Our Team

Theresa Yakich

Vice President of Clinic Operations
Dr. Theresa Yakich is the Vice President of Clinic Operations for the Family Support Center of Colorado and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst Doctoral level. For almost 25 years, Theresa has been providing behavior analytic services within the educational, community, and clinical settings to individuals with autism, developmental disabilities, and behavioral needs. Theresa’s research interests include parent and staff training, and her work is published in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. She is passionate about FSC’s role in promoting the practice of integrated care in the local Colorado community, bringing together talented practitioners, and helping families access care for their children. 

Mariel Garcia

Business Development Director 
Mariel Garcia is the Business Development Director for the Family Support Center of Colorado. She received her Master’s degree in Counseling and Human Services from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. She is also a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Addiction Counselor and Certified Prevention Specialist. She has years of experience working with children and families in behavioral health. She serves as a board member for Centro Counseling and Advocacy Services. She is also a crisis evaluator and behavioral health clinician in Colorado Springs in her spare time. She’s very passionate about giving back to her community!

Amy Corsi

Human Resources Director
Amy Corsi is Family Support Center's Human Resources Director.  She received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management, emphasizing in Human Resources & Organizational Development from Colorado State University Global.  For almost 20 years, Amy has provided human resources expertise in the construction, food service and healthcare settings both as an employee and as a board member.  She loves being a part of growing Family Support Center to meet the needs of the Southern Colorado communities they serve and providing career opportunities to individuals who may have never known about ABA services. 

Sherie Terranova

Operations Director 
Sherie Terranova is Family Support Center’s Operations Director.  She is a native to Colorado and has been in practice management for over 20 years.  She started managing operations by becoming a practice manager for a veterinary hospital before making her way to Family Support Center in 2011.  She loves being an integral part of a growing company and has a passionate commitment to first-rate client care.  Sherie thrives by supporting FSC’s wonderful staff who make a difference in the lives of the exceptional children at our centers.

Dr. Melanie Hoffman

Licensed Psychologist
Melanie D. Hoffman, PhD is a licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in neuropsychological assessment and child psychology. Furthermore, she conducted a post-doctoral fellowship in forensic psychology. Dr. Hoffman’s research interests include neurobiological aspects of psychological pathology, behavior modification, Autism, and ADHD. Dr. Hoffman has completed and published ground-breaking research related to the use of service animals with individuals diagnosed with Autism. She has expanse knowledge and expertise in substance abuse disorders, suicide prevention, anxiety disorders, combat-related trauma therapy, custody evaluation, family therapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, diagnostic assessment, sexual assault-related trauma therapy, and psychological testing. Dr. Hoffman currently works as a diagnostician at Family Support Center, provides psychological assessments, treatment planning, case consultation, risk-assessment, and limited family/individual/group therapy.

Katie Putt

Clinic Manager - South Office
Katie Putt is the Clinic Manager for the South Colorado Springs location at FSC. She is a BCBA and has worked in the field of Autism for over fifteen years.  She received her M.A. from Ball State in Special Education with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2013. Katie has been a leader at FSC since 2014, and has been instrumental in expanding our services. She is passionate about the field of ABA and connecting families with excellent clinical services.

Shacara Quarles

Clinic Manager - North Office
Shacara Quarles has worked for Family Support Center for over 7 years, as BCBA managing a caseload and for the last 3 1/2 years as Clinic Manager. Shacara has been in field of ABA for the last 10 years starting out as a direct staff Behavior therapist with clients and going back to school for her BCaBA followed by her BCBA. Shacara attended San Diego State for her undergrad and attended Florida Institute of Technology for her BCBA. Shacara has also obtained a Master's in Management and Public Administration before entering the field of ABA. 

Kara Duran

Clinic Manager - Central Office
Kara Duran is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who received her Master’s degree in Special Education with an emphasis in behavior analysis from Ball State University in 2018. She is currently the Clinic Manager for the central location for Family Support Center in Colorado Springs. Kara has worked in the field of applied behavior analysis for nearly 10 years moving through clinical roles from a behavior technician to becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2018. Her primary clinical experience is with children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis in both center and home settings. Kara has also obtained her Professional Crisis Management instructor certification in 2017 and leads crisis management training and consultation for FSC facilities. Kara strives to teach skills to minimize crisis intervention. 

Melissa Smith

Clinic Manager - Central Pueblo Office
Melissa Smith has been with Family Support Center’s Central Pueblo location since it was newly opened in 2018, and became its Clinic Manager in September 2020. Originally from Salt Lake City, UT, she has experience working with children and adults in a variety of settings. These include an outpatient medical clinic, inpatient psychiatric facility, residential programs, day programs, schools, as well as in clinic and in home ABA services. Melissa first began working with adults with intellectual disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder as a Program Coordinator/Behavior Specialist in 2005, and quickly developed a passion for working with the special needs population. She eventually pursued a Master's degree in Applied Behavior Analysis, became a Board Certified assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) in 2012, and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in 2016.

Stephanie Cooke

Early Explorers Program Manager
Stephanie Cooke has worked for the Family Support Center of Colorado since 2018.  She studied Communication Disorders at California University of Pennsylvania with a minor in Psychology as an undergraduate student and then got her Master's degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University.  She is the Program Manager for our early intervention program, Early Explorers. She is excited to see the program continue to grow and looks forward to expanding into other centers in the future.  Stephanie also supports our RBTs who are seeking further certification by supervising and coordinating group supervision. 

South BCBA Team

1330 Quail Lake Loop, Suite 200
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Phone: (719) 540-2108

North BCBA Team

6160 Tutt Blvd., Suite 120
Colorado Springs, CO 80923
Phone: (719) 644-7511

Central BCBA Team

155 Printers Parkway, Suite 120
Colorado Springs, CO 80910
Phone: (719) 540-2160

Central Pueblo BCBA Team

1026 West Abriendo Ave.
Pueblo, CO 81003
Phone: (719) 252-3327

OT and SLP Team