Jenn Sotodeh, M.A., M.S., BCBA - Executive Clinical AdministratorBio: Jennifer is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), 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 thirty years of entrepreneurial, management and business experience from having worked in several fields. He grew up in Flagstaff, AZ and was exposed to business and real estate at a young through his father. At the age of sixteen, Chad was awarded the title of Flagstaff's youngest entrepreneur when he started Empress Hot Dogs. Two years later, he opened the first ever bed and bath specialty store in Flagstaff. After that, Chad 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 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.
Erika du Bellier, M.S., BCBA - Clinical DirectorBio: Erika has always had great passion for working with children with special needs, and has spent over 16 years in the field of ABA. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) who holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and a Master of Science degree in Counseling from California State University, Northridge. Her background in the social sciences has proven to be an important asset in building strong relationships and teams throughout her experiences in homes, schools, clinics, and communities. Outside of work, Erika enjoys traveling, cooking, and baking, hiking, and spending time with friends and family.
Ruby Badio, M.Ed., BCBA - 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.
Joshua Alarcon, M.A., BCBA - Clinical SupervisorBio: Joshua attended Cal State University Los Angeles where he attained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. After graduating with his B.A., Joshua began working with people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other learning disabilities as a community facilitator for adults. Then, Joshua attended Ball State University where he attained his Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) while simultaneously working in the field of ABA. Currently, Joshua has also finished his internship hours and is waiting to sit for the BCBA exam. Aside from his educational and professional background, Joshua is the parent to a beautiful teenage girl and has been with his wife for over 15 years. He enjoys spending time with his family, watching sports, and enjoying nature by going on hikes, visiting the beach, and taking road trips.
Kimberly Puruncajas, M.A., BCBA - BCBA Assistant Clinical SupervisorDepartment is Clinical
Bio: Kimmy was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. She attended California State University, Monterey Bay where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Communication with a minor in Child Development. Originally, Kimmy had her mind set on pursuing a career in public relations, but it was through a special education course where she learned about Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Shortly after, she began working as an in-home therapist for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Kimmy found the world of ABA to be challenging yet exceptionally rewarding. After almost 3 years in the field, she completed her Master of Arts degree in Special Education with an emphasis in ABA from Arizona State University. Kimmy is now a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Her passion is working within the Latinx community, seeing her clients reach their full potential and communicate with their loved ones. Outside of work, Kimmy loves to travel. She also enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and adorable puppy, Luna.
Rolando Perez, M.S., RBT - Assistant Clinical SupervisorDepartment is Clinical
Bio: 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 bachelor’s in Applied Behavior Analysis from Purdue University and is currently pursuing his master’s 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.
Rona Salgado - Office ManagerDepartment is Admin
Bio: Rona was born in the Philippines and migrated to the United States with her family when she was 10 years old. Working for an ABA agency is very close to her heart because she has a brother with a disability. Therefore, she is excited to be part of this world. As the Office Manager, she is committed to creating a positive experience for our Co*STaRs and the families we serve. She is responsible for all office procedures and uses her organizational skills to ensure smooth operations in a busy work environment. Rona brings over 10 years of administrative experience of Office Management in several fields. Prior to joining B.I.G. Solutions, she ran her own house cleaning business for several years. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Cal State Northridge. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, dining out and she enjoys scary movies.
Annie Pineda - Human Resource GeneralistDepartment is Admin
Bio: Annie brings great experience in Human Resources. While in college, she tripled majored in Business Administration, Marketing and Human Resources Management, with HR being her primary passion. Most recently, Annie became a SHRM-CP (Society for Human Resource Management Certified Professional). She was born and raised in California for half her life, before moving with her family to Cleveland, OH where she lived for 15 years. Outside of work, Annie and her husband are very involved in their church and love working with people of all backgrounds and lifestyles. Spending time with family and traveling are also some of Annie’s passions.