Founder & Executive Director
Melissa has worked with children with special needs for the past 13 years. She received her Master’s Degree in Counseling with a credential in School Psychology and with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis in Educational Settings in 2009. Melissa has worked with children with behavior disorders, including Autism, Emotional Disturbances, and developmental disabilities, ages 2-22, in both school and home settings, and has worked with adults with Autism in group home settings.
Melissa has also provided supervision to students pursuing their BCBA certification internationally, and has conducted private Functional Analysis Assessments (FAAs) for school districts across California. Melissa has advanced PECS training and Level 1 Certification in Pivotal Response Training. She has also been a guest lecturer at Azusa Pacific University.
In her spare time, Melissa loves to spend time with her family. She has two young children who keep her very busy! She also enjoys working out and reading mystery novels.
Regional Director, South Bay
Amanda’s passion for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) began in 2008 when she started her career as a behavior therapist, helping children with autism in the East Bay. The challenges she witnessed her client’s overcome and their subsequent pride and accomplishment influenced her to pursue a graduate degree in Teaching with a specialization in ABA. She became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2013.
Amanda has extensive experience working with children and young adults impacted by developmental disabilities, specifically autism spectrum disorders, traumatic brain injury, Down Syndrome, Rett Syndrome, and cerebral palsy. She strives to ensure the highest quality of individualized programming and services are met for each child in order to maximize their independence so they may live happy and fulfilling lives.
Amanda recently moved to the Sacramento area where she enjoys exploring and spending time with her husband and one year old son.
Regional Director, East Bay
Caitlin has previously served as the East Bay Regional Director for Discover Hope, and is thrilled to be back!
Caitlin has been working in the field of ABA for 10 years, and has worked with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down’s Syndrome, ADHD, ODD, and Tourette’s Syndrome. She has extensive experience using DTT, PRT, Verbal Behavior, PECs, Social Thinking, and doing toilet training. She received her Masters in Social Work from the University of Denver in 2011, and went on to attend Florida Institute of Technology for her BCBA coursework. She became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2013.
Caitlin lives in Colorado with her family, including her two adorable sons.
Director of Business Operations
Bindiya landed into the field of autism and ABA almost 20 years ago while in undergrad. It was very soon that she realized that this was her passion. She went on to do research in autism, receive her master’s degree in School Psychology from Teacher’s College, and got her BCBA a few years ago. She has worked with children and adolescents of all functioning levels and in a variety of settings.
Given that she has two young daughters, her “free” time is very limited. When she does catch a spare moment, you’ll find her reading, running, or drinking tea.
Director of People Operations
Mel began working with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities after she graduated with her B.A. in Psychology in 2007. Through working with individuals ranging from 18 months to 22 years of age, Mel discovered her passion for working in the field. She went on to complete a Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy in April of 2014. She is currently working on her license for Marriage and Family Therapy and plans to pursue a BCBA certification.
In her spare time, Mel enjoys reading, cooking and baking, taking road trips and going to country concerts.
Clinical Director, East Bay
Bio coming soon...