“May I be a guard for those who are protector-less,

A guide for those who journey on the road.

For those who wish to cross the sea of suffering,

May I be a boat, a raft, a bridge.”

~ The Way of the Bodhisattva

Critical Disabilities Theorists; Behavior Therapists; Education Consultants, Disabilities Advocates, Special Educators, Parent Educators

The Bridge Consulting Group, LLC (TBCG) is a community-based entity that offers a core set of evidence-based clinical and behavioral services as well as consultancy, training, and demonstration programs to meet the needs of our target populations which are individuals who suffer with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Emotional/Behavioral Disorders and their caregivers, providers, and educators in the rural piedmont of North Carolina.

TBCG was founded by Dr. Valencia Church-Williams, Ed.D, QBA, CAS, a 20 year veteran of special education, Certified Autism Specialist and QABA Certified Behavior Analyst, in conjunction with Dr. Beverly Joseph, Ed.D, ABAT and Dion Quarles-El. At its inception, it was the vision of Dr. Church-Williams that the program serve as a “bridge” for other entities seeking to widely expose the humanistic practices of Positive Behavior Support and Positive Discipline, in the form of Applied Behavior Analysis and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to and for underrepresented communities. TBCG provides clinical services such as diagnostic evaluations, family consultation sessions, parent/caregiver education, Applied Behavior Analysis, Discrete Trial Training, Pivotal Response Training, Cognitive Behavioral Intervention, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and a host of other evidence-based practices rooted in the teachings and research of B.F. Skinner, Alfred Adler, and Steven Hayes.

In addition to therapeutic services, TBCG conducts training locally and nationally and provides consultation for school districts, teachers, residential care providers, and other professionals from a variety of disciplines. Action-research in these environments has proven invaluable for improving the work of our consultants and therapists as well as that of professional educators with learners of diverse abilities and needs. There are two administrative headquarters of TBCG, one in Durham, North Carolina which serves the Orange/Chatham/Alamance area and another in Henderson, North Carolina, which serves the “5 County Area” (Franklin, Granville, Person, Vance, Warren). The company provides home-based, community-based, and virtual services in adherence to HIPPA standards, NC General Statutes, and all relevant governing boards for behavioral health professionals. All TBCG providers are ACEs trained, trauma informed, and QABA credentialed. Additionally, all providers are Certified Qualified Professionals (CQP) or are Licensed Qualified Autism Service Professional (LQASP) per section CCP 8F (Clinical Coverage Policy No: 8F, 2019). TBCG is also in candidacy status for BHCOE accreditation with a proposed completion date of December 2020.

For more information about:
*Qualified Applied Behavior Analysis Credentialing Board (QABA®)
*Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA)
*Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
*Behavioral Health Center of Excellence® (BHCOE)

Meet Our Providers…

*Below is a list of our featured providers. In addition to the providers below, we also employ a multi-disciplinary team which includes Board Certified Behavior Analysts (QBAs & BCBAs), Licensed Professional Counselors (LCMHCs), Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWs), Certified Behavior Technicians (ABATs & RBTs), Peer Support Specialists, Community Support Specialists, and other Behavioral Health Professionals.


Dr. Valencia Church-Williams, Ed.D, QBA, CAS
(CEO/ABA Director)

Critical Disabilities Theorist; Behavior Therapist; Consultant; Advocate; Special Educator; Parent Educator

Dr. Church-Williams, a native of Franklinton, NC, is a scholar-practitioner with 20+ years of experience at both the K-12 and post-secondary levels. Her foci have been literacy, data-driven decision making, and federal compliance to IDEA, ADA, Section 504, and Title IX. In addition, she has extensive administrative and instructional, and clinical experience through her work as a literacy educator, administrator, behavior specialist, and consultant in urban environments such as Durham Public Schools, Chicago Public Schools, Richland County School District One & DC Charter Schools. However, the work that has been closest to her heart has been her service to and rural communities such as Franklin County Schools, Granville County Schools, Vance County Schools, Charleston County School District, and Orangeburg 5 Consolidated School District. 

Church-Williams is a licensed school administrator and special educator, and a certified Behavior Analyst having earned a bachelors in education from UNC-Chapel Hill, a doctorate in Special Education Leadership from Northcentral University with a specialty in Autism Spectrum Disorders and having completed post-doctoral studies at Clemson University’s Center for Behavior Analysis. She recently earned recognition as a certified Autism Specialist and also as a certified Parent Educator, a credential accredited by the Positive Discipline Association and the National Board of Certified Counselors. She provides continuing education credits and board supervision via the Qualified Applied Behavior Analysis Credentialing Board (QABA®), where she also serves on the ad hoc committee responsible for ensuring the psychometric quality of the standardized assessments used to credential across their three tiers of behavioral services providers.  In addition to her service to QABA, she also serves as charter board member for Revitalize Charter School in Raleigh, North Carolina and a member of the Equity and Integrated Systems Committee for the Association of Positive Behavior Support.

Church-Williams formerly served as a clinical faculty member at The Johns Hopkins University where she taught special education compliance, applied behavior analysis for teachers, and educational psychometrics. She was also the Director of Student Support Services for a large, urban charter network in Washington, DC where she specialized in compliance, anti-discrimination, and disabilities services as the Section 504 and Title IX coordinator. Throughout her career, she has worked to support youth and adult learners and fought to protect their civil rights along with their access to high-quality literacy education and socio-emotional education. Church-Williams  brings years of personal experience to parent education as the mother of 4 children with special needs whom she parents the “Positive Discipline” way.

Research Areas: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Critical Disabilities Theory; Applied Behavior Analysis; Special Education Teacher Quality; Teacher Preparation; Professional Development; Reading Pedagogy; Educational Psychometrics


Dion Quarles-El
(Manager of Operations)

Dion Quarles-El is one of the co-founders of TBCG and a native of Washington, DC.  Having experienced a difficult childhood, he understands first-hand the necessity of positive discipline support as an important component for building the esteem and resilience of children of color. He is a trained behavior technician, peer support specialist, and parent educator.  As the Manager of Operations for TBCG, he oversees facilities and maintenance along with ensuring OSHA and ADA compliance at each of the TBCG administrative offices.  Additionally, he brings years of personal experience to parent education as the father of 3 children whom he raises the “Positive Discipline” way.


Dr. Beverly L. Joseph, Ed.D, ABAT
(Chief Human Resources Officer)

“It’s not about us, it’s about the children…”

Dr. Beverly L. Joseph is the Chief Financial Officer and Human Resource Specialist for TBCG. She is a retired educator with more than 36 years experience. Her background is special education. She was a teacher,  consultant with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, Director of Exceptional Children’s Programs, Principal, Assistant Superintendent of Exceptional Children Services and Student Services and a National Education Consultant. Most recently she became a certified Applied Behavior Analysis Technician with the QABA credentialing board.

Dr. Joseph was named Principal of the Year in 2004, and received the Outstanding Superintendent Award. Her dissertation received the Phi Delta Kappan Outstanding Dissertation Award for the east coast. She is a published author of several children’s books and has written and co-written multiple peer-reviewed articles related to teaching reading via Direct Instruction.

In addition to her duties for TBCG, she presently works as a paralegal and office manager for a local law firm. She is the mother of 3 adult children 6 grandchildren, and an amazing husband of 27 years. She enjoys spending time with her family, shopping and traveling with her husband.


Dr. Jennifer Rounds-Bryant, PhD, LP
(Clinical Director)

Dr. Jennifer Rounds-Bryant, PhD, LP is the Clinical Director for TBCG. Let me first say that I love, love, love being a clinical psychologist!! This career has been far more than I could have ever imagined. I selected it because it would allow me to play many roles under the auspices of being a helper. I have worn many of the hats that were possible when I started researching the profession in 1983, along with a few hats that did not even exist when I graduated in 1995. I am very passionate about using psychology to help people move forward toward their personal, professional, and academic goals. I am very sensitive to the benefit of collaboration versus the struggle of working alone. Most people who accomplish great things do so with a team of helpers. I am no exception to that rule. I look at my work as a psychologist as a way to pay forward the help I have received all along my journey.  

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Dr. Sarah Lowen, PhD, LP
(Assistant Clinical Director)

Dr. Sarah Lowen is the NEW Assistant Clinical Director for TBCG and a licensed psychologist in North Carolina. She received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!) and her Masters of Arts and Doctor of Psychology degrees in Clinical Psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology (an APA-Accredited Graduate Program). She was Magna and Summa Cum Laude throughout her educational career and the recipient of the Dean Scholarship during her graduate training. Dr. Lowen has worked in a variety of settings throughout her training and career to include, but not limited to, child guidance clinics, court systems, university counseling centers, preschools, hospitals, developmental centers, and private practice. She has training experiences with a myriad of different presenting concerns and has a passion for delivering evidence-based psychological services to her community. She is also fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) and has extensive experience working with members within the Deaf community. In addition to her duties for TBCG, she presently works as a senior psychologist at a developmental center and has her own small private practice in Hillsborough. When not working, she and her husband enjoy traveling both domestically and internationally and are also avid Washington DC sports fans since they are originally from the DMV area.


Sherry Tabron, MSW, LCSW
(Director, Outpatient/School-Based Mental Health)

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 25 years of experience in “Empowering People to Live Fulfilling Lives”! My passion is helping people work through the difficulties that limit their joy, power, and success. If you are looking for a therapist that is knowledgeable, personable, and who will challenge you to go after your goals, then look no further. I’m ready to get to work!

Brooke Vaughan, MA, QMHP
(ABA Supervisor/ABA Director Intern)

I am your new ABA Supervisor, Brooke Vaughan. I grew up in Cary, NC and went to Panther Creek High School. I am the oldest of one sister and one brother. My favorite food is chocolate and spaghetti. My espresso consumption is a true cause for concern. I got my undergraduate degree in Applied Psychology from the Oregon Institute of Technology and worked at the Behavior Improvement Group ABA Clinic in Klamath Falls, Oregon. We worked with clients with disabilities such as Traumatic Brain Injuries, Stroke, PTSD, Autism, Downs Syndrome and Intellectual Disabilities. My mentor Dr. John Borgen and I shared a passion for using ABA in areas it is not typically seen and seeing behavior change for those impacted by maladaptive behaviors.

I volunteered with the Klamath Falls Veteran Affairs to provide services to clients pro bono and presented this work at ABAI (Applied Behavior Analysis International) conference in Chicago the spring of 2018. My graduate degree is in Applied Behavior Analysis also from The Oregon Institute of Technology where I continued this work over the next 3 years. I have worked in this field for 8 years and have enjoyed every application of ABA across disciplines.

During my undergraduate degree I joined the Oregon Army National Guard as Military Intelligence Psychological Operations Officer in 2016. I worked with the Clackamas, Oregon Military Support Detachment and specialized in Organizational Behavior Management and Interrogation Tactics. We used ABA across each of these specialties in team of Behavior Analysts and Psychologists in their respective fields of study.

My pride and joy is my six year old little boy Ares. We enjoy all outdoor activities, escape rooms, and our video game nights eating pizza and baking cookies. I shoot pool one night a week with my billiards team. We have been to Vegas once to shoot for an international title. We are a hodge-podge group of friends since high school who became an awesome billiards team. On any given Friday night, you can find me singing karaoke with my pool team or playing team trivia at our local watering hole.

I am very excited to join the team here at The Bridge Consulting group and provide top notch care to our community. It is an honor to work with you.


Calshia Boyd, CMCBS, QMHP
(Billing Manager & 5 County Office Site Supervisor)

Calshia Boyd is a nationally certified medical biller and coder as well as a Qualified Mental Health Professional with over 10 years of experience as a peer support specialist and substance abuse counselor. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and is currently pursuing her masters degree in counseling. She currently serves as the billing manager and site supervisor for the 5 County Office for TBCG. She is also the proud mother of two lovely daughters.

Madison McFadden-Steele, QASP-S
(ABA Program Manager)

Madison is this program manager and an ABA supervisor for The Bridge Consulting Group. She grew up in North Carolina. She is a mom to her 4-year-old son, Wyatt. In her free time, she enjoys going to Target, museums, zoos, and animal shelters with her son. She has two cats, August and Charlie, that always pop up in her virtual meetings and sessions! Madison graduated from Catawba College with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Child Development. She has been a Registered Behavior Technician for 3 years. Recently, Madison obtained her Qualified Autism Service Practitioner Supervisor (QASP-S) credential. Madison has worked with children aged 3-19. She has worked with children on both ends of the Autism Spectrum. She has experience with verbal and nonverbal children, children with aggressive behaviors, and children with toileting needs. Madison is kind, patient, caring, and has a background in person-centered planning. She aims to provide the best services to children AND their families. She is the program manager and an ABA supervisor for the Bridge Consulting Group. Madison is pursuing her Master’s degree in ABA. 

AL Peoples, LCSW (Outpatient Therapist)

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 4 plus years experience working with individuals with substance addiction and mental health disorders including, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, & more. In addition, I’ve worked with individuals experiencing various types of trauma, including domestic violence, sexual abuse, & traumatic loss, i.e. homicide/unexpected deaths/drug overdose, helping them to cope with & process their experiences.  I have also worked with young adult & adolescent populations to include individuals raging in age from 13-19 y/o. My experience with this age group includes performing biopsychosocial assessments for ongoing behavioral health services, as well as ICS work (Individual & Community Services) with Easter Seals designed to help individuals with developmental or intellectual skills acquire & maintain independent living skills. . I have experience working in both inpatient & outpatient settings providing therapy & psycho-education to patients & their families. I hold a Master of Social Work from North Carolina Central University, & an undergraduate degree in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Therapeutic models that I used are Person-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy,  Trauma-Focused CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy & Narrative Therapy.  I help people feel better, & live better one day at a time by promoting hope & positive expectations, using empathy, & teaching people how to recognize environmental triggers.

Patrick Ingram, AP
(Human Resources Specialist)

Patrick is a native of New York. Patrick moved to Hertford County, N. C at the age of 12. Patrick graduated from Northampton East High School in 2007. He then attended North Carolina Central University for a concentration in Business Administration. Patrick then transferred to the Living Arts College to raise his younger siblings and finish up his degree. Patrick has a nurturing spirit when it comes to children, eventually fathering a son, two girls of his own, and raising two bonus daughters. Patrick became certified as a peer support specialist back in 2016 and has been working at this capacity ever since. Patrick also does volunteer work as a Crisis Support Specialist to those who are in crisis and need someone to speak to immediately, linked to resources, and/or in need of direct coordination of care.

Juanita Wilkerson, MA, QMHP
(Special Educator & Behavior Technician)

I’m a native of Baltimore, Maryland. I am married and the mother of one son. I have 2 bonus children, 4 beautiful granddaughters and I am also the proud mother of handsome 4 year old  Shih Poo (Oscar)🐶 I am a retired  elementary educator teaching  in two counties for a total of 28 years, Durham and Vance Counties. During that timespan I taught kindergarten  through  third grade. The  general curriculum encompasses all subjects, but third grade Math is my favorite. During my years of teaching I have won several awards for having exemplary Math Scores compared to State scores. During my latter years of teaching I had the pleasure of mentoring new teachers, My colleagues elected me  three  times as Teacher of the Year while at George Washington Carver Elem. School in Henderson. I knew as a youngster that teaching was my calling.  When playing school even though I am the youngest of 5 ,I was always the teacher.

As a retiree I spend my days still in the classroom tutoring students. I enjoy working at TBCG because it has allowed me to continue working with students. Lastly, I also volunteer with Meals on Wheels in Oxford and also Durham Rescue Mission.

Interested in joining Team TBCG? Please forward your resume/CV and cover letter to admin@thebridgeconsultinggroupllc.com

Community Based Registered/Certified Behavior Technician (Hybrid), Part-time

Position Overview

•Community-based, In-home, and Virtual appointments, working with a mix of children and adolescents

•Flexible caseload requirements

•Scheduling determined between therapist and client

•Positions available in: 
ChathamFranklinGranvilleHalifaxOrangePersonVance, & Warren


•Must be at least 18 years old
•Must hold a high school diploma or equivalent (BA/BS in in psychology, special education, or related field preferred).
 •Must hold or be willing to obtain within 30 days of hire certification as a behavior technician

Community Based Licensed Clinicians (Hybrid), Part-time

Position Overview

•Community-based, In-home, and Virtual appointments, working with a mix of children and adolescents

•Flexible caseload requirements

•Scheduling determined between therapist and client

•Positions available in: 
ChathamFranklinGranvilleHalifaxOrangePersonVance, & Warren


•Clinical license in North Carolina, including full and associate-level licenses: Counselors (LPC, LPCA), Clinical Social Workers (LCSW, LCSWA), Marriage & Family Therapists (LMFT, LMFTA) and licensed Psychologists and Psychological Associates

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