Meet the Discover Hope Team!
Nice to meet you!
Introducing the Discover Hope Team
We come from a variety of backgrounds and experience but we all share a passion for helping kids and their families thrive!
Our award winning team of therapists will help you navigate the complexitities that come with an autism diagnosis. While our therapist work directly with your child, our program supervisor and clinical directors will provide support to all members of the family from assessment through graduation. We’re here for you!
Melissa Schulz, MS, BCBA
Melissa has worked with children with special needs for the past 16 years. She received her Master’s Degree in Counseling with a credential in School Psychology and with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis in Educational Settings in 2009. Melissa has worked with children with behavior disorders, including Autism, Emotional Disturbances, and developmental disabilities, ages 2-22, in both school and home settings, and has worked with adults with Autism in group home settings.
Melissa has also provided supervision to students pursuing their BCBA certification internationally, and has conducted private Functional Analysis Assessments (FAAs) for school districts across California. Melissa has advanced PECS training and Level 1 Certification in Pivotal Response Training. She has also been a guest lecturer at Azusa Pacific University.
Melissa is a self-improvement junkie and learning and teaching about leadership and personal development. She has two adorable, wonderful, exhausting young children that keep her very busy. She loves reading, crocheting, running, and completing obstacle course races.
Director of Operations & Business Strategy
Rachel Long is thrilled to be part of the leadership team at Discover Hope. She has over 20 years experience helping small and large organizations become more efficient and effective. After a career in banking, Rachel worked at the East Bay SPCA and Guide Dogs for the Blind in operational leadership roles. Rachel has undergrad degrees in Mathematics and Economics and an MBA from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business.
Rachel lives in the East Bay with her husband, teenage son, teenage twin daughters and one old cat. In her spare time she volunteers and works with local musical theater companies, goes to movies, takes walks around Lake Merritt and eats tacos.
Director of Clinical Services
Kristine has worked in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for over six years. She received her Master’s Degree in Developmental Disabilities with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from Nova Southeastern University. She has experience providing intensive, comprehensive and focused, ABA services to children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ages 2-18, and their families in school, home, and center environments. Her experience includes using Natural Environment Teaching, Discrete Trial Training, and Functional Behavioral Assessments to teach skills across adaptive domains and reducing challenging behaviors. Her passion in providing quality services to clients and their families can also be seen in her passion in providing efficient training and supervision to aspiring Behavior Technicians, Program Supervisors, and Behavior Analysts.
Kristine lives in the South Bay area with her partner and their “farm” (currently three dogs, three rabbits, and a rat). She enjoys lounging with her family, golfing, solving escape puzzles, riding rollercoasters, going on picnics, and savoring nature.
Geneva Kearns, MA, BCBA
Chief Clinical Advisor
Geneva began her career in Applied Behavior Analysis over 18 years ago, working with young children with Autism while attending UC Davis. She went on to earn a special education teaching credential and a master’s degree in Behavioral Sciences from Teachers College at Columbia University in New York. There, she gained more experience working with young children on the Autism spectrum, in both school and home settings, as well as experience working with older children with emotional and mental health disorders. A few years later, her passion for helping children with special needs took her overseas, where she worked in an international school in Hong Kong for children with special needs, which was attended by students with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, and other global developmental delays.
Geneva has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2007 and has experience with children ages 1-22, using a wide variety of teaching techniques and strategies for addressing challenging behavior and teaching communication and social skills. Geneva is thrilled to be a part of the Discover Hope team!
Geneva’s interests outside of work include spending time with her family, being outdoors, and traveling.
Caitlin Kilgore, MSW, BCBA
Director of People & Client Relations
Caitlin has been working in the field of ABA since 2006, and has worked with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down’s Syndrome, ADHD, ODD, and Tourette’s Syndrome. She has extensive experience using DTT, PRT, Verbal Behavior, PECs, Social Thinking, and doing toilet training. She received her Masters in Social Work from the University of Denver in 2011, and went on to attend Florida Institute of Technology for her BCBA coursework. She became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2013.
Caitlin lives in Colorado with her family, including her two adorable sons.
Scheduling Operations Manager
Software & Accounting Administrator
Recruiting Coordinator + Scheduling Assistant
Clinical Directors & Program Supervisors
Program Supervisor & Clinical Trainer
Senior Behavior Therapists
Ben Dela Cruz