Senior Staff  

Dr. Cat Baker CEO Florida Children's Institute

Dr. Cat Baker, Ph.D., BCBA-D

CEO

Dr. Cat Baker founded Florida Children’s Institute in 2014 to make a difference for children and families coping with a wide range of behavior issues and learning disabilities. In spite of having ADHD, Dyslexia, and Anxiety, Dr. Baker earned a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Florida, an M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis & Developmental Disabilities from Auburn University, a B.S. in Psychology from the University of North Florida, and a B.S. in Health & Exercise Science from Wake Forest University. She is passionate about helping children and families who “don’t fit in the box” or who have “brains that work differently” to reach their potential because of her own personal experience.

When she’s not working, she loves spending time with her son, John David, camping and hiking, going to the beach, and watching college basketball.

Florida Children's Institute, FCI, Jacksonville, FL. Dedicated to your child's potential.

Molly Hankla, MA, BCBA

Director of Clinical Services

Molly Hankla has been serving children and families at FCI since 2016, first as Assistant Clinical Director, then as Director of Behavior Analysis Services, and now as Director of Clinical Services. Ms. Hankla specializes in school consultation, parent training, and skill acquisition. Her research interests include assessment and skill acquisition for novel behaviors and populations. She obtained her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Florida in 2013 and an M.A. in Psychology, with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis, from the University of the Pacific in 2016, studying under Carolynn Kohn and Matthew Normand. In her spare time, Ms. Hankla enjoys practicing yoga, traveling, hiking, and playing with her dog and cat.

Clinical Staff

Alexa Toevs, M.Ed., BCBA

Case Manager

Alexa Toevs has been practicing in the field Applied Behavior Analysis since 2018. Prior to that she earned a bachelor’s degree from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania in Recreation Management concentrated in Therapeutic Recreation and a minor in Psychology. Her career started in mental health working with adults with mental illness. She then entered the world of ABA through her passion for helping children and families. She obtained her master’s in Special Education concentrated in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of North Florida. Alexa joined the team at FCI in June of 2021 as a master’s level RBT and has since been certified through the Board of Behavior Analysis as a BCBA. Her experience before FCI included serving children of varied abilities with ASD working on communication, social, and daily living skills, and problem behavior management. She loves sharing her knowledge of the field to promote positive behavior change in her clients. When out of the office, she enjoys spending time visiting friends and family, crafting, being outside, listening to true crime podcasts and audiobooks, and spoiling her cat, Leo.

Lisa Maddox, MS, RMHCI

Mental Health Counselor

Lisa Maddox has been working with children and families in Jacksonville, FL, since 2006. She served as a Duval County high school teacher for 15 years before transitioning into the mental health field in 2019. Lisa has been working as a mental health counselor with FCI since 2021. She uses a mind/body approach in working with the individual child, family therapy, and resilience training.  She obtained her B.S. in Psychology and Social Science Secondary Education from Florida State University in 2006 and an M.S. in Mental Health Counseling from Jacksonville University in 2021. In her spare time, Lisa enjoys spending time with her family, crocheting and everything purple and orange.

Adriana Vargas-Acevedo

Lead Registered Behavior Technician

Adriana began working with FCI as an Intern in early 2019 and was hired on as an RBT in August of that year. Adriana was promoted to Lead RBT in August 2021. She graduated from the University of North Florida in Spring 2022 with a bachelor’s degree in Child Psychology. Adriana takes joy in seeing kids develop a better sense of independence when it comes to problem solving, and taking part in the growth process for those children and their families. When she’s not working, she likes spending time with her 2 cats, reading, and learning new crafts, such as ceramics, painting, and drawing.

Annie Fletcher

Registered Behavior Technician

Annie has been an RBT with FCI since May 2021. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Professional Education from the University of North Florida in the summer of 2021 and is currently attending UNF to obtain her Master of Special Education with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis. In her spare time, Annie enjoys swimming, being at the beach, and spending time with family and friends.

Bailey Bernard

Registered Behavior Technician

Bailey joined the FCI team first as an intern and was hired on as an RBT in May 2022. She is a senior at the University of North Florida majoring in Child Psychology and will graduate in December 2022. She is planning to start a Speech Therapy program in August of 2023. Bailey has a passion for making clients smile and helping them feel comfortable as they learn new things together. When she’s not working, she enjoys reading at the beach, yoga, boat days, and cooking with her family.

Abby Steedley

Office Manager & Registered Behavior Technician

Abby began working with FCI in October 2021. She has a passion for office management, and has been working in the field for more than 10 years. She graduated from Liberty University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Family and Children counseling in 2014. Abby strives to make the scheduling and billing processes easy for parents and ensure the intake process for new clients is as smooth as possible. Outside of work, Abby enjoys spending time with her family, especially being outdoors at the beach or sitting by the pool.

Administrative Staff

Jamie Manville-Estes

Executive Assistant & Brand Marketing Manager

Jamie Manville-Estes has worked in the administrative side of mental healthcare since 2020, and joined FCI in February 2022 as an Executive Assistant & Brand Marketing Manager. Jamie graduated from the University of Florida in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and spent several years broadening her skills in various roles including retail management, office administration, and event coordination. She has a passion for making mental health information easily accessible for busy parents and hopes she can bring some joy to your day along the way. Originally from Florida, Jamie lives in Seattle, WA, with her husband. When she is not working, she enjoys cooking, reading, and playing video games.

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