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MEET THE TEAM

Operations

Founder
Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Rich Scott, MA, BCBA

     At the urging of a classmate, while finishing up my Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology, I decided to work with an autistic middle-schooler who was attending a summer camp. Those eight weeks changed my life and led me to devote my career to helping autistic children and their parents/guardians. My approach is to find out what goals are meaningful to each client, and then find ways to collaboratively set, and reach those goals. In my spare time, I like to dream about traveling to Europe, listen to Genesis, and eat chocolate.

South Regional Director (RD)
Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Megan Lopez, MA, BCBA

     Behavior and figuring out why people do what they do has always been my passion thanks to watching too many episodes of Criminal Minds. This led me to obtain my Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from Oregon State University. After undergraduate school I worked as a counselor with juvenile sex offenders and gang members. One of my clients had autism and I quickly switched career paths to Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and received my Master's Degree in ABA from Ball State University and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). I have been in the field for almost 10 years and bring compassion and individualization to every client I work with. Outside of my career, I have 3 dogs and 3 cats and support Arsenal Football Club. I look forward to bringing my passion and caring to all my clients at Compass!

Project Coordinator
Lead Registered Behavior Technician (RBT)

Emily Eldridge

     I started my journey in ABA in late 2018 after becoming interested in the disability field. With the struggles my family and I have faced regarding our genetic predispositions to disabilities, I found myself at ease while connecting with the community that received my ABA services. After being in the field for a year, I became overwhelmed with the systemic issues regarding compliance-based practices. In 2020, I found a home with Compass where the founder wholeheartedly supports my vision for neurodiversity-affirming ABA practices. I now spend my time at Compass focusing on intrinsically motivating clients and educating parents and staff on doing the same. Outside of work, I like to hang out with my mischievous cat, bake, and eat great food. 

North Regional Director (RD)
Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Megan Leonard, MA, MCBA

     Hello, My name is Megan. I started working at compass as a Behavior Technician in 2018. Prior to working at Compass, I had spent 15 years as a Youth Worker for the YMCA (San Francisco and East Bay). My prior career working with children 2-18 years old and their families has provided me with a deep understanding of how important being playful and fun is to teaching a love of learning and the value of cooperation. When I am not at work, I am usually corralling (sometimes successfully) the chaos at home with my three sons and husband.

Central Regional Director (RD)
Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Cierra Barton, MA, BCBA

     Hi, I'm Cierra. I joined this field in 2014 as a behavior therapist. I began my graduate coursework at Ball State University in 2016. I graduated with a Master's in Applied Behavior Analysis and Special Education in 2018, and passed the exam to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst the same year. I have worked with children and adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder from 18 months to 21 years old.  I have experience working in a variety of settings: in homes, clinics, schools, and in the community. I have also previously run a social skills group. Recently, I have taken a special interest in parent training. I strive to engage and empower families to use ABA to help their children acquire new skills. Other special interests include: verbal behavior, adaptive skills, social skills, and promoting generalization. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family, and exploring all that the wonderful Bay Area has to offer.

Administrative Assistant
Registered Behavior Technician (RBT)

Jilly Barnhart

     My journey in ABA had taken me by surprise, I had always enjoyed working with kids. I started to become more interested in learning about autism after meeting my brother-in-law. Watching him grow and learn was so special to me and any small accomplishment he made, was a huge success in my eyes. When offered a job in ABA, I was excited to understand autism and help our clients feel seen and heard. I loved watching the kids I worked with reach their goals and getting to see their eyes light up, or their confidence build, is what made it all worth it. I'm passionate about our kids reaching their goals, no matter how small they may seem. I feel I am particularly skilled at advocating for our clients when they aren't able to. Outside of work, I enjoy crocheting, playing games, and cooking with my friends.

Board Certified Behavior Analysts

Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Amanda Sendaydiego, MA, BCBA

Hello, my name is Amanda. I have been with Compass as an RBT since 2019. I graduated with my Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2023. Before working in ABA, I was employed in a special needs adult program where we would teach life skills and work skills to adults with varying intellectual disabilities and provide support for their future employment. I also have extensive experience in child care with children ages infant and up. As a part of the Compass team, I strive for teamwork and collaboration with other BCBAs, Program Supervisors, RBTs, and clients and their families. I believe when we all collaborate and work together, we can achieve great things with our kiddos. While not working, I enjoy spending time outdoors with my husband and daughter, reading, and baking yummy treats.

Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Eunice, MA, BCBA

Hi! My name is Eunice. I started working with children in 2006 during my undergraduate years with plans to be a teacher. In 2010, I began working as a paraprofessional at an inclusive school and fell in love with special education. A coworker of mine connected me to the field of Applied Behavior Analysis and I got to experience the tremendous impact that behavioral therapists can make working 1 on 1 with autistic students. After working for 7 years as a behavioral therapist, I pursued my Masters to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. I've been a BCBA since 2018 and still use the skill sets I acquired as a behavior technician to create fun and engaging programs for my students to acquire new skills. My motto is if we're not having fun during the session, then the students are not having fun. When I am not in session with my students, then you can find me hiking with my dogs, gardening, or making lopsided cups in my ceramics studio.

South Regional Director (RD)
Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

South Regional Director (RD)
Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Megan Lopez, MA, BCBA

     Behavior and figuring out why people do what they do has always been my passion thanks to watching too many episodes of Criminal Minds. This led me to obtain my Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from Oregon State University. After undergraduate school I worked as a counselor with juvenile sex offenders and gang members. One of my clients had autism and I quickly switched career paths to Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and received my Master's Degree in ABA from Ball State University and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). I have been in the field for almost 10 years and bring compassion and individualization to every client I work with. Outside of my career, I have 3 dogs and 3 cats and support Arsenal Football Club. I look forward to bringing my passion and caring to all my clients at Compass!

Central Regional Director (RD)
Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Central Regional Director (RD)
Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Cierra Barton, MA, BCBA

     Hi, I'm Cierra. I joined this field in 2014 as a behavior therapist. I began my graduate coursework at Ball State University in 2016. I graduated with a Master's in Applied Behavior Analysis and Special Education in 2018, and passed the exam to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst the same year. I have worked with children and adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder from 18 months to 21 years old.  I have experience working in a variety of settings: in homes, clinics, schools, and in the community. I have also previously run a social skills group. Recently, I have taken a special interest in parent training. I strive to engage and empower families to use ABA to help their children acquire new skills. Other special interests include: verbal behavior, adaptive skills, social skills, and promoting generalization. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family, and exploring all that the wonderful Bay Area has to offer.

North Regional Director (RD)
Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

North Regional Director (RD)
Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Megan Leonard, MA, MCBA

     Hello, My name is Megan. I started working at compass as a Behavior Technician in 2018. Prior to working at Compass, I had spent 15 years as a Youth Worker for the YMCA (San Francisco and East Bay). My prior career working with children 2-18 years old and their families has provided me with a deep understanding of how important being playful and fun is to teaching a love of learning and the value of cooperation. When I am not at work, I am usually corralling (sometimes successfully) the chaos at home with my three sons and husband.

Founder
Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Founder
Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Rich Scott, MA, BCBA

     At the urging of a classmate, while finishing up my Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology, I decided to work with an autistic middle-schooler who was attending a summer camp. Those eight weeks changed my life and led me to devote my career to helping autistic children and their parents/guardians. My approach is to find out what goals are meaningful to each client, and then find ways to collaboratively set, and reach those goals. In my spare time, I like to dream about traveling to Europe, listen to Genesis, and eat chocolate.

Program Supervisors

Program Supervisor (PS)
Lead Registered Behavior Technician (RBT)

Jamie Tin

     I first discovered the field in 2020, while job hunting for something related to my major in college. I knew that I wanted to work with children and that I wanted to do something that I felt made a difference, and I stumbled upon ABA while applying for jobs on Indeed. I had previous experience working with other children with autism, so I thought that I would give it a try. I have found being in the field to be so rewarding, and there are always new things to learn! Every day brings a new experience, and there’s truly never a dull moment! Something that I’m passionate about is finding new ways to teach my clients while still engaging in activities that they enjoy. It makes it a fun learning experience for everyone involved. When I’m not working, I enjoy reading, crocheting, or working on puzzles!

Program Supervisor (PS)
Lead Registered Behavior Technician (RBT)

Kara Massey

    My love for early childhood education led me into the field of ABA. After finishing my undergrad degree in Psychology, I switched careers from a preschool teacher to becoming an RBT. I am currently in the Educational Psychology Master's Program at the University of Southern Maine to become a BCBA. I love helping my clients reach their fullest potential and having fun while doing it! Outside of work, I live with my fiancé Tyler and puppy Ari. I love to cook, travel, and laugh.

Lead Registered Behavior Technicians

Project Coordinator
Lead Registered Behavior Technician (RBT)

Emily Eldridge

     I started my journey in ABA in late 2018 after becoming interested in the disability field. With the struggles my family and I have faced regarding our genetic predispositions to disabilities, I found myself at ease while connecting with the community that received my ABA services. After being in the field for a year, I became overwhelmed with the systemic issues regarding compliance-based practices. In 2020, I found a home with Compass where the founder wholeheartedly supports my vision for neurodiversity-affirming ABA practices. I now spend my time at Compass focusing on intrinsically motivating clients and educating parents and staff on doing the same. Outside of work, I like to hang out with my mischievous cat, bake, and eat great food. 

Program Supervisor (PS)
Lead Registered Behavior Technician (RBT)

Jamie Tin

     I first discovered the field in 2020, while job hunting for something related to my major in college. I knew that I wanted to work with children and that I wanted to do something that I felt made a difference, and I stumbled upon ABA while applying for jobs on Indeed. I had previous experience working with other children with autism, so I thought that I would give it a try. I have found being in the field to be so rewarding, and there are always new things to learn! Every day brings a new experience, and there’s truly never a dull moment! Something that I’m passionate about is finding new ways to teach my clients while still engaging in activities that they enjoy. It makes it a fun learning experience for everyone involved. When I’m not working, I enjoy reading, crocheting, or working on puzzles!

Lead Registered Behavior Technician (RBT)

Holly Hooper

After graduating with a Bachelor's degree in social work, I knew I wanted to begin working with children in a one-on-one capacity. Growing up, I spent time with family members and friend's family members who have autism, and it motivated me to learn more about what autism is and how to help those who are diagnosed with it. I learned about the different types of behavioral therapy in my social work classes, but as I began looking for related jobs with children, I discovered ABA. I began working for Compass in 2020, and am now a Lead RBT here. Outside of work, I spend time with my partner, Patrick, and our two overly enthusiastic dogs, Russell and Ramsey. We enjoy traveling and exploring new places and foods together.

Program Supervisor (PS)
Lead Registered Behavior Technician (RBT)

Kara Massey

    My love for early childhood education led me into the field of ABA. After finishing my undergrad degree in Psychology, I switched careers from a preschool teacher to becoming an RBT. I am currently in the Educational Psychology Master's Program at the University of Southern Maine to become a BCBA. I love helping my clients reach their fullest potential and having fun while doing it! Outside of work, I live with my fiancé Tyler and puppy Ari. I love to cook, travel, and laugh.

Holly, RBT

Lead Registered Behavior Technician (RBT)

TBA

Marilyn Bombon, BCBA

Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

TBA

Holly Hooper, RBT

Lead Registered Behavior Technician (RBT)

     After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in social work, I knew I wanted to begin working with children in a one-on-one capacity. Growing up, I spent time with family members and friend’s family members who have autism, and it motivated me to learn more about what autism is and how to help those who are diagnosed with it.
I learned about the different types of behavioral therapy in my social work classes, but as I began looking for related jobs with children, I discovered ABA. I began working for Compass in 2020, and am now a Lead RBT here.
Outside of work, I spend time with my partner, Patrick, and our two overly enthusiastic dogs, Russell and Ramsey. We enjoy traveling and exploring new places and foods together.

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