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Autism Services of South Carolina
Josh Ohiser is excited to be serving the families and the clients of Autism Services of South Carolina as a lead therapist. He has always had a passion for working with kids of all ages. Josh first found his passion helping his parent with children ministry and it has grown from there. He graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in experimental psychology with a cognate in Religious Studies with a focus on both Christian and Islamic Theology. Josh has introduced to ABA four years ago and has loved it ever since. He also enjoys teaching children's church with his wife and teaching college students to cook and grow their leadership skills. Josh is excited to be working for Autism Services of South Carolina.
My name is Karli Green. I am originally from Gaffney, South Carolina. In spring 2017, I received my Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science with a minor in art and a cognate in public health. I started working as an ABA therapist in March of 2016. I thoroughly enjoy my job and look forward to continuing a career in the field. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, teaching swim lessons, and working out.
Michelle Velez-Martinez is a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) with almost three years of experience, working with children and teens with autism. Michelle graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health and a minor in communication sciences and disorders. Since then she has been providing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services in the Columbia area. Currently, Michelle has plans to pursue graduate school for Audiology in the near future and will continue to service the Autism community with the team in Autism Services of South Carolina.
My name is Jacqueline Finch and I am a recent graduate of Coastal Carolina University with a BA in Psychology. I have been working as an RBT for a year and a half and have absolutely loved it. I am currently pursuing my Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in ABA.
Melanie Butz is from Greenville, SC. She has been working as an ABA therapist for 4 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Melanie has been an RBT for 1 year and is acquiring a Master’s in Special Education with a focus on Applied Behavior Analysis. Upon completion, Melanie plans to become a BCBA to better serve the Autism community in South Carolina.
My name is Whitney Lykes and I am an RBT. I have 11 years of experience working with children and 3 years working with children with special needs. I have a bachelors in psychology, minor in pre-med and a cognate in nursing at the University of South Carolina. I am working on my masters in Speech-Language Pathology also at USC. I am enjoying this new journey working with children with autism and can not wait to see what the future holds for me in this career!
Kali Ashe is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, BCBA. She graduated from Clemson University in 2009 with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. The summer before graduation Kali worked for a company providing in-home ABA therapy. After graduating she moved back to Atlanta and began working in a small school providing ABA services for children with autism and other developmental disabilities. In 2013, Kali relocated to Columbia, South Carolina and began providing in-home ABA services.
Kali completed BCaBA coursework at the Florida Institute of Technology and is currently completing her Master’s Degree in Special Education with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis at Ball State University. She plans to complete coursework in December 2017 and begin preparing for the BCBA exam in early 2018. Kali strongly believes in the principles of ABA and enjoys working with children and their families to help them master new skills and achieve the best quality of life possible.
Melody Lucas is a BCaBA. Melody has worked in the field of early intervention and special needs for the past twenty years as an Early Interventionist, Early Intervention Supervisor, and the Program Coordinator for the state. She earned her B.A. in Psychology and is currently working towards a Master’s in Early Childhood Education from the University of South Carolina. Melody holds a South Carolina Part C Credential. She is a member of the South Carolina Association for Behavior Analysis (SCABA) and the South Carolina Autism Society (SCAS). Melody is the mother of two girls, Bailey and Cameron. One of Melody’s favorite things to do is watch her children play their high school sports; tennis and soccer.
Anna Woerle moved to Columbia, South Carolina from Minneapolis, Minnesota spring of 2017. She graduated with a Bachelors of Psychology from Northern State University in South Dakota in May of 2013. After graduation, she began working with various aged people with autism. She has a passion for helping children reach their full potential and making a positive impact on their lives. Anna enjoys being outdoors, playing soccer and woodworking. Anna is very excited to be a part of the ASSC team!
My name is Victoria Edwards and I have worked with children with Autism for 6 years and have loved every minute of it! I have been a line therapist for 3 years and a lead therapist and RBT for 3 years. I am a wife, mother, student, and advocate for those who need help. I love my job and the families I work with and I am always excited at the opportunity to help more children. I am currently, attending the University of South Carolina and after graduating, I plan to work towards my BCBA. For me, ABA is not a just a job, but something that is life changing for all of those involved. I am humbled and blessed to come to work each day.
Michelle King is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She has 10 years of experience working with children with Autism and other developmental disabilities. Michelle worked in a public school in Massachusetts as a 1:I tutor, case manager, providing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services to children from pre-k through 8th grade. Additionally, Michelle worked as a private tutor providing ABA services to children in their home which focused on generalizing those skills learned at school. Michelle received a Bachelor of Arts in Social and Rehabilitation Services from Assumption College in 2004. After working in the Autism field for several years and eager to grow her skill set, Michelle obtained a Master of Science degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism from Sage College in 2013. Michelle became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in August of 2014. Michelle is passionate about working with individuals with autism and their families. She is excited to be a part of the Autism Services of South Carolina and looks forward to growing with the team.
Jasmika C. Capers was born and raised in Lake City, SC and currently lives in Sumter, SC. She is an RBT, mother of two amazing little boys and proud wife to a wonderful man who is an active duty military for the Army. In 2016 she earned her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Francis Marion University and has worked with the Disability Special Needs Board with mentally disabled adults, elementary school children as a music teacher, and most recently working with children with Autism as an Advance Line Therapist. Working as a line therapist has been one of her most memorable and fulfilling opportunities as she was able to become a Registered Behavioral Technician (RBT) during that time as well. She also has her certifications with Baby Net, CPR, RBT, has volunteered with The Girls Scouts Jasmika truly loves working with children. She is currently working on finishing her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education by which she plans become a BCBA.
My name is Austin Duncan. I was raised in Ocean Isle Beach, NC. I relocated to school at the University of South Carolina where I am finishing up my degree in Public Health with a minor in Psychology. I plan to pursue a degree in OT after graduation. I joined the ASSC team as an RBT in November 2017. I know this position is great for me because I have a passion for helping people. In my free time, I enjoy philanthropy and CrossFit.
Hi! My name is Mattavia Blackwell. I am 22 years old. I was born and raised in Abbeville, SC. I graduated from USC with a BS in Exercise Science and a minor in Psychology. For my undergraduate internship, I started working with Palmetto Autism Intervention as a Line Therapist. While working with PAI, I became a Registered Behavior Technician. I decide to do ABA therapy because every day there is something different happening. When I go to work, it doesn’t feel like work. It feels like I’m playing with some of the most amazing children in the world while teaching them different skills. The best part of the job is seeing the child learn a skill or master a goal while playing a game or even taking a walk outside. I am seeking a Master’s degree in ABA therapy at Arizona State University so that I can become a BCBA consultant to continue working with children who have Autism.
Nick Adams is a Registered Behavior Technician with over two years of experience working in the field of Applied BehaviorAnalysis as both a line and lead therapist. Nick graduated from the University of South Carolina: Aiken with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2016 and is currently attending the University of South Carolina in pursuit of a Master’s Degree in Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling with an expected graduation date in May 2019. Nick has worked in community support with the Jasper County Board of Disabilities and is now also gaining experience in his specialty with the Richland Two Family Intervention Services team and the family counseling department at Epworth Children’s Home in Columbia. Nick has always had a passion for helping people, especially within the context of the family system, and is glad to bring that to his work with the Autism Services of South Carolina. When he is not studying or working, you are most likely to find him in a hammock somewhere sunny with a book.
Kristen Hubbard in a BCaBA who has over 8 years of experience providing behavior analytic services to individuals with ASD. She began her career in ABA as a behavior technician providing 1:1 services and became a program supervisor where she designed, implemented and trained families and therapists on treatment plan goals. Kristen obtained her Bachelor of Art in Psychology from Auburn University in 2010. She completed coursework FIT in 2014 and became a BCaBA in 2015. Kristen furthered her education and obtained a Master’s in Education from Arizona State in 2017. She completed her mentorship towards her BCBA under Jacqui Abrams and Sarah Pope. Kristen is excited to join Autism Services of South Carolina!
My name is Adyson Goss. I am originally from Mooresville, North Carolina. I relocated to Columbia, South Carolina to attend the University of South Carolina in 2016. I am studying Elementary Education. I joined the ASSC team as an RBT in September of 2018. I have always had a love and passion for working with kids. My plan after I graduate in May 2020 is to attend graduate school with a focus on special needs.
Nichole Glover is a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA). She received her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from The University of South Carolina and her Master’s in Education with a specialty in Instruction and Curriculum from American Intercontinental University. She began working with children with autism in 2007. She graduated from college and got married and relocated to Fort Drum, NY. She worked with children and families in New York and it was there she decided she wanted to peruse her certification. She began her coursework through Florida Institute of Technology and is undergoing supervision to take the board certification test.
“I feel honored to be able to help families and children gain the necessary tools to have successful lives and meaningful relationships.”
Hey there! My name is Annie Verner. I grew up in Reno, Nevada. I relocated to Columbia, South Carolina three years ago in order to attend the University of South Carolina. I am currently finishing up my Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Business Administration. Once I graduate I plan to go to graduate school next fall. I joined the ASSC team in August 2018. I am ecstatic to work with children who have autism and help my community prosper!
My name is Carolyn Guess, I am a sophomore at the University of South Carolina, studying Early Childhood Education and Special Needs. In the future, I hope to further my career and become a Speech Pathologist. I enjoy going to the lake, hanging out with my friends, and helping others. I am very excited to be about of the Autism Services of South Carolina Team.
Hey everyone! My name is Annemarie. I graduated from USC with a Bachelor’s in psychology and I am currently enrolled in the ABA program at Ball State University with an emphasis in autism. I have been an RBT for 3 years and plan to become a BCBA once I graduate. I am excited to begin working for Autism Services of South Carolina!
My name is Brenda Johnson, and I am a graduate of Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, California. I have worked with early-childhood development for over 14-years in California, and other areas of the country and South Carolina. I have worked with children with special needs for the past 4-years with the local school district. I enjoy working with children with special needs and looking forward to working as an RBT.
Melaine is an enthusiastic lead therapist with a lifelong love of helping children succeed. She got her BA in Psychology from USC in 1998. After homeschooling her own children, she was ready to look for other ways to serve her community. Melanie discovered ABA through her work with Early Autism Project. She fell in love with the method after witnessing first hand the remarkable progress made in the lives of her clients. She is a board-certified RBT and enjoys helping other RBT"s discover their own passions for ABA as they work together to make a difference in the lives of the families they serve.
My name is Sarah Sonday. I grew up in Pennsylvania but moved to South Carolina to follow family and attend The University of South Carolina. I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health and am now studying for my Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. I have 11 years experience working with kids and have worked in the field of ABA for 2.5 years now. In my free time, I love to travel, spend time outdoors, and play with my dogs. I am really excited to be a part of the Autism Services of South Carolina family and can’t wait to help make a difference in our clients’ lives!