About Us

Amy Jacobs-Schroeder, BCaBA

Owner/ Autism Educator

Amy started in the field of early autism treatment in 1996 as a behavioral tutor at Applied Behavior Consultants School in Sacramento, CA. Later she worked as a Behavior Intervention Specialist for Barry Barmann and then as a Service Coordinator at Alta California Regional Center. Wanting to return to the autism field, Amy spent six years with a Sacramento based early intervention agency as a consultant,  then later as a supervisor and then Director of In-Home Services.

Amy graduated from Sacramento State University with bachelors degrees in both Psychology and Child Development in May of 2000. She received her certification as a Board Certified Associate Behavior Analyst in October of 2006.

Cynthia Long, MA, BCBA

Owner/ Clinical Director

Cynthia began working with children with a diagnosis on the autism spectrum as an intern at a Lovaas replication site while attending the University of the Pacific. She continued on to become a senior tutor with that site before relocating to the Sacramento area. She spent five years with a local agency providing early intervention as a consultant, supervising consultant and Director of In-Home Services. She also has experience as a life skills coach for adults with developmental disabilities and as a Service Coordinator at Alta California Regional Center with both the childrens population (ages 3-14) and the early intervention population (birth to age 3).

She obtained her bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of the Pacific in 1998, her masters degree in teaching at National University in December of 2007 and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in April of 2008.

Laurie McKinnie, MA

Owner/ Autism Educator

Laurie began providing services to children on the autism spectrum in 1995 as a tutor at a Lovaas replication site through an internship at the University of the Pacific.  Upon graduating, she went on to become a one-on-one instructional assistant for a student with autism in Elk Grove, California.  In 1998, she moved to Hawaii and assisted with the development of an after school socialization program for children on the autism spectrum ages 2-14.  Upon relocating to California in 2000, she worked as a Service Coordinator in the children’s unit at Alta California Regional Center until she moved on to a non-public agency providing early intervention for children on the autism spectrum.  As a consultant, supervising consultant, then the Director of Staff Development, she assisted with the development and review of individual programs, hiring of staff, and supervision of consultants for five years.  She also has experience as a Autism Specialist for San Joaquin County Office of Education in which she provided staff training and program development for children on the autism spectrum from 3-22.

Laurie completed her Bachelors degree at the University of the Pacific in 1997, and obtained her Master of Arts degree in Special Education in 2005.

Janet Payne, LCSW, PPS, School Psychologist, School Counselor

Supervisor/ Autism Educator

Janet started her career as a mental health professional first by earning her MSW and then in 1985 she became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  Since that time, she has worked with children and families in a variety of capacities.  In the early 1990’s  Janet began to work more specifically with families and children who were diagnosed with developmental disabilities.  She worked as a supervisor for a Developmental Evaluation Clinic in NYC hospital and later as a supervisor of a Children’s Unit for Alta California Regional Center .  She returned to graduate school and earned her credential as a School Counselor and then as a School Psychologist.  In 2007, Janet became licensed as a Licensed Educational Psychologist.  She has worked with children with Autism and their families in private practice, as a school psychologist and as a consultant to non-public schools and non-public agencies for 20 years.  She has been the clinical consultant and supervisor to the Square One staff since its inception in 2007.

Lisa Heitzler, MA, BCBA

Supervisor/ Autism Educator

Lisa started her career in the field of Special Education in 1994 working as an Aquatic Therapist and Instructional Assistant for individuals (ages 3-22 years) with a wide range of diagnoses, including autism. These experiences eventually lead her to the role of Special Education teacher in 2001 where she created and taught a class for high school students with autism. In this position Lisa discovered a strong interest in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis and autism treatment programs. In 2003, Lisa accepted a position as Behavior Specialist for Alta California Regional Center. Here she spent five years providing families of children who had received a diagnosis on the autism spectrum with consultation, parent training, and assessments for autism related services.

Lisa received a teaching credential in 2002, Masters Degree in Education in 2006 from California State University Sacramento and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2008.

Josh Langbehn, MA, BCBA

Supervisor/ Autism Educator

After earning his bachelors degree in Art Studio at UC Davis, Josh entered the field as a tutor for children with a diagnosis on the autism spectrum in 2003.  He worked in a variety of settings and positions until becoming a behavior consultant in early 2006.  As a consultant, he trained tutors and lead tutors, composed and implemented behavior plans, and collaborated with teachers and other professionals.  Josh joined the Square One team in July 2008 and earned his masters degree in teaching with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2009.  He is currently working toward a Board Certification in Behavior Analysis.

Nikki Ohaco, MA, BCBA

Supervisor/ Autism Educator

Nikki began serving children with Autism in 2001 as a one-on-one behavior therapist in an in-home ABA program in Sacramento. During her tenure with that company, she also worked as a behavior technician in a non-public school for children with an ASD diagnosis, and was promoted to the Lead Tutor position. Upon transfer to another company, she served as an in-home Behavior Consultant for children under the age of eight, and a Behavior Intervention Specialist (B.I.S.) for children with a variety of diagnoses (e.g. Cri Du Chat, Down’s Syndrome, and Fragile X) ranging in age from one year to thirteen years old.

Nikki received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a concentration in Abnormal Child Development in 2001 (magna cum laude), her Master’s degree in Teaching with a special emphasis on Applied Behavior Analysis in 2008 (summa cum laude), and she became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (B.C.B.A.) in 2009.

Tara Delgado-Bridges, MA

Autism Educator

Tara started working with children on the autism spectrum in 2003 as an Educational Aide at Odyssey Learning Center. In 2004, she began teaching children diagnosed with autism ages 4-16. She joined the Square One team in 2009 looking to work with parents directly, to make a stronger impact in the lives of their children.

Tara graduated from Sacramento State University in 2001 with a Bachelors Degree in Communication Studies. She received two Education Specialist Credentials to teach children with moderate to severe disabilities and mild to moderate disabilities in 2007. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Special Education at Sacramento State University.

Shellie Toney, BA

Autism Educator

Shellie began providing early intervention services for children with Autism as a tutor in 1995 for a local Applied Behavior Analysis company. The East Bay based company discontinued providing services to the Sacramento area and asked Shellie to relocate and promoted her to a Case Manager position. After ten years with that company, Shellie moved back to the foothills and work as a Behavior Consultant for a similar company for five years. This company provided ABA, BIS and parent training services for children from 2-18 years of age. Shellie began working at Square One in November of 2010.

Shellie received her Bachelor Degree in Child Development in 2000 at California State University Chico.

Melinda Owens, MA, BCBA

Autism Educator

Melinda originally thought she wanted to be an American Sign Language interpreter and received a Sign Language certificate in 2003. However, in 2004 she started volunteering at a camp for children with emotional, physical, and developmental disabilities. Enthralled by the honesty and energy shown by the children, she knew this was the field she wanted to work in. Since then, Melinda has worked with children on the autism spectrum. She was employed by a non-public school in Orangevale, CA for three years where she provided one on one instructional assistance to students and in addition, she supervised and trained educational aides. She also worked for Albany Unified School District for three years where she created individualized behavior plans for students and transitioned special education students to general education classrooms.
After graduating Cum Laude from California State University East Bay with a degree in Anthropology and Psychology, Melinda joined the Square One team. Her next goal is to obtain a Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and then become a Board Certified Behavior Analysis.

Diana Schrom, MA

Supervisor/ Autism Educator

Diana graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Communication and Advocacy. She moved to California from her hometown of Rockford, Illinois and began working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis in February 2009. She has over ten years experience providing respite care for children with Autism, Mental Retardation and Tourette Syndrome. Diana has experience working as a Tutor, Lead Tutor and Behavior Consultant for a local agency in both the Education Services and a Center Based programs. She joined the Square one team in February 2012.

In 2011, Diana graduated with a Masters in Teaching with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from National University. She currently plans to sit for the BCBA exam in January 2013. 

Jamie Maloney, BA

Autism Educator

Jamie began working with children with a diagnosis on the autism spectrum in 2002. She has worked as a tutor, lead tutor, and Behavior Consultant for a Sacramento based early intervention agency providing individualized in-home programing for children ranging in ages from 2-9 years.  Jamie also worked as an instructional aide in the classroom to help bridge the gap between school and home environments.  Jamie relocated to Washington State where she worked as a Center Director for a national early learning center where she ran a full inclusion program for children with special needs. Jamie recently relocated back to California and is excited to join the Square One Team!

Jamie graduated from Humboldt State University with a Bachelors degree in Liberal Studies specializing in Early Child Development in 2001.  She is currently pursuing her certification as a Board Certified Associate Behavior Analyst.

Melinda Kemplin, MA

Autism Educator

Melinda began working with children diagnosed with Autism in 2006 at Advance Kids in Sacramento. She has worked as a Paraprofessional, Lead Paraprofessional and Behavior Consultant for children ages 2-12 in the home environment and Center Based facilities. As a Behavior Consultant, Melinda developed, delivered, and monitored individualized behavior programs of early intervention treatment for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) principles. In 2012, Melinda worked for Easter Seals in the Bay Area as an Early Interventionist where she provided one on one services to children in the home and community as well as parent and care giver education and training. Melinda joined the Square One team in May 2013.  

Melinda obtained her Bachelors in Psychology from California State University Sacramento in 2011. She is currently earning her Masters in Teaching. 

Lorlei Lasala, BA

Autism Educator

Lorlei initially thought that she wanted to be a traditional school teacher; while attending Early Childhood Education classes, a parent asking for volunteers to tutor her son diagnosed with Autism, changed that. In 1996, Lorlei began working for a Lovaas Clinical Replication site in Stockton providing 1:1 behavioral intervention for children diagnosed with Autism. She advanced from tutor to senior tutor and associate clinical supervisor before working as a behavior management consultant for Alta Regional consumers in-home and within a level 4I care home setting in the greater Sacramento area.  She later became a behavior interventionist for Twin Rivers Unified School District providing behavioral support in classrooms.   She joined the Square One team in May 2014.

Lorlei has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. She is currently pursuing a Master's in Art of Teaching with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis through National University. Her educational goal is to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

Mallory O'Reilly, MA

Autism Educator

Mallory initially went to school to become an Elementary school teacher.  While attending college, Mallory began working with children on the autism spectrum as a one-to-one in-home tutor.  Not soon after she began, she found a love for working with the kids and their family.  Missing, working with students in the school setting, accepted a Lead Instructional Assistant position at a non-public school for children on the Autism Spectrum.  She enjoyed being a part of a team that assisted children in reaching their academic goals.  After working with children in their home and at school, Mallory wanted to help children on the autism spectrum and their family gain resources.  She then, accepted a position at Alta California Regional Center, as a Children’s Service Coordinator.  Mallory was able to gain knowledge about services that are available to children on the autism spectrum, as well as be an advocate.  She enjoyed her time at Alta California Regional Center but missed working directly with children on the autism spectrum.  It was at this time that Mallory joined the Square One team.

Mallory obtained her Bachelors degree in 2010.  She is currently working on earning her Master’s degree as well as a BCBA certificate. 

Andrea England, MA, BCBA

Autism Educator

Andrea began working with adults with a variety of developmental disabilities in a home-based support setting in 1998. In 2008, she relocated to El Dorado County and began working as a paraeducator in the elementary and preschool autism programs and as a supervisor in the El Dorado County Office of Education’s in-home autism program.

Andrea received her Bachelor’s degree in Human Services and her Master’s degree in Teaching with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis. In 2014, she became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).

Tamara Rosenfeld, MA

Autism Educator

Tamara began working with children on the spectrum when she volunteered in special day classes in high school. After moving away to college in San Luis Obispo, Tamara began working as a paraeducator and providing 1:1 behavioral intervention for her clients.  There she had the opportunity to travel to Santa Barbara and receive education through the Koegel Autism Center on various occasions.  After providing 1:1 behavioral intervention for several years, Tamara began her journey as a private consultant, primarily focusing on parent training.  After gaining her bachelor’s degree Tamara moved to the Sacramento area, where she became a social skills therapist.  She continued her educational goals by attaining her master’s degree. Tamara joined the Square One team in February 2016.

Tamara has bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education and her Masters in Human Behavior.

Shelbie Robinson, BA

Autism Educator

Shelbie began working in the field of ABA in 2012, by providing 1:1 treatment with clients diagnosed, primarily, with autism in the Sacramento region. She has had a passion for the field and ABA ever since. Shelbie acquired her AA in Social and behavioral Science in 2011 and went on to earn my BA in Psychology from California State University, Sacramento in 2013. She is currently pursuing a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction (Applied Behavior Analysis) from Arizona State University and is also working towards her BCBA certification.  She has continued providing ABA treatment for the last 5 years across many different environments including in-home, schools, center and out in the community. During that time, Shelbie has had the opportunity to work with amazing clinical staff members to develop and implement client specific programming and procedures. She finds it exciting and fulfilling to learn new ways to help improve the lives of her clients and their families.

Brandi McGee, MA

Autism Educator

After receiving her Bachelors degree in Psychology from California State University, Chico in 2011, Brandi began working as in-home tutor for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and developmental delays at an Applied Behavior Analysis company. This position introduced her to in the field of ABA, and prompted her to pursue it further both professionally and academically. She then went onto another ABA company, which blended ABA techniques and Montessori philosophy to teach social skills. At this company she held positions of Social Skills Instructor, Supervisor, and eventually Assistant Director of Behavioral Services. 

Brandi obtained Master’s degree in Psychology, with a concentration in Child and Adolescent Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and completed the coursework necessary for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst program. Brandi joined the Square 1 team in 2016, and is accruing her BCBA supervision hours, when completed she plans to take the BCBA exam.

Joseph Cruz, BA

Autism Educator

Joseph initially wanted to be a Probation Officer to assist juveniles in making positive changes in their lives. However, as an undergraduate he worked with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in 2010 as an in-home Behavior Technician with Applied Behavior Consultants, Inc. Determined to complete his studies, Joseph focused on gaining an understanding of juvenile delinquency and volunteered with the National Criminal Justice Honors Society and Sacramento County Probation Department. It was after graduating that Joseph realized his passion in assisting adolescents went further than juvenile delinquents. In 2014, Joseph accepted a position at a non-public school, Capitol Autism Services: Land Park Campus, working with individuals 3-22 years old with moderate to severe ASD, Down Syndrome, and Emotional Disturbance as an Instructional Assistant and was later promoted as a Lead Instructional Assistant. He assisted individuals to reach academic, vocational, and adaptive living goals. He enjoys being part of a team and collaborating with parents and other professionals to tailor educational and intervention plans for individuals.

Joseph graduated cum laude from California State University, Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice in 2013. He joined the Square One team in November of 2016.