Meet the Team


Michael Leslie, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA

Lead Instructor

Hi! I am a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 10 years of experience working with children and adults with social deficits in the home, school, community, and clinical setting. I received my graduate training in applied behavior analysis at the University of South Carolina and Arizona State University.  I have experience in working with individuals from 18 months to adolescence teaching all domains of skill development with parents, teachers and other professions. I keep my self updated with current literature in order to provide the most effective interventions to teach social skills to children and adults. I am currently pursuing my doctorate degree in special education with an emphasis in applied behavior analysis at the Texas A&M University.  My research interests include the use of precision teaching and direct instruction to teach social skills in children and adolescents with a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder, ACT, complex verbal behavior, parent and teacher training. 


Loren Rivera Vega, PhD


Administrative Director

Hola! I am originally from Honduras, I moved to the United States 11 years ago to pursue my graduate studies. I received my PhD from the Pennsylvania State University in 2017. I have extensive experience in research, grant writing and publishing. My focus has been on the use of science for improvement of society.  My interest in applied behavior analysis began after watching the impact the use of science-based techniques can have on children development and family’s quality of life. I am your point of contact, logistics, data, and assistance during sessions.

Hope Townsend

Assistant Instructor

Howdy! My name is Hope Townsend, I am currently in the final semester of my undergraduate psychology degree at Texas A&M University. I will be graduating with honors, and a certification in applied behavioral health in December 2019. After graduation I plan to pursue a Masters Degree that will allow me to sit for the BCBA exam. I have grown up in the world of behavior analysis and special needs populations. My mother has been a behavior specialist in the public school system for 20+ years and gave me a love for this field early on. I obtained my RBT certification in September of 2018 and never looked back!! I can’t wait to continue to learn and grow in this field of behavior analysis. I’m excited to see where this path takes me.