Our ABA Team

Clinical Director of ABA/ Board Certified Behavior Analyst : YIsrael Dahvid is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst and Licensed Behavior Analyst currently providing services in Houston, TX. She received her Master’s in Special Education with an emphasis in ABA from Penn State University, and received her Bachelors in Psychology with Cum Laude honors from The University of Saint Thomas. YIsrael has been working in the field of ABA for 4 years and is currently pursuing her doctoral PhD in Business Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. As a passionate advocate for children on the Autism spectrum, YIsrael strives to employ compassion, understanding, and respect of each child’s unique personality to support their “Rise” to functional independence, as well as learning how to develop meaningful social relationships that will last a lifetime.

Assistant Clinical Director of ABA/ Board Certified Behavior Analyst: Jessica Nguyen is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in Houston, Texas. She graduated from the University of Houston at their main campus with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in Health. Jessica discovered her passion of working in the field of ABA through her time in undergrad. Jessica completed a graduate program at Arizona State University, while gaining experience with various individuals on the spectrum to gain her credentials as a BCBA. Jessica enjoys working on increasing verbal skills and functional life skills in children with autism. She has experience working with a multitude of behaviors and is safety care trained. Jessica is devoted to the field and to promoting growth for any children on the spectrum. 

Clinical Supervisor/ Senior Board Certified Behavior Analyst: Jasmine McCaskey is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst providing services in the Houston area. She graduated from The University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Arts in Communicative Disorders. After undergrad Jasmine began working with children and adolescents on the autism spectrum where she gained her love for Applied Behavior Analysis. She went on to complete a graduate program at the University of West Florida. In 2019, Jasmine moved to the Houston area to continue her work in the field as a BCBA.   

Clinical Supervisor/ Board Certified Behavior Analyst: Irene Nguyen is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, LBA-TX. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and went on to pursue her Master degree at Texas Tech University earning her M.Ed. in Special Education emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2018. Irene has been in the field as an RBT for 3+ years and is very passionate working with children on the spectrum.  Her ultimate goal as a BCBA is to see the children succeed and conquer their goals. She has experience providing services to children with noncompliance behavior, aggression, self-injurious behavior, nonverbal, social skills, life skills, gross and fine motor skills. In her spare time, Irene loves spending time with her husband whom she married in 2018 and her fur-babies!  Irene is overjoyed to be part of the team at RISE and can’t wait to see the children’s progress!

Clinical Supervisor/ Board Certified Behavior Analyst: Sofia Guerra is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at Rise with ABA. She 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, ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis).  ABA allowed her to focus on two of her most esteemed passions, nurturance and behavioral analysis. After gaining substantial experience as an RBT (Registered Behavior Technician) for children on the autism spectrum, Sofia continued to foster her growth. She earned her MA in Applied Behavior Analysis from Arizona State University. Currently, her professional passions include working with early learners, implementing ABA principles across individual and group settings, training parents and mentoring RBTs. During her free time, Sofia enjoys meditating, cooking new vegetarian recipes, creative journaling and spending time with friends.

Clinical Manager: 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.

Program Coordinator: Diana Paguada is from Houston, TX. She graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Microbiology and a Minor in Family and Child Development. During her college years, she fell in love with helping children on the spectrum and watching them grow more and more independent each day using ABA. She is very grateful to continue sharing this passion and be part of the wonderful team here at Rise with ABA!

Program Coordinator:: Hyejin (Hannah) Kim graduated from University of Texas at Austin in December 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Education. She discovered her passion for children while volunteering at various different special needs camps over the last few years. Her passion is to help and guide children reach their goals, as well as exploring how great their potential can be. Her goal is to pursue Master’s in Special Education, and continue to work in the ABA field. She looks forward to experiencing growth together at Rise!

Program Coordinator Jocelyn Curiel was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She then moved to College Station to attend Texas A&M University where she graduated with her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology. She knew from the start she wanted to use her degree to make a difference in society. She has always had a passion for children so being introduced to the ABA field was the perfect fit! Seeing children thrive through ABA is a special experience to be a part of. She is excited to have the opportunity to learn and grow with Rise in helping shape little ones!  

Recruiting Manager/ Riser Core/Rocket Manager (Clinic 3): 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!!

Bella Katy Manager/Media/Marketing Team Lead: 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!

Westheimer General Manager/ Media/Marketing Coordinator: Jennifer Hernandez was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She moved to College Station to attend Texas A&M where she received her Bachelors degree in Psychology. From the moment she chose her major she knew she wanted to use it to make a change. She believes that change in the world lays in the hands of our children. Her nurturing personality made Working with children come very natural to her and is something she is very passionate about. Her plans are to go back to school for her Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis. She says Working for Rise With ABA “felt like a calling” to her. She loves how natural and fun learning can be for the children. She is greatful to have the opportunity to come across our children’s life and excited to grow with the RISE team.

Bella Katy General Manager/Registered Behavior Technician: Liz Gonzalez was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Mexico. Graduated in 2019 as a Chef and specialized as a sommelier. She has always had a passion of working with children and when she came across the field of ABA she immediately fell in love with the career. She will pursue to study and grow professionally as her dream is to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and continue working for the company to gain more experience and knowledge. She is so grateful and excited to work for RISE with ABA and help the amazing children at RISE grow.

Intake Coordinator/Registered Behavior Technician: Amanda Keith is a born and raised Houstonian with a passion for psychology and piano. She recently graduated from Sam Houston State University with a major in psychology and minor in human services. Amanda is currently continuing psychological research with SHSU, researching a blend of cognitive, behavioral, forensic, and legal psychology. Her goal is to become a neuropsychologist and work in academia. She has always enjoyed helping others find their potential. From teaching piano, she learned that kids inspire patience and love. Building relationships with kids has given her the compassion and motivation to make a difference in their lives with therapy. She is so excited to put that into practice with the RISE team!

Skilled Trainer/Registered Behavior Technician: Andrea Chicchon graduated from the University of Houston in May of 2019 with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology with a minor in Public Health. She plans to go to graduate school to pursue her masters in Applied Behavioral Analysis. Andrea has been involved in behavioral therapy for over a year and gets a lot of joy from being able to help children develop their skills and grow as individuals. Andrea is excited to have the opportunity to work at Rise with ABA and looks forward to not just grow with the company but grow with the clients as well.