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. 


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Deborah Collins  MSN, ARNP, MEd, BCBA
Owner, Director

Deborah is the mother of a n 11 year-old boy with Autism and Epilepsy. After seeing significant progress using ABA with her son, she started this  program to help him and others with Autism and related diagnoses.  Deborah graduated from Arizona State University in December1999 with a Masters' in Education and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

Deborah is also a Family Nurse Practitioner, Certified in Functional Medicine. She has 30 years of nursing experience with 18  of those years as a Nurse Practitioner.  She has  also received training from the Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs (MAPS).


Deborah enjoys family time with her son and husband of 22 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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Maria Spells, MEd, BCBA
Clinical Supervisor
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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. 

Priscila Salici

Priscila became a Registered Behavior Technician  in 2020 and is now a Student Behavior Analyst at Project Hope.  She is currently pursuing her Masters' Degree in Exceptional Student Education with an emphasis in Applied  Behavior Analysis.  She has a passion for working with children and works well with children of all ages, abilities, and  disabilities.


Priscila is originally from Brazil, where she lived until age 14, then moved to Canada until age 17, and has been in Florida now for nearly 21 years. She is fluent in English and Portuguese..

In her free time,  Priscila enjoys spending time with her twin girls and her husband. She also loves the outdoors and traveling whenever possible.

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Rosane Lima, RBT
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Alyssa Newell, RBT
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Michael Moss, 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"

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. 

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!