Lauren Rivas (nee Barker), M.S., BCBA
Employee since March 2016
In 2008, Ms. Barker began working as a behavior therapist for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Since, she has provided services to children ranging in age from 2-17 years, with a variety of disabilities. Additionally, she has worked across multiple interventions settings, such as homes, schools, as well as clinics. Ms. Barker is committed to providing high quality services to her clients by using only interventions which are rooted in the science of behavior and are established evidence-based practices, as evidenced by the completion of her master’s degree in applied behavior analysis from the California State University, Northridge (CSUN), as well as her continued memberships with the California Association for Behavior Analysis (or CalABA) and her attendance and participation in yearly professional conferences.
Kaitlyn Tamashiro, B.A., BCaBA
BCaBA Coursework Sequence completed 2016 – Florida Institute of Technology
Employee since October 2013
Ms. Tamashiro received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2013. It was there she realized her passion for working with individuals who have developmental disabilities. Her first position in pursuit of this career was as an in-home behavior therapist for children diagnosed with Autism. Ms. Tamashiro brought this experience and passion to the position of Therapist when she joined the H.O.P.E./Maverick team in 2013. She has since been promoted to the position of Senior Therapist, and more recently, to the position of Behavior Consultant. She is currently working towards completing the supervision requirements for the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) certification, demonstrating commitment to furthering her skill set within the field of applied behavior analysis.
Robyn Coffey, M.S., BCBA
Employee since June 2015
Before working in applied behavior analysis (ABA), Mrs. Coffey was a middle school teacher (6th-8th grade) at a private school. She began working in ABA in 2012, when her sister-in-law introduced her to the field, and she subsequently began providing 1:1 direct service to children diagnosed with Autism in home. She has since worked with individuals ranging between the ages of two years to young adulthood, and in 2014, she obtained a Master’s degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis. In 2015, she sat for the national certification examination is now a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Mrs. Coffey has a passion for providing evidence-based interventions, learning about new research related to verbal behavior and stereotypy, and teaching new skills to the other team members she works with at H.O.P.E Consulting.