Meet the Community Transition Academy Team!
SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER
858.360.0282 | MadelineG@CommunityTransitionAcademy.org
Madeline Gelmetti, or just Maddie for short, was born and raised in Connecticut but loved the beauty of the mountains up north which lead her to Plymouth State University in New Hampshire, where she received her Bachelors in Childhood Studies with a General Education Teaching Certification in grades K-8. Maddie then completed an 11-month intensive Masters program to study Special Education while teaching full-time as a special education teacher. Upon finishing graduate school, she worked at The May Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. The May Institute is a non-public ABA-based school for children with autism in affiliation the National Autism Center. It was that experience that lead Maddie to work here at Community Transition Academy!
Janet is a native San Diegan. She met her husband at San Diego State University where she graduated
with a degree in Criminal Justice Administration. She was hired from an internship position with a local non-profit and worked with youth who were at-risk for over 14 years. After finishing her Master’s degree in Public Administration Janet ventured on to new goals. She and her husband opened a youth sports franchise which is where you will find her on the weekends. She has two children Charlie and Chloe who are growing up way too quickly. Janet is excited for her continued non-profit journey with Include Autism as their Human Resources Director.
Fun Fact: Janet’s picture was captured at a New Kids on the Block concert (back in the day) and was in People magazine!
COMMUNITY BEHAVIOR SPECIALIST
Steven is a born and raised San Diegan. Steve first started working for Include Autism back in 2011, over the years Steve has been a dedicated and versatile employee helping the company in many roles. He has been the Community Inclusion Coordinator, being the main point of contact for all community partnerships while running our Volunteer Program. Steve is also a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) and versed in the principles of ABA. He is excited to be a part of the C.T.A. family and bring his experience and positive attitude! Steve loves being a in San Diego, and just moved close to the beach.
Fun Fact: In High School Steve played lead guitar in a rock band and still has been known to play a few tunes!
COMMUNITY GROUP LEADER
Mo was born and raised in upland California where his passion for psychology began in his high school years. He moved out of state to attend the university of North Carolina Greensboro where he attained his bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in sociology. During his undergrad year’s he quickly fell in love with ABA and knew it was something he wanted to pursue. After graduating in 2016 he saved up and moved back to California in January 2017. Once settled, he began working for include autism and have enjoyed every second of it since.
Fun Fact: He worked full time managerial positions all throughout college allowing him to pay for it without taking out loans.
COMMUNITY GROUP LEADER
Alex was born and raised in Oceanside, California. He graduated from UC San Diego in 2016 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics. He changed his major countless times in college because he simply did not know what he wanted to do with his life. Can you believe that he was majoring in Electrical Engineering before declaring Linguistics as his major? His whole world changed when he stumbled upon Linguistics and Communicative Disorders. Anything pertaining to language has always fascinated him. Currently, he is pursuing a Post-Baccalaureate/2nd Bachelor’s degree in Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education online at Utah State University. He ultimately plans to attend graduate school for Communicative Disorders so that he can become a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and be able to work with children in the private clinic setting. Alex just started working at the Community Transition Academy at Include Autism. He loves the staff, students, and all of the community outings. Alex believes that Include Autism is the perfect opportunity to gain invaluable experience, as he continues his journey in becoming a Speech-Language Pathologist.
Fun Fact: Alex loves to cook vegan food…but he isn’t vegan. He frequently ditches recipes and creates his own sauces and dressings. For Christmas, he would like a fancy food processor, blender, and spiralizer.
Mark Wilson, MOT, OTR/L
Mark is licensed by the State of California in Occupational Therapy and has been a therapist in the San Diego area for over 20 years. He has a wealth of pediatric experience working with children with ASD, learning disabilities, and developmental delays. His work as a therapist is driven by his passion for success by combining sensory-based strategies with behavioral techniques in order to obtain maximum results. He also currently works with children at the San Diego Center for Children.
Karyn Searcy, M.A., CCC-SLP
SPEECH & LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST
The author of Here’s How to Do Early Intervention for Speech & Language: Empowering Parent (Plural Publishing, Inc.; 2011), Karyn founded Crimson Center for Speech & Language in March 2003. Throughout her more than 40 years in the field, she has used multiple evidence-based treatment programs, with a strong focus on parent-child interaction. Karyn has served on several community committees, including research grant programs, in an effort to promote caregiver roles in the treatment. She has taught multiple seminars, workshops and continuing education courses throughout the country, and has been a clinical faculty at San Diego State University’s Communicative Disorders Program since 2010.
Brian is originally from Huntington Beach and recently moved down to San Diego after receiving his Bachelors in Business Accounting from Cal State Dominguez Hills. After working in the financial industry for many years, he wanted something more fulfilling than increasing a corporations profits.
The one thing he did enjoy though was working with people and helping them reach their goals, which brings him to Include Autism. When Brian is not
working, he enjoys doing anything outdoors such as hiking, biking, playing
sports and attending sporting events.
Fun fact: Was told he was going to work in either accounting or finance by
his parents since the age of 5 since he loved working with numbers.