Rely on the knowledgeable and experienced staff of Spectrum Autism Services, LLC. Our team specializes in providing evidence-based treatments to children with autism spectrum disorder. Each member of our staff is passionate and dedicated to meeting the needs of our clients.
Nancy’s passion for working with individuals on the autism spectrum was sparked by the diagnosis and treatment of her own child with autism. She lives in Stafford County with her husband who is a former service member and is an active participant in the local special needs community. Nancy has a Masters in Human Services with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy from Liberty University and a Post Graduate Certificate in Behavioral Interventions in Autism from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell.
Nancy has worked with special needs children since 2008 and as a BCBA since 2012. Nancy has experience providing both in-home and school-based intervention services. Her specialties include early and intensive behavior intervention, verbal behavior, school readiness, feeding, potty training, social skills training, interdisciplinary collaboration, and parent training.
Elizabeth, also known as Betsi, has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Towson University and has lived in Stafford County with her husband and three sons for 18 years. She has worked with children her entire life. While in college, she worked at a local daycare. Upon graduation, she owned and operated a small daycare before her husband’s job took her to Texas where she was the Office Manager for Texaco Exploration and Production.
After her first child was born, she became a stay at home mother. While raising her children, she volunteered many hours to her children’s school and their community. She also returned to school and became certified in Wilson Language Reading System. She has spent many years as an advocate for children with dyslexia and learning disabilities and working with Stafford County Schools . Most recently she taught preschool at a local private preschool.
Betsi currently serves Spectrum as our Office Manager and Assistant to Nancy Daly (CEO and Director of Clinical Services). She loves to organize and keep the office running smoothly. She is passionate about making sure everyone at Spectrum feels like they are part of a family.
Katherine moved to Virginia in 2016 to pursue her passion for ABA. Clients love her creative spirit, and the staff look forward to her yummy homemade desserts. She has a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Frostburg State University and Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis with an emphasis in Autism from Ball State University.
Katherine supervises the training of our team of Registered Behavior Technicians. She develops our parent training curriculum and supervises staff members in the field. Previously, Katherine worked in foster care, coordinating services and ensuring that children had the needed legal, medical, educational, and physical resources to thrive. She has provided services in the home, community, and school settings. Her specialties include positive behavior support, verbal behavior, educational advocacy, parent training, and service coordination.
After living overseas for 10 years, Laura moved to Fredericksburg, Virginia in 2011 with her husband, a USAF veteran, and their two children. She has a BS in Psychology from Old Dominion University, an undergraduate certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology, and a MA in Applied Behavior Analysis with an emphasis in Autism from Ball State University.
Laura became interested in expanding her knowledge into Autism Spectrum Disorders and Applied Behavior Analysis during her Undergraduate studies in Psychology. She has worked in the field of ABA since 2013 and has been supervising in-home ABA programs since 2017. Laura joined Spectrum Autism Services in 2018 and specializes in early intensive intervention, language acquisition, verbal behavior, school readiness, positive behavior support, and parent training.
Kristen’s career serving individuals with Autism began when her former foster son was diagnosed with Autism in 2013. Her passion was ignited and spurred a career within elementary education. During her undergraduate studies she served as an in-school tutor for children with cognitive and learning disabilities utilizing social and emotional interventions to improve classroom behavior. Post-grad she was an elementary school teacher in Kindergarten and third grade. In January 2018, Kristen moved from the school environment to in-home services working as an RBT where she is able to help children with autism thrive in every environment they encounter. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and has completed graduate coursework in School Counseling at NYU as well as Education Policy at American University. She graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a Master’s in Special Education and a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis.
Kristen’s specialties include early intervention, verbal behavior, educational advocacy, social skills training, and potty training. She strives to provide parents with additional training and resources as well as raise community awareness for the unique abilities of individuals on the spectrum.
Caitlin has always had a passion for working with children, but it wasn’t until she began working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis that she found her calling. She is dedicated to helping each of her clients reach their goals. She finds the “unique” in each person and celebrates each client’s growth. Caitlin has a Bachelor of Science in Family and Child Development from Liberty University. She has a Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis with an emphasis in Autism from Ball State University.
Caitlin assists with the academic and applied training of direct care staff. She coordinates weekly social groups and assists in the development of the curriculum that we use to target social skills in a group setting. She has extensive experience managing maladaptive behaviors including physical aggression, self-injury, property destruction, and pica. Her specialties include natural environment training, positive behavior support, verbal behavior, and social skills training.
Emily has always had a desire to work with children and help them reach their full potential. It was not until
discovering the field of ABA that Emily truly found the missing piece of her professional puzzle. She began her
career working with kids with autism at an ABA school in Maryland where she provided Special Education
services through classroom-based initiatives as well as one-on-one settings.
In 2018, Emily moved to Fredericksburg, VA where she became a part of the Spectrum family as a Registered Behavior Technician. Deepening her love for ABA, Emily began the process of pursuing certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Emily holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from James Madison University and earned a Master of Science in Educational Psychology with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis from The
University of Southern Maine in August 2020. Emily’s specialties include early intervention, social skills training, and verbal behavior.
Lorene's ambition to work with children goes back to her own childhood days of teaching stuffed animals and playing school with her siblings. Her spark to serve children grew through her college years and was fueled by a variety of experiences from daycare to school settings. While pursuing her teaching license, Lorene worked as a substitute teacher for Fairfax County Public Schools and interned in a self-contained Autism classroom. In 2016, Lorene graduated from George Mason University with a Master of Education in Special Education and a certificate for teaching students with disabilities. She began her teaching career in a Title 1 school where she had the opportunity to work with Kindergarten, 1st-grade, and 6th-grade students. Her career took a turn after having her son, when she quickly discovered the life-changing effects of ABA Therapy through working with Spectrum Autism Services. Lorene began working for Spectrum in August 2018. She earned a post-graduate certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology in 2020 with the goal of becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
She is passionate about establishing a positive, ongoing relationship with clients, and treats every milestone as if it is one her own child's achievements. Her specialties include early intensive intervention, natural environment teaching, and parent training.
Verna was inspired to pursue the field applied behavior analysis after learning about the significant, positive impact ABA had on members in her community. She became a Registered Behavior Technician in 2015, providing one-on-one direct ABA services in home and clinical settings in Carlsbad, CA. Her greatest joy was witnessing her clients’ growth and the positive effects it had on their families.
In 2017, her family relocated from San Diego, CA to northern Virginia where she joined the growing Spectrum family shortly after. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of California, Irvine. In May 2020, she received a Master’s in Special Education with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis from George Mason University.
Verna is a Marine Corps spouse and has extensive experience serving the military community. She is a passionate advocate for expanding access to quality ABA services for military family members. She is dedicated to using her expertise to maximize her clients’ individual strengths while empowering them to overcome their challenges. She cherishes each of her clients and their families and constantly seeks to make a meaningful, positive, and lasting change in their lives. Her specialties include early intervention, verbal behavior, and natural environment learning.
Matthew has always had a heart for working with children, much of this comes from being a kid at heart. Prior to working at Spectrum, he taught martial arts for kids ages 3 to 14 and was an active leader in his church’s children ministry program. He always knew he wanted to work in a field that helped individuals with special needs. However, it was not until he began working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis that he found his true calling. Having endured and overcome his own set of challenges, Matthew channels his triumphs into a drive to help kids reach their own goals. In January 2018, Matthew joined Spectrum Autism Services as an RBT. As Spectrum’s first male employee, he continues to help other newcomers to the field learn and thrive in their professional endeavors. Matthew obtained his master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis with an emphasis in Autism from Ball State University in 2020.
Matthew is a certified Handle with Care instructor. His specialties include early intervention, natural environment teaching, positive behavior support, potty training, and verbal behavior.
Michelle is passionate about working with children. Although she always knew she would pursue a career in public service, it was not until she began working with exceptional children that she realized her true calling. She finds that applied behavior analysis enables children to become successful in both the home and educational setting. Michelle holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with a focus in child development from Florida State University and is currently working towards a Master’s degree in ABA at Ball State University.
Michelle has experience in specialized day care and education centers. Prior to joining the Spectrum team she held a position as an Emotional Behavior Support Teacher with Stafford County Public Schools, working with students from kindergarten through fifth grade.
Hailing from Lake City Florida, Michelle currently resides in Stafford, Virginia. Michelle enjoys traveling and outdoor activities including hiking, running and camping.
Savannah has always had a passion for helping children find their true potentials and encouraging them to be their best selves. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University. While working in another career field, Savannah was encouraged by a friend to look into the field of applied behavior analysis. Once Savannah was introduced to ABA, she found a true passion for the field and the positive impacts it can have on families. Knowing this was the career path for her, she pursued credentialing as a Registered Behavior Technician, and in 2019, Savannah joined the Spectrum Autism Services team. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Psychology from Purdue University with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis. Upon graduation, her goal is to become a BCBA.
She strives to help each of her clients reach their goals and find new ways to celebrate them. She is excited to delve further into the field of ABA and expand her knowledge of assisting clients and their families reach new goals. Her specialties include verbal behavior, positive behavior support, and social skill training.
Zeneida always had a passion for helping those in need, no matter what their age. Throughout college she worked with senior citizens in hospice care Upon graduation in 2018, she came to Spectrum and began working with children on the autism spectrum as an RBT. Uniting a passion for helping individuals with special needs and working with children, Zeneida felt that she had discovered her calling in life. This prompted her to continue her education at the graduate level. Zeneida holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Southern Maine.
In her free time, she enjoys running, reading a good book, trips to the beach, and spending time with her loved ones. Zeneida’s specialties include managing maladaptive behaviors, natural environment teaching, and promoting self-care skills.
Jessica has been working with children for most of her adult life. From daycare settings to youth groups in her church, she has had the distinct pleasure of leading and teaching children from 6 months to 18 years of age. Jessica’s passion for being around kids is what led her to be a Sunday school teacher and youth leader at her church and is what ultimately brought her to the field of ABA. While working on her associate degree in psychology, she began working with Spectrum Autism Services in May 2018 as an RBT, further igniting her passion for helping children and families affected by ASD. Jessica is currently working on her bachelor’s degree in psychology with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis to become a BCaBA so she may continue her pursuit to care for and support children of all ages and with diverse needs.
Jessica’s specialties include early intervention, natural environment teaching, and maladaptive behavior management.
Lindsay is a fun and engaging person who loves to work with children and help them reach their goals. With a family-oriented approach, Lindsay celebrates with her clients and the families in even the smallest of victories. Lindsay found Spectrum Autism Services after moving to Fredericksburg, VA and began working as an RBT in 2019. Lindsay is currently finishing her bachelor’s degree from Purdue University. With a growing passion for the field of ABA and helping children reach their fullest potential, Lindsay’s goal is to attain a master’s degree and become a BCBA.
Lindsay enjoys spending time with her friends and family, taking naps with her dog, and trying new things like roller skating. Her specialties include natural environment teaching, verbal behavior, and social skills.
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