Charna Mintz, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Charna began her career in 1996 as a special educator for public schools in Georgia and later Nevada, providing instruction in self-contained classrooms for children with a variety of developmental disabilities. She received her masters in psychology in 2001 and her Ph.D. in 2003 from the University of Nevada, Reno. Since graduating she has served as the chief behavior analyst for an adult residential center in Nashville, TN and provided extensive school based consultation in New York. Most recently she spent 18 months developing center-based services for young children with autism in Perth, Australia. She is committed to and passionate about providing positive behavior intervention and instruction to children and support and education to families and educators. She is well versed in curriculum development, implementation and on-going assessment; a variety of instructional methodologies (e.g., discrete trial instruction, errorless teaching, direct instruction, etc.); functional assessment, analysis, and behavior intervention plan development, implementation and analysis; application of current research findings and best practices; and the overall improvement of existing systems utilizing empirically validated methodology.
Mahin Para-Cremer, M.Ed., BCBA
Director of Operations
Mahin joined the IDS team in September of 2016 as a Lead Clinician and accepted the Director of Operations position in April of 2017. She is a licensed and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Mahin began her career in Human Services working with both adults with intellectual disabilities and young children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in 1994 while earning her undergraduate degree in Psychology, and Human Development and Family Life at the University of Kansas. Mahin continued to work in various leadership capacities, including managing adult residential programs, supported apartments and adult foster care settings, while earning her Masters in Special Education. She has worked on both operations and clinical sides of service provision and her area of interests are in staff training and development, parent training, and ensuring high quality of care and treatment outcomes. Mahin has worked as a clinician within clinics, schools, residential treatment centers, treatment foster care and in-home services to assist children and youth in achieving their treatment goals.
Human Resources Manager
Kc has been with Integrated Development Services for over 16 years. When she first started with IDS she worked directly with clients as well as in Human Resources. While working at IDS, Kc has been inspired by the kindness, dedication and respect that she believes to be the core traits of IDS employees. Prior to joining IDS, Kc worked in Restaurant and Hotel Management. She has always enjoyed working with people and being involved in the career growth and development of employees. Kc studied English Literature at Edgewood College and loves to read. Outside of work Kc enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Jessica started at IDS in 2015 after completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Healthcare Administration at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. She began as the Marketing and Recruiting Intern and quickly transitioned to the Recruitment Specialist where she recruited for all levels of clinical and administrative positions across the company. During this time, she learned how each level of staff is imperative to the success of the children we serve. Currently Jessica is the Operations Coordinator for the Milwaukee service area and is responsible for the day to day operations.
Kristen has been with IDS for more than 7 years. She began her career at IDS as a Behavior Technician, working with children with autism. It is here that she discovered her love and passion for helping children learn and gain new skills. Kristen continued to grow with the company and became a senior treatment manager, working primarily in family’s homes. In 2014, Kristen accepted the role of Intake Coordinator, combining her passion for supporting children and their families and her interest in management and operations. In her current position, she remains connected to the families that we serve by overseeing the start of services for all new clients and helping families navigate the world of funding. Kristen graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with her Bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Psychology.
Julia Thoe, MSW
Julia started her career in 2002 supporting children with autism and other disabilities in a residential treatment facility while also providing respite and supportive home care to families of children with special needs. After finishing her bachelor’s degree in psychology, she tailored her Master’s in Social Work to supporting children with disabilities on an individual and societal level. Julia was a Program Manager for the Children’s Long Term Support Waiver in the Milwaukee area for 10 years before joining IDS in the summer of 2015. Julia serves as the Operations Coordinator for the Madison Region and supports IDS in the areas of systems, procedures, and project oversight as well as quality assurance. Outside of work Julia enjoys outdoor activities with her family, gardening, and music.