FAU CARD Staff
Wanda Baldwin, MSW, LCSW Early Intervention Specialist
Wanda Baldwin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a strong commitment to supporting families of young children and the professionals that work with them. She received her M.S.W. from Florida State University and her BSW from the University of West Florida. As the very first Coordinator of the Early Steps Program of Palm Beach County, she worked for over 20 years with infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. Most recently she was the Director of Child Development at the Children’s Home Society- BRIDGES, a place-based initiative located in neighborhoods associated with poor child outcomes. She acted as the project subject matter expert on child development and family dynamics. Currently she is member of the Touchpoints™, Infant Mental Health and Triple P seminar Training Cadre with the Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County. She has training and experience in using reflective practice in community settings to increase staff engagement with young families. As a mother, she understands the critical role families play in the development of children and works tirelessly to help families improve outcomes for their children.
Beth Barney, M.A., CCC-SLP Clinical Support Specalist
Elizabeth “Beth” Barney is Speech-Language Pathologist. Originally from Canton, Ohio, she graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree from Mount Union College, and went on to receive her Master’s degree from The University of Akron. She has presented at conferences, written articles, and hosted support groups for families, focusing on the needs of those with hearing loss and communication difficulties. She is also experienced in providing teletherapy services. Beth moved to Florida in 2015, where she served the students in Martin County Schools. As a Speech Language Pathologist, Beth worked with students whose ages ranged from 3 to 22 years, with varying exceptionalities and levels of communication abilities. She has extensive experience in working with children and young adults with language delays, including those with pragmatic language deficits and nonverbal children. Beth is skilled at supporting children with Assistive Technology, including the use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication devices. Most recently in the school district, Beth’s role was that of ESE Program Specialist, where she supported the Speech and Language program as well as Assistive Technology and Deaf and Hard of Hearing programs. Beth has provided a myriad of training to staff, support to parents, and targeted therapy strategies to students. She is passionate about providing people the tools to effectively communicate to build meaningful relationships with others.
Kelley Bastien, MSW Clinical Support Specialist
Kelley Bastien is a native Floridian. She has a Bachelor‘s of Arts in Psychology from Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana and a Master’s in Social Work from Barry University in North Miami Beach, Florida. Kelley has worked in the field of Early Intervention in Palm Beach County for the past 20 years. She has served as a trainer, training coordinator, case manager and champion for families of children with special needs. Kelley is passionate about parents, children and the professionals who serve them.
Prior to joining FAU CARD, Kelley served as the Training Coordinator for Easter Seals Treasure Coast Early Steps Program. In her capacity as Training Coordinator, Kelley monitored the local Early Steps training process, facilitated staff development opportunities, conducted outreach and community awareness activities and organized meetings with community partners. While serving as a Family Service Coordinator, Kelley provided case management services for developmentally delayed and disabled children ages birth to three, with particular interest in Autism Spectrum Disorders.
For the past 10 years, Kelley has been a member of the Touchpoints™ Training Cadre with the Children’s Services Counsel of Palm Beach County.
She has collaborated with team mem bers to provide Individual Level Trainings for front-line practitioners serving children and families in Palm Beach County. Kelley has also facilitated reflective practice and Integrating Training Through Reflection sessions at the Children’s Services Council office and local community agencies.
Luann Bertaux, M.A., BCBA Clinical Support Specialist
Luann Bertaux is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who has worked with children and adults on the Autism Spectrum in school, home and community-based settings for more than 30 years. She received her BA in Psychology and Art from Marietta College and her MA in Education from the Ohio State University. She started her career as a teacher, and worked for many years as a Behavior Analyst and District Autism Support Specialist in school districts on the Treasure Coast, as well as providing home-based behavioral services. Luann has an adult sibling with ASD, and is committed to helping families build effective partnerships with schools, service providers, and other community supports to help individuals on the spectrum build happy and productive lives.
Sabrina DeGoias, B.A., Bilingual Clinical Support Specialist
Sabrina will be leading FAU CARD’s outreach efforts to the Hispanic and Latin community across the FAU CARD 5 county region. She will be providing training, consultation, and support to Spanish speaking parents and families, of children identified and suspected of autism. Additionally, Sabrina will provide awareness and public education of the under-representation of Hispanic children with autism to the community. Sabrina has a BA in Psychology from FIU. She is fluent in Spanish and comes to FAU CARD with five years of experience working with children with autism, as a Registered Behavior Technician and Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Special Education with a Concentration in Behavior Analysis from St. Joseph’s University.
Torica Exume Ph.D.,
Clinical Support Specialist
Torica Exume received her doctorate at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and completed her internships/residencies with children and adults ranging from 1 to 60 years old with various mental health disorders and brain injuries. She is now coordinating the new Florida Developmental Disabilities Grant awarded to FAU CARD to research the under-representation of Black children in autism.
Dr. Exume is an advocate for parents needing guidance and support for treatment for their special needs children. She continues to reach out to the community with various programs (i.e., parent training, school staff training, social skills group, mentoring) and behavior analytic research findings through pending journal articles. Dr. Exume continues to strive to make improvements in autistic children's lives. With extensive educational and hands-on training, she specializes in communication, social interactions, analysis and treatment of repetitive behavior disorders, safety skills, and more.
Caitlin Fielding, M.S. Ed., Clinical Support Specialist
Caitlin Fielding is originally from East Hampton, NY. She received a Bachelor’s of Science in Special Education and Elementary Education with a dual certification from Dowling College in Oakdale, NY, and a Master’s of Science in Educational Leadership from Barry University in North Miami Beach, FL.
Caitlin has worked in the field of special education serving the ASD population for the past 10 years. She has experience with all age ranges and has served as a private behavior specialist, as well as an ESE teacher, clinical mentor, and testing coordinator at The Learning Academy at the Els Center of Excellence. She brings experience in the area of transition to adulthood.
Daniel Goldstien, CCC, Social Media Assistant
Daniel Goldstien graduated from palm beach state with a college credit certificate in computer programming back in 2017. Danny work at FAU CARD in FAU Boca Raton Campus, college of education building. He previously worked as a scorekeeper for West Boca Basketball community league for several years. He also graduated from West Boca Raton Community High School back in 2014. He is excited to continue his job with FAU CARD.
Shlomit Karasik, LCSW, MSW, Ed.S Social Skills Facilitator
Shlomit has her Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Specialist degrees from Florida Atlantic University. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Shlomit has 18 years of professional And Clinical experience in her field. She has worked with the children and families in the foster care system at nonprofit organizations. Additionally, she has worked in private and public school settings as a counselor as well as a Behavioral Therapist treating children with Autism through ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis) therapy and special programming. Shlomit also works privately as a Therapist in a group practice, locally.
Susanna Launder, M.Ed. Clinical Support Specialist
Susanna is a native Floridian who earned both her Bachelor's and Master's in Exceptional Student Education with an emphasis on Emotional Disturbances and Varying Exceptionalities from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. Susanna worked as a Special Education Teacher in a variety of settings including inclusive general education classrooms, self-contained special education classrooms and a public school day program for students with Autism for over a decade. During her time in the classroom, Susanna, worked collaboratively with parents, fellow educators, paraprofessionals and administrators to enhance learning environments to meet the needs of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Susanna maintains licensure in both Exceptional Student Education, kindergarten through 12th grade, and General Education, kindergarten through sixth grade. Susanna is currently pursuing a PhD. in Special Education. Her research interests include writing instruction for students with ASD and twice-exceptionality.
Don Lawless Coker, M.Ed. Grants Coordinator
Don has a Bachelor's of Arts and a Master's of Education degree from the University of Florida and is currently working on a Master's in Mental Health Counseling at FAU. Don has worked at FAU for 17 year. He started in the Human Resources Department and has spent the last 8 years as the Grants/Business Services Coordinator for FAU CARD.
Janet Madri-Flores iRISE2 Mentoring Program Assistant
Janet Flores received her Bachelor of Social Work degree from FAU, after transferring From Palm Beach State University with her AS and AA degrees. In her undergraduate, she interned at FAU CARD, working with Wanda Baldwin in the Little Owls program. While pursuing her Master of Social Work, she interned at Palm Beach State University, working as a student counselor. She graduated from FAU with her Master of Social Work degree in May 2021, and has worked in the FAU iRISE2 Mentoring Program, as the program assistant, ever since. She enjoys matching families with mentors and being a part of watching these relationships blossom.
Gabriela Maluf Nunes, Graduate Student Assistant
Gabriela Maluf Nunes provides support to the FAU CARD FDDC research grant assisting the research team in meeting grant deliverables. She came to the U.S after finishing High School in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She earned an Associate in Arts degree from Palm Beach State College and transferred to FAU to get her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice. She worked at FAU Student Accessibility Service as a student assistant prior to working with Dr. Scott as an undergraduate assistant for CARD. After gaining some knowledge about autism, she decided to engage more in the field and she is also working to get a certification as a Registered Behavior Technician. She is looking forward to helping children with ASD and making a difference in their lives.
Gabriela Maluf Nunes chegou aos EUA depois de terminar o ensino médio em São Paulo, Brasil. Ela obteve um diploma de Associado em Artes pela Palm Beach State College e se transferiu para a FAU para obter seu diploma de bacharel em psicologia com especialização em Justiça Criminal. Ela trabalhou no FAU Student Accessibility Service como assistente de estudante antes de trabalhar com o Dr. Scott como assistente de graduação do CARD. Depois de obter algum conhecimento sobre o autismo, ela decidiu se envolver mais no campo e também está trabalhando para obter uma certificação como um técnico de comportamento registrado (RBT). Ela está ansiosa para ajudar crianças com TEA e fazer a diferença em suas vidas.
Alexzandria May, M.A., M.Ed., Ed.S. iRISE2 Assistant Program Coordinator
Alexzandria May is a native Floridian who earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Minors in Education and Communication Studies from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. She returned home to Boca Raton to pursue a Master’s Degree in Experimental Psychology specializing in Developmental and Social Psychology from Florida Atlantic University. While completing her Master’s Degree, Alexzandria was a Graduate Assistant in Florida Atlantic University’s Weppner Center for LEAD and Service-Learning. She assisted with the planning and marketing of student volunteer opportunities locally as well as aiding in the recruitment and maintenance of student volunteers. Prior to FAU CARD, Alexzandria worked with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties where she was an Enrollment and Match Support Specialist in both Community-Based and School-Based Mentoring Programs. She interviewed and assessed mentors and children and families for their suitability to the program and conducted monthly match support to ensure quality and safety within each of her matches. While with FAU CARD, she has also completed her Master’s and Education Specialist Degrees in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is pursuing licensure within the state. Alexzandria is excited to continue sharing her passion and dedication for children and families with FAU CARD.
Mercedes Scott Pagano, B.A. Coordinator Information & Publication Services
Mercedes Scott Pagano has over 6-year track record in graphics design, marketing and online brand development. She has helped connect people and products through various media to increase the bottom line. Mercedes has a vision to impact audience with fresh, innovative concepts, “If you can visualize, you can create." Her passion is to inspire, provoke and increase brand awareness through different channels in different markets.
She was born in Colombia but grew up in Miami, Florida and graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Marketing. Before working at FAU she spent 4 years working as the Marketing Director for a leading provider of telecommunications services connecting residents and corporate clients around the world. As the marketing director of RingVoz, she developed and implement global marketing initiatives for North America and South America. Mercedes is eager to share her talents and strengthen the awareness of FAU’s Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD).
Jennifer Pollack Percival, Ph.D., Assistant Director
Jennifer Percival is the Assistant Director of FAU CARD. She received a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Florida Atlantic University in Educational Leadership and Research Methodology with a research area of Disability Studies. Jennifer is a Nationally Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. She is a community leader in transition, vocational development, and person-centered planning, while working to develop the infrastructure for inclusion through her participation with interagency collaborations, and by consulting with government agencies. Jennifer serves on the Royal Caribbean International Autism Advisory Board, the CareerSource Palm Beach County Youth Employment Board, the City of Boynton Beach ADA Board, and Palm Beach County’s Special Needs Advisory Council. Prior to working at FAU CARD Jennifer divided her career between the Florida Department of Education’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Florida Department of Children and Families.
Maryellen Quinn-Lunny, Ph.D., Director
Maryellen Quinn-Lunny, has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education, a Master's Degree in Moderate Special Needs, an Educational Specialist Degree in Learning Disabilities and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Research Methodology with a concentration in Adult Education.
Maryellen has worked as a special educator in Massachusetts, overseas and for both Palm Beach and Martin School districts. She has worked in the field of special education for 44 years, as an exceptional student education teacher at the elementary, middle and high school levels, as well as for the past 27 years as an administrator in special education. Maryellen has served as an Exceptional Student Education Program Planner, Exceptional Student Educator Coordinator, Director of Exceptional Student Education and Executive Director for ESE and SS. She has taught several courses in special education at the university level and has served on two state advisory committees. Maryellen has served as Director of FAU CARD since October of 2011.
Emily Scadlock, Social Skills Facilitator
Emily is a certified ESE teacher with her Autism Endorsement and a Registered Behavior Technician. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts with her Bacherlor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Since graduating, Emily has worked with students with varying exceptionalities spanning from kindergarten to transition age. Emily has been working with students, ages 14-22, with autism for the past 8 years. With having two children on the spectrum, Emily brings personal and professional knowledge to the team.
Jack Scott, Ph.D., BCBA-D Executive Director
Jack Scott is the executive director of the Florida Atlantic University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities. He is an associate professor in the Department of Special Education and teaches courses on autism, inclusion, and behavior analysis. Dr. Scott received his doctoral degree from the University of Florida. His most recent book, Safeguarding your child with autism, is published by Woodbine and provides a toolkit for parents to reduce risks their child with autism will face.
Dr. Scott has research interests in individualized instruction, suicide prevention for autistic people, police training and elopement prevention. He also has several grants examining the rates of participation by African American children in school autism programs and for educating parents of newly identified children with autism. As a behavior analyst, he is active in linking behavioral analysts with emerging issues in safety and autism. He serves on the boards of several charter schools and as chair of the Panel of Professional Advisors and as a board member for the Autism Society of America.
Kerry Wittel, M.S., Ed. Clinical Support Specialist
Kerry Wittel earned her Master’s Degree in Special Education from Florida International University.
For over a decade Kerry has taught students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and related disabilities throughout Palm Beach County. During her time teaching Kerry co-authored the Palm Beach County School Districts English Language Arts Adaptive Curriculum, mentored undergraduate and graduate students from local universities, as well as new teachers in the school district. Prior to moving to Florida from Connecticut, Kerry taught at a private special education hospital-based facility for students in grades K–12. Kerry maintains licensure in Exceptional Student Education (K-12), Prekindergarten/Primary Education (age 3 through grade 3), Elementary Education (K-6), as well as endorsements in Autism and English as a Second Language. Kerry is also a doctoral student at FAU in the Exceptional Student Education Department. Her research focuses on teacher attrition, retention and preparation. She is dedicated to supporting children, families, teachers and the community.
Jacqueline Wood, M.S., Ed. Clinical Support Specialist
Jacqueline Wood started her career working with individuals with exceptional needs in 2007 when she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education and Master’s in Teaching English as a Second Language. In her 10 years as an educator, she taught children from kindergarten through age 22 in New York and Florida. She also served as a Registered Behavior Technician for 3 years. Currently, Jacqueline is a Clinical Support Specialist at the FAU Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) working with adolescents and adults with autism. She is also a student in the Special Education PhD Program at FAU, focusing her studies on the experiences of older adults with autism.