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TRACY SMITH-KONG, MS, BCBA/CEO

Tracy Smith-Kong is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and received her Associate degree in Accounting from Nichols College, Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida, and finally her Master of Science degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology.  She received her Board Certified Associate Behavior Analyst certification in 2001 and then her Board Certified Behavior Analyst certification in April of 2005.

 

Tracy has over 20 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with challenges and with varying disabilities, to include, but not limited to Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down syndrome, Lesch-Nyhan syndrome, Angelman syndrome, Rett syndrome, etc. She has worked in a variety of settings such as in schools, day treatment centers, a senior center, group homes, client’s home, and in Intermediate Care Facilities. Throughout her career, Mrs. Smith-Kong’s achievements have resulted in numerous promotions and recognition awards.  She has assisted in ICF Praesidium Accreditation, as well as open a senior center for individuals with disabilities. 

 

She is or has been a member of the Orange County Local Review Committee (LRC) for Agency for Persons with Disabilities, a member of the Autism Society, a member of Association for Behavior Analysis International, a member of Association of Professional Behavior Analysts, a member of Florida Association for Behavior Analysis, a member of Washington Association for Behavior Analysis, a member of Texas Association of Behavior Analysis, a member of Georgia Association for Behavior Analysis, a member of the Organizational Behavior Management Network, a member in Behavioral Health Center of Excellence cluster, and currently assisting with Georgia Behavior Analyst Licensure.  She has received training in Pivotal Response Training, VBMAPP, PEAK, Alzheimer's disease, Professional Guardianship, Early Intervention, Safety Care, PCM, OSHA, HIPAA, and CPR/First Aid/AED.

HOLLY PATRICK, BCBA/CLINICAL DIRECTOR

 

Holly Patrick is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Clinical Director. She obtained her BS in Secondary Education from Jacksonville State University. Shortly after began a job as a case manager for people with intellectual disabilities (ID). Holly quickly realized that she had found her calling. She went on to work at a non-profit agency that provided a variety of services to people with ID, Autism, and other related diagnoses. During this time Holly oversaw several programs including residential services, day services, personal care services, and behavioral services. She decided to further her education to better meet the needs of the people she served and completed her master’s degree in Educational Psychology at The University of Alabama (Roll Tide!!!). While completing her master’s she also completed the required coursework and training to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and obtained her BCBA certification in February 2017. She has over 12 years’ experience in the field working with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings and diagnoses.. She is not only passionate about the behavioral services she provides, but also about providing education and advocacy to families, caregivers, and those receiving services. In her spare time Holly enjoys spending time with her boyfriend and her two beautiful cats, Luna and Orion, and astrophotography. 

SKYLER THARPE, BCBA

 

Skyler Tharpe is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst. She is a graduate from Florida State

University, where she received her Master of Science degree in Applied Behavior Analysis.

In her spare time, Skyler enjoys going to the beach, watching college football with her fiancé,

and playing with her Goldendoodle, Bentley. Her passion for helping children with disabilities

started when she met Jordan, her high school friend who was in the special education class she

was volunteering in. She helped make flyers and petition for Jordan to make the homecoming

court and she made it! She said Jordan was absolutely stunning and this life-changing moment

sparked her interest in researching the field of Applied Behavior Analysis! Her favorite thing

about working in the field is seeing meaningful change in the lives of the families and clients she

has the privilege to serve. Skyler loves the Lord and believes in having a servant’s heart which

means putting forth the best effort to achieve the goals that are set forth for the clients and

making a great impact in their life!

One of Skyler’s favorite quotes is: “Autism is a journey I never planned, but I sure do love my

tour guide.” She loves being able to learn more about the field of Applied Behavior Analysis and

applying what she has learned to help those around her because ABA changes lives!

AURIEL JACKSON, BCBA

Auriel Jackson earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Troy University with a minor in Art. She then went on to Ball State University’s graduate program to obtain her master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis. Auriel worked as a RBT for 4 years before becoming a BCBA in 2019. In her spare time Auriel enjoys painting, working out, and spending time with her family, friends and dog Kipper.

KIA TYSON, BCBA

Kia Tyson is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from The University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2012. She received her Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Alabama A&M University in 2016. While working on her master's,  Kia began working as an RBT at a center in Huntsville, Alabama in 2014. There, is where Kia’s passion to the field of ABA sparked. After completing her master's degree, Kia decided to continue working in the field of ABA and completed her BCBA certification coursework from UMASS Lowell in December 2017. Kia has worked in the field for almost 7 years. She has worked with children and adults with a variety of diagnoses; and in clinical,  group home, rehabilitation, and school settings. Kia has a passion for serving individuals in need, their family, and the community. Kia is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Applied Behavior Analysis from Capella University. She hopes to use her knowledge and experience to be a well-rounded clinician to service all of her client's and their family's needs.

AMBRE KNIGHT, BCBA

Ambre Knight achieved her undergraduate degree at Auburn University, War Eagle. She
continued her education at Troy University with a Master’s in Community Counseling
Psychology. Ambre began in the field of ABA in 2010, she fell in love with the field immediately.
After attend Florida Institute of Technology she completed her ABA classes and became a BCBA
in May of 2013. Ambre enjoys backpacking with her family and running. Ambre has over 10
years of experience in the field work of ABA. She has worked in a variety of environments to
include school settings, Head Start, home, and center. She is trained in Pivotal Response
Training, Safety Care, CPR, and First Aid. Ambre has a passion to ensure that all young people
have a nurturing environment to learn and grow.

MARISSA STREFF, BCBA (TELEHEALTH)

Marissa Streff earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology from Michigan State University with a minor in Women and Gender Studies. She then went on to Eastern Michigan University's graduate program to obtain her master's degree in Clinical Behavioral Psychology. Marissa has been a BCBA for over 6 years and has worked with a variety of children and young adults. She focuses on functional skills such as communication, social skills and daily living skills. 

COURTNEY FORD, BCBA

Courtney Ford is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst who was born and raised in South Florida and currently resides in Jacksonville, FL. She earned her BA in Literature from the University of North Florida, and her MA in Exceptional Student Education from the University of West Florida.  She has experience providing ABA services with children and adults in a variety of environments including group homes, schools, adult day training centers, in-home, community and clinical settings.  Courtney is passionate about providing ethical services that help every individual reach their greatest independence.

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