Scott Braud, BCBA

Scott Braud joined Hope Reach in May 2008. He has worked with children with autism since 1999. His first experience occurred in college as a volunteer ABA therapist for a 2-year-old with autism. Previously, he has worked at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, at the Human Development Center at LSU Health Sciences Center, and at the Center for Autism and Related Disorders.

Scott enjoys working with children and parent on goals that will produce meaningful change in the life of their family. He also enjoys seeing the satisfaction and joy of parents when they realize what their child is capable of accomplishing.

A native of south Louisiana, Scott graduated from Louisiana State University in 2000 with a B.S. in Psychology. In 2003 he received his Masters degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and his Board Certification in Behavior Analysis. In addition to his clinical work, Scott has assisted with several research projects and has presented at local and national conferences.

Outside of Hope Reach, Scott spends his time with his wife and five young children.

Meghan Helman, BCBA


Meghan Helman started working with Hope Reach in August 2010. She was first exposed to Applied Behavior Analysis during her senior year of college and has continued working in the field since. She first worked with two children with autism in 2006, at Center for Autism and Related Disorders (C.A.R.D.), under the supervision of Mark Knight. She went on to work at Kennedy Krieger Institute focusing on children with feeding difficulties, as well as effective parent training methods. She looks forward to applying those principles here at Hope Reach. Meghan enjoys being able to make a difference in each child and their family.

A native of south Florida, Meghan graduated from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida in 2005 with a B.A. in Psychology. In 2007 she received her Associate Board Certification in Behavior Analysis. She completed coursework for her Masters degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and will be defending her research to complete the degree shortly.

Meghan spends her free time cooking, reading, and enjoying her family and friends. She recently adopted a puppy and is spending a lot of time training him.

Allison Petralia, BCBA


Allison grew up in Columbia, SC, and received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Converse College in 2009. Her first experience with Applied Behavior Analysis was in the fall of 2009, when she joined the Project Hope team as a line therapist. She received her master’s degree in psychology with a concentration in ABA from Auburn University in August, 2011, and her Board Certification in Behavior Analysis in September, 2011. After graduation, she began working with the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, working with adults with developmental disabilities both in residential settings and in working towards deinstitutionalization. Allison is very excited to be back at home with Project Hope, and is looking forward to helping make a difference in the lives of people and families dealing with autism.

During her free time, Allison enjoys spending time with her husband, puppy, friends, and family, and watching the New York Giants and Auburn Tigers win football games.

Bethany Welborn, BCBA

Bethany joined the Project Hope family in June 2013. She has been working with individuals with autism since 2003 when she began working as a line therapist with a 2-year old boy.  Since then, she has worked as line therapist, senior therapist, coordinator, and classroom teacher at several organizations, including Mariposa School for Children with Autism, the Early Autism Project, and Gwinnett County Public Schools. 

Bethany enjoys working with a variety of learners on the autism spectrum. Her favorite part of her work is celebrating with the treatment team as clients master skills that make a meaningful difference in their lives and the lives of their families! 

Hailing from western North Carolina, Bethany graduated with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and psychology from Wake Forest University in 2006. In January 2011, she completed the required coursework at Florida Institute of Technology and became a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst. Two years later, Bethany received her master’s degree in Special Education from Georgia State University, as well as her Board Certification in Behavior Analysis.

In her free time, Bethany enjoys spending time with her loved ones, crafting, and going to the movies.