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Melanie Freeman

Melanie Freeman

Beacon Autistic Spectrum Independence Center

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Melanie's work combines: Education, Non-Profit Organizations, and Helping People

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Day In The Life

Clinical Director

I oversee behavioral therapy programs for children with developmental disabilites.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    California State University-Fullerton

  • Graduate Degree

    California State University-Fullerton

  • Certification

    Applied Behavior Analysis

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Medical and Health Services Managers:

High School

Bachelor's Degree: Applied Psychology

Graduate Degree: Applied Psychology


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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    First I worked with children in an after school program.

  • 2.

    Then I obtained a BS in Child Development.

  • 3.

    Followed by a MA in Child Development.

  • 4.

    Then I got a job working for an ABA agency.

  • 5.

    I got promoted to Director within three years.

  • 6.

    After promotion I enrolled in a post graduate certification in Applied Behavior Analysis.

  • 7.

    Then I continued to manage the agency and educate more families and employees.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Family:

    I honestly never encountered any noise. I was always told I should never ever give up and strive to be the best I can be. I was always encouraged to pursue an education and to stop at nothing to be successful.

  • How I responded:

    Regardless of what anyone says, it's up to you to decide how you want to live your life and pursue your dreams. I always kept my goals my main focus, and I never let anything derail me from getting what I wanted out of life. Education, obtaining a career, having a family were all obtainable goals, it just took time to get them, but the wait is well worth the sacrifice.