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Jupiter FL Special Needs & Autistic Services | ASD BCBA | Staff



Project Hope Autism Services, Inc. was developed to meet the growing need for services for the Autistic Community in Jupiter, FL. 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 ASD services in the Jupiter area 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 autistic children in the Jupiter area, as well as 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 an 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 December 1999 with a Master's 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."

Sarah Wickenheiser, MEd, BCBA
Clinical Supervisor

Sara Wickenheiser is a BCBA In Jupiter that hails from the great state of Texas. Sara moved to Florida with her husband and 2 stepchildren in 2021 after her husband left the service of the US Army. Sara has been a BCBA for 3 years. Sara has worked in the states of Texas, New Mexico, and Florida. Sara's areas of emphasis are functional communication training and family guidance. In her spare time, Sara enjoys listening to audiobooks, traveling, watching TV, and attempting to grow fruit plants.

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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, 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 she became a BCaBA and worked for St. Lucie County as a behavior analyst, behavior coach, and parent trainer. She is currently working as a BCaBA and Analyst in Jupiter, and working towards her Master's degree in ABA and becoming a BCBA.

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, RBT

Priscila became a Registered Behavior Technician in 2020.  She is currently pursuing her master' 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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Michael Moss, RBT
Nicole Zemaitis, 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"

Mike has been improving the lives of children and young adults for over 20 years. Starting his career in the foster care environment and then assisted 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 in the Jupiter area 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! 


Nicole graduated from the University of Florida in 2020. She studied disabilities in society and is currently working on her master's in ABA at the University of West Florida. She has 2 years of experience as an RBT and is working towards becoming a BCBA in the near future. She loves forming positive relationships with clients and making a lasting impact on the kids that she works with. She cannot wait to become a BCBA to further her knowledge in the field.

In her free time, Nicole enjoys spending time with family and friends- and of course her furry friends!

Katy St. Fleur, RBT


Katy graduated from Florida Atlantic University in 2020. She is now pursuing a masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and is expected to graduate in December 2023. She became an RBT in 2021 and is now eager to expand her

horizons and make positive impact by taking hands-on, dynamic position in behavioral health industry. After graduating, Katy will be focusing on the research field and special education. Katy is dedicated to serving individuals with special needs and in guiding clients to fulfill their potential. Katy loves going on road trips with her family and spending time with her 9 year old son. In her free time, Katy uses her creativity to sew and make DIY projects. Most of all, Katy loves making a positive impact in the client's life and in her community.

Seteiva Simonelli, RBT
Taylor Kozlin, RBT
Madeline Salem, RBT
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