MEET THE TEAM
JENNIFER RAPP was born in Rhode Island. Her family found their way to Miami when she was only one year old. Since then Miami has been home. With a background in Early Childhood Education, her career began at a local private day school teaching Early Childhood. Her absolute favorite- two year olds! As life would have it, a very special student introduced her into the world of Autism. From that day on, she knew what she needed to do. Under the guidance and training of The Lovaas Institute, Jennifer spent 10 plus years working privately providing Applied Behavior Analysis therapy to private clients, all while continuing her career in Education. As a director of an Early Childhood school in Miami Beach, Jennifer was able to share her skills as a leader and administrator. The Missing Peace has always been a dream of Jennifer’s. Today, The Missing Peace, is who we are because of the incredible team we have built. Each and everyone of us, give everything we can to helping each client reach their full potential. Our mission is quality- we strive to be the best. When Jennifer isn’t working (which is never!) you can find her spending time with her family and friends, and traveling.
NATALIE ABKARIAN MOT/L, INPP is a bilingual pediatric occupational therapist, a proud mother of 2, and a native South Floridian. She completed undergraduate studies at Florida International University and received her master’s degree from Nova Southeastern University. She was chosen as the sole recipient in her graduating class of the distinguished Chancellors Award for “the student who best exemplifies the characteristics of scholarship, leadership, integrity, humanity, and loyalty to the profession”. After graduating, she continued to pursue a specialized certification in neurodevelopment and reflex integration. Natalie has practiced in a variety of clinical settings and has a wealth of pediatric experience. Most recently she has practiced as a concierge therapist providing one on one intervention to children across Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Passionate about child development and the importance of play, Natalie uses a gentle child-led therapy style to build authentic relationships with her clients and their families. She also strongly believes in building a multi- disciplinary team in order to guarantee a whole child approach to intervention. She has formed professional relationships with some of the best clinicians in the community and is known to engage the expertise of doctors and therapists of different specialties to meet the unique goals of her clients. Natalie’s vision in joining The Missing Peace team is to provide multi-faceted, in depth developmental evaluating and treatment of underlying developmental areas such as reflex maturation, gross/fine motor development, sensory integration, vestibular processing, and visual motor skills in order to provide children with the foundational skills necessary for them to reach their best potential.
Making a difference one 'peace' at a time.
SARAH HASLETT is a Florida state licensed and ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Pennsylvania State University, then went on to receive her Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from Miami University of Ohio. She moved to Miami, Florida to begin her professional career as an SLP. Sarah has experience working in the public schools within Broward and Miami-Dade County with students who have a variety of speech and language needs. She has worked with and supported students in Pre-Kindergarten programs all the way through high school aged students. Sarah has a passion for helping children grow in their communicative abilities. Sarah is excited to bring her positivity and passion for speech and language to the clients, families, and the team at The Missing Peace!
KARINA VALLARINO is a BCaBA (Board Certified assistant Behavior Analyst) who was born in New Jersey and raised in Miami, FL. She began working with children at the young age of 14, when she entered her high school’s Early Childhood Education program. Upon graduation, she received her Child Development Associate certificate and became the lead VPK teacher at a local preschool, while attending school at Florida International University. During her undergraduate career, she discovered the world of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and knew from that moment, this is what she was meant to do. From then on, she interned at two ABA companies, and in 2017 graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, specializing in Applied Behavior Analysis. Karina has always had a niche for helping those in need and has an inexplicable passion for her work. She has had the pleasure of working with children of all ages, including typically developing, on the Autism spectrum, and with other developmental disorders. In her most recent experience, she has focused on Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention and Social Skills Development. She has a deep belief in inclusion for all and dedicates herself to ensure each of her clients reach their full potential. The Missing Peace found Karina at the perfect time in her career. She is looking forward to collaborating with the team and pursuing their mission with every individual they meet. When she is not working (or brainstorming on ideas for work), you can find her anywhere outdoors, or caring for her pet tortoise, Clarice.
JAMIE ASKEN was born and raised in Pennsylvania. She received her Bachelors degree in Education from Westchester University and taught in Pennsylvania and South Carolina. She came to the Miami area with her husband and was thrilled to become part of The Missing Peace team. After three years in sunny Florida, she moved to Illinois where she still has the opportunity to enjoy working with wonderful students in Miami via Skype. She loves to see their progress and help them to use their strengths to guide their learning. On the weekends she likes going to Bears games and cherishes time spent with family and friends.
JORDAN BUCKER was born and raised in South Windsor, Connecticut. While pursuing a degree in child development and early childhood education, she began her career teaching preschool. This is where she found her love of working with children. After graduation, Jordan began working for the public school system in special education. She was introduced to the world of ABA (applied behavior analysis) and knew that it was her passion. She has years of experience working with children diagnosed with ASD and related disorders. The last couple years, she has been working as an RBT (Registered Behavior Technician) for an ASD clinic in Connecticut. Her professional interests include social skills training, verbal behavior, and helping to improve family communication. In her free time, she can be found enjoying the outdoors, at a yoga class or spending time with family and friends. She is excited to bring her experience with classroom management, ABA and her passion for working with children to The Missing Peace.
JOSE CHANG was born in Havana, Cuba and has lived in Miami, FL since the age of 4. He speaks fluent English/Spanish and some French. His favorite past-time has always been watching nature documentaries, but more recently spending time with his gorgeous pup Mason. As a child, he enjoyed exploring and catching tadpoles by the lake near his childhood home - always asking questions like why caterpillars turned to butterflies and tadpoles to frogs. Fueled by his natural curiosity and passion for science, he earned a B.S. in Biology at FIU and is completing his Ph.D. in Biochemistry. His journey in research science has taken him from working on a cure for Smallpox, to studying how to overcome antibiotic-resistant Tuberculosis, to understanding how Florida Red Tide affects marine wildlife and human health. As an undergraduate, Jose was deeply involved in FIU's ever-growing STEM community and mentored biology students within the Peer-Led Team Learning program. PLTL trained him in pedagogy, active learning, and modern teaching approaches which sparked another passion: helping students succeed. While attending school, he tutored chemistry and biology at FIU's Center for Academic Success, as well as K-12 math as part of collaborative projects with public/private institutions. His undying love for hearing his students say "Oh, now I get it!" naturally led him to The Missing Peace, where he gets to live the dream of making a difference every day in the lives of students!
MELISSA COOPER was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated from Georgia State University and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education. Melissa has classroom experience both as a general education teacher and a special education teacher. She is trained in Orton Gillingham having taken both the beginner and intermediate level courses. She moved to Miami with her husband in 2010 and joined The Missing Peace in 2013. After deciding to expand their family, they moved back to Atlanta to be close to family. After taking some time to be home full time with her son, Melissa is thrilled to be back with The Missing Peace. During her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her three-and a half year old son and husband.
SAMANTHA DIAZ received her Bachelors degree and Masters degree from Nova Southeastern University, where her area of focus was psychology. Samantha enjoys working with children and watching them progress in all aspects of life. Samantha has a passion for math and loves to bring out that passion in every child. On the weekends, you can find her at any sporting event or anywhere outdoors. Samantha enjoys spending time with her family and finding new fun ways to teach. Samantha plans on pursing a PhD in Neuropsychology in the near future.
NICOLE FLORES was born in Hollywood, Florida. Although initially her education and skillset were in the field of Communications and Marketing (a B.S. in Communications and MBA), with over 10 years in the corporate workforce, her love for children has always been at the forefront of her long term life goals. She was an Early Childhood teacher and dance teacher throughout college and has volunteered with the Kids department at her church for several years. In 2019, Nicole lived and taught English in a reform school in Bogota, Colombia, where she made the final decision to make working with children her full-time career. Since her return to the States in 2020, she has become a certified teacher, worked with special needs, ELL, and remedial students across the county and been a full-time teacher. She recently received her Master’s in School Psychology from Barry University and is now working towards her Specialist in School Psychology. In her spare time, you can find her spending time with her family, friends, and going to the beach. Nicole is looking forward to bringing her expertise to The Missing Peace.
TIFFANY GONZALEZ MOT, OTR is a bilingual occupational therapist born and raised in Miami Beach, Florida. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in recreational therapy from Florida International University and her Masters in occupational therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. She is adept at employing therapeutic use of self to foster collaborative rapport with clients, families, caregivers, and coworkers. Tiffany has over eight years of experience treating a diverse population with varying diagnoses: autism, developmental delay, attention deficit disorder, developmental dyspraxia, and sensory processing disorder. Tiffany is experienced in providing treatment for toddlers and children to improve upon fine motor, visual motor, sensory processing (tactile, visual, auditory, vestibular, proprioceptive), sensory modulation, bilateral coordination, balance, and gross motor skills. In her spare time, Tiffany enjoys kayaking, cooking, attending the Miami Dolphins games, and relaxing with her dog Romeo. She is overjoyed to be apart of The Missing Peace.
JESSICCA JONES received her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Auburn University. She then completed her Master's Degree in Instructional Technology from University of West Georgia. As a certified teacher, Jessicca taught grades 3, 4, and 5 for a collective 8 years in Atlanta, Georgia and Miami, Florida. While teaching, Jessicca received extensive training in Singapore Math, Writing and Reading Workshop and Flexible Learning. Her love for children and education led her to start her own family in the summer of 2016. Jessicca's love of athletics, technology, and college/NFL football allows her to connect and teach children in a variety of ways.
MEYRAV KANEl is a Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant (COTA/L) and received her degree from Keiser University. In addition, she received a bachelor’s degree from Touro University in Jewish Studies as well as a minor in Education. Meyrav has experience working with pediatrics in daycares, private schools, clinics and homes. She is certified in Early Steps Program for children between ages of 0 to 3 years but enjoys working with various age groups. Before her COTA career path, she worked in early childhood and Pre-K classrooms as a teacher. As a result, Meyrav became a COTA to challenge her career to work with children one-on-one and has experience working with children with autism, developmental delays, ADHD, and down syndrome. She always had a passion of working with children and uses a therapeutic approach that is tailored to each child with their end goal of becoming independent. In her spare time Meyrav enjoys cooking traditional Italian and middle eastern dishes as well as doing yoga. Meyrav is excited to join the Missing Peace team and bring her experiences to work.
was born and raised in South Florida. She received her bachelor degree in Elementary Education at Florida Atlantic University. Jordan has classroom experience teaching general and gifted education at the elementary level for the past seven years. After school hours she would work one-on-one and in small group settings tutoring elementary students. She has a passion for reading and always wants to spread the love of it! Over the past several summers, she started and led her own book club for young readers. In her spare time, you can find her spending time with her family, friends, and going to the gym. Jordan’s number one goal is to make sure she is making a positive impact in a child’s life. Jordan is overly excited to bring her positive energy and her expertise to The Missing Peace!
ANNA LOMBARD is a graduate of Dominican College in New York, where she received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. Since graduating, Anna has been working as a pediatric OT to support development of skills in infants through young adults. Anna has experience working with many children with cerebral palsy, autism, sensory processing disorder, pediatric mental health disorders, feeding delays and restrictive eaters in private clinics and early intervention. Anna enjoys supporting children in their feeding journeys with her training as a Sequential Oral Sensory (S.O.S.) Feeding Therapist. She is passionate about working with and advocating for kids of all ages and diagnoses to ensure optimal independence in all meaningful tasks. Anna recently moved to Miami and is excited to bring her skills to support the children and their families here at The Missing Peace.
PATRICIA MARTINEZ (“Patty”) was born in New York City, to parents from the Dominican Republic, and moved to Miami when she was two years old. She started volunteering at a young age in a performing arts studio and that’s where she realized she wanted to work with children. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Florida International University, and began to work as an RBT. After about 4 years as an RBT she realized she absolutely loved Behavior Analysis and decided to pursue her career in ABA. Patty received her Master’s in Behavior Analysis. Over the years she has gained experience in working with children with, and without, disabilities. She has also worked with children ranging from the ages of 3-12 years old, with a variety of different needs. She has recently found that parent training is an aspect of helping children that she enjoys. Patty has worked with children, and their families, in home settings, clinical setting, social settings and public outings in the community. She has a passion for changing the way everyone interprets disabilities, and helping create a more inclusive world. In her spare time, she enjoys making sweets, and personalized items, for all occasions. She has learned a lot over the years and is excited to learn much more at The Missing Peace. She is looking forward to working with The Missing Peace and being a part of a team with such a variety of knowledge.
DEBBIE MAYA was born and raised in Miami, Florida. She has a Cuban background and is fluent in both English and Spanish. Debbie completed a Bachelor's degree in Exceptional Student Education, grades K-12 from Florida International University, and received a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education, birth-2nd grade from Brooklyn College. As a motivated special educator, Debbie is always seeking the opportunity to improve the education of students with differences by assisting, and accommodating their specific needs. Currently, as an Educational Specialist for The Missing Peace, Debbie works with children inside and outside the classroom where she looks forward everyday to enhancing their academic skills and helping them face their challenges. Her goal is to help the students feel accomplished and to help them feel accepted and comfortable in their community environment. Debbie will always encourage them to work hard, to keep going, and inspire them to do well with positive reinforcement.
MEGAN MECSERY is a RBT (Registered Behavior Technician). She was born and raised in Miami, Florida. Megan has experience working with children with ASD, ADD/ADHD, and other developmental delays. Megan also has experience in Early Childhood Education. When she was introduced to a child on the spectrum she decided to look into ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) and that is when she knew she wanted to pursue that as a career. Megan has experience in working with children at their homes, schools, and learning centers. Megan has gained a plethora of knowledge over the years and is excited to continue learning. Megan loves watching children grow and become their best self. She is excited to be a part of The Missing Peace and is looking forward to working with such amazing children. When Megan is not working she is traveling or hanging out at home with her dog.
BRIANI MAZUR was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. She graduated from Florida State University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and later received a bachelor’s degree in science in Nursing from the University of Miami. After having three years in the clinical experience Briani found her love for children and understands the importance of exploring different needs to ensure their growth and success. Briani has years of experience volunteering with children in both church and academic settings. In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her family, practice Pilates, and play with her 3-year-old golden retriever Sonny. Briani is looking forward to sharing her expertise with The Missing Peace.
GENESIS MERINO is a Behavioral Specialist from Miami, Florida. She graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor’s in Psychology with a focus on Applied Behavior Analysis. She has experience in working with children diagnosed with Autism and ADHD, as well as Intellectual Disabilities. It brings her the utmost joy to see a child grow and develop academically and socially. She is excited to be a part of The Missing Peace and is looking forward to inspiring your child to reach success. Overall, Genesis enjoys traveling and road cycling, and absolutely loves the mountains.
ALEXANDRA MOSKOWITZ is a Florida state licensed and ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist from Long Island, New York. She received her Bachelor’s degree and Master’s Degree in Communication and Speech-Language Pathology at Long Island University. Alexandra moved to Miami, Florida three years ago with her husband. She has six years of experience in the field, working in the school system and in children’s homes. She has worked with children on the Autism spectrum, those with ADHD, and a variety of speech language disabilities. Alexandra is passionate about working with adolescents and making speech language therapy fun, engaging and enriching. Alexandra is excited to be a part of the team at The Missing Peace!
JESS OLSON has over 11 years of teaching experience in private elementary schools and has been trained in multiple teaching approaches, including Singapore Math and Orton Gillingham. She enjoys providing a nurturing, creative and differentiated environment that best suits all of her students’ individual needs. Jess was born in Vermont and left the cold weather as soon as possible. She spent her gap year as a nanny and children’s swim instructor in Grand Cayman, before pursuing her B.A. in Studio Arts from Rollins College in Orlando, Florida. In college, Jess began working in the classroom as part of several internships. She later moved to Los Angeles to begin her career as an educator. While teaching, she received her Elementary Teaching Credentials and Masters in Elementary Education from Antioch University. Seeking new teaching opportunities, Jess moved to Puerto Rico for two years and then back to Florida. At her last school in North Miami, she became a mentor to new teachers. In 2015, Jess took some time off to have her two daughters and has been tutoring elementary-aged students in math, reading, test-taking skills, and organization. This led her to The Missing Peace where she is excited to support each student as they progress in their learning. In her spare time, Jess enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, cooking, gardening, and going to the beach.
JESSICA PALMAN is a Florida state licensed Occupational Therapy Assistant and a South Florida native. She completed her Associates of Science in Occupational Therapy at Keiser University. She has over two years of pediatric experience working with a diverse population and diagnoses of children of all ages including: Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, developmental delays, down syndrome, sensory processing disorder and maladaptive behaviors. Jessica has experience in working with children and their families in home settings, school settings, social settings, public outings in the community, virtually, and learning centers providing treatment to increase fine motor skills, gross motor skills, BADLs, IDALs, balance/coordination, self-care, organization, social skills, and cognitive abilities. Jessica enjoys practicing yoga, cooking a variety of cuisines, spending time with friends and family, travelling anywhere, and going to the beach. She plans on pursuing a Master’s in Psychology in the near future. She is excited and looking forward to collaborating with the multidisciplinary team at The Missing Peace and providing foundational skills necessary for each child to reach their fullest potential.
NATALIE PERLWITZ was born in Kentucky and moved to Massachusetts and California before she and her family settled in South Florida, where she was raised. She received her degree in Exemplary Student Education from Florida Atlantic University. Natalie taught with the Broward County school system for 3 years, and worked with students with special needs. Natalie has worked with children on the Autism spectrum, Intellectual Disabilities, Down’s Syndrome, and other medical conditions. She quickly found out that working with children was her passion! She loves being able to work one-on-one with students and watch them grow academically, socially, and behaviorally. During her free time, she enjoys creating DIY projects and baking her famous brownies with her son. As a team member of The Missing Peace, Natalie is excited to spend quality time with your child so they can grow to their fullest potential!
LILY RENNHOFF born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is excited to join The Missing Peace. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Louisiana State University. After getting married to her high-school sweetheart in August 2022, Lily moved to Miami to begin her professional career as a CF-SLP. Lily has clinical experience assessing cleft-palate, trialling AAC devices, and working with children with a variety of speech and language needs. Lily is thrilled to be surrounded by a passionate, knowledgeable team, as well as to bring her own devotion for communication to The Missing Peace; all with a goal to learn and grow from each child by giving them a voice.
NICOLE ROESSET grew up in Brooklyn, New York. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Marist College where she studied Communications and a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Pace University in New York City. A certified and licensed teacher, Nicole taught 2nd and 3rd grades in the New York City Public School system, before teaching 4 th grade for eight years at Dwight-Englewood School in New Jersey. After living on the Upper West Side of Manhattan for 11 years, Nicole and her husband moved to Miami in 2008, where their son Nicholas was born two months later. After staying at home to raise Nicholas, Nicole decided to go back to the profession she enjoys most – teaching! While most of her previous experience has been as a lead teacher in a classroom, Nicole has always enjoyed working with students in a one-on-one manner. It is in this setting that she feels she can have the most impact. Nicole is very excited to be a part of such an impressive team as The Missing Peace. She is looking forward to helping students feel successful and confident in school, and, more importantly, in life.
NICOLE ROSS is a Florida and New York State licensed Occupational Therapist. She recently moved from New York City to Miami to enjoy the sunshine and to continue her work in pediatrics at The Missing Peace! She received her Bachelor’s and Master's degree at Boston University and has experience working in a variety of pediatric settings such as schools, outpatient and homecare. Nicole has a passion for helping children grow in their fine and gross motor abilities as well as improve their self-esteem, sense of accomplishment and overall independence in daily living tasks and play. Nicole is extremely passionate about working with the family as a whole and having them involved in the therapy process as much as possible! Nicole is excited to bring her positive energy and creativity for occupational therapy to the clients, families, and the team at The Missing Peace! In her free time, Nicole loves cooking and spending time with her dogs and family!
AMY RUDMAN grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa before moving to Boca Raton, FL in her elementary years. Amy has always worked with children- at summer camps, or tutoring, babysitting, and teaching dance classes, so it was only natural that she would become a teacher. She earned a bachelors and masters degree in Elementary Education, and graduated from the ProTeach Program at the University of Florida in 2011. Amy also earned a minor in Spanish, and went on to teach VPK, 1st grade, 4th grade and 5th grade for over 10 years in South Florida. She has a passion for teaching reading, history, writing, technology and math, and helping students find their voice through Student Government. Amy has worked as a tutor for students from Pre-K to high school, ranging from teaching letter sounds, to preparing students for end of course exams. Amy is certified in special education, English for Speakers of other Languages, and gifted education. Amy is thrilled to bring years of classroom experience, knowledge of instructional methods, and a passion for the learning process to The Missing Peace. When Amy is not working with students, you can find her teaching indoor cycling classes, training for a half marathon, planning her next travel adventure, watching Jeopardy reruns, or teaching new tricks to JP (aka Jean Pierre), her French Bulldog.
ANDREA SCHNEE was born in New York. In 2017 Andrea traded in her snow boots for flip flops and moved from NY to FL to be near her family. She has over 20 years experience working in education from teaching in the classroom to building a literacy program. Andrea has a Master's in Urban Childhood Education and attended Columbia University's Teachers College for the Reading and Writing Project. In addition to teaching, Andrea works as a swim instructor and a Teen Youth Group Advisor. Some fun facts about her: She worked with child actors as the teacher on sets of tv shows and movies, and toured with a national Broadway show, and she was a USA competitive swimmer. Andrea is an extremely passionate and devoted teacher and very excited to be a part of The Missing Peace.
AMY SIAMA was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York where dance became her second language at the age of 3 years old. She continued to dance, compete, and choreograph at her second home (more like her first home) Horizons In Dance for many years. When Amy migrated to Miami 20 years ago, she took some time off to have her 3 children. Then found herself back doing what she loved most... teaching dance and theater to all that wanted to learn. Amy created her own program Rising Stars for young children not only for their love of dance, singing, and theater but to help with confidence, poise, and being heard in a positive way. Amy's instant connection with children is obvious and infectious. She is excited to bring her expertise to The Missing Peace and is looking forward to sharing her passion with her students.