Virginia Wong, MS Ed., BCBA, LBA-NY Founder and Program Director
For over 15 years, Virginia has worked with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders in educational, home, and community settings. She is a board certified behavior analyst and a New York State certified general and special education teacher. She holds a master’s degree in early childhood special and general education from Hunter College and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from New York University. In addition, she completed coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis from Caldwell College. Virginia has held positions as a school administrator, behavior consultant, classroom teacher and home-based provider. She has participated in research studies and presented at the annual Association for Behavior Analysis International conferences. Virginia has collaborated with researchers, school building and district leaders, teachers, and therapists to meet the needs of learners with autism. Through her experience working with children and families, she has learned the importance of providing support beyond the walls of a classroom. Virginia values the importance of teaching functional skills to foster self-sufficiency and independence in all settings beginning at an early age.
Georgia Stiponias, MS Ed, BCBA, ABA Provider and Social Skills Group Lead Teacher
Georgia earned a BA in psychology from St. John’s University and a dual master’s degree in early childhood special education and general education from Hunter college. She completed an advanced certificate program in applied behavior analysis at Hunter College and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Georgia’s passion for the field began 17 years ago when working with toddlers with autism spectrum disorders in a center-based program. Georgia has since worked as a home-based supervisor, overseen home-based programs, assisted in the development of training protocols for ABA staff, and worked closely with the entire intervention team to provide quality services to children and their families. Georgia’s interests include social skills development, functional life skills, and working together with families to help children of all ages reach their maximum potential.
Jamie Kwai, MA, Social Skills Group Lead Teacher
Jamie completed her Elementary and Special Education degree at Seton Hall University, and Severe and Multiple Disabilities graduate degree at Columbia University. She taught in NYC public school system for the Horizons program, and currently, is a teacher in K/1/2 12:1:1 class.
Kim has been working with children with disabilities in a variety of settings for around 7 years. She holds a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Long Island University-Brooklyn and a bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences with a certificate in American Sign Language from University of Iowa. Since working at FLY Center, she has become a Registered Behavior Technician. She is currently a Speech-Language Pathologist in the NY public school system working in a Pre-K program designed to give support to young children with significant delays as early as possible.
Maya recently moved to New York City after a decade in Boston. Maya received a Master of Arts degree from Lesley University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Dance/ Movement Therapy. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Sociology from Brandeis University. Maya has received accreditation as a Registered Dance/ Movement Therapist (R-DMT), Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC, in the state of Massachusetts), and is working toward receiving licensure as a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT) for the state of New York. She works as a mental health clinician and dance/ movement therapist, as well as a dance teaching artist for children of all ages and abilities.
Tomiko Lyons, MA, LMSW, BCBA, LBA-NY, Special Programs Consultant
Tomiko is an educator who has been working with children and young adults with developmental disabilities for the past 17 years. She is a LMSW and BCBA with a MSW from the University of Pittsburgh and a MA in Special Education from Teachers College at Columbia University. Her passions are teaching functional life skills and social skills. Tomiko currently works as the Clinical Program Director in small pediatric therapy center and works with FLY Center to plan monthly social opportunities for young adults and children.