Our People


The founders of Nyansa Learning Corporation were driven to start an organization based on the philosophy that only when children, families and educators come together can a child’s full potential be reached. Through years of education and experience, the staff at Nyansa has provided children with the best start possible by giving them the skills to reach their full potential.

 

Educators

The executive team at Nyansa combines diverse backgrounds and years of experience in Applied Behavior Analysis, Discrete Trial Teaching, Child Development, and Psychology.


 

Maggie

Maggie McCrow, MA, BCBA

Maggie McCrow, MA, BCBA
Clinical Director

Maggie received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology and Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She received a Master of Arts (MA) in Psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from California State University, Fresno and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in Psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Maggie has worked with children diagnosed with Autism and related disorders in home, center, school and community settings. She has trained parents and professionals in the use of behavior analytic principles, use of evidence-based procedures, and has extensive experience conducting functional behavior assessments and developing behavioral intervention plans. She has conducted and presented research examining various techniques to increase childhood medical adherence at state and international conferences and is a member of the California Association for Behavior Analysis and the International Association for Behavior Analysis (ABAI).

 


 

Juliana

Juliana Neely, MSW, BCBA

Juliana Neely, MSW, BCBA
Program Supervisor

Juliana received a Master of Social Work (MSW) from California State University, Long Beach. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with an emphasis in child development and family relations from California State University, Chico. She has over 13 years experience working with children with Autism and other developmental disabilities. Juliana has worked in a variety of settings, including in-home, community based, and school settings. She has experience conducting behavioral assessments and creating individualized intervention plans. She has attended state and international conferences to maintain knowledge of current studies and information related to the field. In addition, Juliana has participated in conducting trainings on the use of data collection, implementation of evidence based practices and behavioral management with staff and families.

 


 

Melissa

Melissa Coyle, MA, BCBA

Melissa Coyle, MA, BCBA
Program Supervisor

Melissa received her Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Psychology from California State University Fullerton.  She earned a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) at Ball State University.  She recently received her certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).  She provides training and support to NLC staff and clients to assure quality implementation and outcomes of behavioral intervention.  She has over eight years of experience working with children between the ages of 18 months to 10 years old with Autism and other developmental disabilities in home, community, and school settings.  She has conducted trainings in ABA, discrete trial teaching, functional communication training, incidental teaching, behavior reduction, and behavior skills training.

 


 

Vijee Wood, MA, BCBA
Program Supervisor

Vijee received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California, Irvine. She received a Master of Science (MS) degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Irvine and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Vijee began working with children with autism and related disabilities in 2014. She has extensive experience in direct implementation of behavior-analytic services with children of various ages and disabilities, including: Discrete-Trial Teaching (DTT), Natural Environment Training (NET), Functional Communication Training (FCT), and behavior management. She has trained parents and paraprofessionals to implement strategies derived from behavior analytic principles to assist in skill development and behavior management in the home, school, and community settings. Additionally, Vijee has experience in planning, developing, and monitoring variety of behavioral support service including functional behavior assessments, experimental functional analysis, skills assessments, and behavioral intervention plans. Vijee has provided direct supervision and training to NLC behavior technicians and case managers by implementing behavioral skills training and specific performance feedback while ensuring clinical integrity of the programs.

 


 

Stephanie Ruvalcaba, MA, BCBA
Program Supervisor

Stephanie Ruvalcaba obtained a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Psychology from California State Polytechnic University Pomona in 2011 and her Master of Science (MS) degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from Capella University in Minnesota in 2018. She became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in 2020 and is a program supervisor with Nyansa Learning Corporation. She has over six years of experience working directly with children and their families as well as NLC staff to implement behavior principles in home, school and community-based settings as well as develop behavior reduction and skill acquisition programs. She has worked with children who are diagnosed with various developmental disabilities and delays between the ages of 18 months and 12.

 


 

Jessica Duran, M.Ed., BCBA
Program Supervisor

Jessica received her Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Human Services from California State University Dominguez Hills. She received a Master of Education (MEd) degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at Arizona State University. She is a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) and has extensive experience in direct implementation of behavior-analytic services with children of various ages and disabilities. Additionally, she has also trained parents to implement different strategies derived from behavior analytic principles to assist in skill development and behavior management in the home and community settings. She has completed trainings in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Discrete Trial Teachings (DTT), functional communication and behavior management.

 


 

Jessica Thomas, MA, BCBA
Program Supervisor

Jessica is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Jessica received her Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology from California State University, Fullerton in 2018. She received a Master of Science (MS) degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Irvine in 2020. Jessica has seven years of experience working with children between the ages of 18 months to 12 years, who are diagnosed with autism and other developmental disabilities. Jessica also works with English and Spanish-speaking families of individuals diagnosed with autism and other developmental disabilities to teach the implementation of behavior analytic principles. She has experience in Discrete Trial Training (DTT), Natural Environment Training (NET), Functional Communication Training (FCT), as well as behavior management.

 


 

Oliver Zanazanian, MA, RBT
Case Manager

Oliver received his Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Psychology from California State University, Fullerton. He would then proceed to receive his Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from National University. Oliver began working with youth as a Development Counselor for the Boys and Girls Club of America, before acquiring four years of in field experience utilizing training in Functional Communication Training (FCT), Natural Environment Training (NET), and Discrete Trial Training (DTT). Oliver has completed coursework in pursuit of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst credential, and is in the process of finalizing his accumulation of supervision hours.

 


 

Julio Gutierrez, MA, RBT
Case Manager

Julio received his Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from California State University, Dominguez Hills. He received his Master of Arts (MA) degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from Capella University. Julio has experience working with children diagnosed with autism and other developmental disabilities throughout the years. He has worked 1:1 in the school, home, and community settings. As a Case Manager at Nyansa, he oversees other Registered Behavior Technicians (RBT) and he continues to provide 1:1 in-home services to children diagnosed with autism and other related developmental disabilities. In addition, Julio also provides parent training and consultation to Spanish and English-speaking families.

 


 

Cristina Gonzalez, MA, RBT
Case Manager

Cristina received her Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Psychology from San Diego State University in 2011. Cristina received her Master’s degree in Special Education with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) from Arizona State University. Cristina has over seven years of experience providing early intervention services to children ranging from 18 months to 12 years old with Autism and with related disorders. She is a Register Behavior Technician (RBT) and is currently pursing requirements for certification. Since 2017 she has worked closely with many families providing consultations to support parents in implementing strategies derived from behavior-analytic principles in decreasing challenging behaviors, increasing appropriate skills, and/or supporting social skills in home and community settings. Cristina has been extensively trained in behavior reduction strategies, Functional Communication, Discrete Trial Training (DTT), and Natural Environmental Training (NET).