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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.
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
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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.
Jill holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Purdue University. After graduating in 2001, she relocated from Indiana to San Jose, CA where she worked as an auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers and an analyst at Novellus Systems. Jill moved to Phoenix, AZ in 2005 and worked at Equity Methods, where she became an expert in stock-based compensation and coauthored white papers on the subject. Jill was an Accounting Manager at PetSmart and Director of Finance at Healthcare Trust of America. Jill left the industry in 2011 after starting a family. She returned in 2014 to work as a Volunteer Director of Operations at MORIAH Cooperative (MORIAH), an organization that empowers children with special needs by offering inclusive social opportunities in a safe and nurturing environment. In 2016, Brett asked Jill to join him in his latest venture Jigsaw Developmental Services as the Director of Operations. While managing both roles at MORIAH and Jigsaw, Jill enjoys spending free time with her family and traveling.
Angela Hepworth, BCBA, LBA
Staff & Clinical Development Director
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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.