Unlocking The Spectrum was created with the mission of making ABA Therapy accessible to ALL children with autism by providing the highest quality ABA Therapy services to areas of need. Research, conducted over the past 60 years, has shown ABA therapy to be the most effective treatment for children with autism. In fact, ABA therapy is the only therapy endorsed by the Surgeon General as an effective treatment for autism. At Unlocking The Spectrum, we believe that an effective ABA program is an essential component in allowing children with autism to reach their maximum potential.

Clinical Staff
ABA Therapists & RBTs

Our therapists are the core of what we do and we love them for it! Our therapists have received extensive training in Applied Behavior Analysis techniques developed by our highly qualified BCBAs and BCBA-Ds. The educational backgrounds of our therapists vary from each individual, which contributes a wide array of skills, fundamentals, and personality to Unlocking The Spectrum. Each therapist presents a unique sense of self that strengthens the bond of our team. Our therapists provide the highest quality ABA therapy to our families, and are essential to helping our clients reach their maximum potential.

Ilana Hernandez, MA, BCBA
Managing Director/Founder

Ilana Hernandez is the Managing Director and Founder of Unlocking The Spectrum. In addition to over 14 years of experience working with children with autism and other developmental disabilities Ilana holds a Masters in Special Education and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. In her free time Ilana loves spending time with her husband and two young boys, traveling to new places, learning about different cultures, the ocean, and reading.

Marc Baumgardt, MAT, BCBA
Executive Director

Marc Baumgardt joined the team at UTS in August of 2016. Marc has worked in the field of ABA, and with individuals with autism, developmental and intellectual disabilities for over 15 years, with experience in home, center and community settings. Marc is committed to employing evidence-based practices to improve outcomes for individuals with disabilities and their families. Marc is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and possesses a Master of Arts in Teaching with an Applied Behavior Analysis Specialization.

Pamalee Larr, EdS, BCBA
Assistant Director
Regional Director – Bloomington

Pamalee graduated from Indiana University with a Master’s of Science in Education and received her ABA certification from Ball State University. She is also a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Pamalee has worked with families and with individuals with intellectual disabilities as well as autism for over 20 years. Pamalee joined the team at UTS in February of 2015 and is using her diverse experiences to help UTS provide the best possible services to all clients in numerous settings within their communities and at home. Pamalee enjoys walks with her dogs, working out, reading, and visiting family during her leisure time.

LaTosha Lafferty, MS, BCBA
Regional Director – Southern Indiana

LaTosha (Tosha) joined UTS in April 2016, bringing over five years of supervisory and consulting experience in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. Tosha is an Ohio native who grew up in Steubenville, a small steel mill town. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2007 at Baldwin-Wallace University and completed her Master of Science degree in Human Services with a certificate in Marriage and Family Services in 2011 at Capella University. She has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2011 and has worked in the field since 2004. Tosha has experience working with children from 18-months old through young adulthood who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and related disabilities, as well as those who are typically-developing. Tosha moved to the area with her husband and two young children. Outside of work, she enjoys dancing and spending time with her family.

Shawn Cureton, MS, BCBA
Regional Director – Houston

Shawn received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Houston and his Master’s degree from the University of West Alabama. He is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who understands the importance and the impact that can be made with early intervention in children. Shawn is dedicated to providing impeccable services and is grateful to have the opportunity to be part of the Unlocking The Spectrum team of professionals. Outside of work Shawn enjoys spending time with his wife and four daughters. Shawn enjoys volunteering for events in the community with his daughters that involve children with special needs.

Carrie Cruz, MS, BCBA
Regional Director – Indianapolis

Carrie has been working with people with autism and other disabilities for ten years and has worked in the field of ABA for six years. She earned her Master’s in psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis from Florida State University and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.  She is passionate about providing individuals with evidence-based treatment to reach their best outcomes. In her free time, Carrie enjoys spending time with her husband, traveling, cooking, and running.