Wesley L. Shaw is the Founder and Executive Director of LumaPaths Behavioral Services, PLLC. in Virginia Beach, VA. He and his wife Jacqueline started their behavior correction practice because they felt it was the best way to help as many children, adults, and their families who are affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other related disorders as possible. Wesley has been working directly in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for nearly 20 years now but has been indirectly involved with the autistic community for the better part of his life. His family was a Foster Care family and had several children with autism and other diagnoses living with them in their home, which is where he discovered his true passion for working with this population.
Wesley earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and then went on to attain his Master of Arts degree in Teaching with Specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis from National University is Sherman Oaks, CA.
He worked for a large ABA company in several different areas in Southern California where he ascended from starting as a Behavior Therapist, to Lead Behavior Therapist, Assistant Supervisor, and Program Supervisor.
Wesley went on to earn his Board Certification in Behavior Analysis and is also a Licensed Behavior Analyst in the state of VA. After moving from CA to VA he was the Behavior Treatment Services Clinical Coordinator for a very large company where he oversaw the management of 2 regional offices. Wesley saw the severe need for quality services here in the state of VA, which is what lead him to start LumaPaths Behavioral Services, PLLC. to provide the best clinical services possible focused on supporting and advancing clients and their families to their fullest potentials. Throughout his career he has worked with children and adults from 18 months to 23 years of age. Wesley’s specialization is with early intervention and he has worked in every setting possible from in-home, clinic, group home, center, school, work training, and community settings with both individuals and groups. He has also developed and administered social skills, play skills, and adaptive skills groups in various settings. Wesley’s goal is to help as many children, adults, and their families by “Illuminating the path to behavioral success through Applied Behavior Analysis.”
Jacqueline founded LumaPaths Behavioral Services along with Wesley in 2016. It had been a longtime goal of theirs. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from California State University of Northridge in southern California. She then began working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis in 2007 and fell in love with it. She felt that she could really help make long-lasting effects with her clients and their families.
She started as a behavior therapist and moved up to a supervisory role in four years. She then decided to pursue her Master’s degree in Teaching with Specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis. She received her Master’s degree from National University in Sherman Oaks, California. She became board certified in May of 2016. Along with Wesley, they started their own practice to provide quality services to those affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders along with other diagnoses.
Caitlin Anderson earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2011 from Indiana University Bloomington. Throughout college, she worked as a direct care provider for young and older adults in group homes. This was her first experience with individuals with disabilities, specifically Autism. After college she joined AmeriCorps and was running an after-school program in an under-resourced school district in San Jose, California. She later worked in a special education classroom as a paraprofessional in Indiana before overlooking group homes in Asheville, NC. After moving to Virginia Beach in 2015, she began working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) as a behavior technician. In 2016, she became a BCaBA. After earning a Master of Arts in ABA, she became a BCBA in 2018. She has worked with clients ranging from the ages of 2-17, specializing in early intervention. Caitlin is passionate about helping individuals with disabilities and empowering their lives and families.
Rachel has been working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis for over 10 years. She received her Master’s degree in Special Education from Liberty University and completed her BCBA certification course work at Florida Institute of Technology. Rachel has worked in-home, center, and school-based settings where she has provided services for a large number of clients ages 2-21. Rachel is married to a retired Navy sailor and has six children and one grandchild. She was inspired to enter the field of ABA after seeing the wonderful progress her own son made after starting therapy. Rachel has dedicated her life’s work to helping other military families access ABA therapy. In her free time Rachel enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.
Lauren graduated from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2018 with a Masters degree in Psychology concentrating in Child and Adolescent Psychology. From there, she pursued her certification in Applied Behavior Analysis. Lauren began her Applied Behavior Analysis journey as an RBT in 2015 then continued to become a BCaBA and BCBA. Throughout her career, she has worked with clients ranging from
ages 2- 81. Most recently, she has focused on early intervention services. Lauren truly believes in improving the quality of life for her clients and their families.
We are proud to be partnered with the Eliza Hope Foundation whose goal is to offer a multi-service center based program for children with special needs. The mission of the foundation is to provide support and services for children and families with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other special needs within a therapeutic day program which offers multi-disciplinary services, individual and group therapy programs, and special interest activities. The Eliza Hope Foundation’s vision is for no parent to ever have to struggle to find a therapeutic day program for their child with special needs.