About Our Team

Our team of professionals possess a special combination of exceptional training, unwavering compassion and unparalleled dedication. Every day, we put our energy into helping our clients with autism and their families embrace individual success through applied behavioral analysis.

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Our Team:
  • We are completely focused on each client’s and family’s needs, offering multiple service locations and flexible scheduling.
  • Our team collaborates with families, teachers and other healthcare providers to ensure each child with autism or related issues receives the wrap-around care needed to maximize his or her potential.
  • Our leaders are experts in the science of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy, behavior modification, and verbal behavior. Our team members are among the most highly trained in the industry.
  • We provide extensive training and educational opportunities to ensure our behavioral therapists are up-to-date on ABA best practices.
  • We hire therapists who are serious about what they do – those who are board-certified, those completing practicum hours to become board-certified and those planning to apply to certification programs or programs in a related field.
Leadership Team - Engage Behavioral Health

Our Leadership Team

Jennifer Phelps (Rava), M.S., BCBA

Jennifer Phelps (Rava), M.S., BCBA

Founder/CEO

Jennifer founded Engage Behavioral Health in 2008. As owner and president, she specializes in the assessment and treatment of children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities. She is also an expert in Applied Verbal Behavior treatment for children with ASD.

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Gianna Fernandez, M.A., BCBA

Gianna Fernandez, M.A., BCBA

Chief Operating Officer

Gianna has been a member of the Engage Behavioral Health Team since 2008. As the clinical director, she specializes in coordinating quality, individualized ABA therapy to the clients at Engage Behavioral Health. She is responsible for the management and quality assurance of all clinical services provided by Engage’s clinical staff.

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Nicole Hanney, Ph.D., BCBA

Nicole Hanney, Ph.D., BCBA

Chief Clinical Officer

Nicole Hanney, Ph.D., BCBA fell in love with the field of applied behavior analysis in 2007. Since then, she has worked in the areas of skill acquisition and problem behavior reduction in a variety of settings, such as center-based clinics, residential schools, in-home services, public and private schools, and early intervention preschools. She has also provided services with several populations, including, typically developing children, caregivers, teachers, staff, adolescents and individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and developmental disabilities, and visually impaired individuals.

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Jenni Deien, M.S., BCBA

Jenni Deien, M.S., BCBA

Clinical Director, North/South Tampa

Jenni has been a member of the Engage Behavioral Health Team since 2013. She completed her master’s degree in Behavior Analysis and Therapy from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, and her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

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Mary Kate Lettera, M.S., BCBA

Mary Kate Lettera, M.S., BCBA

Clinical Director, Tallahassee

Mary Kate has been a member of the Engage Behavioral Health Team since 2013. She specializes in providing intensive early intervention services to toddlers and young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She has also worked with children and adults with behavioral disorders in a variety of different settings, including family homes, group homes and schools.

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Hannah Van Nostrand, M.S., BCBA

Hannah Van Nostrand, M.S., BCBA

Clinical Director, Northern Virginia

Hannah has been a member of the Engage Behavioral Health team since 2009. As a Clinical Director, Hannah assists with managing and supervising staff in Northern Virginia, as well as provides behavioral therapy.

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Amye Morris, M.A., BCBA

Amye Morris, M.A., BCBA

Clinical Director, Wesley Chapel

Amye has been a member of the Engage Behavioral Health team since 2010. She specializes in developing and implementing verbal behavior, skill acquisition, social skills and behavior reduction programs. She is responsible for training families on how to implement behavior strategies.

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Viviana Gonzalez, M.A., BCBA

Viviana Gonzalez, M.A., BCBA

Clinical Director, Brandon/Riverview

Viviana Gonzalez has been working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis since 2007. Her experience encompasses work with children, adolescents and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental disabilities, as well as typically developing children and adolescents, caregivers, teachers and staff. She has worked in service delivery, training, supervision and research in the areas of skill acquisition and problem behavior reduction in a variety of settings, such as center-based clinics, private family and residential group homes, and public and private schools.

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Brittany Wierzba, Ph.D., BCBA

Brittany Wierzba, Ph.D., BCBA

Clinical Director, Sarasota

Senior Clinical Supervisors

Danielle Godish, M.A., BCBA

Danielle Godish, M.A., BCBA

Senior Clinical Supervisor, North/South Tampa

Danielle has been a member of the Engage Behavioral Health team since 2012. She specializes in the development, implementation and supervision of Verbal Behavior (VB) and Behavior Reduction Programs. She is responsible for parent and staff training to ensure proficient implementation of behavior programming across all environments.

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Billy Epstein, M.PH., BCBA

Billy Epstein, M.PH., BCBA

Senior Clinical Supervisor, Pasco/Pinellas

Billy has been a team member of Engage Behavioral Health since 2012. As a senior clinical supervisor Billy focuses on the training of behavioral therapists to ensure all therapists have the comprehensive skills that enhance the quality of therapy.

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Claire Stanford, M.S., BCBA

Claire Stanford, M.S., BCBA

Senior Clinical Supervisor, North/South Tampa

Claire has been a member of Engage Behavioral Health since 2014. As a clinical supervisor, Claire provides direct therapy and supervises staff in the South Tampa area.

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Kelsey Brown, M.A., BCBA

Kelsey Brown, M.A., BCBA

Senior Clinical Supervisor, Brandon/Riverview

Kelsey has been a member of the Engage Behavioral Health team since 2015. She is a BCBA serving out of the Brandon/Riverview locations.

Kelsey attended Ball State University in Central Indiana for both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. She received her dual B.S. in Deaf Education and Special Education/Mild Interventions. She continued her education and received her M.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis with an Emphasis in Autism.

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Jamie Powell M.A., BCBA

Jamie Powell M.A., BCBA

Senior Clinical Supervisor, Pasco/Pinellas

Jamie has been a member of the Engage Behavioral Health team since 2012. She provides individualized ABA therapy to clients as well as trains behavioral therapists on behavioral techniques, procedures, and preventative and reduction strategies.

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Elizabeth Solley, M.A., BCBA

Elizabeth Solley, M.A., BCBA

Senior Clinical Supervisor, North/South Tampa

Elizabeth joined the Engage Behavioral Health team in 2012. She started as a behavior therapist and continues to provide direct therapy to children with autism and their families in the North Tampa, South Tampa, and Pinellas County areas. Elizabeth collaborates with therapists, families, and supervisors to develop effective interventions for clients.

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Jane White, M.A., BCBA

Jane White, M.A., BCBA

Senior Clinical Supervisor, Wesley Chapel

Jane has been a Behavior Therapist at Engage Behavioral Health since 2012. She completed her master‘s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at the University of South Florida. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina - Asheville.

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Diana Kithcart, M.S., BCBA

Diana Kithcart, M.S., BCBA

Senior Clinical Supervisor, Wesley Chapel

Diana has been a member of the Engage Behavioral Health team since 2014, providing services to families in the North Tampa area. Diana has experience working with clients ranging from early childhood up to adults, and has consulted in clinics, schools, group homes, and individual homes. Diana works with therapists, supervisors, and families to determine and carry out the most effective interventions for her clients.

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Christina Ennis, M.A., BCBA

Christina Ennis, M.A., BCBA

Senior Clinical Supervisor, Tallahassee

Christina has been a member of the Engage Behavioral Health team since 2013 and joined the Tallahassee team in 2015. As a senior clinical supervisor, Christina assists with managing and supervising staff and provides behavioral therapy. She specializes in developing and implementing procedures to teach functional communication, daily living, leisure, and social skills as well as behavior reduction programs. As a Safety Care™ trainer,Christina also provides staff training in preventing, de-escalating, and responding to behavioral crises.

Clinical Supervisors

Emily Rhodes, M.A., BCBA

Emily Rhodes, M.A., BCBA

Clinical Supervisor, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Emily Rhodes has been a part of Engage Behavioral Health since 2012. Emily started as a behavior therapist and continues to provide direct therapy today in addition to her new role as a Clinical Supervisor in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area. As a Clinical Supervisor, Emily collaborates with therapists and families to design and implement the most effective interventions for her clients.

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Adam Wilde, M.A., BCBA

Adam Wilde, M.A., BCBA

Clinical Supervisor, Riverview

Adam has been a member of the Engage Behavioral Health team since 2012. He started as a behavior therapist and has since gone on to become a BCBA in 2014. He specializes in developing and implementing verbal behavior programs using natural teaching strategies with children both in the home and school settings.

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Jennifer Conde, M.A., BCBA

Jennifer Conde, M.A., BCBA

Clinical Supervisor, North Tampa/South Tampa
Ashley Malone, M.S., BCBA

Ashley Malone, M.S., BCBA

Clinical Supervisor, Tallahassee
Jennifer Nordel, M.S., BCBA

Jennifer Nordel, M.S., BCBA

Clinical Supervisor, Brandon/Riverview
Gustavo Matos, M.S., BCBA

Gustavo Matos, M.S., BCBA

Clinical Supervisor, Pasco
Angelyn Rhames, M.S., BCBA

Angelyn Rhames, M.S., BCBA

Clinical Supervisor, North Tampa/South Tampa
Chad Szala, M.S, BCBA

Chad Szala, M.S, BCBA

Clinical Supervisor, Pasco/Pinellas
Paige Santhin, M.A, BCBA

Paige Santhin, M.A, BCBA

Clinical Supervisor, Pinellas
Cynthia Livingston

Cynthia Livingston

Clinical Supervisor, Riverview

Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts

Karla Valentine-Roffler, BCaBA

Karla Valentine-Roffler, BCaBA

North/South Tampa

Karla has been a member of the Engage Behavioral Health Team since 2009. She received her A.A. degree from Seminole College in Sanford, and then earned her B.A. in Psychology from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. Karla has worked with children with autism and related disabilities in clinics, family homes and schools since 1997.

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Tiara Brooks, BCaBA

Tiara Brooks, BCaBA

Brandon/Riverview
Tiffany Burden, BCaBA

Tiffany Burden, BCaBA

Tampa/Pinellas/Pasco
Deborah Hanratty, BCaBA

Deborah Hanratty, BCaBA

Tallahassee
Sarah Housley, BCaBA

Sarah Housley, BCaBA

North Tampa/South Tampa/Wesley Chapel
Rachel Suberman, BCaBA

Rachel Suberman, BCaBA

North Tampa/South Tampa/Wesley Chapel
Stacy Pamphile, BCaBA

Stacy Pamphile, BCaBA

Brandon/Riverview
Jessica Hurdelbrink, BCaBA

Jessica Hurdelbrink, BCaBA

Tallahassee
Lorena Zevallos, BCaBA

Lorena Zevallos, BCaBA

Riverview
Samantha Baseman, BCaBA

Samantha Baseman, BCaBA

North Tampa

Specialty Programs

Jennifer Zimmer, M.A., RBT

Jennifer Zimmer, M.A., RBT

Specialty Programs Manager