Meet Our Team

Christina Rivera 

Owner/CEO

Hello, I’m Christina Rivera, Founder and Owner of Aspire Behavioral Care. I’ve always had a strong desire to help children with developmental disabilities and began working with them in 2002. Because of the immense sense of satisfaction and accomplishment this provided me, I decided to pursue an education in that field and subsequently graduated from Western State College in Gunnison, CO. in 2009 with Honors in Psychology and Sociology. I than began working in the Respite and ABA field in 2010 and the following year I received my Registered Psychotherapy license from the state of Colorado. In 2016 I also received my Masters in Education with Curriculum and Instruction in ABA. 

 

Being a Navy dependent, I have lived in California, Maryland and Colorado. As a result, I have a strong connection to the military and Colorado Springs community. I established the company in 2013 and opened a center in 2018 and can now provide a wide range of high quality ABA services either in-home, community,  or in-center. If you would like to explore having your family join ours, please feel free to reach out to us at your convenience.

 

Executive Team

George Rivera

Operations Director

Originally from Chicago, IL and a veteran of the US Army, George has many years of successful Customer Service, Technical and Operations Management with companies such as Verizon Wireless, ADP Dealer Services and Hewlett-Packard. His wealth of experience and Can Do attitude will be instrumental in ensuring that Aspire Behavioral Care will continue to provide high quality, dedicated and professional services to all of our valued clients as we continue to grow and well into the future. When he’s not working, George likes such things as fishing, going to museums, studying history and taking day trips to enjoy our beautiful Colorado scenery.

Kassie Davis

Clinical Director - Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Kassie began her career in ABA while in college and quickly fell in love with the field. She continued on to earn her Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis with an emphasis in Autism and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.  In Indiana, Kassie spearheaded all clinical aspects of the ABA center where she worked.  With extensive leadership and development experience, Kassie has come to Aspire to facilitate the next level of growth for Aspire's BCBAs!  Passionate about each child's growth, Kassie has a range of experience across ages, communication styles, and behaviors targeted for reduction. Getting to experience a client reach milestones is the most rewarding part of the job. Training for both technicians and parents is a passion for Kassie as it is so important that an individual can succeed in all environments. In her free time, Kassie enjoys traveling, hiking, reading, and attending music concerts.

Board Certified Behavior Analysts

Terese Sousa

Aspire Behavioral Care Center Manager

Bio Coming Soon

Michell Sukta

Director of Compliance

Michell has been in the field of ABA for a little over 8 years. She started working in the field early in her college career and fell in love with the work. She has worked in the home and clinic settings with clients up to 18 years old and as young as 2. She graduated with her Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis with an emphasis in Autism from Ball State University in her home state, Indiana. She particularly enjoys working with non-verbal children. Teaching communication skills is a passion and she loves to see the growth that children can make when given the right tools to communicate their wants and needs. In her free time, she loves being with her pets and loves to be outdoors hiking and exploring. 

Jessica Martinez

Board Certified Behavior Analyst 

Jessica has been in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis for 6 years providing services in home, clinic, and community settings. After graduating with her BA in Psychology she joined the ABA program at her local state university, The University of Texas- Pan American, now known as The University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley. Upon graduating with her Master’s degree in Experimental Psychology with an emphasis in ABA and attaining her board certification, she and her husband relocated to Colorado Springs. She utilizes her skillset to help as many peers, parents, teachers, and other service providers to assure client’s build independence and interpersonal skills.  She  believes that using a team emphasized approach provides the opportunity to assist children with developmental disabilities in reaching their full potential and that all individuals these children encounter on a regular basis, given the opportunity, have the ability to teach the skills necessary to help that child learn and grow. Jessica is fluent in Spanish.

Danielle Stanley

Board Certified Behavior Analyst 

Danielle has worked in the field of ABA since 1997.  She attended California State University, Sacramento and has a BA in Psychology where she began to work as a behavior technician  After she graduated she continued her career and worked her way into a supervisor role as a "Behavior Consultant" within 2 years.  

As insurance rules changed and requirements were modified, Danielle attended Capella University and earned her Masters degree in Psychology with an Emphasis in Child and Adolescent Psychology.  She enjoys using her education to ensure that developmental steps are taught and gives a perspective to develop programming for each of her clients. 

Being able to watch a child go from non existent communication with high rates of behavior to speaking/communicating with family members is something that continues to make her heart full of joy.   Breaking skills into smaller steps, teaching replacement skills, and changing the lives of her clients motivates Danielle to give her clients 100% and to continue to create creative programming and ways to learn new skills. 

Esther Harris

Board Certified assistant Behavior Analyst 

Bio Coming Soon!

Maura Phillips-Gray

Soon to be BCBA

Bio Coming Soon!

Registered Behavioral Technician Cohort 1

Those Studying to take the BCBA exam in 2020

Becca Wilber 

Registered Behavior Technician

Caitlin McGuire

Registered Behavior Technician

Behavior Thearpists

Arnisha Grainer

Registered Behavior Technician

Jané Soto

Registered Behavior Technician

Lya Navarrete

Behavior Technician

Fluent in Spanish!

Enoch Trueman

Registered Behavior Technician

Rory Weir

Registered Behavior Technician

Crystal Robles

Behavior Technician

Gracie Passarelli

Behavior Therapist

Jaden Geiser

Registered Behavior Technician

Anyssa Stamper

Registered Behavior Technician

Alisha Gresham

Behavior Therapist

Kayla Jones

Behavior Therapist

Mariah Hershelman

Behavior Therapist

Kayla Mireles

Registered Behavior Technician

Vivianna Falcon

Behavior Therapist

John Schumacher

Behavior Therapist

Lindsey

Registered Behavior Technician

Kezef Burden

Registered Behavior Technician

Ian Bebow

Registered Behavior Technician

Aspire RBT Trainer

Aliyah Smith

Registered Behavior Technician

Harmony

Registered Behavior Technician

Registered Behavior Technician

Aspire Support Staff

Shannon Broughton

Authorization/Credentialing Coordinator 

Daisy Robertson

Claims Specialist

Janis Wetmore

Front Desk/Scheduling