Summit is a behavioral consulting company dedicated to providing professional evidence-based behavior analytic services to children with ASD. We strive to help children gain the skills they need to participate in their communities to the fullest extent possible, and with the greatest degree of independence.
We place an emphasis on staying up to date with the latest evidence-based practices, and staff participate in monthly professional development workshops, to further enhance their teaching techniques. At Summit, we have created a model for our professionals to collaborate on treatment approaches, share best practices, and continuously learn from each other. We value our team approach to our clients’ treatment and believe that parents are an integral team member.
Our Founder & Clinical Director
Jamie Hughes-Lika, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA
Dr. Hughes-Lika has been providing evidence-based services for children with autism and related disorders for over 21 years. She has been board certified since 2001 and is a licensed behavior analyst in the state of Nevada. She is also an Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) Certified Therapist.
She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Psychology and Sociology from Saint Ambrose University, in 1999. She then relocated to Denver, CO and worked for an organization providing behavior analytic services, and in 2001 she obtained her BCaBA certification. In 2004, she obtained a Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from The Ohio State University, studying under Professors Cooper, Heron, and Heward. Her thesis consisted of the assessment and treatment of automatically-maintained problem behavior, under the supervision of Dr. Stephanie Peterson. In 2015, she earned her PhD in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities from the University of Kent, in the UK. Her dissertation focused on the development of a 12-week parent-mediated naturalistic developmental behavioral intervention (NDBI) for toddlers with ASD.
Dr. Hughes-Lika is passionate about the dissemination of behavior analysis. In 2015, she was the recipient of the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis (SABA) International Development Grant for her research and efforts to promote behavior analysis in Albania. Additionally, she conducts university lectures on behavior analysis and provides a competency-based supervision model for individuals interested in pursuing BACB certification.
Dr. Hughes-Lika specializes in naturalistic developmental behavioral interventions (NDBIs) for young children with ASD, as well as providing competency-based supervision services for professionals pursuing BACB certification. She presents her research at national and international conferences and her research studies are currently under review for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
Amy Schvenski, B.S., RBT
Amy Schvenski is a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) who has lived in Las Vegas since 2015. She has a Bachelors of Science in Recreational Management from Ohio University and completed her BCaBA (Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst) coursework at the Florida Institute of Technology in 2018. Amy began working with children as a director of recreational programming for children in various resorts in Florida. After moving to Virginia, Amy continued on with her passion of working with children by becoming an early childhood educator at Tuckaway Child Development Center of Mechanicsville, Virginia. She then relocated to Las Vegas and continued to work with children ages 3-5 years old in local NAEYC accredited facilities. It was here that Amy decided to pursue a credential in behavior analysis and begin working with children on the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Amy is a single mother of two children, one of whom is on the spectrum. She has been working with children in early childhood settings for over ten years.
Nicole Bozzelli, M.Ed,
Nicole completed her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology, with an Emphasis in Developmental Psychology, at Southern Utah University in 2013. She then completed her Master of Education Degree in School Counseling from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2016. Nicole is a Licensed School Counselor in the state of Nevada and has experience with elementary and middle school students. Nicole holds a Qualified Mental Health Associate credential with the state of Nevada that allows her to provide Basic Skills Training, Case Management, Parent Training and Psychosocial Rehabilitation to children and adults with mental health disorders. Nicole particularly enjoys working with adolescents with dual diagnoses, predominantly Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. She also received her Registered Behavioral Technician credential in 2018 (is currently on inactive status) and enjoys working in home with toddlers with ASD. Nicole is currently enrolled in the Applied Behavior Analysis program at the University of North Texas and is completing her Board Certified Behavior Analyst coursework. Her area of interests are feeding issues and dual diagnosis.
Desiree Sanchez, RBT
Desiree Sanchez is a Registered Behavioral Technician (RBT) who has a passion for early learners. She began her involvement with the autism community in high school as an active club member of Best Buddies. She has worked in the ABA field for three years, obtaining her RBT certification in June of 2017. Desiree is currently attending Nevada State College, pursuing a Speech and Language degree with a minor in deaf studies. Set to graduate in June of 2020, she is looking forward to bringing her knowledge of speech, language, and sign language into her behavioral work, as she is looking to obtain her BCaBA certification next. She loves to bring her creativity and energy into her work environment to expand the play skills of her clients, and is a huge advocate of silly dancing and creative songs!
Marissa Kelleher, RBT
Marissa is a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) and has a passion for parent training. She relocated to Las Vegas, from Southern California in 2016. She started working with children in high school, both as a nanny and in preschool settings. Marissa became passionate about Applied Behavior Analysis when her son received an autism diagnosis when he was three years old. He received 30 hours of ABA therapy per week, and she learned how to teach language and communication, reduce challenging behaviors, and teach new skills in the home and community settings with him. She is currently working on her bachelor of arts degree in psychology, with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis, from Purdue Global University. She will begin her BCaBA coursework sequence, also at Purdue, in May 2019. Marissa’s career goal is to provide parent training for parents with children diagnosed with Autism. She continues to strive to help and advocate for families with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Edellene Ignacio, B.S., RBT
Edellene is a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) who relocated to Las Vegas, from Northern California. She completed her Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology at San Jose State University in December of 2018. She graduated a semester early to push her dreams of becoming an Occupational Therapist closer. Her passion for taking care of people stems from her love for her family and the responsibilities she had as the eldest sister with many younger cousins. After living with a younger family member with autism back in San Jose, her professional involvement began as a camp counselor at a program that offered respite services for children and adults with special needs and disabilities and their families. From there she continued the route of care to be a caregiver at a senior living memory care facility, then a physical therapy aide. Edellene officially started her journey as an RBT in the summer of 2018 and concurrently interned for the occupational therapy program at the same company. She is excited to see her development in this field and apply it in her future as a possible occupational therapist.
Melanie Trescott, B.A., Administrative Assistant
Melanie is originally from San Diego, CA and has lived in Las Vegas most of her life. She is ambitious about helping to be a part of bringing positive change to this community, and has a passion to make a difference in the lives of others. She enjoys helping people and supporting others to see the greatness within themselves. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from UNLV and graduated in 2016. Although her official title is Administrative Assistant, she has many unofficial titles at Summit (e.g., ‘Mission Control’ ‘ Director of Details’) and she is an invaluable asset to our team.