Our ABA Team

Lead Board Certified Behavior Analyst Patricia Kline is a licensed Board Certified Behavior Analyst who works with children on the Autism Spectrum. She attended Blinn College as well as Sam Houston State University in Huntsville where she majored in Interdisciplinary Studies with a minor in Special Education and obtained a Bachelor Of Science. She worked as a long term substitute teacher as well as a home-bound instructor. She later became a Behavior Therapist and obtained her Masters in Education for Special Education to become a BCBA.  She has worked with children for many years, inside and outside of the classroom. She loves to help autistic kids to progress with her plans and strategies.

Board Certified Behavior Analyst : Yisrael Dahvid is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst currently providing ABA services in Houston, TX. She graduated Cum Laude with a BA in Psychology from The University of Saint Thomas. She is a member of the Aquinas Honor Society, founded the Disability Awareness Club, and completed numerous volunteer projects for the local community and surrounding areas. She also served as Concertmaster of the UST Orchestra 2012-2015 and led several chamber groups on campus. She received her Masters in Education from Penn State University with emphasis in ABA and is a Licensed Behavior Analyst now  working on several academic publications supporting ABA research.

Lead Registered Behavior Technician and Clinic Manager: Maria Perez is our Lead Therapist at Rise with ABA. She has over twenty years’ experience working with a diverse population of clients with special needs. She began working in this field as a paraprofessional in the severe and profound CAC 20 unit at F.B.I.S.D. While working there she seen firsthand the importance of ABA and the effect it had on the students. From there she went on to pursue her career in ABA. She has gained her experience by working at several ABA centers such as; Texana, MHMRA, and ABA Therapy of Houston. She has a passion for all children of special needs and believes that all children can become successful with the proper help. She looks forward to demonstrating her ability to teach, by motivating children to learn through positive reinforcement. She enjoys making learning fun and has a creative way of doing so. She is currently attending UHD and is in her final year. She is working on obtaining her degree so she can become certified as a BCaBA and then continue her education in grad school. Maria is very thankful to be part of such an amazing team and doing what she loves.

Registered Behavior Technician and Clinic Manager: Milán Kountz was born and raised in Kansas City Kansas. After moving to Texas 3 years ago and graduating from Texas Southern University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology, she started her career path in Human Resources. During her journey she came across Applied Behavioral Analysis; ABA gave her the passion and excitement she craved and she hasn’t looked back since. She plans on continuing her education in ABA as well as Speech Pathology. Her goal is to continue to grow and build with RISE!

BCBA Intern and Registered Behavior Technician: Sofia Guerra was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. After graduating from Texas A&M with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology, she moved to Houston, Texas. During her university years, she was involved with extensive social and educational research studies. She explored different career paths including Human Resources, accounting and consulting, until she came across her niche, Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA).  ABA allowed her to focus on two of her most esteemed passions, nurturance and psychology. She has enjoyed working with children on spectrum for 2 years now, and she is most motivated by the progress and results she can help achieve. She plans on pursuing a Master’s of Arts in Educational and Family Counseling.

Activity Coordinator and Registered Behavior Technician: Amanda Arends grew up in the Chicago suburbs and moved to Houston for college. After graduating from University of Houston in 2018, she found her passion for helping kids reach their full potential and became an RBT in September 2018. Ever since, she has loved working with kids on the spectrum every day, making sure to use compassion and understanding to help them overcome challenges.  She wants to see how kids grow and progress with her in Rise.

BCBA Intern and Registered Behavior Technician: Fatima Raza

Registered Behavior Technician: Casey Nikolich is a student at the University of Houston pursuing a Bachelor’s of Arts in  Psychology with a minor in Laws, Values, and Policies. She plans to specialize in behaviors and continue work towards helping those at a disadvantage. She loves working with children on the spectrum particularly because they are such bright and unique individuals, that simply require a unique teaching style to learn. Doing ABA and seeing the kiddos grow, brings her so much joy, because they deserve this opportunity. She is excited to help them receive this opportunity with RISE!!

Registered Behavior Technician: Taffy Stone joined Rise With ABA as a Behavioral Therapist and became Registered Behavior Technician. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2015. Since then she has worked in the Psychiatry field and the Nursing field. Her passion has always been helping others who are in most need, and she is hoping to do the same with the company and make a difference. She feels thankful to join this amazing team.

Registered Behavior Technician: Asia Jenkins is Registered Behavior Technician professional with over 3 years experience working within the field of Applied behavior Analysis. She loves working with autistic kids who need attention and help. She has passion to work with kids and make their progress. Outside of work, she enjoys going on food adventures and participating in creative activities. is excited to work with the kids at Rise With ABA and is grateful for the opportunity to work with the wonderful team at Rise.

Behavior Therapist: Hannah Wendling is originally from Kalamazoo Michigan. She relocated to Houston Texas to work with foster children 4 years ago. She is currently studying mental health counseling with an emphasis on child and adolescents at Northwestern University. Hannah has a B.A. in Child Development and Family Studies from Central Michigan University. She looks forward to working with the kids at Rise with ABA and is excited for the opportunity to work with a dedicated team of individuals.

Behavior Therapist : Darian Enriquez is from Houston, Texas. She is currently a student at the University of Houston-Downtown pursuing her Bachelors of Science in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice. Upon graduation, she plans on going back to school for her Masters in Child Psychology and continue working with children. She loves working with children and hopes to be a middle school counselor. She is very excited to be apart of the Rise with ABA team.

Behavior Therapist: Monic Cano was born in Alton, TX but raised in Green Bay, WI and have now followed her family back down here after 2 years of being apart from them. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee this past May with a Bachelor’s in Psychology. Her other concentrations were Women and Gender studies and Child and Adolescent studies. During her years in college, her passion for psychology grew, as well as her love for learning more about the little humans that run around in this world. It amazes her how every child is so unique. Every day is different when you are working with children, you really do learn something new every day and she think that it’s definitely one of the biggest reasons why she love to work with them. She looks forward to continue to gain knowledge and experience with the rest of the RISE team. It brings her so much joy to be part of these children’s lives and so much excitement to see the progress and results that we can all help achieve!

Behavior Therapist: Cortney Hernandez is from Las Vegas, Nevada. She has lived in Houston Texas almost all of her life. She is currently studying at the University of Houston pursing her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Health. Once she graduates, she plans on going after her masters in Cognitive Neuroscience with a focus in Behavior and then on to her Doctorates for Clinical Psychology. Her goal in life is to become a therapist and continue to work with children. She looks forward to extending her relationship with the ABA team.  

Behavior Therapist: Savannah Rose is from Seattle, Washington. She grew up in Houston, Texas. She graduated from the University of Houston in December 2019 with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and a Minor in Biology. Savannah was also a member of the Honors College. She discovered her love for children when she started coaching volleyball and gymnastics over 3 years ago. She plans to get her Masters of Education specializing in Curriculum and Instruction. Her goal is to teach high school science and coach school volleyball as well as club volleyball. She loves watching children learn new things and develop through ABA. She feels grateful to be apart of the RISE team and she hopes to grow with the company and make a difference in the lives of others.

Behavior Therapist: Joy Lee graduated from University of Texas at Austin in December 2019 with a Bachelors of Art in Psychology with a minor in Educational Psychology. She plans on going into grad school in Clinical Child Psychology. With a passion, she hopes to become a therapist who will work for families and children in a clinical setting. She finds pure love and joy when working with children and has always been involved in helping them grow and connecting with them genuinely. Joy is excited to work with the kids at Rise With ABA and is grateful for the opportunity to work with the wonderful team at Rise!

Behavior Therapist: Kristeen Restrepo was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She graduated in December 2019 with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Schreiner University; where she also played on the Women’s Soccer team. She plans on pursuing graduate school for Clinic Neuropsychology. Her passion for psychology has always stemmed from wanting to help those around her who are in most need. She is excited to learn and grow while helping the kids at Rise with ABA. She is very excited and grateful to be apart of this amazing team!

Behavior Therapist: Khristian Urosa

Behavior Therapist: Karolina was born and raised in Houston and graduated from the University of Houston on December 2019 with a BS in Psychology and a minor in biology. Her goal is to attain her masters in clinical psychology so that she can better help disadvantaged children and their families. Working here at Rise has been a wonderful opportunity to work with kids, and has further reinforced her desires to continue on this path. She looks forward to continue growing with the children and Rise team.