Melissa Anderson is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in the state of Arizona. Melissa has an undergraduate degree in Elementary and Special Education from the University of Dayton and a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education from Northeastern Illinois University, where she also taught Graduate courses for the School of Education. Melissa has been in the field of autism and applied behavior analysis for 20 years. Melissa began her career working as a multi needs teacher for a special education cooperative in the Western Suburbs of Chicago. There, she realized her passion for working with kids with ASD. She moved roles within her organization and worked as a behavioral consultant for children, staff and families in over 16 different school districts. Melissa began her coursework in Behavior Analysis, eventually obtaining her board certification. Melissa has been in the Phoenix area for the past 5 years, working to support clients, families and schools in the area of applied behavior analysis. Melissa uses a combination of techniques, such as verbal behavior, natural environment teaching, and discrete trial to meet the needs of her clients. Melissa provides direct training to families, therapists and community members to help clients generalize their skills and promote independence. Melissa has a passion for working with children and families to create positive change in the home and community.
Client Services Director, Founder & CEO
Brett earned Bachelor of Science Degrees in Business Administration in Finance and Management Information Systems from the University of Arizona. After consulting for IBM and PeopleSoft Corporation, Brett founded Helio Group, an information technology consulting practice that served Fortune 500 customers. Brett’s endeavors continued with the founding and development of a clinical research informatics software business supporting NIH funded clinical research studies. Brett founded an Arizona-based nonprofit called MORIAH Cooperative that supports children with varying special needs. Brett served as a Board and Executive Committee member of Pardes Jewish Day School. Brett is a member of the United Healthcare Community Plan Governance and Member Advocacy Committees. Brett and his wife have two wonderful boys who live in Phoenix, Arizona. After personally experiencing the world of Autism, Brett’s life work focuses every day on assisting families in support of their children.
Sara “Beth” Carrasco, BCBA, LBA
Beth is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, working with children with autism and other developmental disabilities since 2012. Beth holds a Masters of education from the University of Massachusetts and is passionate about the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Beth takes a holistic approach, supporting children and their families by recognizing each individual’s strengths, and incorporating various targeted strategies with a focus on maximizing each child’s motivation. Beth has experience working with children ages 2-21 in settings including school, home and community based instruction. Beth’s leadership started with Jigsaw in 2016 when her and her family relocated to Arizona from the Washington, D.C metro area. Beth strives to make meaningful changes and improvements in the quality of life for each family she serves.
Tania Depetro, RBT
Assistant Clinical Supervisor
Tania is a Registered Behavior Technician and has worked in the ABA field in home settings since 2016. In addition, she has over six years of experience working in multiple school settings, including private and public schools, as a paraprofessional and worked with various children with developmental disabilities. Tania graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and has begun pursuing her Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from ASU. She currently lives in Phoenix with her husband and three boys.
Leah Fairweather, BCBA, LBA
Clinical Supervisor & Client Advocate
Leah Fairweather is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Licensed Behavior Analyst in the state of Arizona. With 15 years of experience in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Leah is passionate about working with individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities to improve their quality of life. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Society, Ethics and Human Behavior from the University of Washington and Master of Arts in Special Education: Applied Behavior Analysis from Arizona State University. Leah has taught in an inclusive classroom and has provided ABA services in homes, clinics, schools and community settings with children from ages two to adolescence. Using the principles of ABA, Leah develops individualized goals and treatment plans based upon the unique needs and interests of each child. Leah understands the value of collaborating with families and other professionals to ensure the quality of care for her clients. Leah resides in Gilbert with her husband and four children.
Elizabeth Hendrix, BCBA, LBA
Elizabeth is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 20 years of experience supporting individuals with autism and other related disorders. Her passion for helping those with ASD and their families was formed early in her adult life when her brother was born with Down syndrome and later diagnosed with ASD. Being a witness to his accomplishments and passions in life brings her immense happiness. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from Kaplan University and her Master of Science in ABA from Capella University. Elizabeth holds special interest in the areas of client assent, caregiver empowerment, and the implementation of ABA within foster care. Her experience ranges from toddler to late adulthood stages of life and in a wide variety of settings. She believes that the most important priority of ABA services is to create a treatment plan that improves the quality of life for each client in both their present life and their future. Elizabeth lives in Goodyear, Arizona with her husband, two teenage children and two rowdy dogs and enjoys spending her free time bonding with family.
Angela Hepworth, BCBA, LBA
Staff & Clinical Development Director
Angela is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) as well as a Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA) in the state of Arizona. Angela holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human and Family Development from Arizona State University and a Master’s Degree in Psychology, with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) from Capella University. Angela continues her work at Jigsaw Developmental Services since its inception in 2016. Prior to working in the field of ABA, Angela worked with children and families in various settings since 2000. Angela believes in the importance of making ABA therapy an enjoyable experience for the children and young adults that she works with, as well as tailoring each treatment plan to best serve the unique needs of each individual client. Angela is passionate about improving the lives of the children and families she serves using the principles of ABA. Angela lives in Gilbert and in her free time enjoys spending time with her husband, 3 children and 2 small dogs.
Zoie Scott, RBT
Assistant Clinical Supervisor
Zoie is a Registered Behavior Technician and has been within the field of applied behavior analysis since 2017. Zoie is a well-rounded RBT who constantly engages and encourages her clients. In addition to providing direct services as an RBT, Zoie is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at Arizona State University. From Las Cruces New Mexico, Zoie graduated from New Mexico State University with her Bachelors in Psychology. She currently resides in Phoenix with her two huskies, Kota and Zulu.