“May I be a guard for those who are protectorless,

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
(Human Resources Manager)

“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. Ervin Batchelor, PhD
(Licensed Clinical Psychologist/Clinical Director)

Dr. Ervin S. Batchelor, Ph.D., ABPP-CN is the Clinical Director for TBCG. He is a Board Certified Clinical Neuropsychologist licensed in North Carolina and Florida. He received a BA in Psychology from Appalachian State University in 1978, and MA in Clinical Psychology from Radford University in 1979. Dr. Batchelor worked in community mental health and the public schools serving youth and adults from 1979 to 1987, and returned to graduate school. Dr. Batchelor attended Ball State University in 1987 as a Graduate Fellow. He obtained a Ph.D. in School Psychology with specialization in Clinical Neuropsychology in 1989, graduating with honors. Dr. Batchelor was appointed the first Fellow in Clinical Neuropsychology at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, Harvard Medical School in 1989. There he held a position as Instructor of Neurology. Upon completing the Fellowship, Dr. Batchelor taught at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, and opened the Carolina Center for Development and Rehabilitation (CCDR) in 1992. Dr. Batchelor grew a practice in Clinical Neuropsychology serving individuals across the developmental spectrum, and continuum of care. He retired as Executive Director of CCDR in 2015. He has edited a book in Pediatric Neuropsychology, and authored numerous peer reviewed articles and book chapters on the subject. He currently resides with his family in Blowing Rock, NC, and maintains a small consulting practice.


Sherry Tabron, MSW, LCSW
(Director, Outpatient Therapy)

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!


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

Calisha 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. 

Gabrielle Jones, QMHP
(Office Manager)

I am Gabrielle Jones and I have worked with the Autism population for the past two years and in administration for the past five years. I am a team player and extremely excited to utilize my talents at TBCG.

Debra Rose, Behavior Technician drose@thebridgeconsultinggroup.org

I am Debra Rose and I have been working with the IDD, Autism population for thirteen years. I love my work and am now proud to be a part of The Bridge Consulting Group.

(Lead Behavior Technician/5 County Office Assistant)

Greetings everyone! My name is Destiny Lea, BA, QMHP, ABAT. I have worked in healthcare over the last 7 years as a Medical Assistant before finding my calling as an ABAT. Throughout the years It has taught me the meaning of hard work, and patience. I enjoy traveling to many new places (especially tropical settings). Every day I strive to be a better version of myself. I am a hard-working individual and will always put my best foot forward in every way possible. I admire other strong individuals who share the goal of helping individuals with developmental disabilities and their families be successful in everyday life. I am looking forward to working side by side with my colleagues, clients, and their families to implement these goals; and furthermore, watch clients blossom into their own independence!

Noely Martinez Overby, ABAT, AP
(Behavior Technician

Noely Martinez Overby is joining the team as a behavior technician. Her background is in Medical Assisting and Clinical Research and she has worked in multiple specialties including pediatrics and women’s health. She has over 8 years of experience in the medical field and is currently managing departmental regulatory aspects for clinical trials and research activities as the regulatory coordinator at a large institution. She is a wife and mother of one and enjoys working with and helping children.

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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