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Pradeesh Thomas


Pradeesh Thomas is a serial entrepreneur with 20+ years of experience in creating and leading educational and healthcare companies in Special Education and the Autism field.

He is currently serving as the CEO of AGES Learning Solutions, a company that provides autism and behavioral health services in California & Utah. He is also an investor/ board member at EdTheory Group, a fast-growing special education company with a focus on delivering services through schools, clinics, teletherapy and homes. He also co-founded Red Rose Montessori Schools, a network of Montessori preschools in the San Francisco-Bay Area and Houston, Texas.

He founded AlphaVista, a leading company that offers speech-language pathology, occupational therapy and special education services. AlphaVista merged into the group to form the Stepping Stones Group, one of largest special education companies in the United States.

Pradeesh is driven by his passion for creating positive social impact in children with special needs worldwide. He was instrumental in launching, Blossom Valley Therapy Center, a non-profit early intervention center in Kerala, India, which currently serves 150+ children with special needs from low-income families. He also launched a technology start-up Verge learning to bring hybrid learning platform to enhance learning opportunities for special needs globally.

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Emmylou Santos, M.A., BCBA, LBA

Co-Founder & Chief Behavioral Officer

Emmylou is passionate about providing high-quality ABA services in an empowering and supportive setting as Chief Behavioral Officer and Co-Founder of AGES. Began her career in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2001 and obtained a Master of Arts degree in Psychology (Applied Behavior Analysis) from the University of Pacific in 2003. Established AGES-CA in 2008 as co-founder and relocated to Utah in 2016 to establish AGES-UT.

As a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with a direct services background, she oversees the clinical team and partners with the executive team to further AGES’ mission of empowering individuals and their support systems with vital skills for independence and success.

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VP – Global Operations

In 2021, Pradeep became a part of AGES, contributing 23 years of leadership experience gained from diverse multinational companies. Prior to joining AGES, he spearheaded a business practice at one of the Big 4 audit firms, overseeing a user base of over 6000 employees spread across 12 countries.

Possessing a Bachelor’s degree in Science, project management certification & Google service management. He initially worked in various roles within the technology domain before transitioning into leadership positions.

Pradeep played a pivotal role in establishing a comprehensive support operations framework and streamlining operations at AGES. Currently, he oversees business planning and operations, holds revenue responsibilities, and is involved in strategic decision-making for the company.

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Leanne Simon, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA

Clinical Director

Leanne Simon discovered her passion for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in 2005, beginning as a behavior therapist. She received extensive training in ABA and Verbal Behavior under the supervision of Dr. Vince Carbone at The Carbone Clinic in New York, where she worked for 6 years. Leanne holds a Masters in Education (Special Education) from The University of Michigan and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).

She is also a Licensed Behavior Analyst in Utah.Over the years, she has worked in various settings and roles, including conducting workshops, providing consultations, and supervising in home, school, and clinical settings. In 2018, Leanne joined A.G.E.S. Learning Solutions and is the Co-Clinical Director overseeing services provided in Utah, East Bay, Tri-Valley, and Contra Costa.

Beyond her professional pursuits, she finds joy in spending time with her family (& dogs), reading, camping, and trail running.

Erica Bustos

Erica Bustos, MA, BCBA

Clinical Director

Erica began working 1:1 with children on the Autism Spectrum in 2000. She graduated from the University of the Pacific in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Erica subsequently earned a Master of Arts degree in Psychology from Golden Gate University in 2004. Shortly thereafter, Erica was promoted to the position of Case Supervisor in 2004 and began to oversee the implementation of individualized ABA treatment programs for children diagnosed with Autism. She later worked as a Special Education Supervisor for Cupertino School District from 2008-2016 and also received her certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in 2012.

Erica joined the AGES team in 2017. She is currently working in the role of Co-Clinical Director and oversees the regions of San Jose, Santa Clara and Gilroy. Erica is fluent in Spanish and is passionate about ensuring that high quality ABA treatment services are equally accessible to all families, regardless of the primary language spoken in their homes.

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