Heather Suarez

M.Ed., BCBA, LBA
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
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