Our Behavior Specialists are well trained in behavior analysis and have been in the field for several years. They are responsible for writing programs, protocols, and ensuring their students are making adequate progress in their programs in addition to supervising our behavior technicians.
Brittany Shory, B.S.
Brittany Shory earned her B.S. in Psychology from UCF in 2011. She currently finished the BCaBA coursework at Florida Institute of Technology and will soon be taking the exam to become a certified Assistant Behavior Analyst. She has been teaching individuals and groups in different settings such as in-home therapy and in-center with school aged children. At an early age she always knew she wanted to work with children. Throughout her life, Brittany has mentored and volunteered with children of all different natures. Caring for ill children in shelters to working with disabled children. It wasn’t until a couple years ago that she realized her calling was to work with children with autism and other related disorders. On her first day in a center for autism, a child walked up to her and gave her a hug. Not knowing anything about her the kid drew himself towards her which melted her heart. From that day on, she continues to work with this population. She enjoys teaching new life skills, eating habits, reading, writing, and other functional skills to improve the quality of life for these individuals. Regardless the amount of time she spends with these kids, she loves the fact that she can influence and make a
difference in their lives.
Chris Ramirez, a native Floridian, has been a technician at Lodestone Academy for over a year. Recently, Chris completed an 8 month training in behavior analytic principals and case management and has joined our Behavior Specialist team. In his younger years, Chris volunteered with Peer Mediation and spent a large amount of his time working with the developmentally disabled. Chris has always had a passion for teaching, but was never drawn to the traditional classroom setting. It wasn’t until 2009 while working at a group home that Chris realized his passion had a place, and dedicated himself to teaching the developmentally disabled. Chris now finds happiness in his work and genuinely loves his job and his students.
Darrenn Cadet, B.S.
Darrenn earned her Bachelors in Psychology at the University of Central Florida in May of 2015. She then began to pursue her Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at Florida Institute of Technology in June of 2016. Darrenn has had a few years of experience working with students with autism. She worked for Lodestone as a technician for a little over a year, after an extensive 5 month training on behavior analytic principles and case management, she was then offered to join the Behavior Specialist team. She has also done volunteer work for organizations such as Autism Society of Greater Orlando (ASGO) and Best Buddies since 2012. Darrenn enjoys working with children and adults on the spectrum. They provide her with constant and unconditional love and knowledge that keeps her wanting more and more from the field. Upon completion of her Master’s Degree in ABA, Darrenn hopes to receive her BCBA and continue to make an impact in the lives of others as well as a significant impact in society. “The ideal of behaviorism is to eliminate coercion: to apply controls by changing the environment in such a way as to reinforce the kind of behavior that benefits everyone.” – B.F. Skinner
Reymond Saldana earned his Registered Behavior Technician certification in 2015. Prior to that, he was a Certified Behavior Assistant since 2014. Most of Reymond’s experiences in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis have been in an in-home therapy setting with high-functioning developmentally disabled children with a wide range of maladaptive behaviors and social skill deficits. While working in the in-home setting, Reymond worked on eight cases, which six of the cases faded services completely, because the children who were receiving services reached the age-appropriate developmental level. Reymond started as a technician at Lodestone Academy in the summer of 2015. After he concluded an extensive five-month training, he transitioned from a technician to a Behavior Specialist. Reymond enjoys teaching children with developmental disabilities and training others to teach them as well.
Heather Pentecost, currently a St. Petersburg College student with a major in psychology, has plans to pursue a master degree immediately following graduation. Before moving to Florida she dedicated five years to in-home clients for the Missouri Department of Mental Health. In February of 2015 she moved to Florida and in March she had joined the Lodestone family. Heather began an extensive training track in behavior analytic principals, after being with the school for a year. In August, she completed the training and has now joined the Behavior Specialist team. She loves being a part of a team that makes a difference in the lives of our students.