Burnaby Area Team
Irene Lei, Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA), Behaviour Consultant
Irene has her M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction (Teaching and Learning) with a concentration in Applied Behavioral Analysis and Autism Spectrum through Arizona State University. She is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst® (BCBA). She is a "Category A" Behaviour Consultant on the Registry of Autism Service Providers (RASP). She has been working with children with autism since 2007. Irene began her career at Monarch House in 2009. She has extensive experience working with children with autism along with developmental delay and a variety of genetic disorders using the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis in both home-based and centre-based settings. Irene is passionate about early intervention and training individuals to best support the client’s needs. She is working towards becoming a ESDM (Early Start Denver Model) Certified Therapist.
Marie Sleboda, Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA), Behaviour Consultant
Marie graduated from Louis Pasteur University in France with a Masters in Developmental Psychology, specializing in childhood and developmental delays in 2006. She quickly started working in the field of ABA as a Behaviour interventionist in Switzerland and developed her passion for ABA by attending to many workshops in Europe. She then provided behavioral intervention and consulting to children and teenagers aged 3-18 in France in both home and center-based settings before moving to Canada in 2015. Marie has been working with children with autism and developmental disabilities for nine years and became Board Certified Behaviour Analyst® (BCBA) in 2014. She is a Category A Behavior Consultant on the Registry of Autism Service Providers (RASP). Marie is currently working towards becoming an ESDM (Early Start Denver Model) Certified Therapist and has a special interests in Skinner's analysis of Verbal Behaviour, family training and early behavioral intervention.
Jamie Lee, Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA), Behaviour Consultant
Jamie completed her Masters of Education in Curriculum & Instruction (Teaching and Learning) with a concentration in Applied Behavior analysis and Autism Spectrum through Arizona State University in 2015 and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA) that same year. She is a Category A Behavior Consultant on the Registry of Autism Service Providers (RASP). Jamie’s experiences include working with children under the age of 6 in home, centre, and school-based settings. She is working towards becoming a ESDM (Early Start Denver Model) Certified Therapist. Jamie is passionate about delivering comprehensive early intervention and providing parent training and coaching to address and support the unique needs of each child and
Sarah Gonzales, Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA), Behaviour Consultant
Sarah graduated from Simon Fraser University with a BA in Psychology with a specialty in Disabilities and Applied Behaviour Analysis through Douglas College. She is pursuing her Master's in Professional Education: Applied Behaviour Analysis at the University of Western Ontario. Sarah has worked as a behaviour interventionist since 2013, soon becoming a senior behaviour interventionist and a junior behaviour consultant. Sarah has provided services to client through Monarch House in center, home, and preschool-based settings. Sarah is passionate about early intervention and using applied behaviour analysis in a collaborative approach to help children develop functional communication, play, and life skills that will create a positive long-term outcome for themselves and their family.
Andrea Woods Gonzalez, B.A. (ABA - Autism), Behaviour Consultant
Andrea has been an active member in the field of ABA since 2008. She was awarded her BA in Applied Behaviour Analysis in 2017, with a thesis concentration in teaching individuals with ASD empathy and theory of mind. Her experiences include working with individuals of all ages, including teens and adults. Since starting employment at Monarch House, Andrea has served multiple roles; leading intensive peer treatment classes (IPT), hiring and training of new interventionists, and providing substitute sessions for clients when needed. Andrea plans to pursue her Master’s of ABA through Arizona State University in the near future, in order to further advance her education and skill set. Andrea has a special interest in the functions of behavior, and enjoys researching effective intervention strategies.
Kitty Lau, Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA)
Kitty completed her Masters of Education in Curriculum & Instruction (Teaching and Learning) with a concentration in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and Autism Spectrum through Arizona State University in 2017. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, with concentration in ABA through a joint program with Simon Fraser University and Douglas College. She has been working in the field since 2013, and has experience both working directly with children as a behaviour interventionist, and with providing consultative services to families. Her passion lies in providing evidence based early intervention, as well as providing parent coaching to provide support to the family.
Lauren Matthews, Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA)
Lauren completed her Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction (Teaching and Learning) with a concentration in Applied Behaviour Analysis and Autism Spectrum Disorder through Arizona State University in 2017. Lauren has experience working as a senior behaviour interventionist with children under the age of 6 in home and center-based programs since 2014 and later as a junior behaviour consultant. Lauren is passionate about providing early-intervention with a family-centered and collaborative approach.
Reux Sanchez, Occupational Therapist
Reux Sanchez has been an OT for over 10 years. He completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from a renowned University in the Philippines. After receiving his professional OT registration in the Philippines, he devoted four years of his practice specializing in pediatrics where he honed his skills in providing occupational therapy service (early intervention) to children with special needs like Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Developmental Coordination Disorders (DCD), and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD). Reux has also lived and worked in three different countries namely, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia and Oman and has gained vast experiences in working with adults with physical disabilities. He then moved to Canada and has pursued his practice in pediatrics focusing in sensory processing, self-regulation, gross motor, and fine motor and self-care skills. It is his goal to help children reach their optimum occupational performance required in their day to day activities. Reux is registered with the Registry of Autism Service Provider (RASP), College of Occupational Therapist of British Columbia (COTBC) and a proud member of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT). He is also trained and certified with Integrated Listening Systems (ILS) and Hand Writing Without Tears Program and he is very eager to enrich his knowledge and skills through engaging in continuing education and professional development to further develop skills in providing quality evidenced based therapy service.
Carrie Hunt, Occupational Therapist
Carrie Hunt holds an Honours, Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Brock University and a Master of Occupational Therapy from the University of British Columbia. She is registered with the College of Occupational Therapist of British Columbia (COTBC), and a member of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT). She also holds a Masters in Rehabilitation Science from Queens University that was funded by Social Science Health Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). She conducted research on how school-based therapists work with educators to facilitate participation for children with developmental disabilities. She has experience working on a multidisciplinary team with children in both early intervention and school-based settings. She practices family-centred care and has worked on goals with families to assist their children with fine and gross motor skills as well as to improve their handwriting and implement sensory strategies in the classroom with their teacher to enhance the child’s learning. She is passionate about working with children and being a key player in improving their quality of life.
Speech and Language
Becca Yu, Speech-Language Pathologist, Clinical Practice Leader, Clinic Manager
Becca completed her Bachelor's of Science in Biology at the University of British Columbia and her Master's of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology at Northwestern University in Chicago. She is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC). She is registered with the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of BC and is a provider on the Registry of Autism Service Providers (RASP). She is the current Director of Public Education for the Speech and Hearing BC and has been on their council since 2015. She is a strong advocate for timely access to services and therapeutic support across the life span. Becca has worked with children with special needs since 2005 and a part of the Monarch House team since 2010. She has experience as a behaviour interventionist and has worked as an SLP in both the public and private sectors. Becca is very passionate about working with children and has special interests in augmentative and alternative communication, bilingual language development and feeding disorders. She takes a collaborative approach in her clinical practice and believes in setting long term goals to provide the best quality of life for her clients and their families. She has training in Hanen, Sequential Oral Sensory (S.O.S.) Approach for feeding, Language Acquisition Through Motor Planning (LAMP) and Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and is attend workshops on executive functioning (Sarah Ward - Cognitive Connections), Pivotal Response Training (PRT) and the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM).
Nicola Keohane, Speech-Language Pathologist
Nicola graduated from University College Cork, Ireland with a Bachelor's degree in Public Health and Epidemiology and completed her Masters in Speech and Language Therapy in the University of Limerick, Ireland. She has experience working with children with autism through volunteer work, as a speech language pathologist (SLP) practicum student and as a graduate SLP in both individual and group therapy settings. Nicola has a special interest in speech sound disorders and completed her thesis in this area. She is registered with the College of Speech & Hearing Health
Amber Stansbury, Speech-Language Pathologist
Amber graduated from the University of Redlands in California with a Bachelor's degree in Communicative Disorders and Spanish and completed her Masters in Speech and Language Pathology with an emphasis in bilingualism at the University of Texas at Austin. She is registered with the College of Speech & Hearing Health Professionals of British Columbia. She has experience working with children with autism in both individual and group therapy settings and has experience in parent coaching. Amber is passionate about providing services that are both culturally and linguistically appropriate for the family. Amber has a special interest in bilingual language development and completed her thesis in this area.
Nekesia Abrams, Speech-Language Pathologist
Nekesia graduated from Concordia University in Montreal with a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics and Psychology and recently completed a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of British Columbia. She is registered with the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of British Columbia (Conditional Active Status). She has experience working with children with autism as a speech-language pathologist practicum student. She has clinical experience assessing and supporting children in the areas of phonological development, articulation, language delays, and social communication disorders.
Elysia Saundry, Speech-Language Pathologist
International Centre for Disability and Rehabilitation. Elysia is passionate about inter-professional collaboration and enjoys being part of the team at Monarch House. She has trained with Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and the Hanen Centre. Elysia also has an interest in working with clients who stutter, as she trained at the Institute for Stuttering Treatment and Research (ISTAR) and completed a workshop for the Lidcombe Program. She is registered with the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of BC and she is clinically certified with Speech-Language & Audiology Canada. Elysia is a Supervised Speech-Language Pathologist on the Registry of Autism Service Providers (RASP).