CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Isma, also known as 'Jessie', is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and licensed with the Virginia Board of Medicine. She holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a Master of Science in Psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from Purdue University. She is a native of NOVA, born and raised in Fairfax County, VA. She first began her career working with children in 2009 as a preschool teacher and went on to become an assistant director. Jessie began working with children with special needs in 2014 as an Art Therapist for Loudoun County Public Schools. She began her career in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in 2016, working both in-home and in clinic settings. Jessie is an active member of the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI), and the Virginia Association for Behavior Analysis (VABA). Jessie’s area of interest is in OBM, Organizational Behavior Management, parent training, advocacy, and providing culturally appropriate care. Having both a teaching and ABA background, Jessie founded Family Beeginnings in June 2019. In January 2020, she launched the Little Beeginnings Early Intervention Day Program under Family Beeginnings. Jessie is passionate in bridging the gap between families and the public school system, she provides IEP consultations.
Sara is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and licensed with the Virginia Board of Medicine. She was born and raised in Prince William County, VA. Sara holds a undergraduate degree in Psychology, and a Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from Shenandoah University. Sara has presented two poster presentations for Autism at ABAI (Association for Behavior Analysis International) in Puerto Rico 2017 and in Denver, CO in 2018. Sara is an active member of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, Virginia Association for Behavior Analysis, and Association for Professional Behavior Analysts. Sara has been working with individuals with autism and related disorders for over 10 years. Prior to joining us as our clinical director, Sara worked in school settings, private clinic settings and provided in-home services for families in Prince William and Loudoun County. As a mother of three and with a daughter who is on the Autism Spectrum, Sara understands the power and importance of parent training. She offers monthly parent seminars and IEP consultations.
Tori Bishop is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and licensed with the Virginia Board of Medicine. She was born and raised in Newtown PA, alongside her extended family. Growing up Tori spent an extensive amount of time working with children with special needs including family members sparking her interest in working with children with special needs as a career. She attended Penn State University in Central Pennsylvania earning a degree in Education. After receiving her undergraduate degree, she worked in various environments with underprivileged, high risk and special needs children. Tori went on to complete her masters in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University in 2021. Tori has worked with children with Autism and related disorders for over 4 years, working as a registered behavior technician (RBT), in both the home and clinic settings. Tori has an avid interest in aiding families in implementing their child's behavior plans in the home and community. Tori is a mother of one and enjoys taking her daughter to experience new things and places during her free time.
Holly Rinderle is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and is licensed with the Virginia Board of Medicine. She is a DMV native who is very passionate about helping others. Holly attended Virginia Commonwealth University completing a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. She then went on to completing a Masters Program in Special Education with a focus in Applied Behavior Analysis, from George Mason Univeristy. Holly joins us with over 5 years of experience in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. Most of her work experience took place in the home setting with families and clients. She also has experience working in school and clinic settings. In her free time, Holly loves hiking, working out, spending time with family, and binge watching Netflix shows.
Nicole Geissler is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and licensed by the Virginia Board of Medicine. She was born and raised in Portland Maine, alongside her brother. She attended St Lawrence University in Upstate New York and received her undergraduate degree in Psychology. Nicole completed her Master of Arts degree in Behavioral Analysis Practice from the Florida Institute of Technology in December 2022. Nicole has worked with children with Autism and related disorders for over two years. Nicole has worked as a Registered Behavior Technician, working in the home and clinic settings. Nicole is an active member of the Virginia Association for Behavior Analysis (VABA). In her free time, Nicole enjoys doing CrossFit and spending time with her dog and two cats.
Ciera is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) licensed with the Virginia Board of Medicine. She was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, and raised for most of her life in Newport News, VA, alongside her older sister and younger brother. Ciera attended Christopher Newport University to finish her degree in Sociology and then went on to complete a master's in Psychology with a concentration in forensics from Southern New Hampshire University. Ciera completed her certificate in Behavior Analysis from the Florida Institute of Technology in December 2023. She began her career working as a substitute teacher for Newport News Public Schools and then, went on to work with children in the clinical and in-home setting providing ABA therapy in 2020. She joined Family Beeginnings in 2022 where she obtained her RBT certification, completed our Fellowship program, and obtained her BCBA certification. In her free time, Ciera enjoys being in nature, watching scary movies, playing video games, meditating, doing puzzles, and spending time with my husband and my chihuahua, Scrat!
Kayla Blackmon is a Board Certified Occupational Therapist (OTR) and licensed with the Virginia Board of Medicine. She was born and raised in Northern VA, alongside her younger sister and brother. She attended Saint Francis University in Loretto, PA as a student athlete and team manager, playing basketball. Kayla completed her Bachelor of Science in Health Science and Psychology (2019) as well as Master of Occupational Therapy (2020). Kayla has worked with children with Autism and related disorders for years as a care and respite attendant while in school. After graduating, Kayla began working as OT with older adults in nursing homes and in home health. Shortly after, she began working for a grant-funded program in Texas working in children's homes and schools to provide 1:1 OT services for individuals with autism and related disorders who were also victims of crime. Kayla has an interest in the relationship between sensory processing, emotional regulation and challenging behaviors. In her spare time, Kayla enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and eating good food.