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.
Claire has always had a passion for helping others. Growing up, she learned from her father through volunteering with organizations such as CARITAS and later her collegiate volunteer society the impact of community outreach. She continually strives to bring that passion and impact into her everyday work.
Claire joined Spectrum as an RBT in the summer of 2021 and fell in love with the field of ABA, later joining our social media team while finishing her undergraduate degree at Virginia Tech. As an artist herself, she loves being able to create beautiful and meaningful posts about our clients and the world of ABA. Claire graduated with a degree in Sociology and is now pursuing her MBA through Purdue Global. She enjoys painting, reading, and outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain biking, and camping.
Alison is the Operations Specialist here at Spectrum Autism Services LLC. She is responsible for the behind the scenes operations that keep the company flowing smoothly on a daily basis. Prior to working for Spectrum, she was in the US Navy for 5 years and then a Veterinary Technician after that.
Alison says “I don’t work directly with the kiddos, but being able to work for a company that makes a huge difference in their everyday lives is both privilege and an honor”
During her free time Alison enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and two dogs. She is currently in school and on her journey to obtaining her Masters in Homeland Security.
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.
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.
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.
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 a Master’s degree in ABA from 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.
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.
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 Master’s degree in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Southern Maine.
Her specialties include managing maladaptive behaviors, natural environment teaching, and promoting self-care skills. In her free time, she enjoys running, reading a good book, trips to the beach, and spending time with her loved ones.
Tyler has always had a passion for working with children. In ninth grade, he was led to volunteer in a program that taught soccer to children with developmental disabilities. It was through this experience that he knew he wanted to work in a field that allowed him to help individuals with special needs. Throughout college he was given the opportunity to work with children ranging from 1 to 18 years of age, teaching them life skills through positive guidance. This passion for working with children led him to the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. In 2020, he began working for Spectrum Autism Services. Tyler holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Virginia and is working towards his masters in psychology with an emphasis in ABA from Purdue University.
In his free time, he enjoys hiking, trips to the beach, and playing soccer. Tyler’s specialties include early intervention, maladaptive behavior management, group training, and natural environment teaching.
Dianna’s passion for working with kids stems from growing up in a big family. In college, she knew she wanted to work with and help others, especially children, so she studied psychology and childhood studies. After graduation she worked in schools substitute teaching for special education classrooms and that is when she realized she wanted to do more. She foundSpectrum in 2017 and has been in love with ABA ever since. She discovered a passion for helping individuals on the autism spectrum and decided to continue her education at a graduate level. Dianna holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Christopher NewportUniversity and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Applied Behavioral Analysis from Saint Joseph’s University.
In her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.
Christie is passionate about making a positive impact in the lives of others, especially children. Christie’s journey in Applied Behavior Analysis began as an ABA Teaching Assistant, in an afternoon program for children and young adults, in early 2020. This experience showed her that she wanted to further explore the field of ABA and pursue her RBT certification, which led her to Spectrum in the summer of 2021. Since joining the Spectrum family as a Registered Behavior Technician, Christie has found a passion for not only providing services to clients using the principles of ABA, but also helping other RBTs develop their skills and provide quality treatment. In the summer of 2022 this passion pushed her to advance her position at Spectrum and become a Field Assistant. Christie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Science with a concentration in Professional Science from Virginia Commonwealth University.
In her free time Christie enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, listening to music and spending time with loved ones.
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.
Alexis has always had a passion for helping those in her community and dreamed of being able to leave a daily positive impact on people's lives. This dedication to others led her to starting with Spectrum in late 2020 as a Registered Behavioral Technician. Through working at Spectrum, Alexis truly learned what an impact ABA has on the lives of children and families alike. After working as an RBT, Alexis advanced her position in Spectrum by becoming a Field Assistant, finding an ignited passion for helping fellow RBTs to discover their place in the field of ABA. She’s currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in ABA from Purdue University, and hopes to become a BCBA to continue supporting and helping children on the Autism spectrum.
During her free time Alexis enjoys hiking with her husband, drawing, and reading a good book. Her specialties include early intervention, functional communication training, echolalia, behavioral strategies for academic support, and ESDM.
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