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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 technicians will help you navigate the complexities that come with an autism diagnosis. While our technicians 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!

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Executive Team

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Melissa Schulz, MS, BCBA

Executive Director/Owner

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.

Kristine Le

Kristine Le

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

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.

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Brittany Welsh

Director of People Operations

Brittany has been working with Discover Hope since 2019 and has worked in a few different roles on our Operations team. She started as our Office Assistant in 2019, was most recently our HR Manager, and has worked in our Recruiting and Scheduling departments as well. She has worked closely with our behavior technicians by recruiting and introducing them to Discover Hope and then beginning their training at the start of their career. 
 
Additionally, Brittany worked as a preschool educator for 10 years prior to joining our team. She has worked with children of many ages, backgrounds and developmental stages and brings that experience to all of her roles at Discover Hope. She is passionate about building strong relationships, making a difference in the lives of children and their families, and her favorite Discover Hope values are Putting People First, Proud to Be Silly, and Passionate about Excellence!
 
Outside of work Brittany enjoys going to concerts, travelling around the world, and spending time with friends and family.

Operations

Audrey Le

Recruiting Coordinator, Scheduling Assistant

Elizabeth Southern

Scheduling Operations Manager

Kennedy Duhon

Human Resources Coordinator

Lulani Ritok

Office Assistant,
Tech Support

Mandeep Kular

Payroll and Budget Specialist

Clinical Directors & Program Supervisors

Ben Dela Cruz

Program Supervisor

Jennifer Anton

Program Supervisor & Clinical Trainer

Jessica Doersam

Program Supervisor

Kristine Chen

Clinical Director

Mauricio Amezquita

Program Supervisor

Paulina Casillas

Program Supervisor

Sayali Vilekar

Clinical Director

Associate Program Supervisors &
Senior Behavior Technicians

Andres Avalos-Ayala

Senior Behavior Technician

Bernard Paramore

Senior Behavior Technician

Han Nguyen

Senior Behavior Technician

Behavior Technicians

AJ

Amber

Anna

Ariana

Atish

Bella

Chase

Erika

Evelyn

Fernando

Gabi

Hnin

Jason

John

John

Katherine

Kevin

Marisol

Martin

Maya

Michaela

Natalie

Reno

Sara

Sei

Sonia

Tiffanie

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