To provide high quality behavior analytic and language intervention services to children with developmental disabilities and their families in geographical regions with limited access to these services across the state of Georgia.
To utilize empirically supported behavior analytic interventions to ensure that not only the child but the family members that support them, reach their goals, one point at a time.
Meet the CEO
William E. Walton, M.S, BCBA, LBA -CEO
William is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and has been providing ABA Therapy and working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis since 2011. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Pennsylvania State University in 2010. He completed five years of clinical experience in an autism clinic that centered on behavior analytic research. This led to him earning his Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis with a focus in Autism Spectrum Disorder from the University of North Dakota. William has a significant amount of experience in behavior analytic research. He coordinated clinical trials for several licensed psychologists in the field of behavior analysis and has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as The Analysis of Verbal Behavior. He has specialized in providing community-based caregiver training in a variety of modalities, including using innovative strategies such as telehealth. William is a firm believer that a comprehensive behavior analytic treatment plan emphasizes both the child and the caregiver as the client.
Meet the Team
Chanté Dix, M.A., BCBA, Clinical Director – Warner Robins
Chanté is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She has been working with children diagnosed with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) since 2014. She attended undergraduate school at Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville, GA, where she studied psychology. She went on to earn her MA in Psychology and then continued to earn a Post Master’s Certification in Applied Behavior Analysis from The Chicago School. She trained at a nationally renowned clinic in Atlanta, GA, working with clients diagnosed with severe skill deficits. Chanté has experience working in clinics, providing in-home ABA services, and working in the school system. While working in the school setting, she was employed by a nonpublic special education school, working with students diagnosed with a wide range of disabilities, including but not limited to ASD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and Conduct Disorder. More recently, Chanté has been providing case management services to young adults ages 14-22, focusing mainly on the reduction of maladaptive behaviors in school. She is passionate about working with families and helping to improve the lives of their children.
Helen Mushalla, BCBA, Clinical Director – Columbus
Helen is a BCBA originally from just outside Indianapolis, Indiana. She received her Bachelor’s of Science from Purdue University in 2014 and her Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University in 2017. Helen began working in the field of behavior analysis through an internship as an ABA therapist during her senior year at Purdue and has loved every minute of it since then! Helen is passionate about creating a positive difference in the lives of children with autism as well as their families through the empirically supported principles of behavior analysis. She has experience working with individuals 18 months and older and providing services in the home, center, and schools.
Ivy Bembry, Office Manager
Ivy graduated from Middle Georgia State University. She has a Bachelors Degree in Healthcare Administration and is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator. She has 7 years of experience in healthcare administration primarily working in geriatrics and behavioral health.
LaKeisha Smith, Intake Coordinator
I am originally from Fort Valley, Ga; I am currently a student at Walden University studying Human Services Psychology. After I graduate, I will be continuing on with my studies to obtain a Master’s degree in Mental Health. I recognized my passion in 2004 to help people while working at a mental health and substance abuse facility as an administrator and group activity assistant. I joined the Goalpoint team in July 2019 as an Intake Coordinator and it has been a great pleasure serving the parents and caregivers of our clients.
Lacey Patrick, Intake Coordinator – Columbus
Lacey is originally from Northeast Louisiana; Lacey recognized her passion for education at a young age when she became involved in fine arts programs through church and helped with the development of those teams. She served her church’s student ministry as a youth staff member for many years and began teaching private music lessons during that time. After graduating SUM Bible College with a B.A. In Biblical Studies, she joined Little Sparrow, LLC as an RBT in her hometown. She transitioned to teaching when offered the music teaching position in West Carroll Parish, and taught music class and choir for two years to ages 7-17 at five public schools. After moving to Georgia, Lacey joined the Goal Point team in 2019 as Intake Coordinator for the Columbus location, and enjoys serving the parents of our clients by equipping them with information and resources necessary to provide the best treatment possible for their children.
LaToya Shobe, Executive Assistant
LaToya is an Air Force Reservist who holds a certification as an Information Manager. She has obtained an Associate of Arts degree in Human Communication and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at Valdosta State University. LaToya’s experience with children stems from her homeschooling, being a youth teacher at her congregation, a certified Substitute Teacher and Paraprofessional. She looks forward to assisting and interacting with each parent and child that comes to GoalPoint Behavior Group.
Samantha Bhavnani, M.S., BCBA, LBA
Samantha is an Alabama licensed and board-certified behavior analyst from Tucker, Georgia. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences and Master of Science in Psychology at Auburn University. She earned her BCBA certification in 2016, and her practicum experience included focuses on parent training, severe behavior reduction, and verbal behavior intervention. After earning her board certification, Samantha completed a year-long fellowship working for the Alabama Department of Human Resources providing behavioral skills training in court ordered parenting classes and behavioral services to children in the foster care system. Since completing her fellowship, Samantha has focused on providing outpatient clinical services to children with autism from all walks of life.
Skyler Tharpe, M.S., BCBA- Case Manager
Skyler is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst. She is a graduate from Florida State
University, where she received her Master of Science degree in Applied Behavior Analysis.
In her spare time, Skyler enjoys going to the beach, watching college football with her fiancé, and playing with her Goldendoodle, Bentley. Her passion for helping children with disabilities started when she met Jordan, her high school friend who was in the special education class she was teaching in. She helped make flyers and petition for Jordan to make the homecoming court and she made it! She said Jordan was absolutely stunning and this life-changing moment sparked her interest in researching the field of Applied Behavior Analysis! Her favorite thing about working in this field is seeing meaningful change in the lives of the families and clients she has the privilege to serve. Skyler loves the Lord and believes in having a servant’s heart which means putting forth the best effort to achieve the goals that are set forth for the clients and making a great impact in their life!
One of Skyler’s favorite quotes is: “Autism is a journey I never planned, but I sure do love my tour guide.” She loves being able to learn more about the field of Applied Behavior Analysis and applying what she has learned to help those around her because ABA changes lives!
Maddison Montgomery, M.Ed., BCBA- Case Manager
Maddison is an aspiring BCBA originally from Gautier, Mississippi. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Collaborative Special Education from Auburn University in Spring 2017. Upon graduating, she continued her studies at Auburn University and received her Master’s degree in Collaborative Special Education, with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism and Developmental Disorders, in Summer 2018. Maddison has two years of experience teaching individuals with disabilities in an 8th grade setting as well as a K-2nd grade setting. Maddison is passionate about working with individuals with disabilities and that passion grew from counseling summer camps, college programs such as Best Buddies and Expressions of a Braveheart, and teaching. In her free time, Maddison enjoys spending time with her husband and 1-year old daughter, cooking, and reading.
Gillian Andes- Clinical Program Specialist
Gillian is originally from South Florida and moved to Georgia back in 2013. She began working with kids with special needs while she was in high school. There, she discovered her passion for helping children reach their full potential. She is now a Registered Behavior Technician and is planning on furthering her degree to become a BCBA.
Grace Gonzalez-Flores- Clinical Program Specialist
Grace Gonzalez-Flores was born in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. At a young age, she had a passion for helping those who need it most. She started volunteering in special education classes where she developed an interest in mental disabilities and autism. After high school, she pursued her dream of studying the field of psychology and received her degree in 2017. After college, she gained firsthand experience by working in group homes with residents with mental disabilities. Later, she became a school ESL teacher, which triggered her desire to work with children in her field of study. Eventually, Grace moved to Columbus, where she found her calling as a Registered Behavior Therapist working here at GoalPoint Behavioral Group working alongside some of the best ABA professionals she has ever met. She is currently planning to pursue her BCBA to continue on advancing her credentials in the ABA field and ultimately becoming a Behavior Analyst.
Courtnei Hopkins- Clinical Program Coordinator
Courtnei received her BA in Communication Science and Disorders from Baylor University. She worked as a Licensed Speech-Language Assistant after graduation. After working in the Speech-Language Pathology field for a number of years, she wanted to do more, so she switched gears and returned to school to receive her M.Ed in Special Education from Grand Canyon University. Courtnei’s master’s degree afforded her the ability to educate moderate to profound special needs students in inclusion and resource classrooms, in-home therapy sessions, as well as one-on-one settings. All of her education and experience has culminated in a perpetual passion to be of service to all mankind that encompasses positively impacting individuals with special needs while educating their families.
Sharon Magpantay- Clinical Program Specialist
Sharon holds a BA in Human Services and Management and is currently attending Purdue University pursuing a degree in Applied Behavior Analysis. She has both personal and professional experience with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and has been providing ABA services to families for two years. Sharon obtained her Registered Behavior Technician certification in February 2017.
Lisa Gary, RBT
Lisa was born and raised here in Columbus, GA. She has always had a passion for working with children. After high school she enrolled at CSU to pursue a degree in Early Childhood Education and in July of 2018 she became a Registered Behavior Technician. She has since decided to pursue a degree in ABA and looks forward to becoming a BCBA in the future.
Deja Mitchell, RBT
Deja is a recent graduate of Bethune-Cookman where she received her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology. She has interned as a paraprofessional with kids ages 2-5 in a school setting teaching them fundamental skills to use on a daily basis. She is from Florida, and recently relocated to Georgia where she recently became a Registered Behavior Technician. She loves to eat and help everyone around her!
Madeline Campos, RBT
Madeline is working as a RBT and is currently studying for her Bachelor’s in Psychology at Middle Georgia State University. She has always had a passion working with kids. Before she started working as a RBT she worked as a daycare teacher. She is married and plans to have kids soon.
Mia Pleasant, BA, RBT
I was born in Charleston, SC. I am a current graduate student at Troy University in Phenix City, AL, working on my Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I have earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Auburn University in 2015. My hobbies include reading, video games, and listening to music.
Shaniece Rawls – Clinical Program Specialist
Shaniece Rawls, is originally from Waycross, Georgia. In May 2018, she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and concentration in Behavioral Health from Middle Georgia State University. Recently, she has been working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities by connecting them to local resources. With a passion for children and adolescents, she is determined to grow and impact each child by learning and understanding their needs and disabilities. She enjoys working with children & gaining new experiences!
Lynn Rodriguez, RBT
Lynn Rodriguez was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Her four children inspired her to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with an emphasis on Child Development. This led to a lead toddler teacher position working alongside occupational and speech therapists. The extra dimension they brought to early childhood development encouraged her to continue her education and complete a master’s in applied behavior analysis. She is now making a difference as a Registered Behavior Technician at GoalPoint Behavior Group and is completing her supervision hours toward her board certification within the next year.
Cecilia Zavala, Clinical Program Specialist
Cecilia graduated from Middle Georgia State University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She is a native of Michoacán, Mexico but lives in Warner Robins. She has a 2-year-old son and a loving husband. Her hobbies include playing soccer with her family and hanging out with her family at her parents’ farm.
Shonemeca received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Waldorf University. After 5
years working in various counseling capacities including working with children with autism,
Shonemeca began her journey with Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and worked as a Behavior Tech. From her experiences during that time, she was inspired to pursue a degree in Master of Science in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis from Florida State University where she will graduate in 2021.
Jamerica Strickland – RBT
Bio coming soon!
Tymeca Gary – RBT
Bio coming soon!
Laurel Savalli – Clinical Program Specialist
Laurel is a recent graduate of Georgia Southwestern State University with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Caregiving Issues and Management. She was a camper at Camp Braveheart, a camp for people with congenital heart defects, for 10 years and this is where she discovered her passion of working with people with disabilities. Since then, she has volunteered as a counselor there and Camp Blue Skies. Laurel has also helped plan the Special Olympics in Americus for the past four years while she was in college. She loves to volunteer within the community and is currently serving as a Court Appointed Special Advocate advocating for children in the foster system. She is extremely excited to be a part of this team and can’t wait to help make a difference in these children’s lives!
Missy Day, RBT
Missy graduated high school in a small rural town in South Georgia. Her senior year of high school, she began working with special needs classmates. It was then she discovered her passion for Psychology. She went on to pursue a bachelors degree of science in Psychology. She graduated from Valdosta State University in 2018. She is now a Registered Behavior Technician looking to further her degree and obtain her masters in Applied Behavior Analysis and one day become a BCBA.
Marcus Brown, RBT
Marcus was born in Perry, Georgia but grew up in Queens, New York. He’s currently attending Fort Valley State University pursuing his B.S. in Psychology and looking to further his education by completing a Graduate degree and Doctorate in the future. He has always had a passion for helping others and especially children; once he learned of Goal Point, Marcus was eager to become a part of the team. He believes that there’s no better way to give back than to provide support to the future generations. Marcus enjoys cooking, watching basketball, and writing.
Ashley Cabello, RBT
Ashley was born and raised in South Carolina, and recently moved to Georgia with her husband who is in the Air Force. Ashley received her Bachelor’s degree from Presbyterian College and her Master’s degree from Argosy University. Ashley loves working with children and with her experience in behavior therapy, plans to pursue coursework to become a BCBA.
Tresor was born in Kansas City, Kansas. She got her B.A in psychology from Georgia State University in 2019 and is looking to further her education by completing graduate and/ or Doctorate in the future. She loves children and helping others.
Ashontie was born and raised here in Warner Robins, Ga. Ashontie is a compassionate individual who loves helping make a difference in the lives of children and their families. She has 3 years of experience working with children with disabilities. She likes to spend her free time with her family.
1921 Whittlesey Rd #400
Columbus, GA 31904
Warner Robins Center
644 Tallulah Trail
Warner Robins, GA 31088
190 Handley Road
Tyrone, GA 30290
Warner Robins: 478-225-2179
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