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.

Wynee Lyles

B.A. Psychology, RBT

I graduated from Trinity Washington University with a B.A. in Psychology. I am currently working towards my Master’s in Psychology with a focus in Applied Behavior Analysis and I am also a supervisee working toward becoming a BCBA.
I found my love for working with children with special needs in the sixth grade. After graduating college, I returned to my passion working in a summer camp for children with special needs for 3 years. With my experience, including working at ABTC for over a year, helping families through ABA is all I want to do and the most fulfilling career I could’ve ever dreamt of. My areas of expertise include verbal behavior, incidental teaching, social skills, and DTT. I also have experience working with children and families of different cultures!

Cameryn Fireline

B.A. Psychology, RBT

I am a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) at ABTC. I earned a B.A. in Psychology at James Madison University in 2017. Currently, I am completing a Master’s Degree in Special Education with a focus in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) at George Mason University. I have nearly 4 years of experience providing behavior analytic services to children with autism and other developmental disorders. I anticipate taking the BACB certification exam to become a BCBA in 2022. 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. 

Shirneice Dunning

B.S. Psychology, RBT

I have a B.S. in Psychology and will have my Master of Science in Psychology/ ABA on March 2022. I am currently a supervisee to become a BCBA. I have experience working at a childcare facility from 2006 to 2013, following pre-school guidelines , developing curriculums /working with all different age groups and families (6 weeks to 12 years old). Since 2014 to present I work at a residential facility treating children with mental health and behavioral deficits. I entered the ABA field fully in 2020 and through my interactions with children and their families, I made the decision to specialize in this area and pursue my license as a behavior analyst.

Brigheet Brown

B.S. Human Services Counseling, BT

I graduated from Old Dominion University with a B.S. in Human Services Counseling. I have had the privilege of working in the ABA filed for the past 10 years. I was in the Mental Health Field before discovering and falling in love with ABA. I have great passion for working with our kiddos and seeing them and their families reach the goals we collectively set. My areas of expertise include incidental teaching, natural environment teaching, discrete trial teaching, social skills, and functional communication training. I have had the privilege of working with diverse populations throughout the state of Virginia (from the Virginia Beach area to all over Northern Virginia) and consider myself to be culturally competent. I am also fluent in Spanish!

Claudia Cruz

RBT

I am a Registered Behavior Technician with social work education who plans on completing my bachelor’s in psychology. While attending school full-time, I also volunteer with Prince William County’s C.A.S.A. program as a court appointed special advocate to work alongside social workers in helping neglected and abused children. I have worked in ABA since 2020 and my expertise ranges from working with non-verbal children to working with children exhibiting aggressive and combative behaviors.

Josh Delgado

B.S. Criminal Justice/Psychology

I am a Behavior Technician (B.T) at ABTC, I graduated From Lake Erie College with a Bachelors of Science (B.S.) in Criminal Justice and a Minor in Psychology. I Volunteered to be apart of Night to Shine for multiple years which is an opportunity for people with special needs to have the full experience of a prom night. I also worked with the Cleveland Browns and played for the Special Olympics for children with special needs of all ages. I am currently still in the process of becoming a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT), however my areas of expertise are incidental teaching and adaptive and social skills development. I am also fluent in Spanish and have worked with many different cultures.

Nicole Ruiz

RBT

I am a Registered Behavior Technician and am working on getting my associates in biology May 2022. I enjoy working with kids and have experience in childcare and working with kids with ASD from high school inclusive PE classes/track team and as a volunteer for ABTC. My areas of expertise include gaining instructional control/pairing, incidental teaching and social skills groups. I speak English, Spanish and am currently learning Portuguese.

Carla Barney

B.A. Linguistics, RBT

I earned a B.A. in linguistics with a minor in Spanish from Indiana University in 2020. I am a certified behavior technician and have been working in ABA since June 2021. I have previous experience as a babysitter and find that this transfers over well for making sessions fun and creative while implementing therapy. After all, childhood should be exciting, and we want the kids to enjoy learning! I excel at using NET and teaching functional communication to young children, and have experience working with nonverbal kids. I find it very rewarding to see my clients making progress and becoming more confident in their abilities! I previously worked in home health care as a caregiver to the elderly and am comfortable working with families from all different backgrounds and cultures. In my free time, I enjoy rock climbing, Netflix marathons, and being harassed by my cat.