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.
Hello! My name is Bri Webb and I am originally from Charleston, SC. I moved to Columbia to attend a school where I am currently pursuing a degree in Public Health at the University of South Carolina. This career is something that I am particularly passionate about because I have first-hand experience with a sibling who has Autism. I am also involved in several organizations that help individuals of all ages who are on the spectrum. I am so excited to start at AASC as a Registered Behavior Technician where I can help children fulfill their potential!
Amanda Allen is a Registered Behavioral Technician with over three years of experience as a Line Therapist. She graduated from Columbia College in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Child and Family Studies, where she obtained hands-on experience of Family Systems through volunteer work with organizations such as the Ronald McDonald House, Early Head Start, and Boys and Girls Club. Amanda has almost 10 years of experience working with children in various settings and backgrounds through past employment and volunteer work. Amanda enjoys the creative challenges required to work with ASD. When she’s not at work she is spending time with her roommate and two cats at home.
Hello! My name is Payten Beacham I am from Fort Mill, S.C. I graduated from the University of S.C. with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and a minor is Communications and disorders. I am currently enrolled at Clemson University to continue my education and become a BCBA. During college I worked as a ABA therapist and worked in research labs at the University. For the past two years I have worked at Prisma Health Richland with inpatient Rehab services. Working with inpatients at a trauma 1 hospital has helped learn so many skills I plan to carry over as a RBT. I thoroughly enjoy working with children and can’t wait to share my skills with families at the Autism services of SC.
Hello there! My name is Joseph Smith. I moved to Columbia from Massachusetts in 2015 to study Business and Mandarin Chinese. Since then, I’ve decided to study Exercise Science with my eyes set on a future in Medicine. After spending a year as a medical scribe, I decided to look for an opportunity to make a more meaningful difference and joined the ASSC team in March of 2019.
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!
My name is Kelsey Barrineau. I am from North Charleston, South Carolina. I moved to Columbia to attend the University of South Carolina. I graduated with a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education in 2017. I am currently attending the University of South Carolina’s Graduate program for Special Education with a focus on learning disabilities. After I graduate from that program I hope to pursue my BCBA. I am looking forward to all of the experience and learning I will be gaining with the Autism Services of South Carolina!
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!
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.
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!
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.
I was born and raised in Columbia, SC. Growing up I always wanted to make a difference in people’s lives by helping them any way I could. I went into the U.S. Navy upon completion of high school and completed four years of service. Shortly after this, I began my college journey and I am now in the senior year of my undergraduate degree in sociology. I have always been gifted in working with children. I have volunteered and also worked in the early childhood field for about 3 years now. My ultimate goal is to become an early interventionist. Children are such incredible human beings and I am so passionate and humbled to be able to positively impact the lives of children and their families.
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.
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.
Hello, my name is Maggie Allen and I am a Registered Behavior Technician with a year of experience working with individuals with Autism. I graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Psychology. I originally wanted to pursue a career as a teacher, but after working as an RBT, I have decided this was the career path in which I belong. I plan to return to school to become a BCBA in the near future. For fun, I enjoy traveling and spending time with my family. I am blessed with a wonderful husband who is my best friend, and we have three beautiful children as well. I am excited to be a part of the Autism Services of South Carolina and look forward to what the future holds!
Delandra Jones accepted a position with Autism Services of South Carolina in February 2019 as a registered behavior technician. She has 9 years of experience working with children with autism. She has worked within the school district in her area as an ABA therapist and as an ABA therapist at a private clinic in the state of Georgia for kids with autism. Delandra completed her undergraduate degree at Paine College and her graduate degree at Cambridge College. She has always had a desire and passion to work with kids with autism. She loves to see children with autism reach their goals and accomplish what many feel like they can’t do. Delandra is the mother of two girls and is expecting a baby boy in July 2019. She enjoys traveling, cooking, helping kids with autism, reading, learning new things and spending time with her family.
Hi my name is Asia Coardes. I was born and raised in Columbia, SC. I graduated from Coastal Carolina University in December 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sports Science. I plan to pursue my Masters in OT. I have over a year of experience working with people of various ages and disabilities. I look forward to being a part of ASSC and working with children, making a difference in their lives and being a positive impact.
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!
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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.