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Staff Bios

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

Sarah Bartlett is the founder, and Chief Clinical Officer for Behavioral Initiatives, LLC. 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.

Sarah Bartlett

Danielle Sanchez

Danielle Sanchez, Ed.S., BCBA- Clinical Supervisor.

Danielle Sanchez is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) 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. She became Board Certified in May, 2013. 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.


Christina Murphy, M.S., BCBA

Christina Murphy is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) that has been working for Behavioral Initiatives since 2012. She is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University (FAU) with her Bachelor's of Arts degree in Exceptional Student Education and received her Master's degree from Nova Southeastern University in Developmental Disabilities and Applied Behavior Analysis.

Work experiences include being an Exceptional Student Education (ESE) teacher of children with autism and other developmental disabilities ranging in age from 3-18 years old. She provides ABA services to individuals in school, clinic, community, and home settings by writing individualized behavioral plans. These plans include research-based strategies to teach life skills, reduce negative behaviors, help increase various language skills, teach positive replacement behaviors, and more. Christina has a passion for early intervention, verbal behavior, and parent training.

Christina Murphy

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 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, 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 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.

Myrtho Charles, MS., BCaBA

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 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 Murphy, M.S.- Lead Therapist

Danielle Murphy 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.

Danielle Murphy

Jonathan Frias, RBT- Behavior Therapist

Jonathan Frias is a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) with Behavioral Initiatives. He has a BS in Psychology from Florida International University. He is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) while accumulating supervised fieldwork hours towards Board Certification (BCaBA and BCBA).

Jonathan has a passion for helping kids with special needs, particularly those with behavioral and developmental disorders. He discovered his calling a few years ago when he was first exposed to the science of ABA and the positive effects on individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. He has sought every opportunity to work with this population while studying and applying the science of ABA.

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 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. 

Jonathan Frias and Michelle Labiste

Camay& Mercedes

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 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.   

Mercedes Diego, RBT - Behavior Therapist

Mercedes Diego is a Registered Behavior Technician with 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 Master's 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, helping children overcome food aversions and improving the eating habits and behaviors of children is one of her passions.