Team Reach

  • Catherine Verhoeff-Schauf


    Find out more about Catherine Verhoeff-Schauf

    After moving to the Netherlands from the United States in 2011 with her son, who had been diagnosed with autism, Catherine was disappointed to find that the quality of care was not what she expected. Believing firmly that each child has the right to highly effective services, she got to work.
    On April 2, 2016 – World Autism Awareness Day – she opened Stichting REACH Holland, the only English speaking care center in The Hague which helps children on the autism spectrum reach their full potential.

  • Ann Beirne

    M.A., BCBA Clinical Consultant

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    Ann Beirne, M.A. BCBA is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over two decades of experience working with individuals with autism spectrum disorder.

    Ms. Beirne is passionate about the importance of professional development for students of behavior analysis, as well as emerging and seasoned behavior analysts. She has professionals on five continents and consults with centers serving individuals with autism all over the world as the Director of Professional Development at the Global Autism Project, a not-for-profit service organization with which she has had an association for over a decade.

    Ms. Beirne is co-author of the textbook Understanding Ethics in Behavior Analysis: Practical Applications available from Routledge Publishing in 2019.

    Ms. Beirne’s areas of interest include ethics, staff and parent training, telehealth, and dissemination of behavior analysis methodologies. Ms. Beirne obtained her B.A. from Binghamton University and her M.A. from Columbia University Teachers College specializing in early childhood special education. She was a premier recipient of the Elijah Foundation Scholarship. She is currently in the special education doctoral program at the Fischler College of Education at Nova Southeastern University. She also has a background in musical theater and opera and was leader of song at St. Augustine’s RC Church in Park Slope, Brooklyn. She lives in New York City with her husband and three children.

  • Kalliopi “Kelly” Filippopoulou

    MSc, BCBA Head Clinical Supervisor, ABA specialist/begeleider

    Find out more about Kalliopi “Kelly”

    Kelly Filippopoulou is a Psychologist with her Masters in Child and Adolescent Psychology from Leiden University. Additionally, she has obtained her certifications in: Developmental Disorders of Children & Adolescents, Parent Counseling and Autism Interventions. Kelly has completed her ABA coursework from the Florida Institute of Technology, a recognized program of the BACB and in June 2016, she passed the BCBA exam.
    Kelly has more than 1500 hours working with ASD children, with BCBA Supervision, where she has designed individual therapy programs and implements each program using ABA techniques such as: verbal behavior, social skills training, self help skills training. Kelly also has experience in the classroom, as she has worked as a Teaching Assistant at The Lighthouse Special Education school in The Hague and at an integrated preschool class at Agriokuknoi in Athens, Greece. She has also worked as an Integration Aid at the Therapeutic Center for Children with Autism in Athens, Greece.

  • Kendall Willems-Cygan

    Masters in ABA, BCBA/Supervisor, ABA specialist/begeleider

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    Kendall Cygan is originally from California, United States. She moved to Holland in July 2017 to live with her Dutch partner and play some professional volleyball. Kendall graduated from The University of Utah with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and an emphasis in Positive Psychology in 2016. After her degree completion, she began to work as a preschool teacher for developmentally delayed children with behaviors.
    In addition to this job, she began pursuing her passion for becoming a BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst). She passed the RBT exam in 2016 and then sought out a job working as a Lead Behavioral Interventionist for children with autism. Kendall completed her first Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2017 and is on track to finish her second Master’s degree in Counseling in 2019. She is scheduled to sit for her BCBA exam in February 2018. On the side, Kendall loves to travel and do yoga.

  • Irene Borziello

    MSc, BCBA/Supervisor, ABA specialist/begeleider

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    Irene is a Child Psychologist and a Behavior Analyst with international experience. She holds a Masters Degree in Neuroscience and Neuropsychological rehabilitation as well as Bachelor Degree in Development Psychology and Education achieved between the univer-sity of Padua (Italy) and University of Geneva (Switzerland). While completing her studies she started to train as ABA therapist first in Italy, with home-based interventions, and later in London (UK), in a high-standard special need school. She recently obtained the BCBA certi-fication after successfully completing a coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis with the Florida Institute of Technology.

    Irene has more than seven years of experience in clinical work with children, adolescent and young adult with different developmental disorders (including Autism, Rett Syndrome, Down Syndrome, fragile X, language delay and Cognitive deficits). Irene has worked in home-based interventions and clinical settings, and in consultation with schools, using ABA to support clients in the different areas of the child development.

    Irene is originally from Italy and she has recently relocated to the Netherlands. She loves to travel and do ballet in her free time. She speaks fluently Italian, English and French.

  • Alexa Bremer–van Eenennaam

    MSc, Master in ABA, ABA specialist/begeleider

    Find out more about Alexa Bremer

    Upon completing her degree in clinical child psychology at the University of Amsterdam, Alexa Bremer moved to London and began a career in ABA therapy at Ambitious about Autism (formerly known as TreeHouse). In her five years at Ambitious about Autism, Alexa worked with children across developmental needs. Activities included: facilitating early intervention, working with children with highly challenging behaviours, shadowing in mainstream classrooms, and teaching self-help skills to adolescents. Additionally, Alexa has experience working in home programmes. Finding her efforts both professionally and personally rewarding, she decided to continue her career in autism therapy with a postdoc in ABA at the University of Bangor in Wales.

    Alexa’s Dutch roots eventually led her back to the Netherlands. Being a mother of three has made her a better therapist as she clearly understands and appreciates the perspective of the parent, and the relationship between child, parent, and therapist. In her spare time, she loves to be outdoors and has a broad interest in the development and education of children. Currently, Alexa is working towards her BCBA certification.

  • Ellie Nika

    MSc in ABA, ABA specialist /begeleider

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    Ellie Nika graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Boston in 2016, double-majoring in Early Childhood Development and Psychology. The following year she studied School Psychology at the State University of Worcester. In 2019, she shifted her attention to Applied Behavior Analysis and received her Master in ABA cum laude in August of 2020, from Northeastern University.
    Over the past five years, Ellie has acquired skills in classroom guidance, curriculum planning, IEPs, intervention planning, data collection, graphing and documentation of interventions, multidisciplinary collaborations, application of various assessments, ethical and legal considerations within the field of Special Education. Ellie’s primary focus has been on preschool and elementary age students who have learning disabilities, problem behaviors, autism, and social adaptation issues. Ellie has also served as a behavioral provider in clinical and in-home settings. Ellie believes that working directly with families in multiple settings increased her understanding of the importance of individualized care. Ellie is passionate about special education advocacy, and her main goal is to provide an inclusive learning environment for all learners. She is also preparing to sit the BACB exam within a short time frame. During her free time, Ellie enjoys taking walks, writing poetry, and doing yoga

  • Idyli Tsiantoula

    Master in ABA, ABA specialist/begeleider

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    Idyli Tsiantoula was born and raised in Athens, Greece. She was introduced to ABA during her undergraduate studies in Psychology and, fascinated by this approach, she decided to have her practicum at an ABA private centre, working with children and adolescents with developmental disabilities. After her practicum, she continued to work there as a therapist for three more years, during which she also was a shadow teacher for children with autism attending kindergarten. Her desire to further her knowledge and skills as a therapist led her to follow a course sequence on Special Education and Treatment by Aegean University, and later pursue a Master’s Degree in ABA from Queen’s University, Belfast. She has since spent a year in the US, working with individuals with autism in school and residential settings, and is currently working as an ABA therapist in the Netherlands, while pursuing her BACB certification. She speaks English, French and Greek

  • Kelsey Burnette 

    BA Psychology, BCaBA/Program manager

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    Kelsey has been practicing Applied Behavior Analysis in the United States since 2012. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2013 from the College of Charleston Honors College and became a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst in 2016. She specializes in Verbal Behavior, Discrete Trial Instruction, Natural Environment Teaching, and Behavior Skills Training. In 2019, Kelsey and her husband relocated to Leiden where she hopes to continue providing the highest quality of care and services to children with learning differences. She is currently enrolled in the master’s program at Florida Institute of Technology, one of the world leaders in ABA, to earn her master’s degree in Professional Behavior Analysis and to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

  • Comfort Funmilayo “Funmi” Bamidele-Walboomers 

    MSc, RBT certified, ABA specialist/begeleider

    Find out more about Comfort Funmilayo “Funmi” Bamidele-Walboomers

    Funmi Bamidele-Walboomers completed her Master’s program at Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands, specializing in Development and Socialization in Childhood and Adolescence. While in the Master’s program she received the ‘Utrecht Excellence Award.’ She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology with Honors at the University of Lagos, Nigeria where she received the highest GPA of all graduating Psychology students.
    Funmi received her RBT (Registered Behavior Technician) Certification from Relias Academy in January 2016. She has been working with children on the autism spectrum in 2015. After completing our nine week orientation/training course on ABA techniques, Funmi began working as an ABA specialist/begeleider at Stichting REACH Holland in November 2016.

  • Charalampos “Haris” Mavrokefalos

    MSc, RBT certified ABA specialist/begeleider

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    Haris Mavrokefalos is a psychologist with his Master in Clinical Psychology from Leiden University. He completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology in Panteion University of Athens. Haris has worked for more than five years with people with special needs. More specifically, he has worked with adults and adolescents who suffer from psychosis in two mental health institutes in Athens, Greece. He was responsible for organizing daily activities such as English and computer classes in those institutes. Since 2017, Haris has been working with children on the autism spectrum. He began his internship at REACH in February 2017 and enjoyed his experience so much that in June 2017 he became an ABA specialist/begeleider. Haris recently completed his training as a Behavior Technician and has passed his RBT certification exam in July 2018. He is fluent in English, Dutch, Greek and German.

  • Persefoni “Persa” Kouroutzi

    MSc, RBT certified, ABA specialist/begeleider

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    Persa Kouroutzi obtained her undergraduate degree in Preschool Education & Teaching from University of Ioannina, Greece in July 2014. The following year, she moved to the Netherlands to specialize in learning disabilities. In August 2016, she obtained a Master’s Degree in Learning disabilities and impairments from Leiden University. During this time, she worked in various schools as an early childhood educator and currently is group leader at an out-of-school care organization.
    After completing her master studies, she started volunteering at Stichting REACH Holland and since May 2017, became an ABA specialist at REACH and is also doing home programs. Persa has more than 200 hours of experience working with children on the autism spectrum. Additionally, she has attended and completed various seminars in early childhood education. She recently completed her training as a Behavior Technician and is in the process of certification as a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT)

  • Lal Koyuncu

    MSc, RBT Certified ABA specialist/begeleider, Quality Manager

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    Lal Koyuncu is a child psychologist originally from Istanbul, Turkey. Lal graduated from University of British Columbia (Canada, 2017) with a BA degree in Psychology. In 2019, she completed her MSc degree in Child & Adolescent Psychology with cum laude honours from Leiden University, NL. Lal has worked in leading research laboratories and hospitals in both Canada and the Netherlands, focusing on linguistics and neuroscience. Lal is extremely passionate about working with children on the autism spectrum. She is scheduled to complete her RBT training in early 2020. Lal is fluent in English and Turkish, and intermediate level in French and Italian. In her free time, Lal practices yoga.

  • Elena Stojimirovic

    MSc, RBT certified, ABA specialist/begeleider

    Find out more about Elena Stojimirovic

    Elena Stojimirovic is a clinical psychologist with a Master degree in clinical psychology from Utrecht University. She completed her bachelor’s degree at University College Utrecht. Elena has experience working with various clinical populations in multiple cultural contexts. Born in the US to former Yugoslavian parents led her to finishing her high school in Serbia and then migrating to the Netherlands for her studies. She has previously interned at an institute that provides treatment and care to children with developmental disorders, as well as support and counseling to their families. Elena is passionate about developmental psychology as well as the integrative role of family dynamics. She joined Reach in September 2020 and has received her Registered Behavior Technician accreditation in November 2020. Elena is fluent in English and Serbo-Croatian, has a B2 in French, and is working towards a B1 level in Dutch.

  • Teodora De Benedictis

    BS Psychology, ABA specialist/begeleider

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    Teodora De Benedictis received her Bachelor degree in Psychology in May 2019 from Webster University,
    Leiden Campus and will be obtaining her Master of Adolescent & Child psychology after her Bachelor. She became interested in ABA after doing an internship at REACH while at University. She is currently taking the RBT coursework for certification. Teodora is also interested in becoming a BCBA.
    Teodora is half French/half Italian and has been living in Holland for the past 10 years. She is fluent in French, Italian, English and hopes to become fluent in Dutch as well.

  • Chantal Hoeven

    ABA specialist/begeleider

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    Chantal Hoeven has been working with kids on the autism spectrum doing one-on-one ABA therapy for three (3) years. She received her HBO degree in behavioral science and family guidance. Chantal attended the ABA Institute in Waalwijk, NL for a total of three (3) years where she received intensive training in ABA therapy for two (2) years and attended the ABA Masterclass for one (1) year.
    Chantal worked full-time at ABA Huis in Rotterdam as a begeleider doing one-on-one and group ABA therapy with ASD kids. She is RBT trained and is in the process of completing her certification. Chantal currently is the owner of ‘Happy Faces’ which provides one-on-one ABA therapy for kids on the spectrum at home, school or centers. She also volunteers with SVA (Stichting Vakantie Autisme) which provides guidance for kids and young adults on the autism spectrum during recreational activities and group outings. Chantal is Dutch but is also fluent in English.

  • Georgios Katsaris

    BA Psychology, ABA specialist/begeleider

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    Georgios Katsaris is pursuing his Master’s degree in Child and Adolescent Psychology from Leiden University. He has completed his undergraduate studies in Psychology in Panteion University of Athens. During that period, he also attended a program in Special Education organised by the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He has worked as an intern psychologist at the Special Primary School of Blind in Athens and as a psychologist at the General Children’s Hospital in Athens. During his Master’s degree, he worked voluntarily as a Teaching Assistant at the Greek School in Utrecht. He has completed his internship at Stichting REACH Holland and enjoyed working with children in the autism spectrum. Georgios has the intention of completing the RBT training. He is fluent in English and Greek, while he is also learning Dutch

  • Francisco “Fran” J. Munguía Guiérrez

    Occupational Therapist/begeleider

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    Francisco (Fran) Munguía Guiérrez is an Occupational Therapist who in 2012, received his graduate OT degree from Universidad de Oviedo, Spain. In 2015, Fran obtained his post- graduate degree at the Universidad Affonso X el Sabio, Madrid. In 2012, has been working with adults and children with neurological disorders. He also worked with dementia patients as a Coordinator at a hospital located in Gran Canaria. Fran also worked at the hospital’s pediatric unit with babies and children up to 12 years old diagnosed with cerebral palsy, au-tism and rare disorders. It was there where he found his passion of helping those on the au-tism spectrum with daily life skills, sensory integration and school activities. Thus, he began a home program with two kids on the autism spectrum. It was here that he was first intro-duced to Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) while working together with a psychologist. Fran is passionate and enthusiastic in his approach to Occupational Therapy. He has been trained in different approaches, such as DIR Floortime, Sensory Integration and Applied Be-havior Analysis (ABA) and is continuing training in SI and ABA. Fran was born in Gran Cana-ria (Spain) and is now living in The Hague and became a member of the REACH Team in May 2018. He is fluent in Spanish, English and currently taking courses to obtain B1 level in Dutch.

  • Cindy Navis

    Speech and Language therapist (SLT)/begeleider

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    Cindy Navis is a native Dutch speaking speech therapist. In 2003, she graduated with a Bachelor of Health (speech therapist) from Hogeschool Arnhem Nijmegen. Since her graduation, Cindy has been working with children with Complex Communication Needs (CCN). She has worked many years in rehabilitation centers in Leiden and Rotterdam. Since 2011, Cindy has worked at the Sophia Children’s Hospital – Erasmus MC. Her specializations include: Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and swallowing problems in children with special needs. In 2018, she started with her PhD-trajectory, on AAC in Angelman Syndrome and language testing in children with CCN. In 2020, Cindy started LogoCNavis, where she is now able to help children and their parents/caretakers optimize their communication by using AAC implementation and prompt