Our Team


Dr. Steven Gonzalez, LCDC-I, BCBA-D

Licensed Chemical Dependency Counseler Intern
Board Certified Behavior Analyst Doctoral Level
Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Steven Gonzalez has been working with youth and adults since the early 1990′s. Dr. Gonzalez has worked with such agencies as Project Headstart, Parent/Child Incorporated San Antonio, Parent/Child Incorporated Floresville, Texas Workforce Development, La Petite Academy, Bexar County Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program and other government agencies. Dr. Gonzalez has also been an instructor to many agencies and caretakers providing required instruction to qualify to take the CDA (Child Development Associate Certification Exam). In addition Dr. Gonzalez has also taught the management/administration component for the CDA management certificate. Dr. Gonzalez currently serves as the Owner and Executive Director of the South Texas Behavioral Institute and also serves as the Lead Faculty Psychology Chair for the University of Phoenix San Antonio Campus. In addition he is currently a graduate school professor for Kaplan University’s Applied Behavior Analysis graduate certification program and for UTSA’s Applied Behavior Analysis Graduate Program.


Patricia Luna

Director of Administrative Affairs


Patricia has a vast background of experience in both the medical and IDD fields. She has studied biology with a BMCD concentration and holds certification as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). In addition, Patricia has extensive experience working with individuals with disabilities including entering the field as a head coach for Special Olympics across various sports as well as serving individuals within the group home setting providing direct care and as an ICF Residential Supervisor. In these roles, she worked helping clients to reach their full potential in a safe and supportive environment. Patricia came to South Texas Behavioral Institute in May 2014 to ensure the delivery of quality ABA services to all the families we service. In the future, Patricia hopes to complete her Masters in Nursing to provide appropriate medical services to the IDD community. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her three beautiful daughters and family.


Monica Palma, M.Ed., BCBA

Board Certified Behavior Analyst
Director of Clinical Services

Monica Palma graduated with her Masters in Special Education with a concentration in Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis from Texas State University. She is currently certified as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Her background is in Special Education, in which she received her undergraduate degree. Monica taught for a number of years as a Special Education Teacher before pursuing her BCBA. As a Special Education teacher Monica worked in various environments including public, charter and private schools servicing individuals in inclusion, self-contained and specialty settings. Her area of expertise is in transition and life skills for young adults transitioning out of the school system. Monica also has a strong affinity to Deaf studies, she is proficient in American Sign Language (ASL) and knowledgeable about Deaf culture. She is dedicated to the education of practitioners, families and the community with regards to Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis. In her current at role at STXBI Monica works with clients across the lifespan with any and all behaviors. She also provides training for our staff including BCBAs and behavior technicians as well as oversees the clinic operations. Monica Palma also serves as a graduate school Academic Associate for Arizona State University for their Applied Behavior Analysis graduate certification program. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband, friends and family especially her nieces.


Alonzo Andrews, M.S., BCBA

Board Certified Behavior Analyst


Alonzo Alfredo Andrews is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who in addition to his role as a contractor with STXBI is currently the UTSA’s TEAM Center Specialist. He previously served as the director of the Autism Treatment Center in San Antonio; during his 24-year tenure there he provided services and support to individuals with autism spectrum disorders to include the provision of residential programming for children and adults, on-site operation of a Texas Education Agency approved nonpublic school, vocational training, and out-patient rehabilitation therapies. Mr. Andrews has participated in research relevant to autism in the areas of biomedicine, communication, functional behavior analysis, and service delivery technologies which have lead to a dozen peer-reviewed publications. His clinical interests have engaged him in diverse projects such as involving telediagnostics, architectural design, and the development of a computer simulation training program for caregivers of children with autism Behavior Breakthroughs™ with Southwest Research Institute available as a 6-level game and two apps. He routinely presents on autism at state, national, and international conferences. Alonzo Andrews was presented the Dr. Billy F. Cowart Award for Teaching, Service, and Leadership in Autism, by the Texas A&M International University, College of Education in 2010.


Mark Boozer, M.Ed., BCBA

Board Certified Behavior Analyst


Mark is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who received his Bachelors of Music in Music Therapy from Sam Houston State University in 1999. He worked at Northeast Florida State Hospital as a Music Therapist for individuals with mental health issues and multiple disabilities. During his time there he began working on a Masters of Education in Counselor Education at the University of North Florida where he began working in substance abuse treatment for adolescents and worked as a research therapist in conjunction with the National Institute of Drug Abuse Clinical Trials Network. He then moved to Texas and began to provide behavioral treatment services at the San Antonio State Supported Living Center where he obtained his certification in Behavior Analysis in 2012. After working as a Behavior Analyst for the state of Texas, he then went to provide behavior analytic services for the Autism Treatment Center in San Antonio where he worked in an educational setting providing instruction in behavioral interventions and skill acquisition.


Olivia Hernandez-Rice, M.Ed., BCBA

Board Certified Behavior Analyst


Olivia Hernandez-Rice has been working in the field of applied behavior analysis, and with individuals with autism since 2003. During that time, she has worked in schools, clinics and homes with individuals from ages 18 months through adulthood. Olivia was conferred a Master of Education in Special Education in 2009 from the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio. She completed the professional development program in ABA through the Florida Institute of Technology. She received her BCaBA in 2011 and her BCBA in 2012. She began working with South Texas Behavioral Institute in 2012. Olivia’s areas of professional interest include Verbal Behavior, the treatment of early learners, and leisure skills instruction.


Erin Neely, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician Level 3


Raised by mother who was a special education teacher and surrounded by other educators growing up instilled a deep love of learning and helping others learn, grow, and reach their goals and dreams early on for Erin. She began working with children at an early age whether it was helping her aunt set up her classroom and prep curriculum at the beginning of each school year or tagging along with her sister to babysitting jobs. By high school she was volunteering in her church nursery and soon her hard work and devotion to the children earned her a spot as a paid nursery employee with her church. Many years later she still works in her church nursery as the nursery coordinator and loves all the children she has been able to watch grow over the years and all the new little ones just beginning their journeys. Erin has also worked in after school programs and at day cares where she has been able to interact with children from all age groups and from all walks of life. Erin has also spent several seasons volunteering with Kinetic Kids, an organization that provides sports programs for children with special needs. While helping children learn and grow, Erin pursued her own academic goals by earning her BA in Psychology with a focus on child and adolescent development from Southern New Hampshire University. Erin is excited to begin working in her field of study and continuing to grow and learn by joining the STXBI team and perhaps pursue a master’s focusing on ABA in the near future. When not working Erin is an avid movie-goer and enjoys reading. She also loves spending time with friends and family, putting together craft projects for the kids at church, and catching the occasional concert at Floore’s or Gruene Hall.


Cynthia Reyna, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician Level 2


Cynthia Reyna is a full time RBT for STXBI. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from Texas A&M San Antonio. She became interested in Behavioral Analysis after working as a Special Education Assistant in the M.I.S.D. She looks forward to furthering her education and becoming a BCBA. In her free time Cynthia likes to spend time in her garden, sewing, and spending quality time with friends and family.


Jeremy Rodriguez, RBT, BAT

Registered Behavior Technician Lead Behavior Analyst in Training


Jeremy Rodriguez is a 2014 Texas A&M College Station graduate who received his Bachelor of Science in Animal Science focusing primarily on Animal Behavior. He also received a Certificate of Leadership Studies and Development while in the Corps of Cadets during his time there. Jeremy has been working in the field of ABA for 2 years now and discovered his love and passion for it when he first started working at the Autism Treatment Center of San Antonio. He is now a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a Master’s in Education in Foundations of Behavior Analysis. He is working towards becoming a BCBA and hopes to continue his work in the field. In his free time, he loves to spend time with family, friends, and his dogs.


Taylor Russell, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician Level 1


Taylor grew up in a small town in the midwest where he started working with adolescents with special needs at 16. During his undergraduate studies at the University of Missouri Taylor worked with high-risk adolescents, including clients with autism and other mental disorders. After graduating with a bachelors in psychology, sociology and multicultural studies Taylor moved to San Antonio and started practicing ABA as full time RBT with STXBI. He is currently continuing his education at the Florida Institute of Technology to become a BCaBA while he decides on a masters program. Taylor is a passionate advocate for social impartiality and is interested in continuing his study of intersectionality, especially in how it effects the lives of those with special needs. Taylor is close with his family, to whom he credits much of his success, an avid sports fan, movie buff, and an animal lover who has too many pets.


Adriana Barba, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician


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Josephine Balzano, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician


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Jeannette Burkle, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician


Growing up in a household with two brothers with Autism, aiding others on the Autism Spectrum has been an integral part of Jeannette’s life. During her Psychology studies at Agnes Scott College, she delved into research concerning linguistics, the effects of self-perception, and societal misconceptions of foreign cultures. Combining these topics with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and English-Creative Writing, she hopes to give voice to those she assists. Jeannette is excited to join the STXBI team and use ABA to help individuals and families through similar situations her siblings faced. In her free time she enjoys watching films and dramas, exploring new places, and working on her fantasy novels.


Kaytlyn Neff, BT

Behavior Technician


Originally a resident of Midland Texas, graduates (graduated) from Texas State University with a psychology degree. Upon graduation moved to San Antonio to pursue her career in behavioral therapy.


Alyssa Price, BT

Behavior Technician


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