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. 

Shacara Quarles

Clinical Director
Shacara Quarles has worked for FSC for over 8 years! She started in the field of ABA over 10 years ago as a Behavior tech and returned to school to pursue her BCaBA then BCBA. Shacara also has a masters in Public Administration and Management. During her time with FSC she started as a BCBA and moved into a clinic manager role after 4 hours years of managing a caseload. Shacara recently transitioned into a clinical director position where she oversees our 5 centers! In her free time she enjoys spending time traveling with her 4 year old son and husband.

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!

Rebecca Tafoya

Human Resources Director
Rebecca Tafoya received a bachelor’s degree in business management, with the emphasis in Human Resources from Colorado Technical University. With over 12 years of experience in Dental, Medical and Retail professions, she has provided Human Resources expertise with leadership and direction needed to drive the achievement of human resources-related goals and objectives. She is skilled at implementing and managing strategies designed to minimize human resources-related risk to the organization while creating a culture of success. In addition, I can build and maintain strong, long-term relationships with strategic business partners and employees.

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. Janice Gonzales

Licensed Psychologist
Janice Gonzales is Family Support Center’s Pueblo based Licensed Psychologist. She received her Master’s degree in Forensic Psychology and her Doctoral degree in Clinical Forensic Psychology from Alliant International University. She has 10+ years working in the field of mental health with adults and children and has previous experience working as a behavior therapist using ABA therapy. Dr. Gonzales is passionate about being a support and advocate for families and clients and providing training and education for the community and the FSC team.

McKenna Young

Family Coordinator
McKenna Young is Family Support Center's Family Coordinator. She has worked at FSC for over 4 years. McKenna began working at the Front Desk, then transitioned to the scheduling team, and now is the Family Coordinator and Scheduling Supervisor. She loves connecting with families, helping them through the intake process and problem-solving schedules to maximize client care. In her free time, McKenna loves spending time outdoors kayaking with her daughter and fiancée.

Ashley Urbino

Recruiting and Retention Specialist
Ashley Urbino is FSC's Recruiting and Retention Specialist with extensive experience in care delivery, leadership, and mentorship of others in the ABA field. She received her Bachelor's in Psychology, then became an RBT for 4 years moving into clinical mentorship and leadership roles. She has been in her current position for almost 4 years, and really enjoys the ability to reach out to the community and educate them on ABA therapy and the opportunities in the field. She loves seeing the newly hired RBT's get the chance to make a difference in a child's life, and enjoys offering guidance to move up in our company!

Taylor Dickinson

Clinic Manager - South Office
Taylor Dickinson has worked in the ABA field since 2016. Taylor worked as an RBT at Family Support Center when she was in her undergraduate program in Psychology at UCCS. Taylor moved to Denver where she worked on her Master's program in Psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis. Taylor returned to Family Support Center in May of 2022 as a BCBA. Her primary clinical experience is with autistic children in the clinic and home setting. Taylor is passionate about working to provide and educate others on compassionate care. Taylor strives to ensure that everyone feels supported and heard.

Jan Castro

Clinic Manager - Central Office
Jan Castro has been at FSC for over 5 years. He started in the field of ABA 5 years ago as an RBT. Jan earned his Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. He also has a Masters degree in Special Education with emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Northern Colorado. Jan earned his BCBA in 2022 and moved into the clinic manager role at the central location. Jan is very passionate about serving the community and helping children reach their full potential so that they can have better quality of life.

Melissa Smith

Clinic Manager - North 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.

Becky North

Clinic Manager – Pueblo Central Office
Becky North 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. She is currently the Clinic Manager for the central location for Family Support Center in Pueblo. Becky has worked in the field of applied behavior analysis for 7 years moving through clinical roles from a behavior technician to becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Becky’s undergraduate degree is in education where she spent many years working with students of all abilities. Her primary clinical experience is with individuals of all ages and many diagnoses both in center and in homes. Becky’s passion is supporting individuals with Autism Spectrum Diagnosis and their families reach their fullest potential.

Brianna McGookin

Clinic Manager - North Office
Brianna McGookin has worked for Family Support Center for 2 years as a BCBA. Brianna has been in the field of ABA for 6 years, starting as an RBT in her hometown of South Bend, Indiana and then going back to school to achieve her BCBA. Brianna attended Indiana University and graduated with an undergraduate degree in exercise science and attended Ball State University for her Master's in Applied Behavior Analysis.

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

North Pueblo BCBA Team

805 Desert Flower Blvd.
Pueblo, CO 81001
Phone: 719-501-4416

OT and SLP Team