Compass Staff


Taylor Ferguson, MA BCBA
Clinical Director

Taylor Ferguson MA, BCBA is a Compass Clinical Director and together with Clinical Department Members, supervises and oversees all Registered Behavioral Technicians (RBT), Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) and Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA,) to ensure the highest standards of quality for clinical care, compliance, and training. Taylor started with Compass in 2015 as a Consultant while working as an Instructor at Armstrong State University in Savannah, GA. Taylor obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Minor in Sociology, he then continued on to receive a Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis from University of South Florida in 2014. Taylor has extensive training in both clinical and home based services with a focus on early learners and foundational skills; VB-MAPP and PEAK; conducting functional behavioral assessments; and developing behavior intervention plans. He emphasizes consultation and staff training in schools/group homes and parent training. Taylor has worked in center-based clinics, interdisciplinary teams focused on school based programming, and working as a BCBA in home-based programs for children and adults diagnosed with a variety of developmental disorders. Taylor is exceptional BCBA that is always looking to engage educators, parents and staff to ensure the highest quality service for each client. He is a true advocate for children and adults with Autism as well as advocate for students wanting to advance in the field.

Phone: 800-832-9419 ext 7

Casey Ayer, MS, BCBA


Casey Ayer, MS, BCBA is a Compass Clinical Director and together with Clinical Department Members, and oversees all Registered Behavioral Technicians, Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA), and Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) and contractors to ensure compliance and quality of clinical care. Casey started with Compass in 2013 as we opened our doors and worked towards obtaining her Master Degree and Board Certification as a BCBA. Casey obtained her Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Child Development) on April, 2012 and earned a Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis along with obtaining her BCBA in 2014. Casey has extensive training in clinical and in home services with a focus in: early learners, verbal behavior, VB-mapp, PEAK, conducting functional behavioral assessment, Developing Behavior Intervention Plans, and consulting/training with teachers, parents. Prior to joining Compass, Casey worked as a Behavior Specialist in a Long County School System developing her knowledge to navigate school system and verifying the needs of special education. Casey is an exceptional BCBA that is devoted to the success of her clients. What truly sets Casey apart is that she is an active advocate for children and adults with Autism and related disorders and continues to train staff, parents, and care givers to ensure that each client reaches their potential.


Phone: 800-832-9419 ext 6

Lyndon DelRosario, BA, BCaBA


  Lyndon Del Rosario (Peter) is the clinical lead advisor, and oversees all Behavioral Technicians, Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) and Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) contractors to ensure the highest standards of quality for clinical care. Peter obtained his Bachelor of Arts, Psychology from St. Meinrad College, St. Meinrad, IN. Peter is a Board Certified, Assistant Behavior Analyst, June 2000 Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc. State Certificate, Associate Behavior Analyst, October 1999 Dept. of Children & Families, State of Florida. Peter has been in the field of Applied Behavioral Analysis for over 20 years. His extensive field knowledge includes working for The Mental Health Center of Jacksonville, Henry and Rilla White Foundation, Duval County Schools, University of Florida, Department of Children and Families, Daniel, and River Point Behavioral Health. His experience lies in consulting/Training caregivers, teachers, parents, foster parents and other providers. He also has experience with Conducting Functional Behavioral Assessments; VB-MAPP and PEAK, Lyndon (Peter) is an amazing teacher and staff and clients love his caring and patient nature.  


Phone: 800-832-9419 ext 4


Derek C. Hendley, BS QASP


Derek is a lead RBT Clinical Manager and together with Casey and Peter responsible for RBT Compliance and Development, Derek also assists in managing Clinical Department and RBT Staff. Derek C. Hendley is a native of South Georgia and he has been passionately serving the Autism community for over 6 years. Derek has received Associate of Science in General Studies through Georgia Military College and has received his Bachelors of Science in Psychology in 2016 with Concentration in Applied Behavioral Analysis( ABA) through Kaplan University. Derek successfully completed and has obtained his QASP certificate. He is currently enrolled in a Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis and pursuing his BCBA. He has received training in PEAK Assessments, and continues to broaden his knowledge in the field. Derek strives to provide exceptional education, support, and evidence-based care for his clients whether in the home, schools or community. Derek participates in various Community Outreach programs and serves as a Youth Pastor. He is exemplary role model and his caring nature sets him apart. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, being in the outdoors, serving at his local church, and volunteering for various community organizations/non-profits such as the Boy Scouts and local food banks.


Phone: 800-832-9419 ext 5

Sarah Bennett

Sarah Bennett is Compass Office and Regional manager. Sarah is our trusted patient and consultant coordinator and the true advocate for children with Autism. All the staff and clients know that Sarah will make sure that their needs are met in a timely manner. Sarah Bennett, Graduate of Health Information Technology Management & Coding Diploma from Wiregrass Technical College is also local to Valdosta Georgia. She is familiar with Tricare, Private insurance policies and will work hard to get client started in the right direction. She is always making sure that each family has latest Grant information and is connected with right resources for success. Sarah is also knowledgeable in assisting new ABA Practices in starting their business.
Phone: 800-832-9419 ext 1

Amila Smith, BA


Amila is the Compass Behavioral and Developmental Consultants LLC. Management, Marketing, and Administrative Partner. Amila has been working in the behavioral services field for approximately 6 years, and continues to advocate for families impacted by autism, by helping families find services, receive grants, and other resources available to children with autism. Amila Smith, a mother of two children with Autism, personally knows the challenges for those affected by Autism, and has been an advocate for not only her children, but also for all families that are living with the challenges of raising children on the spectrum. Her family dream is to open a non-profit Group Home for young adults affected by Autism, and allow them to experience productive and independent living. For more information on programs for your children and family.


Phone: 800-832-9419 ext 3

Rodney Smith, AA


Rodney Smith is the Compass Behavioral and Developmental Consultants LLC. Financial and Human Resources Advisor. Rodney retired January 1, 2014 at the rank of Master Sergeant, after proudly serving in the Air Force for 24 years. His service included a deployment to Afghanistan and other overseas assignments. He is the father of two children on the Autism Spectrum, and strongly advocates for children with disabilities. Rodney has received an Associates Degree (AA) in Human Resources and an AA Degree in Space Operations.


Phone: 800-832-9419 ext 2


Susan Bradley, MA, BCBA

Susan received her undergraduate degree from Central Michigan University and continued receiving Masters of Arts in Music from Florida State University in 1986. Susan continued her study and finished Applied Behavior Analysis Sequence Classes from University of West Florida in 2015, finishing Independent Field Work and received her BCBA certification. Susan’s experience is gained through Georgia Department of Developmental Disabilities as a case manager as well as working in the field as a BCBA Supervisor with Compass. Susan completed PEAK assessment training and is experienced in conducting functional behavioral assessments; and developing behavior intervention plans for individuals diagnosed with Autism.

Amanda Vollenweider, BS, QASP

Amanda worked with Compass since 2014 providing direct ABA therapy with children diagnosed with Autism. Her dedication sets her apart and care for each young learner. Amanda graduated with Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Valdosta State University. Amanda gained experience and education and obtained QASP certification in 2016. She received training in PEAK Assessment and continues to receive training in the field.

Teresa Conner, MS, BCBA

Teresa obtained Bachelor of Science in Psychology from troy University and continued to receive her Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2017. Teresa gained a certification as a QASP in 2017 and received her BCBA Certification May of 2018.  Teresa is currently managing Warner Robins, Albany, Tifton area. Her skills are in VB Behavior and early learners, she received PEAK Assessment training and continues to grow in the ABA field. 

Ashley Hoffman, BS QASP

Ashley received Bachelor of Science in Early Child Education from Macon State College in 2010. She has gained experience by working direct ABA therapy with kids diagnosed with Autism and in 2016 received QASP certification. Ashley is compassionate and dedicated ABA provider and a mother of three young children that always puts her clients needs first.

Ebony Day, BS, QASP

Ebony obtained her Bachelor in Applied Behavior Analysis from Savannah State University in 2012 . Ebony worked as a dedicated RBT with compass before obtaining her QASP Certificate in 2017. Ebony has gained experience working in group homes with adults and providing in home ABA therapy to children with developmental disabilities. Ebony is a graduate student at Ball State University working towards BCBA certification.


Compass BDC LLC is a partnership where each member brings unique skills and academics with common goals. Our BCBA’s, BCaBAs have extensive knowledge in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), and Early Intervention for children dealing with Autism. BCBAs, BCaBAs provide training and curriculum development for our Behavior Assistants, as well as other providers and parents. Compass Behavioral Assistants strive for excellence. They are highly educated with BS and MA in fields of Psychology, Child Development and related field. Our administrative staff strives to provide great service and always be the supporting role for families, schools, and ABA practices.

 Supervising Clinical Staff (BCBA, BCaBA, QASP)

• Taylor Ferguson, MS, BCBA Clinical Director

• Casey Ayer MS, BCBA Clinical Director

• Susan Bradley MS, BCBA Clinical Supervisor

• Kenneth McDonald, MS, BCBA Clinical Supervisor

• Teresa Conner, MS, BCBA Clinical Supervisor

• Crystal Adcock, MS, BCBA Clinical Supervisor

•Amy Tanner, MS, BCBA Clinical Supervisor

• Stacy Michaels, MS, BCBA Clinical Supervisor

• Lyndon Del Rosario, BS, BCaBA Clinical Supervisor

• Amanda Vollenweider, BS QASP Assistant Supervisor

• Ashley Hoffman, BS, QASP Assistant Supervisor

• Derek Hendley, BA QASP Managing Assistant Supervisor

• Ashley Hoffman, BS QASP

• Ebony Day, BS QASP  

• Tabitha Pitts, BS, QASP

• A’kera Grizell, BA, QASP Managing Assistant Supervisor

• Natalie Mitchell, BA, QASP Managing Assistant Supervisor

 RBT Staff

• Ariel Paige, BS, RBT

• Andrea Sandbach, BS RBT

• Katheryn Bergemann, RBT

• Katherine Moriarty, RBT

• Nakeisha Bennett, BS RBT

• Nicholas LoBiondo, BS RBT

• Patricia Martin, BA RBT

• Daniel Cumba, BS RBT

• Irene Medina, BS RBT

• Katie Williams, AA RBT  

• Shanleye Weismiller, BS RBT

• Emily Schuler, BS RBT

• Greg Sietstema, BA, RBT

• Will Barton, BA , RBT

• Tabitha Pitts, BS RBT


2225 Bemiss Rd
Suite D
Valdosta, GA 31602
800-832-9419 Ext. 1

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Hinesville, GA 31313
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Thomasville, Ga 31792

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Jacksonville, FL & Kingsland         

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Warner Robins / Macon Area

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Perry, GA 31069

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