Xioreli de la Vega, MS, BCBA
Xioreli de la Vega is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and one of the founders of Evolving Minds Together and Evolving Minds Consulting. Xioreli graduated from Florida International University where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She also obtained her Master’s degree in Developmental Disabilities with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis from Nova Southeastern University. Xioreli has dedicated her career to working with children with autism and other developmental disabilities. She is fully bilingual in both Spanish and English and has worked with clients and families of various ages and backgrounds. She has not only provided in home therapy but was also, for many years, a core member in an Early Intervention Program for children in the spectrum. After many years of experience, she finally decided to take a step beyond and create a company that dedicates itself to provide individualized treatment of Applied Behavioral Analysis to children and their families. She strongly believes that with passion, dedication and the right treatment every child can reach their highest potential and build a brighter future.
Maria Patricia Caruso, MS, BCBA
Renee Vassell, MS, BCBA
Renee Vassell received her M.A. double Major in Mental Health Counseling and Applied Behavioral Analysis at Nova Southeastern University, June 2017. She is currently working on achieving the necessary components and requirements in order to obtain her BCBA licensure. Renee has been working with children with Autism, Mental Disability and Developmental Delay for over 8 years. Renee has experience working in settings such as, in home, summer camp, school and private center. Her experience working with children with Autism ages ranges from 2-11 years old. Renee feels passionate about ABA and aiding each child to become his/her best and serving as a mentor and an advocate for the children and their families. She is delighted to be a part of the Evolving Minds Together team, and is thrilled on making a difference in each child she works with life.
Diana Rada, MS, BCBA
Diana Is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She holds the title of B.A. in Clinical Psychology with foundations and training in applied behavior analysis. As well as a Master’s degree in developmental disabilities from Nova Southeastern University with a concentration in ABA and Early Intervention. She is a certified ITDS (Infant-Toddler Development Specialist) and worked with the Early Steps program from Broward County for 4 years. She has been working in the field of ABA since 2005 and, although autism spectrum disorders have been her main focus, she has experience with typically developing children, as well as various other disabilities, working hand in hand with parents, caregivers, teachers, and other related disciplines. Diana is passionate about ABA and considers it an effective and comprehensive method to approach children with and without disabilities to help them reach their potentialities and bring welfare to them and their families.
Laura Torres, MS, BCBA
Laura graduated from the University of Central Florida where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She also obtained her Master’s degree in Counseling with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis from Nova Southeastern University. She’s a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with experience working with children who are diagnosed with ASD providing direct behavioral therapy both at school and at home settings. She also has experience working with individuals who are pre- and nonverbal, while managing maladaptive behaviors and teaching replacement behaviors, and teaching them to develop strong social skills. Laura is fully bilingual in English and Spanish and is devoted to working with children of all ages and many levels of ability, alongside their family, to achieve their maximum potential.
Nikkie Hyde, RBT
Gabriela Bigott, RBT
Gabriela graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and earned a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University. While working at the Mailman Segal Center for Human Development, she developed and conducted a social skills curriculum for children with autism and other developmental disorders that optimized the school’s methodology, which was then incorporated as their official lesson plan to better assist the education of their students. She also co-facilitated support groups for families with children diagnosed with ASD. Gabriela has a passion for early intervention and parent training. Her fluency in both English and Spanish allows her to work with more children and families. By empowering her patients with the right set of tools, both the families and children are able to embrace independent and fulfilling lives.
Melanie Gonzalez, RBT
Melanie graduated from the Metropolitan University in Caracas, Venezuela and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and is a Registered Behavior Technician. Currently, she is working towards her Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst certification and is planning on earning her master’s degree in the future. She has worked with children and adults from different backgrounds in one-to-one and group settings.
Her most recent work was as a neurofeedback therapist mainly with children within the Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, ADD, and adults with anxiety, depression and other disorders.
Melanie is fully bilingual in English and Spanish and loves working with children. Her purpose is to help children and their families reach key goals and conquer the child’s potential.
Joyce Bencomo, RBT
Joyce found her passion for educating and helping kids by acquiring a Florida Child Development Associate Equivalent Credential (CDAE) and since then have been working with children for more than 18 years. She has experience as a teacher with typically developing children, as well as various other disabilities working hand in hand with parents, caregivers and other related children specialists. She has always loved kids and is very passionate about making a difference in the lives of children and families, what leads her to continue her career as she works towards her RBT certification. She is fully bilingual in English and Spanish and is devoted to being part of your child’s journey towards fulfilling their potential.
Natalia Manrique, RBT
Natalia graduated from Florida International University where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Natalia recently graduated and is now working on obtaining her RBT certification and further her education in the ABA field. Natalia loves to work with kids; and had the opportunity to work with kids before. She is fully bilingual in English and Spanish. Natalia feels very passionate about ABA, and has a high motivation to work with children and their families, to achieve all goals.
Galit Benhamu, RBT
Galit graduated from Northeastern University with a B.S in Psychology. During her studies, she gained experience working as a tutor and as a teacher for children with developmental delays. She was a volunteer for an organization that helps children that have been victims of abuse or abandonment. Galit is bilingual in both English and Spanish. Through her working experiences coupled with her studies at Northeastern, she realized that her passion is helping her students reach their highest potential. Galit is working on her RBT certification and in the future, she would like to obtain her Masters in ABA therapy.
Sandra Valencia, BA
My name is Sandra Valencia, I graduated as an interior designer from American Intercontinental University (Weston, Fl). My life path totally changed when my son was diagnosed with autism at the age of three. Since then I dedicated my life to take my son forward and to his full potential. He is now 12 and he has come a long way, we have overcome many obstacles together for him to be where he is right now. Our success is mainly thanks to ABA therapy, He has been receiving behavior therapy for 6 years, I’ve been so involved and learned so much from it that I was able to help my son and other kids at the same time. I became an active autism Mom, I got myself connected in everything that would help my son interact with other kids and learn. He is part of Special Olympics and we are also part of a foundation called Autism & Music for the past 5 years. We spread autism awareness and help enhance the life quality of people with autism through music interaction. This has been an awesome and crucial adventure in our life. I’ve also worked as a shadow at different schools with kids with autism. I found my passion and my mission in life through my journey with my son, which is to help parents and their kids have a successful journey as well, to help the kids be as independent as possible, to help them achieve their full potential but most importantly, to be happy. This is the reason I’m working as a Behavior Therapist with this great company, so we can join forces and knowledge to make the world aware and better for our kids.
Anahis Rueda, BA
Anahi Rueda is from Quito, Ecuador. She is currently studying early education at FAU. Anahi has over fifteen years of experience working with children of all age groups. Her passion for helping children reach their highest potential is what has lead her to work with ABA. Anahi She is currently working on her RBT certification and also bilingual in both English and Spanish. Anahi wishes to continue her education and plans to obtain her Masters in ABA.
Shannon Mathew, BA
Shannon graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She is currently working on her Masters in Counseling with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis. She is also currently getting supervised hours toward BCBA certification. Shannon has had previous work experience working with individuals with autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities, between the ages of 3-18, at an after school program and summer camp. She loves working with children and wants to help them reach their potential. Shannon is caring, patient, and understanding. She wants to continue to expand her knowledge and experiences in ABA.