Kaleidoscope Interventions Employees
I was born and raised in a small town in Illinois. I studied psychology and sociology as an undergraduate student because I was interested in marriage and family counseling. However, while in college I realized I was more interested in research than counseling. I chose not to continue school right after graduating with my B.S. in psychology and instead worked in nursing homes for three years. It was during this time that I started taking an interest in behavior and ways to manage challenging behaviors of older adults with dementia. When I started researching graduate programs, I came across applied behavior analysis, which I realized was exactly what I wanted to do.
In 2014 I moved to Melbourne to begin graduate school at Florida Institute of Technology studying applied behavior analysis. I began work at the Scott Center for Autism Treatment as a behavior technician until 2015. From 2015-2016 I completed my practicum at the Fountains of Melbourne where I worked with older adults with dementia. In 2017 I started at Puzzlebox Academy where I gained further experience working with children with ASD. In July 2018 I graduated with my M.S. in applied behavior analysis and in November 2019 I passed the BCBA exam. I have been working as a BCBA at Puzzlebox since December 201
My Name is Kelsey Purcell. I spent the first 22 years of my life in East Bridgewater, Massachusetts, growing up with an amazing family and awesome friends. I played soccer my whole life up until freshman year of college, along with many years of basketball, softball, and track. These experiences truly shaped who I am today including acquiring skills involving leadership and teamwork. I first knew I wanted to be in the healthcare field Freshman year of high school when I was a part of TOPSoccer, a community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities. My experience from this organization showed me the potential that I had to change other’s lives for the better. I then went on to take my first Psychology class my senior year of high school. I was even more intrigued and excited to continue learning about how through the healthcare field I could help a multitude of individuals. This sparked my desire to take up a Psychology major when I went on to college at Bridgewater State University. Throughout my years of college, I gained a great education and experience that allowed me to start making a change in this world. My last semester of college I traveled to Australia where I finished an internship which focused on helping children who were susceptible to homelessness. This experience gave me more information on the field, how it worked and all the variables that come into it. All of these experiences together got me specifically interested in behavior. Therefore, I went on to study Applied Behavioral Analysis and Organizational Behavior Management at Florida Institute of Technology. While studying, I started working/ my practicum at The Scott Center for Autism Treatment. These two experiences shaped the person, practitioner and researcher I am today including acquiring skills of using evidence-based procedures, how to evaluate procedures used, and always seeking out new information and education to stay current in practice. I now have taken all of this knowledge and experience to Kaleidoscope Interventions at Puzzle Box Academy. Here I hope to continue to add to experiences and continue to make a difference in individuals lives.
Shana is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She has been working or Kaleidoscope since June 2018. Upon discovering behavior analysis, she started her graduate work and began working at a clinic where she was trained as an RBT. Since being with Kaleidoscope, she has gained experience working within homes, providing services in school, and within the clinic. She now continues toshare her passion by providing services in the clinic as well as coach staff.
In her early work, she provided horseback riding lessons to individuals with a range of disabilities including autism, cerebral palsy, PTSD, smith magenis syndrome, prosthetic limbs, and more. In her free time she still occasionally provides lessons, but now the principles of applied behavior analysis to improve the effectiveness of lessons.
She has B.A in Psychology which she received from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. She attended Florida Institute of Technology where she completed her master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and Organizational Behavior Management.
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Diana is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at the Nasa location of Kaleidoscope. She has been with Kaleidoscope Interventions for almost 2 years now working with clients in Early Intervention and preschool. Diana attended the Masters of Science dual track program in Applied Behavior Analysis and Organizational Behavior Management at the Florida Institute of Technology. She graduated in December 2017 and earned her Behavior Analysis Certification Board credentials as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in February 2018.
Diana graduated with her Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology, minoring in Biology from the University of Guam. At the University of Guam, she served as a research assistant for applied projects focusing on environmental sustainability and conducted an independent study on increasing recycling behaviors in the school setting. After graduating, Diana worked as a private school counselor in Guam, writing ISPs, serving as the coordinator for the school’s Olweus Bullying Prevention Program and liaison to the Department of Special Education. As a school counselor, Diana was a trained facilitator for the Rainbows for All Children program which provided support groups for children who experienced loss of family members and children from broken homes. In addition, Diana has completed both the ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) and Connect Suicide Postvention Trainings.
Diana is originally from the island of Guam and moved to Florida in 2015. She enjoys playing beach volleyball, cooking, and gardening. In addition to working with kids with autism, Diana she has had applied and research experience working with older adults with dementia applying ABA principles to develop plans to maintain quality of life. She also has experience working in an experimental lab with pigeons and operant chambers. She believes that ABA principles are useful, generalizable and can be relevant to the larger population.
BCBA - Kaleidoscope Interventions
Coach - Morningside Model of Generative Instruction
My name is Melonie Maldonado and I am a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst working at Kaleidoscope Interventions, Palm Bay location. I went to University of Tampa where I majored in Psychology. I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in 2016. I was originally going to study clinical psychology until I stumbled upon a job in the field of applied behavior analysis in 2017. From there, I fell in love with the work I did and the children I worked with every day. I pursued my BCaBA certification at Florida Institute of Technology and officially became certified January 2019.
I was born in Connecticut but raised in Palm Bay, Florida. I enjoy a variety of leisure activities such as reading, painting, watching Tv shows, and playing video games. Whenever I have the opportunity, I enjoy travelling and visiting my family in Connecticut and Bolivia.