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 therapy 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 aba therapist 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 aba therapist 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 as ABA therapist for almost a year and a half and has shown competence as well as passion in working with our families.
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.
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.
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.
Sherry Vaquero is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) born and raised in Miami, Florida. She graduated from Florida International University in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology; this is where she first fell in love with behavior analysis after taking an introduction to ABA course during her undergrad. Soon after she joined FIU’s summer treatment program where she provided one to one therapy to children ages 3-5 years old and decided this was the career path for her. She has since graduated with her Master of Science in Counseling with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis from Nova Southeastern University in 2017. For 5 years she has worked with a large population of children diagnosed with Autism, ADHD, developmental delays, and related problem behaviors in home, school, and center-based settings around South Florida. During this time, she has provided one to one therapy implementing verbal behavior programs, behavior reduction interventions, creating behavior support plans, training and supervising behavior technicians, and providing parent training. Sherry is truly grateful for all the experiences she has shared with these children and their families. She will continue to pursue growth in her professional developmental in order to be able to continue making a difference. Seeing the change in her clients and helping them reach their full potential is the most rewarding part of her job, and she says that she “wouldn’t trade it” for anything!
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 Maldonado is a Board-Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) since May 2017 but has been in the field of applied behavior analysis since 2014. Alexandra was introduced to the field while taking courses for her undergraduate at Florida International University (FIU). Shortly after Alexandra completed her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from FIU, she started to work in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) with Crystal Minds New Beginning. Alexandra is currently a graduate student at Northwestern University, in mental health counseling. And plans to continue her path on obtaining her certification as a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) within the next three years and plans to continue working as such. Having been raised in Miami, Florida Alexandra is bilingual in English and Spanish, so she is comfortable in providing services in both languages. Alexandra feels that there is nothing more rewarding than seeing the change that ABA services can provide for her clients and their families, and the impact it has on them.
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.
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.
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.
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 a BCaBA who has been working in the field of ABA since 2015. She has worked with various families focusing on one on one therapy with her clients as well as emphasizing on the importance of parent training for ABA interventions. Her experience includes applying early interventions to younger children and working with adolescents. In addition, she has experience applying ABA techniques for dog training as well as owner training. She gained her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Florida International University, and currently working on her Master’s degree at Capella University with concentration in Applied Behavioral Analysis. Her diverse background helps her think outside the box to meet each client’s specific needs.
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.
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.
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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.
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 Neurodevelopment 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.
Krystal Conde was born and raised in Miami; she is fluent in both English and Spanish. Krystal Graduated from Florida International University with her Bachelors in Psychology and a Minor in Criminal Justice, she graduated with an outstanding GPA. Krystal is a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) and is currently working on her Masters degree in the Developmental Disabilities program with a concentration in ABA at Nova Southeastern University. Upon obtaining her Masters degree, Krystal plans on sitting for the board exam to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Krystal’s interest in ABA all started after her first semester at FIU where she took intro to ABA, it was then that Krystal knew ABA was definitely her calling. Krystal’s passion intensified once she started working in the field and noticed how rewarding ABA therapy can be. Krystal’s passion for helping children led her to volunteer for a child advocacy program called Guardian ad Litem. She has been a volunteer for two and a half years and has gained lots of experience with kids whom have behavioral issues as well as developmental disabilities. The more clients that Krystal meets, the more assurance she has as to how badly she wants to be involved in the ABA community, and help change the quality of life for children. Her goal is to help these kids blossom into their own independency by implementing the principles of ABA.
Daniella Cordoves is a Board-Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) and has been working in the ABA field since 2014. She discovered her love for the field after taking her first applied behavior analysis course at FIU. After working as a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) for a few years, she realized it was more than just a job and she really began to love it, which is why she became a Behavior Analyst. After completing her Bachelor’s degree (BA) in Psychology (with a concentration in applied behavior analysis) in 2016, she began her Master’s program in Applied Behavior Analysis. She is looking forward to completing her Masters in ABA and becoming a BCBA. Daniella has worked with young children and adolescents with ASD and other developmental disorders. She has enjoyed training parents and teachers and always promotes a collaborative environment where all individuals can work together as a team. Helping individuals become more independent while assisting them in achieving an overall better quality of life is what truly keeps her going. She has worked one-on-one with individuals and also in social skills group settings and hopes to one day develop more opportunities for vocational skills programs in the ABA field.
Javier Rojas Graduated from FIU in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Currently he has completed the 40-hour Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) training and plans on taking the board exam to become a certified RBT soon.
Javier ultimate goal is to become a BCBA in the near future. While at college, he volunteered at a local hospital, specializing in working with children, which led him to start working as a babysitter. During his studies at FIU he took a psychotherapy course which introduced him to the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and felt passionately about becoming a BCBA. Javier said, “There is a strong sense of reward that comes from helping children”, is a catchphrase he often uses. Simply put, Javier says that “during these years of undergraduate study, he discovered that working with children, and helping them form a strong foundation, which allows them to interact in a normal and healthy way with the rest of society” became his mission statement.
Grethel is half Peruvian and Japanese, born in Peru. She came to know of Applied Behavioral Analysis through her previous work at an After-Care Program for Miami-Dade Public Schools. Throughout her time there she noticed how she enjoyed and was eager to work with children who were diagnosed with developmental disabilities, specifically with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Grethel enjoys the change that behavioral therapy brings not only to the child but to their immediate families as well. She’s taking the coursework necessary to advance in this field as BA. Not only does Grethel want to provide the best service possible to the clients but to increase her knowledge and experiences even further.
Michael Martinez is a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) who was introduced to the field of Applied Behavior Analysis by a professor at Keiser University while completing his bachelor’s degree. As Michael began taking several psychology classes, he became more and more interested in the field of psychology and behavior. Michael always knew that he had a huge interest in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis, while observing adults and children with mental disabilities in his life and always having the desire to help. Michael proceeded to complete the 40-hour RBT training, to better prepare himself to be able to help children with autism and has never looked back. He plans to continue his education and get his Masters of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis to further his knowledge and become a future BCBA. Michael is anxiously waiting for the day when he can write his plans and implement his programs in order to better help children with autism.