The ABTC team is committed to working with every child and their families to help them realize their full potential. Our focus is simple – make the most of a child’s abilities while discovering new ones. There is no greater gift than to witness the reaction of the child and their family when they reach a milestone they never thought possible.

Nydia Soto

ABA Director and Co-Founder

I am a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA), with a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology and a Post-Graduate Certification in ABA. I have ten years of experience providing individual therapy, group therapy, and family support.
My areas of expertise are Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Parent/Teacher Training, Executive Skills Development, and Social Skills Training. In addition, I have a strong background in Pivotal Response Training (PRT) and Incidental Teaching working with children and adolescents with Autism, ADHD, Developmental Disabilities, Anxiety, Anger Management, Emotional Dysregulation and Executive (EF) Functioning challenges. Besides my experience in ABA, I also have experience as a Senior Program Manager and Psychotherapist working for the federal government and the military. I am fully bilingual (Spanish/English) and have lived/worked abroad in over ten different countries. I love reading, doing research, working out, and spending time with my family.

John A. Soto

Director of Operations and Co-Founder

Our Director of Operations is a veteran with 25 years of experience in the military and security management fields. Mr. Soto has built a fulfilling career by helping reduce risk and prevent security related incidents of deployed U.S. personnel and their families. His drive and experience in partnering with different agencies (U.S. and foreign) has served as the force behind many successful security prevention programs and operations. A strong leader, Mr. Soto has led teams through complex projects, across different countries, while being embedded in multi-agency environments. He is adept at fostering strong, sustainable partnerships and is devoted to helping others attain their goals in life. Mr. Soto is committed to providing ABTC’s clinicians with the same dedication, leadership, resources, and support they need to focus solely on the critical care they administer to clients and their families.

Colleen Mahoney

Clinical Supervisor

I am a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Licensed Behavior Analyst. I earned my Master’s Degree in Special Education with a graduate certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis from George Mason University. I have over 20 years of experience working with children with varying disabilities and their families as a classroom teacher, early childhood education, behavior technician, and BCBA.

I love providing children and their families with the understanding and skills they need to thrive at home, school, and in their community. I enjoy working with a range of ages and abilities and implementing programs and teaching in the natural environment. I believe that teaching children a functional way to communicate and leading parents to a new understanding of behaviors brings about effective change to open new doors. Being new to the Athena team, I look forward to bringing my expertise in ABA and passion for helping children and their families to such a dynamic team.

Sydnee Thomas

Clinical Supervisor

I am a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA) working with Athena Behavioral treatment center. I have a master’s degree in psychology and a Post-Graduate Certification from Purdue University in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). I have enjoyed developing my skill set for the past 5 years working in the ABA industry and have experience with children ages 3-17 with a range of cognitive deficits.

As a psychology student, I was eager to be submersed in any form of psychology, and my search for the perfect career began. When I found the field of ABA, I fell in love, my searching ceased, and my dedication to this field began. I continue to jump at any opportunity to gain further knowledge and assist in making an impact in the lives of the individuals that I work for.

Cameryn Fireline

Clinical Supervisor

I am a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Licensed Behavior Analyst. I earned a B.A. in Psychology at James Madison University and a Master’s Degree in Special Education with a focus in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) at George Mason University. I have nearly 5 years of experience providing behavior analytic services to children with autism and other developmental disorders. In my free time, however, I enjoy reading various novels to include criminal, mystery, and horror novels, attending my CrossFit classes, and training my cute – but ornery – German Shepherd.