Abigail Bunt, M.Ed., BCBA
Co-Founder / Executive Director
Abigail began working with children with autism and cognitive disabilities in 2005 as a Special Education teacher in Northern Virginia after graduating from Clemson University. She earned a Master of Education from George Mason University in 2009, specializing in the areas of Learning Disabilities, Emotional Disabilities, Mental Retardation and Severe Disabilities. Abby continued teaching in Fairfax County Public Schools for 5 years, serving students with Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Intellectual Disabilities, Learning Disabilities, Emotional Disabilities and ADHD/ADD before deciding to pursue a career in Applied Behavior Analysis.
Abby received her primary training in ABA at The Aurora School, a private school serving students aged 6-22 with Autism and other behavior disorders. At The Aurora School, Abby received extensive training in ABA techniques including the verbal behavior approach, discrete trial teaching, and natural environment teaching. She earned a graduate certificate in ABA from George Mason University in August 2012 and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in September 2012. Her interests in the field of ABA include early intervention, verbal behavior, feeding, and fluency.
Co-Founder / Operations Director
As Co-Founder and Operations Director of Autism Outreach Southern California, Patrick is responsible for the business side of the practice. He manages the human resources, finance and accounting, marketing, and business process functions.
Patrick holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Finance and Accounting from Virginia Tech. He is a Certified Financial Planner practitioner and a candidate in the Chartered Financial Analyst program.
Elizabeth Jordan, MA, BCBA
Elizabeth has been actively working with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders since 2010. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Psychology from the University of California, Irvine and a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from California State University, Dominguez Hills. Her professional training includes teaching individuals ages 2 to 18 diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the home, clinic and school settings. She earned a graduate certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in November 2014. Her professional interests include early intervention, verbal behavior, staff training and professional development.
In her role as Clinical Director, she oversees the clinical service implementation by supporting the founders, clinical supervisors, program supervisors and behavior technicians in their work with families and children with autism. She also oversees the development of new programs and initiatives to best meet the ever-changing needs of clients in the Southern California region.
Ashley Hokanson, M.Ed., BCBA
Ashley began working with children with autism and other learning disabilities in 2006 as a Special Education teacher in New Hampshire. She received a Master in Special Education from Plymouth State University in 2008. In the public education system, she worked with a wide variety of children with disabilities ranging from learning, emotional and cognitive disabilities. She primarily worked with children in low socioeconomic areas. Her specialty was mentoring elementary aged students with behavior problems.
In 2011 she moved to San Diego and became a Behavior Interventionist and began pursuing a career in Applied Behavior Analysis. She received her training from Florida Institute of Technology and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2013. She is committed to idea that all people can learn and have the right to lead happy and socially successful lives.
As the Operations Manager at Autism Outreach Southern California, Zohal is responsible for implementing internal workflows and processes to streamline operational performance.
She oversees human resources, contracting, credentialing, billing, payroll, and other creative and operational projects.
Before taking a position with management, Zohal worked as a Behavior Technician with clients of AOSC. She thoroughly enjoyed her work with the kids and she carries the values she learned as well as her love for the field into her current role. Her background in the ABA field gives her a unique advantage as she is able to connect the business aspect of the practice to the work being done in-home with the families of AOSC.
Zohal received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a specialization in the cognitive sciences, from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2014.
Shelby Schwindler, BCBA
Shelby’s experience working with children with Autism began in 2003 teaching social skills through a Very Important Player soccer program in the San Fernando Valley where she grew to love the special abilities and unique talents of children on the spectrum. In 2008, Shelby’s college career boosted her enthusiasm for the Autism Spectrum Disorder as she earned a degree in Psychology at California State University Northridge. During her 4 undergrad years, she also worked as a Behavior Technician for the North Los Angeles Region where she gained a comprehensive skill set in Applied Behavior Analysis. In 2012 Shelby moved to San Diego to pursue her Master’s in Special Education with an emphasis in Autism at San Diego State University, as well as become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
Shelby continues to be involved with the Autism Spectrum Community during her personal life as an advocate of awareness and philanthropist for Autism Speaks and Auptimism.org. Her interests in the field include community-based intervention, video modeling, and parent training.
Sharon Lii, BCBA
Sharon earned a Master of Arts in Autism with a Focus on Young Children from San Diego State University and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2015. Passionate about finding what motivates children and evidence-based methods of teaching, Sharon is on a mission to practice applied behavior analysis (ABA) in a way that not only creates fun and exciting therapy sessions, but also sparks a child’s interest to learn. Sharon is a collaborator, advocate, and curator of effective programs; she continuously seeks to further her knowledge of ABA. Sharon has received valuable mentorships with emphases on the verbal behavior approach, early intervention, and natural environment teaching. She is interested in finding what motivates children, verbal behavior, ABA research, and learning about advancements in the evolving field.
Amy Schack, BCBA
Amy Schack currently lives in Oceanside, CA. She has been living in the San Diego area for 5 years. Amy grew up in a small town off the California Central Coast, in San Luis Obispo County. She enjoys spending time at the beach, hiking, going on bike rides, and just being outdoors.
Amy Schack has been working with individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities since 2003. In 2005, Amy earned her Bachelor’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation from California State University Hayward. After graduating from CSUH, Amy gained experience working in schools and in-home providing ABA services to children ages 2-18. In 2010, she went back to school to obtain her Master’s degree in Teaching with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis. Amy obtained her BCBA in May 2011.
Aryn has been working with kids and adults diagnosed with ASDs and their families since 2008. She has earned a BA degree in psychology at San Diego State University and has earned a M.Ed., in special education and ABA at Arizona State University. She has extensive training and experience in discrete trial teaching, pivotal response training, natural environment teaching, incidental teaching, parent training and utilizing the verbal behavior approach.
Aryn loves to create a teamwork environment, involving all staff and family members. She considers them all an important part of the treatment team.
She strives to empower families to utilize teaching methods and behavior modification techniques to create positive interactions in the home.
Olivia is originally from Murrieta and has lived in San Diego for the past ten years. She began her career working with children and young adults with Autism in an after-school program that focused on teaching community safety and social skills, while she worked towards her Bachelor’s degree. Olivia graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degree in Psychology in 2012. She continued to follow her passion for working with individuals with Autism by becoming a Behavior Technician shortly after graduating.
While working in the ABA field, Olivia obtained her Master of Education degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Arizona State University. She earned her BCBA certification in February 2017 and strives to one day pursue a research career in Neuropsychology studying the brains of individuals with autism. Olivia strongly believes that a dedicated team of family members and professionals makes all of the difference in the lives of individuals on the Autism Spectrum. She advocates for effective parent training and collaboration between all environments in which an individual spends their time in order to create a comprehensive, socially-significant program.
Amanda has been working with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder since 2008. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Queens College, City University of New York and is currently enrolled in the Applied Behavior Analysis course sequence at Florida Institute of Technology.
Her professional training includes providing in-home ABA services to individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders in San Francisco, New York and San Diego in addition to teaching social skills in a sibling and peer program. She has also worked to help adolescents live a self-determined life by teaching independent living skills and self-advocacy.
Her professional interests include Social Skills, Natural Environment Teaching, and Verbal Behavior.
Lilli studied Education at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. It was while she was in school at NAU that she began working with children and adults with Autism. In 2007 she completed training on how to implement programs based in Applied Behavioral Analysis. She graduated in 2010 with honors and a degree in Education. After spending time studying Spanish in both Cuernavaca, Mexico and Buenos Aires, Argentina she moved to San Diego, CA. Lilli has worked as a registered behavioral therapist for several years. She is currently taking coursework at Arizona State University to receive a master’s degree in Applied Behavioral Analysis. It is her personal goal to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Lilli’s ambition in rooted in the idea that all people are capable of learning and thriving.
Lise grew up with a family of special educators and began volunteering in her mother’s special education class in high school. She received her Bachelor’s in Kinesiology from California State University San Marcos and her Master’s in Child Development from San Diego State University. Lise also completed her Applied Behavior Analysis course sequence at Florida Institute of Technology.
Lise has been volunteering with special education schools in developing countries for the past 5 years. In the past two years, Lise has held ABA trainings and workshops for special educators in Costa Rica. She is interested in providing services and support to families, particularly to those that normally would not have the access to it.
Laura was born and raised in San Diego, California. Laura was a Speech Language Pathologist Assistant in her last year as an undergraduate where she worked with individuals with motor planning difficulties. She first started working with children with autism in 2012 at the Truesdail Clinic for Speech and Language Disorders. She graduated from the University of Redlands in 2015, with a BA in Communicative Disorders and a BA in Latin American Studies. In 2017, she received a Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis with an emphasis in Autism from Ball State University.
Laura started her career in ABA as a Behavior Technician here at AOSC. She then transitioned into the role of Program Supervisor. Laura’s personal goal is to become a BCBA and further her education by obtaining a second Master’s degree. Her interests in the field include the Verbal Behavior Approach, Parent Training, Fluency, and Natural Environment Teaching.
Laura’s motivation and passion to help children with special needs and their families is derived from the idea that all individuals are unique and have the right to individualized learning so they can thrive and succeed.
Patricia is from San Diego, but lived part of her childhood in Tijuana, Mexico. She graduated from San Diego State University in 2011, with a BS in Psychology, and BA in Spanish. In 2013, she specialized in early childhood behavior intervention, and worked with children under the age of five providing behavior support services. In 2015, Patricia became a Registered Behavior Technician, and from this experience she found a new passion in working with children under the autism spectrum. Patricia recently completed her BCaBA course work through Florida Institute of Technology, and she is hoping to further her career in the field of ABA.
Kaitlyn Salazar has been working with adults and children in numerous therapeutic aspects for the past 9 years. Kaitlyn received a Bachelors of Arts in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences from San Diego State University in 2015 and a Masters of Education in 2017 from Arizona State University.
As a Program Supervisor at Autism Outreach Southern California, she has made a meaningful impact in lives of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and their families by reducing maladaptive behaviors and increasing communication. Kaitlyn’s professional interests include increasing verbal behavior and literacy in individuals with ASD.
Clinical Office Administrator
Kathy is from Puerto Rico, was born on the Island, raised in New York City, and is now residing in California. She’s a single mother to an amazing son and is the eldest of five siblings. Since she was young, Kathy thoroughly enjoyed establishing a connection with others and helping them succeed in any way she could.
Kathy holds a degree in Business Management from Berkeley College in New York City. In addition to business management, she has extensive experience in customer service, medical insurance, and administration. After relocating to California, Kathy applied her management skills to the skilled nursing field where she also worked as a medical biller, case manager, and a 1:1 care aide to patients in need of companionship and sensory stimulation. Kathy has always been drawn to the patient care aspect of the healthcare industry, which ultimately led her to AOSC. Here, she enjoys being part of an environment that promotes growth and learning, and gives her the opportunity to help others.
In her role as Clinical Office Administrator, Kathy manages client authorizations, records, medical insurance, and the on-boarding process.
Alexandria is originally from Long Beach, California but relocated to North County San Diego in 2013 to attend California State University of San Marcos, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development. Alex started with a corporate IT background and then transitioned to Administration when she joined the team at AOSC. As an Office Administrator, Alexandria oversees the HR processes and practice management software for AOSC. She has a strong passion for service and enjoys connecting with new people and helping others.
As an Office Administrator, Glenn is involved in multiple aspects of the company. He worked as a Behavior Technician before transitioning into the office. He works in many in-house operations such as payroll and billing. He also oversees IT processes and web updates.
Behavior Technicians are responsible for implementing ABA programming through direct, in-home services to the children we serve. They have received a minimum of 40 hours of classroom training in addition to field experience supervised by our BCBAs. Behavior Technicians receive ongoing training and supervision from our BCBAs to ensure proper implementation of ABA procedures and client progress. All of our Behavior Technicians are either Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs) with the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) or working toward RBT certification. For more information about the RBT certification, visit http://www.bacb.com/index.php?page=101118.