Meet The Team
Curtis B. Wojnar, M.Ed., BCBA
Co-CEO / Director of Applied Behavior Analysis
Curtis Wojnar attended the University of Maryland at College Park where he received both his bachelor of science in elementary special education with an endorsement in severe disabilities and master of education in learning and behavioral disorders. In 2011, after completing the necessary coursework at Florida Institute of Technology, mandatory supervision hours, and passing the Board Analyst Certification Board (BACB) exam, Curtis became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Curtis has over 15 years of experience working with individuals diagnosed with autism and other developmental disabilities.
He started his career while in college as a behavior therapist implementing home based behavioral programing based on the Lovass model of ABA. In addition, Curtis assisted a doctoral student in her dissertation research study examining the effects of vocabulary instruction in theme-related words on students’ knowledge of words, themes, and use of these words in their writing. He helped create instructional materials for the study, assessed the students, and delivered instruction to the third grade students who participated in the study. After College, Curtis worked as a special education teacher providing direct educational and behavioral services to students receiving special education services in the public and nonpublic schools.
In 2008, Curtis took the role of Curriculum Instruction and Assessment Coordinator (CIAC) at Sheppard Pratt's Forbush School in Hunt Valley. The Forbush School is a 12-month nonpublic school for individuals 6-21 years of age diagnosed with autism, developmental disabilities, learning disorders, and emotional behavioral disturbance. He was a supervisor and mentor to teachers. Curtis helped teachers with choosing alternative teaching and behavioral strategies when student outcomes were not being met. He also helped administration with curriculum and program development.
Curtis participated in administrative decision-making meeting sessions concerning the organization’s educational policies and procedures. He identified the strengths and weaknesses in the school’s curriculum and recommended alternative curriculums, created new curriculums to address the weaknesses of programs and adherence to Federal and State educational standards. Curtis was also responsible for developing curriculum user guides, teacher trainings, and policy / instructional manuals for the school.
In August of 2013, Curtis relocated to Tampa from Baltimore. While in Tampa, Curtis worked as a Behavior Analyst at Quest Inc., a nonprofit company that provides comprehensive vocational and behavioral services to adults with developmental disabilities. Curtis coordinated and provided behavior analysis services to those on his caseload. He constructed and developed behavior programing (i.e., skill acquisition and replacement behavior skills) that promoted and enhanced his client’s independence, while ensuring linkage with support plan goals. After working at Quest Inc., Curtis served as the Executive Director of School Operations for Full Spectrum ABA.
Curtis worked closely with senior management on the planning, implementation, and evaluation of behavior analysis services delivered by Full Spectrum ABA at three charter schools in the Tampa Bay area. He provided clinical supervision to Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs), behavior assistants, and teachers working in the charter schools. Curtis designed and delivered staff orientations and other employee trainings based on the needs of the company. In 2016, Curtis moved to Jacksonville to be closer to his fiancé.
Prior to opening up Behavioral Building Blocks, Curtis worked as a Behavior Analyst and Clinical Director in Jacksonville, Florida. As a Behavior Analyst in a clinic, Curtis was responsible for supervising and training Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs) and collaborating on a regular basis with the Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT). Curtis established appropriate interventions using the principals of ABA, literature from peer reviewed behavior and educational journals, and client data. He evaluated the educational work materials created by RBTs and directly oversaw their delivery of instruction.
As a Clinical Director, Curtis revitalized and developed an ABA Department so that the company was able to begin providing educational and behavioral support services in the Jacksonville area to children ages 4 to 16 years of age medically diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). He designed individualized comprehensive treatment plans and behavior intervention plans for all the clients. Curtis developed internal treatment teams based on client needs and the skillset of all staff members. He presided over the ABA Department by creating standard operation procedures and monitoring and evaluating the execution of behavior analysis services at the clinic. Finally, Curtis advised Administration on the different types of service delivery models that would ensure the seamless service and continuity of quality program options for children and youth obtaining ABA services at the clinic. After laying a firm foundation for the successful operation of the ABA department, Curtis decided to team with his wife and start his own company.
Co-CEO / Director of Operations
Amberly is the Director of Operations. Her passion for advocacy work and education developed while working for a large non-profit as a Program Director. This field excelled her skills in business development, marketing, client relations, employee management, business presentations, sales, budgets, and grant proposals. In addition, Amberly was promoted to executive director of an educational disability awareness program where she worked with over 300 schools and 10,000 students, educating children on disabilities and promoting peer acceptance.
Amberly graduated from the University of North Florida with a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and Public Policy in 2014, where she was named to the Dean’s List and earned numerous academic honors. While attending college, Amberly began volunteering in Duval County Public Schools assisting and tutoring elementary students in reading intervention programs. During this time, Amberly also began working with Bridges to Sudan where she constructed educational activities and curriculum for refugee school children ages 4-7 years. Her direct instruction and teaching methods helped countless low performing students succeed beyond their designated proficiency goals.
In 2013, Amberly interned as a Legislative Associate for a lobbying firm in Washington D.C. focusing on education legislation and student rights. Amberly was provided the unique opportunity to assist in negotiating with Congressional members and staff on legislative challenges. In this capacity, she also assisted in drafting government legislation, legal research and collaborated with multiple offices within the Department of Education.
Proceeding Amberly’s internship, she was then offered a position as an Environmental Regulations and Policy Specialist for an environmental firm. This position further enhanced Amberly’s understanding and experience with legislation and cultivated her ability to maneuver between the levels of government and the bureaucratic offices. She assessed and managed reports for environmental impacts and negotiated as a liaison for historical districts and Native American communities.
Amberly was born and raised in a small corn farming community near Sherrard, Illinois. Following high school in 2003, Amberly enlisted in the Navy serving her country for 4 years and was relocated to Jacksonville, Florida. During, her naval enlistment Amberly was deployed for 7 months in the Middle East aboard CV-67 USS John F. Kennedy. She was quickly promoted to Primary Flight Control Supervisor, and served as the Training and Safety Officer over 1,000 personnel in her department. Amberly was awarded by the Commanding Officer for her performance in strategic efficiency and performance and also earned two exemplary medals: Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist and Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist. Following her tour in the Persian Gulf Amberly was selected to serve as an Administrative System Support Liaison for the prestigious Command Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing Eleven, where Amberly assisted in supporting five patrol squadrons, coordinating operations between offices and ensured proper compliance with military regulation. Before finishing her military career Amberly was awarded a letter of commendation from the Real Admiral for her outstanding dedication and service to her country.