Albuquerque, NM

Molly Boxall, M.Ed., BCBA – Senior Clinical Director

Before working at JumpStart, Molly earned a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Science as well as a Bachelor of Science in Family and Human Development from Arizona State University.  She then spent some time in Germany as an au pair before joining the JumpStart team as a Behavior Interventionist in 2012.  Molly became the first intern at JAC in 2014 while she earned her Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in Applied Behavior Analysis from Arizona State University.  Molly’s favorite part about working at JumpStart is the culture and heavy focus on collaboration and teamwork.  Outside of JAC she enjoys crafting and sewing, trying new recipes on Pinterest, traveling, and spending time with her husband and two kids.

Mari Lee, M.Ed., BCBA – Clinical Director

Mari joined the JumpStart team in 2013 as a Behavior Technician after a recommendation from a JumpStart employee. She recalls, “I didn’t think this was going to be my future career but ended up loving it!” She earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Psychology from the University of New Mexico and then went on to receive a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction: Applied Behavior Analysis from Arizona State University. Mari specializes in focusing on early intervention and teaching communication while decreasing maladaptive behaviors and also enjoys training others. She notes, “I love that JumpStart is such a supportive environment. Everyone is on the same team, working together to reach the same goal of changing the lives of the children and families we serve.” Outside of JumpStart Mari enjoys gardening, cooking, reading, binge watching shows, wine tasting and collecting, as well as spending time with friends and her three dogs.

Sabrina Contla, M.Ed., BCBA – Director of Clinical Training

Sabrina began with our JumpStart team in 2013 as a Behavior Interventionist as she was finishing up her Bachelors in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of New Mexico.  She originally wanted to be a speech-language pathologist and was looking for more experience working with children with developmental delays. She volunteered at a camp with children with ASD, then searched for a job within the field and found JumpStart.  Finding her passion for serving individuals with ASD, she completed her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Arizona State University in 2016.  Sabrina notes, “Seeing progress with our learners is definitely the most rewarding aspect of this field. I also enjoy my time at JumpStart working with other really talented and motivated behavior analysts and behavior technicians that are constantly learning more and doing better than they did the day before.”  In her spare time Sabrina enjoys buying and smelling candles, reading books, watching documentaries, and talking about behavior analysis with my friends.

Professional activities and associations:

  • Member of the Colorado Association for Behavior Analysis
  • Member of the Arkansas Association for Behavior Analysis
  • Member of the Association for Behavior Analysis International
  • Member of the Association for Professional Behavior Analysts
  • Member of the Standard Celeration Society

Rebecca Coan, M.Ed., BCBA

Rebecca earned her undergraduate psychology degree from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ.  After graduation she was looking for any psychology related field and someone talked to her about working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in a clinical setting. She recalls, “I had no idea what a job like that would entail but I applied to the position anyway, was hired and immediately fell in love with the ability to make meaningful progress and change children and their families lives!”  Rebecca then went on to receive a Master of Education from Arizona State University.  She would one day like to be more involved in research related to Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) treatment to further strengthen interventions that will allow for more children to make progress in improving their quality of life.  Rebecca loves meeting new people, going to unique restaurants and breweries, and spending time with her husband and their White Labrador Eevee.

Samantha Sonntag Olivas, M.A., M.Ed., BCBA

Samantha came to JumpStart in 2015 after receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and a Master of Arts in Anthropology from the University of New Mexico.  She notes, “I have worked with kids all of my life and some with special needs, and when I was looking for a part time job I never expected to find something I would fall in love with and change my entire career for. I came to work at JumpStart and found my passion.”  She then went on to earn a Master of Education from Arizona State University in 2018 and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).  Samantha loves that she is always learning something new, from new interventions to help increase communication, to fun games the kids make up on the spot.  She also notes, “I love the supportiveness of our coworkers and the joy we get in small victories every day.  I have a very close friend who is on the Spectrum, and witnessing his struggles and triumphs as an adult with Autism is an inspiration to me to help all people have the supports they need to thrive, regardless of their differences.”  In her spare time Samantha enjoys hiking, writing, and creating art, and volunteers with Reading is Fundamental, New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, and the Albuquerque BioPark.

Professional activities and associations:

  • Member of the New Mexico Association for Behavior Analysis

Aleksei Johnson, B.S, RBT- Senior Clinical Trainer

Aleksei began her career in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in Indiana in 2018. After learning that her family would be moving to Albuquerque from Indiana for her husband’s job, she researched some ABA centers in the area and came across JumpStart. She recalls, “I was very excited and thrilled that I would be able to continue working in the field in a center-based setting.” Aleksei joined our team in 2019 as a Behavior Technician and has since specialized in Clinical Training. She notes, “JumpStart has awesome growth and mentorship opportunities, which led me to become more invested and passionate about pursuing ABA as a career.” Aleksei received her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) as well as a minor in Health Psychology and a Certificate in Nutrition. She recently applied to Arizona State University to pursue a Master of Arts in Special Education: Applied Behavior Analysis. Wish her luck! Her professional goal is to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and would love to continue to teach others on the clinical training side. In her free time, Aleksei plays indoor soccer on our JumpStart soccer team, takes her dogs and son to the park, and hangs out with her husband whenever they have an opportunity to get a babysitter. She loves traveling and has had the opportunity to visit many different countries abroad including Greece, Italy, El Salvador, Mexico, Canada, and a couple of others. She reflects, “Different cultures and experiences are very interesting to me, and I like to learn about them to better understand and help others.”

Services in Colorado

Englewood, CO 80112
(303) 284-7328

Services in New Mexico

Albuquerque , NM
Rio Rancho, NM
(505) 828-3837

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