The Illuminate Team
Rivka Hoch, BCBA, LBA is the clinical director of Illuminate ABA. Rivka earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Liberal Arts from Excelsior College and a Master’s of Science in Education from Daemen College. Rivka spent many years as a lead teacher in Special Education where she taught multiple age groups and functional levels. As an educator, Rivka designed behavior plans which guided her students to success. This prompted her to complete the Applied Behavior Analysis training from Florida Institute of Technology. Rivka naturally connects with children and immediately fell in love with the field of ABA where she enjoys combining her natural rapport of engaging with children with working techniques. As a mother of young children, Rivka finds herself turning to these techniques in her home as well! Once a practicing BCBA, Rivka has guided teams of therapists in implementing ABA programs. She has helped her clients gain new skills and develop appropriate behaviors to help them function in a variety of settings. Giving the parents and families the support they need to help their child thrive is Rivka’s favorite part of what she does. In her free time, Rivka likes to drink Iced Passion Fruit tea mixed with Limeade while spending time with her family outdoors.
Clinical Director of Michigan
Sydney Finkenbine is a licensed and certified behavior analyst (BCBA). Sydney has been working with children, adolescents, and adults diagnosed with various disabilities, since 2014 in the home, school, and community settings. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science and Master’s of Special Education from Bowling Green State University, and a graduate level certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis from University of Cincinnati. Her professional interests include language building, social skills training and teaching activities of daily living (ADLs). In her free time, Sydney enjoys trying new restaurants, exploring local walking trails and spending time with family.
Jamie Lee McVeigh
Jamie Lee McVeigh was certified as a BCBA in 2016 and has enjoyed working with people with developmental disabilities since 2013, in a variety of settings. She earned a Bachelor of Science majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders from The University of Central Florida, and Master of Arts with a focus in Applied Behavior Analysis from The University of West Florida. Jamie enjoys teaching communication skills and helping new professionals in the field meet their full potential. In her free time, Jamie loves to travel, eat delicious foods, and snuggle up on the couch to watch Netflix.Under Jamie’s watchful eye, our technicians and clinicians receive proper training to best serve our children. Any staff can expect to meet with her before starting, and throughout the initial onboarding process. She also arranges monthly trainings in order for our employees to sharpen their skills and receive the latest and the best in ABA techniques.
Clinical Director of
Victoria Aprano is a licensed and certified behavior analyst (BCBA). Victoria had been working with children, adolescents, and adults diagnosed with autism since 2015 in the home, schools, community, and center-based settings. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University. Her professional interests include early intervention, language building, social skills training, and parent training. In her free time, Victoria enjoys traveling to new places, going to the gym, and crafting.