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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.

Sarah Bartlett

Sarah Bartlett, M.S., BCBA

Chief Clinical OfficerSarah 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, 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.

Danielle Sanchez

Danielle Sanchez, Ed.S., BCBA

Program Director

Danielle Sanchez is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Program Director at Behavioral Initiatives. She attained the Educational Specialist (Ed.S) degree in School Psychology from Florida International University and…

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Danielle Sanchez

Danielle Sanchez, Ed.S., BCBAProgram Director

Danielle Sanchez is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Program Director at Behavioral Initiatives. She attained the Educational Specialist (Ed.S) degree in School Psychology from Florida International University and Applied Behavior Analysis Certification from Florida Institute of Technology. Danielle has worked with children with autism and related disabilities in clinic, home and school settings for many years. As a BCBA she has developed individualized programs for her clients focusing on skill acquisition and behavior reduction. Danielle has experience training staff, teachers and parents on treatment protocols and data collection procedures. She provides supervision for individuals seeking certification at the RBT, BCaBA and BCBA level. Danielle is passionate about verbal behavior and early intervention as she has seen the immense impact it can have on a child’s functional, social and communication skills.

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.

Danielle Brown, M.Ed., RBT

Danielle Brown, M.Ed., RBT

Lead Therapist

Danielle Brown is a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) and Lead Therapist at Behavioral Initiatives. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Master of Education In Foundations In Behavior Analysis…

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Danielle Brown

Danielle Brown, M.Ed., RBTLead Therapist

Danielle Brown is a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) and Lead Therapist at Behavioral Initiatives. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Master of Education In Foundations In Behavior Analysis and is currently completing the necessary steps to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

Danielle has years of experience working with varying individuals on the autism spectrum in both the school and home settings, where she assists with verbal behavior programming as well as behavioral acquisition and reduction program implementation.

Jonathan Frias

Jonathan Frias, BCaBA

Assistant Clinical Supervisor

Jonathan Frias is a Board-Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) with Behavioral Initiatives. He has a B.A. in Psychology from Florida International University. He is currently pursuing…

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Jonathan Frias

Jonathan Frias, BCaBAAssistant Clinical Supervisor

Jonathan Frias is a Board-Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) with Behavioral Initiatives. He has a B.A. in Psychology from Florida International University. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) while accumulating supervised fieldwork/intensive practicum hours towards Board Certification (BCBA).

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.

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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Camay Goodrum, RBT

Behavior Therapist

Camay Goodrum is a Registered Behavior Technician with Behavioral Initiatives. She has always enjoyed working with kids. She knew from high school that her calling would…

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Camay Goodrum, RBTBehavior Therapist

Camay Goodrum is a Registered Behavior Technician with Behavioral Initiatives. She has always enjoyed working with kids. She knew from high school that her calling would have her helping young children. She discovered ABA a few years ago while pursuing a degree in Psychology. She was fascinated by the science and immediately fell in love with the application when she saw the positive effects it had on individuals with Autism and other developmental disorders. She is committed to the quality application of ABA and the families, in which she services.

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Mercedes Diego, RBT

Behavior Therapist

Mercedes Diego is a Registered Behavior Technician at Behavioral Initiatives. She is completing her Bachelors in Psychology at Florida International University…

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Mercedes Diego, RBTBehavior Therapist

Mercedes Diego is a Registered Behavior Technician at Behavioral Initiatives. She is completing her Bachelors in Psychology at Florida International University and working on completing her coursework and supervision fieldwork to become a BCaBA. She also has plans of obtaining her Masters Degree in the future.

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.

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Monica Agredo, RBT

Behavior Therapist

Monica has always had a strong passion for working with kids. She started volunteering to work with children while in high school and…

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Monica Agredo, RBTBehavior Therapist

Monica has always had a strong passion for working with kids. She started volunteering to work with children while in high school and continued giving her time for several years. She was introduced to ABA by an RBT who was working with a child at a school, in which she volunteered. She saw the impact ABA was having on the child and knew this was the field she wanted to pursue. She got a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Florida International University and plans to pursue a master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis. Her goal is to be a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

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Aminat Seriki, RBT

Behavior Therapist

Aminat is a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT), who obtained a double major in Psychology and Interdisciplinary Studies at Florida International University (FIU). She plans to get her…

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Aminat Seriki, RBTBehavior Therapist

Aminat is a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT), who obtained a double major in Psychology and Interdisciplinary Studies at Florida International University (FIU). She plans to get her Masters degree to become a BCBA in the near future.

The field of Applied Behavior Analysis became a field of interest when Aminat interned for one of her professors at FIU. From there, Aminat knew that ABA was the field for her and eventually became employed. She has worked in different settings, such as schools, clinics and homes, and has made a good impact in the clients she has worked with. Aminat aims to provide great services and inspired to open her very own clinic in the future.

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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!

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Patricia Neukamp, RBT

Behavior Therapist

Patricia Neukamp is a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT). She always loved to be around children…

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Patricia Neukamp Registered Behavior Technician (RBT)

She always loved to be around children, so after moving to the United States in 2016, she knew that she should pursue this path. During a research she learned about ABA therapy, and later, heard about how to become a RBT. Patricia thinks that being able to bring quality of life to families and to people with special needs as well as being able to observe their development and evolution are fascinating and rewarding.

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