ABOUT US

 

Project Hope Autism Services, Inc. was developed to meet the growing need of services for the Autism Community. We know how overwhelming it can be to receive a diagnosis of Autism, and we recognize that few programs offer the comprehensive approach that is needed for these individuals.

 

We aim to provide a diverse array of services to help families and individuals reach their goals. 

 

Studies show that early intervention is critical in helping children diagnosed with Autism to reach their full potential. Research has demonstrated that language, academic, social and cognitive skills can be significantly improved with early intervention for children diagnosed with Autism and related disorders.

 

Our Hope Early Learning Program is designed to maximize your child’s developmental skills, help your family on this difficult journey, and offer the resources you need to navigate your goals and plan of action. 

MEET OUR TEAM

 
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Deborah Collins  ARNP, NP-C, MEd,
Owner and President

Deborah Collins is a Family Nurse Practitioner, Certified in Functional Medicine, and has a Master’s degree in Education with a focus on Applied Behavioral Analysis.  She has  also received training from the Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs (MAPS).

 

Deborah has 28 years of experience as a nurse with 15 of those years as a Nurse Practitioner. She is the mother of a nine-year-old boy with multiple diagnoses including  brain tumor, autism and epilepsy, and has seen significant improvements in her son’s development by incorporating Applied Behavioral Analysis programs.  She  aims to provide the highest quality and most effective programs, while helping parents and caregivers navigate this often difficult journey.

 

Deborah enjoys family time with her son and husband of 19 years, and is a lifelong student with a love for learning. One of her favorite quotes is "Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass, it is about learning to dance in the rain." 

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John Hampel, PhD, BCBA-D
Clinical Director

John Hampel holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Western Michigan University where he received the life-long gift of applied behavior analysis (ABA) from Jack Michael (a close associate of B. F. Skinner).  In 1996 John completed his  pre-doctoral internship at Children’s Seashore House (with F. Charles Mace in Philadelphia), where he began his now 25+ year career in ABA helping individuals with developmental and behavioral challenges. 

 

Dr. John is huge fan of building and sustaining positive, caring learning relationships, teaching verbal behavior (based on Skinner’s analysis), and supports the field of ABA through ongoing college level teaching and supervision.  Board Certified as a Behavior Analyst since December 2000, Dr. John has managed multiple clinical teams in residential settings, designed special needs classrooms and instruction systems, and consulted with and/or trained hundreds of parents, teachers, support staff, and administrators in a range of public and private settings. 

 

Besides playing with kids (of all ages) and spending time with his spouse of 21 years, John loves outdoor life (from beaches to mountains), riding his bicycles, and listening to a wide variety of music (from Mozart, Debussy, and Stravinski, to Leonard Cohen, Miles Davis, and the Beatles).

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Raena Mashler, BCaBA

Raena Mashler's academic journey began in elementary education. Where following college in 2010 she became a certified teacher. Raena is ESOL endorsed, and has taught Kindergarten through 12th grades and worked in the Exceptional Student Education (ESE) middle school setting.

Raena developed a passion for helping students and the parents of students with special needs. She began her ABA experience in the home, clinic, and school environments  Later becoming a BCaBA and working for St. Lucie County as a behavior analyst, behavior coach, and parent trainer. 

Raena enjoys animals, art, and nature. In her free time she likes hiking, kayaking, DIY home renovation, and spending time with her husband and daughter. 

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Vickie Mehu, RBT

Vickie Mehu is a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) who has been serving the ABA community for 4 years. She is passionate about helping children on the Autism spectrum maximize their success. Vickie is fluent in English and Creole. 

 

Vickie is currently in her undergraduate studies in the field of ABA and special education.
 

In her free time Vickie enjoys rollerblading, and spending time outdoors with her son and family. She lives her life by the saying "faith over fear."

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Rosane Lima, RBT

Rosane Lima is native Brazilian, who takes great joy in helping people. She began her career as a Portuguese teacher before volunteering for students with special needs. She is fluent in English and Portuguese. 

 

Rosane loves being around children. After working for some time as a volunteer with special needs children Rosane decided to learn more about the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) by pursuing certification with the Behavior Analysis Certification Board. Rosane became a Registered Behavior Technician,(RBT) in October 2020.

Rosane is passionate about photography and enjoys spending her downtime with her family. She derives joy from encouraging children in the special needs community to reach their full potential. 

"a child with special needs will inspire you to be a special kind of person"

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Alyssa Newell, RBT

Alyssa is originally from Boston , MA where she worked as an assistant special needs teacher. During her time as an assistant teacher Alyssa was exposed to the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Being passionate about helping children reach their goals she decide to become a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT).

 

Alyssa is currently an undergraduate student pursuing her bachelors of social work so she can continue positively contributing to the special needs community and their families, 

Alyssa enjoys nature, spending time with family and friends, traveling, and gaining new experiences. In her free time she enjoys cooking and going to the beach. 

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Michael Moss, RBT

Mike has been improving the lives of children and young adults for over 20 years. Starting his career in the foster care environment then assisting at a temporary emergency shelter for kids in crisis.  During this time Mike has taught social skills workshops to a variety of children and young adults with ASD and developmental disabilities.

Mike entered the world of ABA 2 years ago becoming a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) and hasn't looked back.

 

Mike spends his free time cooking, and  fishing. He enjoys spending time with friends and family over a great meal and some delicious coffee!