Team Members

At Steps Therapy, your child’s program is led by a team of highly educated, talented and dedicated professionals. Our team of caring professionals come together from a wide range of backgrounds and are committed to excellence in service.

Lisa Wade, MS, BCBA

Lisa Wade, MS, BCBA

Executive Director/Founder
Founder and Executive Director, Lisa Wade, has a longtime passion for working with children, which led her to earn a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in special education, with a focus on early childhood education. She obtained her board certification in behavior analysis through Rutgers University in 2006. Lisa has over 17 years of experience working with children with special needs. Her vast experience includes various positions such as teaching in a variety of classrooms, providing supervision for home-based programming and being the ABA Director for a large New York City agency. The inspiration for Steps Therapy came from her passion to provide the highest quality programming to those in need of education and behavioral services. Lisa designs, implements and supervises behavior intervention programs, conducts parent and staff training, and conducts workshops in the San Francisco Bay Area and the New York metropolitan area. Lisa is a mom of three who loves spending time with her family and friends.
Johanna Ploude, MA, BCBA

Johanna Ploude, MA, BCBA

Regional Clinical Director 
Johanna Ploude is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who has been practicing in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis for 13 years. A graduate of San Francisco State University, Johanna received her master’s degree and teaching credential in Mild/Moderate Disabilities (K-12). Initially having a desire to be a teacher, Johanna felt that she could make more of an impact focusing specifically on individuals with Autism, their learning differences, and coaching others to understand this type of learner. After working intensively in the field, she attended Pennsylvania State University to pursue her coursework and board certification in Applied Behavior Analysis. Johanna has been a part of the Steps Therapy team for 8 years, and is continually motivated by the dynamic team of professionals and growth of the organization. Johanna is passionate about working and partnering with families through the Early Intervention process, in addition to working with administrators and educators to strengthen individual and classroom programs. In her spare time, she can be found hiking trails in Northern California, or exploring hidden spots to eat in San Francisco.
Candice Berkebile, M.A., BCBA

Candice Berkebile, M.A., BCBA

Clinical Director/Director of Professional Development & Training
Initially introduced to ABA in Dallas, Candice entered this field in 2006 and never turned back.  Across the past twelve years, Candice has worked closely with students between the ages of 2 and 10 in a variety of settings.  She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who holds a Master's Degree in Special Education with an Early Childhood emphasis and has strong interests in early intervention, assistive communication technology, classroom management, and application of ABA to students with complex social and behavioral needs. She spends her days in classrooms and homes across the Bay Area, collaborating with parents and teachers to help create individualized, effective learning environments. When not at work, Candice enjoys being with her dogs and trying out new restaurants.
Eva Sheridan, M.Ed, BCBA

Eva Sheridan, M.Ed, BCBA

Associate Clinical Director
Eva completed her Masters in Education at Arizona State University, and is now a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She has 4 years of experience in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis, as well as 9 years of experience working with children and adolescents in various professional settings. Eva has a strong passion for early intervention and increasing verbal behavior. When Eva is not at work, she enjoys a variety of outdoor activities, and exploring as much of the Bay Area as possible with friends.
Kelsey Downes, M.Ed, BCBA

Kelsey Downes, M.Ed, BCBA

Behavior Analyst
Kelsey began her career with Steps Therapy in 2013, and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She has four years of experience working in classrooms as well as working one on one with children with autism. She received her Bachelor’s from San Francisco State University, where she graduated with an emphasis in special education, and has received her Masters Degree from Arizona State University. She is passionate about early intervention, and collaborating with service providers to ensure strong programs for our children. When she is not working with our children, she enjoys yoga, cooking, and sightseeing in the city.
Maggie Ma, MA, BCBA

Maggie Ma, MA, BCBA

Behavior Analyst

Beginning her career in San Diego, Maggie was introduced to Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis through the University of California, San Diego where she participated in Autism Studies related to reinforcement and speech production. Maggie went on to pursue a career in the field, starting as an Early Childhood Interventionist. Her skill set has enabled her to play a number of integral roles within autism service organizations, serving as a Program Supervisor, Director of Operations, and a Professional Development Specialist. Maggie is passionate about seeing each child grow, and assisting parents in learning about ABA methodology. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family; exploring parks and new places with her little one!

Lacey Parodi, M.S., BCBA

Lacey Parodi, M.S., BCBA

Behavior Analyst
Lacey received her Master of Science in Psychology and is a practicing Behavior Analyst. She comes to Steps Therapy with 3 years of experience in the field, with a focus on providing parent training and consultation to families. Early intervention, and providing high quality, naturalistic teaching is a passion of Lacey's. When not developing programs and training families, Lacey enjoys watching sports and baking.
Debra Janowski, M.Ed, BCBA

Debra Janowski, M.Ed, BCBA

Behavior Analyst

To begin her professional career, Deb graduated from Illinois State University with her bachelor's degree and teaching certificate in Special Education. After teaching for two years in Illinois, Deb moved to San Francisco and worked for SFUSD. She taught in a moderate/severe autism focused classroom for four years and worked closely with talented professionals in the ABA field. Seeing ABA in action inspired Deb to get her master's degree from Arizona State University and she became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in May 2017. Deb is excited to work closely with families to help clients grow and achieve milestones. In her spare time, Deb enjoys hiking, the Green Bay Packers, and trying to run a half-marathon in every state.

Gabrielle Wong, M.Ed., BCBA

Gabrielle Wong, M.Ed., BCBA

Behavior Analyst
Gabby received a B.A. in Social Ecology from University of California, Irvine, a M. Ed. in Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis from Endicott College, and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.  She has worked with children with developmental disabilities for over five years and loves to see the growth and positive effects of ABA. Gabby has experience working with children at home, in school, and in the community. In her spare time, Gabby enjoys going on hikes and trying new restaurants in the area.
Melissa Wu, M.S.

Melissa Wu, M.S.

Program Director

Melissa has found a way to combine her interest in behavioral science with her love of working with children. The results of this pursuit show in the difference she makes every day with her clients. Prior to beginning her work in the field in 2011, Melissa earned her first Master’s degree in Kinesiology from California State University, Northridge. After graduation, an opportunity came up to work in ABA and Melissa hasn’t looked back since. Today, Melissa is working towards earning her BCBA certification as well as completing a second graduate degree in Applied Behavior Analysis. Hailing from Los Angeles, Melissa enjoys exploring her new community and making a home in San Francisco. In her free time, she is most likely reading, cooking, or hiking with her dog.

 

Bridget Alvergue, RBT

Bridget Alvergue, RBT

Program Director in Training
Danielle Castillo, RBT

Danielle Castillo, RBT

Program Director In-Training
Rosie Lambert, RBT

Rosie Lambert, RBT

Program Director In-Training
Lauren Lampkin, M.A.

Lauren Lampkin, M.A.

Program Director In-Training
Darren Lee, RBT

Darren Lee, RBT

Program Director In Training

A native of San Francisco, Darren received his B.S. in Exercise Biology from the University of California, Davis, before diving into the world of Applied Behavior Analysis in 2015. Before coming to Steps, he developed a growing passion for ABA practice while serving children, ranging from early intervention to young adolescence, in a variety of settings. He is specifically motivated in helping clients develop fundamental verbal skills to communicate in their natural environment. Currently, he is working towards a Masters Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology with aspirations to become a BCBA. Outside of work, he enjoys rooting for local sports teams, reading, and eating at restaurants that offer delicious dairy-free options.

Jacqueline Pagobo, RBT

Jacqueline Pagobo, RBT

Program Director In-Training
Kristen Camizzi

Kristen Camizzi

Human Resources Coordinator

Kristen is originally from Buffalo, NY and has relocated to San Francisco. She graduated from Canisius College with a Bachelor of Science in Business/Marketing. She comes to Steps Therapy with 4+ years of experience in Human Resources. Kristen is passionate about helping others and truly enjoys going above and beyond for our employees. Being born and raised in Buffalo, she strongly represents and supports her local sports teams: the Buffalo Bills and the Buffalo Sabres. In her spare time, she loves to cook, travel, and try new food – even though some of her hometown staples, like Beef on Weck and Chicken Finger Subs, will always be a few of her favorites!

 

Clare Rock, RBT

Clare Rock, RBT

Program Director In-Training

Clare received a B.A. in Psychology, with a concentration in Early Childhood Development from UC Berkeley. She is currently completing coursework for her BCaBA certification. Her experience as a first grade teacher’s aide, camp counselor, mentor, and tutor have greatly fostered her passion for early intervention. Since entering the ABA field one year ago, Clare has enjoyed applying her passion to both home and classroom settings. She continually feels grateful for, and inspired by, all that her Steps' families have taught her. Outside of work, Clare enjoys camping, hiking, spending time at the beach, or some combination thereof!

Joyce Erfe

Joyce Erfe

Administrative Assistant

Joyce comes to Steps Therapy with 2 years of administrative experience and 7 years of experience working with children. She is excited to work with a team of talented individuals who care about making a difference in people’s lives and is grateful for the opportunity to gain insight on behavioral health. In her spare time, Joyce enjoys traveling, gardening, and watching HGTV!