Our Clinical Team

Program Director

 

Danielle LaFrance, M.S., BCBA
Doctorate in Progress – Endicott College – Institute for Behavioral Studies
Employee since July 2012
Developed the Internship Program in 2012

 

Ms. 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 provided services to a broad range of individuals of different ages with varied diagnoses. 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 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, enrollment in 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 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

 

Debbie Saelee-Go, M.Ed., BCBA
Employee since February 2009

 

Mrs. Saelee-Go has always been passionate about working with children, providing tutoring services in after-school programs as well as volunteering to work with underprivileged children prior to working with H.O.P.E./Maverick. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the California State University, Sacramento in December 2008, she began working in the field of applied behavior analysis as a Therapist with H.O.P.E./Maverick. This experience ignited her passion for teaching children and working with their families, using the principles of behavior analysis. Ms. Saelee has since completed her master’s degree at the Arizona State University in 2015, and she remains committed to furthering her skill set and her career, as she has seen first-hand the limitless outcomes our clients can reach.

 

Erin Orchid, M.A.
Employee since March 2012

 

Ms. Orchid started working in the field of applied behavior analysis as a therapist in 2004. She has since worked in a variety of treatment settings, including home, school-based, and community settings. She earned her master’s degree in behavior analysis from the California State University, Sacramento in 2012, and is committed to helping improve the lives of her clients and their families. Additionally, she helped to develop the agency’s ‘Adolescent & Adult Services’ program in conjunction with Dr. Montgomery, our C.E.O. and Founder, and continues to actively deliver services to, as well as supervise programs for these clients. Ms. Orchid enjoys learning from all the families she works with, and looks forward to continuing to further her career in the field.

 

Jacquelyn Donahue, B.A.
Masters in Progress – Arizona State University
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.

 

Behavior Consultants

 

Amanda Chastain, B.A.
Masters in Progress – California State University, Sacramento
Employee since June 2013

 

Ms. Chastain began her career in the field in 2011. Since, she has completed her Bachelors degree and is currently enrolled in the Masters Program in Applied Behavior Analysis at the California State University, Sacramento, under the advisement of Dr. Caio Miguel. During her time at H.O.P.E, Amanda has worked as a Therapist, a Senior Therapist, and most recently, as a Behavior Consultant. Additionally, Ms. Chastain completed H.O.P.E. Consulting, LLC’s Internship Program, accruing all required supervision hours to sit for the national certification examination. She is interested in training, verbal behavior, verbal mediation and complex problem-solving , choice , motivation, and teaching functionally appropriate and equivalent replacement behaviors. She is passionate about her clients and families, and regularly attends conferences and stays up-to-date on the latest research on the most effective treatments available. She understands that each client is unique, presenting different skills and needs, and strives to provide individually-tailored services.

 

Andrea Housley, B.A.
Masters in Progress – National University
Employee since September 2014

 

Ms. Housley began working in the field of applied behavior analysis in 2006, after she started providing services to children diagnosed with developmental disabilities in home settings. She has since provided services to a wide variety of clients. She is passionate about providing the most effective services possible, all the while maintaining a very humanistic touch in her approach to service delivery. Ms. Housley obtained her bachelor’s degree in 2012 and has recently completed the first year of a master’s program in teaching, with an emphasis on applied behavior analysis. Following the completion of her graduate studies, she hopes to obtain her BCBA so that she may continue to increase her understanding of the scientific principles of behavior analysis, and in turn become that much more effective in serving our clients and their families.

 

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

 

Ms. Meyer began working in the field of applied behavior analysis 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.

 

Elyce Gunsh (nee Cima), B.A., BCaBA
Employee since September 2010

 

Mrs. Gunsh received her bachelor’s degree in Human Development with a minor in Child Development from Sonoma State University. In the process, she interned for two years at an elementary school in the hopes of earning her teaching credentials. While working in the classroom, however, she found herself drawn towards helping the children with special needs and strategizing ways to better their experience and education. Subsequently, Ms. Cima changed her career path and began working in the field of applied behavior analysis in 2010. She has demonstrated a tremendous commitment to the practice of behavior analysis by completing the requirements for the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) credential. Ms. Cima has a passion for working with children, watching them grow, and helping them further develop their skills and reach their fullest potential.

 

Emily Langton (nee Darcey), M.A.
Employee since July 2013

 

Mrs. Langton began working in the field of applied behavior analysis in 2010, when she began providing services to adults diagnosed with developmental disabilities at a center-based program in Reno, Nevada. From there, she committed herself to pursuing higher education in behavior analysis, and attended the California State University, Sacramento, under the advisement of Dr. Caio Miguel. At the same time, she began working with H.O.P.E./Maverick to gain additional experience and broaden her clinical skill set by working with a different population. Since she started with us, Emily has fulfilled the roles of Therapist, Senior Therapist, and most recently, has been promoted to the position of Behavior Consultant. She graduated from CSUS in December 2016 with her M.A. in Psychology and has completed the Internship Program, accruing the required supervision hours to sit for the national Board Certified Behavior Analyst examination. She is dedicated to learning more about the science and practice of behavior analysis, as is exemplified by her pursuit of higher education and credentialing, and brings this passion to all of her endeavors.

 

Franchesa Quinliven, M.Ed.
Employee since July 2015

 

In 2009, Ms. Quinliven began working as an instructional aide for children diagnosed with developmental disabilities in a school setting. She initially started a master’s degree in school psychology, and subsequently changed her career path after she began providing services based on the principles of behavior analysis. She then pursued her master’s degree in Teaching, with a specialization in applied behavior analysis from National University, completing this degree in 2014. Ms. Quinliven enjoys interacting with all of our clients and their families, while continuing to further her understanding of the science of behavior analysis and its application in practice.

 

Kaitlyn Tamashiro, B.A.
BCaBA Coursework Sequence completed 2016 – Florida Institute of Technology
Employee since October 2013

 

Ms. Tamashiro received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2013. It was there she realized her passion for working with individuals who have developmental disabilities. Her first position in pursuit of this career was as an in-home behavior therapist for children diagnosed with Autism. Ms. Tamashiro brought this experience and passion to the position of Therapist when she joined the H.O.P.E./Maverick team in 2013. She has since been promoted to the position of Senior Therapist, and more recently, to the position of Behavior Consultant. She is currently working towards completing the supervision requirements for the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) certification, demonstrating commitment to furthering her skill set within the field of applied behavior analysis.

 

Lauren Rivas (nee Barker), M.S., BCBA
Employee since March 2016

 

In 2008, Mrs. Rivas began working as a therapist for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Since, she has provided services to children ranging in age from 2-17 years, with a variety of disabilities. Additionally, she has worked across multiple interventions settings, such as homes, schools, as well as clinics. Mrs. Rivas is committed to providing high quality services to her clients by using only interventions which are rooted in the science of behavior and are established evidence-based practices, as evidenced by the completion of her master’s degree in applied behavior analysis from the California State University, Northridge (CSUN), as well as her continued memberships with the California Association for Behavior Analysis (or CalABA) and her attendance and participation in yearly professional conferences.

 

Megan Pyles, B.A.
Masters in Progress – California State University, Sacramento
Employee since September 2015

 

Ms. Pyles got her start in the field of applied behavior analysis in 2006, when she began providing services to adults with multiple diagnoses. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Florida State University in 2015, and enrolled in the master’s program in applied behavior analysis at the California State University, Sacramento beginning Fall of the same year. Ms. Pyles most enjoys teaching and training team members to develop their skills, while fostering their growth and independence.

 

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

 

Before working in applied behavior analysis (ABA), Mrs. Coffey was a middle school teacher (6th-8th grade) at a private school. She began working in ABA in 2012, when her sister-in-law introduced her to the field, and she subsequently began providing 1:1 direct service 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 H.O.P.E Consulting.

 

Tim Howland, M.A.
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) Tim 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. Tim 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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