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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 24+ 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 (BCBA)and Behavior Support Supervisor (BCaBA). 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

Madeline Gelmetti, M.Ed - Director of Special Education 

Dawn Comer - Administrative Director & Substitute Teacher

Laura Gould - Special Education Teacher

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

Michael Matamua, BCaBA - Behavior Support Supervisor

Steven Macho - Community Supervisor

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

Dana Douglas-Hiley, M.S., CCC-SLP - Speech and Language Pathologist

Mark Wilson, MOT, OTR/L - Occupational Therapist and Supervisor

Brian Inglis, OTR/L - Occupational Therapist 



Board of Directors

President - Adam Kasarda, Ph.D. 

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

Director - Madeline Gelmetti M.Ed

Director - Ian Stuhmer

Director - Jane Caiazzo

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Community Transition Academy

P.O. Box 34612

San Diego, CA 92163

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