Meet our staff.  



Lynn Wilson, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Lynn Wilson, Ph.D., BCBA-D was one of the first BCBA certificants in the state of California and has worked in the field of autism for over 20 years. She received her doctoral degree at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, one of the best universities for the study of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and was lucky to be able to work with the extraordinarily gifted and behavior analyst and teacher of Verbal Behavior, Jack Michael, Ph.D.

As a result of her training at WMU, she became dedicated to providing evidence-based ABA services. She is passionate about providing parents with a treatment that is not an anecdotal or self-proclaimed cure. Prior to her work at ABA & Verbal Behavior Group, she reviewed and evaluated hundreds of ABA programs and conducted scores of behavioral needs evaluations for children with autism as a consultant to San Diego Regional Center. This gave her an awareness and an aspiration to open her own agency to in an effort to provide effective and correctly-done ABA services to children with a diagnosis who critically need intervention. 

Chelsie Parent, M.S., BCBA
Clinical Program Manager

Chelsie was first introduced to the field of Applied Behavior Analysis while receiving her undergraduate degree in another field. Immediately drawn to ABA and helping children with autism, she decided to change her career path and hasn’t looked back.

She has been a devoted professional working with children with autism since 2009 in the home and school settings. Over the years she has helped children of a wide range of ages (0-18 yrs) and abilities. She is specifically interested in the area of Verbal Behavior and applying the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis to improve functional communication.  She has both conducted and presented research on the topic at behavior analysis conferences.

Chelsie strives to involve parents in therapy, and provide them with training to manage and teach their children in the absence of therapists. Besides expanding the verbal repertoire in children, Chelsie excels in identifying what motivates children, decreasing food selectivity, potty training, and staff training.

She received her BS in Psychology from Northeastern University and her MS in Applied Behavior Analysis from Simmons College in Boston, MA. Chelsie is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2014 and Clinical Supervisor for ABA&VBG since late 2013. 


Michelle Bonilla, M.A., BCBA
Clinical Supervisor

Michelle Bonilla has been working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis since 2013. She is passionate about her ability to work closely with families and create the most effective learning environment for their children. She finds her role in each client’s communicative and adaptive growth personally fulfilling. 

 Michelle excels at implementing creative and client-customized ABA in the home setting. She is committed to early intensive intervention, data-driven curriculums and defined milestones to promote each individual child’s development. She believes it is critical to allow children to explore their environment and determine what naturally motivates them in order to both leverage and integrate that into their development plan. She is committed to the demonstrated value of ABA practice and that drives her to continue expanding her knowledge in this most-rewarding field. 

She received her BS in Psychology from University of California, San Diego before pursuing her MA in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, CA. She received her certification in Applied Behavior Analysis from San Diego State University and went on to obtain her Board Certified Behavior Analyst title in December 2018. Michelle has been working with ABA & Verbal Behavior Group since late 2016. 

Michelle Nieves
Office Manager

Michelle received her B.A. in Liberal Studies from SDSU and has worked with children her entire life. Originally, her goal was to become a teacher, but after working in a classroom she realized that the best help a child can get starts in the home. So, she sought a position as a therapist and received her Registered Behavior Technician Certificate, while providing ABA services for families. It was a great accomplishment to see the difference she had made with each family and she was ready for more. She took a role in Administration, while continuing to provide services in the ABA field. Having the background of a Behavior Interventionist has magnified the knowledge and understanding needed to now be an efficient full time Office Manager for ABA & Verbal Behavior Group. 

Michelle is responsible for creating a smooth flow on the hectic scheduling world. She coordinates and communicates with clients, supervisors and staff. Her tremendous organization skills have helped create different forms of tracking and a more consistent workflow. Michelle effectively tracks authorizations in order to provide enough time to process renewals, is in charge of providing new hire orientation and more. 

Although she is now behind the scenes, Michelle continues to support families on a daily basis.