Claudia is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst and has been in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis ever since she fell in love with her ABA courses as an undergraduate 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 their reading and math assignments. Once she began to learn about ABA and its practical implications, she could not wait to start using these techniques to help others succeed. She has since worked with individuals ranging in age from two to 55 with autism and other developmental disabilities in homes and school settings. She earned a Bachelor’s degree with a concentration in Behavior Analysis in 2010. In 2012, she became a Board-Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) and in the same year 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 discovered a genuine interest in the field and soon after became a 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, made him a more well-rounded professional in the field of special needs. Shortly after completing his BCaBA, he joined Crystal Minds, seeing it as an opportunity to apply what he has learned in the field of ABA and Special Needs in order to bring about positive life changes. As a member of the Crystal Minds team, he has been able 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 motivation for him in this field.
Tania is currently working toward her Bachelor’s in Psychology at FIU. She wants to specialize in behavior therapy and to become a BCaBA in the near future. Tania 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 half Puerto Rican and half Peruvian, born in Miami. She has earned a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a Master’s in Exceptional Student Education. She began working in the ABA field as a Behavioral Assistant about three years ago and has been with CMNB for two-and-a- half of those years. Jacqui says: “Working with CMNB has brought me so much knowledge and motivation to become a BCBA”. That’s why she is currently taking her certification classes to further increase her knowledge and experience Jacqui has attended ABA conferences and shares CMNB’s passion for making a difference in the world. And indeed, she has.
Jackeline “Jackie” Has is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) who started working with children diagnosed with autism and developmental delays as well as with other behavioral disorders. She remembers thinking how lucky she was to make a difference in their lives. She loves being a part of her clients’ development while helping them work through their challenges. She also enjoys working with parents 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 graduated from FIU with a Bachelor’s in Psychology. She is also a Registered Behavior Technician. Next, she intends to obtain a Master’s in ABA and become a BCBA. In due course, she aims to pursue a doctorate in developmental psychology. Her interest in ABA was first sparked when she saw a video of B.F. Skinner improving the behavior of inmates, 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 it as her career. She has fallen in love working with children, and most of all, she enormously enjoys working as an RBT. Most important, she has the pleasure of showing the children she works with how to reach a level of independence and how to adapt to their community; that in itself is a gift. As a staff member of CMNB, she aspires to share and collect creative ideas from everyone in the team as well as to support one another while working with families.
Elizabeth is a Board-Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst who earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a concentration in Behavior Analysis at Florida International University in 2012. Since then, Elizabeth has worked with children in the Autism Spectrum as well as with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Elizabeth has gained most of her experience as a Verbal Behavior Therapist, implementing individualized verbal behavior programs that increase language skills, academic skills, and social skills. Elizabeth is also fluent in both English and Spanish. Her experience also includes training staff members and helping BCBAs create programs for clients. Her goal is to provide her clients and their families with professional service that will help them improve their lives and family relationships.
Gretel Diaz is a Board-Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Florida International University. Gretel has over four years of experience working with children under the Autism Spectrum, children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and typical children in the foster program. Her experience consists of conducting behavioral assessments; developing and implementing individualized behavior programs to increase language, social, academic and independent living skills; and reducing problem behaviors by teaching replacement behaviors, to a range of children from 2 years old to 15 years old. She has also conducted parent training programs and staff trainings. Currently, she is completing her Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis at Capella University with the goal of becoming 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 possible service.
Antonio Rodriguez is a student Intern at Nova University. He was drawn to the ABA field after taking a class on it and seeing how much it was applicable to real life situations. Additionally, being able to use what he learned to help others was something that he could see himself doing, which is why he decided to pursue this path. He graduated in May 2015 from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Developmental Disabilities with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis, aiming to become a BCBA.
Bianca is a Registered Behavior Technician and Behavior Assistant for CMNB. Bianca graduated from Nova Southeastern University with a MS degree in Developmental Disabilities and a concentration in Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis. Her Bachelor’s 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 that specializes in the treatment of children and adolescents with developmental problems. Since beginning work 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 the hope of joining CMNB’s list of BCBAs.
Khadija McCarthy graduated from Clark Atlanta University in 2014 with a Bachelor 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 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 and is a first-year graduate student in Mental Health Counseling at Nova Southeastern University. Khadija wishes to pursue her BCBA once she graduates from Nova and become a BCBA at Crystal Minds.
Sherry Vaquero is a Board-Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) who was born and raised and in Miami, where she still lives. 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 ABA field three 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 says that she “wouldn’t trade it” for anything. Her ultimate goal is to become a BCBA once she completes her Masters.
Gina recently graduated from FIU with a Bachelor’s in Psychology at the top of her class, while raising her six-year-old little girl and working over 35 hours a week as a Registered Behavior Technician and a Peer Consultant. During her first semester at FIU, her passion was Forensic Psychology. During that time, she took the introductory course in Behavior Analysis. She fell in love with the course, met a friend in class who worked for Crystal Minds New Beginning, and began inquiring about what her job entailed. The fiend spoke about her job with such passion. Gina says she had always loved the idea of working with children and helping them advance towards a brighter future. She began her internship in December 2013, and she feels it was the best decision she ever made. She says: “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.” She has now been working for two years with Crystal Minds and has had the pleasure of working with a great team of analysts and therapists from whom she feels she has learned a great deal. She cannot wait to begin studying 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 aged 2-4 years old. The children’s diagnoses included Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Conduct Disorder, Oppositional-Defiant Disorder, learning problems, and related behavior problems. After the program ended, she felt sure that her goal was to become BCBA. Thereafter, she obtained a Bachelor’s in Psychology with a specification in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). She is currently pursuing her Master’s 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 and can lead independent happy lives.
Alexandra is a native Peruvian who has always enjoyed taking care of and interacting with children. She began volunteering in a daycare with her peers in order to get her CDA certification. She also volunteered in a summer camp in 2010, working with children aged four-14. Working at the daycare, she became interested in working helping children with learning disabilities. Then while at FIU, Alexandra decided to pursue this interest through coursework in psychology. Taking Introduction 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, she states that she feels “at home, enjoying what I love to do, especially when I see 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 and a respected and admired clinician.
Marci Nelson is currently majoring in Early Childhood Education at Miami Dade College while pursuing her newfound passion for ABA therapy. Ever since she was a young girl, Marci knew she wanted to work with children and help them grow and better themselves. Once she began working in the behavioral therapy field, she says, 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 improve the lives of those around her and make strong connections with every child that she works with. Marci is energetic and 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.
Alice Ynirio is a BCBA in the Kendall area who has a Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis and has been practicing ABA for nine years. She began working in the field several months before having her first child and is now a mother of three who lives, breathes, and sleeps behavior. Alice has experience with ASD and various developmental/genetic disorders. One of her accomplishments is earning Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) certification and using this system to enhance language acquisition in nonverbal children. Future goals include a doctoral program and exploring how the study of neurology can enrich her ability to serve the field of ABA.
Lilianne is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) since 2013. She has been working with children and adults diagnosed with autism and other developmental disabilities since 2010. In 2011 she graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Behavior Analysis. She is currently finished her Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis. Lilianne’s goal is to become a skillful practitioner to make a difference in each of her client’s lives.
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. Undecided about a career choice while completing her undergraduate degree, Vanessa discovered ABA 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 maladaptive behavior reduction and increasing verbal behavior skills. 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. Vanessa has worked in several different settings throughout South Florida, including in home settings, school settings, and therapy centers.
Natalie Nau is a Board-Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) currently working in Miami-Dade County. She received her Master’s degree in Cognitive Behavioral Disorders from Nova Southeastern University in 2014. Natalie is currently taking ABA courses at Florida Institute of Technology, pursuing her BCBA certification. She has been working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis since 2010 and is fiercely dedicated to helping individuals with disabilities in her community. She has experience working with children in the home and clinic settings, training therapists and parents, and working one-on-one with clients. She has two years of experience leading and creating programs for social skills groups, and she has had opportunities to work closely with staff in adult group homes and children in foster care. Natalie is passionate about the field of Applied Behavior Analysis and truly loves working closely with families, staff, and educators to improve the quality of life of individuals diagnosed with developmental disabilities. In her spare time, Natalie enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
Lisette is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who is currently completing the Behavior Analysis Certification program at Florida Institute of Technology. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Florida International University and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Nova Southeastern University. She has always had a passion for working with people and helping them to achieve their goals. Starting in high school, she worked as an after-school care teacher and a tutor. In the last five years she has counseled children, adolescents, and adults in various settings ranging from school to rehab. She began working specifically with behavior and autism two years ago and fell in love with the field. She loves teaching new, important skills to her clients and being able to witness children flourish and reach their maximum potential through ABA principles. She also enjoys teaching parents and teachers how to apply techniques that will help maintain change and encourage future growth. Her goal is to complete schooling and become a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst by 2018 and continue to help people through ABA.
Gladys Martinez is a BCaBA who has worked in the field of behavior analysis since 2011. She graduated from Florida International University (FIU) in December 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. While at FIU she worked in the Behavior Analysis Autism Research Lab and participated in the Summer Treatment Program, both directed by Dr. Anibal Gutierrez, BCBA-D. After graduating, she worked as a Behavior Therapist until 2015, when she became a Board-Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA). She continues to perform behavior therapy, administer assessments, coordinate social skills groups, and implement ABA in early intensive settings. Gladys is interested in continuing her education at Arizona State University by completing a Master’s degree in education with an emphasis in ABA.
Eloisa Pantoja is a BCBA and has been in the ABA field since 2009. Originally from Colombia, she is fluent in English and Spanish. Her experience has been with children aged two to 16, mostly with autism, but she has also worked with preschool and grade-school children who are typical but presenting with behavior problems in the classroom. Eloisa is passionate about the field of behavior analysis and is advancing her education by finished her Master of Science (MS) in Psychology with a concentration in ABA. Eloisa plans to continue helping children learn to communicate in an appropriate manner and decreasing their problem behaviors, as well as teaching them proper replacement behaviors in order to improve their quality of life.
Jessica 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 ABA 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.
Catalina is originally from Bogotá, Colombia was and raised in Miami. She graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor’s in Psychology, and has worked with children doing volunteer work at her local church since her graduation. Back in 2012, after having her child, she saw how much therapy helped with not only his speech delay but also his behavior at school and at home. She began her ABA career shortly after she had her son, working as BA for children with autism. She 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 taking her remaining courses toward sitting for her BCaBA exam. She strives to educate children and families about the advantages of behavior therapy and how it can improve the quality of their life. She feels blessed and honored to be have joined the CMNB team and is ready to learn and make a difference in more families and their children’s lives.
Bethania Carrión is a doctoral student clinician at Carlos Albizu University pursuing her doctorate in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) with a concentration in children. She is also a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) working towards her Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) certification. Bethania obtained her bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in 2013 at Florida International University, where she took ABA courses. Soon after she achieved her Master of Science in Psychology (M.S.) en route to her PsyD, Bethania continued her ABA education by enrolling in the Master’s program at Florida Institute of Technology. Bethania has clinical experience in providing psychological services to children, adolescents, and adults in both English and Spanish. She has also had professional training in individual and couples therapy. In addition, she 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 began providing ABA home services to children who were encountering behavioral, communicative, and daily living challenges with the aim to improve their quality of life. She has trained parents in ABA to help the children generalize learned skills and decrease undesired behaviors.
Alana is a certified Special Education and Early Education Teacher. She has been working with children on the autism spectrum for the last 12 years and has worked as a Special Education teacher for the last five. Alana received her undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Early/Special Education from New York University and completed her Masters in Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in Applied Behavioral Analysis from Nova Southeastern University. When Alana’s younger twin brothers were diagnosed with PDD-NOS (Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified) at the age of three, she became interested in pursuing a career in working with children with special needs particularly in the field of Behavioral Therapy. Alana is a Board-Certified Behavioral Analyst (BCBA).
Natalie Odio is a Behavioral Assistant who received her Bachelors in Psychology from Florida International University. Natalie has worked in the ABA field over a year, providing one-to-one therapy to children who have been diagnosed with 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 deeply thrilled about the positive changes 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 Muñoz is a BCBA who graduated from the Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) with a Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis. She has worked at CMNB Audit for the past four years and has worked with various populations as well as in different roles. She is currently one of CMNB’s oversight analysts.
Eimi Mejia is an RBT (Registered Behavior Technician). One of the unusual things about her is that she was born and raised in Japan, moving to United States (Miami) in May 2011. She has been working in the ABA field since August 2015, and greatly enjoys what she does. She loves that she gets to be a part of people’s lives in a positive way and can help bring the best out of others. Nothing makes her happier than when she sees her clients learn to do things independently or when parents report huge successes they experience with their children when she is not around. She aims to continuously excel in this field and provide the best service possible for our clients.
Patricia Espinoza has been working at CMNB for almost a year, showing responsibility, respect, and compassion towards her clients and their families. She is currently attending the FIT online Master’s Program in Professional ABA. She is working toward becoming a BCaBA in the near future, and a BCBA later on after she gets her MS. She enjoys 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 the last semester of her Master’s degree program in both Marriage and Family therapy and Behavior Analysis. She has been working with children for over 10 years and loves it. She says: “They are the greatest teachers.”
Jessica Luna graduated from Florida International University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a focus in Behavior Analysis. She came to know of the ABA field through her previous work in the Miami-Dade Public Schools System. She loves working with children and feels that impacting their lives in a positive way helps the entire community flourish. Becoming an RBT is one of her immediate goals; a longer-term goal is becoming a BCaBA. She knows that through dedication and passion, she will uphold the CMNB standard.
Adriana De la Torre
Adriana De la Torre began her career in the summer of 2013 working as a behavior therapist at FIU’s Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention for children aged 18 months to 4 years old. In this clinical setting, Adriana received thorough training from graduate and doctoral students as well as from established Doctoral level BCBAs. In spring 2014, Adriana began working in home settings in addition to practicing at EIBI and being a full-time student. She became a BCaBA in 2016 after Graduating from FIU one year early and Magna Cum Laude. Adriana has since been working as a BCaBA at home and school settings with clients as young as 18 months and as old as 21. Her professional interests include selective eating procedures, problem behavior reduction, and skill acquisition.
Suzzette “Suzy” Velazquez
Suzzette “Suzy” Velazquez, M.S. is a Behavior Therapist who has recently become a BCBA. She first learned about ABA while working as a paraprofessional in a private school for children with autism and learning differences. Suzy received her Master’s in Counseling with a concentration in Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis from Nova Southeastern University (Cum Laude). She is a member of Golden Key Honor Society, Delta Epsilon Iota Academic Honor Society, and Psi Chi-The International Honor Society in Psychology. While accumulating her practicum hours in Nova, she worked in home settings, school settings, and in the community implementing ABA techniques such as social skills training, teacher and parent training, verbal behavior, skills acquisition, and behavior reduction. Her passion is to help all children reach their fullest potential.
Moné is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst BCBA). Originally from Southern California, Moné has completed a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with an emphasis in Cognitive Psychology, and a Master of Science in Psychology. She has received professional training in the Lovaas Method and the Greenspan Floor-Time approach, giving her a multidimensional methodology for therapeutic intervention. Preceding her exposure to the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) field, Moné participated in her undergraduate school’s Cognitive Psychology and Abnormal Psychology research laboratory. There, she began to cultivate a passion for direct interaction with individuals with developmental issues. Moné will be furthering her goals in higher education by pursing a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) and a BCBA-D. When Moné is asked what her life motto would be, she responds: “To have only positive expectations, characterized by keeping hope salient and primary in all you do.”
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 blossomed into a passion when, while working for a community mental health group, Allison was able to witness the results of behavioral therapy first-hand, and the lasting impact ABA had on the children to whom she was privileged to provide services. Allison is currently attending Florida Institute of Technology working towards becoming a Board-Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst. She hopes to begin working towards her graduate degree in Clinical Counseling the summer of 2018.
Martha Carvajal (Martilu), originally from Havana, Cuba, graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education. She is also is a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) seeking her Board-Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) certification. During her years at the University she worked as a Special Education Teacher for four years with children who have been diagnosed with a developmental disability, specifically autism, and has realized how eager she is to learn and gain more experience in the field. Martha is passionate about ABA and truly loves working closely with families, staff, and educators to improve the quality of life of individuals diagnosed with developmental disabilities. To work directly with children and be part of the positive changes that occur in their lives is definitely the most gratifying aspect and motivating force for her.