary has been working with individuals with developmental disabilities and their families since 2004. She graduated from Rollins College in Winter Park, FL with a B.S. in Psychology. In Florida, she worked in Early Intervention home programs, residential facilities, and at a school for individuals with ASD. She received her Master of Science degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Northeastern University while working at the New England Center for Children’s campuses in both Boston and Abu Dhabi. In Boston, she worked primarily in Early Intervention programs. Her time in Abu Dhabi was split between Early Intervention programs and center-based programs for school-aged children. Hilary is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
Hannorah has been working in the field of ABA since 2002, primarily with children diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum. She worked in Early Intervention home programs while earning her B.A. in Psychology at UC Davis, then continued her work with children with a variety of special needs in the school setting in London, England. She pursued her Masters of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis at Northeastern University, where she completed her clinical work at the New England Center for Children. She followed that program abroad to Abu Dhabi to help open the first classroom at NECC-AD. She graduated in 2009, moved back to the States, and joined STE. She is happy to be back by the Bay, working with this amazing team and these wonderful kids! Hannorah is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
DeAnna provides Clinical and Administrative support to the teams operating within STE Consultants. Through the years she has worked with children on the Autism Spectrum in a variety of settings including in homes, public schools, community mental health agencies, and a Non-Public School for children with behavior disorders. She has worked in Behavior Analysis for over 9 years and has lived in both Hawaii and Vermont before settling in California. DeAnna can provide Functional Behavior Assessments, consultation, intensive trainings for parents and staff as well as individualized ABA based programs for students in homes and public schools. DeAnna manages new referrals, contracts, school district support, as well as supporting the Clinical and Training teams within STE. DeAnna is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
Sarah knew that Applied Behavior Analysis was what she wanted to do for a career as an undergraduate at Gonzaga University. Sarah completed her Masters Degree in Special Education with an emphasis on vocational education for adults with developmental disabilities in 2001. Sarah became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2004, the same year she founded her agency, STE Consultants. In addition to her work at STE Consultants Sarah has been a guest lecturer at San Francisco State University, has trained special educators and behavior analysts internationally and is a frequent presenter at regional and national conferences.
Sarah is also very involved with Health Insurance issues related to ABA practitioners. She has lead numerous workshops and webinars that have trained practitioners to successfully work with health insurance companies.
Sarah is an elected board member of the California Association for Behavior Analysis - www.calaba.org. Sarah also serves on the Board of Directors for the Global Autism Project - www.globalautismproject.org and ABPathfinder - www.abpathfinder.com.