Heather Suarez

Co-Founder and
Administrative Director

Heather has been working with young children with autism and their families for many years. She loves working one-on-one with her clients, parent coaching, and working closely with others in the community. Since founding STEPS in 2009, Heather oversees many facets of the company, including but not limited to administrative responsibilities, supervising behavior technicians and BCBAs, organizing groups, managing new client intakes, 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 behavioral 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 a BCBA at the University of Washington Autism Center. In addition, Heather serves on the University of Washington Haring Center Advancement Board.

Aside to her commitment and love for STEPS, Heather and her husband, Pat, have two very active boys and a dog named, Maui. When Heather is not trying to keep up with her boys you can find her spending time with friends and planning trips.

Heather Suarez Co-Founder and
Administrative Director
Erin Benzikry Co-Owner and
Clinical Director
Tiffanie Goad Social Skills Lead Molly Ewbank BCBA and Scheduling Coordinator Erica Lee Behavior Technician Emma Summerour Behavior Technician Briana Rosales BCBA Cailey Karshmer Behavior Technician Olivia de la Fuente Behavior Technician Emma Branch Behavior Technician Petra Kellie Office Administrator