Heather Suarez

Co-Founder and
Administrative Director

Heather has been working with young children with autism and their families for 15 years. She loves working one-on-one with her clients, parent coaching, and collaborating with other services providers. Since founding STEPS in 2009, Heather oversees all facets of the company, including but not limited to administrative responsibilities, supervising BTs and BCBAs, mentoring UW practicum students, organizing groups, and working hand and hand with Erin to ensure high quality services for each of our clients and their families.

Heather’s interest for ABA and children with autism formed in 2002 when she was a home therapist for a little girl with autism. This experience led her to the University of Washington where she received her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education and her teaching certificate. During her two years spent in the UW graduate program, she worked at the Experimental Education Unit (EEU).  Prior to STEPS, Heather was an autism consultant at the University of Washington Autism Center. It was during this time that Heather received her BCBA.

In addition to her commitment and love for STEPS, Heather and her husband, Pat, have two young and very active boys. Her boys attend the Experimental Education Unit (EEU) and as a family they enjoy spending time with friends and family.


Heather Suarez Co-Founder and
Administrative Director
Erin Benzikry Co-Owner and
Clinical Director
Tiffanie Hawkins BCBA Molly Ewbank BCBA and Scheduling Coordinator Erica Lee Behavior Technician Zoe Groff Behavior Technician Amanda Strickland Office Administrator Jennie Trujillo BCBA Vivian Tran Behavior Therapist