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Our Team

meet our team

the people behind RCG

Sherman Adkins

Founder and Managing Director

Sherman is the Founder and Managing Director of RCG. He is passionate about supporting at-risk and special needs youth. This spark occurred 15 years ago after volunteering with the Virginia Department of Social Services. In 2005, this newfound passion led to the co-founding of EMS Ventures, an organization focused on providing mental health services to both children and adults. While leading EMS, Sherman identified that Central Virginia was in dire need of quality programming to serve the Autism community.

In 2012, the company was formed and has been dedicated to the following: Provide Excellent Services to Clients and Families • Support other Team’s Member’s Excellence and Happiness • Be an agent of Change and Growth • Care about our Community.

Sherman graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Virginia Commonwealth University. He enjoys reading, studying history and spending quality time with his wife, Tarsha and his daughters, Jordyn and Gabby. He is an active member of the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce and the Virginia Council of CEOs.

Stephanie Johnson

Human & Client Relations Director

Stephanie serves as the Human & Client Relations Director. She believes from her toddler age she has been a leader, being a boss on the playground, holding meetings to see what we should do as a group. She feels that she has always been a natural born leader. Leading people in the right direction and seeing potential in them that they might not see themselves is something that she holds dear to my heart.

Stephanie believes in people and knowing that it only takes one person to make a difference….

Stephanie has obtained her MBA with a Concentration in Human Resources.
RCG is her home! She loves working with families and helping make a difference in the Autism Community. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with my children, dancing to Bruno Mars and Beyonce around the house and cooking new recipes! Baking is my favorite past-time and binging on Netflix series!

Tiffanie Johnson

Clinical Director

Tiffanie is the Clinical Director at Recognizing Children’s Gifts and oversees various programs including in-home ABA therapy, school preparatory program, life prep program, afterschool and behavior consultation services. Tiffanie started working with children with autism in 2002 and instantly fell in love with this population and the world of Behavior Analysis.

Prior to this position, she worked in Richmond Public Schools providing technical assistance, coaching and mentoring to students, teachers and staff based on evidence based practices for 6 years and also worked at The Faison Center for 6 years prior to that. She holds a master’s degree in Special Education with a specialization in Intellectual Disabilities and a postgraduate degree as a Reading Specialist from Virginia Commonwealth University. Tiffanie is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a licensed behavior analyst in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Tiffanie is also a member of the Virginia Association for Behavior Analysis and the Association Of Professional Behavioral Analysts.

She brings a wide range of experience, rapport with peers, families, and educators in the field, and a broad awareness of the issues and concerns affecting many different parts of the autism community.  She is a passionate advocate for all individuals and believes that everyone can and should have access to the things they love and enjoy. She thrives on providing support and developing paths and programs for individuals, families and community members to help obtain these goals.

Eric Townsend

Director of Operations

Eric joined RCG in November 2016. Prior to joining RCG, Eric worked for 14 years at another human services agency in the Metro Richmond area. His most recent role at the agency was the Director of Therapeutic Day Treatment & Day Support. He also served as the Director of the Youth Emergency Shelter at that agency. Eric is married to Michelle Townsend and is the father of 4 children, Ashia, Jalah, Eric II and Grace. Eric enjoys spending time with his family. Eric is very involved in the community and has also coached youth sports for more than 10 years. Eric says joining RCG was the best career decision he ever made. At RCG, Eric lives by the motto “We will make it happen!”

LaDonna Branson

Supervisor of Administrative Services

LaDonna comes to RCG with an extensive background in Human Resource and administrative tasks. She is a Virginia native hailing from the Tidewater area where she lived out her childhood years before serving 8 selfless years in the United States Army. Her job took her all over the world from Hawaii to Afghanistan. Upon her honorable discharge from the military, she continued to serve our country as a civilian for almost a decade as a Government Service employee. LaDonna has a true passion for people and invest much of her time leading, coaching, collaborating, and developing others.

LaDonna is married and has three children. She is an active member of the storied Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. where she serves on various committees. She is also the co-founder the local nonprofit, Pediatric Research and Advocacy Initiative (PRAI) which lobbies and advocates on behalf of children in Virginia, who are diagnosed with a specific autoimmune disorder called PANS/PANDAS. Her duty and commitment to her community is unmatched. LaDonna earned her MBA from Trident University and plans to pursue a Doctorate of Business. Outside of work, LaDonna enjoys spending time traveling with her husband and children and serving in her local church.

Aaron Kendrick

Accounting Manager

Aaron is the Accounting Manager for RCG. Prior to joining the team, he worked for over ten years in the public sector, first at Virginia Commonwealth University, and more recently at Chesterfield County. With a strong background in Accounting, Budget Analysis, and Information Systems, Aaron is a dedicated administrative professional with a passion for creative problem solving.

In his personal life Aaron enjoys film and television, video games, and spending time with his beautiful wife Amanda, and their adorable cat Catherine.

Mari Loving

Billing & Compliance Coordinator

Mari is the Billing Compliance Coordinator for RCG. Prior to her billing career, Mari worked as a behavior therapist for 7 years. This, along with her billing experience has provided her a unique perspective on ABA service delivery. She enjoys working closely with dedicated fellow team members to ensure that our clients remain at the forefront of all that we do, and RCG’s mission is upheld in our billing practices.

In her personal time, Mari enjoys her very busy household. Spending time with her husband, two daughters, two dogs, and her cat is the highlight of her day. Together, they enjoy spending time at Lake Gaston. listening to music, watching movies, and playing outside.

Courtney Bise

Training and Professional Development Senior Manager

Courtney serves as the Training and Professional Development Senior Manager and comes with a wealth of experiences working with kids. She served as a teacher at The Faison School for Autism and taught in a Hanover County Public Schools Autism Classroom. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Master’s Degree in Special Education from VCU. Courtney is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Licensed Behavior Analyst, and Safety Care Trainer.

She loves being near the water, baking, and spending time with her family.

Anu Upadhyaya

School Support Services Program Director

Anu is the director of school support services at RCG. He has a vast array of experience from both private and public schools as a special education teacher and building level administrator. He has a passion for helping students with disabilities be successful. When he worked for Virginia Department of Education as a data analyst and monitoring specialist he had the opportunity to visit 70 school divisions in the state of Virginia to evaluate the special education program for effectiveness. He loves to dig into the data and connect the dots to see the big picture. Solving puzzles is a challenge he is always ready to tackle. Anu finds relaxation when kayaking or stand up paddle boarding on the lake. He enjoys long nature hikes with his lovely wife and three children Ajai, Anya and Anjali.

Sarah Shreckhise

Lead Speech-Language Pathologist

Sarah serves as our Lead Speech-Language Pathologist. In addition to certification in speech-language pathology, Sarah is also a BCBA, LBA. She has been working with children and families to develop and improve communication skills for the past 15 years. She has worked in a variety of settings that include schools, clinics and home-based settings.

Sarah has had a wide range of clinical experiences that include working with clients who have hearing and/or vision differences, as well as individuals with a variety of developmental differences. She is fluent in American Sign Language and has used many other forms of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). She earned her MS in speech-language pathology at James Madison University and completed her BCBA coursework through the Florida Institute of Technology. Sarah enjoys learning new skills and strategies in order to grow as a clinician. She is inspired by the moments of growth that she has gotten to witness from all of her clients along the way.

Kara Herring

Senior Training & Professional Development Supervisor

Kara is the ABA Training and Professional Development Supervisor. She became interested in helping children with special needs since her sister was diagnosed with ADHD/ADD. She wanted to become an advocate for individuals with special needs due to the lack of resources available for her sister throughout her time in public school. She is very active in the autism community here in Virginia. She volunteers with a local nonprofit group, Central Virginia Autism Society, participating in various events. She has been working with and assisting individuals with autism for about 8 years in the school setting and in-home ABA setting.

Kara received her undergraduate degree in Psychology through Virginia Commonwealth University. From there, she attended Arizona State University and received her Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Applied Behavioral Analysis. Kara is currently licensed as an Behavior Analyst through the state of Virginia.

Jamie Bass

Life Prep Senior Clinical Supervisor

Jamie is the Life Prep Senior Clinical Supervisor and has been working in the field of ABA since 2008. She received her Masters in Special Education with a focus on Severe Disabilities from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2012 and has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2014. Jamie’s passion lies in working with teens and adults with autism or other developmental disabilities. She enjoys helping them identify what a “good life” means to them and teaching skills needed to hit milestones and achieve goals which move them closer to the life they want. Jamie strongly feels that inclusivity should be the norm, and is active in her community to promote this. She is on the Junior Board of the Autism Society of Central Virginia and also teaches with SPARC’s Live Art program, an inclusive arts program in the Richmond area. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors, practicing yoga and spending time with her wonderful husband and children.

Tara Lamm

Life Prep Clinical Supervisor

Tara currently serves as a Life Prep Clinical Supervisor. Tara began working in the ABA field in 2012, when she graduated from Randolph-Macon College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Tara began working at RCG in 2016, where she realized her true passion is working with teens and young adults with Autism or other developmental disabilities. Tara received her BCaBA and LABA in 2018.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her spouse and three dogs.

Hannah Buchanan

Clinical Supervisor

Hannah Buchanan started working at Recognizing Children’s Gifts in 2015 and is currently a Clinical Supervisor. Prior to joining the RCG team, Hannah received her B.A. in Psychology and Child Development from Peace College in 2010. She started her career in the field of ABA in 2011 when she started working for the Mariposa School for Children with Autism in North Carolina. Since then Hannah has provided ABA services to individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other disabilities in a variety of clinic, school, and home settings. She received her certification as a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) in 2016 after completing required courses and training from Florida Institute of Technology. In 2018, Hannah completed her Master of Arts in Professional Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology and is now a Licensed Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).

Hannah has a passion for helping individuals affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder and other disabilities and their families. In her role as Clinical Supervisor, Hannah provides training, oversight and support to those implementing individualized programming and hopes to continue to use her extensive knowledge of ABA and experience to empower and help individuals meet their goals.

Erin Jones

Clinical Supervisor

Erin serves as a Clinical Supervisor and has worked in a classroom setting with 2 to 6-year-olds who had severe emotional disturbances for 4 years before getting into the field of ABA. She worked with children with autism as a behavior technician for 6 years before becoming a clinical trainer and then a BCBA. Erin has obtained her M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis, Board Certified Behavior Analyst, LBA. She loves baking, hiking, and playing with her 2 wonderful children!

Eleni Meister

Clinical Supervisor

Eleni shares her love for children, especially those with Special Needs, whom she says have had a piece of her heart her whole life. She began working with children of various developmental disabilities as a teenager and fell in love from that point on! During her undergraduate years, she began by pursuing Occupational Therapy while working as a full time Respite Provider for children. From that pursuit, she was introduced to the field of Applied Behavior Analysis specializing in Autism Treatment. Eleni has worked in the field as a full time Therapist, Training & Service Coordinator, and now Clinical Supervisor for the past 6 years. She couldn’t imagine a job without kids surrounding her!

Eleni has her B.S. in Psychology; M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis, Board Certified Behavior Analyst, LBA.

Rebekah Brown

Clinical Supervisor

Rebekah is a Clinical Supervisor who loves kids. In college, she worked as a paraprofessional assisting with job coaching for individuals with disabilities. After graduating from college she worked for 4 years at the Faison Center as both a teaching assistant, and then team leader. Her experience at Faison her to seek further education in behavior analysis and her BCaBA certification.

She graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology with a minor in Therapeutic Recreation. After moving to Richmond, Rebekah went through coursework for her BCaBA certification.

She enjoys spending time outside with her husband and twin boys outside of work!

Kristen Keys

Clinical Supervisor

Kristen serves as a Clinical Supervisor and has been working in the ABA field since 2011, when she graduated from VCU with a B.S. in Psychology. In 2017 she decided to go back to school and pursue a BCaBA from FIT. Kristen is now a BCaBA, LABA and is a junior board member for the Central Virginia Autism Society.

Kevin Loving

Clinical Supervisor

Kevin joined the RCG team in 2019 and  serves as a Clinical Supervisor. He has been working with individuals diagnosed with Autism since 2011. He served as a teaching assistant and team lead at The Faison School for Autism for 4 years before teaching as a Functional Integrated Classroom Teacher in the public school system.  Kevin earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology  and a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Old Dominion University. Kevin is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a licensed behavior analyst in Virginia. He is passionate about working on communication skills with individuals and school readiness.

He enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters outside of work. He will often spend time at the lake with his family, playing video games with his youngest daughter, or watching scary movies with his oldest daughter.

Lydia McCormick

Training Clinical Supervisor
Lydia serves as a Training Clinical Supervisor at RCG. She works to provide quality care for therapists, as well as build the skill sets of new employees through our training sequence.
After graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University with her Bachelor’s in Psychology, Lydia began working with children as a preschool teacher. She developed a love for kids through her work; specifically those who weren’t given the same opportunities to grow as others. She continued her career as a teacher for 3 years before deciding to become an ABA therapist. Lydia worked as a therapist for about 4 years before making the decision to return to school to become an assistant Behavior Analyst.

Brittany Dugas

Clinical Supervisor

Brittany joined the RCG team in 2017 and now serves as a Clinical Supervisor. She has been working with school age learners with autism since 2008. She served as a teaching assistant and team lead at The Faison School for Autism for 6 years.  Brittany earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a Master’s Degree in Special Education with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis from George Mason University. Brittany is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a licensed behavior analyst in Virginia. She is passionate leading group instruction, promoting social skills in children, and finding creative ways to teach and generalize new skills!

She loves sci-fi (especially Star Trek), anything mid century, and adding to her huge houseplant collection. You can usually find her laughing with her clients, shopping at thrift stores for vintage goods, or spending time with her husband and the best dog in the world, Gretel.

Chloe Bailey

School Prep Clinical Supervisor

Chloe currently serves as a School Prep Clinical Supervisor and have worked with kids in some capacity since the tender age of 14. Whether it was babysitting, nannying, or working at the YMCA as a camp counselor or afterschool counselor, she has always loved worked with the little ones.

Chloe has obtained a M.Div and is also a BCaBA. She loves early intervention and helping clients and families communicate more effectively with each other.

Jamilya Brown

Family Engagement Coordinator
Jamilya serves as our Family Engagement Coordinator.  She provides families with resources related to advocacy, goal setting, and general support. She also encourages enhanced parental involvement to RCG clients and families.

Jamilya has an Associates of Arts/Christian Counseling & Bachelor of Science/Psychology. She is a special advocate and a parent of special needs child and have a passion for finding resources and helping individuals and other families.

Nikki Clowser

School Prep Coordinator

Nikki currently serves as the School Prep Coordinator. Before her time here at RCG, she developed and ran Dynamo Soccer Club’s After-School Academy for two and a half years followed by running the Recreation Program for Dynamo Soccer Club. She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and also earned her a Registered Behavior Technician status. Nikki enjoys the game of soccer and played for Longwood University and coached at the U12 girls level for 3 years.

Interested in joining our team?