Autism Learning Partners (formerly Pacific Child & Family Associates) began offering services to children with autism and other development disabilities, and their families, in 1988. The company was an early proponent of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and quickly adopted this clinical methodology as the cornerstone of its services to children and families. Autism Learning Partners now offers treatment services in many states across the US, collaborating with doctors, therapists, families, schools, and specialists for complete, effective care.
The mission of Autism Learning Partners is to provide the highest level of clinical expertise to facilitate significant and sustainable improvement for the individuals and families we serve.
Autism Learning Partners strives to give hope, support and paths of progress for children and their families living with Autism and related disorders. We believe that a tailored, comprehensive care plan managed by our exceptional clinical talent, partnered with love and commitment from the family, allows each child to achieve his or her maximum potential.
We employ proven, scientific therapies customized to each family and child. We’re happy to talk to you through which services are best for your situation.
With offices across many states, there’s likely an autism therapies location near you. If we’re unable to serve your area, we can help you find care from another provider.
The leaders of our clinical teams are diverse in experience and backgrounds but share one thing in common: Unyielding passion for helping families with autism live more fulfilling lives. We are united in mission and eager to help.
President & Chief Operating Officer | Gina T. Chang Ph.D BCBA-D
Gina T. Chang, PhD, BCBA-D, CA PSY#26473 received her Ph.D in Applied Developmental Psychology from Claremont Graduate University with a concentration in developmental disabilities. She is a licensed psychologist and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Doctoral level with over 14 years of experience working with persons with autism and other developmental disabilities. Her expertise includes early intervention, parent education, adolescents with autism, school consultation, and staff development. Additionally, Dr. Chang has co-authored a chapter in Ameral, Dawson, Geschwind’s Autism Spectrum Disorders (2011). In her role, she oversees the clinical service implementation by supporting executive and clinical directors, program supervisors and direct staff in their work with families. She also oversees the development of new programs to best meet the needs of clients.
VP of Clinical Services | Jennifer Villacan MA, BCBA
Jennifer began working in the field of ABA in 2003 and became very passionate about helping families and children with special needs. I received my Master’s in Counseling Psychology in 2006 and joined the PCFA team shortly after graduating. In 2009 I became a BCBA. Since 2006 I have been very fortunate to support and serve hundreds of families across Central and Northern California.“My passion for this field is fueled by families sharing their appreciation and success stories of their children attaining new goals and achieving heights they didn’t know were possible”Jennifer oversees the clinical directors, program supervisors and direct staff in their work helping families in Central and Northern California, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, North Carolina, and the Autism Learning Partners subsidiary, A is for Apple.
Vice President of Clinical Services | Melanie Foshee MA, CCC-SLP
Melanie has over 20 years’ experience working in the field of pediatric therapies and overseeing services to families of children with Autism. She co-founded Children’s Learning Connection in 2000, establishing one of the first interdisciplinary ABA treatment programs in Orange County, CA. Melanie has worked as a director with Children’s Learning Connection and its affiliates since that time. She is a proud member of both CSHA and ASHA.“I enjoy being a part of that team that serves families every day, meeting their needs where they are at for that day, and helping move them one step closer to their goal.”Melanie oversees the clinical directors, program supervisors and direct staff in their work helping families in Orange County, Texas, Colorado, Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico.
Vice President of New Market Development | Rahil Roussos M.A., BCBA
Rahil received her Master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Pepperdine, and her B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles. As a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Rahil has close to 20 years of experience working with children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. Rahil’s passion is improving the quality of life for families and ensuring that programs result in long term success. In her free time, Rahil enjoys spending time in the South Bay community with her husband and three boys.“Helping reach more families in need of our services and becoming a part of their community is something I am grateful in being a part of. Rahil drives growth through supporting new De Novo launches as well as supporting the integration of new acquisitions into ongoing operations.
Executive Director | Abby Shull MS, BCBA
Abby has been working with ALP since 2009 and has been working in direct care with children with ASD since 2007. She earned her BCBA in 2012. Given her region in El Paso, Colorado, Arizona, and Nevada Abby has specific knowledge about working with military families and the unique experiences such families encounter.“I love working with kids with Autism and other disabilities, I think this is important so parents feel like you are the right choice to help their child. Working with children on the spectrum has allowed me to have many celebrations. Watching each child accomplish skills and being a part of the celebration with parents and team members is unbelievably rewarding. I love this job and this company because of the positive impact it has had on rural and remote areas in both Texas and New Mexico.”
Executice Director of CV and RC | April Torres
April Torres is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and the Executive Director of the Central Valley and Redwood Coast. She began working with children with special needs in 1997 and continues to be passionate about helping children reach their potential. April earned a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and Master’s in Education in 2010. She became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2015. April joined the Autism Learning Partners clinical team in 2016 and oversees clinical services in Fresno, Madera, Merced and Stanislaus Counties“I feel fortunate to provide support and education to families affected by autism. I believe every child can learn and have fun while doing it! Smiles and laughter from the children I work with are the biggest reward”
Executive Director | Celina Lopez
Celina Lopez has been actively working in the field of ABA and special education for over 12 years. Celina specializes in providing individualized ABA treatments to families and individuals with Autism and other learning disabilities.“I wake up every day thankful for the opportunity to make a positive and lasting change in someone’s life. I am passionate about providing a better quality of life for my families.”Celina oversees the clinical directors, program supervisors and direct staff in their work helping families in the North Los Angeles region.
Executice Director of ALP OC | Martina Barnhart M.S. BCBA,
Martina Barnhart received her master’s degree in special education from National University and is a certified Behavior Analyst. She began her career in ABA over 20 years ago, as an undergrad at UCLA, where she worked with children and adolescents with autism and other developmental disabilities and their family, by delivering behavior intervention services, parent training and developing and providing clinical oversight of ABA programs and staff training. In her role, she is responsible for providing leadership and oversight of clinical service delivery by supporting clinical directors, program supervisors and behavior technicians in their work with families.“Each day is a new beginning filled with possibilities. I am inspired by the courage and dedication I see in our families, staff and most importantly our clients. I feel blessed each day we celebrate a success and feel grateful to be a part it.”
Executive Director | Marta Marquez MS, BCBA
Marta has been in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for 16 years. She became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2010. She predominantly has worked with children and adolescents diagnosed with autism in schools, home and community settings.“Changing and impacting the lives of those individuals diagnosed with autism and their families is an absolutely rewarding experience. It is a beautiful experience to be able to support and touch the lives of our children and their families throughout this journey.”Marta oversees the clinical directors, program supervisors and direct staff in their work helping families in the South Los Angeles region including the new ABA center in Downey.
Executice Director of CLC | Mary Webb M.A. BCBA
Mary’s background in family therapy combined with her years of experience in Applied Behavior Analysis helps her appreciate the child’s role as part of a family system, which she utilizes to promote functional and sustainable change for her clients. Her current interests include social skills treatment, interdisciplinary collaboration, and CLC program development. Mary has advanced training and experience with Autism Spectrum Disorder, early childhood behavioral intervention, and social skills group intervention.“Working in the field of Behavior Analysis and serving families with children with special needs is an amazing privilege. I feel very fortunate to be surrounded by caring professionals and inspiring families”
Executive Director | Sandhya Suresh MS, BCBA
Sandhya is passionate about providing effective, creative and relevant programming. She has a background in creating programs for children aged 18 mos – 21 years old. Sandhya also has experience in center based programming to teach children readiness skills to be successful in classroom environments. Sandhya started in the ABA field as a direct service provider and has a keen interest in up and coming research related to the behavioral field.” Working in this field doesn’t feel like work. Analyzing behavior is a puzzle and the more creative you try to be, the more effective the solution is. I also have the pleasure to meet the most amazing children and be humbled by their extremely committed and loving families ”
Executive Director | Rachael Schneider MA, BCBA-LBA
Rachael has a Bachelors Degree in psychology from Medialle College and a Masters Degree in applied behavior analysis from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She has experience with working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and developmental disabilities across the lifespan. She has worked in a variety of settings in family homes, group homes, school and community settings. Rachael has experience implementing verbal behavior programs, daily living skill programs, and challenging behavior programs. Rachael likes to work with a team approach and collaborate with all members of a team, including the family as a whole, school personnel, and other providers.
Director of Clinical Development and Outcomes | Kristine Rodriguez BCBA
Kristine Rodriguez is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and serves as the Director of Clinical Development and Outcomes for Autism Learning Partners. Kristine has been working with children and adults with Autism for 13 years, and holds a master’s degree in Education for Exceptional Students from the University of West Florida. Kristine has presented at regional and national conferences on such topics as self-management, ethical service delivery, quality monitoring, and values-driven organizational leadership.
CEO | Richard Fish
Autism Learning Partners (ALP) is pleased to have Richard Fish as ALP’s appointed CEO. Richard has built his career supporting clinicians in delivering outstanding care in a fiscally successful fashion. Prior to joining ALP, Richard served as the CEO of Brown & Toland Medical Group, an independent physician association supporting over 1,500 physicians serving approximately 300,000 patients. During his tenure, he led a team to expand value based care programs that improved clinical quality, patient experience and financial performance across the San Francisco Bay Area. Fish has also held leadership positions in healthcare companies including Talbert Medical Group, Heritage Provider Network and FHP International.
Senior Clinical Director | Denise Buenrostro
Denise Buenrostro has been working in the field of ABA for the last 10 years. She began working with children at the tender age of 12 babysitting and volunteering in classrooms. Denise attained her Bachelor’s in Social Welfare from Cal State Northridge. Her educational journey continued on at the University of Southern California where she earned her Master’s in Social Work. A few years later, she became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2013. Denise’s training and expertise includes working with the family as a unit and implementing strengths based approach coupled with ABA techniques. Denise has been a partner since 2013 working as the Clinical Director in the Inland Empire. “My philosophy includes finding the positive in every person and situation and helping others in any way I possibly can. I lead by example and am fueled by my passion for the field. I consider myself extremely lucky to have been given this opportunity and treasure it daily.”
Our Clinical Advisory Board
Autism Learning Partners’ Clinical Advisory Board is comprised of esteemed leaders in the autism therapy industry. The board helps establish and maintain ALP’s industry-leading standards in values-based, customized autism therapy for families.
ALP is proud to partner with school staff members and medical service providers to provide critical clinical support to students and patients. Our valued partnerships help kids get the care they need to live successful, balanced lives.