BEHAVIOR INTERVENTION STAFF
Taylor Gaines, MS, BCBA
Taylor has been working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis since 2005. She started as a Behavior Technician and is now a Clinical Director. Taylor holds a Master of Science in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling and a BCBA from Fresno State. She has experience working with children and adults 18 months to 28 years old. Taylor also has extensive experience working with children on the autism spectrum at all levels from direct 1:1 work, training, BCBA supervision and now clinical director work. Taylor has run center-based services including social skills programs and in home ABA services. She is very dedicated to her client’s progress and growth of her staff.
Robynne Bump, MS, BCBA
Robynne has worked in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis since 2007 and has been a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) since 2016. She has experience working in clinic-based, school-based, and in-home providing ABA services. Robynne specializes in the development of functional communication skills and reduction of maladaptive behavior for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. In 2016, Robynne completed the Master in Psychology program at California State University, Stanislaus with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis. She is passionate about providing evidence-based interventions and supports to children, families, and communities needing ABA services.
Asucena Maldonado, MS, BCBA
Asucena has worked in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis since 2005 and has been a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) since 2016. She has experience working in-home and school-based ABA services. Before becoming a credentialed provider, Asucena worked as a 1:1 technician and supervisor for 10 years where she found passion in working in ABA with children and their families. In 2015, Susie became a BCaBA while holding a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a concentration in Human Development. The following year, she became a BCBA when she completed a Master in Teaching with a Specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis through National University. Her goal is to provide evidence-based interventions and support to children, families, and staff following the BACB ethical code with emphasis on positive reinforcement.
Associate Clinical Directors
Jennifer Soto, MA, BCBA
Jennifer has been working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis since 2011. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Fresno State and a Master of Arts in Education from Fresno Pacific University. Jennifer has experience providing early intervention services with children beginning at age 18 months and comprehensive and focused based services for children and teens. Jennifer also has experience in teaching, school counseling, supervising in-home services, facilitating social skills groups and parent training. She enjoys teaching her staff and supporting them in their growth in the field of ABA.
Vanessa Lopez, MA, BCBA
Vanessa has worked in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis since 2015. She has experience working in clinic-based and in-home providing ABA services with children and adults. Vanessa completed the Master's program in Applied Behavior Analysis at California State University, Fresno and passed her BCBA exam in 2020. Vanessa's passion for ABA services have grown as she has seen first hand the decrease in maladaptive behaviors and increase of appropriate replacement behaviors with clients and families. She is passionate about providing evidence-based interventions and supports to children, families, and communities needing ABA services.
Dawn Jantzen, MA, BCBA
Dawn earned her Bachelors Degree in Behavior Science and began as a behavior technician working with children diagnosed with autism. She fell in love with the children she worked with as well as with Applied Behavior Analysis. It was then she decided to pursue a career in the field of ABA. Dawn went back to school and earned her Masters degree in Education in 2017, and went on to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2019. She has experience working in-home as well as the clinic setting and has worked with children ages of 2 to 15. Dawn is passionate about working with children on the autism spectrum. She is dedicated to the field of ABA and creating evidence-based programs tailored to meet the specific needs of each child. Her desire is to create a positive work environment by providing staff with confident supervision, support, and motivation. She is convinced that with skillfully implemented evidence-based programs, as well as collaboration of all team members, ABA can make a difference in the lives of the children she serves.
Senior Clinical Supervisors
Bryan Bump, BCaBA
Bryan started his behavior analysis career in 2012 as a student working in a research lab at CSU Stanislaus studying the experimental analysis of behavior. This lead to working in applied behavior analysis with children and adults with autism. Across his ABA career, Bryan has experience providing services to children and adults ages 2-22 in homes, center, group homes, and preschool settings. Bryan specializes in reducing maladaptive behaviors such as self injury and utilizing behavior skills training to help parents better understand their child. Bryan is a Board-Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA), a proud husband, and father who enjoys the outdoors. The best part of being at Forward is advancing the development of others by supporting the children and their families.
Julia Lopez, BCaBA
Julia began her ABA career in 2012 when she completed her bachelor's degree in psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis. She began working as a behavior technician with children aged 2-10 across the Central Valley, CA. She went on to attain her Master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling in 2015, and was soon promoted to a Behavior Specialist there after. Julia continues to work with children and young adults as a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA), focusing on both comprehensive and focused based services across both in-home and clinic-based settings. She also enjoys working directly with parents and caregivers by teaching them the empirically-based behavioral intervention strategies and management skills needed to be successful. On her free time, she can be found gardening her succulents and spending time with family.
Claire has 8 years of experience working in the field of Education and Applied Behavior Analysis. The majority of Claire's experience is in Early Intervention Autism services, but has since branched out to older children. She recently completed her Masters of Science in Behavioral Psychology through Pepperdine University. Claire is working on completing her hours and plans to sit for the BCBA exam. Claire enjoys working with all her clients and helping to support the families she helps to service. Claire’s favorite part of her job is when parents express the amount of success they are seeing within the home with their child(ren).
Lisette Valadez Serrato
After earning her degree in Human Biology from the University of California Santa Cruz, Lisette began working in the field of ABA as a RBT in 2019. Driven to make an impact in her clients lives, Lisette takes pride in providing the best behavior support possible. Lisette currently is working on obtaining her Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis and continues to work with children as a Clinical Supervisor. She is passionate about working with children and their families to provide evidence-based interventions, implementing ABA principles, and other related behavior intervention procedures.
Brandon has been working in the field of early childhood education and Applied Behavior Analysis for 11 years. He enjoys applying behavioral principles and increasing children’s skill acquisition. He started early childhood education in 2010 working at an after school program with ages infant up to eighth grade. He then transitioned into ABA and started working as a behavior technician in 2012. While working as a BT Brandon fell in love with his job and wanted to grow and explore more options. He was a respite supervisor, an advanced behavior technician, senior program manager, and is currently a clinical supervisor with Forward. He received his Masters of Science in Psychology with an emphasis in ABA and is working towards his BCBA. He is really excited to add the clinic setting to his repertoire.
Valerie obtained her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Fresno State University in 2018 and has been in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis for 2 1/2 years. Valerie is now pursuing her masters degree in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling, planning on becoming a BCBA. She enjoys serving our families here at Forward and seeing all the progress our kids make.
Kristen obtained her bachelor’s degree in journalism from California State University, Fresno. Kristen has years of experience working with children ages two to 16 in both school and clinic settings. She is currently working on her Master’s degree in School Psychology and her Applied Behavior Analysis certification. She is passionate about providing support to the clients, families, and staff at Forward!