Emerald Coast Autism Center

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Administrative Staff

Staci Berryman

MS Ed, BCBA | Co-Founder | Executive Director

Staci Berryman is a co-founder and Executive Director of the Emerald Coast Autism Center. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Butler University in 1992. After graduation she accepted a position as an elementary school teacher in Houston, Texas. In 2004, Staci accepted a lead teacher position for the Special Services Department at Rocky Bayou Christian School, where her work in special education sparked a strong professional interest in children with autism. As a result, Staci decided to pursue a career as a BCBA, and earned her Master’s degree in Special Education with Grand Canyon University in 2007. Immediately afterward, she enrolled in the Behavior Analysis Program at Penn State University, earning her credentials as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in early 2009.

Heidi Blalock

CFA | Co-Founder | CEO | Treasurer

Heidi is a co-founder and the CEO and Treasurer of Emerald Coast Autism Center, as well as the proud parent of an ECAC student.  Heidi spent seven years with Mercer Investment Consulting in Chicago.  She was a Principal with Mercer and headed the US Performance and Reporting Division.  Prior to this role, she spent two years working in the mergers and acquisitions division of Sara Lee Corporation.  Heidi received a Bachelor degree in economics from Duke University and a Masters in Business Administration in finance and international business from Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.  She holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Tonya Holt

Office Manager

Tonya graduated from University of West Florida with a Bachelors degree in Social Work. She previously worked with the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa for fourteen years in Human Resources as the Payroll Manager. Tonya joined the team at Emerald Coast Autism Center in 2017.

Megan Bausch

BCBA | Supervisor

Megan is a 2007 graduate of the University of Florida, with a bachelor's degree in Psychology, and a minor in Family, Youth, and Community Services. In 2009, Megan completed a master's degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Florida State University, and passed her Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) coursework and certification testing. Megan has been providing one-on-one Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services since 2007, and has worked as a Clinical Supervisor since 2009. Megan joined the ECAC team in 2012.

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Lauren Cooper

Community Relations Coordinator

Lauren earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing at the McCoy College of Business at Texas State University. Upon moving to the area, she began a career in the vacation resort market. While working at Sandpiper Cove, Lauren implemented strategic social media campaigns to increase revenue and occupancy. Lauren has also served as a Kindergarten through 5th grade paraprofessional supporting instructional activities, learner engagement, and classroom management. Lauren joined the ECAC team in 2017. 

Kristen McKay

Chief Operating Officer

Kristen earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Florida State University. She is currently working on her Master’s degree in Business Administration. Previously she worked at Tyndall Air Force Base in Accounting and Finance as an Accounting Technician, Purchasing Agent, and Base Coordinator for Private Organizations. While working at Tyndall, Kristen oversaw base activity financial accounts, prepared contracts for purchasing, and held a leadership position for base fundraising. Kristen is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management and The Society for Collegiate Leadership & Achievement. Kristen joined the ECAC team in 2021.

Aerika Wardrip

Events Coordinator

Aerika graduated from the University of Southern Indiana with a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations and Advertising in 2017. After graduation, she started marketing for Harley-Davidson which eventually led her to Florida. Aerika has experience with both exclusive and large, public event planning, encompassing everything from social media marketing to copywriting, and everything in-between. She has served as a member of Big Brothers Big Sisters, Take Stock in Children, and an after-school tutor for elementary aged children. Aerika joined the ECAC team in 2022.