ASI Staff April 2016

Leadership Team

Timothy M. Prior
Timothy M. PriorFounder & Executive Director

Founder & Executive Director

Autism Spectrum Interventions (ASI) is founded by Timothy M. Prior. Mr. Prior is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). He has over thirteen years of experience providing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for individuals with special needs.

While attending the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) Mr. Prior studied under Dr. Ivar Lovaas and attended the entire practicum and course work curriculum led by Dr. Lovaas and his colleagues.

Mr. Prior has extensive experience working with and for school districts and with regional centers. Mr. Prior developed and co-directed a team who created a curriculum for teaching social skills to individuals with special needs, that was implemented across a major urban school district. Mr. Prior has sought out and received the highest level of training throughout his career helping individuals with special needs.

Mr. Prior presents at universities including a recent presentation at Harvard University for the HGSE conference, speaking to researchers and educators about his research in the field of autism.

ASI’s Amazing staff!

ASI ensures the highest caliber of intervention through the methodical recruitment, screening and selection of staff members who demonstrate an advanced ability to work with the special needs community. In addition, all staff receive extensive training in ABA and working with individuals with special needs. ASI staff receive professional development training and supervision throughout their employment at ASI to obtain the most updated information and best practices of ABA and providing treatment for individuals with autism or other special needs. Every client is individually evaluated to ensure the “ASI staff to ASI client” dynamic is the best match.

Our staff includes speakers of Spanish, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Korean, German, Armenian, Arabic, Italian, Ethiopian, and Sign Language (ASL).

Staff Spotlight

Michelle
MichelleDirect Interventionist

July 2016 Employee of the Month

Michelle

Michelle is an outstanding ASI employee who brings to her job a high degree of positive attitude toward work responsibilities, co-workers, and serves as a role model for others. Michelle is dedicated to her clients and always sees that her client’s needs are met. In addition, Michelle displays great enthusiasm to learn and grow professionally. We appreciate all the effort and time you have put into all your cases. Thank you for commitment, flexibility, and professional conduct!
Maria Cisneros

Michelle maintains a positive and professional attitude at all times. She is personable and
builds a great rapport with her clients and families. Michelle takes initiative to move programs along and communicates frequently with her supervisors.

Apryl T

Michelle is very dedicated to her clients and ASI. She maintains a positive attitude even through her long commute. Her willingness to learn and improve is stellar. When she first started in September the way she presented herself already demonstrated as a valuable member to ASI. She is always on the job it seems, because she is always looking for ways to see success in all the kids she works with and is always subbing. She lives for this job. Congrats! You deserve it!
Derek B

Past Employees of the Month

Steven
StevenDirect Interventionist

Steven

Steven is an exemplary employee! Every day he is waiting by the gate early in the morning and on time to start his day at Gant Elementary School. He consistently does an excellent job with our students at Gant Elementary School. Steven is always willing to support and teaching staff on proper ways to implement goals. In addition, he always brings proactive ideas that help facilitate students’ progress. Furthermore, Steven’s positive attitude toward work responsibilities, willingness to take initiative, and commitment to our students is what makes Steven a true example of a great behavioral therapist. It is a pleasure working with Steven as he always makes a difference in students’ lives and in the field of ABA. Thank you very much for all your hard work!
Maria Cisneros

Steven Ortiz has an outstanding personality that always shows when he is working with our kids! I appreciate having co-workers as reliable as Steven who won’t shy away from our challenging cases. On several occasions he has stepped in to helped me out with my interventions at Gant Elementary. It’s heartwarming to know our staff cares and will look out for each other as Steven has. We work as a team and these skills are clearly seem in my co-worker Steven.
Elizabeth C.

Steven is an absolute joy to work with, he works hard to create and maintain a great rapport with clients, family, and coworkers. He is not afraid to move outside of his comfort zone and be silly, which is a characteristic that is desirable and beneficial in this field! He is also a great communicator and consistently asks great questions to ensure that he understands the program and the goals. Congratulations on Employee of the Month Steven! You deserve it!
Cat Brown

Carolina
CarolinaDirect Interventionist

Carolina

I have had the pleasure to work with Carolina during social skills groups. Carolina is a very friendly and responsible DI. Her positive attitude and flexibility in her work is much appreciated by all. Carolina goes out of her way to make it possible for our kids to interact with typically developing peers. She brings her younger brother to social skills to interact and play with our kids. These acts definitely show how much Carolina cares for her clients and her willingness to go above and beyond.
Elizabeth Carreño

Working with Carolina is always a good experience. Carolina is very dedicated to ASI. She is involved in the SUCCESS program, social skills group, and home cases. From time to time, Carolina will also bring her little brother along to participate in the social skills groups. As her supervisor she is always keeping me informed of what materials are needed, and checks with me when it’s time to move the program for-ward. She takes feedback so well and implements it immediately. She is always willing to support her co-workers. She is very energetic, fun, and caring when working with her clients.
Selene Bernal

Carolina is passionate about her work, she gets involved in the students’ progress, she asks for feedback and training to increase her knowledge and do better at her job duties. She responds appropriately to suggestions for improvement and constructive criticism, she has an open mind regarding different approaches, strategies, and interventions. Carolina is punctual, passionate, and dedicated.
Maribel Mercado Rivera

Sonia
SoniaSupervisor & Parent Consultant

Sonia

When Sonia began at ASI in 2013 it was clear that she was committed to Maximizing the Potential of Every One of Her Clients. Over the years she has grown in her Clinical and Leadership skills as she advanced to her Supervisor / PC role. Sonia is always a pleasure to work around in the office with the Authentic Joy and Spirit of Helping she brings to Every Level of Service she Provides. I cannot count the number of times I’ve seen Sonia Rockin’ her ASI t-shirt with a Confident Smile helping our clients in Social Skills Groups. There is no limit to Sonia’s future successes here at ASI.
Timothy M. Prior

I am so excited to have Sonia as our employee of the month. Sonia has been extremely dedicated in her role as a direct interventionist and parent consultant. She does not hesitate to reach out when she needs support and also demonstrates the ability to independently problem solve. Sonia consistently aspires to advance her ABA knowledge and works as an advocate for her families. We are so fortunate to have Sonia as part of the ASI family and I cannot wait to see her continued growth. Congratulations, Sonia!
Kajza Coats

Sonia works extremely hard with each and every child at her school site. She ensures that she is accurately collecting data, builds behavior momentum, identifies reinforcers appropriately, and intervenes according to behavior plans when maladaptive behaviors arise. She immediately applies any feedback given by ASI or school site staff. Sonia is great at training new staff, as she is very patient while teaching skills and applying feedback to staff in vivo. Sonia is always smiling and a pleasure to be around!
Zanni Mata

Sonia is an amazing employee! She consistently goes above and beyond in her work with clients. She is always willing to take feedback and suggestions to improve PC sessions. Sonia has built a great rapport with our families and strives to help them as much as possible. She readily makes visual schedules and PECS for the clients and is a huge help in preparing for cases. It is a pleasure to have Sonia on my cases and to work along side her!
Sarah Moore

Selene
SeleneSupervisor & Parent Consultant

Selene

When Selene came to ASI we all had high expectations for her. It has been a pleasure watching Selene confidently step into her role supervising challenging and critical sites for LBUSD. I appreciate Selene’s communication with me as she does not hesitate check in when she has questions. I hear great feedback from a variety of folks that Selene is a pleasure to work with and “Really knows her Stuff.” Keep up the great work Selene.
Timothy M. Prior

Selene has come to our ASI family with a great disposition, positive attitude and ready to take on any challenge. I have been pleased to see her growth , not only as a clinician, but overall into a well rounded professional. The fact that she consistently seeks mentorship and support, and works hard preparing for each one of her cases also demonstrates an ongoing desire to learn and improve, key to success in our field. Congratulations, Selene. Your hard work deserves so much recognition.
Maria Cortez-Posada

I’m am beyond thrilled that Selene is the ASI employee of the month. Selene exemplifies genuine passion and determination. She consistently communicates with myself and the other directors regarding client concerns and her desire to grow as a professional. She puts in tireless hours with a smile and continues to ask what else she can do to help. Additionally, Selene is not hesitant to jump in and face any and all challenges, whether it be working with a new funding source, difficult clients, or challenging parents. Congratulations, Selene, ASI is so fortunate to have you as part of our team.
Kajza Coats

Gonzalo
GonzaloDirect Interventionist

Gonzalo

From the time he joined our ASI family, Gonzalo has been nothing but the best example of dedication, hard work, impeccable work ethics and unparalleled enthusiasm for the field. I want to congratulate and thank Gonzalo for representing ASI the way he does. As an ASI representative who visits a variety of clients and school sites, I have frequently been approached by teachers, supervisors, parents, and other professionals who want to thank me for having assigned Gonzalo to support them. My frequent answer to those many kind words is that I will make sure to pass along the message to Gonzalo. I want to take this opportunity to pass along that message, Gonzalo, thank you very much for everything you do to support your clients and team!! Congratulations on this so well-deserved recognition!
Maria Cortez-Posada

We are so fortunate to have Gonzalo as part of the ASI team. He receives phenomenal feedback from folks that he works with. Gonzalo has demonstrated flexibility when taking on a variety of cases and extreme patience and understanding during difficult transitions. He has only been with ASI for a short while, but in that time he has quickly demonstrated his desire to support ASI’s needs, whether those are in the home or school setting. Congratulations and thank you for your hard work, Gonzalo!
Kajza Coats

Erika
ErikaDirect Interventionist

Erika

When Erika began at ASI in July of 2015, she immediately began working with a challenging client and growing as a professional. Because of her strong commitment to helping her clients she is able to utilize the feedback she gets from her supervisors and generalize that feedback across clients. It is reported that she provides a “High Quality Therapeutic Service” which is what ASI is hoping for from everyone of our clinical staff. As the founder of ASI I am always focused on ensuring that our newer staff embody the original goal of ASI and we are lucky to have Erika as she provides the Best ABA service.
Tim Prior

Erika is a pleasure to work with. She is extremely friendly and welcoming and I appreciate all the hard work she has done. Erika’s dedication and commitment to our clients is incredible. She truly cares about them and their progress. Regardless of the circumstance she is always positive and is able to work through any tough situation with confidence. The enthusiasm she brings with her to every session is wonderful and appreciated by the family and me. Thank you for all that you do Erika. Congratulations!

Gloria Martinez

I have had the great pleasure of seeing Erika grow this past year at ASI. She is unbelievably patient and passionate when working with her clients and their families. Erika has demonstrated a true desire to make a difference in the lives of our clients and is constantly striving on becoming a better therapist. She is extremely welcoming to feedback and immediately applies what she has learned. Throughout the year that we have worked together, she has never backed down from any situation, no matter how challenging. Erika has viewed every situation as an opportunity to further develop her therapy skills and follows through without hesitation. Thank you Erika for all your hard work and dedication in this challenging field. Everything you do is truly appropriated!

Cristian Gandara

Cristina
CristinaDirect Interventionist

Cristina

Cristina has been an important member of the ASI family since February of 2014. Cristina brings her contagious smile and can -do attitude to every assignment she receives. Over the years Cristina has stepped up to support ASI when we needed staff to drive long distances and work with difficult families. The LBUSD teachers and staff always want Cristina to work in their classrooms as they know she brings the knowledge and passion to make a difference to the students she works with. Cristina has the unique ability to not only support her assigned student but the whole classroom. I am very excited to hear that Cristina is enrolling in an ABA Master’s program, utilizing of one of ASI’s University partnerships that has given her a 15% discount on all her classes. Way to go Cristina!!!

Tim Prior

Cristina’s hard work, dedication and commitment to help others, regardless of the difficulties/challenges that she might face have been very refreshing and inspiring to witness. I have had the fortune to personally observe Cristina utilize not only her ABA strategies, but also her people skills to sort out situations that other people would simply avoid. It is pleasing and humbling to know that we, at ASI, can count on individuals like Cristina, with her intellect, talent and big heart!

Maria Cortez-Posada

My first interaction with Cristina was truly a pleasant one. She is such a kind person and makes you feel extremely comfortable with her smile. Her warm personality is one of the reasons that families and school sites continue to request her so frequently. I am incredibly impressed with her desire to learn more about the field of ABA and appreciate hearing her clinical insight regarding her clients. I foresee much success in Cristina’s academic and professional future.

Kajza Coats

Beatriz
BeatrizDirect Interventionist

Beatriz

When Betty began at ASI as an intern in 2013 it was clear she was a great fit to serve the Autism community. Over the years she has taken on some difficult cases and gets great reviews from her supervisors and families. ASI is very fortunate to have Betty.

Tim Prior

Betty is a very appreciated member of our ASI family. We have been fortunate to have Betty with us for some time now, and from the very beginning, she demonstrated true commitment and dedication to all her clients, even during difficult and complex situations. Betty has always been open and willing to take on challenging cases and make them successful. Betty’s approachability and welcoming attitude are also very much appreciated and admired. Congratulations, and thank you, Betty. Your ASI family is very proud of you!

Maria Cortez-Posada

I am so incredibly pleased to have Betty as the ASI employee of the month. I have had the absolute pleasure of working directly with Betty in the field. She consistently demonstrates the willingness to learn new strategies and implements feedback immediately. Additionally, Betty is able to independently look at her client’s data, determine if a goal is ready to be moved forward and communicates to her supervisor. Betty remains calm and collected, even when working through some extremely challenging behaviors. Additionally, she remains professional and courteous to families whom may not consistently demonstrate the same behavior towards her. Her positive attitude and genuine care for her client’s is clearly observed and contagious. I know Betty will continue to do amazing things in this field and we are so incredibly fortunate to have her as part of the ASI family.

Kajza Coats

Christian
ChristianDirect Interventionist

Christian

It’s hard to believe that Christian has only been with ASI for just over a year. Across this intense year I have had an opportunity to directly supervise her and hear direct feedback about her from multiple families and supervisors. I consistently receive positive feedback regarding Christian. Families eagerly modify their schedules to ensure they are receiving as many hours as they can from Christian. In addition, Christian has worked in some challenging family dynamics and has supported ASI through these times. Christian’s families comment on her ability to provide the intervention that their child needs using motivation and a complex understanding of the child’s program. I have heard parents with children at varying levels of the spectrum provide rave reviews regarding the intervention quality Christian provides. In addition, Christian is a pleasure to be around here at the office. Thank you Christian for the way you represent ASI.

Tim Prior

From the time she became part of the ASI family, Christian has been a pleasure to work with. Not only is she very dedicated and professional, but Christian has a unique ability to connect with the families she works with, becoming a great resource for the rest of the team. I foresee Christian will continue growing in the field and a cherished member of the ASI team.

Maria Cortez-Posada

I am absolutely thrilled to have Christian as the employee of the month. She is a pleasure to work with and her positive attitude is contagious. She demonstrated extreme flexibility in working with clients and their families. Additionally, she not only consistently seeks and implements feedback, but she also generalizes her new skills across different targets and clients. Christian is also an all star communicator and ensures that her supervisor and the office are aware of any changes that may have occurred. I know Christian has a bright future ahead of her in working with children. I am so grateful to have her as part of the ASI family.

Kajza Coats

Suzanne
SuzanneSupervisor / Parent Consultant

Suzanne

When Zanni joined ASI three years ago it was clear that she had a natural understanding of positive behavioral intervention and a natural ability for connecting with both clients and families. Over the years she has worked in some of the most difficult family dynamics and is able to advance our client’s program while keeping the families happy. In the ASI office, Zanni is a true pleasure to be around, even when she is coping with the most challenging cases. She has a reputation for being kind to ASI’s office staff and is very responsible submitting PVF’s. Zanni is consistently our top achiever in fulfilling her client’s billable hours. As Zanni grows in the field it is clear she is tracked for great leadership opportunities here at ASI.

Tim Prior

I am happy to celebrate Zanni as ASI’s employee of the month. Not only is she bright, charismatic and dedicated, but Zanni also possesses qualities that allow her to provide valuable support in a wide variety of situations and circumstances. Zanni enjoys working with her families and clients, and frequently talks about how important helping others is for her. Her optimistic and giving attitude is contagious and heartwarming. It is a true pleasure working alongside Zanni and watching her grow!

Maria Cortez-Posada

While I haven’t had the chance yet to get to know Zanni very well, my experiences with her have all been great. I really appreciate her willingness and ability to jump right in and problem solve any challenges that may present themselves. She is absolutely amazing at making sure that she schedules herself out to see her cases as often as possible. I also appreciate her positive attitude whenever I have spoken with her or hear her in the office. Congrats Zanni!

Kajza Coats

Jason
JasonDirect Interventionist

Jason

When Jason began working at ASI in August of 2014, he did not have experience in ABA. However he brought an enthusiasm and a strong desire to learn. In addition, Jason has a natural ability to connect with clients and their families. Jason has demonstrated his commitment to ASI throughout the year by being flexible with his working hours and taking on challenging clients. Even ASI’s most challenging families request Jason to help their children. I know the moment I see Jason, I automatically smile. He brings out the best in everyone around him. Jason embodies the spirit of ASI by always striving to provide his client’s with the best possible intervention.

Tim Prior

I clearly remember my first interaction with Jason; besides speaking in Spanish, I was impressed by his welcoming and kind personality. Jason is a person that I feel happy and thankful to have as part of the ASI family. Not only he brings the human qualities that make a person successful in our field of work, but he is also able to always see challenging situations as an opportunity for more growth. Regardless of the challenge, his attitude is always “Let’s give it a try!” and we do, and continue moving forward! Thank you, Senor Jason for your never ending optimism and positive attitude.

Maria Cortez-Posada

Michelle
MichelleHuman Resource Coordinator

Michelle

Michelle began working at ASI in March of 2015. Michelle utilizes her great level of knowledge in Autism Services to advance ASI’s Human Resource needs. She shares the ASI objective of providing the best service to every one of our clients. She understands her role in ensuring all ASI clients reach their greatest potential. Michelle brings a smile and a “Can-Do” attitude to the tasks she is assigned. Michelle’s administrative and clinical coworkers remark on how much they enjoy working with her. Michelle has significantly improved our HR systems and I know she will continue to strengthen ASI in the years to come.

Tim Prior

A few months ago, I was very pleased to welcome Michelle as a new member to our ASI family. I was confident that with her coming onboard, our Human Resources area was going to be developed and greatly improved upon. I was right! Michelle has not only done that, but has done it with great ability. Michelle, with her vast knowledge and expertise has been a tremendous source of support in several other areas. She always finds the time to try and help in any way she can. She has, in fact generously helped me in countless occasions and I am deeply grateful for that. Congratulations and thank you Michelle!

Maria Cortez-Posada

James
JamesSupervisor / Parent Consultant

James

Over the almost four years that James has worked at ASI, he grown from a great direct interventionist to a strong Supervisor / Parent Consultant. It has been rewarding for me to watch James become an MFTi and begin his path to becoming a BCBA. James always brings a positive attitude and a “Can Do” spirit to all his cases and the tasks he is assigned. I remember when James first started with ASI and he and I were singing “Little Mermaid” songs together to one of our clients. That coupled with the positive feedback I was getting from the family, I knew that James had the skills needed to change our clients lives for the better. James, very recently, decided on staying in Autism Services for his career path. I believe that James will continue to be a great asset for ASI for many years to come. Thank you James for all you do for our clients, their families and ASI.

Tim Prior

It is especially gratifying to see the growth of ASI family members who have been with us for years. This is the case of our employee of the month, James! From my very first interaction with him, at an interest workshop that I was facilitating, I knew James was someone who would be a perfect fit for the field. He would become a driving force in the change that we try to make in each one of our client’s lives. With his always positive attitude, his impeccable work ethics as well as his dedication, James, I have no doubt, is and will continue to be a remarkable professional in the MFT and ABA fields. Congratulations, Mr. James!

Maria Cortez-Posada

Maribel
MaribelSupervisor / Parent Consultant

Maribel

Maribel has been with ASI for almost five years and across those five years, she has watched ASI evolve and grow. It has been exciting for me to watch Maribel grow and evolve into the great clinician she has become. I watched Maribel’s confidence grow over the years as she has worked with some of the ASI’s most challenging clients and family dynamics. Maribel is one of our staff that parents don’t want to transition off their case and want to take on more hours. That is because of the deep care she has for our clients, her ability to build a strong rapport with the families and her high level clinical skills. Maribel is a team member that I have depended on for years and expect to depend on for many more. Thank you Maribel for your commitment to our clients and to ASI.

Tim Prior

Knowing and working alongside Maribel for some years now has been a rewarding experience. Not only have I been able to watch and cheer her professional growth, but I have felt confident in knowing that Maribel, regardless of the circumstances, would represent ASI in the best possible manner. I am very proud and appreciative for counting on professionals such as Maribel as part of our ASI family.

Maria Cortez-Posada

Alejandra
AlejandraDirect Interventionist

Alejandra

Alejandra came to ASI with an enthusiasm to learn and a drive to help our clients. She quickly demonstrated the skills to assist in teaching new ASI staff ABA techniques and strategies. Alejandra’s strong understanding of ABA and her desire to learn, coupled with her ability to teach has made Alejandra one of ASI’s primary “go-to” staff. In addition, Alejandra is a highly sought after DI who has earned the respect of myself and the folks here at the ASI office.

Tim Prior

Alejandra has brought to ASI a unique combination of qualities such as initiative, intelligence, generosity and kindness, a remarkably effective leadership style, and great overall disposition to help others. Alejandra is always ready to support and help with whatever is needed. This disposition, along with her ability to take the initiative, and get things going, with minimal directive, has been of tremendous help. Ale has come to save my day in countless occasions! In the field, I have also been able to witness Alejandra’s distinct ability to relate to her clients, and how they enjoy “playing with Ale” as opposed to “working with the therapist.” This same ability, Ale brings with her when training new interventionists, who frequently have many questions in their mind, but are hesitant to ask. Alejandra would make them feel confident enough to clear all their doubts and become more confident and efficient in their learning. Alejandra clearly represents what I hope everyone working with our special and unique clients should strive to be. Thank you, Ale!

Maria Cortez-Posada

Jeanette
JeanetteDirect Interventionist

Jeanette

Although Jeanette is a relatively new member to the ASI family, her growth in all areas of the field has been tremendous. I have been fortunate to witness such growth, from the time when she was a complete newbie attending trainings and trying to start understanding the basic concepts of ABA, to now, when she has taken on a particularly challenging case, with unique professionalism, caring and commitment. I am proud to have Jeannette be part of our team. I am thankful for her unique attributes which make her such an awesome interventionist, and I am confident that she has a great future in the ABA field!

Maria Cortez-Posada

Jeanette has worked with our Gant site at Long Beach from day one. She was recently given the difficult task of taking on one of the most challenging cases and did not hesitate or complain about her assignment. She was ready for the challenge and gives it her all, day in and day out. Jeanette approaches the client with genuine care for his overall well-being despite the many challenges that the client presents. She carries herself in a professional manner, applies techniques efficiently and responds to feedback very well. She is constantly looking for ways to ensure that her client is successful. I am very lucky to have Jeanette as a part of this special team and look forward to working with her in the future.

Sandy Hernandez

Derek
DerekSupervisor / Parent Consultant

Derek

Derek has been working for Autism Spectrum Interventions (ASI) for over four years. Derek brings his passion, patience and focus to every client he works with. I have Supervised Derek and witnessed numerous times his ability to make connections with the clients and their families. Derek’s commitment to the Special Needs Community, ASI, and every family he works with is second to none. ASI has been fortunate to have Derek so successfully working with clients on all areas of the spectrum. Derek works through the most difficult tantrums with confidence and perseverance. Derek communicates when he needs assistance, training and support. Derek understands how to use reinforcers to motivate clients on all areas of the spectrum. Thank you Derek for helping so many of our clients over the years. You are an invaluable asset to ASI.

Tim Prior

Qualities such as Derek are compassionate commitment, perseverance and true desire to help those with the most needs make Derek, as Tim says, an invaluable member of the ASI family. I started getting to know Derek a little closer just a few months ago. I was impressed to hear Derek explain how he felt his duty to help those that few others would try to help. I am honored to know and celebrate Derek for the kind of human being he is.

Maria Cortez-Posada

Samantha
SamanthaSupervisor / Parent Consultant

Samantha

Samantha Gonzales has taken on the position of lead trainer and training development assistant with great enthusiasm and intensity. She is a key, driving force in presenting and developing ASI training’s for our new direct interventionist staff. Over the last two years Samantha has been promoted from Direct Interventionist to her current role as Supervisor / Parent Consultant and Trainer. It is very common to see Samantha in the office working on reports, providing training’s and helping to grow and strengthen ASI and her own clinical skills. Samantha is hardworking, optimistic and a pleasure to work with, and I see a very bright future for Samantha here at ASI.

Tim Prior

Samantha has demonstrated great dedication and commitment to her clients as well as to her ASI family. She is knowledgeable and an avid learner who takes advantage of every available opportunity to seek input on how to help her clients better. Sam is always willing to help. Regardless of the task, she will take it on and do an outstanding job even with sometimes challenging and hard situations or task. I am also very thankful to have Sam helping in the development of much needed training materials that in turn will benefit strengthen the whole ASI family. Samantha truly reflects the values which ASI stands for.

Maria Cortez-Posada

Liz
LizSupervisor / Parent Consultant

Elizabeth (Liz)

Liz has been a part of the ASI family for a little over a year now. Upon her starting at ASI, I was lucky enough to have Liz assigned to one of my cases and she did an amazing job! Watching her learn, and develop into the remarkable professional she has become has been enormously rewarding. Her inquisitive mind, dedication, commitment to her clients, and receptiveness to learning and receiving feedback has allowed Liz to grow into a very strong Direct Interventionist, and is currently a part of our team of trainers. Liz shares her knowledge and abilities with our new Direct Interventionists. Whether she is in the field, doing overlaps with her different clients, or during instructional office training, Liz has consistently shown to be knowledgeable, assertive, welcoming, a fast thinker and problem solver. Liz is also assigned to one of our LBUSD school sites. Working at LBUSD, she has demonstrated time and time again the caliber of our Direct Interventionists, receiving great feedback not only from ASI supervisors, but also from the school site authorities. I am proud and thankful to have Liz as a valuable member of our fast growing ASI family.

Maria Cortez-Posada

Working with Elizabeth is always a pleasure. She brings an optimistic spirit to the clients she works with. She is committed to acquiring knowledge of ABA and providing excellent care and service to her families. She was promoted to trainer as she exemplifies what ASI is looking for in all our staff.

Tim Prior

Sandy
SandyDivisional Clinical Supervisor

Sandy

It’s been very exciting to watch Sandy grow here at ASI over the last year and a half. She has taken on the toughest clients and toughest scenarios in stride. She has pushed through a tidal wave of work while still maintaining her clinical obligations. Sandy became a BCBA about a year ago but demonstrates the poise and process of a seasoned specialist. Most recently she has taken on the task of supervising our amazing new opportunities at Long Beach Unified School District. This assignment is developing as we go, which requires oversight by someone who is highly knowledgeable, personable and recognizes and overcomes challenges. Sandy has taken on this task with an optimistic outlook, recognizing the importance of this assignment to ASI and working with the district staff to best suit the needs of their students and staff. I anticipate 2015 to be the greatest year that ASI has seen. I anticipate that Sandy will be playing a huge role in our success.

Tim Prior

I have had the pleasure of knowing and witnessing Sandy’s professional and human qualities for almost a year now. From jumping under a water sprinkler and getting soaking wet along with her young client, to pulling long days at the office working on complex BIPs, FBAs, etc. Sandy has, without a doubt, demonstrated that she is not only a remarkable professional, but also one that is not afraid of taking on any challenges that comes her way. I concur with Tim; Sandy’s pivotal role with ASI will just continue to grow along with ASI’s growth.

Maria Cortez-Posada

Annette
AnnetteOffice Coordinator

Annette

Annette has been an important facet of the ASI office team for the last 2 years. During the transition from the Brea office to the Fullerton office, she was a leader in ensuring that communication remained strong, and that order was kept through the chaos. Annette always has a positive attitude, an understanding outlook and the greatest patience of anyone I know. This positive outlook has been pivotal in helping the ASI office maintain high moral through the changes across the last few months. Annette is able to coordinate trainings ensuring the highest attendance rates. Annette is key in maintaining the flow of daily operations, intuitively understands ASI priorities, has a VERY keen eye for details and wraps all those skills in patience and understanding.

Tim Prior

Annette’s a rock star! Her generous disposition, regardless of the circumstances has been vital to ASI continuing growth and success. Annette has helped me with any and every issue that I have asked her to help me with, or even when I have not asked her, she has always been there to help and support me. I am genuinely thankful and proud to know and work alongside our rock star, Annette!!

Maria Cortez-Posada

Kristina
KristinaDivisional Clinical Supervisor

Kristina

Over the last two and half years Kristina has brought a strong desire to learn about autism and ABA and help her clients. Not long after starting at ASI Kristina started her BCBA coursework and after becoming a BCBA she took on the difficult project of developing our social skills groups. Kristina has both maintained the integrity of the current groups as well as pioneering the curriculum, data collection and organization of this very involved endeavor. Kristina brings a positive perspective and a hard work ethic into every part of her work at ASI.

Tim Prior

Gloria
GloriaSupervisor / Parent Consultant

Gloria

Gloria came to ASI with an enthusiasm to help our clients and a desire to learn. She quickly was identified as a parent favorite, Now that she has been promoted she again shows her desire to learn. And rumor has it that her first round of reports look like they were written by veterans.

Tim Prior

feel fortunate to have this opportunity to thank Gloria for giving her best under any circumstance, for being not only a knowledgeable and skilled professional, but also a generous, caring and humble human being. After graduating from UCI, and from the time she joined the ASI family Gloria has consistently demonstrated genuine interest in learning and improving her skills so that she could better help her clients and their families. Gloria has become one of our most skilled Direct Interventionists, who not only did an awesome job with her clients in every session, but who has also done a superb job at training new interventionists and taking on other responsibilities. Gloria was recently promoted to being a Supervisor/Parent Consultant. She so rightfully deserves this promotion, and we all congratulate her on this new position and are very proud to have her as our Employee of the month!

Maria Cortez-Posada

Kathy
KathySupervisor / Parent Consultant

Kathy

Kathy is in constant search of knowledge. She clearly takes pride in maximizing the potential of every one of her clients. Her supervisors report she is a pleasure to work with. And she is a true pleasure to have in the office with all her positive energy.

Tim Prior

From the very first day she became part of the ASI family, Kathy has demonstrated great commitment to the families she works with as well as an extraordinary openness to learning and becoming more ABA knowledgeable. Shortly after graduating with a bachelor’s degree from UCLA, Kathy came to ASI. In the few months that she has been with us, she has become a true human asset to the company. Whereas accepting and applying supervisors’ feedback, or going the extra mile to accommodate a last minute schedule change, Kathy always has a positive and professional attitude. Kathy has indicated that she would very much like to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and continue growing in the field. I anticipate her having a very successful and gratifying future in the field, and as a valued member of the ASI family.

Maria Cortez-Posada

Sara
SaraSupervisor/ Parent Consultant

Sara

When Sara came to ASI almost four years ago, she came with an enthusiasm to help people and desire to learn. One of the most gratifying aspects of being the founder of ASI is watching someone like Sara grow through her education and her training at ASI. Watching her being promoted and her constantly seeking more knowledge reassures me of the great path that ASI is on.

Tim Prior

Sara is the quintessential ABA service provider! She is intelligent, eager to learn, and quick to learn new material. On the case that we have together, Sara asked for research in the area of compliance training and she expanded her knowledge of functional communication – becoming skilled in the use of many common signs in the process. Sara’s ideas and suggestions for cases have been right on point! Sara displays an excellent balance between warmth and professionalism. Both clients and parents respond very well to her. A few months ago, Sara assumed the parent consultation portion of a case with the aplomb of a seasoned worker. Sara is a gifted multi -tasker – she is adept at taking data while running programs and while connecting with the client! Furthermore, Sara does not shy away from challenging behaviors. It has been an honor and pleasure to work with her and her future in this field is exceptionally bright!

Tracey Zalidivar

Maria
MariaAssociate Clinical Director

Maria

Maria’s families express their gratitude for her ability to understand their child and their family dynamics. Maria’s cases are marked by the rapid acquisition of client skills and strong parental buy-in of the strategies being utilized and taught. Maria has recently taken on the great task of providing the agency-wide DTT training, ensuring that ASI maintains the highest standards of intervention. With over 15-years in the field and having worked in multiple countries, Maria brings a unique type of diversity and experience to ASI. Maria was also the very first staff hired at ASI and has helped in the development of our trainings and clinical policies. She works with confidence and competence and a strong commitment to ASI. I have been fortunate to be able to count on Maria since the inception of ASI. Maria embodies the spirit that I hope all ASI staff demonstrate.

Tim Prior

Cristian
CristianSupervisor/ Parent Consultant

Cristian

Cristian is able to work with the most difficult clients; whether they are aggressive or have other challenges. He can work in challenging family dynamics; including divorced parents who don’t like each other, parents who are scared of their own children and parents who are uncomfortable with having strangers come into their homes. Every family I’ve ever spoken with about Cristian, “Loves Cristian.” I have placed Cristian on cases that needed lots of help ASAP and he was able to get the case put together and make the families happy ASAP. As a Full Time Supervisor; He consistently achieves his required billable hour requirements. He consistently achieves his total working hours requirements. Cristian strives to improve his knowledge of ABA, through the BCBA coursework he is currently taking. He balances it all and I continue to get glowing reviews from the families he works with. I am proud to have offered Cristian the opportunity to learn to be a Supervisor / Parent Consultant over three years ago. Cristian’s dedication to his clients, eagerness to learn and natural ability to understand family dynamics and address the most pressing needs are some of the attributes that make him so great. Cristian exemplifies what I had always hoped ASI would represent.

Tim Prior