What makes ABLE stand out from other agencies?
Applied Behavior & Learning Enterprises, Inc. (ABLE) is an agency in Southern California that specializes in providing applied behavior analytical services to individuals with a spectrum of disorders. The agency was founded in 2010 by Faun Jimenez, M.S., BCBA (FSU ABA graduate, class of 2006) and Leah Jimenez, B.S. (FSU Business graduate, class of 2006).
We have a strong commitment to caregiver training and generalization across settings. Through our services we expect that our clients will increase their skill levels, families will achieve positive family experiences, and they will both be prepared for increased community participation. We also stand out by creating environmental contingencies that encourage personal and professional growth and allowing team members to feel appreciated and valued.
At ABLE we believe in approaching referrals professionally, ethically, and with full accountability to our clients. We have hired consultants from diverse cultures and backgrounds in order to better serve the community. Our consultants are bilingual and have experience in severe behavior disorder, effective autism treatment, classroom management, developmental disabilities and performance management.
MEET THE TEAM
Our consulting team is led by Faun Jimenez, M.S., BCBA.
Our administration team is led by Leah Jimenez, B.S.
Faun Jimenez, M.S. BCBA
Faun Jimenez has worked as a Behavior Analyst in both Florida and California. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master's degree in Psychology with a Specialty in Applied Behavior Analysis, both from Florida State University. Faun is fluent in English and Spanish, holds a Bachelor degree in French, and has a unique understanding of cultural diversity. As a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Faun has provided supervision to many practitioners and has also created program designs for various agencies in Southern California. Her passions include the dissemination of Applied Behavior Analysis, as well as the enhancement of family interactions and their integration in the community.
Leah Jimenez, B.S.
Director of Operations
Leah Jimenez graduated from Florida State University with a dual major in Multinational Business Operations and Marketing. She has worked in a variety of industries including: tourism, education, telecommunications, and technology. In addition to her experience in business and education, Ms. Jimenez speaks English and Spanish fluently and also carries certifications in both French and Italian. She oversees all business functions for ABLE and is constantly streamlining processes in order to improve communication and effectiveness.
Erika du Bellier, M.S. BCBA
Assistant Clinical Director
Erika du Bellier began her career in ABA in 2004 working with various school and home-based agencies within the San Fernando Valley. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and a Master of Science degree in Counseling from California State University, Northridge. Her background in the social sciences has proven to be an asset with building strong relationships and teams throughout her experience in homes, schools, clinics, and communities. She has a great passion for working with individuals with special needs and their families, as well as mentoring other professionals in the field. In her free time, Erika enjoys traveling, cooking, baking macarons, hiking, and spending time with friends and family.
Jesse Gaunt, M.Ed. BCBA
Jesse Gaunt started his career in ABA in 2008 while working with school-age children and young adults in the Santa Clarita Valley. He then generalized his skills to the school setting when he joined the Autism Resource Team for San Francisco Unified School District and later the Alhambra Unified School District. Jesse graduated from Arizona State University with a Master's in Education specializing in Instruction and Curriculum of ABA and soon after earned his board certification. His areas of interest include discrete trial teaching, naturalistic behavior development interventions, social/emotional development, and executive functioning development. In his free time, Jesse enjoys cooking and spending time with his pet pig, Tootsie.
Yu Ting (Allie) Leung, M.A. BCBA
Yu Ting (Allie) Leung started her career in Applied Behavior Analysis back in 2007 working as a paraprofessional in an all-inclusive middle school. She then transitioned to working as a behavior therapist across various settings. She graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Master's in Behavioral Clinical Psychology and later became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in 2015. In addition to working with children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental delays in the United States, she has provided supervision and consultation to parents and educators in Beijing, China. Allie has also utilized her knowledge in ABA to work with problem horses at the LA Equestrian Center. In her free time, Allie loves to play the piano, take her dog to agility classes, and go horseback riding.
Gabriela Mendivil, M.S.
Gabriela Mendivil-Arias began her career in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2012, as a behavior consultant primarily working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities. Throughout her career, she has provided in-home services to children, adolescents, and adults as a behavior technician, parent educator and clinical supervisor. Gabriela is dedicated to providing ABA services to clients to improve their quality of life using evidence based strategies. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master's degree in Psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis. In her free time, Gabriela enjoys reading, traveling, listening to podcasts, and taking photographs.
Travis von Keller, M.S. BCBA
Travis von Keller began her career in ABA in 2015 working as a Youth Autism Specialist in a residential treatment facility. Since then, Travis has worked in a variety of settings including schools, day treatment centers, and in home. Travis is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis from Capella University. Travis is passionate about promoting independence and providing opportunities for individuals to live fulfilling and enjoyable lives. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, watching movies, playing trivia, and hiking with her dog, Finn.
Franky Chavez, M.S.
Franky Chavez began his career in ABA in 2006 providing behavior intervention implementation (BII) services to LAUSD students. Since then he has provided home-based services as a behavior therapist, co-supervisor, parent educator, and clinical supervisor. Franky earned his Master of Science degree in Psychology and continues to be fascinated by human behavior. He enjoys reading about current applications and listening to ABA podcasts, as well as disseminating how to use scientific approaches to help improve the quality of human life. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family and working out.
Kevin Lyons, M.S.
Kevin Lyons began his journey in ABA at ABLE in 2011 while providing in-home services to school-aged children. After generalizing his skills to school settings, Kevin is back and eager to continue providing services to families and individuals in need. He enjoys learning about the science of behavior change and seeing the progress made with families with special needs as well as the impact on their daily lives. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine and Performing Arts from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. He has a Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and is currently accruing his supervised experience for board certification. His hobbies include photography, film making, and podcasting. He also enjoys watching movies and collecting VHS tapes of classic movies.