Ashley McKnight is from Anchorage Alaska but currently resides in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Ashley has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Social Science from Winthrop University. In 2015, Ashley graduated with a Masters in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. Ashley has been a Mental Health therapist for over 9 years, and an ABA therapist for over 5. Ashley loves working with children and is passionate about her job and helping families. Ashley has an amazing son named Ashtyon who is 5 years old and they both LOVE to dance. In her spare time, Ashley enjoys cooking, baking, traveling, spending time with loved ones and her sorority sisters. Ashley plans on perusing her Doctorates degree in Mental Health concentrating on Autism in the near future. For now, Ashley is looking forward to meeting new friends and family and is super excited about being a part of Autism Services of South Carolina. She can’t wait to me you!

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.

Melissa Wood is a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) with approximately four years of experience implementing Behavioral programs using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) techniques with children and young adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She graduated from Vermont Tech in 2012 with a B.S. in Equine Studies and began working at the College as an Associate Professor upon graduating. Her career as an RBT began in the summer of 2013 implementing ABA based programs in an in-home therapy setting.  In the summer of 2014 Melissa moved to Maryland and continued working as an RBT in, in-home settings. The following summer Melissa enrolled to Capella University the following year and is working towards her M.S. in Psychology and completing ABA course work. Simultaneously she transitioned into a charter school for school-aged individuals with ASD and related developmental disabilities. Melissa moved to Charleston, SC in October of 2016 and joined the Autism Services of South Carolina team shortly thereafter. Her anticipated graduation is September of 2017 when she will then qualify to sit for national certification. Melissa looks forward to new learning opportunities and growing professionally. She is passionate about helping children reach their full potential and working as part of a collaborate team to achieve this.

Nicole Topper is a Lead Therapist for Autism Services of South Carolina.  She has been working as an ABA therapist since graduating from College of Charleston with a Bachelors of Science in Sociology in 2009.  She has completed her BCaBA (Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst) coursework online with the Florida Institute of Technology.  She is currently working toward completing her BCaBA certification.In her freshman year of college, she volunteered as a tutor for children at a local elementary school and then went on to work as a WINGs Leader for the local after school program, WINGs for Kids.  After graduating from College of Charleston, she began working as a caregiver in residential homes for individuals with Autism and eventually decided to focus her efforts in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis.  Since she has worked as an ABA therapist for local private companies and in the local school district. Nicole is continually inspired by the families and children she works with and looks forward to growing with Autism Services of South Carolina.

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.

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 was 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.

Ashley Costa graduated in 2017 with her Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Experimental Psychology and minoring in Child Advocacy Studies at the University of South Carolina Upstate. Ashley has been working as an ABA therapist for three years and received her certification as Registered Behavior Technician/RBT in 2016. Ashley is passionate about her job and has loved that she was able to work with children and help make a positive impact. Some of her other interests include hiking, yoga, reading, and watching football! Ashley plans on pursuing her Master’s degree in the near future. She is excited for this opportunity and glad to be part of the Autism Services of South Carolina team!

Lauren is a Registered Behavior Technician and is finishing up her course work at Capella University with a Master’s Degree in Psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis. She will be finished in December 2017 and will be sitting for the BCBA in the following exam period in February 2018. Lauren moved to South Carolina from New Jersey in December 2016. Lauren has been working with children with autism for six years. She has experience in the school and home settings. Lauren is excited about expanding her knowledge in this field and making a positive impact in the lives of her clients.

Maureen MacDonald has been a Registered Behavior Technician since 2015 but was first introduced to the ABA field two years prior. Maureen graduated from University of South Carolina – Beaufort in 2015 with a Bachelors in Human Services. While pursuing her Bachelors, Maureen came across an internship opportunity working for an ABA company in Bluffton, South Carolina. Six months after becoming an RBT, Maureen decided to go back to get her Masters in ABA at Ball State University. Upon graduation, Maureen plans to sit for the boards to become a BCBA.

Kevin Glick, originally from Hilton Head Island, graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelors in Psychology in the spring of 2016. Kevin started working as a RBT (Registered Behavior Technician) in June of 2016 with Carolina ABA Solutions. He recently joined Autism Services of South Carolina in April 2017 as a lead therapist. He enjoys kayaking, hiking, basketball, golf, and just about anything that concerns the great outdoors!

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.”

Tisha Hurteau moved to South Carolina in 2015 without having any idea of what she was going to do.  While job searching, she happen to run across a posting that had a position open working with children with autism.  Tisha has always loved working with children and even though she had no experience working with children who have autism, she really wanted to give it a try.  She wasn’t expecting to even get a call, but did and once she began it just changed her life.  Tisha says, “I love my job and I love working with the little ones because they bring so much joy to my life and to the lives of others.”  She has a BA in Sociology and a minor in Psychology and is currently working on MSW that will be completed in August. If Tisha had to do this all over again she would do the same.  She took a chance and it was the best choice she could have made.

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. 

I am Maria Paniagua. I graduated from Spartanburg Community College with an Associate Degree in Science in 2015 and with a Bachelor of Science in Experimental Psychology from the University of South Carolina Upstate in 2017. I live in Spartanburg SC and I have been serving families since 2015. I began working as an ABA therapist in 2016 with Palmetto Autism Interventions and then I worked for Project Hope Foundation in 2017. I am currently pursuing a Master Degree in Behavior Analysis. I love my job because it is extremely rewarding to make a significant and positive difference in the lives of many families who live with autism and I am passionate about helping the autism community.

Lead Therapists

*founded by Easterseals 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. 

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 Brianna Floyd, but you can call me Bre. I am a Registered Behavior Technician. I am from Clover, SC. I graduated from Clover High School in 2009. I received Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Social Work from the University of South Carolina in 2014. I am currently working on my Master of Science in Psychology with a concentration in ABA. I also plan to get my BCBA certification as well. I have been working as an ABA therapist for a year now and I love it!