BIG KID ACADEMY
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Founder & Managing Director
An Pham was an investment banking, corporate finance professional for more than 13 years before she founded One of the Kids. Since her son’s autism diagnosis in 2017, she has made it her life focus to find his independence and happiness. One of the Kids was created from An’s passion to provide a better approach to autism therapy, and improve the quality of life for our special needs families.
Clinical Director, BCBA
Kindra graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology in 2004 and a Master’s degree in Special Education and Developmental Disabilities in 2010. Prior to starting her career in Applied Behavior Analysis, Kindra worked in early childhood education as a classroom teacher, finding a special drive for connecting with kids who learned in different ways. She is passionate about teaching children through the power of play and naturalistic settings to make meaningful outcomes in their developmental and social skills. She has worked with children with autism in home, clinical, school, and community settings, collaborating with professionals from different disciplines and backgrounds. Kindra has experience with conducting skill-based and diagnostic assessments, including the ADOS-2 assessment, designing and implementing ABA programs for learners, training and supervising RBTs and BCBAs to improve their skills and application of ABA principles, and providing meaningful caregiver and teacher training to improve the lives of children with developmental disabilities. Kindra is an Austin native and enjoys exploring our city’s vibrant food, music and cultural offerings. She enjoys hiking, gardening, yoga and spending time with her family, friends and dog, Steel.
Lauren received her bachelor’s degree from St. Edwards University in Austin, and graduated from Arizona State University with a Master’s of Education in Applied Behavior Analysis. Prior to becoming an Outreach Manager, Lauren spent 5 years in Behavioral Health clinics, working as a Registered Behavior Technician. She also spent a year as a preschool teacher, working with children ages 3-6, in a Montessori school. Lauren has experience assisting a wide variety of children with developmental disabilities, and has experience helping families with diverse backgrounds. Her favorite thing about working in this field, is having the ability to help make a positive difference in the lives of children and their families. When not working, Lauren enjoys spending time with her family and friends, getting outdoors, and traveling.
Clinical Supervisor, BCBA
Jacob has a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Cincinnati and received his BCBA certification in 2018. Jacob grew up in El Paso, and started in the field of ABA in 2015. What he appreciated most about his initial experiences in the field was being able to see tangible results with the children and families he served. His most rewarding experiences in the field so far includes his time in a multidisciplinary clinic collaborating with occupational, physical, and speech therapists. He was inspired by the results that were made possible by the team working toward a common goal for each child. In his off time, Jacob enjoys sharing his love of “B-movies” with his son, cooking Mexican food, and playing board games with his wife.
Clinical Supervisor, BCBA
Monica has a Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis with an emphasis in Autism from Ball State University and received her BCBA certification in 2018. She was introduced to the field of ABA in 2014 and after experiencing the positive impact ABA had on her kids and their families, it became her passion. Monica loves to make learning fun, motivating, and meaningful for the children she serves. Whether she is playing a silly game or running with the kids, she is always looking for new ways to make therapy a rewarding experience for everyone involved. In her free time, Monica enjoys exploring trails around Austin, going on walks with her husband and chiweenie dogs, and adding to her always growing houseplant collection.
MONTSERRAT ACEVEZ SANCHEZ
Clinical Supervisor, BCBA
Montserrat “Mo” Sanchez has a Master’s Degree in Special Education with an emphasis in Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis from Texas State University, where she completed her practicum at the CARES clinic. She received her BCBA certification in November 2017. Mo was introduced to the field of ABA in 2013, when she volunteered at the Kindergarten Bootcamp through the Brazos Valley Rehabilitation Center during her undergraduate time at Texas A&M University. Mo was inspired by the impact ABA had on the learners and how it helped them succeed in the classroom and in their everyday lives. Mo has a passion for teaching social skills to all ages in fun and engaging ways, which helps learners make connections with the people in their lives. She also believes in collaborating with families to promote skills in school, home, and in the community. In her free time, Mo enjoys discovering new coffee shops and restaurants with her husband, traveling, and spending time with her two dogs, Tank and Peggy.
Case Supervisor, BCBA
Nicole has a Master's degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University. She was introduced to the field of ABA in 2015 and has worked in a variety of environments including clinics, homes, and schools. She loves seeing the positive impact that ABA has on individuals and their families. Nicole enjoys finding creative ways to engage her kids and taking advantage of learning opportunities in a child's natural environment. Outside of work, Nicole prefers to spend her time exercising, traveling, or playing with her dog, Fuki.
Case Supervisor, BCBA
Paula graduated from Arizona State University with a Master’s degree in ABA. Paula received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Whittier College (2012). Shortly after graduating, she was introduced to the field of ABA when she worked as a special education paraprofessional for a public school district. After 4 years of teaching in an educational setting, she transitioned into the private sector and obtained a Bachelor’s equivalency certificate in Communicative Disorders from California State University, Long Beach. The private sector provided her with opportunities to intern as a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant in a clinical setting and practice as a Registered Behavior Technician in clinic, community, and home settings. She is very passionate about the field of ABA and the wonders it can do for improving a child’s quality of life. She believes that any child is capable of reaching the stars as long as they are surrounded by a team that focuses on creatively teaching, effectively collaborating, and having lots of fun. Outside of work, she is typically enjoying downtime with her cats or actively exploring Austin via kayak or bike.
Behavior Analyst Apprentice
Aimee graduated in 2016 from Texas A&M University with Bachelor’s degree in Health. After college she found her passion for working with individuals with disabilities while working as an inclusion specialist for the City of Austin’s Parks and Recreation Department. In 2017 she was introduced to the field of ABA and found a new way to serve the community she loved. Aimee has been a RBT for almost three years and has experience in the clinic, home, and community settings working with individuals ranging from 2-16 years of age. She is currently in a Master’s Program at Capella University studying Psychology with a specialization in ABA and working towards a BCBA certification. In her free time you can find Aimee studying, spending time with her friends and family, or relaxing at home with her husband and dogs. As an Austin area Native she is excited to continue to serve the children and families of her home community at One of the Kids!
Behavior Analyst Apprentice
Dakota was a preschool teacher for 4 years and stumbled upon ABA when she graduated with her Bachelors degree in 2017. She has been working with children with developmental disabilities for 3 years now and is pursuing her Masters in Special Education with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis at Arizona State University. Dakota loves teaching new skills each and every day that helps bring their clients and families closer together. She was born and raised in Seattle, Washington and moved to Austin in June 2019. In her free time you will find her exploring the outdoors and cool restaurants of Austin, or completing DIY projects around her home.
Behavior Analyst Apprentice
Jenny is currently pursuing BCBA certification. Jenny received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and will complete her Master’s degree this August in Special Education with a concentration in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, both degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. Jenny has been working in the field of ABA as a therapist for two years and loves it more and more each day. Jenny goes into each session with a positive attitude and ensures that the kids have fun while learning skills to promote their independence. In her free time, you can find Jenny playing tennis with friends, exploring new restaurants, or walking her adorable Australian Shepherd puppy around Lady Bird Lake. She looks forward to creating meaningful relationships with each family at One of the Kids!
Behavior Analyst Apprentice
Kayt-Lyn holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Applied Behavioral Science from the University of Kansas where she worked professionally serving children with autism and their families. After graduation, she became an au pair to families abroad that had children with autism. This unique experience allowed her to gain a better perspective of what everyday life was like for the families she serves. She is currently working towards her Master’s degree and BCBA certification through the University of Kansas’ program in Applied Behavioral Science. Kayt-Lyn began playing team sports at a very young age and has learned that every person in a team is essential in achieving the overall goal and finds this to be extremely applicable when working with individuals with autism and their families. When she’s not studying, Kayt-Lyn is exploring around Austin or hitting the road with her dog, Penelope.
Kelsey attended Roger Williams University in Rhode Island and graduated with a Bachelors in Psychology. Her first position after college was at a group home in Connecticut working with women with disabilities. She eventually moved to Vermont and worked as an Autism Interventionist in public schools, where she fell in love with working with children on the Autism Spectrum. In 2017, she relocated to Texas to join her now fiancé and continued to work one on one with children with Autism. She has worked with ages 2-21 and has experience working in the community, school, and in a clinic. In her free time, Kelsey enjoys getting settled into her new home, exploring Austin, and is looking forward to her wedding in November!
Julia graduated from the University of North Texas in 2018 with a degree in Speech Pathology and a minor in Special Education. During this time, she worked as an RBT in the Dallas/Fort Worth area for several years and elected to pursue the BCBA credential to continue serving individuals with intellectual / developmental disabilities. She is currently working towards her Master’s Degree in Special Education with a concentration in Behavior Analysis. Julia and her husband are thrilled to be moving back to the Austin area, where they both grew up! You’ll surely find them on lake LBJ or camping with their dog, Rocky, during the weekends. Julia has a love for spending time outdoors and reading. She’s looking forward to sharing these passions with the learners at One of the Kids!
Avery received her Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Science from Concordia University. She is currently in graduate school at Northwestern University for Counseling, focusing on children and adolescents. Avery loves serving families in the ABA community and strives to give creative and compassionate care to these amazing families. In her free time, Avery is busy with her own family: keeping up with her two energetic kids. She also loves to go for long walks, read books, and cuddle her big, orange cat Vinnie.
Mary Jane “MJ” graduated from Concordia University Texas in 2017 with a degree in Behavioral Science. Shortly after graduating, MJ began working as an RBT at an early intervention clinic in Central Texas. It was there that she found her passion for working with children on the spectrum, as well as fell in love with the field of ABA. Her favorite part of the job is building strong relationships with her kiddos and helping them become more independent. In her spare time, MJ enjoys going on hikes with her husband, Eric, and spending time with their two cats.
Alexis graduated in 2019 with her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of North Carolina, where she began working in the Special Needs field. After graduation, Alexis worked as an RBT at an ABA provider in central Texas. She loves working in ABA because it allows her to combine her love of research with her inner child! She is currently pursuing a Master’s of Special Education at UT with the goal of becoming a BCBA. Outside of work and school, Alexis enjoys hiking local trails and playing with her newly adopted kittens.
Grace is a native Austinite with a background in physical therapy, music, and general human services. (Fun fact; she studied classical opera for 13 years and truly believe that music and art can be used as forms of communication, expression and therapy). She has always enjoyed working with others by giving back and knowing that she is making a difference in her community- one person at a time! Grace has been happily married for 7 years and has a big fluffy cat named Smokey. She is an advocate for the Latinx community, and women’s rights.
Jake has been working in ABA therapy for a little over a year. He graduated from St. Edwards University with a major in Psychology. Jake enjoys working with children on school readiness and communication as well many other areas. His favorite part about working in ABA is getting to see the growth in each child in unique ways. When Jake is not at work you can find him playing sports with his roommates, playing with his one year old Great Pyrenees puppy or watching the Chicago Cubs.
Janzen graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. Janzen worked as a Program Coordinator for a Summer Camp in East Texas, where she developed activities and found creative ways to work with a variety of learners. Janzen stumbled into the field of ABA, and began working at an ABA clinic in Central Texas where she fell in love with serving kids on the autism spectrum and their families. She feels grateful to go to work every day, knowing she’s making a difference. In her free time, Janzen enjoys exploring local restaurants and getting some fresh air with her husky, Daenerys.
Julia has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from a private Women’s College in California where she concentrated her studies on mental health, specifically women with mental illness. She loves research and field analysis and is a lifelong note taker. This past year, Julia chose to focus her career on early childhood development and worked as an infant/toddler teacher with the intention of strengthening her teaching and communication skills. Julia is a printmaker by creative trade and on the weekends can either be found indoors linoleum printing, or out trying to find Texas’ best burrito.
Kelsey graduated from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology in 2016. She’s been in the ABA field for 4 years, and discovered ABA after she graduated college. Her favorite part about being an RBT is seeing progress, teaching new skills, and seeing them use those skills across different environments. In her spare time she loves to hike, play guitar, and spend time with her niece and nephew.
Liz graduated with a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Grand Canyon University. Liz has always enjoyed working with kids and working in ABA. In her free-time, she enjoys playing video games, listening to music, spending time with her husband and playing with her dog, Bellatrix and her bunny, Scanners.
Madison is a Registered Behavior Technician and a Nationally Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS). During college, she worked at the Children’s Respite Care Center in her hometown of Omaha, Nebraska where her passion for working with individuals with disabilities bloomed. In 2018, she graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with a B.S. Degree in Therapeutic Recreation and a minor in Psychology. Prior to graduation, she was an intern in Arlington, Virginia as a Therapeutic Recreation Assistant. Here she worked with people with disabilities in group and individual settings, created and implemented behavior plans, and learned how to make the world a more inclusive place. In May 2019 she moved to Austin and has loved every minute of it. Before joining the One of the Kids team, she was the Teen Camp director and an Inclusive Preschool Teacher at Sammy’s House, a non-profit serving medically fragile and developmentally delayed children. When Madison is not at work, you can find her on the lake or at a coffee shop. Madison has a special place in her heart for people with autism and is looking forward to serving the kids and families at One of the Kids.
Nehemiah attended Texas A&M University where he graduated with a bachelors degree in leadership and youth development with a minor in psychology. He also played football for the Fightin Texas Aggies WHOOP! as well as played in the NFL for the Miami Dolphins. After his NFL career was over, Nehemiah decided to go into the field of education where he worked with students with disabilities and coached sports. His calling and passion is working with students with special needs helping to serve them as well as their families. Nehemiah loves to spend time with his son named Ezra, his family, and friends. He loves to travel the world seeing new places, and he is also an avid hunter and fisherman.
Olivia graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Sciences. Before joining One of the Kids, she served as a medical scribe, dance assistant, and camp counselor. Through these experiences, she discovered her passion to work with children. Olivia has a heart to serve families and children in hopes to of making a positive impact in each of their lives. During her free time, she enjoys walking her dog, hanging out with friends and discovering all that Austin has to offer. She is excited to be a part of the team and looks forward to serving her community.
Samantha graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Houston-Victoria. Samantha fell in love immediately with the field and all the opportunities to better serve the children and families. She is overwhelmingly passionate and tremendously grateful for serving those on the autism spectrum and really making a difference in the family’s lives. In her free time, she loves to read, go for hikes, experience the music scene in Austin, and lounge around with her dog, Charlie. She is thrilled to continue her journey in ABA with One of the Kids!
RBT & Aquatic Coordinator
Sophie is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education at Central Texas A&M University. She fell in love with ABA while working as a teacher’s assistant in an inclusive classroom with children with ASD. Sophie has been in the field of ABA for two years and loves teaching skills using enjoyable and naturalistic methods, while including families as much as possible. Being a former competitive swimmer and lifeguard, she is excited to incorporate her passion for swimming into the field of ABA. She is incredibly grateful to be able to spend everyday working towards improving the lives of children with autism and their families. In her free time, Sophie enjoys being outdoors, fishing and spending time with her two dogs.
Susie graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Family Child Science from New Mexico State University. She was introduced to ABA shortly after graduating from college. She became an RBT/Early Intervention Specialist at an early intervention home services program in Las Cruces New Mexico where she has worked for the past 4 years. Susie is currently in Graduate School at Arizona State University for Special Education (Applied Behavior Analysis) with the goal of becoming a BCBA. Susie enjoys traveling, stand up paddle boarding, and going to the dog park with her dog Ozzy. She is excited to be a part of the team and forming bonds with her kids and families.
Veronica received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology in 2019 from Texas Southern University in Houston. Veronica’s background includes working as a Site Coordinator for the YMCA’s after school program. She developed curriculum and established fun and creative ways to keep kids engaged and to work through challenging behavior. What she liked most in this role was the ability to teach new skills and individualize learning material based on each child’s needs. Pursuing her passion of working one-on-one with children in a therapy setting, Veronica began working as an RBT at a local, family-owned ABA clinic in Houston that provides in-clinic, home, and school services. She aspires to continue her education in the field of ABA. When Veronica’s not at work, you can find her outdoors - swimming, or skating, or at the dog park with her pets. Veronica looks forward to being part of the OOTKS team and forming bonds with her kids and families!
Whitney recently received her Bachelors Degree in Acting from the University of Central Florida. After graduating and moving to Austin she began her career in ABA Therapy while continuing to pursue opportunities in the local theatre scene. Whitney is adamant about using art, expression, and communication to better help understand her patients and the communities that she lives in. In her free time, she loves reading, watching movies with friends and family, and cuddling up to her dog Sebastian.
Elissa graduated from the University of South Carolina with a B.S. Degree in Public Health. She is currently pursuing her Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology with a bilingual emphasis in Spanish. Elissa is a certified lifeguard and swim instructor and has been teaching children how to swim and enjoy the water safely for over 5 years. She is also a certified exercise instructor and is highly passionate about health and wellness; her favorite fitness classes are indoor cycle and yoga. Elissa is thrilled to be part of the One of the Kids team where she will further her commitment to supporting children with special needs and their families.
Lizbeth graduated from the University of Texas at Austin where she obtained a Bachelors in Psychology. As an undergraduate she was a research assistant in a twins brains study where she became interested in Developmental Psychology, more specifically in studying how social factors influence the psychology and development of children. After interning with a school social work program and observing first-hand how different burdens can negatively impact the development of children, she became passionate in serving children and their families. Every child, regardless of their abilities and background, has an untapped potential to obtain whatever goal they set their mind on. She hopes that her work with each child and their family makes a positive impact in their lives and helps them get a step closer in obtaining their goal. On a day off, Lizbeth likes to spend time with her fur baby Belle, watching a Marvel movie, or exploring a new trail around the city. She loves to run and dance and explore ways to exercise outside a gym.
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