Meet our Board of Directors
Stefanie Lai Rushatakankovit, LEP, BCBA
Stefanie is a Licensed Educational Psychologist, Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), PEERS® Adolescents Certified Provider, and co-owner of Carnelian Psychological Educational Group, Inc, a comprehensive private practice offering assessments, therapy, social skills groups, educational support, and parent coaching for toddlers to teens in Torrance and Studio City. Prior to Carnelian, Stefanie worked as a school psychologist for over 14 years in school districts completing assessments, counseling students, running social skills groups, providing behavior support as the lead behavior specialist, and training staff on inclusion and addressing behavior challenges, among many other duties. Stefanie’s support of neurodiverse children began with her undergraduate training at UCLA, continued on to her graduate work at Loyola Marymount University, and has not stopped since. She has worked in non-public school, clinical, and home settings, giving her a depth of perspective in her work. Stefanie has a special interest in autism, social-emotional regulation, and trauma-informed care. As a mother of twin boys, Stefanie enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, reading, and attending concerts.
Jessica is an Elementary and Pre-School teacher with many years working in education, special education settings and early childhood development. Her understanding of curriculum and her creativity with lesson plans make her an outstanding educator. She has worked as a Behavior Interventionist for both non-public agencies and school districts and is trained in Non-Violent Crisis Intervention. Jessica is a Certified Sibshop Facilitator. In her spare time, Jessica loves to decorate and plan events! She also loves to travel, loves anything Italian, and loves her family dog Romeo.
Monica is a mother of two, a Marriage and Family Therapist
(MFT # 47541) a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a Registered Play Therapist- Supervisor Level. Her dedication to the autism spectrum community started as a behavior therapist under Dr. Lovaas at UCLA and continued through her work as Clinical Director at various top non-public agencies in Los Angeles. She also worked as Clinical Director at Walk With Sally, a non-profit providing mentoring support to children affected by Cancer. Currently Monica works in private practice where she combines her expertise in Play Therapy and Applied Behavior Analysis to consult with school districts, provide talks and workshops to the community and help children and families everyday. Monica also is an Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine University in their Graduate School of Education and Psychology and an Instructor at UCSD Extension in their Play Therapy Certificate Program. She is a frequent speaker at conventions, schools, trainings and more! Monica loves travelling and adventure, and has a passion for cooking, volunteering, musicals and "Rocky" movies.
Our Village is now recruiting for a Development and Marketing Board Member for 2022-2023! Please contact us today for more information on this great way to give back and use your time and expertise to help others! xoxo