Our Team

Chantal Rainford, M.S., BCBA, LBA, Clinical Director

Chantal Rainford, BCBAChantal joined the field of ABA in 2007 after her son was diagnosed with Autism, and has worked with children from 1-19 years of age with a wide variety of skill sets and therapeutic needs. Chantal earned her master’s degree in Behavior Analysis and Therapy from Southern Illinois University where she became proficient in relational training, PEAK, ACT, and AIM.

Chantal is passionate about delivering high-quality ABA that maximizes the therapeutic benefit of each therapy hour. Chantal believes each child should be given the opportunity to build positive and meaningful relationships with peers, which is why social skills and communication are a focal point of services delivered at Nevada Autism Center.

Having a child diagnosed with autism who received ABA for several years has given Chantal an uncommon perspective, compassion, and understanding for families that share this experience. Chantal is also a Veteran of the U.S. Navy.

Jacklyn Murphy, M.A., BCBA

Jacklyn MurphyFor the past 13 years, Jacklyn has been working in the field of applied behavior analysis as an advocate, teacher, and behavior analyst. She earned her master’s degree in Special Education and is passionate about pursuing work that is inclusive and accessible.

In 2019, she joined the Global Autism Project and volunteered in India as her first step to participating in the global dissemination of ABA.

After spending the last four years in Guam opening their first autism clinic, she is excited to return home and give back to her community while working on her doctorate in an effort to improve the quality of life for individuals with disabilities.

 

Cynthia Gomez, M.A., BCBA, LBA Center Director

Cynthia Gomez, BCBACynthia is trilingual in English, Spanish and Italian. Born in Los Angeles, she grew up in Jalisco, Mexico and returned to the US at the age of 12. Cynthia graduated Cum Laude from Smith College with a double major in Psychology and Italian Studies. Her undergraduate research focused on ASD, child development, early education and cultural influences on mental health. Before earning her MA in Professional Behavior Analysis from the Florida Institute of Technology, she worked as an RBT and BCaBA.

Cynthia is an accountable, attentive, and energetic behavior analyst. Her professional interests include family guidance, social skills, teaching independent living skills, and training RBTs to provide high quality of care.

Outside of work she enjoys going on hikes with her husband and three dogs, cooking and dancing salsa and bachata.

Josh Sly, B.S., Operations Director

Josh began his journey in the field of ABA in 2009 and has since worked with several children with Autism. He earned his B.S. in Business Management from WGU which gives him a unique skillset to work on the clinical and operational sides of ABA therapy. Josh is fluent in Spanish after spending two years in Peru helping families in various capacities, including acting as a translator for Doctors without Borders.

After living in Las Vegas for the majority of his life, this time abroad gave him a unique perspective that enhances his ability to help people. He brings this lens to his position with Nevada Autism Center. Josh is also a family man. He and his wife have four beautiful daughters, a dog, a snake and a bird. Like a true Las Vegan, he is also an avid Vegas Golden Knight fan and has spent many hours volunteering with Spectrum on Ice.

As the Director of Operations, Josh focuses on ensuring smooth operations at NAC each day. It includes scheduling, staff support, and ensuring our clinic is a safe place to work. While Josh enjoys these tasks, his favorite thing to do is work with the kids!

Alyssa Moody, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA

Alyssa joined the field of ABA in December of 2017. She quickly fell in love with working with children and supporting them in their growth. She decided to pursue a masters degree to become a BCBA so that she could continue working with the kids she loved. She graduated from the University of Nevada Las Vegas with a masters in education majoring in ABA in 2021. Shortly thereafter, she received her BCBA credential and has continued to be a positive influence on the children she works with.

Alyssa thoroughly enjoys working with the kids and the kids love all the fun activities she comes up with. She continues to grow in the field of ABA and she greatly blesses the lives of all those she meets.

Shayla Sly, Social Skills Facilitator

Shayla began working with children with autism in elementary school, where she would help in her mom’s autism class. Professionally, she has worked with individuals with autism since 2013. She first worked as a swim coach providing private lessons for children with autism.

Later she worked as an aid with the school district here in Las Vegas. From there, she moved to Utah where she worked at a residential treatment center for teenage boys with autism. There she served as a life coach and the residential manager. In 2020, Las Vegas pulled at her heart strings and she came back home. She chose to continue working with children with autism as a registered behavior technician. She is currently pursuing a degree in marriage and family therapy through BYU Pathways. Shayla is fluent in Spanish, loves being in the outdoors, is a snake-mom to an albino King, and favorite tia to 7 nieces and 2 nephews.

As the Social Skills Facilitator, Shayla is our master of fun! She ensures a fun and safe environment for all of our kids enrolled in social groups. Shayla helps each of them to develop appropriate social behaviors and skills that they can take with them everywhere they go!

Emily Guthrie, Family Services Director

Emily began working in the field of ABA in 2017 and has since worked with a variety of kids diagnosed with autism as a Registered Behavior Technician. While working as an RBT, Emily graduated from University of Nevada, Las Vegas with her Bachelors in Psychology and went on further to work towards her Masters of Social Work degree through the online program at University of Nevada, Reno. 

Emily has always found a desire in helping others in any avenue of life. Emily had the opportunity to intern at Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation and currently interns at North Vista Hospital through her masters program. Emily enjoys taking trips with her family to enjoy the outdoors whenever possible and is a dog mom to the most handsome boy ever, Apollo. 

As the Family Services Director, Emily will work directly with parents and caregivers to help guide them towards the appropriate resources and services that our clients need. 

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