BTEC Behavioral Therapy, Inc.
Meet the BTEC Team!
Lauri Turner, MA, BCBA
Behavior Analyst, Clinical Director
Lauri is the co-founder and Clinical Director at BTEC, which was established in Pensacola, FL in 2012. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, holds a Master's degree in Comprehensive Exceptional Student Education with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), and a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education. Lauri's extensive experience has included working with clients and families in clinical, classroom, and community settings, as well as research in the field of language acquisition and development. Lauri's responsibilities include direct provision of one-on-one ABA therapy and supervising all clinical operations of the agency, ensuring the integration of the most advanced research-based methods of treatment into each child's program.
Emily Bare, MA, BCBA
Emily Bare, MA, BCBA, joined our team in 2015 from Connecticut. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Eckerd College, a Master’s from Fairfield University, and completed her post-graduate program in Applied Behavior Analysis at Penn State University. Emily brings diverse experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities from 16 months to 80 years old, and has extensive experience transitioning individuals from clinical to community settings. Prior to joining the BTEC team, she provided treatment in home, clinical, school, and community settings both in Connecticut and New York.
Evan Vienneau, MA, BCBA
Evan Vienneau is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, working primarily with children and young adults on the autism spectrum. His educational experience includes a Bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences from Florida State University, a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Florida International University, and a Master's degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from the Florida Institute of Technology. Joining the BTEC team in early 2016, Evan looked to helping others in need through a collaborative and supportive method of behavior analysis with utmost concern and care. Prior to clinical based therapy, Evan worked several years in one-on-one therapy with individuals ranging from 2-17yrs of age in home, school, and community settings of south
Florida. Evan believes that, in addition to the teaching environment, creating a supportive system with friends and family around those in need of help is the best method for bringing change. He looks forward to talking about any needs for care and to developing a strong foundation with many families and coworkers. Additionally, any discussion of college football is always welcomed. Go Noles!
Michelle Calderon, MS, BCBA
Michelle Calderon, MS, BCBA, joined BTEC in 2016. She attended the Florida State University and holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Psychology, with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis. Michelle received her BACB certification in 2003. Michelle has been working with individuals with developmental disabilities for the last 20 years and has worked with all age ranges from 3 to adult. Prior to joining BTEC, she served as a Senior Behavior Analyst overseeing the training of Registered Behavior Technicians and the implementation of behavior support programs. Over the years, Michelle has worked in a variety of settings, including home, school and community. Michelle is excited to be a part of the team of dedicated BCBAs at BTEC. In her free time she enjoys traveling, going to the beach, spending time with her pets and attending live music events.
Michelle Ammon, M.Ed., BCBA
Michelle Ammon is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with a Master's Degree in Curriculum & Instruction: Applied Behavior Analysis, and a Bachelor's Degree in Family & Human Development. Her professional experience includes working with individuals 3 years to adult in the clinical, school, community, and in-home settings. Prior to joining BTEC, Michelle supervised BCBA candidates, served as a Clinical Case Supervisor, and provided one-on-one direct therapy. Michelle is a firm believer in the science of Applied Behavior Analysis and is looking forward to a long future delivering ABA services to families as a part of the BTEC team.
Amanda Williamson, MA, BCBA
Amanda is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and holds a Masters degree In Comprehensive Exceptional Student Education with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis. She is also certified to administer the Autism Diagnostic and Observation Schedule second edition (ADOS-2), and is a certified PEERS (UCLA) provider. Amanda has worked with diverse populations including individuals diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum as well as other related developmental disorders. Her professional experience includes working with individuals from 18 months to 21 years of age in clinic, home and community settings, consulting with school systems, and competency based training for teachers and support staff. Amanda has a deep respect for the science of ABA and its effectiveness for teaching adaptive skills across populations and diagnoses.
Brandon Orso, MS, BCBA
Brandon Orso, MS, BCBA, joined BTEC in 2017. He holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Applied Psychology from the University of Louisiana Lafayette and a Post-Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Kaplan University. Prior to joining the BTEC team, he worked extensively with developing functional language and reducing maladaptive behaviors in early intervention. During this time, Brandon served as a clinical director and a regional representative of the Louisiana Behavior Analyst Board, supervised BCBA candidates, provided one-on-one direct therapy, as well as supervision of one-on-one therapy. Brandon is passionate about the field of Applied Behavior Analysis, the positive impact that it can have on families, and being part of the BTEC team. When not working, Brandon enjoys spending time with his family, enjoying the beautiful Pensacola beaches, and watching/talking about anything sports related.
Dena Casey, MS, BCBA
Dena came to BTEC from southern Illinois, where she previously served as the director of a behavioral therapy clinic. Her devotion to behavior analysis was inspired by her own personal journey raising a child with a disability and a desire to help others who face a similar struggle. Her experience has included work with children and teens with developmental delays, genetic disorders, and individuals struggling with social anxiety. She has also collaborated on research projects that have been published in multiple professional journals. "I believe that all individuals, regardless of ability, deserve acceptance and understanding. As the mother of a child with autism, I am grateful to those who have helped my family and I feel it is important to help others overcome difficulties that interfere with functioning, learning and/or social development."
Roseann Singh, MS, BCBA
Roseann (Rose) Singh is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Western Connecticut State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Psychology from Florida Institute of Technology. Her experience includes working primarily with children ages 2 to pre-adolescence in school and clinic-based settings. Prior to entering the field of Applied Behavior Analysis, Rose proudly served in the United States Air Force learning the true nature of teamwork. Rose is devoted to working with all members of a child’s team to empower each child to develop the skills needed to succeed. “As a mother of a child with autism, I understand the day-to-day struggles and hope to inspire parents to search for what motivates your child and run with it.”
Rebecca Groff, MA, BCBA
Rebecca (Becca) Groff is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and holds a Master’s degree in Psychology with a Clinical Concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She served as a guest associate editor for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and authored and co-authored a book chapter and several articles published in peer-reviewed journals. Her experience includes working at the University of Nebraska Medical Center where she provided services to children who engaged in aggression and self-injurious behavior, and developing treatments for children diagnosed with pediatric feeding disorders. She has provided early intervention services to children in clinic, home, and school settings.
Heather Williams, M.Ed., BCBA
Heather's background spans over twenty years working with individuals with disabilities. Her diverse experience has included work in community, educational, and clinical rehab settings with populations ranging from preschool to adults. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Recreational Therapy, a Master's in Secondary Education, and post-graduate certification in Applied Behavior Analysis. Her enthusiasm for watching her clients learn and grow is evident to everyone she works with! In her free time, Heather enjoys spending time with family, relaxing at the beach, traveling, and any outdoor activities.
Emily Boatner, M.Ed., BCBA
Emily is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst working primarily with individuals on the autism spectrum. Her educational background includes holding a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master's degree in Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis. Emily received her certification from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board in 2010 and has been working with individuals with developmental disabilities for the past 15 years ranging from 1 through 23 years of age. Prior to joining the BTEC team, Emily served as a Center Director where she oversaw implementation of behavior treatment programs in the clinical and school settings. She has provided one-on-one direct therapy in a variety of settings including the home, clinic, school, and community. Emily is excited to be working with the team of passionate Behavior Analysts at BTEC, and is focused on maintaining ethical standards and closely collaborating with families, teachers, colleagues, and other providers in a team effort to facilitate a child's lifelong success. "A failure is not always a mistake, it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying."-B.F. Skinner
William Voss, MS, BCBA
William (Bill) Voss is a Behavior Analyst with a Master's degree in Psychology from Florida State University. He has been working with children and adults with special needs for over 20 years. Bill has worked with clients ranging from 18 months to 80 years of age in a variety of settings across the country. He values having the opportunity to help clients and their families reach their highest potential. By using the most up-to-date research based scientific methods, he is able to apply strategies and tools that fit each learner's specific needs. Bill is a proponent of incorporating play and fun into therapy as often as possible to help each client enjoy learning. We are excited to have Bill as a part of the BTEC team helping the families we serve.
Melissa Williamson, M.Ed, BCBA
Melissa joined the BTEC team from Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a licensed special education teacher. Melissa has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Curry College and earned her Masters degree in Special Education and Applied Behavioral Analysis from Edicott College. Prior to joining BTEC’s team of practitioners, Melissa led a team of ABA therapists in a specialized program that served children from PreK to second grade with Autism Spectrum Disorder, language deficits, intellectual deficits and behavioral challenges within a public school setting for twelve years. Melissa has trained and supervised behavior technicians, BCaBAs, and graduate students pursuing their BCBA certification, as well as serving as an adjunct professor at Edicott College in Beverly, Ma. In addition to conducting numerous parent and teacher trainings in Applied Behavioral Analysis, Melissa also has abundant experience in the private sector, serving children ages 3 – 16 and their families.
Danyle Wilkinson, MA, BCBA
Danyle is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with a masters degree in Comprehensive Exceptional Student Education with emphasis on Applied Behavior Analysis from The University of West Florida, and a bachelor's degree from The University of Alabama. Danyle has experience working with ages two through adults on the autism spectrum as well as intellectual and other developmental disabilities. She has provided one-on-one ABA therapy in home, clinical, group home, adult day habilitation, and community settings as well as consulting with school systems. In addition to providing training for caregivers, parents, teachers, and support staff, she has also provided supervision to BCBA and BCaBA candidates seeking certification. When not working, Danyle enjoys spending time with family, the local beaches, boating, and exercising/dancing (a former Tampa Bay Lightning Girl)! As a Mother of a child on the autism spectrum, Danyle developed a true passion for providing ABA therapy as she observed first hand the incredible gains her own child made over the years. This inspired her to pursue her career in ABA and improve the lives of others by assisting them to reach their full potential!
Director of Operations
Chris serves as the Director of Operations at BTEC. His responsibilities include all financial reporting, budgeting, and business operations of the company. With a background in business and psychology, his leadership is an integral part of BTEC's commitment to delivering the highest quality of family-focused service in the field. Following college, Chris spent eight years playing Major League Baseball for several teams throughout the US, including the World Series Champion New York Yankees in 2000. His dedication to excellence is a driving force behind BTEC's superior service and model!
12385 Sorrento Rd., Suite C-3 Pensacola, FL 32507
8550 University Pkwy. Pensacola, FL 32514
151 Mary Esther Blvd. Suite 311, Mary Esther, FL 32569
1186 Eglin Pkwy. Shalimar, FL 32579
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