Our Clinical Team

Program Director

 

Danielle LaFrance, Ph.D., BCBA
Employee since July 2012
Developed the Internship Program in 2012

 

Dr. LaFrance began working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis in 2001, when she began providing services to children diagnosed with developmental disabilities in home. She has since provided services to a broad range of individuals of different ages with varied diagnoses, in Canada, the United States, and through pro bono consultation in Brazil. She is passionate about providing the highest quality of services to our clients and strives to accomplish this by ensuring the use of evidence-based procedures in practice. She provides ongoing training, professional development, support, and oversight to all of our clinical team members and interns. She is deeply committed to the science of behavior analysis and has demonstrated this through her various research and scholarly activities, which include active attendance and presentations at professional conferences, participation in the peer-review process and publication, service to the Behavior Analyst Certification Board®, and most recently, completion of a doctorate program in behavior analysis.

 

Behavior Analyst

 

Charisse Lantaya, M.A., BCBA
Employee since January 2013

 

Ms. Lantaya began working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis as an in-home behavior therapist for young children with Autism in 2007. Since then, she has dedicated herself to expanding her knowledge of behavior analysis to better serve our clients and their families. She recently completed her master’s degree in behavior analysis at the California State University, Sacramento and she continually strives to ensure high-quality programming via her contact with the scientific literature and active attendance to professional conferences. Her main areas of interest include equivalence-based instruction and verbal behavior.

 

Senior Behavior Consultants

 

Careen Meyer, M.A., BCBA
Employee since February 2013

 

Ms. Meyer got her start in the field as an in-home therapist in 2006. In 2012, she began to participate in the Verbal Behavior Research Laboratory at California State University, Sacramento as a research assistant and project manager. She quickly fell in love with the science of behavior analysis and went on to complete a certification in Applied Behavior Analysis at the bachelor’s level in 2013. She also completed her Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at the same institution in 2017. Ms. Meyer is passionate about the application of scientific principles to socially significant issues, and most enjoys the balance between academic and humanistic endeavors.

 

Jacquelyn Donahue, M.Ed., BCBA
Employee since March 2007

 

Mrs. Donahue obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychology at the California State University, Sacramento, where she met a professor who pointed her towards her career path in behavior analysis. While Mrs. Donahue has a long record of providing support to young, elementary-school-aged populations, she developed a passion for the field of behavior analysis through her work experiences and contact with the positive outcomes that can be achieved. In her pursuit of excellence, Mrs. Donahue also recently graduated with her master’s degree in Education with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from the Arizona State University.

 

Robyn Coffey, M.S., BCBA
Employee since June 2015

 

Before getting her start in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2012, Mrs. Coffey was a middle school teacher (6th-8th grade) at a private school. In 2012, her sister-in-law introduced her to the field, and she subsequently began providing 1:1 direct services to children diagnosed with Autism in home. She has since worked with individuals ranging between the ages of two years to young adulthood, and in 2014, she obtained a master’s degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis. In 2015, she sat for the national certification examination is now a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Mrs. Coffey has a passion for providing evidence-based interventions, learning about new research related to verbal behavior and stereotypy, and teaching new skills to the other team members she works with at our agency.

 

Behavior Consultants

 

Christina Montes, M.A., BCBA
Employee since

 

Ms. Montes earned two bachelor’s degrees from California State University, Sacramento in 2015. She majored in both Communication Studies and Psychology, with a certification in Applied Behavior Analysis. During her time as an undergraduate student, she began working with adolescents diagnosed with developmental disabilities in a center-based social skills program. Passionate about expanding her skills as a clinician, she began providing  in-home services as a Therapist with H.O.P.E. Consulting, LLC and was later promoted to the position of Senior Therapist. While pursuing her master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at California State University, Sacramento, Ms. Montes completed the requirements of the agency’s Internship Program and was promoted to the position of Behavior Consultant. She obtained her national BCBA certification after receiving her master’s degree in 2019. She demonstrates her commitment to ABA by continuing her work as a Behavior Consultant while also teaching a class at California
State University, Sacramento. Ms. Montes is dedicated to supporting families and team members to ensure the best possible outcome for her clients.

 

Jocelyn Diaz, M.A., BCBA
Employee since August 2015

 

Ms. Diaz obtained her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Georgia State University in 2014. That same year, she began providing services to children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in a center-based setting. She quickly fell in love with the science of behavior analysis and decided to pursue higher education to continue to broaden her skill set. While pursuing her master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis at California State University, Sacramento, she worked as an in-home Therapist. Based upon her performance, she was later promoted to the position of Senior Therapist and accrued all of her supervision hours through the agency’s Internship Program.  In 2018, Ms. Diaz obtained her master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis as well as her BCBA certification. She is committed to providing quality services to her clients and enjoys working with all her families and team members.

 

Karina Zhelezoglo, M.A.
Employee since

 

Ms. Zhelezoglo got her start in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis in 2013, when she began providing in-home services as a Therapist to children diagnosed with developmental disabilities. Based on her excellent performance, she was promoted to the position of Senior Therapist, and more recently, to the position of Behavior Consultant. Over the last several years, she also completed the Internship Program at H.O.P.E. Consulting, LLC and her master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at California State University, Sacramento, fulfilling all the requirements to take the national board certification examination. She is passionate about providing evidence-based treatment to her clients, incorporating the latest research findings to maximize their outcomes, and continuing to expand her knowledge in all aspects of behavior.

 

Kimberly Mabanta (nee Magat), M.A., BCBA
Employee since February 2015

 

Mrs. Mabanta received her bachelor’s degree from California State University, Sacramento in 2014, where she majored in Psychology with a minor in Child Development, and obtained a certification in Applied Behavior Analysis. During her undergraduate career, she began working with individuals with developmental disabilities in a social setting. Her passion for this work lead her to seek a position as a Therapist in home, to help broaden her skills and expand her work experience across age groups. Her dedication to her clients and the field of behavior analysis have helped her excel in her positions as both Therapist and Senior Therapist at our agency, and she was recently promoted to the position of Behavior Consultant. Most recently, Mrs. Mabanta also obtained her master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from California State University, Sacramento, under the advisement of Dr. Megan Heinicke. She completed our agency’s Internship Program, accruing all the required supervision hours needed to sit for the national
certification examination, and recently obtained her certification at the master’s level (i.e., BCBA). She strives to continue furthering her skill set and is committed to  making an impact in the field.

 

Tim Howland, M.A., BCBA
Employee since October 2013

 

Mr. Howland began taking coursework in behavior analysis at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) in 2007. In 2009, he became an in-home therapist in the UNR Early Childhood Autism Program under the supervision of Dr. Patrick Ghezzi. During this time (2009-2012) Mr. Howland also worked as an undergraduate research assistant in the Laboratory for Contextual Behavior Science under the supervision of Dr. Steven Hayes, and on the Functional Analytic Research Team under the supervision of Dr. William Follette where he researched clinical applications of behavior analysis (e.g., Acceptence and Committment Therapy; ACT and Functional Analytic Psychotherapy; FAP) with adolescent and adult populations. In 2017, Mr. Howland earned a masters degree in applied behavior analysis from the California State University, Sacramento under the supervision of Dr. Caio Miguel in the Verbal Behavior Research Laboratory. He has since also obtained the national certification (BCBA). Mr. Howland draws upon his broad research and clinical background to provide services to all his clients, and enjoys applying theory to practice to develop sound treatment plans firmly rooted in the science of behavior.

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