Hi, I'm Samantha. I founded Adventures with Autism after working in the field for over 10 years and realizing that there was a need for quality Applied Behavior Analysis services in the Salem area. My goal with AWA is to focus on adapted physical activity for children with autism, teaching social skills, and offering parental support within the community. I am currently BCBA, and LBA certified. I look forward to treating your children as part of the Adventures with Autism family.
Hello, I'm Beth - a Director of Administration with over 15 years in the field. After earning a B.S from California State University, I began to hone my skills towards office management. My body of work includes hiring talent, maintaining compliance, and overseeing corporate spending. I have devoted a decade to building my budgetary portfolio and have a proven track record when it comes to organizing company finances. When I'm not working you can find me buried in a book or hiking with my dog.
Hi, I’m Eric. I’m a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA). I received my Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Counseling from Texas A&M University-Commerce. I also have my Master’s of Education in Educational Leadership form University of Texas Arlington. I have over 20 years of experience in the field of Behavior Analysis, focusing on its application in the areas of childhood special needs (including Autism, emotional behavior disorders) and school-wide behavior support systems (PBIS) . I take great pleasure in working with children and families to help them reach their utmost potential.
Hi, I’m Lizzie. I’m a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA). I received my BA in psychology from Sonoma State University and MA in teaching from National University. I have worked in the ABA field for over 10 years, with the majority of that time spent in early intervention. In my spare time I like spend time hiking and exploring local parks with my 2 daughters and spouse.
Hello, my name is Marissa. I started working at Adventures with Autism at the beginning of 2020 but have been in the ABA field since 2017. I got my B.S. in Women’s and Gender Studies, minoring in Sociology and Classical Studies in 2015 and completed my M.A. in Criminal Justice, concentrating in Behavior Analysis at the end of 2019. I recently passed by BCBA exam and have begun my career as a BCBA here at Adventures with Autism and I couldn't be happier! Advocating for individuals with disabilities has always been a big passion of mine and I love working at AwA where the focus is about doing all that we can for our clients. In my free time, I love being in the outdoors camping and hiking or spending time at home with my dogs and painting.
My name is Nathan and I am a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at Adventures with Autism. I have been working in the field of ABA since my graduation from Portland State University in 2016 with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology. The clinic for me is a second home and having the opportunity to work with children and watch them grow is something that gives me infinite pride.
Hello! My name is Ronald. I have a bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences and a minor in Special Ed from Western Oregon University. While at WOU, I decided to change my path from teaching history and focused on working with children with developmental disabilities. I have now been working in this field for over 7 years. I got my master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from William James College in Newton, MA. Through all my years of working in this field so far; AwA is a place I am truly proud to be a part of and work for! I love the work I do, and love how I am part of making a significant impact in my clients lives.
My name is Rachel. I am a mother of two and the question “what do you want to be when you grow up?” was finally answered when I began working for Adventures with Autism in 2018. I always knew that I was born to be a mother, a safe place, a protector, and a teacher. And I find my passion every single day that I work with these children. Within my first year here, I advanced within the company to become a Lead Behavior Technician. In September of 2020 I became a Site Coordinator, handling scheduling, purchasing and overall oversight of the center. In August of 2021 I became a Human Resources Administrator. My focus is interviewing and hiring exemplary staff, creating and maintaining personnel records, company purchasing, and assisting in all policy and procedure creation and implementation.
I've enjoyed growing with this company, getting to know each of the families we serve, and being a part of such an incredible culture and movement.
Hi, my name is Alyssa and I have been working with children for the last 9 years. I have two daughters and always knew that I wanted to work with children. I have found my passion working here at Adventures with Autism.
Hi, I’m Ramon! I am a criminal justice major with a passion for helping youth. I have been working with kids in a youth group setting since I was 16. I also enjoy climbing, skating, & camping. I love AWA because I feel a sense of accomplishment and joy when working with these kids.
Hi, my name is Kira. I was born in Oregon but moved to Minnesota at a young age and graduated from High School there. I have always had an interest in working with children ever since I started babysitting. I'm very grateful to have found AwA and I plan on continuing to pursue a career in healthcare or childcare as my vocation.
My name is Kade! I’m a Psychology Major with a passion for the mental health field, both playing and teaching music, and working at Adventures with Autism as a Behavioral Technician and assistant musical instructor.
Hi I’m Hannah, since a young age I have had a passion for working with children especially children with autism, my favorite part about this job is helping the kiddos become the best and happiest version of themselves.
Hello! My name is Amber. I graduated at the University of North Georgia with my Associates of Science degree. I am originally from Georgia and moved to Oregon June of 2020 with my fiancé. I have worked with kids for 6 years and have always been told I have a way with kids due to my wild imagination and endless creativity. Previously before AWA I managed a comic store in Georgia that focused on kids with special needs having a safe place to come and hang out within the community. As a certified Pokémon Professor through the Pokémon company I ran a learn to play summer camp for kids for 4 years. When I am not at work, I am playing video games, watching Disney movies, or riding around Oregon looking at nature with my fiancé. I am glad and grateful to have found what feels like a home for me at AWA. To watch the kids learn and grow from day to day brings such joy to my life. I hope one day to grow in this amazing career of ABA as a BCBA. To infinity and beyond!
Hello, my name is Emily! I graduated from NCU with a bachelor’s in psychology and had no idea what I wanted to do as a career. When my husband and I moved to Ohio in 2017, I stumbled upon a position at a school for children in autism and it changed the course of my life. While working there, still not knowing what I wanted to do as a career, I told a friend that I simply want to hang out with kids with autism every day. Fast forward to today and that is exactly what I get to do while guiding them and giving them the tools, they need to live to their fullest potential. I finally found my dream job!
Hi! My name is Giselle. I recently moved to Oregon from Washington State where I studied at Central Washington University. I have always known I wanted to work in a field where I could help people, particularly children and I’m so happy I found Adventures with Autism! The feeling of seeing these kiddos grow and learn more day by day is indescribable.
Hi, my name is Tiffany Barrett and I have graduated from Corban University with a bachelor’s degree in Pre-Counseling and Clinical Psychology. I will be starting my master’s degree in the fall of 2019. I was a Victims Advocate for the District Attorney’s Office before starting here at AwA, which allowed me to advocate for many children and adults in my community. Because of my tremendous passion for psychology and kids, I could not be happier with my job as a behavior tech with AWA!
Hello! My name is Helen Villagomez. I am a Western Oregon University graduate, I majored in Psychology and minored in Special Education. I am so glad to have found this position as a behavior technician where I can apply my love for both helping children and using my psychology knowledge. I can’t wait to see what the future holds.
Hello, my name is Luisa. Born in California, raised in Oregon. Really glad my parents moved here because I enjoy the cold weather and all the trees! I spend my free time crocheting, reading, or being outside searching for activities. Growing up I have always known that I wanted to work with kids, so thankfully I found my way into AwA! I am passionate about what I do, and I love working with the kiddos. Watching them learn and grow every day is the best part about this job.
My name is Tra’von, and I like to describe myself as an optimistic upbeat individual. I enjoy writing, cuddling up with my pup, and spending quality time with my family. Growing up I have always known I wanted to work with children, but never knew exactly in what way. With learning that my nephew falls on the spectrum at a very young age I have become extremely passionate with not only guiding him with seeing the world in a different perspective but helping the world around us see those who fall on the spectrum in a different perspective. Adventures with Autism is the perfect opportunity for me. I finally feel like I have found not just a job, but. a career that I am truly passionate about.
Hi my name is Haley! This is my first year in ABA but I have worked with children for a couple years now. I was drawn to AWA because of how supportive and over all welcoming the company is, I knew I wanted to work with a company that valued me as a individual but most importantly who puts children first and that’s exactly why I decided to start my career here. I couldn’t be more proud to be apart of not just helping children but shaping lives and setting them up for success in their future.
Hi, I am Amy. I am an Oregon transplant from Kansas. ;) After two decades of jobs, I loved (French teacher and missionary), I stepped into a new challenge as a behavior technician. Learning from my non-verbal niece reignited my desire to work with children with special needs, and I found ABA to be a good fit for that. My passion is helping people reach their fullest potential and at AwA, I get to do that every day! The supportive staff team environment helps each of us provide the best services we can to our clients and was a huge bonus for me.
Hi, my name is Cole! I graduated from California State University Sacramento with a Bachelor’s in Psychology in 2019 and spent 2 years working in an electrophysiology lab under a Neuroscience instructor at Sacramento State. I gravitated towards AWA because I felt my previous work wasn’t as fulfilling as I wanted it to be. The work this company does has certainly filled that gap. AWA not only values their workers, but greatly values and respects the children they work with. Working at AWA has shown me a new way of thinking about how we help those in need, and I am glad I got the chance to start a career in this field with this company.
Hi, my name is Krystal! I was born and raised in Oregon and knew even at an early age that I wanted to help people. As the eldest of four and from my outdoor school counselor experience I knew I enjoyed working with kids. I started my caregiving career working with elderly memory care clients, and then began working with individuals who have disabilities. I was intrigued when I learned about the Behavior Technician position, and I am so glad to have joined the Adventures with Autism team. The hard work we do as a team is done with support and kindness, and as a team we enjoy watching “our” kids grow and flourish.
Hi my name’s Ashley! I currently attend the University of Oregon where I’m majoring in special education and family and human services. I’ve always had a passion for helping people and making a difference and Adventures with Autism has been such a great opportunity to do so. This is my first time working with kids on the spectrum but it has been an honor to help and watch them grow. In my free time I enjoy being active, exploring the outdoors, and spending time with my family. I plan to pursue a career as a special education teacher or a BCBA! If you can be anything in this world be kind!
Hi, my name is Kasia! I was born and raised in Oregon and don't plan to leave anytime soon! I currently attend Chemeketa Community College for my AAOT and plan to transfer to WOU, majoring in education. I have always known I wanted to help people, especially children. I am so happy I have gotten the chance to work for this amazing company and can't wait to grow alongside it and see what else AWA has to offer!
Hi, my name is Riley! I love to paint, read, and go on drives with my very adorable kitten, Binx. I’m currently attending Western Oregon University, studying psychology and early childhood education. Ever since I was young, I knew that I wanted to help people, especially children. Since starting here at Adventures with Autism I finally feel like I’m doing work that will truly impact people. Watching these kiddos grow is the most rewarding thing I’ve ever had the pleasure of witnessing.