Meet Our Team

We will provide every client with the best quality of care every time, no exceptions! This means we will always becourteousempathicprofessional, and passionate. The epicenter of our success will be education, acceptance, commitment, and progress – our stepping stones towards Positive Change.

CHIEF CLINICAL DIRECTING OFFICER, Michelle Vanasky, BCBA, MA

Michelle has been working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis since 2007.  She received her master’s degree in Teaching specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) from National University in 2011.  She is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst and has been applying her skills working with individuals who have been diagnosed with Autism and many different developmental delays.  Her background consists of working in public and private schools in the greater Los Angeles area, in-home settings as well as in-clinic centers, delivering intensive therapy treatment.  Michelle loves working with children and has dedicated her career to bringing the best possible services to her clients as well as educating families in ABA principles.  Currently, Michelle oversees the ABA clinical department and is constantly finding ways to ensure the ABA team is motivated to learn and grow. Michelle’s has a great passion for training and supporting her staff in delivering quality ABA.  She continues to make it her mission to disseminate ABA in every way! 

CLINICAL SUPERVISOR, Marina Karpova, MA

Marina Karpova is a Clinical Supervisor and has been working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis for over 7 years in various homes and school settings. Ms. Karpova has obtained her Masters Degree in Educational Psychology and Counseling. Her experience varies with individuals of all ages with diverse emotional, physical, and cognitive needs; providing them with proper guidance and support necessary to achieve their highest potential in areas of academic, personal, and social development. Ms. Karpova is fully committed and determined to advocate for individuals of all needs. She highly believes that every individual, if given the proper guidance, can find a path to their own personal success.

CLINICAL SUPERVISOR, Haydee Lopez, MA

Haydee Lopez has been working as a Clinical Supervisor for over 2 years. She earned her master’s in social work and a bachelor’s in psychology from an accredited university. She started her career in ABA during her undergraduate studies as a behavioral therapist, approximately 15 years ago! She loves and enjoys working in this industry and takes pride in her work and the ability to make changes in children, and individuals lives.  

CLINICAL SUPERVISOR, Mayra Castillo, MA

Mayra Castillo has been a clinical supervisor for a year now. She has 8+ years of experience in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis.  Mayra received her Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from National University in 2018.  Mayra has experience working with various populations within developmental disabilities, mental health and well as foster care.  Ms. Castillo is passionate about working with individuals with developmental disabilities and their families to help improve the quality of life of those she serves.

CLINICAL SUPERVISOR, Cynthia Yanez, MA

Cynthia Yanez obtained her Bachelors in Communication Studies from Cal State University Los Angeles., and Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis from National University. Ms. Yanez has over 7 years of experience in Applied Behavior Analysis working with many age groups. Her passion is working with individuals with development disabilities and impacting their lives with positive and prosperous manner.

CLINICAL SUPERVISOR, Cassandra Renner, BCBA

Cassandra completed her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University in Denver, Colorado. She then went on to complete her certification in Applied Behavior Analysis at The University of Colorado. She began working for myHHBS as a behavior therapist and went on to become a BCBA and case supervisor in 2016. Cassandra currently supports children with autism and their families, as well as adults with dual-diagnoses. She has always been a nature and animal lover, and in 2019 she completed her Animal-Assisted Therapy and Ecotherapy certifications to better serve clients who visit the animal sanctuary. Cassandra believes that one of the best ways to heal ourselves is by caring for others, and she demonstrates this in her work for myHHBS.

CLINICAL SUPERVISOR, Elizabeth Chavez, M.S. 

My passion for helping others motivated me to pursue an education in Human Services. I received my BA from Cal State Dominguez Hills in 2018. Before graduating I got hired to work for an ABA agency as an in-home Behavioral Therapist. Being in the field for such a short amount of time made me realize I wanted to grow in the field, and I enrolled in a Graduate program with Purdue University. I earned my MS in Psychology with a concentration in ABA in 2020. I have been a Clinical Supervisor for nearly a year and it’s such a rewarding career as we help make a difference in individuals’ lives on a daily basis. My goal is to keep growing in the field; I am currently obtaining my hours to sit for the BCBA exam which I hope to take Fall 2021. I have worked with individuals from 3-35 years old. I have also worked with individuals with a variety of mental disorders such as Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder and Depression. 

CLINICAL CASE SUPERVISOR, Donnella Anderson, M.A.

Thoughtful, client-centered and intuitive clinical supervisor, with over 8 years experience working with individuals with developmental disorders in clinic, school and home settings. Supervisor has extensive knowledge of autism spectrum disorders and evidence-based practices. As well as specialized training in applied behavior analysis and a Master of Arts Degree in clinical psychology. 

CLINICAL SUPERVISOR, Shannell Polk, M.A.

Ms. Polk began working in the field of ABA in 2009 and became deeply passionate about helping families and children with special needs. She received her master’s in psychology specialization in ABA in 2017. Since then, she has been truly fortunate to support and serve hundreds of families across Los Angeles County. Her passion for this field is fueled by families sharing their appreciation and success stories of their children attaining new goals and achieving heights that they did not know was there.

CLINICAL SUPERVISOR, Maria Kakosimidi, M.S.

Maria Kakosimidi, M.S. is our Clinical Program Supervisor for our center-based location. Mrs. Kakosimidi has been working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis for the past 5 years. She started off as a Behavior Therapist for 4 years and then got promoted to Clinical Program Supervisor once she earned her masters degree. Mrs. Kakosimidi earned her bachelors and masters degrees in ABA from Purdue University. She is now furthering her education to earn a second masters degree in Psychology.  Her experience ranges from working in home and center settings. She has worked with individuals from 3-12 years of age. Maria arrives to our center with joy and a goal to change kiddos lives. She is always excited to create creative and fun activities for our kiddos and loves to implement them in a child friendly way!

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In 2020 myHHBS become accredited with BHCOE, Behavioral Heath Center of Excellence. HHBS had to go through an audit process against 200 other behavioral agencies to determine center of excellence, and by holding high standards and providing quality service HHBS was recognized as a Center of Excellence! Read more about it at https://bhcoe.org/community/helping-hands-behavioral-solutions/ .

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