Saundra Bishop, MS, BCBA
is the founder and Lead Clinician of B.A.S.I.C.S. ABA Therapy, LLC. She has over 10 years of experience working in Applied Behavior Analysis and with people on the Autism Spectrum (including Asperger's and PDD-NOS). She has extensive experience working in group homes, schools, and client homes. She has worked with clients ages 18 months to 65 years old. In addition to this, she is mom and a foster parent. Saundra is a certified trainer for "The Secrets of Modern Parenting" and Level 1 Certified in the PRT method of ABA. She is especially passionate about aggression reduction, early-intervention, and adolescent social skills acquisition. She is also certified to give trainings that qualify for Type-2 CEUs.
DeVita, M.Ed; Ed.S, BCBA
is a certified School Psychologist in the District of Columbia. She has worked with clients from infants to young adults for over nine years. She has a passion for working with students of varying ethnicities and cultures. Her research interests include increasing the language capacity of bilingual students and building academic skills utilizing behavior analytic techniques. DeVita is the proud mom to two rescue dogs. DeVita is a therapist supervisor
Evan, MS, BCBA
has over 7 years of experience working with individuals with autism, and other co-morbid diagnoses’. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis - his Master’s thesis focused on staff training, more specifically how to increase treatment integrity and overall efficacy across large agencies and programs. He has extensive knowledge designing and implementing functional living skills for older individuals, conducting Functional Behavior Assessments, designing Behavior Intervention Plans, and training paraprofessional’s to carry out the necessary components of each plan.
Sevon, MA, BCBA
has worked with children with diverse cultural and educational backgrounds for close to 10 years. She is excited about building cultural pride among the children she works with. She is also highly interested in the linguistic development of children from bilingual households. Mawule is eager to help children reach their highest potential. She is a therapist supervisor.
has volunteered at a therapeutic recreational program and is currently working with Beyond the BASICS Aftercare. In the future, Adanna aspires to become a social worker and ABA therapist. She is interested in in psychology and enjoys singing, dancing and modeling.
is a native of Philadelphia, and has recently relocated to DC. He has taught and trained elementary and middle school student’s as an educator. Growing up he worked in a club / restaurant / hall, during which time he catered over 100 events. He has continued utilizing his culinary skill set by catering small events for friends and family as a personal chef. When time allows, you can find Benjamin dancing, bike riding, playing tennis and just socializing.
David, BA, BT
is passionate about education, with sports coming as a close second. He moved to the area in 2011 after serving for City Year, followed by doing education research at his alma mater, UCLA. David has worked in education since serving as a peer tutor in high school and has continued working to serve the youth as a paraprofessional and coach at a DC charter school.
Gerra, BA, RBT
has earned a B.A. degree in Interdisciplinary Studies: American Sign Language and Psychology. She enjoys helping children reach their social & academic goals and looks forward to serving in the DMV area.
is a Certified Medication Technician and a Certified Medical Assistant. She enjoys helping others and being a positive influence in the community. She had worked with special needs adults as well as children since 2013. She aspires to be a ABA Therapist and is excited about her journey!
Jamila, BS, RBT
has a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She has previously worked for therapeutic recreation programs, support programs for adults with special needs, and group homes for young adults with special needs. Jamila also served as the site supervisor for an after school program for at-risk youth. She is from the DMV and her hobbies include photography, singing, dancing, and doing hair and makeup. Currently she is pursuing credentialing as a Registered Behavior Technician.
is a senior psychology major who has a strong passion for the field of therapy and has worked with children for several years using music therapy. She loves the power of music! She plays the violin and DJs on the side. She is a mother of one and is always striving to become better in all aspects of her life. She plans to continue her education and study behavioral science and receive a PsyD in counseling psychology.
has worked as an RBT in a clinic setting for over a year before joining the Beyond the BASICS Aftercare program. She has experience working with children from the age of two to sixteen in both group and one-on-one settings. Sophia is passionate about education, ABA, and promoting self-advocacy
is passionate about strengthening and promoting self-advocacy. Her personal endeavors were inspired by a close family member living with Multiple Sclerosis and has motivated her to pursue a career related to programs designed for educating, encouraging and developing people with special needs/disabilities. She delights in making others happy and giving a helping hand. She enjoys traveling (currently planning a cross country road trip), photography, singing and quality time with family. She is very ecstatic for her new role as a RBT and looks forward to helping others. She plans to pursue a career and go to school to earn degree in psychology.
Tammy, BA, RBT
has worked with children since she was a teenager. She has worked with children with Special Needs for over 6 years and loves it. She has been a Para-professional for Maryland and DC schools. She loves to mentor pre-teen girls. She loves going to parks, traveling, and reading.
was an elementary school teacher, and is currently pursuing a masters in Counseling and RBT certification. She has worked with children in some capacity for over 7 years. She has been practicing the African-Brazilian martial of Capoeira for 3 years and assists with teaching youth capoeira classes since she started. Taylor enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing the guitar and is an avid reader.
Tiara, BA, RBT
earned a bachelor’s degree in communications. She is a DC native who enjoys working with children of all ages and needs. In her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling, and new adventures.
Tien, BS, RBT
has a degree in Psychology. His strive to work in the medical field has led him to work with adults with disabilities in the past prior to graduating. Immigrating from a foreign country also gave Tien the appreciation for other cultures and perspective. He hopes to continue his passion to help people gain skills using ABA.
has been with BASICS for 5 years (first as an intern, then office assistant, and now as a therapist). She is the oldest of 6 children and mother of 2. She has experience working with children in schools and in home settings doing ABA therapy. She also has worked as a Social Skills Instructor in our social skills program. She especially loves working with young children.
has worked in group homes with adults, in Autism classrooms, and recently finished his tenure as a teacher at a senior high school. He is a father to an active 4 year old, infant, foster parent and has volunteered in orphanages all over the world. He has worked with various age groups but particularly enjoys working with pre-teens and teenagers.
is fluent in Spanish and English. The first of 3 children, she relocated to Washington, D.C. in 2011 to pursue her career. She started her career in the medical field as a medical and dental assistant. Her number one passion and motivation has always been working with and helping children. In her spare time she loves activities with her family, hiking, rafting, working out at the gym and dancing with friends in Zumba class.
Yanita, BS, RBT
has her degree in Psychology. Her passion for working with children drove her to work a children's hospital dedicated to children with autism, shortly after graduation. Having recently moved closer to the DC area, Yanita continued to pursue her passion for helping/working with children as a Therapist for BASICS. Yanita is very interested in continuing her education and plans to pursue her Masters in Clinical and Behavioral Psychology.
Christine, BS, BA
works to ensure smooth operations by communicating regularly with insurance companies, management and our clients. Christine received her BS in Accounting and her BS in Finance. She loves spending time with her children.
has over 7 years of experience in accounting and finance as both senior accountant and accounting supervisor, and also 4 years experience in banking. She is CPA certified (inactive) in the state of Washington and holds a BA in Business Administration, Accounting. She enjoys exploring Rock Creek Park with her husband and three young children.
Director of Operations
has a masters in Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs with a concentration in human rights and gender. Previously she served on the board of a local non-profit working on maternal health policy advocacy. Celia has 10 years combined experience in administration, case management, contracting and government consultation. She is passionate about access to evidence-based, culturally sensitive healthcare services for women and children. She oversees HR, professional development, privacy and security, contracts and credentials and G Suite.
has over 2 years of Administrative experience, and two years experience working as a Special Education Paraprofessional. She has her Associates in Liberal Arts, with a concentration in English. In her free time, she enjoys helping wildlife. She has connected with wildlife rehabilitators to help ensure the safety and needs of all animals are met. She also enjoys hikes and is an avid reader. Her favorite author is Steinbeck.
has a BS in Mathematics and Computer Science and currently pursuing a MS in Information Assurance. He most recently worked with a non-profit organization as the Pre-College Programs Director where he identified, recruited and prepared at-risk youth for the rigors of enrolling, attending and graduating from post-secondary institutions. Prior to his career in college preparatory education, he was a math teacher. He enjoys performing and martial arts; he is a martial arts instructor and a practiced cellist. He is frequently joined by his wife and child at the Capoeira school who enjoy kicking him often.
has a degree in Child Development and is currently working toward her Master’s in Education. Originally from Texas, she moved to D.C. for AmeriCorps before beginning her career in education. She has worked with children in various capacities for about 8 years and loves finding ways to help children learn and express themselves effectively. In her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling, basketball, and practicing Capoeira.
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