Meet Our TeaM
Our Founder, Jose A. Merida, CBA/FL served as the Senior Analyst and Executive Clinical Administrative Director of New Way Day Services (ABA Horizons’ parent company) since its inception in 1999. Jose had more than 27 years’ experience serving individuals with special needs in the Miami-Dade and Broward areas, in Florida.
Jose was approached by a legal team in December of 2011 to work with a client who needed ABA therapy services however, his insurer, Florida Medicaid, would not cover the medically necessary therapy. In early 2012 the case went to Federal Court where the plaintiff, the ABA team for New Way Day Services, the legal team presented his case.
The evidence of ABA’s effectiveness in improving the plaintiff’s individual needs was overwhelming that it led to ABA being funded by Florida’s State-run Medicaid programme. Since then, many State-run Medicaid programmes are now providing ABA for children on the spectrum.
When hearing of the situation in the UK, it sounded all too familiar – just like USA situation a few years prior. He and his wife Caridad had no choice but to get involved, and they formed ABA Horizons in early 2018.
One of his first actions was to commission research into understanding the potential costs of a “business as usual” approach to service provision for those on the spectrum (you can see the results of this research in our Cost Analysis Tool).
Jose was a kind-hearted maverick, entrepreneur and acutely observant behaviour analyst. He served many families and communities throughout his career. He was a mentor to many, helping and encouraging many of his employees with the clinical and logistical support they needed, as they ventured off on their own path.
Jose’s absence remains acutely felt. But although he is no longer here with us in person; he remains so in spirit. Our team strive to uphold his rigorous standards and to implement his vision: that children on the spectrum in the UK should have access to evidence-based services, such as ABA.
Director and CEO
Cary Bouza-Merida. Mrs. Merida has had extensive experience in the operations of New Way Day Services, Incorporation. She serves as the office administrator. As the President and Chair of A Better Day Learning Center, Mrs. Merida is dedicated to working closely with funders to assure that all children can receive treatment regardless of their families’ financial capabilities.
Mrs. Merida strives to make quality services accessible to all families and children across the UK. Her exceptional executive leadership skills have provided the ABA Horizons team with a wealth of resources that are used to help families across the United Kingdom have broader access to our Applied Behavioral Analysis Services.
Director & Outreach Manager
Jamie is the Outreach Manager for ABA Horizons, working with Clinical Commissioning Groups & Local Authorities in order to secure ABA services for families across the UK. He manages teams across the business and ensures communication between all parties. He qualified as a Quantity Surveyor in 1988. In 1995 following personal experience of a long term condition, Jamie started with Macmillan Cancer Support as a Development Coordinator. This role brought together patients, carers and health professionals to form self help, support and user involvement groups. He has worked for the MS Society and Rethink Mental Illness. All of these roles involved working with professionals from health and social care, developing new services and ensuring that individuals receive services. In his free time, he enjoys running and being outdoors.
Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA)
Konstantinos is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst since 2018 with many years of experience in working with both adults and children diagnosed with autism and other developmental disabilities in various contexts including schools, group homes/ residential centres, employment services, clinics and camps. Konstantinos did his bachelor’s in Psychology at Panteion University in Athens and then he did his master’s in Behaviour Analysis at Florida Institute of Technology in Orlando/Melbourne. He moved to London in 2019 to work as a behaviour analyst and positive behaviour support consultant. He is always passionate with behaviour analysis and enthusiast about helping in making the difference in people’s life and making the planet a better, a more equal and a safer place for all. He is a founder member of Hellenic community of behaviour analysis and a full member of: UK society of behaviour analysis, European Association of Behaviour Analysis, and Florida Association of Behaviour Analysis.
Senior Tutor, RBT
Rosario has been working with children with learning disabilities after completing her BSc Psychology degree in 2012. Since then Rosario has worked in a well-known clinic and SEND school while pursuing her MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Rosario qualified as a Registered Behaviour Technician in 2019. She has been working in the Applied Behaviour Analysis field for over 2 years having the fantastic opportunity to work with children and young adults with Autism on home-based and school-based programmes, as well as assisting BCBA’s in conducting assessments and writing annual reports. Rosario is passionate about Behaviour Analysis and its application to educating children on the autism spectrum disorder and she is willing to keep learning and developing in her career.