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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.
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.
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.
Stacy Anders has more than seven years of experience designing, implementing, and training therapists and families on the implementation of protocols used to increase language, social, and adaptive living skills for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities ranging from ages 24 months to 93 years. Stacy graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology in 2010. She completed the Assistant Level Applied Behavior Analysis Graduate Certificate Program at Penn State University in 2011 and in 2012 became a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst. In 2014 she received her Masters of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University and became a fully Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She began her career in Applied Behavior Analysis working as a line therapist providing ABA therapy to children in the home, school and community settings. Since then she has worked as a lead therapist, senior therapist, and clinic supervisor for children and adolescents participating in home and clinic-based ABA programs. Most recently she worked as the Director of Behavior Support Services at Babcock Center.
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!
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 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.
Nichole Glover is perusing her certification for Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). 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 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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.