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.
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.
Zachary has always liked working with children. After graduating High School in 2008, he was offered a job working with Special Needs students at an extended day program in South Florida. This is where he started to gained an interest in the field. When he moved up to Orlando, he worked as an Assistant Director to an Elementary Extended Day program, but quickly learned that he was looking to make more of an impact. Starting as Behavior Technician in 2015 he started working for Lodestone Academy. Zack learned to appreciate ABA therapy and started training towards becoming a Behavior Specialist. In January 2018 he completed his training and now is working towards his RBT certification. Some of his future goals include graduating with a Bachelors in Education with Exceptional Students and eventually becoming an Operational Director of a private school for Special Needs. Zachary recently adopted an American short haired feline, he enjoys watching movies/tv, and has great love for singing and music.
Joe Del Vecchio
Joe Del Vecchio enters our field with a background in early childhood development and education. After high school, Joe pursued a career in automotive service management and customer service training, working across Florida at multiple repair facilities and dealerships. His passion for teaching and working with children with disabilities started as early as adolescence, wherein he traveled to local schools for tutoring with struggling students. Joe came to Lodestone as a technician a little over a year ago and was promptly moved into the Behavior Specialist Training Track. His goal is to dedicate his time and efforts to ensure that every one of his students gets an equal opportunity as learners, and to grow as he prospers in the field.
Katelynn graduated from Gainesville State College in 2010 with a major in Psychology. Her dream job consisted of working in a clinical/hospital setting catering to clientele with mental health issues. After graduating and relocating to Florida, Katelynn began searching for positions related to her degree and personal interests. Not knowing what to expect, Katelynn applied for Lodestone Academy and began her journey in the field. At first, working with the population Lodestone serves was challenging, but, fortunately, along with those challenges, came even bigger rewards.
Through her journey, Katelynn has become extremely passionate about ABA and is currently on track to become a Behavior Specialist through Lodestones Behavior Specialist in Training program. Katelynn is excited to use her knowledge of Psychology, American Sign Language (ASL), and ABA to continue to impact the lives of her students and grow as a practitioner in the field.
Vonyae Reed M.S
Vonyae graduated from UCF with a B.S in Psychology, and an M.A in Education. She is certified to teach Social Science for grades 6-12. Vonyae began working with Lodestone Academy in September 2016 and was promoted to BSTT in August 2017. Vonyae does volunteer work for kids since the early age of 16 as a camp counselor, tutor, and is a World History intern for F.L.V.S. Vonyae is striving to become a Child Clinical Psychologist and continues to help enrich the lives of kids both inside and outside of the classroom.
Spencer Harrington B.S
Spencer Harrington earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from Florida State University in 2016. He is currently pursuing his Master’s of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis at Florida Institute of Technology. Before finding his passion for behavior analysis, he majored in Engineering and then Business Management knowing that neither were quite right for him. Since starting at Lodestone Academy in August 2016 as a Behavior Technician, he feels a renewed sense of purpose in both his career and higher education. He is dedicated to being part of a team and seeing the difference we can make in our students’ lives.