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Team Lynsie

Lynsie Matern

Lynsie is a 2007 graduate of Florida State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Performance Management. In 2010, she joined the ECAC staff as a Behavior Therapist, and later transitioned into a Team Supervisor position. Lynsie earned a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst Certification (BCaBA), from University of West Florida, in 2015. Currently, Lynsie is attending The University of West Florida, working towards a Master of Arts degree in Exceptional Student Education. Upon completion of the program, she plans to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) Certification examination.

Lauren Desjardin | Lead Therapist 

Lauren is a 2015 graduate from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Science degee in Psychology. She joined ECAC as a Behavior Therapist in 2015. Previously, Lauren provided ABA therapy at Lakeland Clinic and Navarre Clinic.

Kassie Caponi
Behavior Therapist

Kassie is a 2013 graduate of Eastern New Mexico University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. In 2015, Kassie moved to Florida, and joined the Emerald Coast Autism Center (ECAC)  working with ECAC’s early and intermediate-learner population.

Pia Calderon
Behavior Therapist

Pia is a 2015 graduate of California State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She joined the Emerald Coast Autism Center staff in 2015, shortly after moving to Florida. Previously, Pia spent 2 years working as a behavior therapist at The Kendall School, Therapeutic Pathways in Tracy, California. 

Ava Cardinal
Bio Coming Soon!

Leora Henry 
Behavior Therapist

Leora graduated from Chaminade University of Honolulu with her Bachelors in Elementary Education. She has taught a variety of grade levels in Hawaii and Florida. She joined our fabulous ECAC family in August 2018.

Michelle Best
Behavior Therapist

Michelle is a 2017 graduate from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Humans Development and Family Studies. She gained a post bachelorette from Auburn University in Humans Development and Family Studies with a concentration in middle childhood/adolescence. She gained experience while she was at Auburn University by volunteering at the campus Child Development Center. She also gained experience from volunteering in a CBS kindergarten unit at Northwood Elementary School in Crestview, FL. She became an RBT in May 2017 and joined us here at ECAC October 2018.

GinaRae Harper
Behavior Therapist

GinaRae has been a registered behavior therapist since April of 2018 and began her journey with Emerald Coast Autism Center in November of 2018. She currently is attending Northwest Florida State College to attain her Bachelors in Science of Psychology to follow along in her goal of becoming a BCaBA.

Laura Wittman
Behavior Therapist


Bio Coming Soon!