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At Behavioral Initiatives, our dedicated team of seasoned professionals take great pride in working with individuals and families in order to help them attain a higher quality of life. The success of our clients is our utmost priority. We not only teach our clients skills that can help them be successful in the present, but we also assist them in developing skills that will have lasting effects and make positive, long-term changes in their lives.

Staff Bios

Meet the people behind the quality service Behavioral Initiatives is known for.

Edmund Bartlett

Edmund Bartlett

Co-founder & Chief Operating Officer

Edmund Bartlett is the Co-Founder and Chief Operations Officer of Behavioral Initiatives. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration. He is also experienced…

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Edmund Bartlett

Edmund Bartlett

Edmund Bartlett is the Co-Founder and Chief Operations Officer of Behavioral Initiatives. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration. He is also experienced and trained in leadership, management, and process improvement for over a decade.

“We are here to serve by bringing positive value to all who are involved. Ideally, self-actualization is what we seek, and that’s what we support.” This is a passion both Ed and Sarah share to bring high-quality ABA services to those in need. This is their life purpose.

Sarah Bartlett

Sarah Bartlett, M.S., BCBA

Co-founder & Chief Clinical Officer

Sarah Bartlett is the founder, and Chief Clinical Officer for Behavioral Initiatives. She graduated from Florida State University with a Master’s of Science degree in Psychology, specializing in Applied Behavior Analysis. She…

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Sarah Bartlett

Sarah Bartlett, M.S., BCBA Chief Clinical Officer

Sarah Bartlett is the founder, and Chief Clinical Officer for Behavioral Initiatives. She graduated from Florida State University with a Master’s of Science degree in Psychology in 2004, specializing in Applied Behavior Analysis. She is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst who has worked with a diverse population, including children, adolescents, and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. She has also worked with children with varying exceptionalities, typically developing children with behavioral problems, and adults with various disabilities.

She has provided services in settings that include family and group homes, center-based facilities, and schools through regular and special education classrooms. Sarah has conducted training, supervision, and management of verbal behavior therapists, as well as provided supervision for BCBA and BCaBA applicants. She has also provided behavioral acquisition and reduction services to individuals with autism or other developmental disabilities and their families. Throughout her career, she has conducted training for parents, teachers, and professionals in behavior management and teaching language skills to children with autism.

Janelys Castro

Janelys Castro, M.Ed., BCBA

Clinical Supervisor

Janelys Castro is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Clinical Supervisor at Behavioral Initiatives. She has a Master’s degree in Education Curriculum and Instruction of Applied Behavior Analysis…

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Janelys Castro

Janelys Castro, M.Ed., BCBAClinical Supervisor

Janelys Castro is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Clinical Supervisor at Behavioral Initiatives. She has a Master’s degree in Education Curriculum and Instruction of Applied Behavior Analysis from Arizona State University. She has experience working in various home, school, and community settings, specializing in the treatment of individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders.

Janelys has experience in developing and implementing behavior plans to help reduce problem behaviors and increase a variety of adaptive coping mechanisms, including functional communication, life, and social skills. She has provided training to parents, caregivers, and staff on the implementation of ABA procedures and how to teach functional communication skills to promote better living across different settings.

Myrtho Charles

Myrtho Charles, MS., BCBA

Clinical Supervisor

Myrtho Charles is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) at Behavioral Initiatives. She graduated from Florida International University (FIU) with a Master’s degree in Exceptional Student Education…

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Myrtho Charles

Myrtho Charles, MS., BCBAClinical Supervisor

Myrtho Charles is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) at Behavioral Initiatives. She graduated from Florida International University (FIU) with a Master’s degree in Exceptional Student Education with an Autism Endorsement. She completed her BCBA coursework at Florida Institute of Technology (FIT)

She is a certified teacher and has taught in an autism cluster with students from grades K-6. She provides ABA services to individuals in the home and community settings by assisting with verbal behavior programming, behavior acquisition and implementing reduction programs.

Maria Santiago

Maria Santiago, M.S., BCBA

Clinical Supervisor

Maria is originally from Springfield, Massachusetts. She moved to the Fort Lauderdale area after completing her Bachelor’s degree in 2004 from Westfield University. She received her Master’s degree…

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Maria Santiago

Maria Santiago, M.S., BCBAClinical Supervisor

Maria is originally from Springfield, Massachusetts. She moved to the Fort Lauderdale area after completing her Bachelor’s degree in 2004 from Westfield University. She received her Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2012 from Kaplan University and attained Board Certification in 2018.

She has experience working with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders, as well as children who have been diagnosed with Down’s Syndrome. Maria has been working with this population group since 2012. She joined Behavior Initiatives, LLC in September, 2015.

Jonathan Frias

Jonathan Frias, BCBA

Clinical Supervisor

Jonathan Frias is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with Behavioral Initiatives. He obtained his Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analyst (ABA) at Florida Institue of Technology…

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Jonathan Frias

Jonathan Frias, BCBAClinical Supervisor

Jonathan Frias is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with Behavioral Initiatives. He obtained his Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analyst (ABA) at Florida Institue of Technology.

Jonathan has a huge passion for helping kids with special needs, particularly those with behavioral challenges and developmental disorders. He has always loved to help those around him, but really discovered his calling a few years ago when he was first exposed to the science of ABA and the positive effects it has on individuals with Autism and other developmental disabilities. He enjoys seeing the growth of the individuals with whom he works with through his dedication and compassion. He has sought every opportunity to work with this population, while furthering his education and applying the science of ABA.

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Mercedes Diego, BCaBA

Assistant Clinical Supervisor

Mercedes Diego is an Assistant Clinical Supervisor at Behavioral Initiatives. She obtained her Bachelors in Psychology at Florida International University and completed her coursework and supervision fieldwork to…

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Mercedes Diego, BCaBAAssistant Clinical Supervisor

Mercedes Diego is an Assistant Clinical Supervisor at Behavioral Initiatives. She obtained her Bachelors in Psychology at Florida International University and completed her coursework and supervision fieldwork to become a BCaBA. In the future, she has plans to obtain her Master’s Degree.

She has worked with individuals with developmental disabilities in the school, home, clinic and community settings. Mercedes is particularly interested in Feeding Therapy. Among her other passions include helping children overcome food aversions and improving the eating habits and behaviors of children.

Alondra

Alondra Lugo

Administrative Assistant

Alondra Lugo is the Administrative Assistant at Behavioral Initiatives She was born in Puerto Rico and speaks English and Spanish. She recently graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor’s in Psychology…

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Alondra

Alondra LugoAdministrative Assistant

Alondra Lugo is the Administrative Assistant at Behavioral Initiatives She was born in Puerto Rico and speaks English and Spanish. She recently graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor’s in Psychology, with a focus in Industrial-Organizational Psychology. She is passionate about students and the education system. Thus, she aspires to continue her education, and obtain her Master’s degree in order to make positive changes in the education system that can improve the lives of students and families.

Michelle Labiste

Michelle Labiste, RBT

Behavior Therapist

Michelle Labiste is a Registered Behavioral Technician with Behavioral Initiatives. She is currently finishing her Bachelors in Psychology at Florida International University with plans of…

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Michelle Labiste

Michelle Labiste, RBTBehavior Therapist

Michelle Labiste is a Registered Behavioral Technician with Behavioral Initiatives. She is currently finishing her Bachelors in Psychology at Florida International University with plans of obtaining her Masters in ABA.

Michelle has always been passionate about working with kids, especially those with special needs. She discovered her calling a few years ago while participating in an annual walk for the cause. After taking a course in ABA, the science of it truly fascinated her and sparked her passion even further.

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Yadira Machado, RBT

Behavior Therapist

Yadira is a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT), who is pursuing a psychology degree at Florida International…

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Yadira Machado, RBTBehavior Therapist

Yadira is a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT), who is pursuing a psychology degree at Florida International University. Her passion for working with kids with disabilities started in high school where she volunteered to work with these kids in different environments. She plans on getting her BCaBA and then work towards her BCBA. The most rewarding feeling in this field is seeing how much kids learn and improve with the services we provide!

Alexandra Nekhankin

Alexandra Nekhankin, RBT

Behavior Therapist

My name is Alexandra Nekhankin, I am 28 years old, I graduated from FIU with a degree in Psychology. I am originally from Philadelphia…

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Alexandra Nekhankin

Alexandra Nekhankin, RBT Behavior Therapist

My name is Alexandra Nekhankin, I am 28 years old, I graduated from FIU with a degree in Psychology. I am originally from Philadelphia, moved down to Florida for the beautiful weather and school. I have always loved working with children from my babysitting and camp counselor days growing up. I became interested in ABA therapy during a presentation at FIU and have been passionate about making a positive difference in children’s lives and providing them with the tools needed to thrive, ever since. I love to be at the beach, rollerblade, hike, go camping, and do anything outdoors. I have a huge love for animals, and I do all types of activism for them. Originally born in Ukraine, I am bilingual in English and Russian.

Lisa Torres

Lisa Torres, RBT

Behavior Therapist

Lisa has always had a passion for working with children, especially at a young age, which led her to pursue a degree in Early Childhood Education.

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Lisa Torres

Lisa Torres, RBT Behavior Therapist

Lisa has always had a passion for working with children, especially at a young age, which led her to pursue a degree in Early Childhood Education. As the lead teacher in a preschool setting, she felt the need to give extra attention to those who were out of the ordinary. A family friend spoke to her about ABA and it caught her eye. After further research, she became a board-certified RBT and ever since joining Behavioral Initiatives, it has been life changing. She is so energetic with the kids and loves seeing their growth. She is a team player and overall, truly enjoys making a difference.

Ashley Soto

Ashley Soto, RBT

Behavior Therapist

I graduated from Florida International University, with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Behavioral Initiatives has opened their doors to me…

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Ashley Soto

Ashley Soto, RBT Behavior Therapist

I graduated from Florida International University, with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Behavioral Initiatives has opened their doors to me, as well as opening my eyes to what truly inspires me. Working with children with ASD has turned into a rewarding passion. Seeing the impact, I make on their progress keeps me motivated to keep working and brings me happiness.

I have decided to keep pursuing a career in ABA and will be attending FSU for my masters in ABA.

Charlene Monestime

Charlene Monestime, RBT

Behavior Therapist

Hi! My Name is Charlene, a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) at Behavioral Initiatives…

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Charlene Monestime

Charlene Monestime, RBT Behavior Therapist

Hi! My Name is Charlene, a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) at Behavioral Initiatives. Currently I am pursuing my Bachelor’s degree in psychology at Florida International University. I love children and along my journey I always knew that I would have a career that involves children. Prior to working for Behavioral initiatives, I had experience working at a school for children with disabilities, ages 3-21, as a Teacher’s Assistant. Seeing how children develop to reach their full potential and become independent, was an enjoyable feeling for me. Then I knew I grew a specific passion. What better way to work with children than providing quality services to help children with disabilities reach their full capability physically and mentally. Eventually I’ll become a BCBA and open my own center for children with disabilities! Until then I’ll continue providing quality services and making positive impacts for our children of the future, while furthering my education in ABA.

Kristine Britton

Kristine Britton, RBT

Behavior Therapist

Hi my name is Kristine Britton. I am a Registered Behavior Technician with Behavioral Initiatives…

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Kristine Britton

Kristine Britton, RBT Behavior Therapist

Hi my name is Kristine Britton. I am a Registered Behavior Technician with Behavioral Initiatives. I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Professional Behavior Analysis at Florida Institute of Technology. I have always had a passion for working in the health care field, specifically with children. I was first introduced to the field of ABA through my sister who worked with children diagnosed with ASD, I fell in love with the field and have never looked back.

I have three years of experience working with early intervention children and have provided services both in home and clinic settings. The most rewarding part of my job is seeing the growth our clients make and the positive impact our services have on improving their lives.

Jeffrey Jerviss

Jeffrey Jerviss

Behavior Therapist

Jeffrey Jerviss is a Registered Behavior Technician with Behavioral Initiatives. He is currently finishing his Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice…

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Jeffrey Jerviss

Jeffrey Jerviss Behavior Therapist

Jeffrey Jerviss is a Registered Behavior Technician with Behavioral Initiatives. He is currently finishing his Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice and will be getting his Master’s degree from the University of Miami.

Jeffrey has always been interested in the social services and mental health field. His goal is to help people wherever he is which led him to find the field of ABA. After taking a class in ABA Jeffrey knew this is where he belonged.

Marina

Marina Paula, RBT

Behavior Therapist

Marina Paula is a Registered Behavior Technician and graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor’s in Recreation and Sport Management…

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Marina

Marina Paula Behavior Therapist

Marina Paula is a Registered Behavior Technician and graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor’s in Recreation and Sport Management. She was born in Brazil and speaks Portuguese, English, and Spanish.

She has a passion for helping others and has always known that she wanted to work with children. She was introduced to ABA through a close friend and ever since then, has been in awe of how much this field helps improve the lives of those with ASD. Seeing all the progress and small accomplishments her clients have made has been a huge fulfillment for her and has influenced her to continue her education to obtain a Master’s in ABA.

Agilda

Agilda Gomez, RBT

Behavior Therapist

Agilda Gomez is a Registered Behavior Technician at Behavioral Initiatives. As a young child, Agilda knew she wanted to work with kids and now she is working in this beautiful field…

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Agilda

Agilda Gomez Behavior Therapist

Agilda Gomez is a Registered Behavior Technician at Behavioral Initiatives. As a young child, Agilda knew she wanted to work with kids and now she is working in this beautiful field. She graduated from Florida International University with a degree in Health Services Administration with honors. She was born in New York and came to Florida when she was about 7 years old. Agilda is pursuing a Master’s in ABA with the University of West Florida.

Maylin

Maylin Cordero, RBT

Behavior Therapist

Maylin always knew she wanted to work with children and has done so for most of her career. She was exposed to ABA while working at a daycare and was impressed by how much children receiving the service were improving…

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Maylin

Maylin CorderoBehavior Therapist

Maylin always knew she wanted to work with children and has done so for most of her career. She was exposed to ABA while working at a daycare and was impressed by how much children receiving the service were improving. She decided she would become an RBT to help more children improve and help the families understand their children. Maylin has never looked back and loves what she does.

Gabriela Laurel

Gabriela Laurel, RBT

Behavior Therapist

Gabriella ‘Gaby’ Laurel is a Registered Behavior Therapist here at Behavioral Initiatives. Gaby graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education…

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Gabriela Laurel

Gabriela Laurel, RBTBehavior Therapist

Gabriella ‘Gaby’ Laurel is a Registered Behavior Therapist here at Behavioral Initiatives. Gaby graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education.

She decided to look into the field of Applied Behavior Analysis after speaking to a close friend. Once in the field, she realized how much passion and interest she has in ABA. This newfound passion has been a deciding factor in going back to school for a Master’s degree in Special Education with the intent to be a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

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