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Our Georgia Team

Laura Trest M.Ed., BCBA, LBA

Executive Director

Laura brings a wealth of experience in working with children, adolescents, and teenagers diagnosed with a wide range of disabilities, accumulating over 16 years in the field since 2007. Her extensive expertise spans the delivery of specialized interventions in various settings, including homes, schools, and communities.

Laura's academic qualifications are truly impressive, as she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, a Master's of Special Education degree, and a graduate-level certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis, all attained from George Mason University. In February of 2015, she achieved certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, a testament to her exceptional skills and dedication.

As a professional, Laura has developed a particular interest in Verbal Behavior, language acquisition, and social skills training. Her unwavering commitment to advancing these domains showcases her deep-rooted passion for driving meaningful outcomes and fostering the comprehensive development of the individuals under her care. Laura's dedication and expertise make her an invaluable asset in the field, as she consistently strives to make a positive and lasting impact on the lives of those she serves.

Laura Trest BCBA Executive Director
Marisol Perryman BCBA

Marisol Perryman BCBA 

Clinical Director

TBP St. Marys, Georgia

Marisol, an accomplished professional, originally hails from southern California, where she earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from California State University of Channel Island in 2016. Committed to furthering her expertise, Marisol completed her Master's degree in Applied Behavior Analysis with a focus on Autism at Ball State University in 2020. Her dedication and hard work paid off, as she achieved her Board Certification as a Behavior Analyst in December 2020.

Marisol possesses an impressive track record of over 13 years working with individuals of varying ages, ranging from children to teenagers and adults, who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other special needs. Her journey into the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) began in 2007 when she served as a direct staff member, sparking her fascination with this transformative discipline. Throughout her career, Marisol has gained extensive experience providing support in both community settings and in-home environments.

Within the realm of ABA, Marisol's primary areas of interest lie in strengthening independent living skills and communication abilities. She is dedicated to empowering individuals with ASD to develop the skills necessary for greater autonomy and enhanced quality of life. Additionally, Marisol is passionate about offering valuable support to parents and peers, recognizing the critical role they play in the overall well-being and growth of individuals with special needs.

Brandi Grimes B.A., QASP-S, Program Manager

TBP St. Marys, Georgia

Brandi is a dedicated professional who is married with three children and has held a lifelong passion for working with children. As a spouse to an active-duty Naval sailor of 17 years and a mother to a son with autism, she has firsthand experience of the challenges faced by families and children. This personal journey has fueled her drive to make a positive impact in the lives of others.

Brandi's interest in the field of psychology was sparked early on, leading her to earn her Associates in Childhood Family Services. She has dedicated many years to volunteering with children and has worked as a counselor in a Methodist boys group home. However, it was when her own son was diagnosed with autism that Brandi became particularly interested in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Witnessing the profound impact that ABA services had on her son's life inspired her to further her education in the field. In January 2020, Brandi received her Bachelor's degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Purdue University. Currently, she is actively pursuing her Master's degree in ABA from the same institution, with plans to complete her studies in the near future.

 

Brandi is committed to collaboration with families, teachers, specialists, and other professionals to establish goals and work collectively towards their achievement. Her ultimate objective is to establish and enhance socially important behaviors, encompassing areas such as academics, social skills, communication, and daily living skills. Brandi's dedication to her profession, coupled with her personal experiences and ongoing education, positions her as a compassionate and knowledgeable advocate for the individuals and families she serves.

Brandi Grimes QASPS
Amber Hudson QASPS

Amber Hudson MSc, QASP-S

Program Manager

TBP St. Marys, Georgia

Bio Coming Soon

Kelsey Blakney RBT

TBP St. Marys, Georgia

Kelsey is an invaluable asset to The Behavior Place, boasting more than 8 years of extensive experience working with individuals of all ages and abilities. Her profound understanding of diverse needs and her ability to adapt to varying circumstances have been instrumental in providing effective support.

Currently, Kelsey is pursuing her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Arizona Global Campus, further enhancing her knowledge and expertise in the field. Additionally, she is actively working towards obtaining her Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) certification, demonstrating her commitment to professional growth and excellence in her role.

Beyond her professional endeavors, Kelsey cherishes the moments spent with her husband and children, prioritizing the creation of lasting memories. This balance between personal and professional life allows her to approach her work with a renewed sense of dedication and passion.

Kelsey's multifaceted experience, combined with her ongoing pursuit of higher education and professional certifications, positions her as a highly competent and compassionate team member. Her ability to connect with individuals of all backgrounds, coupled with her commitment to providing meaningful support, significantly contributes to the positive outcomes achieved at The Behavior Place.

Kelsey Blakeney RBT
Kari Carter RBT

Kari Carter B.S., RBT

TBP St. Marys, Georgia

Kari is a highly accomplished professional with a diverse educational background and a passion for making a difference. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, specializing in Psychological Sciences (Magna Cum Laude), from  the College of Coastal Georgia. In addition, Kari has a Professional Massage Therapy degree, reflecting her commitment to holistic well-being and providing therapeutic support to others.

With an impressive track record, Kari has presented her research findings through multiple oral and poster presentations at prestigious conferences such as the South Eastern Psychological Association (SEPA) and the college's Student Research Symposium (SOURCE). These accomplishments demonstrate Kari's dedication to advancing knowledge in the field of psychology and her ability to effectively communicate her research to peers and professionals.

Outside of her professional pursuits, Kari finds fulfillment in her roles as a dedicated mother to two children and four cherished fur babies. She actively contributes to her community as a Nursery Leader at her local church, where she nurtures and guides young minds. In her free time, Kari enjoys indulging in her love for coffee, engaging in arts and crafts, and immersing herself in the worlds of music and literature.

Caitlin Glaze

TBP St. Marys, Georgia

Bio coming soon

Caitlin Glaze
Krysten Norfleet RBT

Krysten Norfleet RBT

TBP St. Marys, Georgia

I am Krysten, and I am delighted to be a part of The Behavior Place, working with clients who receive behavioral services. With my origins rooted in the Carolinas, I have a deep appreciation for exploration and consider myself a lifelong learner. As I dedicate myself to making a positive impact on the lives of young children, I am concurrently pursuing my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, set to graduate in 2024. In addition to my professional endeavors, I am a mom, wife, and an avid dog lover!

 

My unwavering passion to assist others in any way possible has been a driving force throughout my life. Serving as a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) has proven to be one of the most fulfilling positions I have ever held. Witnessing my clients achieve their goals and providing unwavering support along their journey brings me immeasurable joy. My primary objective is to facilitate meaningful and enduring changes that enhance the quality of life for our clients and their families.

I eagerly anticipate the opportunity to collaborate with you and your family, as we collectively make a difference in their lives and yours.

Megan Parrish B.S., RBT

TBP St. Marys, Georgia

Megan is a dedicated professional who joined The Behavior Place in May 2022. Hailing from Randleman, North Carolina, Megan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise and Sports Science and Psychology from Guilford College. Currently, she is pursuing her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at USAHS, demonstrating her commitment to continuous learning and professional development. Through her unwavering efforts, Megan strives to create a positive and lasting impact on the lives of individuals with autism, offering them the support and guidance necessary for their overall well-being and personal growth.

Outside of her professional pursuits, Megan enjoys spending time outdoors, cherishing moments with her family and friends, and engaging in activities with her beloved dogs. These personal interests contribute to her well-rounded approach to life and reinforce her ability to foster meaningful connections with the individuals she serves.

Megan Parrish RBT
Angela Roberson RBT

Angela Roberson RBT

TBP St. Marys, Georgia

Bio coming soon

Tina Schonover RBT 

Lead RBT

TBP St. Marys, Georgia

My name is Tina, and I take great pride in being a mother to three wonderful grown daughters and an incredible son who is thriving on the autism spectrum. Additionally, I am a proud grandmother to seven rockstar grandchildren. My journey has led me to pursue my education at the University of West Florida, where I am currently working towards a Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). I anticipate graduating in late 2024 and plan to sit for the BCaBA certification.

 

My educational aspirations extend to a Master's degree in Applied Behavior Analysis, with the ultimate goal of becoming a BCBA at The Behavior Place. It is my deep desire to provide unwavering love and support to these exceptional children, and to shape the world around them to meet their unique needs. I am dedicated to seeing the world through their eyes and creating a better environment for them to thrive in.

For nearly two years, I have been fortunate to be employed at The Behavior Place, and I couldn't imagine a more fulfilling workplace. The level of care and dedication invested in creating a safe and enriching learning environment for the children is truly beyond measure. Every day, I actively seek out tools and strategies that will help these incredible individuals flourish in the world and achieve their aspirations. It is a privilege to be part of a team that is committed to making a positive difference in the lives of these amazing children.

Tina Schonover Lead RBT
Ashley Silva-Medina RBT

Ashley Silva-Medina RBT

TBP St. Marys, Georgia

Ashley is a dedicated professional with a passion for making a positive impact in the lives of others. As an integral member of The Behavior Place team, she serves as a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT), applying her expertise to implement effective behavioral interventions and support individuals with diverse needs. Alongside her clinical role, Ashley has pursued her academic interests, obtaining an associate's degree in Criminal Justice, which adds a unique perspective to her approach in behavioral therapy. Through her unwavering commitment and combined knowledge, Ashley continually strives to foster a safe, nurturing, and transformative environment for her clients, making a significant difference in their lives.

Lisa Towne 

TBP St. Marys, Georgia

Lisa, originally from Pennsylvania, made a significant change in her life by relocating to Georgia three years ago. After completing her education in medical billing and coding, she felt the need for a career that allowed her to have a more direct impact on the lives of others. This realization led her to transition to Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), where she found her true calling.

Currently in her first year with TBP, Lisa expresses immense gratitude for the opportunity to work alongside the organization's staff and the friends they serve. Witnessing the progress made by these individuals as they work towards achieving their goals fills Lisa with joy and a sense of fulfillment. Motivated by these experiences, she envisions herself furthering her education in the field of ABA, eager to deepen her knowledge and contribute even more to the positive development of her clients.

Lisa Towne
Sara Sullivan RBT

Sara Sullivan B.A., RBT

Lead Registered Behavior Technician

TBP St. Marys, Georgia

Sara Sullivan joined the Behavior Place team in March 2022, bringing her expertise and passion to the field of applied behavior analysis. With a bachelor's degree from the University of Tampa, Sara's commitment to professional growth led her to pursue a master's degree through Arizona State University. This dedication to ongoing education reflects her desire to continuously expand her knowledge and skills in order to better serve her clients.

For Sara, the most rewarding aspect of her job is witnessing the progress made by her clients. Seeing the positive impact of applied behavior analysis on their lives brings her immense joy and fulfillment. Outside of work, Sara enjoys spending quality time with her dogs, exploring new destinations with her fiancé, and challenging herself physically through endurance race training. Her active and balanced lifestyle further enriches her ability to approach her work with empathy and dedication.

Brandi Clark B.S.

Lead Administrator

TBP St. Marys, Georgia

Brandi has been an invaluable member of our team since 2020, serving as our Lead Administrator with a primary focus on remote work. Based out of our Georgia location, she oversees operations in Georgia, Washington, and our newly established Virginia location. With two grown children, one of whom is a Registered Behavior Technician, Brandi brings a wealth of experience and expertise to her role. As our Lead Administrator, Brandi is responsible for managing critical aspects of our operations, including insurance compliance and authorizations, billing, and payroll

Throughout her career, Brandi has dedicated over 15 years to working with children in various settings, including church, special education, and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Her comprehensive understanding of the unique needs of children and families informs her approach to administrative management.

In 2017, Brandi graduated Cum Laude from the College of Coastal Georgia, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. Her commitment to professional growth led her to become a certified Registered Behavior Technician in 2018. Later that same year, she obtained her Qualified Autism Services Practitioner (QASP) certification. Prior to her current administrative role, Brandi worked as an ABA therapist for a year, gaining valuable hands-on experience in implementing behavioral interventions.

Outside of her professional endeavors, Brandi finds joy in spending quality time with her family, including her two beloved fur babies, Noah and Miracle. Her commitment to excellence and her compassionate nature make her an integral part of our team, driving our continued success in providing exceptional services to our clients and their families.

Brandi Clark Lead Admin
Shelbie Farmer Admin Asst

Shelbie Farmer 

Administrative Assistant

TBP St. Marys, Georgia

Shelbie has been a valuable member of The Behavior Place since August of 2021, initially serving as a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) and subsequently transitioning to a role within our administrative team.

 

Hailing from Southeast Georgia, Shelbie possesses a deep connection to the local community, having spent the majority of her life there. It is in this region that she is currently raising her three sons. Notably, Shelbie's eldest child is an individual with autism, which has significantly influenced her personal and professional aspirations. Even prior to her child's diagnosis, Shelbie was motivated to pursue a career that would enable her to assist families facing similar circumstances.

In addition to her professional commitments, Shelbie cherishes quality time spent with her loved ones. She finds solace in reading and indulges in the occasional guilty pleasure of enjoying an abundance of chips and queso when dining out. Above all, Shelbie remains dedicated to working diligently to ensure that our clients and their families have access to the necessary services they require.

Chaney Sagle 

Paraprofessional

TBP St. Marys, Georgia

Chaney brings over a decade of experience working with children in diverse settings, showcasing her commitment to their growth and development. While she has completed some college coursework in Early Childhood Education, she remains dedicated to continuing her education and pursuing her degree in the field.

As the spouse of a Naval sailor and a mother to a young boy, Chaney understands the unique challenges and dynamics that families face. Her passion for working with children has always been a driving force in her career, and she eagerly looks forward to furthering her knowledge and expertise to support children with special needs.

Chaney's genuine enthusiasm and dedication to the well-being of children make her a valuable asset in providing meaningful support and guidance. With a strong desire to learn and make a positive impact, she is poised to contribute to the growth and development of children with special needs.

Chaney Para
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