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Community Transition Academy

P.O. Box 34612

San Diego, CA 92163

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Meet the Team

All CTA staff are trained in multiple modalities of special education and evidence-based practices including the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). 

Leadership:  Our Director of the school has 23 years of experience and a specialized certification in the field of Autism Services. Our Director of Special Education, Lead Teacher is credentialed and has several years experience working as a Special Educator in moderate/severe classrooms. Our team is also trained in ABA by our classroom and clinically-based, experienced Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Our Community Supervisor has over 10 years of experience working with our exceptional population of students.



Tina Waters, M.A., Certified Autism Specialist - Director/Principal/Founder

Maddie Gelmetti, M.Ed - Director of Special Education & Credentialed Lead Teacher

Steven Macho - Community Supervisor

Diana Mason, M.A., BCBA - Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Karyn Searcy, M.A., CCC-SLP - Speech and Language Pathologist

Abby Wade, M.A., CF-SLP - Speech and Language Pathologist 

Morgan Welch, MOT, OTR/L - Occupational Therapist

Brian Inglis, OTR/L - Occupational Therapist 

Lauren Enrique, M.S., BCBA - Board Certified Behavior Analyst/Transition Team

Janet Caiazzo, M.A. - Custodian of Records

Dawn Comer - Finance Manager & CA Credentialed Substitute Teacher


Board of Directors

President - Adam Kasarda, Ph.D. 

Treasurer - Brian Boughan
Secretary - Shannon Hussion
Executive Director - Tina Waters, M.A.,Autism Specialist
Director- Colm Marmion
Director - Karyn Searcy, M.A., CCC