Jenn Sotodeh - Executive Clinical DirectorBio: Jennifer is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, specializing in Applied Behavioral Analysis and developmental disabilities. Prior to starting B.I.G. Solutions, Jennifer worked as a Clinical Development Specialist for a Non-Public Agency in the Los Angeles area. Jennifer has her Master's degree in Education, and a second Master's degree in School Psychology from National University. Her Bachelor's degree is in Psychology from Biola University. She has spent over a decade working with children and adults on the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in their homes, schools, communities and group residential settings. Outside of work, Jennifer enjoys exercising, hosting get-togethers, being an emphatic New England Patriots fan and spending time with her family. One of her favorite leisure activities is to travel to different countries and explore diverse places and cultures. Jennifer has visited several regions of the Caribbean, Mexico, Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Central America, South America and French Polynesia.
Chad Vanlandingham - Director of OperationsBio: Chad Vanlandingham brings over twenty-six years of entrepreneurial, management and business experience from having worked in several fields. He grew up in Flagstaff, Arizona the son of a real estate broker, developer and investor. Through years of tag along meetings with his dad as a kid, Chad graduated the school of life with a self-taught degree in business and real estate. At the age of sixteen, when most other kids were just getting their driver's license, or their first job, Chad was being awarded the title of Flagstaff's youngest entrepreneur when he started and operated Empress Hot Dogs. Two years later, partnering with his dad, he opened the first ever bed and bath specialty store in Flagstaff. After accomplishing all of this at a young age, he decided it was time to take on the world of real estate. He worked with his dad in this arena for a few years until Chad moved on to break out on his own. For the many years, Chad purchased, renovated and sold residential property in the highly competitive Los Angeles market. That led to him working with several architects, and eventually founding JCA Construction with a focus on doing commercial construction, specializing in restaurants. Partnering with Jennifer to start B.I.G. Solutions, may not seem like the most logical step, but it was an opportunity to take many years of business knowledge and combine it with her clinical knowledge to focus on doing something great. From a hot dog stand to high end real estate deals, to building restaurants, to B.I.G. Solutions, Chad has mastered the importance taking risks, being persistent and working on the things that are also your passions.
Ruby Badio - Clinical SupervisorBio: Ruby Badio was born and raised in Los Angeles. She received her Bachelor's degree from Cal State, Northridge where she originally wanted to pursue a degree in Athletic Training. Luckily through the course work, she was given the opportunity to work with students with disabilities. Shortly after graduating, she became a behavior therapist and found the ABA field to be challenging, rewarding, and an opportunity to make a difference in other's lives. She earned her Master's degree in Education with an option in Applied Behavior Analysis from Arizona State University. She is now a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and is excited to continue growing in the field. During her free time, Ruby enjoys hiking, attending concerts, playing sports, and watching professional sports games. She is a Los Angeles Galaxy season ticket holder and is an avid Rams fan. She also enjoys spending time with her family, particularly having quality time with her two nieces.
Jazmine Kravitz - Clinical SupervisorBio: Jazmine Kravitz is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) who holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from CSUN and a Master's degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Cincinnati. Throughout her training, Jazmine has gained experience working with children in the home, school and community settings. She has been working with children most of her life, starting with being a nanny, to respite work, to a behavioral therapist. She is now passionately evolving in the field of ABA therapy. Jazmine also has a passion for the performing arts and uses this when connecting with her clients. Jazmine is originally from California and has just moved back home after living in Virginia for the past 2 years. She is open to whatever the future brings and is incredibly excited to be a part of the B.I.G. Solutions team!
Megan Burton - Clinical SupervisorBio: Megan earned a Bachelor's degree in Psychology in 2013 and began guest teaching soon after. Through her work as a substitute teacher in special education classrooms throughout the Coachella Valley, Megan was exposed to the field of Applied Behavior Analysis and was intrigued. She soon found a position with a private agency and was providing direct service. She loved seeing the success of her clients and the strides parents would continue to make to maintain their children's progress. She completed a Master's degree in ABA and Autism from The Sage Colleges in 2016 and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2017. Megan has led a variety of trainings surrounding basic ABA principles and has a particular interest in augmentative and alternative communication devices. She loves the creativity the field affords her. In the past, she has turned many everyday items into extravagant pretend play activities, always with an aim of empowering her clients and their families. Originally from Palm Desert, Megan now resides in Los Feliz. When she's not working, she pursues new music and plays several instruments. She is often looking for new vegan restaurants to try after enjoying an afternoon out with her dogs.
Carmelle Johnson - Assistant SupervisorBio: Carmelle Johnson is a Registered Behavioral Technician who began her career working with children as a volunteer in her community. After only a short time spent providing care and support for children and adolescents with special needs, she experienced firsthand the positive impact of ABA therapy on a daily basis and discovered a passion for serving individuals and their families. This passion lead to a "later in life" career change and the decision to begin working directly with children and their families as a behavioral technician. To further pursue her education in the field of ABA, she enrolled in a comprehensive master's degree program at the University of West Florida and is currently pursuing her graduate degree in Exceptional Student Education with Applied Behavior Analysis Specialization.
Rolando Perez - Assistant Clinical SupervisorBio: Rolando has been in the Applied Behavior Analysis field for over 10 years. He started working in the field when he was in high school and has continued in the Applied Behavior Analysis field ever since then. He earned his Bachelors in Applied Behavior Analysis from Purdue University and is currently pursuing his Masters degree. He plans on sitting for his BCBA after completing his degree. Rolando has worked with both children and adults, in the community, diagnosed with autism and developmental diagnoses. He has worked with children and adults on the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in their homes, schools, communities and in career and transition centers. What he enjoys the most about this field is being able to help children and adults with disabilities reach their full potential. He feels that being able to change and impact the lives of those individuals diagnosed with autism and their families is an absolutely rewarding experience to him. Outside of work, Rolando enjoys spending time with his family. He enjoys hiking and watching different kinds of movies. He likes attending sporting events like Dodgers and Los Angeles King's games.
Paulina Ochoa - Assistant Clinical SupervisorBio: Paulina's passion for Applied Behavior Analysis comes from her inspiration to assist individuals with Autism related spectrum disorders in order to accomplish their potential utilizing patience and compassion. Her early days began as a Preschool teacher spanning for 6 years obtaining an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education. As she furthered her education, she discovered her passion for Psychology and the study of behavior at CSULA, where she obtained her Bachelor's degree. In 2013, she began her career path in Applied Behavior Analysis and built a vast skill set in the implementation of ABA. She completed a Master's degree in Teaching with Emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from National University in 2018. Her favorite aspect of this career is being able to assist individuals, and their families in making developmental gains that will impact their lives, and their futures in a positive and meaningful way. Outside of the office, Paulina is committed to traveling. She enjoys exploring new hiking trails, and she is always up for a day at the beach. She loves cooking and baking, always looking for new recipes to try.
J.R. Robles - Employee Operations CoordinatorBio: JR has been indispensable ever since she joined the BIGS team. She is extremely flexible and has taken on everything that we have thrown at her, whether it's screening potential candidates, pre-writing reports, facilitating orientations, assisting with scheduling, organizing our trainings or getting her CPI Instructors Certification. JR is an excellent team player who is great at multi-tasking and following through on things. When she's not working, she likes to spend her time with her husband and two children, Cruz and Ryann. They are very much an outdoor family. They have a trailer and like to take it to the desert for the kids to ride their dirt bikes. They also love camping at the beach, and snowboarding in Mammoth or in Brian Head, Utah.
Karen Rosales - Scheduling CoordinatorBio: Karen is an LA native and has lived in the San Fernando Valley all of her life, making her an expert on all the area's hidden gems and hole-in-the-wall spots. She has always had an affinity to working with children, having worked in an after-school setting as a nanny teaching 1st and 2nd grade for a few years. She first joined the world of ABA as a scheduler a little over two years ago. This was when she realized that there are so many kiddos out there in need of services. She finds it extremely rewarding when she is able to get families set up with these services.