Our Team

Administration

Shelley Turner, LCSW, Director of Developmental Services Behavioral Health Programs
Shelley, a licensed clinical social worker, has been a member of the Rady Children’s family since 1997 and a member of the Developmental Services leadership team since 2008. She provides administrative oversight of the Autism Discovery Institute, Developmental Evaluation Clinic and Alexa’s PLAYC.  For over 25 years, her career has been dedicated to serving children. Specifically, she has focused on prevention, early intervention and treatment in the areas of family violence, child abuse and neglect, and infant/early childhood development.

 

Jennifer Reinehr, Psy.D., Alexa’s PLAYC Clinical Psychologist and Supervisor
Jennifer is the clinical psychologist and supervisor for Alexa’s PLAYC at the Autism Discovery Institute. Her clinical interests include autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), inclusive programming and developmental and diagnostic assessment. Jennifer’s current work involves clinical oversight of the programming provided to children with ASDs and their typically developing peers who are enrolled at Alexa’s PLAYC. She also provides consultation, education and training for community preschools and organizations.  Jennifer’s most recent work, funded by Autism Speaks and soon to be printed, is titled “Pre-School Inclusion Programming for Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A toolkit for Training and Program Development.”

Fara-ADI TeamFara Bowles, Administrative Assistant and Patient Access Representative
Fara has her degree in early childhood development. She has been teaching in a preschool setting  since 1987 and teaching children on the autism spectrum since 2009. She recently came out of the classroom to join the front-office staff and enjoys the relationships she has made with the families. Outside of work, Fara enjoys traveling, concerts, watching sports and spending time at the beach.

Bonnie Corbin, Administrative Associate
Bonnie has been a part of the Autism Discovery Institute since its inception. Then known as the Children’s Autism Intervention Center, she held roles ranging from scheduling, assisting in the Toddler School with snack and nap times, and taking care of the daily business transactions. With the expansion of the center to the Autism Discovery Institute, Bonnie now focuses more on the business operations but may still be found interacting with families at the front desk or handling the variety of needs that arise.

Behavioral Specialists

Nora Camacho, BCBA
Nora graduated from Providence College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in education. She went on to obtain a master’s degree from San Diego State University in special education, with an emphasis in autism, as well as a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Alliant University. Nora became a board-certified behavior analyst in 2010. She worked as a supervisor for in-home applied behavior analysis therapy programs for nine years prior to joining our team. Nora is passionate about improving the lives of children and adults with disabilities while also supporting their families.

 

Abbey Hye, M.A., BCBA
Abbey received her Master of Arts in human development and psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles and is a board-certified behavior analyst. She has broad training in the implementation of behavioral and developmental treatments (e.g., PRT, JASPER, ESDM) for children with autism and other developmental delays (e.g. Dup15q, tuberous sclerosis complex). Prior to joining Rady Children’s, she worked as a research assistant on a variety of early intervention studies at UC San Diego and UCLA, provided in home therapy through local agencies and conducted developmental/diagnostic assessments at the UCLA CAN Clinic. She has a passion for parent coaching and is committed to teaching social communication skills to children with autism and helping their families. Abbey has been working in the field of applied behavior analysis since 2008.

Early Childhood Autism Education Associates

Denise Arco
Denise graduated from San Diego State University in the spring of 2017 and received her bachelor’s degree in psychology. Prior to becoming part of Alexa’s PLAYC, she worked for the Poway Unified School District as an after-school care teacher. Subsequently, she pursued her passion for children by becoming a behavioral interventionist and implementing in-home applied behavioral therapy for children with autism. Her hobbies include crafting, blogging and yoga.

Noel Devine
Noel earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Vanguard University of Southern California. Before joining Alexa’s PLAYC, she worked as a behavioral interventionist for three years. She has worked in the home setting as well as private and public schools. In her spare time, Noel enjoys playing tennis, spending time with family and friends, and baking.

 

Sarah Fahlstrom
Sarah graduated from Cal State San Marcos. She received her bachelor’s degree in sociology, with an emphasis in youth and family services. She provided in-home applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy for seven years prior to joining Alexa’s PLAYC. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys spending time with her family, going to concerts, discovering new restaurants, cooking and eating.

 

Elizabeth Gallagher
Elizabeth earned her bachelor’s degree in child development (ages 0-5) from San Diego State University in 2015. During her college years, she worked at the university’s children’s center. In 2016, she joined the Rady Children’s team as a developmental specialist for Children’s Care Connection (C3). In this role, she worked with children ages 0-5 and their families, providing developmental assessments as well as general development, behavior and language classes. She then joined our PLAYC team in September 2017. Elizabeth is also working on her master’s in education, with an emphasis in applied behavior analysis. In her free time, she enjoys going to concerts, cooking and yoga.

Naisargi2016Naisargi Mehta
Naisargi received her Master of Arts in clinical psychology. She has completed a certificate course in applied behavior analysis (ABA) from National University in San Diego and has also completed her ABA/board-certified behavior analyst supervision hours. Before joining our team, she worked as a behavior specialist, focusing on children with autism spectrum disorders. In her spare time, she enjoys dancing, traveling and listening to music.

 

Margaret Noll 
Margaret received her bachelor’s degree in genetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For the past six years, she has worked as an autism treatment provider in the clinic and home setting in the Madison area. Margaret recently moved to San Diego and is excited to skip the winter weather.

Daniela Orozco
Daniela earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in Spanish from San Diego State University in 2012. She has worked with children with developmental disabilities in various settings for six years. She was an applied behavior analysis interventionist for 2 ½ years, working at an in-home setting with children ages 2 to 15. In her free time, she enjoys walking her three dogs in Ocean Beach and taking long hikes on the weekends.

Linda Phay
Linda earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from San Diego State University. She has been in the field of education since 2002, working with children of all ages, as well as adults, on the autism spectrum. Before joining the team, Linda gained experience in applied behavior analysis working as a registered behavior technician with children and their families in the home, school and community. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with loved ones, hiking, swimming, dancing and listening to music.

Elaina Pumpelly
Elaina received her master’s degree in special education from National University. She comes to us from a local in-home program, where she worked as an advanced behavior specialist, with a focus on children with autism spectrum disorders. She was a social skills group leader, providing one-on-one behavior management, and implemented applied behavior analysis interventions. Prior to these experiences, Elaina worked as a preschool teacher. In her free time, she loves riding her bike, going to the beach and hanging out with family.

Melissa-ADI TeamMelissa Ramirez
Melissa earned her bachelor’s degree in child and family development from San Diego State University. She has worked in the field of child development since 1997 and has worked at Rady Children’s since 1999. When Melissa is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, going to the movies, shopping, scrapbooking and going for walks on the beach.

Jeanna Sardena
Jeanna earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from San Diego State University. Before joining our team, she provided in-home applied behavior analysis therapy services to children with autism and other developmental disorders for three years. Her goal is to provide children with the tools they need to succeed, both in interacting with their peers and in their life experiences. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, watching movies and going to concerts. Her favorite time of the year is winter because she gets to watch her favorite football team, the Greenbay Packers. During the holidays, she treasures quality time with her husband and family.

Early Childhood Teachers

Christi Eseller
Christi graduated in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in child family development from San Diego State University. In the past three years, she’s had a broad range of experience, from working in school-age programs, to preschool, to volunteering with San Diego Parks & Recreation’s Therapeutic Services’ Kid’s Zone, which specializes in field trips for children with disabilities. In her free time, she loves to spend time with her dog, family and friends; listen to music; travel; shop; and meet new people!

Kayla Ferrugia
Kayla earned her bachelor’s degree in early childhood studies from CSU Channel Islands. She has been working in preschools for more than seven years and is passionate about teaching and using sign language with children. In her spare time, Kayla enjoys yoga and spending time with her family.

Katie Gafford
Katie received her bachelor’s degree in child and adolescent development from Point Loma Nazarene University. She previously worked as a behavioral therapist for children on the autism spectrum and brings experience in applied behavior analysis to our team. Previously, Katie worked as a preschool teacher. She has also volunteered for many sports programs for children with varying abilities. In her free time, she loves going to the beach, hanging out with friends and family, and taking care of her kitten.

 

Lory Gallardo
Lory earned a bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition. She worked at the Rady Children’s Child Care Center (now Alexa’s PLAYC) when the center opened in September of 1995. Lory has experience teaching in elementary and secondary schools, and has been a preschool teacher since 1989. Her philosophy is that children can learn the skills necessary to succeed in life and should be empowered to maximize their capabilities. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the piano, organ, and harp, and reading books.

 

Torrey Hester
Torrey graduated from San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in child and family development. Before joining the Alexa’s PLAYC team in August 2017, she worked as an administrative assistant for a construction company for three years. She also worked with children ages 2-12 doing applied behavior analysis in the home setting. Additionally, Torrey was an assistant teacher at the Grossmont College Child Development Center for two years. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, baking, camping and spending time with family and friends.

Cassidy Justice
Cassidy earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from UC San Diego and holds a Child Development Teaching Permit. After graduating, she was trained in applied behavior analysis and worked as a behavioral therapist with young children and their families in the home setting. In her teaching experience, she has worked in Reggio Emilia-inspired classrooms and describes her teaching style as “explorative, natural, playful and fun.”  Cassidy is very excited to bring her knowledge of early childhood classroom teaching and her experience working one-on-one with children with autism to Alexa’s PLAYC. In her free time, she enjoys taking her dog to the dog beach, going camping, doing yoga, reading and making art.

Audrey Lamagna
Audrey earned her bachelor’s degree in child development from California State University, Sacramento. She has worked as an early childhood teacher and was most recently a behavioral interventionist. Audrey has worked with both typical children and those on the autism spectrum. In her spare time, she is a freelance makeup artist for special events. Audrey enjoys doing crafts and spends her weekends discovering new food spots with her husband and daughter.

Sarah Lambert
Sarah earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Ill., and her associate’s degree in child development from Grossmont College in El Cajon, Calif. She has worked with young children since 1993, mostly in the preschool setting. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys reading, sewing, gardening, crafts, watching TV and walking with her dogs.

Coral Mireles
Coral graduated from San Diego State University in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in child and family development. Prior to joining Alexa’s PLAYC, she worked as an associate teacher in a preschool setting for two years and also worked as a behavior interventionist in the home setting. During her spare time, Coral enjoys going to the beach, hiking and spending time with her family and friends.

Lara Padrigon
Lara earned her degree in child development and is currently pursuing a degree in psychology. She has worked in the field of child development since 2003 with both neuro-typical children and children with special needs. In her spare time, Lara enjoys reading, watching movies, catching up on sports, painting/drawing, spending quality time with her family and trying out different types of cuisines.

Marjon Popal
Marjon earned her bachelor’s degree in human development from UC San Diego. Her undergraduate classes not only allowed her to develop a solid foundation in preparing for an integrated early education program, but have also given her multiple opportunities to learn alongside qualified, well-trained and creative teachers. In her free time, Marjon enjoys outdoor activities with her friends and family.

Sally Sutil
Sally received her associate’s degree in early childhood development from Grossmont Community College. She has worked for over 25 years in the field of childhood development. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, biking and gardening.

Jessica Tajalle
Jessica earned her bachelor’s degree in child and family development from San Diego State University. She also completed a credential program at San Diego State University in early childhood special education. She has worked with young children since 2005 in the home and school settings. In her free time, Jessica enjoys reading, listening to reggae music and being outside in beautiful San Diego.

 

Phyleeza Zambrano
Phyleeza is originally from the Bay Area. She attended California State University, Sacramento and earned her bachelor’s degree in child development, with a concentration in individualized programs and a minor in counseling in 2010. She has been working in the early child development field for seven years and enjoys working with children.

Occupational Therapist

Martha Beck-Monroe, M.S., OTR/L
Martha (“Marta”) received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California in 2007 with dual degrees in psychology and communication. After graduating, she worked as the lead behavior therapist at an early intervention preschool program for children on the autism spectrum for three years before starting graduate school. Marta is a registered and licensed occupational therapist and received her Masters of Occupational Therapy in 2012 from Boston University. She has been working at Rady Children’s since 2013. Marta enjoys working with children of all ages and helping them to achieve their goals and reach their fullest potential.  She also has experience working in other areas of occupational therapy, such as school settings and skilled nursing facilities. Marta is currently a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and is certified in the SOS Approach to Feeding as well as iLS (Integrative Listening Systems). In her personal time, she enjoys long walks with her dog Taco and knitting for friends and family.

Speech-Language Pathologist

Christiana David, M.A.
Christiana has been a speech-language pathologist at Rady Children’s Hospital since 2011. She earned her bachelor’s degree in communication disorders with a minor in psychology and her master’s degree in speech, language, and hearing sciences from San Diego State University. Christiana enjoys helping children and their families realize their potential through improved communication skills. At Rady Children’s, she treats children in the outpatient clinic and is a member of the Feeding Team. She has worked as part of the Inpatient Rehabilitation Team and treated kids at the Helen Bernardy Center. Christiana is trained in PROMPT level 1 (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Musculature Phonetic Targets) and PECS Level 1 (Picture Exchange Communication System). She is licensed by the state of California and holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).