Rio Rancho, NM

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

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.

Sara Crespin, M.Ed., BCBA- Assistant Director of Clinical Training

After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of New Mexico, Sara was looking for experience working in a field that focused on early interventions. She began working at JumpStart in 2015 as a Behavior Technician after it was recommend as a place to gain more experience.  Finding her passion for working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Sara then attended Arizona State University and received a Master of Education in Applied Behavior Analysis. Sara is always looking to learn and grow within the field and notes, “My professional goals include continuing to learn and educate myself on new evidence based practices to better support my learners and their families.” In her spare time Sara enjoys running, reading, painting, and spending time with her family.

Kaitlin Kesler, M.Ed., BCBA

Kaitlin joined the JumpStart team in 2014 as a Behavior Technician after working with children at a cognitive brain-training center. She received a Dual Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Psychology from the University of New Mexico. Finding her passion in the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) field, Kaitlin went on to earn a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Arizona State University. She notes, “I love achieving goals with the support of an amazing team to provide a higher quality of life to children with Autism. I would like to achieve as much success with as many learners as possible.” Outside of JumpStart, she enjoys volunteering with Casa Angelica of New Mexico, cooking and traveling.

Sherlyn Baca, M.Ed., BCBA

Sherlyn began her journey in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) by volunteering in the ASD community. She loved working with the population, so she decided to make it her career and joined the JumpStart team in 2015. “I love the positive environment that focuses on doing the best we can for both our staff and clients! I also love that everyone is truly passionate about their job,” says Sherlyn about working at JumpStart. Sherlyn received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of New Mexico and then earned a Master of Education from Arizona State University. When she isn’t working, Sherlyn enjoys playing with her dog, hanging out with family and friends, watching movies and traveling.

Matthew Chavez, M.Ed., BCBA

Matthew received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of New Mexico in 2015. He then joined the JumpStart team in February 2016 after finding the job for Behavior Technician on an online job board. He fell in love with Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and the field of Autism and special needs and has been gaining experience in it ever since. Matthew went on to earn a Masters in Education in Special Education from Arizona State University in the fall of 2019 and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in August of 2020. He notes, “The most enjoyable and rewarding thing about working at JAC is the small growths and changes that the clients display day-to-day. Overtime these small changes lead to major life achievements for the kids.” Eventually Matthew would like to specialize in feeding related difficulties and alternative forms of communication. In his spare time Matthew enjoys weight training/body building, gardening, playing Fortnite and playing the guitar. He was also proudly born and raised in Albuquerque.

Mercedes Ramos, BCBA

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Englewood, CO 80112
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Rio Rancho, NM
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