Our Team

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Xioreli de la Vega, MS, BCBA.

Xioreli de la Vega is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and one of the founders of Evolving Minds Together and Evolving Minds Consulting. Xioreli graduated from Florida International University where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She also obtained her Master’s degree in Developmental Disabilities with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis from Nova Southeastern University. Xioreli has dedicated her career to working with children with autism and other developmental disabilities. She is fully bilingual in both Spanish and English and has worked with clients and families of various ages and backgrounds. She has not only provided in home therapy but was also, for many years, a core member in an Early Intervention Program for children in the spectrum. After many years of experience, she finally decided to take a step beyond and create a company that dedicates itself to provide individualized treatment of Applied Behavioral Analysis to children and their families. She strongly believes that with passion, dedication and the right treatment every child can reach their highest potential and build a brighter future.

Maria Patricia Caruso, MS, BCBA RMHI

Maria Patricia Caruso is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and one of the founder of Evolving Minds Together and Evolving Minds Counseling. Maria Patricia’s graduated from the University of Miami where she attained a double bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Biology. She also obtained her Master degree from Nova Southeastern University as a Mental Health Counselor with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis. Maria Patricia’s journey begins while working with the department of juvenile Justice where she has the opportunity to offer counseling and ABA services to adolescent and their families. As her passion for the field growth, she had the opportunity to work with children with autism and other developmental disabilities. It was her everyday experiences and passion for the field that brought her to take a step beyond and become an extra support for the families and their kids by developing a company which mission is to combine passion and dedication with an individualized treatment in order to build brighter future. Maria Patricia is fully bilingual in English and Spanish and had the opportunity to travel to different countries in Latin America to provide Applied Behavioral services to children and their families.

Laura Torres, MS, RBT

Laura graduated from the University of Central Florida where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She also obtained her Master’s degree in Counseling with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis from Nova Southeastern University and is currently accruing supervised field work hours towards a BCBA certification. She’s a behavioral assistant with experience working with children who are diagnosed with ASD providing direct behavioral therapy both at school and at home settings. She also has experience working with individuals who are pre- and nonverbal, while managing maladaptive behaviors and teaching replacement behaviors, and teaching them to develop strong social skills. Laura is fully bilingual in English and Spanish and is devoted to working with children of all ages and many levels of ability, alongside their family, to achieve their maximum potential.

Renee Vassell, BCBA

Renee Vassell received her M.A. double Major in Mental Health Counseling and Applied Behavioral Analysis at Nova Southeastern University, June 2017. She is currently working on achieving the necessary components and requirements in order to obtain her BCBA licensure. Renee has been working with children with Autism, Mental Disability and Developmental Delay for over 8 years. Renee has experience working in settings such as, in home, summer camp, school and private center. Her experience working with children with Autism ages ranges from 2-11 years old. Renee feels passionate about ABA and aiding each child to become his/her best and serving as a mentor and an advocate for the children and their families. She is delighted to be a part of the Evolving Minds Together team, and is thrilled on making a difference in each child she works with life.

Nikkie Hyde, RBT

Nikkie found her passion in working with children of various exceptionalities through her diverse volunteer work, particularly when she embarked on a mission trip to Mexico. Nikkie earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology and Family & Child Sciences from Florida State University, working as a research assistant under prestigious professors studying cognitive development, family relationships, and academic success. She is currently working on her Master’s of Science degree in Family Therapy at Nova Southeastern University. Nikkie has loved her journey in the field of ABA. Her motivation to help children and their families progress toward their goals drives her to pursue greater knowledge and experience as she works toward her BCBA certification!

Diana Rada, BA

Diana holds the title of B.A. in Clinical Psychology with foundations and training in applied behavior analysis. Currently, she is close to obtain her diploma for the Master’s degree in developmental disabilities at Nova Southeastern University with concentration in ABA as well as Early Intervention, and will soon after pursue the goal of becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She is a certified ITDS (Infant-Toddler Development Specialist) and worked with the Early Steps program from the Broward County for 4 years. She has been working in the field of ABA since 2005 and, although autism spectrum disorders have been her main focus, she has experience with typically developing children, as well as various other disabilities, working hand in hand with parents, caregivers, teachers, and other related disciplines. Diana is passionate about ABA and considers it an effective and comprehensive method to approach children with and without disabilities to help them reach their potentialities and bring welfare to them and their families.

Gabriela Bigott, BA

Gabriela graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and earned a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University. While working at the Mailman Segal Center for Human Development, she developed and conducted a social skills curriculum for children with autism and other developmental disorders that optimized the school’s methodology, which was then incorporated as their official lesson plan to better assist the education of their students. She also co-facilitated support groups for families with children diagnosed with ASD. Gabriela has a passion for early intervention and parent training. Her fluency in both English and Spanish allows her to work with more children and families. By empowering her patients with the right set of tools, both the families and children are able to embrace independent and fulfilling lives.

Melanie Gonzalez, RBT

Melanie graduated from the Metropolitan University in Caracas, Venezuela and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and is a Registered Behavior Technician. Currently, she is working towards her Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst certification and is planning on earning her master’s degree in the future. She has worked with children and adults from different backgrounds in one-to-one and group settings.

Her most recent work was as a neurofeedback therapist mainly with children within the Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, ADD, and adults with anxiety, depression and other disorders.

Melanie is fully bilingual in English and Spanish and loves working with children. Her purpose is to help children and their families reach key goals and conquer the child’s potential.

Esther Sultan, BA

Esther recently graduated from the University of Miami in Psychology.  Her future plans are to obtain her Board Certified Behavior Analyst Certification and continue working in the field. She gained experiences working as a volunteer in a school specialized in children with Autism for two years. She is caring, hard worker and passionate about the field.

Natalia Manrique, RBT

Natalia graduated from Florida International University where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Natalia recently graduated and is now working on obtaining her RBT certification and further her education in the ABA field. Natalia loves to work with kids; and had the opportunity to work with kids before. She is fully bilingual in English and Spanish. Natalia feels very passionate about ABA, and has a high motivation to work with children and their families, to achieve all goals.

Joyce Bencomo, BA

Joyce found her passion for educating and helping kids by acquiring a Florida Child Development Associate Equivalent Credential (CDAE) and since then have been working with children for more than 18 years. She has experience as a teacher with typically developing children, as well as various other disabilities working hand in hand with parents, caregivers and other related children specialists. She has always loved kids and is very passionate about making a difference in the lives of children and families, what leads her to continue her career as she works towards her RBT certification. She is fully bilingual in English and Spanish and is devoted to being part of your child’s journey towards fulfilling their potential.

Galit Benhamu, BA

Galit graduated from Northeastern University with a B.S in Psychology. During her studies, she gained experience working as a tutor and as a teacher for children with developmental delays. She was a volunteer for an organization that helps children that have been victims of abuse or abandonment. Galit is bilingual in both English and Spanish. Through her working experiences coupled with her studies at Northeastern, she realized that her passion is helping her students reach their highest potential. Galit is working on her RBT certification and in the future, she would like to obtain her Masters in ABA therapy.

Sofia Gonzalez, BA

Sofia Gonzalez is from Caracas, Venezuela. She is currently studying in FIU, majoring in Psychology. Sofia is currently pursuing her RBT certificate and wishes to keep advancing in the field of ABA. She is passionate, driven, dedicated, charismatic, and objective which is what makes it easier for her to work, play and help her clients achieve their highest potential.