CEO & Founder
Joseph O'Keefe, BCBA, LBA
Joseph has over twenty years of experience working with people with autism, developmental disabilities, and challenging behaviors. He has extensive experience with crisis management and safely managing challenging behaviors, including training others how to do so.
Joseph earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the State University of New York at Albany and his Master of Arts degree in Psychology from Long Island University in Brooklyn. Joseph is also a former graduate professor of ABA at Long Island University.
Joseph is a firm believer that therapy should be highly individualized, taking every facet of the client's and family's life into consideration. He has always had a passion to help people achieve their goals through high quality therapy based on the principles of ABA. Joseph founded Compass ABA Therapy on this premise of maintaining high clinical quality and excellence.
Danielle Micera, MPS, BCBA, LBA
Danielle is a New York Licensed Behavior Analyst with fifteen years of experience. She received her BCBA certification in 2015. Danielle holds a Master of Professional Studies degree in General Education and Special Education from Manhattanville College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from the State University of New York at New Paltz. She has been working with children with autism and other developmental disabilities since 2007. Danielle was introduced to the principles of ABA at the start of her career through the Carbone Clinic. She has worked in both school and home-based settings. Danielle is extremely passionate about the field of ABA and loves teaching the science!
Irena Evans, M. Ed., RBT
Irena has been in the ABA and special education field for the last decade. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Communications from the City University of New York and her Master's in Education and Applied Behavior Analysis from Arizona State University. Irena also holds a graduate certificate in Forensic Psychology from Grand Canyon University and is a Registered Behavior Technician. Irena has worked as a special education teacher, an ABA therapist, and an administrator within educational and law enforcement settings. She enjoys being a part of the ABA field and witnessing how effective ABA is for individuals with Autism spectrum disorder and how much value and progress quality therapy can provide.
Brittney was born and raised in Las Cruces, New Mexico. After pursuing her dream of playing college softball, she began a new journey working in the special needs field in 2009 as a personal support provider in Arizona. Over the past 13 years, Brittney has worked with clients in schools, daycare facilities, community settings, ABA centers, and in their homes. She has held a variety of roles, including Lead Tutor, Senior Therapist, and Regional Coordinator. Brittney likes being part of a team and believes that as ABA providers, we are the client's team. In her free time, Brittney enjoys playing with her three kids and spending time with her husband and family.
Community Outreach Specialist
Carmen Burke, B.A.
Carmen earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Lehman College in New York. She successfully worked in the corporate sector for sixteen years. Carmen then pursued a second career in Applied Behavior Analysis and completed her studies at the University of North Texas. Carmen has been working with children with autism, developmental disabilities, and challenging behaviors since 2012 in a school setting. Carmen is fluent in Spanish and has worked extensively with the Latino community. She believes ABA can help each client work on skills that will help them become more independent and successful.
Manager of Talent and Culture
Somairy has been in the ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) field for over four years now. She graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Mental Health from Ramapo College of NJ in 2012. Throughout her ABA career, she worked as a Scheduling/Staffing Coordinator, Behavior Technician, Recruiting Coordinator, Senior Talent Advisor and now Manager of Talent & Culture.
She has a deep passion and empathy towards understanding, advocating for, and servicing our communities. She believes that the impact of her work is threefold: first, she changes the life of an individual by placing them in their dream job; second, she supports the children and families living with autism; and third, she can effectively impact the success of Compass ABA's goals. She enjoys building connections with candidates and seeing them succeed in their careers. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring different restaurants, finding new parks to go for walks with her dog, shopping, reading, listening to podcasts, and spending time with her loved ones.
Kristel earned her Bachelor's degree in Human Development from Colorado State University and her Master's degree in Human Resource Management from Southern New Hampshire University. When she began working in the ABA ten years ago, she quickly realized that the field that would allow her to fulfill her dream of always working to help others. Kristel is fluent in Spanish and is very excited to play a key role in supporting the Hispanic community at Compass ABA.