EFI PYLADAKI, M.S, BCBA, LMFT
Efi Pyladaki, is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She earned her BA degree in Psychology from the University of California of Los Angeles (UCLA) and her Masters of Science degree in Clinical Psychology with a Marriage and Family emphasis from California State University of Los Angeles. Efi started to work with children and families diagnosed with ASD as an undergraduate student at UCLA. She attended behavioral modification classes taught by Dr. Ivar Lovaas and right after graduation, she worked as behavioral therapist at the Lovaas Institute for Early Intervention. Efi has over fifteen years of experience working with children with autism and developmental disabilities. She has extensive experience in parent education and parent training, developing behavior intervention and behavior management treatment programs, at clinic based settings, school and home settings as well as out in the community. Efi takes pride in her work and strives to design highly individualized treatment plans for all her clients. She is grateful to be able to work with families and children and be part of their developmental journey. Outside of her work, Efi volunteers at local animal rescue organizations and loves to go on adventures with her son and their 4 dogs.
HELEN FITENI, M.S, BCBA
Helen is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst that found her way into the field of Applied Behavior Analysis in 2002 when she began working at a preschool for children diagnosed with autism and other developmental disabilities. Because of her love of the work she did at this school, Helen decided to continue her studies so she could excel in the field, thus earning a Master’s degree with a dual certification in Elementary and Special Education with an emphasis in child development from Long Island University, NY. Prior to earning that degree, Helen received her B.A. in Human Relations (Psychology/Sociology) from St. Joseph’s College, NY. Helen has extensive training in Applied Behavior Analysis including Discrete Trial Training (DTT), Pivotal Response Training (PRT), Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), social skills training, Functional Communication Training (FCT), Natural Environment Training (NET) and Positive Behavioral Support (PBS). Her expertise includes early intervention, school consultation, parent training, and developing behavior management support programs.
TANNER LOEWENBERG, M.S, BCBA
Tanner is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst that discovered the field of autism and children with special needs while working at a summer camp while in college. Summer camp opened Tanner to a world that he had never been exposed to before. Children with special needs were fully integrated into the camp with a paraprofessional to assist. With a major interest in the expanding field of special education, Tanner decided to get his Masters in Education with an emphasis on Autism and Aspergers studies. The Autism and Aspergers Masters Degree was received from the University of Kansas and is the only one in the world. Tanner’s years of experience in the school and home setting has given him great knowledge in expanding the universe of children with special needs and also how to teach neurotypical children how to create friendships with children with special needs. Tanner has extensive knowledge in Discrete Trial Teaching (DTT), Floortime Therapy, the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), classroom integration, Positive Behavior Suppers (PBS) and Community Based Intervention (CBI). When Tanner has some downtime, he also enjoys watching movies, painting with oil paint and reading.
DEVAN OWENS, M.S., BCBA
Devan is happy to join the CAST team as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst! She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Community Psychology from DePaul University in Chicago and her Masters of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from National University. Devan worked for years in various childcare positions from gymnastics to afterschool programs until finding her passion in ABA. In her first 6 months as a therapist, she knew this was the career for her and began her masters without looking back. Devan loves seeing the progress a child makes over time using behavior analysis. She is trained in many of the ABA evidence-based acronyms (DTT, NET, PRT, PECS, FCT) and is always pursuing professional growth and continual education. Throughout her ABA experience, she has worked extensively in homes, schools, and community settings. She is especially interested in collaboration with parents, school teams, and outside ABA providers in creating sustainable change for a child with various perspectives. It takes a village! Outside of work, you can find Devan singing and dancing in her car or running late to yoga.
JACQUELINE KAMMER, M.S., NCSP
Jacqueline is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and first discovered her passion for autism during a summer in high school when she worked as a camp counselor for children with special needs. This experience inspired her to dedicate her career to helping families and children with special needs. Jacqueline completed her B.S. in Psychology from University of Florida. For 3 years following college, Jacqueline worked as a Behavior Data Specialist and Feeding Therapist for children who had feeding disorders at Kennedy Kreiger Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. At Kennedy Krieger, Jacqueline fell in love with Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and decided to pursue a graduate degree in school psychology with a focus in ABA. Jacqueline received her specialist level M.S. in School Psychology from University of Oregon and practiced as a School Psychologist for 2 years in public schools in rural and suburban areas in Iowa. In Iowa, Jacqueline conducted evaluations for special education services, consulted with special education teachers regarding student needs, and developed academic and behavior treatment plans across both elementary and high school settings. Jacqueline has extensive training in applied behavior analysis, parent training, individualized treatment planning, early literacy and reading skills, assessing and creating treatment plans for academics and behavior, pediatric feeding assessment and treatment, conjoint behavioral consultation, special education law, Discrete Trial Teaching (DTT), and functional communication training. When she is not working, she enjoys biking, yoga, camping and visiting national parks in the country and around the world.