Meet the Founders:
Sneha considers herself an ally to the disAbility and Autism communities, and started Spectrum Success in order to support individuals on the spectrum, while educating "neuro typicals" on how to create a socially inclusive community.
Sneha received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) where she majored in Psychology and minored in Law and Society. During her time at UCSD Sneha spent 2 years working at the Neuroscience Developmental Lab under the guidance of Dr. Leslie Carver.
Sneha then received her Master’s degree in Psychology from New York University (NYU). During her time at NYU Sneha designed and executed a study at McCarton School under the guidance of Dr. Peter Gerhardt, to test the efficacy of the Power Card Strategy as a tool to communicate appropriate social conduct to individuals functioning at a moderate level on the Autism Spectrum. Sneha continued to complete her BCBA coursework through the University of West Florida (UWF) and received her BCBA certification in May, 2014. She is currently completing her Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in Disability Studies at Chapman University. At Chapman University Sneha is working with the Thompson Policy Institute (TPI) to conduct research to better understand the needs of adults on the spectrum as they transition into adulthood.
While Sneha has always been interested in the field of Psychology, she knew she wanted to work with individuals on the Autism Spectrum after completing a summer internship at Pyramid Autism Center, located in Orange, CA. While completing her BCBA coursework Sneha worked at Autism Spectrum Therapies, first as a behavior interventionist and then as a program supervisor. Sneha has learned a lot from her experiences in the field and is excited to share her knowledge! Sneha has spent the last two years researching strategies to assist adolescents and adults make a smooth transition into the work place and gain a more independent life style.
Sneha Kohli Mathur, MA BCBA
Co-Founder and CEO
Co-Founder and CFO
Neil earned his Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Science and Safety Management from Emory Riddle Aeronautical University, in Prescott, Arizona. After graduating in 2008, Neil was an instructor pilot for two and a half years at Emory Riddle, and has worked as a commercial pilot since 2011. Neil’s passion for teaching began when he was still a teen himself, coaching youth and adult hockey leagues. He is also passionate about nutrition and healthy exercise in order to live a healthy and balanced lifestyle, which is a priority for us at Spectrum Success.
Board of Advisors
Dr. Peter Gerhardt, Ed.D
Dr. Gerhardt is currently the Executive Director of the EPIC School in New York City. He has more than 30 years experience utilizing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis in support of individuals with autism spectrum disorders in educational, employment, residential and community-based settings. Dr. Gerhardt is the author and coauthor of many articles and book chapters on the needs of adolescents and adults with ASDs and has presented nationally and internationally on this topic.
Dr. Gerhardt is the founding chair of the Scientific Council for the Organization for Autism Research (OAR) and currently sits on numerous professional advisory boards including Behavior Analysis in Practice, the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts, and the Autism Society of America. He received his doctorate from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Graduate School of Education.
Sneha met Dr. Gerhardt when she did her thesis study at the McCarton School, where Dr. Gerhardt was a director at that time. Dr. Gerhardt was and still is a mentor to Sneha and has shaped the path of her career with his research. Dr. Gerhardt is wise, funny, and humble, a combination which has earned him much deserved respect within the field of Education and Applied Behavior Analysis.
Sarah Trautman-Eslinger, M.A. BCBA
Sarah completed her Masters Degree in Special Education with an emphasis on vocational education for adults with developmental disabilities in 2001. Sarah became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2004, the same year she founded her agency, STE Consultants. In addition to her work at STE Consultants Sarah has been a guest lecturer at San Francisco State University, has trained special educators and behavior analysts internationally and is a frequent presenter at regional and national conferences. Sarah is an elected board member of the California Association for Behavior Analysis – www.calaba.org. Sarah is on the Board of Directors of ABPathfinder – www.abpathfinder.com. Sarah also serves as the President of the Board of Directors for the Global Autism Project – www.globalautismproject.org.
Sneha first met Sarah at a CalABA Conference, where Sneha thought that Sarah was giving out free tshirts. It turns out the tshirts were NOT free, and Sneha found that out when she accidentally walked away with one of them. Sarah has a killer sense of humor, and has people falling out of their chairs laughing when she presents at conferences.
Frances Chen, M.A. BCBA
Frances went to the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), where she studied Psychology. She had her first experience working as a Behavior Interventionist with the Autism population when she interned at the UCSD Autism Lab. She continued on to a Master's Program in School Counseling and Applied Behavior Analysis, graduating in 2009. In 2009, Frances became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and also received her Credentials in: Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) and Child Attendance and Welfare (CWA).
Over the years Frances worked as a Behavior Interventionist at Coyne and Associates, and as a School Counseling intern in El Monte and Arcadia unified school district. In 2008 Frances began working at Autism Spectrum Therapies (AST) where she started as a behavior interventionist and worked her way up to a supervisor and ultimately a Staff Support Mananger (SSM). As an SSM she supervised and mentored supervisors in the Inland Region to ensure that her clients got the best services possible and that the supervisors got guidance in professional development.
Sneha and Frances met at AST, where Frances supervised Sneha when she first started working there. Frances is an exceptional supervisor and collegue, with the ability to bring out the best in every clinician and client that she works with.
Adam, Marketing Intern
Adam is a young adult who was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome at the age of 12. When Adam reached out to Spectrum Success, it was clear that Adam was smart, well spoken, and motivated to find a job for himself. Spectrum Success hired Adam as a Marketing Intern in order to support his strengths (he spends hours daily on social media) and guide him in his professional development. Adam is enthusiastic, keen to learn, and very insightful as to how his Asperger Syndrome effects his struggles with employment. Adam is excited for the opportunity to help others on the Autism Spectrum, and Spectrum Success is honored to have such a hard working and dedicated intern and board member!
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