Our Staff 2017-06-16T11:35:46+00:00

We are proud of our diverse team of experienced counselors, dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children and their families. All of our counselors have advanced and graduate degrees. We have 13 Board Certified Behavior Analysts® (BCBA) and two Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® (BCaBA) who maintain a hands-on approach with all of their clients. All of our mental health counselors are educated at the master’s level and are supervised by licensed clinicians. We also provide bi-lingual services.

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Partners

Anne Stockbridge, MA, BSN, RNExecutive Director
Anne Stockbridge has worked for many years as a medical-surgical, psychiatric and community nurse. She is a licensed Registered Nurse with a bachelor’s degree in nursing from George Mason University and a master’s degree in counseling and psychological services from Marymount University. Anne has worked as a mental health therapist, workshop presenter and public speaker at The Women’s Center and The Center for Counseling and Development. After providing intensive in-home services as a counselor, supervisor, and director in Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William, and Arlington counties, Anne developed and currently manages Family Priority LLC, which provides intensive in-home counseling services to at-risk youth and their families and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services to children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders, intellectual disabilities, and other emotional /behavioral disorders.
Christine Clark, MSWDirector of Behavioral Services
Christine received a master’s degree in social work from Virginia Commonwealth University and has more than 20 years of experience providing services to children and families. She began employment at Family Priority in 2003, first as an in-home counselor and later as a clinical supervisor. In 2011, Christine was promoted to Regional Director of Family Priority’s Southeastern Virginia programs and opened an office in Williamsburg. As Regional Director, Christine’s focus is on the development of high quality ABA and in-home mental services. She currently oversees a staff of 50 dedicated professionals who serve families in in Hampton, Newport News, Williamsburg and the Middle Peninsula.

Our Staff

Adriana Young, M.Ed, BCBA, LBA
Adriana joined Family Priority LLC in September 2013. She earned her bachelor’s degree in education and her master’s degree in special education while studying abroad in Spain. She received her certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis from George Mason University and earned her Board Certification in Behavior Analysis in 2009. Adriana has worked with individuals with autism, physical disabilities and intellectual disabilities since 2000. She has provided services to individuals and their families in a variety of settings including residential programs, homes and schools. Adriana received most of her training at Ivymount School in Rockville, Md., where she worked for almost 10 years, receiving her training in ABA and teaching in both the Autism Program and the Multiple Learning Needs Program. Since moving to Richmond with her husband, Adriana has worked in Chesterfield County, heading up the SOL Autism classroom in one of the elementary schools and as the Clinical Director for the Dominion School for Autism and Spiritos School. In addition to talking about ABA and her experiences in the field, she also enjoys talking about her two beautiful sons.
April Vian, BCBA
April received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology from Kaplan University. April began working as a Behavior Assistant with Family Priority in 2012, prior to earning her certification as a BCBA in 2013. Previously, April has provided in-school counseling for high-risk youth and children with special needs. Currently, she provides in-home ABA services to children with developmental disabilities. She resides in Deltaville, Va., with husband and three children.
Ashley Lynch, M.Ed, BCBA
Ashley has been working with children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other disabilities for almost eight years. Ashley began implementing ABA programs at The PLEA Agency located in Pittsburgh, Pa. While an intern at PEAL, she pursued a teaching degree, but decided to work with the ASD population after the internship was completed. She also decided to pursue a board certification as a behavior analyst. Ashley received her undergraduate degree in applied developmental psychology and her Master of Education degree, with a specialization in Autism Spectrum Disorder at the University of Pittsburgh. Ashley has worked with clients ages 2-21 and has extensive experience in teaching language acquisition and communication skills, social skills, and daily living skills. In her free time she loves traveling the world, trying new recipes, and being outdoors.
Casey Bethay, BCBA
Casey got her start providing in-home services while attending an undergraduate psychology program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Casey then worked in the residential program at the New England Center for Children, providing ABA services to children and adolescents with autism. While working at NECC, Casey completed her graduate work in Applied Behavior Analysis at Northeastern University. After five years with the New England Center working in the residential program, Casey moved to a non-public school in the greater D.C. metro area, working as a BCBA for post-high school students. Casey has consulted with adults with disabilities and their families on a variety of skills and behavior goals since June of 2013. She joined Family Priority in July 2015.
Christy Owen, BCaBA
Christy joined Family Priority’s Richmond office in November 2015 A board-certified and licensed assistant Behavior Analyst, Christy completed her coursework with Florida Institute of Technology. Additionally she is a master’s level teacher, holding licenses in the state of Virginia, both in elementary education and intellectual disabilities, adapted curriculum. Prior to starting at Family Priority, Christy worked as program director at Commonwealth Autism’s special day school for learners with autism, as well as for Richmond City Public Schools and St. Joseph’s Villa, where she worked as a special education teacher. Originally from Newport News, Virginia, Christy has lived in Richmond for many years. She is married with one son and a very spoiled dog! She enjoys gardening, camping, reading, and yoga.
EJ Lee, BCBA
EJ joined Family Priority in 2014 as a BCBA. She started working with people with autism in 2005. She completed bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Kansas, building her experiences in ABA and special education by focusing on her specialty in autism and early intervention. Prior to joining Family Priority, EJ worked with children with developmental disabilities in a private ABA school, homes, and clinics throughout Kansas and Virginia. EJ has had the opportunity to present her posters in several conferences including ABAI (Association for Behavior Analysis International), MABA (Maryland Association for Behavior Analysis), and VABA (Virginia Association for Behavior Analysis).
Eric Shuey, BCBA
Eric began working with children with autism and children with severe disruptive behavior disorders in 1997. He is from Northwestern Pennsylvania where he worked extensively with children and adolescents in their homes, community, schools, and group homes. Prior to moving to Williamsburg, Eric worked in a private school with adolescents who were too aggressive to stay in their neighborhood schools. Eric’s experience and education center on helping school-age children and youths to reduce aggressive and problem behaviors, as well as teaching them to acquire the language they need to express themselves. Eric has served as a licensed Behavior Analyst with Family Priority since October 2015.
Heidi Callis, MS, BCBA
Heidi Callis is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at Family Priority in Williamsburg. She received her bachelor’s degree from Christopher Newport University and her master’s from Nova Southeastern University before becoming a BCBA in October 2014. Previously, she worked in an inpatient hospital setting as a Program Director for children and adolescents with mental health issues for 30 years. Currently, she conducts in-home ABA services, working with children and adolescents with autism. She currently resides in Gloucester, Va., with her three dogs. She has a daughter and a grandson she adores.
Helayna Banks, BCaBA
Helayna earned her bachelor’s degree from Christopher Newport University, and her master’s degree from Chestnut Hill College. She completed her ABA coursework at Florida Institute of Technology. She has worked in mental health and behavioral services since 2011. She has worked in various environments, such as in clinics, schools, in the community, and in the home with children aged 3-21 with various disabilities and diagnoses. She began working at Family Priority in 2015.

Jenna Garrett, BCBA
Jenna graduated from Vanguard University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2001, which led to her teaching independent living skills to adults with developmental disabilities. She fell in love with the population and decided to go to Chapman University in order to pursue a master’s degree in special education. She spent a total of four years teaching special education to students varying in age from 6 to 21 years old. As a special education teacher, Jenna taught some students who had autism, and their ABA therapists would occasionally come to school to work with them. She observed their strategies, as well as the positive relationships they developed with the children’s families, and thought it looked rewarding. When she moved to Virginia, she began working as an ABA tutor and found that it was the greatest job of all time! She began working as a behavior assistant for Family Priority in 2012, then began taking courses through Florida Institute of Technology to become a BCBA. She found out that she passed the BCBA exam on Christmas Day 2014, which was the best Christmas present she’s ever received. She has been a BCBA at Family Priority since January 2015. In her free time, she enjoys reading, going to ODU basketball games, going to the gym, and spending time with her husband and son.
Jennifer Hokaj, BCBA
Jennifer Hokaj completed her bachelor of arts in communication sciences and disorders at James Madison University in 2011. After graduating, Jennifer entered the field of ABA in August 2011 in a position at Matthew’s Center in Harrisonburg, Va., where she implemented VB-MAPP programming under the supervision of a team of BCBAs. She accepted a position at Family Priority in March 2013. In January 2014, Jennifer joined Family Priority’s ABA Cohort through George Mason University in order to pursue a master’s degree in special education and certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Recently, she became certified as a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst and completed her master’s degree with high honors. She has been working in the field of ABA for five years. She has a great deal of experience with developing and implementing programming designed to improve speech and language-related skills using naturally occurring speech as well as a variety of high- and low-tech augmentative communication devices.
Jessica Fontaine, BCBA
Jessica is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who has been working at Family Priority’s Williamsburg office since November 2011. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Maine in 1998 and her master’s degree in applied behavior analysis with a concentration in developmental disabilities at Auburn University in 2007. She received her BCBA certification in March 2008. Jessica has extensive experience providing behavior analysis services to a wide variety of populations, including children of all ages who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disabilities, genetic disorders, and brain injuries. Most of the children she has worked with have also been dually diagnosed with psychiatric disorders. Jessica’s areas of expertise are the prevention and reduction of aggressive and other dangerous behaviors; the development and implementation of effective, child-centered language and skills acquisition programs; and the implementation of intensive and comprehensive parent training.
Kaori Leach, M.Ed, BCBA, LBA
Kaori has been a part-time BCBA for our Fairfax office for the past 2 years. She enjoys interacting with parents as she is also a parent of an adult son with autism. Kaori originally started in-home ABA training for her son in 1999 and has been studying ABA since then as a teacher, behavior analyst, and parent. Kaori has worked with various school districts as a special education teacher for students with autism and intellectual disabilities and a behavior specialist for students with mild to severe disabilities in K-12.
Katie Heiser, BCBA
Katie has been working with children diagnosed with autism and similar disabilities since her freshman year of high school when she volunteered with the Special Olympics. Katie is from Boston where she studied and worked with children in both education and home settings. At Northeastern University, Katie co-oped with a world-renowned program’s residential program for children with autism. After completing her undergraduate degree she worked for the same program in their day-school program. While completing her Masters in Behavior Analysis at Simmons College, she worked for a public school system in an autism classroom. Katie recently moved to the Northern Virginia area from Boston.

Kelley M. Cahoon, LPC
Kelley is a licensed professional counselor. She received her LPC license in 2002 and has a variety of experience in the clinical counseling field. She is currently a Mental Health Supervisor at Family Priority. She has also supervised at another home-based agency and has supervised candidates for LPC licensure. She has worked in outpatient counseling, a residential treatment facility, a local government social services agency, and has experience as a home-based counselor for two different agencies. She specializes in working with children, adolescents, at-risk youth, families, and sexual assault survivors. She also has a heart for children in foster care and those in the process of being adopted.
Lavinia Michael-Bollinger, BCBA
Lavinia Michael-Bollinger is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, currently residing in Williamsburg, Va. She has been working with children with disabilities since 2002 and has been working actively in the field of ABA since 2004. She very quickly began to recognize that ABA had a “Do” approach, as opposed to “Talk” approach, and the systematic approach to changing behaviors resonated strongly with her. Lavinia worked as the Lead Staff at an Intensive Behavioral Day program and as an in-home BCaBA for over seven years. She completed her Masters in Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies and subsequently completed her BCBA coursework through the Florida Institute of Technology (F.I.T.). Lavinia began working at Family Priority in 2013.

Lavinia has worked with a broad variety of clientele over the years, with varying disabilities and ranging from children with early diagnosis to the elderly with disabilities. She is a strong advocate of parent and caregiver training.

Samantha Zitzelberger BCaBA
Samantha earned her bachelor’s degree from Stony Brook University, and her master’s degree from George Mason University. She is originally from New York, where she worked as a teaching assistant to children diagnosed with autism and developmental disabilities. In 2013, Samantha moved to Virginia and soon after began working at Family Priority. She obtained her ABA certificate participating in the Family Priority cohort through George Mason, and earned her BCaBA. Throughout her seven years in the field, Samantha has worked with clients aged 3-21 years old, and is currently providing in-home behavior services through the Williamsburg office of Family Priority.

Suzyn Jacobson, MA, LCSW, LICSW
Suzyn Jacobson has more than 15 years of experience working with at-risk children, youth and families. Originally from Chicago, she earned a master’s degree in social work and has worked with gang members on the South Side of Chicago. For the past 10 years she has worked in Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia, supervising master’s level therapists. She has experience working with traumatized youth, adjudicated populations and children and adolescents with histories of violence, substance abuse, mental health disorders and school problems. Suzyn has been with Family Priority since 2014 and is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional.