Erica Cascio is a Behavior Technician at the Brent Woodall Foundation for Exceptional Children and has worked with the Foundation since 2010. She also acts as the Yoga Instructor for the Preschool Readiness Education Program. Erica holds a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies and a minor in Special Education from the University of North Texas. She is also working towards an Alternative Certification that will allow her to work in a public school district as a teacher. Erica aspires to work either in a school district or for a private/ charter school in the special education department. She loves her work because of the difference it makes in the lives of not only the children, but the wonderful parents. She loves to see the parents’ smiles when they are told how well their children have done. Outside of the work place, Erica enjoys playing the piano and percussion. Her most preferred reinforcer is working with children and seeing their parents be proud of them.
Zeleste Martinez is an assistant therapist at the Brent Woodall Foundation. She was born in Dallas, Texas and is currently perusing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Texas Woman’s University. She hopes to specialize in pediatrics and to work at the Dallas Children’s Hospital as a Resident Nurse. Zeleste loves being surrounded by children and considers it an accomplishment if she leaves work every day knowing that she made at least one child smile. Zeleste enjoys volunteering for church organizations and for the Dallas Museum of Science and Natural History. She has two younger brothers. Zeleste is an extreme bookworm, whose most preferred reinforcers are books and chocolate.
Sam Gonzalez is an Assistant Behavior Technician at the Brent Woodall Foundation. Sam received her bachelors in Psychology at the University of South Florida. She currently lives in Dallas, TX, and is receiving a Masters in Applied Cognition and Neuroscience at the University of Texas at Dallas. In the past, Sam has taught dance to children between the ages of 2 to 18 years old and has also done some volunteer work for the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Orlando, Florida. Sam’s most preferred reinforcer is music and loves working at the Brent Woodall Foundation because she loves to see the children learn new skills and conquer things that were originally difficult for them. Sam is a member of the Art of Stepping, a national step team based out of New York.
Assistant Behavior Technicians
Rukaiya Lokhandwala is an Assistant Therapist at the Brent Woodall Foundation. She is from Irving, Texas and attends the University of Texas at Arlington to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. In the future, Rukaiya plans to obtain a master’s degree in psychology and specialize in child psychiatry. She began working with the Brent Woodall Foundation in 2013 and loves seeing the kids continuously improve. Her most preferred reinforcers are chips, and cake.