Amanda Jahn, M.A., BCBA
Amanda Jahn, BCBA, LBA
Amanda Jahn, M.A., BCBA, LBA began her career in ABA in 2009 providing in-home and clinic based ABA services to children ages 3-8 years in old in Houston, TX after completing a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Texas A&M University. She became a part of the Spectrum of Hope team in 2011 while she pursed her master’s degree in applied behavior analysis at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Amanda became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2013. Since starting at Spectrum of Hope, Amanda has held several positions including behavior technician, case manager and program director where she had a focus on working with clients to prepare them for a transition into lesser restrictive placements outside of Spectrum of Hope. Currently Amanda serves as a Clinical Director over several of our adolescent and adult programs.
Amber Wann, M. Ed., BCBA
Amber Wann, BCBA, LBA
Amber Wann, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA began working with individuals on the spectrum in 2010 at a private school for children with autism in Nacogdoches, Texas immediately following the completion of her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders. Her plan was to become a speech-language pathologist, however after spending a few months working with individuals with autism, she shifted her focus to special education so that she could help individuals with not only increasing communication and language skills, but also increasing social skills and decreasing maladaptive behaviors. She was introduced to Applied Behavior Analysis when she began working at Spectrum of Hope in 2011. Amber completed her Master’s degree in Special Education in 2011 from Stephen F. Austin State University and then began working towards her certification in applied behavior analysis from Florida Institute of Technology in 2014. Amber became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2016 and is the Program Director of the Hope Extended program.
Autumn Mills, M. Ed., BCBA
Autumn Mills, BCBA, LBA
Autumn Mills, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA is currently a Clinical Director for Spectrum of Hope. Prior to starting her career in the field of ABA, Autumn had extensive experience in retail management, and although she enjoyed the field of business she was ready to find a new path. She started in the field of ABA in 2005 through the encouragement of a friend and after changing her major from business management to human sciences. This first experience at an ABA clinic opened up a whole new interest into the world of individuals with special needs and the benefits of applied behavior analysis. Autumn came to Spectrum of Hope in 2008 and shortly after became a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst. Autumn completed her master’s degree in Special Education through the University of North Texas and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2014. Throughout her time at Spectrum of Hope, Autumn has served in a variety of roles including Assessment Coordinator, Case Manager, Program Director and now a Clinical Director.
Her passion for the field maintains as she continues to have opportunities to develop relationships with clients and their families, mentor behavior technicians and volunteer her time in the autism community, and as she continues to learn every day through the eyes of her clients.
Basmah Hassan, M. Ed., BCBA
Basmah Hassan, BCBA, LBA
Basmah Hassan, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA began working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis while in pursuit of her master's degree in Educational Psychology at the University of Houston. She had initially planned to work in a school setting, providing care for students indirectly through assessment and other educational supports. After starting at Spectrum of Hope in 2012, Basmah found herself blown away by her clients and was astounded at the impact ABA was able to make on the lives of our children; she knew she wanted to delve more in the world of ABA. Basmah's interests and passion for working with our children grew through her role as an assessment conductor and she began her route to pursuing certification as a behavior analyst. Basmah became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in May 2016 and is currently a Program Director in our Day Treatment Programs.
Benjamin Wilkins, M.A., BCBA
Benjamin Wilkins, BCBA, LBA
Benjamin Wilkins, MA, BCBA, LBA was introduced to the world of Special Education when he was completing his bachelor’s degree at Sam Houston State University. When completing field experience in a special education classroom, he discovered how he could use his passions for art, music, and dance to help children to gain skills in all areas of development. It was here that he gained the perspective that people learn best when they are having fun and decided then that he wanted to be a special education teacher.
Benjamin found being a teacher to be exciting, challenging, and extremely meaningful work. While working at a preschool at The University of Denver, he completed a Master’s degree in Child, Family, and School Psychology. He became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2017 and continued working as a Behavior Coach for Huntsville Independent School District. In 2018, Benjamin joined the Spectrum of Hope family working with the adolescent and adult programs. Benjamin enjoys working with this team of passionate professionals and loves getting to see clients make progress toward and meet their goals.
Carley Richardson, M.A. BCBA
Carley Richardson, BCBA, LBA
Carley Richardson, M.A., BCBA, LBA first discovered the field of Applied Behavior Analysis while attending a career fair at Texas A&M University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology. She began working at Spectrum of Hope as a Behavior Technician immediately after graduation, and what began as a post-college job quickly developed into a passion for the field and for the children she worked with each day. She continued her education to complete a Masters of Applied Behavior Analysis with an emphasis in autism spectrum disorders through Ball State University and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2018. She is currently a Program Director in the Bridge Program where she strives to provide meaningful behavior analytic services to children with autism and their families.
Cristina Porras, M.A., BCBA
Cristina Porras, BCBA, LBA
Cristina Porras, MA, BCBA, LBA started in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis in 2012 when she was looking into moving back home to Houston after finishing her bachelor’s degree in Psychology at The University of Texas at Austin. She started as a behavior technician in the Day Treatment program at Spectrum of Hope and loved learning about how ABA can help children with autism spectrum disorders and their families, so she decided to continue her education in the field. She became a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst in 2013, then went on to complete a master’s degree in behavior analysis through Ball State University and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2018. Cristina has worked as a Case Manger across several of the Day Treatment Programs at Spectrum of Hope as the program has grown, and is currently a Program Director in the Day Treatment program.
Dustin Lompra, M.Ed., BCBA
Dustin Lompra, BCBA, LBA
Dustin Lompra, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA joined the field of ABA by chance after accepting a job at Spectrum of Hope. He quickly fell in love with the science and the impact it had on the clients and families he served. After working as a behavior technician for two years, he enrolled in Penn State’s graduate program and graduated with a Masters of Education in Special Education with an emphasis in ABA. Two months later, he became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and has been a program director in the Adolescent and Adult Bridge program since January 2018.
Dustin strives to use ABA to: foster independence in the clients he serves, educate families on the use of ABA in the home environment, utilize current research in the field to implement socially significant changes in unique and creative ways, and provide quality supervision to those individuals who are a part of his treatment team.
Erin Azzam, M.A., BCBA
Erin Azzam, BCBA, LBA
Erin Azzam, M.A., BCBA, LBA started working at Spectrum of Hope as a behavior technician in 2012, straight out of her undergraduate studies in psychology at Sam Houston State University. Although she intended to pursue counseling, she quickly fell in love with the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. In 2016, Erin became a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst and began to serve as a case manager in the Day Treatment Programs at Spectrum of Hope. In continuing her passion for serving her clients and their families, she further pursued her education and earned her Masters of Art in Applied behavior Analysis from Ball State University and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2019. Erin currently serves as a Program Director in our Day Treatment program.
Halley Nani, M.Ed., BCBA
Halley Nani, BCBA, LBA
Halley Nani, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA, was first exposed to Applied Behavior Analysis when she became a behavior technician in her home state of Wisconsin. As a behavior technician, she provided ABA therapy to clients in home settings. She enjoyed watching her clients learn new skills through ABA, so she began her master’s degree in education with a specialization in ABA through the online program at Arizona State University. In 2014, she moved to Houston and began working as a behavioral technician at Spectrum of Hope. Halley completed her master’s degree in 2016 and earned her BCBA in 2017. Since starting at Spectrum of Hope, Halley has worked across all ages and developmental programs as both a technician and as a BCBA. Halley greatly enjoys working in the adult programs at Spectrum of Hope because she is happy to help this population that is so underserved, but still has so much room to grow and learn.
Janie Rodriguez, M.A., BCBA
Janie Rodriguez, BCBA, LBA
Janie Rodriguez, M.A., BCBA, LBA has worked at Spectrum of Hope since January 2009 across several programs and populations. She is currently a Program Director in our Day Treatment Programs, and previously served in roles as a behavioral technician, trainer, and case manager. She became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2019 following completion of her master’s degree from Ball State University in 2018 with a major in Applied Behavioral Analysis, and her bachelor’s degree in 2016 from University of Houston- Downtown with a major in Psychology.
Janie continues to volunteer and stay involved in the autism community by volunteering in the Autism Speaks walks, and attending the Texas Association of Behavior Analysis conferences. She hopes to continue advocating for children on the spectrum and help families across the Houston Community.
Kaitlin Langston, M.L.S., M.A., BCBA
Kaitlin Langston, BCBA, LBA
Kaitlin Langston, M.A., BCBA, LBA began in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis after moving to Houston in 2014. Kaitlin has always had a passion for working with kids, and spent several years working with preschool and elementary aged children in the public and private school setting before working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. After beginning with Spectrum of Hope as a behavior technician, her love for the field grew and she began coursework through Florida Institute of Technology and became a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst in 2017. Her roles within the company have included behavior technician, trainer technician, case manager, and program director, across the Hope Extended and Bridge programs. As she entered these new roles within the company, Kaitlin pursued her education further and earned a Master of Arts in Special Education through Ball State University. Kaitlin became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2019, and she is currently the program director for the Bridge Coral program.
Laura Tolliver, M. Ed., BCBA
Laura Tolliver, BCBA, LBA
Laura Tolliver, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA fell into the field of Applied Behavior Analysis in 2001 while working towards her bachelor’s degree in Psychology at The University of Texas at Austin. Her passion started while providing in-home services to individuals with autism, and she continued her education to complete a Masters of Education in Autism and Developmental Disabilities through The University of Texas at Austin and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2005. Laura started with Spectrum of Hope in 2006 as a program director and currently is the Director of Insurance and Intake Services working with all clients and programs across Spectrum of Hope.
Laura is an active member of multiple professional organizations, including the Texas Association of Behavior Analysts-Public Policy Group, and she serves as an Autism Speaks Volunteer Advocacy Ambassador. Both of these allow her to pursue her passion for advocating for increases in services for individuals with autism and funding for services while working with other behavior analysts and individuals across the autism community.
Lauren Haddock, M.A., BCBA
Lauren Haddock, BCBA, LBA
Lauren Haddock, M.A., BCBA, LBA first gained experience with children with autism in 2003 working at a daycare and summer camp while completing her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Virginia. In 2009, Lauren began her master's program in psychology at the University of Houston-Clear Lake (UHCL) while also substitute teaching in life skills and special education classes in a local school district. Lauren started at Spectrum of Hope in 2010 as a behavior technician and later that year enrolled in the behavior analysis program at UHCL. Lauren became a BCaBA in 2012 and in 2013 completed her master’s in ABA and became a BCBA. Lauren has worked with individuals across the autism spectrum and with individuals of all ages but is especially passionate about working with adolescents and adults. During her time at Spectrum of Hope, Lauren worked as a behavior technician, a case manager, a program director, and is currently a clinical director in the adolescent and adult programs.
Nicole Clarkson, M.A., BCBA
Nicole Clarkson, BCBA, LBA
Nicole (Nikki) Clarkson, M.A., BCBA, LBA fell in love with children with autism and the field of Applied Behavior Analysis in 2003 when introduced to our founder and her son. She began providing in-home services and continued throughout college serving a variety of populations and in the piney woods of East Texas while obtaining her Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Sciences at Stephen F. Austin University. Throughout college, Nikki continued to work part-time at Spectrum of Hope and returned full-time in May 2008. She obtained her Masters of Arts in Behavior Analysis from the University of Houston—Clear Lake in May 2011 and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in September 2011. Nikki is currently serving as the Clinical Director overseeing the programs, clients, and practitioners across multiple programs at Spectrum of Hope.
Nikki is passionate about transitioning clients into their least restrictive environments both within clinic and into educational and community settings. She enjoys working closely with the behavior technicians and clinical team providing supervision, mentorship, and professional development.