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Dr. Benjamin Maixner, PhD, BCBA-D
Dr. Benjamin Maixner is the new Clinical Director at Building Block Resolutions (BBR). He earned his master’s and doctorate degrees from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology Los Angeles and became a board-certified behavior analyst (BCBA) in 2013. He believes deeply in the competence of all learners and that the natural science of human behavior is a powerful and necessary tool to assist others in realizing their potential. His love of teaching, learning, and solving real-world problems led him to behavior analysis before he was even aware there was such a science. Benjamin applied this passion to his behavior analytic research focusing on improving rock climbing safety behavior through better training, exploring how to reduce the unproductive investments of time and effort, as well as helping adults with autism pursue careers as artists in the entertainment industry. He wants to make the world a better place and knows the best way to make a difference is to train and supervise others. This is one of the primary reasons he is so excited to join the already capable BBR team.
Outside of behavior analysis, he is an outdoor enthusiast and performer. He graduated from the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and worked as a rock-climbing and backpacking guide in the Southwest. His experience training youth in these high-stakes situations has helped him understand the necessity of quality training and how to remain calm under pressure. Benjamin studied and worked as an actor; even then he wanted to solve problems spending summer in Cuba conducting free-lance research on performance as a tool for social change. His actor training has also given him a lot of insight into social skills training. In 2019, he had the good fortune to combine many of these passions into a TEDx Talk focused on community interventions for the integration of the autism population in the workforce. All this is to say that in addition to more than 15 years of working closely with families, that his diverse background endows him with a unique perspective on behavioral programming. He feels are not simply teaching skills but preparing them for the world. He hopes that his passion and perspective can help advance the mission of BBR.
Nardito "NJ" Angeles, BA, BCaBA
Nardito Angeles (NJ) graduated from California State University Fullerton in 2013 with a Bachelor’s in Health Science. On November 17th, 2014, Nardito Angeles accepted a part time Behavioral Therapist position with Building Block Resolutions (BBR). He worked his way up to passing his Competency Assessment and obtained his Registered Behavioral Tech Certification. He was later promoted to a Lead therapist where his roles were to support entry level therapist. Mr. Angeles was also the first to pioneer Building Block Resolutions BCaBA program. With the support of BBR, NJ acquired his BCABA certification.
Now, NJ is one of BBR’s Clinical Supervisors with 10 cases which he oversees and a team of more than 10 employees whom he trains and supports. Nardito Angeles is also Building Block Resolutions exclusive trainer for Professional Crisis Management (PCM), Professional Assault Crisis Training (ProACT), and the Registered Behavior Technician (RBT®).
Talvin Brown, MS, BCBA
Talvin Brown graduated from California State University, Los Angeles in 2012 with a Bachelors in Psychology. In May 2013 Talvin accepted a full-time position as a Behavior Interventionist providing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services across multiple environments, namely therapy centers, summer camps, schools, homes, and community for several years in Los Angeles and surrounding cities. To expand on his knowledge base in the field of ABA as a clinician and to support more families at a larger capacity Talvin enrolled at National University where he obtained his Masters of Science Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis in the year 2017 with the goal of becoming a program manager for ABA therapy services. Upon graduating in 2017, Talvin accepted a position as a program manager and became fully immersed in training behavior technicians about the science of ABA, parent consultation, behavior management, and creating goals that foster participant success. To continue a pursuit of improving his skill set as an ABA clinician, Talvin achieved his Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) certification in 2019 and Organization Behavior Management (OBM) certification in 2020, respectively. Currently, Talvin is a Clinical Supervisor at Building Block Resolutions as well as overseeing the Parent Coaching program. Talvin is passionate about servicing families with quality services that seek to improve quality of life for participants and create long-term everlasting change.
Mallory Sibley, BA, BCaBA
Mallory Sibley graduated from California State University of Long Beach in 2017 with a Bachelors in Sociology. Mallory joined the BBR team shortly after and quickly moved up the ranks from Behavioral Therapist to RBT Lead Therapist and in November of 2020 she passed her Board Exam to become a Board-Certified Associate Behavior Analyst (BCaBA).
Mallory was inspired to the field of ABA after experiencing the positive ways in which the therapy helped her younger cousin. Mallory continues to be passionate about helping the clients and families she works with as well as coaching other therapists to be both competent and confident in the field. Mallory also serves as secretary of the The Social Piece - a non-profit that helps children with Autism and other developmental disabilities learn social skills.
Armen Akopyan, M.S., BCBA
Armen was Born in Kirovakan, Armenia. Armen is of Armenian-Russian descent. He speaks Armenian, Russian and English. Armen received a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of California, Irvine in 2012. In 2013, he joined an ABA agency, becoming acclimated with the field of ABA as a behavioral therapist. It was there that Armen began to grow a passion and enthusiasm working with clients to create better lives. Subsequently, in 2015, Armen was accepted to California State University of Los Angeles' graduate program to study under Dr. Wallace. Graduating in 2017 with a Masters of Science in Counseling with an emphasis in ABA, Armen attained his BCBA certification in 2018 shortly thereafter. Moreover, he is a basketball and car enthusiast and loves spending time with family. In the future, Armen plans on applying his experience and expertise in the field of ABA in the country of Armenia to impact the lives of children and their families so that he can leave a significant, lasting change in their lives.
Dr. Jennifer Charles, PhD, BCBA
Dr. Jennifer Charles graduated from Florida State University in 2004 with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and minor in business management. While studying at FSU under the direction of Dr. Jon Bailey, she earned a Certification of Performance Management where she was instrumental in designing staff productivity plan which helped local businesses. Jennifer became a BCaBA and working closely with pre-schools and daycares helping improve their behavioral management programs while attending Florida Institute of Technology.
At FIT Jennifer studied under the direction of Dr. Jose Martinez-Diaz, and earned her Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis with specialized coursework in Organizational Behavior Management. Jennifer then became a BCBA in 2006 and began teaching at the University of South Florida behavioral management classes to parents within the Behavior Analysis Services Program helping foster children and parents. Jennifer sat on the committee in West Palm Beach, FL helping members to decide on parental readiness for integration with their foster and biological children. Jennifer then found a passion for working with children diagnosed with Autism. Later on, she went on to earn her Doctorate where her research involved Millennial employees work and social media habits.
In 2008 she founded Building Block Resolutions, Inc. which is now located in Los Angeles. Dr. Jennifer Charles also taught the BCBA coursework at National University while working full time in private practice. Dr. Charles believes in a collaborative approach with parents to help find every day solutions for parents, while still adhering to scientific rigor. All her years of teaching has helped with the ability to break down complex concepts into simplified views. This helps parents better conceptualize and apply ABA in their own homes with strategies that work for them.
Mary Tomas joined Building Block Resolutions on August 1st , 2015. Her passion is helping people. Making sure others are taken care of is her goal and what she strives for. She is the Office Manager at Building Block Resolutions and is responsible of systems management.
Sarai, our Field Coordinator tackles scheduling, family success, and everything in between. Since August 2016, her favorite part of the job is being part of the staff and kids’ stories. She wants to continue to make a difference in the staff and families' lives to ensure their success in the future. In her spare time, she is a licensed esthetician and enjoys mommy life.
Miriam Flores-Cerecer has been part of Building Block Resolutions as of 2020- to the present. Miriam has a warm heart for children and wants to help in any way possible for them to reach their goals. Ms. Flores-Cerecer also is a people person and enjoys talking to our clients and employees regarding questions or concerns they may have. Miriam is an Administrative Assistant and is currently working on Authorizations for our client's services and bringing new employees on board!
Fanny Fuentes joined the BBR administrative team in October of 2021. She has over 25 years of experience in Corporate America, and during her career she had several administrative positions, including Data and Business Analyst, Broker Services Manager, and Executive and Compliance Administrator. She started at Building Block Resolutions as an Audit Assistant and is now working as a Scheduler Assistant. Fanny believes in the value of honesty and purpose and that job ethics are of fundamental importance. She embraces our vision at BBR because she thinks it's of utmost importance to help others achieve their goals, and that our personal and professional efforts will always make a difference. Fanny is a Summa Cum Laude, Beta Gamma Sigma, et. al. graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, NJ where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Global Business and Finance Management.