"I have worked in supporting the growth and well being of people diagnosed with Autism and other developmental disabilities for over 14 years. I received my B.A. in Psychology from Stetson University and have been in training at the Autism Treatment Center of America since September 2006. I received my certification as a Son-Rise Program Child Facilitator in November 2007. I am pursuing certification as a
Son-Rise Program Teacher. My experience in direct care, training professionals and being an advocate for support services as a case manager has allowed me to get an understanding of the importance of a family being empowered and supported in their journey with their special child. Being a part of the staff at the ATCA has given me great insight and joy not only in my work but on a personal level.
"Very easy to talk to. Really enthusiastic about what she is teaching. Very positive attitude. Believes one hundred percent in not only our abilities to run a good programme but also that Ryan will keep climbing further and further up the development chart."
Angela McKenzie, Homemaker, Scotland
Child's Name: Ryan / Age: 4 / Diagnosis: Autism
"You have been so loving, kind funny, silly, loud, wonderful! Your laugh is infectious and I hope John picked up some of that. You taught us to be ‘big’ but just in the playroom but in life."
Mandiha Humayun, Son-Rise Volunteer, Canada
Child's Name: John / Age: 7 / Diagnosis: Autism
"When I observed you playing with Logan my heart melted. You were blowing bubbles and Logan laughed hysterically. The joy in his face was immeasurable. I hope to recreate that game at home."
Tonya Hinkle, Son Rise Program Mom, West Virginia
Child's Name: Logan / Age: 6 / Diagnosis: Autism Spectrum Disorder
"Your warmth, happiness and energy were infectious. You were truly a joy to learn from. Thank you for sharing your own personal experience as a volunteer in a Son-Rise program. That will come in very handy in working with your own volunteers."
Jeff Britton, Internet Sales, New Jersey
Child's Name: William / Age: 8 / Diagnosis: Autism
"I just love her. She was so down to earth and lovely and when she spoke to me I felt like I was the only person in the room, such was her presence with me!"
Jenny McKernon, Son-Rise Mom, London
Child's Name: Sam / Age: 6 / Diagnosis: ASD
"Friendly attitude and made me feel home the minute she gave us early morning on Monday. Fantastic teacher, wonderful heart and I was so happy seeing her playing with Daniel. I loved her smiles!"
Gladys Barcelo, Counselor, England
Child's Name: Daniel / Age: 5 / Diagnosis: Autism