Jessica L. Shea, M.S., BCBA, Executive Partner
Jessica Shea is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and holds a graduate certificate in Positive Behavior Support (PBS). She earned her bachelor of science degree from the University of South Florida with a double major in Business Management and Finance. She also earned her Masters degree in behavior analysis from the University of South Florida. Jessica Shea has been certified in behavior analysis for the past 5 years. She has worked within the community providing behavior services as a consultant for the past 6 years. Her experiences include working with children and adults with autism and other developmental delays. Jessica Shea has completed research and practical experiences in the areas of verbal behavior and Positive Behavior Support within the school system.
She is the Executive Partner of Achieve Behavior Partners, LLC and currently supervises the application of behavior principles within the school setting for underprivileged youth. As of April 2015, Jessica has been named the Clinical Director at Impact Academy supervising RBT’s and classroom behavior aids for children with special needs. Jessica Shea has lived in the Tampa Bay area for 16 years. She currently lives in the South Tampa area with her husband, son and newborn daughter.
Her goal when working with families is to collaborate with all persons involved to establish a team of supports to help individuals achieve success.
Karen L. Austin, Ed.S., BCBA, Managing Partner
Karen Austin is a licensed school psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She earned her bachelor of science degree at Florida State University with a major in Psychology and her Masters and Education Specialist degrees at the University of South Florida with concentration in School Psychology. Additional training in behavior analysis was done through the Florida Institute of Technology. Karen previously worked as a school psychologist for over 15 years with Hillsborough County Public Schools. During that time she provided school psychological services in elementary, middle, high, and technical schools. She served as a member of the District Crisis Intervention Team, and provided behavior consultation for difficult and high profile cases through the Functional Assessment Consultation Team for 10 years. Karen was awarded the 2014 Special Instructional Services Person of the Year Award from the Council for Exceptional Children.
Karen Austin has been certified in behavior analysis since 2005. She has provided supervision to candidates for certification in behavior analysis for the past several years. Karen provided behavior services within the community previously as a consultant with Behavior Change Consultants, LLC and through private practice. Karen is the Managing Partner of Achieve Behavior Partners, LLC and is the primary supervising BCBA for community and clinic clients, as well as manages the school psychology services provided through Achieve. Karen has resided in the Tampa Bay area since 1997. She currently lives in the South Tampa area with her husband and two young and active boys.
Her goal when working with children and families is to promote a healthy and happy environment where all members of a family can achieve their highest potential.
Kelly Zapata, M.A., BCBA , School, Community and Clinic Supervisor
Kelly Zapata is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Central Florida with a major in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. She also earned her Masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis with an emphasis in Autism Spectrum Disorder from Ball State University. Kelly has been certified in behavior analysis for the last year. Prior to her BCBA certification, she provided behavior services as a consultant, caregiver and technician for children and young adults with ASD and other developmental disabilities in the home, school and community setting for over 10 years.
Kelly lived in the Tampa Bay area for 11 years then moved to Orlando where she resided for 6 years. At the beginning of the school year, she moved back to the Tampa Bay Area along with her husband, to join the Achieve Behavior Partners team, where she has worked as a BCBA Supervisor in the school, community, and clinic settings. She currently resides in the Riverview with her husband, and newborn son.
Her goal when working with children and families is to provide the necessary strategies and support to increase the overall quality of life so that individuals can fulfill their long-term goals.
Tiffany O’Keefe, Insurance Specialist
Tiffany O’Keefe is an experienced Medical Administrator. She has 5 years experience in the medical field and 3 years working one on one with children and adults as a medical assistant. She has earned her degree in Medical Assisting and Medical Office Administrations at St. Petersburg College and Concorde Career Institute. She is currently attending Rasmussen College to obtain her Bachelors in Health Management. Tiffany is the insurance and billing specialist for Achieve Behavior Partners, LLC handling the day to day operations, billing, client intake and administrative duties.
Tiffany O’Keefe has lived in the Tampa Bay area for 25 years. Her goal is to continue to grow with Achieve Behavior Partners, LLC and establish a great modeling role influencing others.
Jessica Fuller, B.S., BCBA, School Setting Supervisor
Jessica Fuller is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She earned her bachelor of science degree from the University of South Florida with a major in Psychology. She completed her Masters degree in Psychology with a concentration in Applied behavior Analysis from Capella University.
Jessica has worked in many different environments with children with autism and other developmental disabilities in the clinic, school, and community settings. Jessica is bilingual and speaks both English and Spanish fluently. She has resided in the Tampa Bay area for 9 years and currently resides in the Carrollwood area with her husband and young son.
Her goal is to make a difference in the lives of the individuals she works with as well as in the lives of their family members by providing the support and resources they need to achieve their everyday goals.
Tiffany Suarez, M.S., BCBA, Community Supervisor
Tiffany Suarez is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Applied Behavior Analysis. Tiffany then attend Capella University for her graduate coursework. During graduate school, she worked in the school setting and taught special education for three years. Tiffany has worked in the behavior analysis and education fields since 2010. Her experiences include teaching and working as a behavior assistant in the home and school settings. Tiffany has experience implementing verbal and behavioral interventions with children with Autism and other developmental disabilities.
Tiffany has lived in the Tampa Bay area for 27 years and currently resides in Riverview, Florida with her two-year-old son and newborn daughter. Her goal as your child’s behavior analyst is to give them the tools needed to help them succeed in their own individual way. There is no cookie cutter way of teaching our children to learn – rather, we teach them in a way the can learn!
Pauli Catanese, M.S.Ed., BCBA, School Setting and Community Supervisor
Pauli Cantanese is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Pauli earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida with a major in Psychology, and a Master of Science degree in Special Education from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. She also holds certification as an Exceptional Student Education (ESE) teacher for grades K-12 in the states of Florida and South Carolina.
Pauli has been working with individuals with autism and other disabilitie since she was sixteen-years old, with experience in both the public and private sector. Prior to joining Achieve Behavior Partners, Pauli worked for seven years as an ESE teacher in public elementary schools in both Virginia and South Caroloina. She managed classrooms for students with autism and intellectual disabilities at the elementary level, in addition to providing resource instruction in reading, writing, math, and behavior. She lives in Tampa with her husband and three children, where she enjoys the beach and exploring new things.
Her goal is to bring about meaningful and positive behavior change through the use of effective strategies, individualized programming, and collaborative relationships.
Melissa McGuire, Ed.S., BCBA, Community Supervisor
Melissa McGuire is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree at Florida State University with a major in Psychology and her Masters and Education Specialist degrees at Florida State University with concentration in School Psychology. Melissa completed her coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis through the Florida Institute of Technology.
Melissa has worked as a school psychologist for twelve years with Hillsborough County Public Schools. During that time she provided school psychological services primarily in elementary schools focusing on academic and behavioral assessment and consultation. She served on the Functional Assessment Consultant Team for five years consulting on students with severe problem behavior throughout the district for all grade levels. Melissa was also a Behavior Coach in classrooms for students with disabilties, providing direct training and modeling of behavioral techniques to teachers and staff.
Melissa McGuire became a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst in 2008 and Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2012. She has worked in home, community, and school settings providing direct support to children and adults with developmental disabilities and behavior challenges, as well as caregiver training and supervision to other direct service providers. Melissa provided behaviro services within the community previously with Behavior Change Consultants, LLC, Positive Abilities, LLC, and Behavioral Evolution, Inc.
Melissa has lived in the Tampa Bay area since 2004 and currently resides in Riverview with her daughter. Melissa’s goal when working with children and families is to improve behaviors and independent functioning to help them to reach their fullest potential and quality of life.
Leah Armstrong, Ed.D., BCBA, Community Supervisor
Leah Armstrong is a licensed school psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She earned her Masters, Educational Specialist, and Doctor of Education degrees in School Psychology and Counseling Psychology through Florida State University and Argosy University. Leah continued her training at the Florida Institute of Technology in behavior analysis. Leah has practiced as a school psychologist with Hillsborough County Public Schools for over 15 years primarily in elementary and middle school settings. She also currently services as a member of the District Crisis Intervention Team. Leah also has served as a behavioral consultant for complex cases for Hillsborough County Public Schools as a member of the Functional Assessment Consultant Team.
Leah currently resides in the South Tampa area with her husband and two young boys. Leah’s goal when working with children and their families is to ensure that each child and adolescent reaches their fullest level of independence and a positive quality of life.
Andrea Benedetto, B.S., BCaBA, Assistant Supervisor
Andrea Benedetto is a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst. She earned her bachelor of science degree from the University of South Florida with a major in Behavioral Healthcare. She is currently completing her Masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis with an Emphasis in Autism and is planning on becoming a BCBA after completing her masters.
Andrea has a 12-year-old brother who has autism. Her brother influenced her to pursue the career path of Applied Behavior Analysis in hopes to improve other children’s lives with disabilities the way her brother’s therapists improved his. Andrea has been in the field for over three years now. She has worked with children with autism and other developmental disabilities in the clinic, school, and in the home. Andrea has resided in the Tampa Bay area for the past 12 years and currently lives in Riverview with her family.
Her goal is to improve the children’s lives she works with one day at a time, to help them become more independent each and every day. She looks forward to seeing the happy faces of parents witnessing their child grow and improve.
Karie John, B.S., BCaBA, Assistant Supervisor
Karie John has been with Achieve since 2016 and is a Board Certfied Assistant Behavior Analyst. She earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of South Florida with a major in Behavioral Healthcare and concentrations in Applied Behavior Analysis and Behavioral Health Research. Karie is currently completing her Masters of Science at the University of South Florida in Applied Behavior Analysis and intends to sit for the BCBA upon graduation.
Karie has over a decade of experience in the field of early childhood and was a Montessori teacher prior to finding ABA. Karie’s primary goal with her families is to provide caregivers with the tools needed for successful outcomes.
Karie resides in Saint Petersburg with her husband and her two children and enjoys hiking and running in her “spare” time.
Christopher Rushing, B.S., BCaBA, Assistant Supervisor
Christopher Rushing is a BCaBA with Achieve Behavior Partners. He’s called Tampa home most of his life save for the 8 years he spent in NYC where he studied theatre, aquiring a BFA from Marymount Manhattan College. He is very excited to be in his final semester of the ABA Master of Science program at USF and is eager to continue the challenging and rewarding work of behavior analysis under the strong tutelage of the partners at Achieve Behavior.
Karen Mollard, Operations Assistant
Karen Mollard is the Operations Assistant at Achieve Behavior Partners, LLC. Working at the South Tampa Clinic, she handles the company’s intercommunication and provides support for management and supporting staff. Karen welcomes all clients as they enter the cinic and handles the immediate support needed from clients and staff. Karen is scheduled to graduate from the University of South Florida in the Fall of 2017 and will earn a degree in Psychology from the College of Arts and Sciences. Karen has lived in the Tampa Bay area for 21 years and has plans to pursue a post-graduation plan, as well as grow with Achieve Behavior Partners, LLC.
Karen believes every child deserves to be able to reach their fullest potential and provides care and encouragement to every child.
Amy Patenaude, Ed.S., NCSP, School Psychologist
Amy Patenaude is a licensed school psychologist and nationally certified school psychologist. She earned her Masters and Education Specialist degrees from the University of South Florida. Prior to becoming a school psychologist, Amy worked as a special education and general education teacher in Hillsborough County Public Schools. While attending USF, Amy worked in the College of Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics. She worked with families raising young children with challenging behaviors. She co-facilitated HOT DOCS parent training classes. After graduation from USF in 2011, Amy worked for four years as a school psychologist in Hillsborough County Public Schools. She underwent additional supervision and became a licensed school psychologist in 2014. Amy’s areas of expertise include assessment, positive behavior supports, behavioral parent training, multi-tiered systems of support, and crisis intervention.
Amy enjoys working with families who are looking for parent training, consultation, and assessment. Amy can provide customized comprehensive assessments for your child. Some of the areas of assessment include giftedness, learning disabilities, attention concerns, executive functioning, academic concerns, and kindergarten readiness. Please contact Amy for more information on how she can help your child achieve his or her maximum potential.
Her goal when working with youth and their families is to provide comprehensive assessment that provide diagnostic information and support individualized intervention planning. Amy believes all children have the potential to be successful.
Margaret “Maggie” Dean, Ed.S., NCSP, School Psychologist
Maggie Dean is a licensed and nationally certified school psychologist. She currently resides in Tampa where she works within the public school system as a school psychologist and serves pre-kindergarten, elementary, middle, and high-school students. Maggie’s specific expertise is in all realms of psycho-educational assessment addressing giftedness, dyslexia, learning challenges, kindergarten readiness, autism, and attention concerns. She provides training and consultative services to schools, parents, and community members to best address school, class, and individual needs. Maggie is a certified Youth Mental Health First Aid trainer and offers a certification course for community members to learn strategies to identify, prevent, and remediate mental health struggles of today’s youth.
Maggie attended the University of Florida where she graduated valedictorian and earned her Bachelor of Science and Education Specialist degrees. While attending the University of Florida, Maggie taught an undergraduate course on human development, participated in research related to inclusive education for students with disabilities, and supervised a research team that conducted psycho-educational assessments with adjudicated youth in correctional facilities. Currently, she is serving as an active member on the district crisis team, participates as a member of the ethics committee, provides training to colleagues on psycho-educational assessment for reading deficits, and participated in a statewide 504 accommodation symposium which addressed varying plans being used to service students throughout Florida.
Her goal is to provide optimum, concrete diagnostic information and interventions to best support children, families, and stakeholders within the learning environment.
Ana Alonso, S.S.P., NCSP, School Psychologist
Ana Alonso is a licensed and nationally certified school psychologist. She currently resides in Tampa where she works within the public school system as a school psychologist. Ana’s specific expertise allows her to serve culturally and linguistically diverse English language learners in the school setting. Additionally, she is equipped to evaluate and identify flexible, appropriate psychoeducational evaluation strategies and to identify strengths and areas of need within diverse populations. Ana’s counseling experience includes co-facilitation of intervention workshops for teens and their parents addressing topics such as health, sexuality, and risky behavior. Previous clinical experience includes facilitation of psychosocial groups, verbal deescalation, individual and group therapy sessions, and medication awareness in inpatient and outpatient settings.
Ana attended the University of South Florida where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and minor in Behavioral Health. She earned her Specialist in School Psychology degree from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. While attending Winthrop University, Ana provided comprehensive psychoeducational evaluations for elementary students, provided individual and group counseling for students in a school setting; and collaborated with teachers and staff on the development, implementation, and monitoring of classroom behavior management and individualized behavior plans. Currently, she is assigned to the school district’s bilingual team where she provides consultation to school personnel in relation to the second language acquisition process, cultural responsiveness, intervention implementation, and student assessment.
Her goal at Achieve is to help children and adolescents use their existing problem-solving skills more effectively or to develop new or better coping skills in order for them to function comfortable and adaptively within their home and school environmet.