Our Staff2018-08-22T10:11:27+00:00

We are proud of our diverse team of experienced counselors, dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children and their families. All of our counselors have advanced and graduate degrees. We have 13 Board Certified Behavior Analysts® (BCBA) and 4 Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® (BCaBA) who maintain a hands-on approach with all of their clients. All of our mental health counselors are educated at the master’s level and are supervised by licensed clinicians. We also provide bi-lingual services.

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Partners

Anne Stockbridge, M.A., BSN, RNExecutive Director
Anne Stockbridge has worked for many years as a medical-surgical, psychiatric and community nurse. She is a licensed Registered Nurse with a bachelor’s degree in nursing from George Mason University and a master’s degree in counseling and psychological services from Marymount University. Anne has worked as a mental health therapist, workshop presenter and public speaker at The Women’s Center and The Center for Counseling and Development. After providing intensive in-home services as a counselor, supervisor, and director in Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William, and Arlington counties, Anne developed and currently manages Family Priority LLC, which provides intensive in-home counseling services to at-risk youth and their families and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services to children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders, intellectual disabilities, and other emotional /behavioral disorders.
Christine Clark, MSWDirector of Behavioral Services
Christine received a master’s degree in social work from Virginia Commonwealth University and has more than 20 years of experience providing services to children and families. She began employment at Family Priority in 2003, first as an in-home counselor and later as a clinical supervisor. In 2011, Christine was promoted to Regional Director of Family Priority’s Southeastern Virginia programs and opened an office in Williamsburg. As Regional Director, Christine’s focus is on the development of high quality ABA and in-home mental services. She currently oversees a staff of 50 dedicated professionals who serve families in in Hampton, Newport News, Williamsburg and the Middle Peninsula.

Our Staff

Adriana Young, M.Ed, BCBA, LBA
Adriana joined Family Priority LLC in September 2013. She earned her bachelor’s degree in education and her master’s degree in special education while studying abroad in Spain. She received her certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis from George Mason University and earned her Board Certification in Behavior Analysis in 2009. Adriana has worked with individuals with autism, physical disabilities and intellectual disabilities since 2000. She has provided services to individuals and their families in a variety of settings including residential programs, homes and schools. Adriana received most of her training at Ivymount School in Rockville, Md., where she worked for almost 10 years, receiving her training in ABA and teaching in both the Autism Program and the Multiple Learning Needs Program. Since moving to Richmond with her husband, Adriana has worked in Chesterfield County, heading up the SOL Autism classroom in one of the elementary schools and as the Clinical Director for the Dominion School for Autism and Spiritos School. In addition to talking about ABA and her experiences in the field, she also enjoys talking about her two beautiful sons.
Casey Bethay, BCBA
Casey got her start providing in-home services while attending an undergraduate psychology program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Casey then worked in the residential program at the New England Center for Children, providing ABA services to children and adolescents with autism. While working at NECC, Casey completed her graduate work in Applied Behavior Analysis at Northeastern University. After five years with the New England Center working in the residential program, Casey moved to a non-public school in the greater D.C. metro area, working as a BCBA for post-high school students. Casey has consulted with adults with disabilities and their families on a variety of skills and behavior goals since June of 2013. She joined Family Priority in July 2015.
Christy Owen, BCaBA
Christy joined Family Priority’s Richmond office in November 2015 A board-certified and licensed assistant Behavior Analyst, Christy completed her coursework with Florida Institute of Technology. Additionally she is a master’s level teacher, holding licenses in the state of Virginia, both in elementary education and intellectual disabilities, adapted curriculum. Prior to starting at Family Priority, Christy worked as program director at Commonwealth Autism’s special day school for learners with autism, as well as for Richmond City Public Schools and St. Joseph’s Villa, where she worked as a special education teacher. Originally from Newport News, Virginia, Christy has lived in Richmond for many years. She is married with one son and a very spoiled dog! She enjoys gardening, camping, reading, and yoga.
Eric Shuey, M.S., BCBA, LBA
Eric began working with children with autism and children with severe disruptive behavior disorders in 1997. He is from Northwestern Pennsylvania where he worked extensively with children and adolescents in their homes, community, schools, and group homes. Prior to moving to Williamsburg, Eric worked in a private school with adolescents who were too aggressive or to destructive to stay in their neighborhood schools. Eric’s experience and education center on helping school-age children and youths to reduce aggressive and problem behaviors, as well as teaching them to acquire the language they need to express themselves. Eric has served as a licensed Behavior Analyst with Family Priority since October 2015 when he relocated with his wife and two daughters to Williamsburg.
Heidi Callis, M.S., BCBA
Heidi Callis is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at Family Priority in Williamsburg. She received her bachelor’s degree from Christopher Newport University and her master’s from Nova Southeastern University before becoming a BCBA in October 2014. Previously, she worked in an inpatient hospital setting as a Program Director for children and adolescents with mental health issues for 30 years. Currently, she conducts in-home ABA services, working with children and adolescents with autism. She currently resides in Gloucester, Va., with her three dogs. She has a daughter and a grandson she adores.
Jenna Garrett, BCBA
Jenna graduated from Vanguard University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2001, which led to her teaching independent living skills to adults with developmental disabilities. She fell in love with the population and decided to go to Chapman University in order to pursue a master’s degree in special education. She spent a total of four years teaching special education to students varying in age from 6 to 21 years old. As a special education teacher, Jenna taught some students who had autism, and their ABA therapists would occasionally come to school to work with them. She observed their strategies, as well as the positive relationships they developed with the children’s families, and thought it looked rewarding. When she moved to Virginia, she began working as an ABA tutor and found that it was the greatest job of all time! She began working as a behavior assistant for Family Priority in 2012, then began taking courses through Florida Institute of Technology to become a BCBA. She found out that she passed the BCBA exam on Christmas Day 2014, which was the best Christmas present she’s ever received. She has been a BCBA at Family Priority since January 2015. In her free time, she enjoys reading, going to ODU basketball games, going to the gym, and spending time with her husband and son.
Christie Hennigan, LPC, LSATP, CSAC, NCC
Christie Hennigan is a dually licensed Mental Health and Substance Abuse provider as well as board certified to provide License Eligible Supervision. Christie is the Clinical Director based out of the Williamsburg office. She received her bachelor’s in psychology from Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, New York and her master’s in psychology from Capella University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As a military spouse, Christie has had the opportunity to work nationally, as well as internationally, developing a diverse spectrum of cultural awareness and experience among vast populations. Recently moving to Williamsburg, Christie and her family have started to put down roots and have fallen in love with the area! Christie has worked with children and adolescents in many capacities and has a strong passion for helping our youth develop the skills and strategies to manage their lives. Christie is passionate about expanding the availability of services to all families on the Peninsula and utilizing an individual based client-centered approach.
Jessica Fontaine, BCBA
Jessica is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who has been working at Family Priority’s Williamsburg office since November 2011. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Maine in 1998 and her master’s degree in applied behavior analysis with a concentration in developmental disabilities at Auburn University in 2007. She received her BCBA certification in March 2008. Jessica has extensive experience providing behavior analysis services to a wide variety of populations, including children of all ages who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disabilities, genetic disorders, and brain injuries. Most of the children she has worked with have also been dually diagnosed with psychiatric disorders. Jessica’s areas of expertise are the prevention and reduction of aggressive and other dangerous behaviors; the development and implementation of effective, child-centered language and skills acquisition programs; and the implementation of intensive and comprehensive parent training.
Lavinia Michael-Bollinger, BCBA
Lavinia Michael-Bollinger is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, currently residing in Williamsburg, Va. She has been working with children with disabilities since 2002 and has been working actively in the field of ABA since 2004. She very quickly began to recognize that ABA had a “Do” approach, as opposed to “Talk” approach, and the systematic approach to changing behaviors resonated strongly with her. Lavinia worked as the Lead Staff at an Intensive Behavioral Day program and as an in-home BCaBA for over seven years. She completed her Masters in Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies and subsequently completed her BCBA coursework through the Florida Institute of Technology (F.I.T.). Lavinia began working at Family Priority in 2013. Lavinia has worked with a broad variety of clientele over the years, with varying disabilities and ranging from children with early diagnosis to the elderly with disabilities. She is a strong advocate of parent and caregiver training.
Emily Overberg, M.Ed, BCBA, LBA
Emily joined Family Priority, LLC in August 2017. After completing her undergraduate degree at William and Mary, Emily received her master’s degree in special education for comprehensive disabilities and completed ABA coursework at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. She became Board Certified in Behavior Analysis in 2015. Emily has worked with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, physical disabilities, and psychiatric disorders .She has widespread work with ages two through adulthood. Additionally, Emily has experience in the school setting through her three years teaching in Hanover County Public Schools as a special education teacher for high school students with autism and extensive support needs. Her skills allow her to work in the home, community, camp, and residential settings. While she takes pleasure in working with individuals of all ages and diagnoses, Emily is especially passionate about helping teenagers and adults with autism spectrum disorder. She enjoys serving individuals with significant behavioral needs to help increase their independence and quality of life in the home, vocational, and community settings.
Samantha Zitzelberger, BCBA
Samantha earned her bachelor’s degree from Stony Brook University, and her master’s degree from George Mason University. She is originally from New York, where she worked as a teaching assistant to children diagnosed with autism and developmental disabilities. In 2013, Samantha moved to Virginia and soon after began working at Family Priority. She obtained her ABA certificate participating in the Family Priority cohort through George Mason, and earned her BCBA. Throughout her eight plus years in the field, Samantha has worked with clients aged 3-21 years old, and is currently providing in-home behavior services through the Williamsburg office of Family Priority.

Suzyn Jacobson, M.A., LCSW, LICSW
Suzyn Jacobson has more than 15 years of experience working with at-risk children, youth and families. Originally from Chicago, she earned a master’s degree in social work and has worked with gang members on the South Side of Chicago. For the past 10 years she has worked in Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia, supervising master’s level therapists. She has experience working with traumatized youth, adjudicated populations, and children and adolescents with histories of violence, substance abuse, mental health disorders and school problems. Suzyn has been with Family Priority since 2014 and is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional.
Andrea “Casey” Otoo, MPA, QMHP-C
Casey is a QMHP-C joined the Family Priority’s Fairfax office in February 2011. As of March 2018, she has worked as the Program Manager at Family Priority. She earned her bachelor’s degree in human services at Audrey Cohen College of Human Services in New York and her master’s degree in public affairs and administration at Metropolitan College of New York. Casey has extensive experience providing Mental Health services to her community and specializes in the areas of crisis and trauma. Most of the children Casey has worked with are dually diagnosed with aggressive and impulsive behaviors. Casey has also provided parent coaching to help parents cope with having a child with special needs.
Diane Young, BCaBA
Diane is a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst who has been working at Family Priority’s Fairfax office since December 2017. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania in 2005. She studied Applied Behavior Analysis at Florida Institute of Technology and received her BCaBA certification in August 2017. Diane has been working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis since 2010. Prior to that, she worked as a dolphin trainer at both the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and the National Aquarium. She has extensive experience working with young children who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder as well as intellectual disabilities. Diane’s areas of expertise are child-centered language and skills acquisition programs in the natural teaching environment and the prevention and reduction of aggressive and other dangerous behaviors.
Becky Gruetzmacher, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA
Becky was inspired to help children with developmental delays after growing up with a sister with autism. She began her career at the Light House School of Connecticut in 2001, supporting students who were too aggressive to remain in their home schools. She went on to earn her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in special education with a specialization in severe disabilities from the University of Maryland in 2008. Subsequently, she completed the graduate program in ABA at George Mason University. She earned her Board Certification in Behavior Analysis in 2015. Becky has worked on a psychiatric unit, as a group-home manager for adults with disabilities, in the public-school setting, and as an educational consultant. She has participated in research funded by the NIH and in 2016 was an invited speaker to a state training for the Virginia Department of the Blind and Vision Impaired. Becky initially worked with Family Priority as a behavior assistant in 2013 and 2014 and later returned to the company as a BCBA. Becky is especially passionate about helping learners with limited language repertoires, self-injurious behaviors, severe aggression, and medical complexities. Becky has four beautiful children, one of whom has severe disabilities.
Jackie Cunningham, M.A., BCBA, LBA
Jackie Cunningham is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who joined Family Priority’s Fairfax office in August of 2017. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology at West Virginia University in 2011 and her master’s degree in educational psychology in 2015 at West Virginia University while she completed the WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities leadership education in neurodevelopmental disabilities (LEND) program. She completed her behavior analysis in autism certificate at University of Massachusetts Lowell in 2015. Jackie received her BCBA in February of 2017. Jackie has experience providing ABA services to children in home and in clinic settings who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disabilities, and genetic disorders. Jackie’s areas of expertise include the prevention and reduction of target behaviors, language acquisition, feeding, and parent training.
Elizabeth Pfister, M.S., BCBA
Elizabeth completed a bachelor of science in biology from James Madison University and a master of science in psychology from Walden University. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with eight years of management experience, including being the sole owner of a dance studio for seven years in her hometown and ten years of teaching experience in various fields. Elizabeth’s career in the ABA field began while working in a residential facility for adults with a variety of intellectual disabilities and mental health disorders. She now resides in Richmond, Virginia where she has grown her passion for teaching and helping people. In her personal life, Elizabeth enjoys traveling, salsa dancing, and exploring the city. She also loves hiking with her sidekick Bennet, a Bernese Mountain dog who aspires to be a therapy dog and provide affection and comfort to others.
Kimberly C. Heath, BCBA
Kimberly Heath is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst working in the Williamsburg office. Kim received both her bachelor’s degree in government and her master’s degree in special education curriculum and instruction from the College of William and Mary. Kim and her husband raised three children in the Williamsburg area where Kim worked as a special education teacher in both public and private school settings. Kim left the classroom to work as an administrator at a school for children with special needs. She saw first-hand the life-changing impact that ABA therapy has on students. She started working at Family Priority in 2013 as a behavior assistant while she completed her BCBA coursework though a consortium with George Mason University. Kim is passionate about special education and is an advocate for the educational rights of children with disabilities. She believes that children have the right to live as independently as possible. Kim has extensive experience with developing language and functional communication skills and teaching personal care and self-help skills to children and young adults. Kim has worked with children of all ages in a variety of settings and appreciates that her position at Family Priority does not limit her experiences to a specific age, disability, or environment.
Dalo Duro Burje, B.S., BCaBA, LABA
Dalo joined Family Priority, LLC in September 2012. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and is currently enrolled in the master’s program at Florida Institute of Technology. She was licensed as a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst in May 2017.
Amara Onyekwere, B.S., BCaBA, LABA
Amara joined Family Priority, LLC in December 2014. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and is enrolled in the master’s program at Florida Institute of Technology. Amara was licensed as a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst in February 2017.