Claudia is a Board Certified Behavior Analysts and has been in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis ever since she fell in love with her behavior analysis courses as an undergrad at Florida International University in 2009. At the time, she had been working as a private tutor with children ages 6-8 helping them prepare for exams and complete reading and math assignments. Once she began to learn about ABA and its practical implications, she could not wait to start being able to use these techniques to help others succeed. She has since worked with individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities ranging from ages 2 to 55 in homes and school settings. She graduated with her Bachelor’s degree with a concentration in Behavior Analysis in 2010. In 2012, she became a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) and at the same time began obtained her Master’s degree in Behavior Analysis at FIU. Mrs. Quintana has provided services to over 60 families and has worked in various schools in Miami Dade and Broward counties. She feels fortunate to have found a company that shares her beliefs and provides unlimited support to their staff and clients. She is glad to say that she is a part of the Crystal Minds Team! And may we add that she is not only “a part of CMNB but a “HUGE” part of Crystal Minds!
Jonathan Plaza is a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) who was introduced to the field of Behavior Analysis through a professor at FIU. He found a genuine interest in the field and soon after, became Behavior Technician working in home settings; a decision that ultimately changed his career path. After completing his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, he joined the Special Education Master’s Program at the University of Miami. This program focused on age appropriate development, and it made him a more well rounded professional in the field of special needs. Shortly after completing his BCaBA, he joined Crystal Minds. He envisioned an opportunity where he would be able to apply what he has learned in the field of ABA and Special needs to provide positive life changes. As a member of the Crystal Minds team, he has had the opportunity to be part of an interdisciplinary team focused on providing support to professionals working with the special needs population. The ability to work directly with children and witness the positive changes that occur in their lives, is definitely the most gratifying aspect and motivating force for him in this field.
Tania is currently attending FIU working on her bachelors in psychology. She wishes to specialize in behavior therapy and become a BCaBA in the near future . She loves children and is excited to be able to make a difference in a child’s life. She has been working with CMNB for almost a year and a half and has shown competence as well as passion in working with our families.
Jacquelyn Ingar also known as “Jacqui” is a half Puerto Rican and Peruvian, born in Miami. She graduated with her Bachelor’s in Psychology and a Master’s in Exceptional Student Education. She began working in the ABA field as a Behavioral Assistant for about 3 years and have been with CMNB for 2 and a half now. Jacqui states that “working with CMNB has brought her so much knowledge and motivation to become a BCBA”. Which his why she is currently taking her certification classes to increase her knowledge and experience further! Jacqui has attended ABA conferences and shares CMNB’s passion of making a difference in the world. And indeed she has!
Jackeline is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst ( BCBA) who started working with children diagnosed with autism, developmental delays, as well as other behavioral disorders, and she remembers thinking how lucky she was to make a difference in their lives. She loves being a part her clients’ development while helping them work through their challenges. She also enjoys working with the parents in order to help them continue to reinforce their child’s new positive changes. She has seen the wonderful results of ABA interventions and truly believes in their ability to decrease maladaptive behaviors by replacing them with appropriate ones. Jackie has joined the CMNB team in conferences, workshops and events and is actively involved in the Autism community.
Yuraci Berta is a senior at FIU majoring in psychology. She is also a Registered Behavior Technician, but her goals are to further her studies and graduate with a Bachelor’s in psychology by the end of summer ’16. She also intends to obtain an ABA masters degree and become a BCBA. And lastly she aims to eventually pursue my doctorate in developmental psychology. She took an interest in this field when she saw a video of Skinner improving the behavior of inmates in my general psychology course, and her curiosity grew once she learned more about the science in a behavioral analysis course at FIU. Once she got a taste of working in the field, she knew she had to pursue this as my career. She has fallen in love working with children and most of all, she’s gained a grand admiration working as an RBT. Most importantly, she has the pleasure of showing the children she works with how to reach a certain level of independence and how to adapt into their community; that in itself is a gift. As a member of CMNB, she aspires to share and collect creative ideas from everyone in the TEAM as well as collectively work together support one another while working with families.
Gretel Diaz is a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the Florida International University. Gretel has over four years of experience working with children under the Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and typical children in the foster program. Her experience consists of conducting behavioral assessments, development and implementation of individualized behavior programs to increase language, social, academic and independent living skills, as well as reducing problem behaviors by teaching replacement behaviors, to a range of children from 2 years old to 15 years old. In addition, she has conducted parent training programs and staff trainings. Currently, she is pursuing her Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis at Capella University, where she would be graduating in December 2017 to then become a BCBA. Her passion for ABA and the love for children drive her work. She is in a constant state of learning to become better in her profession and provide her clients with the best practice.
Bianca is a Registered Behavior Technician and Behavior Assistant for CMNB. Bianca graduated from Nova Southeastern University with a Masters of Science in Developmental Disabilities and a concentration in Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis. Her Bachelors Degree in Biology was also completed at NSU. She first developed a passion in the field while working at The Child Development Center of America, a developmental pediatrician’s office which specializes in the treatment of children and adolescents with developmental concerns. Since beginning working with CMNB, she has implemented direct ABA therapy with our clients and has gained a great deal of experience doing so. She absolutely loves what she does!!! She is expected to sit for her board exam this year in hopes to be added to CMNB’s list of BCBA’s!
Khadija McCarthy graduated from Clark Atlanta University in 2014 with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology. During her undergraduate career, she was introduced to behavior analysis by one of her professors, while completing her independent research. Khadija later went on to work as a Behavioral Youth Counselor before relocating to the South Florida area. Khadija is now pursuing a career in Applied Behavior Analysis & is a first year graduate student, studying Mental Health Counseling at Nova Southeastern University. Khadija wishes to pursue her BCBA once she graduates from Nova and become a BCBA at CMNB.
Sherry Vaquero is a Board Certified assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) who was born and raised and currently lives in Miami. She graduated from FIU in 2014 with a BA in psychology and is currently working on her Masters at Nova Southeastern University. She began working in the field of behavior analysis 3 years ago at FIU’s summer treatment program. She has worked with young children diagnosed with Autism and is truly grateful for all the experiences she has shared with them, experiences that have also helped her grow as a clinician. Helping families and young children is the most rewarding part of her job and she states that she “wouldn’t trade it”. Her ultimate goal is to become a BCBA once she completes her Masters!
I recently graduated from FIU with a Bachelor’s in Psychology at the top of my class, while raising my 6 year old little girl, and working over 35 hours a week as a Registered Behavior Technician and a Peer Consultant. During my first semester at FIU my passion was in Forensic Psychology, during this time I took the introductory course to Behavior Analysis. As time progressed I fell in love with the course, I met a friend in class who worked for Crystal Minds New Beginning, and I began inquiring about what her job entailed, she spoke about her job with such passion. I’ve always loved the idea of working with children and helping them work towards a brighter future. I began my internship in December of 2013, and I must say it’s the best decision I’ve ever made. My job is so rewarding, being able to make a difference in a child’s life is the best feeling in the world. Fortunately, I have a job in which I cannot wait to wake up the next day and go to; and you know what they say “when you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.” I have now been working in the field for 2 years with Crystal Minds and I have had the pleasure of working with a great team of analysts and therapists who I have learned a great deal from. I cannot wait to begin studying in order to sit for the BCaBA exam!
Sheila Rivera is a Board Certified assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) who graduated from Florida International University (FIU) in 2013. While at Fiu she interned in their summer treatment program ( STP) where she had the opportunity to do early intervention with children from age 2-4 years- old. The children’s diagnoses ranged from Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Conduct Disorder, Oppositional-Defiant Disorder, learning problems, and related behavior problems.
After the program she felt sure of becoming a BCBA. Thereafter, she obtained a bachelors in psychology with a specification in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). She is currently pursuing her masters degree in Developmental Disabilities with a concentration in ABA. She plans to take her boards and become a BCBA as well as to continue learning and aiding individuals merge into a least restrictive environment, through ABA, so they can be part of the community. Through ABA principles their behavior will be modified and they may lead independent happy lives.
Alexandra a native Peruvian who has always enjoyed taking care and interacting with children. She began volunteering in a day care with her peers in order to get our CDA certification. She also volunteered in a summer camp in 2010 working with children from 4-14. Through working in the day care she gained an interest in working with learning disabilities.
In FIU she decided to pursue this interest through psychology. Taking the intro to experimental analysis of behavior opened her eyes to ABA therapy and ever since then she has been doing whatever she can to enter the field. After a year working at Crystal Minds New Beginning and she states that she feels “at home, enjoying what she loves to do, especially when she sees the difference I am making”. And what a difference that is! Alexandra is pursuing her BCaBA and is attending as well as facilitating a study group. She is also a peer consultant at CMNB as well as a well respected and admired clinician.
Marci Nelson is currently majoring in Early Childhood Education at Miami Dade College and is also pursuing her newfound passion for ABA therapy. Ever since she was a young girl, she knew she wanted to work with children and help them grow and better themselves. Once she began working in the behavioral therapy field, she states that she “absolutely fell in love”! She is happy to be doing something that fulfills her and allows the children and families she works with the ability to show progress in such profound ways. She cannot wait to continue to better the lives of those around her and make strong connections with each child that she works with! Marci is energetic, empathetic and has a great passion for behavior analysis. She has worked in schools as a substitute teacher and has experience working with other professionals as well as parents.
Jacquelyn Molina is a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) who began working as an Assistant Behavior Therapist in August of 2012 with Crystal Minds New Beginning Inc. She has experience working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, and ADHD, ranging from childhood to adulthood. Her experience also extends to typically developing children in the school setting. In 2013, she graduated from Florida International University with a BA in Psychology, specializing in Applied Behavior Analysis.
Vanessa Valdenegro is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and has been working in the Applied Behavior Analysis field since 2012. She completed her undergraduate degree at Florida International University with a focus on Applied Behavior Analysis and a Master of Science Degree in Developmental Disabilities with a certificate in Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis from Nova Southeastern University. Before completing her BCBA certificate, Vanessa was certified as Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA), which provided her with the training needed to transition into the role of a BCBA. Vanessa has presented on various topics in Applied Behavior Analysis to future behavior analysts and parents.
While undecided about a career choice while completing her undergraduate degree, Vanessa discovered Applied Behavior Analysis and fell in love with the pragmatic nature of the science. Since then Vanessa has focused her career on the early intervention population focusing on behavior reduction and increasing verbal behavior skills. Vanessa has worked in several different settings throughout South Florida, including in home settings, school settings, and therapy centers.
Eloisa Pantoja is a BCaBA (Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst) and has been in the field of applied behavior analysis since 2009. She is originally from Colombia and fluent in English and Spanish. Her experience has been with children ages 2 to 16 mostly with autism, but she has also worked with pre-school and grade school children that are typical presenting with behavior problems in the classroom. Eloisa is very passionate about the field of behavior analysis and is advancing her education by pursuing her Masters of Science (MS) in psychology with a concentration in applied behavior analysis. When Eloisa is done with her MS Summer 2017, she will take her Board examination to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Eloisa plans to continue helping children learn to communicate in an appropriate manner, decreasing their problem behaviors, as well as teaching them proper replacement behaviors in order to improve their quality of life.
Jessica Valencia graduated from FIU with a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice. She is currently at NOVA University working on her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis. She discovered her love for behavior analysis when she began volunteering at an equine therapy ranch and was able to participate in the Special Olympics. She has worked with children since high school and really enjoys being around them. She is currently working on her hours towards certification, to be able to sit for the exam by the end of the year.
Catalina Triana, originally from Bogota, Colombia and raised in Miami, FL graduated in 2010 with a bachelor in Psychology, and has worked with children doing volunteer work at her local church upon graduation. Back in 2012 after having her child, she realized how much therapy helped with not only his speech delay but also his behavior at school and home. She began her career shortly after she had her son, by working as BA for children with Autism and has realized how passionate and eager she is to learn and gain more experience in the field. She is currently taking her RBT certification board test as well as take her remaining courses to eventually sit for her BCaBA exam. She is hard working and compassionate. And she strives to educate children and families about the advantages of behavior therapy and how this can improve the quality of their life. She feels blessed and honored to be able to join the CMNB team and is ready to learn and make a difference in more families and their children life.
Bethania Carrión is a Doctoral Student Clinician at Albizu University seeking her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy. D) with a concentration in children. She is also a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) seeking her Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) certification.
Bethania obtained her Bachelor degree in Psychology in 2013 at Florida International University, where she took Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) courses. Soon after she achieved her Master of Science in Psychology (M.S.) in route to the Psy. D.,Bethania continued seeking ABA education by enrolling in theMaster level program at Florida Institute of Technology.
She has clinical experience providing psychological services to children, adolescents, and adults in both English and Spanish. Bethania has acquired professional training in providing individual therapy and couples therapy. She also conducts psychoeducational and neuropsychological assessments. Her area of interest involves working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, and Major Depressive Disorders.
She is very passionate about working with children and their parents. She began providing ABA home services to children that encountered behavioral, communicational, and daily living challenges with the aim to improve their quality of life! She has provided parent training on behavioral modification to help the children generalize learned skills and decrease undesired behaviors.
Natalie Odio is a Behavioral Assistant who received her Bachelors in Psychology from Florida International University. Natalie has worked in the field of applied behavior analysis for almost one year, providing one to one therapy with children who have been diagnosed with a developmental disability, specifically autism. Natalie has had the opportunity to shadow other clinicians in a school setting, as well as most recently participating in the social skills group training at CMNB. Natalie is very passionate about the change that behavior therapy brings to each client and has begun taking the coursework necessary to advance in the field as a BCaBA. Natalie is looking forward to her ABA journey at CMNB!
Maylen Munoz is a BCBA who graduated from FIT with a Masters of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis. Where she has worked at CMNB Audit the past four years and has worked with various populations as well as was different roles. She is currently one of CMNB’s oversight analysts.
Eimi Mejia is an RBT (Registered Behavior Technician). One of the unique things about her is that she is born and raised in Japan and have moved to United States (Miami) in May 2011. She has been working in the applied analysis field since August 2015, and loves what she does. She loves that she gets to be a part of people’s life in a positive way and bring the best out of others. Nothing makes her happier than when she sees her clients learn to do things independently, and when parents report huge successes they experience with their children when she is not around. She looks to continuously excel in this field and provide the best service possible for our clients.
Patricia Espinoza has been working with CMNB for almost a year, showing responsibility, respect and passion towards her clients and their families. She is currently attending the FIT online Master’s Program in Professional ABA. She is working on becoming a BCaBA in the near future, and a BCBA later on when she gets her degree. She enjoyes working with children and being able to teach them new skills that helps them improve their quality of life.
Lesdany Cabrera is a Behavior Technician who has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and is currently in her last semester of her Master’s degree in both Marriage and Family therapy and Behavior Analysis. She has been working with children for over 10 years and she loves working with them, as she describes “They are the greatest teachers”.
Jessica Luna graduated from Florida International University in 2017 earning a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology with a focus in Behavior Analysis. She came to know of the Applied Behavior Analysis field through her previous work in the Miami-Dade Public Schools System. She loves working with children and deems that impacting their lives in a positive way helps the entire community flourish. Becoming an RBT is one of her immediate goals, as well as becoming a BCaBA in the future. She knows that through dedication and passion, she will uphold the CMNB standard.
Allison May recently graduated from Arizona State University with a BS in Psychology. During her undergraduate degree work she was introduced to the field of Applied Behavioral Analysis, and was immediately drawn to its’ evidenced based techniques and deep scientific methodology. This interest further blossomed into a passion when, while working for a community mental health group, Allison got to witness the results of behavioral therapy first hand, and the lasting impact ABA had on the children she was privileged to provide services for. Allison is currently attending Florida Institute of Technology; working towards becoming a board certified assistant behavior analyst, and hopes to begin working towards her graduate degree in Clinical Counseling the summer of 2018.
Maria Del Risco
Maria Del Risco started working with children with special needs in 2015, Marias experience ranges from working with them in their home, school, to the medical settings. On January 2018, Maria started working at CMNB and on June 2018 she became a Registered Behavior Technician with the board. Maria currently works with children ranging from 3 to 21 years old, proficiently implementing specialized programs for children and individuals with developmental, emotional, and intellectual disabilities. Maria is compassionate, and well-organized with an educational background in the medical field, has excellent communication, interpersonal and social skills. Maria is currently seeking her B.S degree in Psychology at FUI. Maria’s goal is to specialize in Behavior Analysis to that she can become an analyst in the future. Maria is caring, and passionate about providing the highest quality of services to children with special needs and most importantly to help them live a happy, peaceful life.
Maria Del Risco
America Conde is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Mental Health Counselor Intern (MHCI), who has been providing ABA services to children, adolescents, and adults for over 6 years. America graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor’s in Psychology. Once completing her first internship in undergrad she knew she wanted to pursue this career further and earned her Master of Science in Counseling with specializations in Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis and Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University. America has a profound passion for the field and working with her clients to provide the best treatment possible. Throughout her career she has held many leadership positions such as Social Skills Director, Clinic Services Coordinator, and Senior Program Manager. Additionally, America’s experience ranges from conducting behavior assessments, parent training, supervising clinicians, and developing individualized treatment plans to increase different skills sets and decrease or replace maladaptive behaviors. She has experience working with a range of individuals with Neurodevelopmental Disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Developmental Disability, Cerebral Palsy, ADHD, Learning Disorders, as well as Psychological Disorders such as depression, anxiety, OCD, and Brain Disorders such as lissencephaly and epilepsy. America’s passion, love, and dedication for what she does propels her to continue to stay up to date with the latest research where she attends different ABA conferences around the country to provide the best services possible to her clients.
Algenys Perez is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She has been working in the field of ABA since 2009. In 2013, she graduated from Florida International University with a Master of Science degree in Psychology with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). She earned her BCBA certification in May of 2013. Algenys has extensive experience in early intervention and verbal behavior with children as young as 16 months. She has worked with a variety of children including children diagnosed with Autism and related disorders, as well as children with anxiety, phobias, ADHD and typically developing children who present behavioral challenges. Regardless of a child’s diagnosis Algenys primary goal is to make a lasting improvement in each child’s day to day life. She uses a variety of ABA techniques to suit the individual child’s needs, in order to reduce problem behaviors, while increasing functional language, social skills and independent living skills.
Crystal Caceres graduated with a Bachelor’s in Psychology at Florida International University. She is currently a Board-Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) and is in the Florida Institute of Technology (Florida-Tech) Master’s program for Behavior Analysis. Her passion for the field has inspired her to work towards increasing her credentials and is currently working towards becoming a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She has worked in the field for about 5 years and has loved the world of behavior analysis since the day she started. She is fluent in both English and Spanish and some French. Her love for behavior analysis really started when her interest and studies for the classes related to behavior analysis during her undergraduate program became a reality when she was able to apply and see a socially significant change in those individuals she rendered services to. She sees how ABA can make a change in the world and she wants to make sure she is part of that journey.
Victoria Kremer is a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) with the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB), and a Psychology major at Miami Dade Honors College. She plans on completing a graduate degree in the field of applied behavioral analysis in the future, and eventually become a Board-Certified Behavioral Analyst. Having a family member on the autism spectrum piqued Victoria’s interest in working with special needs children. She has worked in the field of applied behavioral analysis for a year and feels that working one on one with kids is where she can make a difference for the future. “When I practice ABA, I am motivated by seeing my clients learn, and grow. It is a unique experience that I am thankful for. Being able to see their horizons widen is truly fulfilling.” Victoria is fluent in both English and Spanish.