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Sarah Trautman-Eslinger, M.A., BCBA
President & Founder
Sarah knew that Applied Behavior Analysis was what she wanted to do for a career as an undergraduate at Gonzaga University. Sarah completed her Masters Degree in Special Education with an emphasis on vocational education for adults with developmental disabilities in 2001. Sarah became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2004, the same year she founded her agency, STE Consultants. Sarah has helped to grow STE Consultants into a multi-state corporation that provides ABA services for persons with developmental disabilities in California, Texas and New Mexico.
In addition to her work at STE Consultants Sarah has been a guest lecturer at San Francisco State University, has trained special educators in Belize and is a frequent presenter for parent/community/school groups. Sarah is also very involved with Autism Health Insurance Reform. She has lead many workshops and webinars that have trained practitioners to successfully work with health insurance companies. Sarah is an elected board member of the California Association for Behavior Analysis and an appointed member of the CalABA Public Policy Committee. Sarah is an appointed member of the Kaplan University Graduate Psychology Program Advisory Board. Sarah also serves on the board of the Global Autism Project.
DeAnna Mercier, M.Ed, BCBA
Vice President of Clinical Operations
Phone: 510-665-9700 ext. 4
DeAnna provides Clinical and Administrative support to the teams operating within STE Consultants. Through the years she has worked with children on the Autism Spectrum in a variety of settings including in homes, public schools, community mental health agencies, and a Non-Public School for children with behavior disorders. She has worked in Behavior Analysis for over 9 years and has lived in both Hawaii and Vermont before settling in California. DeAnna can provide Functional Behavior Assessments, consultation, intensive trainings for parents and staff as well as individualized ABA based programs for students in homes and public schools. DeAnna manages new referrals, contracts, school district support, as well as supporting the Clinical and Training teams within STE. DeAnna is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
Joy Pollard, Ph.D., BCBA-D
New Mexico & TeleHealth Development Director
Joy has worked with individuals with autism providing direct and consultative services in clients' homes, center-based settings, and public school districts. Although her passion is providing early intervention services to children with autism, she has enjoyed working with individuals with a variety of disabilities from 2 to 22 years-old. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and completed her Master of Arts in Psychology. Joy received her Ph.D. in Disability Disciplines, with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis, from Utah State University. She has published in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders and plans to continue her research evaluating the use of technology for training staff to implement teaching strategies based on the principles of behavior analysis.
Director of Business Management and Development
Phone: 510-665-9700 ext. 6
Kathleen Karimi is presently pursuing a Master’s degree in Health Administration from Ohio University and possesses a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota. Prior to her work as a healthcare administrator, Kathleen spent several years providing hands on crisis intervention and critical case management services to persons with intellectual disabilities and their families. Kathleen currently serves as STE Consultant’s Director of Business Management and Development, where her primary responsibilities include managing strategic growth and success of STE’s healthcare operations.