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Crystal Herrera

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“Build a culture where feedback is the norm and see yourself grow.”

Crystal Herrera really enjoys seeing the positive effect of her work on families, and she knows that happy parents are a sign of success. It is very meaningful for Crystal to provide parents of children with disabilities with the support and relief that they need. She adds, “Everyone requires a little break and it feels amazing to be part of a family’s support system.”

Crystal received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from California State Northridge. After working as a para-educator at a public school, she developed a passion for this field, and was inspired to go on to earn her Master of Education in Applied Behavior Analysis. She truly enjoys what she does and is currently pursuing her BCBA certification.

Crystal is happiest when spending time with her family. She has a passion for traveling and hopes to travel the world. She loves being on airplanes and says that her favorite part is the turbulence and landing.


Michael Duenas

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“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.”

Michael Duenas loves all things Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and is definitely a person who makes it happen. With effective communication as a strong suit, Michael emphasizes, “Being a good conversationalist doesn’t mean talking a lot. It’s having the ability to get other people to talk to you.” His favorite part of his job is teaching often-isolated people how to develop close friendships and live a more fulfilling life.

Michael earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology and social behavior from the University of California in 2011. After completing his degree, he worked for a social work agency and a career-development program for adults with developmental disabilities. When he learned about the field of ABA, Michael enrolled in a graduate program and earned his master’s degree in psychology with an emphasis in ABA, followed by his BCBA.

Michael grew up loving sports, which are still a big part of his life. One of his favorite things is sharing his love of sports with his two young children, and he says that a large part of time together with his kids is spent playing anything that involves a ball.”


Maria Sanchez

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“Love what you do every day and you won’t have to work a day in your life.”

Maria Sanchez loves what she does, and uses her skills in Applied Behavior Analysis to improve the quality of life of the families she serves. She has helped people learn how to talk when they were nonverbal, how to read, how to self-toilet and other personal hygiene essentials, how to attend community college, and much more. Reflecting on her accomplishments, Maria says, “I once taught a client who is blind how to tie his shoes, cook simple meals, and make small purchases out in the community.”

Maria attended UCLA as a Melinda & Bill Gates Scholar, where she was the campus-based leader and attended several leadership meetings around the U.S. representing UCLA. She attended Arizona State University for her master’s degree, started her career as a behavior interventionist in 2014, and was promoted to positions of supervisor, clinical coordinator, and to her current position as director of clinical services. In 2017, Maria obtained her BCBA.

Maria has a passion for traveling. She and her husband have traveled around the United States, Spain, England, England, Italy, France, and Czech Republic.

Jessica Robles

Jessica Robles

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“It is my absolute honor to be able to make a fundamental difference in people’s lives.”

Jessica Robles enjoys few things more than working with children and making a difference in their lives. She fell in love with the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) after seeing firsthand how effective the treatment is and the positive impact treatment has on families. When asked what she does for a living, Jessica says, “I work with a wide range of individuals, helping them maximize their potential.”

Jessica received her Bachelor of Arts degree in social and behavioral sciences from California State University, Monterey Bay. While at CSUMB, she worked for a local middle school as a teacher’s assistant and 1:1 math aid. Jessica earned her master’s degree in education and her BCBA in 2013.

In her spare time, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family. She loves to host big family gatherings, movie nights, etc.