D-CAP consists of professional staff, with expertise in autism and best practices. In addition, D-CAP has Graduate Assistants whom work 20+ hours a week assisting with getting the students involved socially; assisting with events, activities, and skill building.
Cherie Fishbaugh is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She earned her M.A. in special education with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from The Ohio State University in 2005. Cherie's work experience includes being a Case Supervisor at the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, OH, serving as an Education Consultant for the May Institute, Mid-Atlantic region, and assisting with program and clinic development for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Autism Resource Center (SPARC). Cherie's clinical and research expertise are in the areas of behavior analysis, autism spectrum disorders, behavior management, social skills training, and positive behavior supports.
Nicole is a first-year graduate student in the Speech-language pathology program at West Chester University. She graduated from Stockton University in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Health Science with a concentration in communication disorders. In 2015, she began working at the Y.A.L.E. School as a one to one paraprofessional for a student with autism. It was at Y.A.L.E. where Nicole developed a passion for working with students with disabilities. Nicole also worked for Caring Counselors as an in-home behavioral assistant where she gained experience with children and adolescence with behavioral disorders. Nicole hopes to continue her passion with her position at D-cap and in her future career as an SLP. .
Kevin Scheier is a first year graduate student in the Speech-Language Pathology program at West Chester University. He graduated from WCU in May 2017 with a B.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Kevin gained a deeper understanding of autism spectrum disorder while working one-on-one as a social coach for a student on and off campus, a position through which he continues to learn. Kevin has a passion for people and service, and loves getting the most out of everyday..
Clara Valovage is a second year graduate student in the Speech-Language Pathology program at West Chester University (WCU). In 2016, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a Music minor from WCU. During college, she gained a lot of experience in the human services field through employment, volunteer work, and the WCU Speech and Hearing Clinic, working with children through adults with speech and hearing impairments, intellectual disability, behavioral challenges, and autism. She currently works for a program providing services to adults with autism in the Chester County community and has experience with Applied Behavior Analysis and positive behavior support. Clara is passionate about serving others and learning how to best support people with diverse difficulties.
Sarah is a first year graduate student in the Counseling Education program at West Chester University. She graduated from Temple University in May 2008 with a bachelor's degree in Advertising. During her undergraduate years, Sarah worked as a Peer Counselor for Campus Alcohol and Substance Awareness where she was trained in both a public health and psychological approach to addiction and high-risk drinking and drug use. During her senior year, she interned with The School District of Philadelphia supporting the Senior Project and K-8 Service Learning Grant, helping to facilitate character education workshops through project-based instruction for K-8 schools. Sarah most recently worked in Human Resources where she was integral in supporting employee mentorship, empowerment and professional development. Her past experiences have greatly shaped her belief that positive behavioral support and intervention methods can play a formidable role in shaping the lives of youth. .