Meet Our Team

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Mareiko Au
Chief Executive Officer

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Mareiko Au is the Chief Executive Officer at Early Autism Services. She joined EAS in 2012 as a Consultant, and has held a variety of positions with EAS including: Lead Behavior Consultant, Director of Staff Development, Clinical Director, and the Chief Operations Officer. She has a master’s degree in teaching with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis from National University,  School of Education in California.  She also has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California, Riverside.

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Marilyn Prcic
Chief Operations Officer

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Marilyn has over a decade of experience in the field of  Applied Behavior Analysis.  She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with a Master of Science degree in  Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Organizational  Behavior Management (OBM) from the Florida Institute of Technology.  Prior to joining EAS, Marilyn has worked with a wide range of individuals from ages 1 to 45 across multiple settings, including adult day centers, homes,  schools, and clinics, as well as a wide range of diagnoses including Autism, Angelman syndrome, Fragile X, and rare chromosomal abnormalities, providing treatment to both children and adults with severe problem behavior.

Over the last seven years, Marilyn has served in several operational roles, scaling therapy centers across the state of Florida to provide increased access to medically necessary care for children and their families. In her personal time, Marilyn enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, amateur bodybuilding, and drag racing.

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Vincent Scarlata
Chief Financial Officer

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Vincent Scarlata is the Chief Financial Officer at EAS and provides support to families throughout their relationship with EAS. He graduated from DePaul University with a finance and business management degree in 2010. He spent 6 years working as a client service specialist and account manager for a Chicago financial institution. He has also been a long time supporter of local nonprofit organizations that provide services to children and adults with autism and other disabilities.

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Angela Pao
Director of Strategic Planning

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As director of strategic planning, Angela works with the senior leadership team to develop EAS’ growth strategy which includes launching into new markets. Currently, she is working on ensuring services are accessible to all by coordinating the launch of clinic-based services and telehealth services.

Angela has been a board certified behavioral analyst since 2009 and a project management professional since 2017. She started in the field in 2004, having interned at UC San Diego’s Autism Center of Excellence under Dr. Laura Schreibman. Since then, she has worked with a wide range of individuals ages 1 to 68 across a multitude of settings, which include home, schools, clinics and adult group homes. She has created protocols for several agencies, designed and implemented social skills classes, launched programs for adults in behavioral group homes and led a series of behaviorally-based training for teachers and parents across Los Angeles Unified School District.  In addition, Angela has worked for Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan as a case reviewer and a senior program manager, working closely with executive leadership to resolve provider issues. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two young children.

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Sarah Mathison
Associate Vice President

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Sarah Mathison is the Associate Vice President of Special Projects and Expansion at Early Autism Services. Sarah has over 10 years of experience in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with a Master of Education with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis from Arizona State University.

Additionally, Sarah graduated with a Bachelor of Psychology from the University of Florida where she served as a research assistant in the field. Prior to joining EAS, Sarah served in various clinical and operations roles. Sarah has multi-site and multi-state experience with in-home and clinic-based settings and helped those locations achieve growth and quality metrics. Sarah enjoys mentoring and training newly-certified BCBAs and challenging clinicians to be innovative in their therapeutic approach.

Currently, Sarah develops and conducts research with various university partners related to the acquisition and development of imitation, coordination of care with medical providers, and the correlation between medical comorbidities and the symptoms of autism. In her free time, Sarah enjoys teaching graduate students about the business of ABA, playing
ultimate frisbee, fostering dogs, and going to farmers’ markets.

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Krishonna Payne
Clinical Director – Alabama

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Krishonna Payne is the Clinical Director of EAS’ Birmingham Branch. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Licensed Behavior Analyst who received her M.S. from Jacksonville State University. Krishonna has experience providing ABA services to children, adolescents, adults, and families with a range of diagnoses, and has serviced clients in residential treatment facilities, schools, and clinical settings. Krishonna strives to consistently coordinate services for each family and client of EAS, and implements ongoing staff development in order to ensure quality.

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Amber Young
Clinical Director – Idaho

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As director of strategic planning, Angela works with the senior leadership team to develop EAS’ growth strategy which includes launching into new markets. Currently, she is working on ensuring services are accessible to all by coordinating the launch of clinic-based services and telehealth services.

Angela has been a board certified behavioral analyst since 2009 and a project management professional since 2017. She started in the field in 2004, having interned at UC San Diego’s Autism Center of Excellence under Dr. Laura Schreibman. Since then, she has worked with a wide range of individuals ages 1 to 68 across a multitude of settings, which include home, schools, clinics and adult group homes. She has created protocols for several agencies, designed and implemented social skills classes, launched programs for adults in behavioral group homes and led a series of behaviorally-based training for teachers and parents across Los Angeles Unified School District.  In addition, Angela has worked for Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan as a case reviewer and a senior program manager, working closely with executive leadership to resolve provider issues. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two young children.

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Amy Ehnes
Clinical Director – Missouri

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Amy Ehnes is the Clinical Director for EAS’s Missouri region.  Amy is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and holds Behavior Analyst licensure in Missouri. She received her Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Lindenwood University.  Amy received a Certificate in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace from the University of South Florida.  Amy’s experience includes clinical and administration-level work with individuals aged 2-65 in settings that include schools, clinics, in-home services, residential treatment facilities, daycares, and individualized supported living homes (ISLs).  Amy’s passion is supporting the Missouri team so that they can provide the best possible therapeutic services to the individuals we serve and find fulfillment and purpose in their roles.

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Trisha Iannotta-Bieszczad
Clinical Director – Illinois

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Trisha Iannotta-Bieszczad is the clinical director of EAS’s Illinois & Indiana Branch. She is a BCBA with a doctorate degree in Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology from The Adler School of Professional Psychology, and a certificate in ABA from Florida Institute of Technology’s ABA department. Trisha has experience working with children, adolescents and young adults with a variety of developmental, psychological, and emotional disabilities/diagnoses in the home, school, daycare, and community settings. Prior to joining the EAS team, Trisha was the director of an ABA center in Illinois. She is very excited to be a part of the EAS family and continue providing quality services support to the families and staff in Illinois & Indiana.

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Sarah Mechling
Clinical Director – Maryland

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Sarah Mechling is the Clinical Director for the Baltimore, MD branch of EAS. Sarah has been working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis since 2010. She gained classroom, research, and clinical experience in ABA while attending the University of Florida for undergrad and the University of South Florida where she completed her Masters of Arts in ABA.

Sarah has worked with a range of clients (toddlers through adults) across many different settings (home, school, community, clinic, etc.). While supporting the various behavioral needs of her clients, Sarah also has a wide scope of experience supporting behavior analysts and therapists during their professional journey in the ABA field. Sarah’s focus is on mentoring the Maryland team so that each client receives high-quality ABA services that are individualized and attentive to their values and needs to work towards their ultimate goals!

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Katie Sheppard
Clinical Director – Boston

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Gabby Naula-Quintero
Clinical Director – Michigan

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Gabby Naula-Quintero is the Clinical Director as EAS for Michigan. She is a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA) and the Clinical Director for Early Autism Services’ Michigan office. She received a master’s degree in educational psychology at Wayne State University. Her main priority is to provide high quality services, and to include the parent in their child’s progress every step of the way.

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Courtney Zonca
Clinical Director – Oregon

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Courtney Zonca is the Clinical Director of EAS’ Oregon Branch. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Licensed Behavior Analyst who received her M.A. in Behavior Analysis from Western Michigan University. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University of Michigan- Dearborn. Courtney has experience providing ABA services to children with a range of diagnoses and has serviced clients in the home, school, and clinic setting. She began her work with EAS as a behavior technician in Michigan and has since expanded to oversee clinical operations for our Oregon branch.

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Nicole Doyle
Clinical Director – Pennsylvania

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Nicole Doyle is the Clinical Director of EAS’ Pennsylvania Branch. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who received her M.S.Ed. in Special Education with a concentration in Behavior Analysis from Saint Joseph’s University. She received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Kindergarten Education from Pennsylvania State University. Nicole first experienced the needs of children with autism as a teacher in the classroom setting, and became inspired to pursue the field of behavior analysis. She has gained experience across home, school, and clinical settings, including building training and academic programs for undergraduate and graduate students studying autism and behavior analysis in the university setting at the Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support at Saint Joseph’s University (SJU).   Nicole aims to provide effective programs for children with autism to successfully communicate and interact with their everyday world.

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Jessica Ventimiglia
Clinical Director – Tennessee

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Jessica Ventimiglia is the Clinical Director for EAS’ Nashville office. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and graduated with a Master of Arts in Special Education with an emphasis in applied behavior analysis from Arizona State University in 2017. She has been practicing ABA since 2014 and has worked with children and teens in a variety of settings, including clinic, school, and home environments. Her professional interests include early intervention and parent training, as well as ongoing staff development.

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Elizabeth Pfister
Clinical Director – Virginia

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Elizabeth is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in the Richmond, VA office. Elizabeth completed a bachelor of science in biology from James Madison University and a master of science in psychology from Walden University. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) as well as a Licensed Behavior Analyst in Virginia with eight years of management and business experience and ten years of teaching experience in various fields. Elizabeth’s career in the ABA field began while working in a residential facility for adults with a variety of intellectual disabilities and mental health disorders. Elizabeth has been working with children providing in-home ABA services since 2015.

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Suchitra Choudhury
Chief Clinical Director – India

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Suchitra Choudhury is the Chief Clinical Director of Early Autism Services Private Limited (EASPL) in India. She completed her ABA course sequence from the University of Florida and is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst. She has a Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Amity University, Noida. She pursues towards ethical application of the science of Applied Behaviour Analysis in various domains.

Suchitra has 8 years of experience working with individuals on the autism spectrum and is passionate about effectively using scientifically proven techniques in the reduction of problem behaviour and to increase appropriate behaviour. She takes a keen interest in learning and spreading knowledge and information about ABA with people from all walks of life.

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Debra Goldfinch
Chief Clinical Director – Australia

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Deb Goldfinch demonstrates that success in the business world doesn’t have to come at the sacrifice of ethics. Her influence extends into the highest echelons of government, and she uses her influence solely to advocate for vulnerable people.

She has a genuine passion for contributing to her community and providing better outcomes for people at risk. Over the last 20 years, she has been involved in numerous state committees, boards, and advisory groups with a focus on the ‘health and at risk’ community and to bring about better healthy living conditions and support systems.
She will not stop nor compromise when it comes to advocating for some of the most
disadvantaged people in our community. Deb has had an extensive career in the Not-for-Profit and Health Sectors with a focus on Business Growth, Strategic Planning, Change Management, and working within Communities to make a change in people’s lives.

The focus of Deb’s career for many years has been within Autism across, Academia, Health, and Non-Profit organisations, and she is committed to advocacy and working with Families to bring about change for improved lives for all.

Deb is also on the Boards of Early Childhood Intervention Australia Victoria/Tasmania and Emerge Children and Family Network.