About Us

Manuela Woodruff
Founder
Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Manuela holds a Master of Science degree in Psychology with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis from Jacksonville State University, Alabama and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She received extensive training in Verbal Behavior programs and the treatment of severe behaviors at the Marcus Autism Center in Atlanta, GA.

In 2009, she founded Applied Behavioral Consulting, LLC to provide quality services to individuals with developmental disorders of all ages. Using various models including staff and parent training, consultation, and direct therapy, she has offered services in the family’s home, schools, clinics, daycare centers, residential programs, and day habilitation centers.

Manuela is a member of the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI), the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts (APBA), and the Georgia Association of Behavior Analysis (GABA).

She has two daughters.

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Shaun Geist
Operations Manager

Shaun holds an undergraduate degree in Education and a Master’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. Shaun began his career with the public school system in 2003. In 2011 he began working for TOTAL Programs, in Southern California, specializing with children on the Autism Spectrum, providing direct ABA services. In 2013 he became a Supervisor for TOTAL Programs where he thrived on parent training and program development.

In addition to his ABA experience, he has multiple years of experience working with various businesses providing strategic and tactical support. After relocating to Atlanta, Shaun joined Applied Behavioral Consulting in 2015.

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Barbara Nakan
Accounts Receivable and Payroll Manager

Barbara Nakan has been a part of the ABC team since 2013.  As the Accounts Receivable and Payroll Manager, her most frequent tasks include billing and insurance claims.  She grew up and was educated in South Africa, and has called Atlanta home for 16 years.  Barbara loves animals and enjoys spending time with her family.

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Board Certified Behavior Analysts and Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts

Stacy Cleveland
Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Stacy Cleveland MS, BCBA received her master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis from Auburn University in 2010. During her practicum she gained experience at an early intervention preschool, a residential program for adolescents with developmental disabilities and a public school district. Her fellowship was completed through the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities where she severed as a regional behavior analyst.

Stacy was a Behavioral Clinical Practitioner in the Language and Learning Clinic at Marcus Autism Center from 2012-2017. She provided intensive one-on-one and small group services based on the science of applied behavior analysis (ABA).

Stacy is passionate about teaching language skills to children with Autism, reducing challenging behaviors and equipping parents to implement ABA strategies at home.

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Bobby Phillips
Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Bobby Phillips received his Master’s of Science in Psychology from West Virginia University in 2011 and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2012. His practicum work involved training at the WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities. After 2012, he spent five years as a direct-service therapist and case manager for a private school for children with autism in his home town of Huntsville, AL. In 2017 he moved to Atlanta to pursue a second Master’s at Georgia State University, this time in Applied Linguistics. Across these experiences, he has worked with children and adolescents of all functional levels.

His passions are using the science of verbal behavior to teach language skills, giving social-skills guidance to higher-functioning individuals on the spectrum, and intercultural communication.

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Crystal Phillips
Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Crystal holds a Master’s of Science degree in Special Education with an emphasis in ABA and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Crystal has been practicing behavioral management techniques, discrete trials teaching (DTT), and verbal behavior programs since 2006. She has helped people overcome both severe and mild developmental, emotional and behavioral challenges. She has worked with both children and adults with autism as well as typically developing children struggling with behavioral difficulties. Crystal customizes her programs to the individual needs of each child, and excels in managing crises and performing successful behavioral interventions. She is also a member of the Association for Behavior Analysis International.

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Kathryn Short
Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Kathryn Short is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and holds a Master’s Degree in Special Education from the University of Georgia. She received her Master’s as part of the Collaborative Personnel Preparation in Autism (COPPA) Project with a specific focus in low-incidence, elementary-aged students on the autism spectrum. Kathryn began working with children with autism in 2007 as a therapist in home-based ABA programs in Athens, Georgia.

 

Before joining Applied Behavioral Consulting in 2015, Kathryn lived in Nashville, Tennessee where she worked as a behavior consultant for 3 years at a private ABA company. Within this position, she provided comprehensive ABA consultation in the home and school setting to children and adolescents, aged 2-12, with a focus on verbal behavior, academic, pre-vocational, and self-care skills. Kathryn also provided ongoing training and supervision to Nashville-area school district staff, parents, caregivers, and therapists. Before moving to Nashville in 2012, Kathryn taught special education in Gwinnett County in a K-2 classroom, serving students with mild ASD. She is currently a member of the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts (APBA) and the Georgia Association of Behavior Analysis (GABA).

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Ashley Simmons
Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Ashley Simmons is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) that received her Master’s in Psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) from Florida State University in 2010. After graduation, she worked at the Mariposa School for Children with Autism as a Program Coordinator and as an independent consultant with Creative Consultants in the Raleigh, North Carolina area.  During that time, she worked as a one-on-one therapist and supervisor of intensive verbal behavior programs while also conducting parent training and workshops for families in the community.

After moving to Atlanta, Ashley was a Behavioral Clinical Practitioner at the Marcus Autism Center from 2013-2017 where she worked in the Language and Learning Clinic providing parent training and intensive verbal behavior programs in the home and community setting.

She enjoys working alongside parents and teachers to help children learn communication and adaptive skills using the principles of ABA.

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Melanie Sugar
Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Melanie holds a Master of Science degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Auburn University and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She has always had a passion for working with individuals with developmental disabilities. She became interested in behavior analysis after babysitting for several children with Autism in high school. She pursued her passion as a special needs camp counselor and ABA tutor while in undergraduate school at the University of Georgia. In graduate school, she had the opportunity to participate in many different practicums including working at an early intervention preschool, teaching a parenting class thorugh DHR, working at a residential school for teens, and consulting in a public school.

In 2010, Melanie accepted a fellowship position with the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities as a Regional Behavior Analyst. This position involves overseeing behavior supports within her region. Melanie continues to work part time with the state and part time as a Behavior Analyst Consultant. She is an active member in the Georgia Association for Behavior Analysis and has held many leadership positions within the organization.

Melanie enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and children on her time off.

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Tiffani Warren
Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Tiffani is a graduate of the University of Georgia. She holds an undergraduate degree in Human Development and Family Science and a Master’s degree in Special Education with an emphasis in Adapted Curriculum and Autism. Tiffani has worked with children with special needs since 2015 as a special education paraprofessional, teacher, and directly in ABA. She has worked with children with autism, mild to moderate intellectual disabilities, and vision impairments. Her first job as a paraprofessional sparked her desire to continue her education in special education and applied behavior analysis. Through her master’s program, Tiffani gained valuable experience working in UGA’s Center for Autism and Behavioral Education Research. Her work with the center included clinical work focused on promoting social communication in young children with autism and working in model special education classrooms for students ranging from Kindergarten through 5th grade in Clarke County Schools. Tiffani is passionate about helping children achieve independence and success in their daily environments.

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Jonas Jenkins
Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst

Jonas began working with children on the Autism Spectrum in 2003 as a research manager and classroom coordinator for the Pre-K classroom at the Walden School of the Emory Autism Center. Over the years, he has served as a resident counselor at the United Methodist Children’s Home, a personal caregiver for adults with developmental disabilities, and a 1:1 ABA therapist. He has worked with individuals ranging from age 2 through age 67. He specializes in social skills training, treatment of severe behavior, and parent consultation. Jonas received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Emory University and is a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst. He is a member of the Association of Behavior Analysis International.

Jonas provides verbal behavior programs, school consultations, and parent training in Athens, GA and the surrounding area.

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Sunita Joshi
Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst

Sunita Joshi volunteered with children with special needs in 2002 in India. After moving to the USA in 2005, she continued to work with children with autism at the Emory Autism Center on a volunteer basis. In 2008, she joined the May Institute and worked as a home-based therapist. Sunita joined the Marcus Autism Center in 2010 as behavior technician and was promoted to the position of Clinical Specialist in 2013. She left Marcus in June 2015 to join Applied Behavioral Consulting. Sunita is a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst.

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Therapists

 Jesse Arias

Jesse is a graduate of Marymount California University and holds a Bachelors degree in Psychology. Jesse currently holds a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) Certificate.  He has worked with kids for 9 years and children with special needs/autism for the past 4. In 2008, he started out at the Montecito Heights Recreation Center of Los Angeles, CA as a youth coach. Then in 2010 while pursuing his BA at MCU he volunteered at the Boys & Girls Club of America of San Pedro, CA as an activities instructor. In 2012 he found himself at Ride to Fly an Equine assisted therapy program for children with special needs. This is where he found his calling of for lack of better words something he could do for the rest of his life.

From then on until the moment he graduated he volunteered at this center. After that he started working at Behavior Frontiers of Orange County, California a company providing ABA services for children diagnosed on the spectrum. This is where he excelled along with many of his coworkers. Soon after starting with Behavior Frontiers he was promoted to a Sr. Behavior Therapist. Being recognized for his specific adaption to environments and teaching ability to children with specific needs. Jesse is pursing a Masters in Applied Behavioral Analysis with an emphasis in Autism and hopes to start in the spring of ’17, then soon after sit for the BCBA exam.

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Amber Baldwin

Amber is a graduate of the University of Alabama where she studied Dance and Human Development. Amber has always had an interest in helping children and adults with special needs. She began her work with children with autism as a volunteer/intern with several organizations including the ABC of NC Child Development Center, The Help Group, and The Miracle Project. Where she assisted with after school programs and summer and winter camps in Los Angeles, California. Amber has gone on to become certified in Autism Movement Therapy and the Dance For All movement therapy curriculum. After a year in California, she moved back to the South to be closer to family and friends. Amber is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in ABA from Arizona State University and will graduate fall of 2018. She plans to sit for the Board’s exam and become a BCBA.

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 Emily Bradbury

Emily graduated in 2015 from the University of South Carolina with a BA in Visual Communications and a minor in Psychology.
While pursuing her undergraduate degree, she worked with children at EdVenture Children’s Museum as a program guide to inspire learning and creativity. This is when she grew passionate about working with kids.
Since graduating, Emily has worked with children diagnosed on the autism spectrum for four years. She began as a Line Therapist at The Early Autism Project in Columbia, South Carolina where she worked one-on-one with children on academic, social, language, adaptive, and motor skills. After a year at EAP, she was promoted to Lead Therapist at Project Hope in Greenwood, South Carolina where she aided in parent and therapist training. In 2016, she received her Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) certification.
Emily has now relocated to Athens, Georgia and is pursuing her Master’s of Education in Professional Counseling at the University of Georgia.

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Maria Carrero

Maria graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Spanish. She has 5 years experience working in Special Education and 8 years experience working with children. She has worked in the Forsyth, Dekalb and Gwinnett County school system. Maria is currently pursuing her Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) certification. She finds working in the ABA field to be incredibly fulfilling,  and impactful. She lives by the saying, “Leave your mark on the world and put a bit of yourself into everything you do”.

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Emily Epperson

Emily earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Educational Studies from Wesleyan College in 2011. She went on to earn a Master of Science in Family Therapy from Mercer University School of Medicine in 2014. She is currently working towards becoming a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Emily began working with children with ASD and EBD while completing student teaching during her time at Wesleyan College. Emily developed a desire to work with ASD during her ndergraduate studies. She hopes to apply her MFT background to ABA while focusing on becoming a Registered Behavior Technician and later becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

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Brooke Evans

Brooke received her degree in human services from Duluth Business University, in Duluth Minnesota. She has volunteered at an after school program, and The Boys and Girls Club. Brooke’s desire to work with children on the spectrum was sparked while she was a full time nanny for a family with a child with autism. Brooke relocated to Atlanta for more opportunities to work in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Brooke will be sitting for her Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) certification exam in August. She plans to return to school to further her education.

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Latifah Hall

Latifah earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Clark Atlanta University in 2012 and a Master of Arts in Psychology from Pepperdine University in 2015. Since 2011, Latifah has been working with individuals ages 2-25 diagnosed with developmental delays. She has experience working in a variety of settings, such as clinical, in home, as well as, in the community. Latifah has 2 years experience providing supervision to behavior therapists in the Los Angeles Unified School District where she created treatment plans, attended IEP meetings, and attended and conducted parent and caregiver trainings. Latifah has a passion for working with children and their families. She plans to go to medical school to become a child and adolescent psychiatrist.

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Maila Heu

Maila graduated Summa Cum Laude from Point University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She has over 4 years of experience working with children diagnosed with ASD and other developmental disorders. She has assisted with program development and has participated in research protocols in the past. Maila has provided ABA therapy to children in a variety of settings including clinic, home, and school. She sincerely enjoys being a part of her client’s life as well as seeing her clients grow and learn.

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Abegayle Isip

Abby is a graduate of Georgia State University and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.  She also has an Associate’s Degree in Nursing and has been working with children since 2010.  She started out at Children First Pediatric Clinic in Augusta, GA where she fell in love with working with children.  While pursuing her studies, she volunteered at Chastain Horse Park and Peachtree Orthopedic Clinic where she worked closely with skilled Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists who provided therapy sessions for children with special needs/autism.  Since volunteering, she has become fascinated with autism and fallen in love with the Autism community.  Abegayle is a current Registered Behavior Technician (RBT).

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Sara Katasak

Sara obtained her Bachelors degree in Psychology from Kennesaw State University. While in college, Sara interned with a BCBA, where she found a passion for ABA. Aside from ABA, Sara also has experience with nannying various children both on and off the spectrum.

In her free time she enjoys being outdoors and trying new foods! Sara is currently a certified Registered Behavior Technician (RBT).

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Lizzi Kirk

Lizzi graduated in 2014 from the Florida State University with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Family and Child Sciences. She is currently working towards her Masters Degree in Special Education, with a concentration in Behavior Analysis, at the University of West Florida. Lizzi has been working with children diagnosed on the autism spectrum for the past four years. In 2015 she received her Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) certification. Throughout her time as a RBT she has provided 1:1 services in the home, school, and clinic setting for children between the ages of 2-16. She has also lead social groups and worked with BCBA’s on program development. Lizzi has always had a passion for working with children and is excited to continue to grow and learn in this field.

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Chelsea Kilpatrick

Chelsea is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Educational Studies. She has been working with kids for over 7 years. Chelsea began working with children on the autism spectrum at Monarch School for Autism in Cleveland, Ohio. She then relocated back to Atlanta in 2017 to continue her passion of working with children with ASD.  Chelsea loves working on language and communication skills and has started coursework to become a Speech Language Pathologist. She is currently working to obtain her Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) certification and is excited to use her ABA training in her future endeavors.

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Staciea Oged

Staciea is a graduate of Clayton State University and holds a Bachelors degree in Psychology and Human Services. Staciea is originally from Jackson, MS then moved to Georgia to attend college. She loves volunteering, kickboxing, going on hikes and seeing kids be the best they can be. Staciea quickly found a passion for providing services for her clients. Staciea focuses on making all learning experiences fun, and thrives on the feedback and progress of her clients.

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Crystal Reynolds

Crystal received a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from Northern Arizona University. After college she moved to San Francisco to work with adults with various developmental disabilities. In 2017 Crystal moved to Georgia where she started working with children in the ABA.  Crystal currently holds a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) certification.

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Allie is a graduate from Georgia College & State University with her degree in Special Education. She was a teacher for Gwinnett County Schools for four years, working with elementary aged children with moderate Autism. Last year she moved to Seattle, Washington where she taught at Bellevue School District and began working as a behavior therapist at a private ABA practice. After returning home to Georgia, she began working as a behavior therapist at ABC. Allie is currently working on her Master’s in Special Education with ABA coursework at Brandman University. She plans to sit for the Board’s exam and become a BCBA.

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Lauren Ryckman

Lauren holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Emory University and a Master’s degree in Counseling with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis. She began working with children on the Autism Spectrum in 2007 as an assistant teacher at the Walden School of the Emory Autism Center. Lauren has continued to work in a variety of clinical and educational environments providing ABA services to individuals and families. She is dedicated to the success of her clients and supporting each individual’s specific needs. Lauren completed her Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis coursework in 2015 and plans to become certified as a BCBA.

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Yasmin Wali

Yasmin Wali began working with children on the autism spectrum in 2008. While receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Child and Adolescent Development from California State University Northridge, she began working at FirstSteps for Kids in Hermosa Beach, California. While at FirstSteps she provided clients with both school and in-home therapy, focusing on the acquisition of new skills and the reduction of challenging behavior for children ages 2-10 years. Before relocating to Georgia, she earned her Master’s degree from Loyola Marymount University in Educational Studies. She is currently beginning her coursework at the Florida Institute of Technology with plans to become a BCBA by the end of 2017.

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Alex Wallace

Alex is a graduate of the University of California Riverside and holds a Bachelor degree in Theater and Performing Arts. While at UCR, Alex received a grant through the Gluck Fellowship to create and teach classes about different elements of theater to local, inner-city schools. After graduating, Alex worked for one of Southern California’s largest ABA companies, Autism Behavioral Consultants, based in Los Angeles. During her tenure, she completed a comprehensive 90-day training program, provided in-home and at-school services, and began developing programs for clients before moving to Georgia to be closer to family. Alex finished her coursework requirements through Florida Institute of Technology and plans to become certified as a BCaBA.

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Mariah Wilson

Mariah is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a degree in Psychology. She has always expressed a strong desire to aid those on Autism Spectrum Disorder. This passion drove her to volunteer at Speech Pathology Services in Atlanta GA , where she assisted in summer camps for children with cognitive and developmental disabilities. While working alongside Pediatric Occupational Therapists and Speech Pathologists, Mariah grew an even stronger love for working with children.

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