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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.

Amanda Wells

Director of Training and Professional Development

Amanda Wells is the Director of Training and Professional Development at RCG and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a Licensed Behavior Analyst in the state of Virginia. She has a Master’s Degree from VCU’s Severe Disabilities Consortium. Amanda started her career as a special educator in Houston, Texas over 10 years ago and absolutely loves what she does. Amanda has worked with adults and children with developmental and intellectual disabilities in the school, home, and community settings. A lover of the arts and inclusive education, she is a passionate advocate for people of all abilities and works to build communities that are accepting and accessible to all. Amanda is also the Director of Special Education for SPARC’s Live Art Program. In her free time, she enjoys Richmond’s vibrant music and comedy scene as well as spending time with her husband, Aaron and Hemingway Cat, Catherine.

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 with the highlight being deployed to Afghanistan for twelve months during the period of January 2003 to 2004. Upon her honorable discharge from the military, she continued to serve our country as a civilian for 8 more years as a Government Services employee. LaDonna has a true passion for people and invest much of her time leading and developing others.

LaDonna is married to Derrick and they have three children Tia, Tyler, and Ashton. LaDonna is an active member of the storied Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. where she serves on varies committees. She is also the co-founder the local nonprofit, Pediatric Research and Advocacy Initiative (PRAI) which lobbies and advocates on the 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 is expected to graduate with her MBA from Trident Universtiy in the fall of 2019. In her free time she enjoys spending time traveling with her husband and children.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

Sarah Caridi

School Prep Clinical Coordinator

Sarah currently serves as a School Prep Coordinator and her role is to support the program through classroom curriculum and provide a foundation of classroom skills and routine. She has been working in the classroom for 12 years either as a teacher or support staff. She enjoys working with children because as much as we teach them they teach us so much more. She also enjoy building relationships with our families and seeing the amazing progress our client’s achieve each day.

Jamilya Brown

School Prep Operations Coordinator

Jamilya currently serves as our School Prep Operations Coordinator with past experience working with children in youth ministry ages 2-16 at Village of Faith Ministries where she was a lead teacher. She was also a youth teacher at Faith & Family Church 2013-2017 ages 6-10.

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?