In addition to individual certifications & degrees in a variety of related disciplines, all STC staff complete ongoing continuing education & training in accordance with the state of California's requirements for Sex Educators. 

Amy J. Machado, M.A., BCBA

Amy Machado is the owner of SEEDS Therapy Center and has worked with individuals with Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities for over 20 years. Amy earned her master’s degree in Teaching and is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst. She has extensive experience working with individuals with disabilities of all ages and has spent her career creating innovative programs to assist young adults with the transition into adulthood and beyond. 

Amy's drive to reduce sexual exploitation stems from her direct work with countless individuals and families who have shared their personal stories of exposure, assault and sexual abuse. Throughout her career as a Behavior Analyst, she has worked with many individuals and families seeking information about relationships and how to connect with others. From their experiences and their desire for social autonomy, she is dedicated to making STC an inclusive place for people with disabilities to learn invaluable information about connecting with others appropriately and safely. 

In addition to handling STC operations, Mrs. Machado conducts trainings and workshops throughout San Diego county for parents and professionals on abuse and risk reduction.

Rachel Schlesinger, M.S.
~Educational Consultant & Rehabilitation Counselor

Rachel Schlesinger is an Educational Consultant for SEEDS Therapy Center. She earned her master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling at San Diego State University. She teaches university-level courses on the topic of Disability and Society. Rachel aims to bring her passion for disability awareness and advocacy to the clients, family, and staff of SEEDS Therapy Center.

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Gianna Cursi, B.S., BCaBA

~Educational Consultant

Gianna is a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) for SEEDS Therapy Center. She attended the University of California, San Diego where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Human Biology. Gianna has worked with children and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders, providing ABA therapy since 2015. She looks forward to expanding her experience as she supports, learns from, and grows with the clients and families at STC.

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Heidi Gahn, RBT

~Educational Consultant

Heidi is a Registered Behavior Technician and Educational Consultant  for SEEDS Therapy Center.  Heidi earned her associates degree in Psychology and Language through Grossmont College and is pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology though San Diego State University. Heidi has over 6 years of experience working with children and adults with developmental disabilities.