Maika Fernandez Wallace
The Founder, CEO, Director or Therapy and Educational Services
Maika is a graduate of the Regina-Protmann- School of Nursing, earned an Associates Degree from Daytona State in Exceptional Student Education and completed the Masters Degree coursework in Neuropsychology at the University of Central Florida. With 20 years of experience in health care, Maika has the knowledge and compassion as a medical professional along with being a mother of three children with chronic disease and developmental concerns.
The Founder, Director of Family Support Services
Ebonie received her Bachelors of Science degree in Human Services Management from the University of Phoenix and has worked with individuals with intellectual disabilities and maladaptive behaviors for over 10 years. She brings a deep understanding of the needs of those with disabilities.
COO, Business Development & Leadership Development
Will is a veteran and served in the US-Army, after his army career he continued to serve his country as defense contractor training the next generation of service men and women. Will has experience in leadership, team building and business development. Through his personal experience of raising 3 children with special needs children, he is devoted to the Hope Group by building a strong and passionate team of providers serving our communities.
Cathy Bell aka Ms. Cathy has been in the field of Early Childhood Education for over 20 years. She graduated from Louisiana Tech University, magna cum laude, with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education (Infants through 8 year olds) and has a Masters of Education in Reading. She believes the early years are the learning years and that all children have an innate desire to learn about the world around them. She looks forward to working with you and your children to help them achieve their developmental milestones. She is a mom to three amazing daughters, Amy, Emily and Jaime and has a wonderful husband, Tom, who supports her dreams. She is honored to be a part of the Hope Harbor Therapies team.
Roberta enjoys working with children to improve their skills in play, school performance and daily activities. She was awarded her OTA Degree with honors from Daytona State College in 2012 and has maintained a national certification in Occupational Therapy. Since 2001, Roberta has worked with children at Easter Seals, Volusia County Public Schools and Scouting. She has successfully completed training in Early Intervention, Ready Bodies, Learning minds and Brain Gym programs. You will always find her with a friendly smile and cheerful demeanor.
Infant Toddler Development Specialist/Speech and Language Pathology Assistant
I'm Brian Moore I grew up in Coventry, Rhode Island. I developed a severe stuttering disfluency as a toddler which continued through college. I attended the University of Rhode Island graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Bachelor's Degree in Communicative Disorders in 2004. My continual passion and perseverance helped me completely overcome my personal disfluency and prepare me to help others. I've enjoyed the last 15 years working with children and adults diagnosed with autism and developmental disabilities.
I worked for 9 years at Bradley Hospital, the nation's first psychiatric hospital exclusively for children, as therapist and counselor. I then moved to Florida to be closer to my parents and escape from the snowy blizzards of Rhode Island. I’ve continued my passion for working with families, adults, and children as a Mental Health Clinical Specialist for Florida Hospital and as a Behavior Therapist in Port Orange. I am excited to be providing families in Florida services as an Infant and Toddler Development Specialist/Speech and Language Pathology Assistant, working with a great team of therapists and clinicians at Hope Harbor Therapies. Thank you for taking your time to get to know me and if there is anything I can do to help you, please give me a call.
Marissa is a Nationally and State of Florida licensed and certified Speech-Language Pathologist. She was awarded her Bachelor of Arts (2009) from the University of Florida and Master's of Science (2015) from the University of South Florida. Marissa worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist with the Seminole County Public School system from 2010 – 2016 and as a private contractor for the Volusia County Public school system from 2016 – Present.
She began her career as a private practitioner for Hope Harbor Therapies in February 2017 and has worked extensively with children from Birth – 22 years of age and of varying disabilities. Through the years, she has further developed her passion of working with children and building foundational communication skills, which impact all aspects of life.
OTR/L received her Master’s/Bachor's Degree in Occupational Therapy from Long Island University in 2017. Elza has experience through internships working in the pediatric outpatient and school-based settings as well as in the adults outpatient setting. Elza loves working with the pediatric population and their families to target their needs and goals.
ITDS and Exceptional Education Teacher
My great passion is bringing supportive yet holistic strategies to children with disabilities. I know that no single approach is the right one for every individual, and so I have been trained to meet the needs of children with varying disabilities. When servicing children, the goal is find ways in helping them grow socially/emotionally, academically, and physically. I am passionate about this because it allows me to create allows me to create a unique bond with my clients. I get an opportunity learn their strengths, abilities, and help provide services and accommodations they need and deserve; and most importantly, I get to see them ACHIEVE those goals.
My educational background includes a MA in Special Education from Grand Canyon University, and a B.A. in Sociology from Georgia State University.
Infant Toddler Developmental Specialist
Megan Brown is an Infant Toddler Developmental Specialist that loves family. She is a wife and mother of five beautiful children of her own. She is lovingly known as "everyone's mom". This name was given over the years by most who know and spend time with her and her family. Megan earned a Bachelors of Science/ Applied Behavior Analysis. She is a member of the Golden Key International Honors Society and the National society for Collegiate Scholars.
Megan works passionately to strengthen families and link them to resources needed to stay strong and healthy. Megan believes children are the future and all children deserve the respect and tools needed to achieve their dreams.
ITDS with focus on Occupational Therapy
Trakenya is a graduate from the University Of Central Florida. She earned her Bachelor's of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. During Trakenya's pre-teen years, she helped assist with caring for her autistic cousin. At that time she developed an compassion to help those who have developmental disabilities. Trakenya has continued to carryout her passion by, volunteering an ample amount of hours at disability schools and therapy centers throughout the years to present.She has worked as an Dependency case manager for a year, and is currently in the process of pursuing her master's degree in Occupational Therapy.