Staff Bio

ABAFoundations Clinical Team

Jennifer Agganis, EdD, BCBA  Clinical Director

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Jennifer Agganis graduated from Simmons College in Massachusetts in Behavioral Education and obtained her Board Certified Behavior Analyst certification in 2003. She has been working with individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders of all ages since 1999. Previously she ran her own company for several years in South Florida conducting behavioral and academic assessments for young children with autism.

From 2004-2009 Jennifer worked for the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at Florida Atlantic University as a Clinical Support Specialist and eventually the Assistant Director. She assisted families with strategies to prevent problem behavior and promote the development of necessary life skills. In addition, she effectively collaborated with local agencies, school districts and other service providers to promote awareness and understanding of individuals diagnosed with autism. Jennifer has conducted numerous trainings throughout South Florida based on various research based topics for educators, families, and other related service providers.

Beginning in 2010, Jennifer began working for a privately owned behavior analysis company based out of Martin County. She began working for this company as a behavior analyst conducting functional and ecological assessments, curricular and adaptive assessments for individuals diagnosed with autism in home and community settings. She was then promoted to the Clinical Director of the Insurance Department and in charge of communicating with insurance companies to obtain eligibility and benefit information for families seeking medically necessary treatment. While working for this company, Jennifer held several clinical director positions including training and program development company-wide.

Jennifer completed her doctorate in Exceptional Student Education through Florida Atlantic University in August of 2018. Her dissertation focused on the necessary teaching methodologies used to promote social media safety skills for teenagers diagnosed with autism.  She has many years of experience in working with families to empower them with the strategies to promote skill development for their children.  Jennifer has worked with individuals diagnosed with autism from ages 16 months to 40 years old.  Currently, Jennifer is offering consultation services to families and individuals of all ages that are in need of behavior analysis services in order to promote an increased quality of life.

Jessica Derstine, BCBA  Behavior Analyst

Jessica Derstine received her Masters Degree from Simmons College in Massachusetts in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2016 and obtained her Board Certified Behavior Analyst certification in 2017. She has been working with individuals diagnosed with developmental disabilities since 2012.

Jessica worked for the New England Center for Children in Southborough, Massachusetts from 2013-2015 as a behavior therapist and case manager. She worked with young adults aged 18-22 in a residential facility. She provided 1:1 instruction to the students and recorded data on ongoing behavioral and academic goals. In 2014, she was promoted and developed weekly schedules, ensured the safety of all students, and made on the spot decisions during behaviors in order to keep all staff and students safe.

Beginning in 2014, Jessica began working for RCS Learning Center in Natick, Massachusetts, a day school for children diagnosed with developmental disabilities. She implemented programming created by the special education teacher and clinical members. She provided 1:1 ABA therapy to students ages 4-18 years’ old. In December of 2015 she was promoted to Special Education Teacher where she conducted and completed educational assessments, developed programming, completed yearly and needed IEP documents. She supervised and trained staff on programming.

Currently, Jessica is a behavior analyst for ABA Foundations, where she conducts curricular assessments, offers consultation services to families and individuals of all ages, and works directly with clients and caregivers in accordance with funding requirements. Additionally, Jessica is a behavior analyst for Renaissance Learning Academy, a charter school that services children diagnosed with autism. At Renaissance Learning Academy, she writes behavior plans, conducts assessments, and assists with the development of skill acquisition programs for the students.

 

Cindy Davis, BCBA  Behavior Analyst and Clinical Support Supervisor

Cindy Davis received her Master’s Degree from Walden University in General Psychology in 2009 and obtained her Applied Behavior Analysis certification in 2009. She has been working with children and families diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders since 2007. She ran her own company for several years providing behavioral and academic assessments and support for families through in-home behavioral training and treatment plans.

Prior to Behavior Analysis work she taught in the public-school system, as an elementary and middle school teacher for 19 years. Retiring from the school system in 2007 to pursue her degree in Psychology.

In 2011, Cindy began contracting with a Martin County based company, as an Behavior Analyst, writing and implementing behavioral plans in homes from Vero Beach to Stuart. During this time, she obtained her Supervision credentials through the BACB (Behavioral Analyst Certification Board) and began supervision of RBTs (Registered Behavior Technicians) and students working towards their certification.

Currently, Cindy is a Behavior Analyst for ABA Foundations, where she conducts behavioral assessments, assists with data analysis and program planning and implementation. She also continues to train RBTs and work with families to provide the most current and effective treatment for the individual and families under her care to increase their overall quality of life.

 

ABAFoundations Central Office Support Specialists

Kristen Holmes,  Client Support Specialist

Kristen joined our team in August of 2017.  She brings with her years of experience working for various professionals specializing in the healthcare industry where she assisted them with processing insurance benefits and eligibility for their patients.   She is a mother and therefore posses a unique skill set to communicate effectively with caregivers in order to guide them through understanding their insurance benefits as well as any local resources needed to support the family.