Erin Benzikry

M.Ed., BCBA, LBA
Co-Owner and
Clinical Director

Erin's role as Clinical Director allows her to work collaboratively with staff and families to ensure continued high quality services. Her role at STEPS includes hiring, training of staff, scheduling and placements of staff, supervision of Behavior Technicians and BCBAs and intake with new families, among many other responsibilities. Erin and Heather partner together to ensure that the clinical and administrative needs of STEPS families and staff are met. Aside from this role, Erin's passion lies in her work with her own clients through development of programming, working collaboratively with multi-disciplinary teams and supporting families to become their child's strongest advocate. 

Erin originally graduated from the University of Arizona with dual degrees in Psychology and Special Education. Following her graduation, she began working at the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (SARRC) in Phoenix, where she developed a desire to pursue a career in Applied Behavior Analysis and working with young children with autism. At SARRC, Erin received intensive training and worked as a Clinical Interventionist in an inclusive Pre-K classroom.

Erin moved from Arizona to Seattle to pursue her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education and Behavior Analysis at the University of Washington. She spent one year working as an Assistant Teacher at the Experimental Education Unit in the Infant and Toddler program, learning how to educate and support very young children with a variety of special needs. During her second year, she worked as an Assistant Teacher in Project DATA, providing extended-day services to preschool students with autism. Erin graduated with her M.Ed. and teaching certification and chose to remain in Seattle to pursue her career as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Erin joined the STEPS team as a BCBA and shortly thereafter became a co-owner of the company.

In her free time, Erin enjoys quality time with her husband, Aviad, daughter, Mayah and two pups. She loves cooking and baking new recipes, traveling the world and soaking up any sunshine she can get here in Seattle.

Heather Suarez Co-Founder and
Administrative Director
Erin Benzikry Co-Owner and
Clinical Director
Andrea Benson BCBA Tiffanie Hawkins BCBA Chelsea Zink BCBA and Clinical Coordinator Molly Ewbank BCBA Jill Harlow Administrative Assistant Alexandra Detzner Behavior Technician Allison Marti Behavior Technician Danielle Sandbach Behavior Technician Karisa Streit Behavior Technician Merrick Dazzo Behavior Technician Marin Fujiwara Behavior Technician Stephanie Alzate BCBA Jillian Allibone Clinical Office Administrator Nikki Sinton Behavior Technician Jessie Swofford Behavior Technician Kaitlyn Hensley Behavior Technician Madeleine Goldsmith Behavior Technician Caroline Herting Behavior Technician