"To provide community and professional awareness, family support and resources, financial assistance, and a lifetime continuum of therapeutic services to promote confident, competent individuals with Autism Spectrum and Related Disorders."

Meet Our Staff

Executive Director


Cheryl Antlitz, R.N, BSN

​Mrs. Antlitz received her RN, BSN from the University of Maryland School of Nursing. She has also pursued a career as a Business Manager, attending many classes and trainings, and receiving certifications in the field. During her ten years as a nurse, Mrs. Antlitz spent two of those years working with a physician who specialized in treating children with autism and related disorders. Over the past twelve years, she has attended numerous autism trainings, workshops, and conferences. In addition, the past five years, she has attended the practitioner trainings at the Autism Conferences. Mrs. Antlitz became interested in the field of autism seven years ago when her then 18 month old son was diagnosed. Since then, she has become very involved in the community and serves as an advocate for all individuals with autism.

Director of Programming


Shannon Majoros, M.S., C.A.S, BCBA, LBA

Mrs. Majoros received her B.S. in Psychology from Mount Saint Mary's University and her M.S. in Early Childhood Special Education from Johns Hopkins University.  She also completed a graduate certificate in the Education of Students with Autism and Other Pervasive Developmental Disorders and a Post Masters Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis at Johns Hopkins University. She is a Maryland Certified Special Education Teacher and Licensed Behavior Analyst, a Certified Autism Specialist, and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.  Mrs. Majoros has worked in a variety of roles since beginning her career working with individuals with autism and their families almost 20 years ago: in-home ABA therapist, Special Education Teacher, ABA Consultant, Director of Training, and Autism Specialist for a local school system.  She served as the Vice President of RISE for Autism since its inception and stepped out of that role to take on the position of Director of Programming.  Mrs. Majoros is one of the few Maryland providers who has completed the Social Thinking Clinical Training Program and she serves as adjunct faculty at Johns Hopkins University in the School of Education.

Program Coordinator


Morgan Harris

Ms. Harris graduated from Winona State University with a B.S. in Business Administration and a B.S in Human Resources with a concentration in Communication Studies. In past employment Mrs. Harris has worked directly with individuals who fall on the Spectrum, ages of 2-16, and sees the importance of "Bridging the Gap" in opportunities through family and community with RISE for Autism's services and awareness events. With her business background, Mrs. Harris brings in the professionalism importance to see that RISE for Autism sets high standards and completions through office, event, social media, and all of the programs that take place within the operational standard and strives for excellence in the Resources, Interventions, Support, and Education that RISE has to offer.

Clinical Psychologist


Michele Walklett, Psy.D.

Dr. Walklett, is a licensed psychologist specializing in the treatment of children, adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorders. She also has a wide range of experience working with children and adolescents who have a variety of anxiety disorders, attention deficit disorders, mood disorders and behavioral concerns.  She received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park, before earning her Psy.D. from the California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego.  As a licensed psychologist, Dr. Walklett completed the graduate level BCBA course sequence through Florida Institute of Technology and completed 700 hours of supervised independent fieldwork.  Dr. Walklett has joined the staff of the RISE for Autism Center where she provides social skills group therapy to children, adolescents and young adults.  

Board Certified Behavior Analyst


Brittany Taylor, M.S., BCBA, LBA

Ms. Taylor is originally from New Jersey where she received rigorous and extensive supervision and training at Alpine Learning Group, a non-profit program for individuals with autism, before moving to Maryland to work at Kennedy Krieger Institute. She received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Delaware and received a Clinical and Counseling Master’s degree from William Paterson University. After completing a post-graduate course sequence at Florida Institute of Technology, she became certified and licensed as Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She is passionate about providing innovated ABA services to individuals with autism and am grateful for the opportunity to do so through the services provided by RISE for Autism. 

Board Certified Behavior Analyst


 Brittany Sibiski, M.S., BCBA

Ms.Sibiski has worked with children with special needs for the past decade. She received her undergraduate degree from UMBC in the area of Clinical Psychology and completed her Early Childhood Special Education M.S. coursework and a Post Masters Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis at Johns Hopkins University.  She has held various positions in the special education field, from in-home ABA therapist to School Based Behavior Specialist. Ms. Sibiski currently works as a Behavioral Specialist for the Howard County Public School System. She is interested in promoting family and community education for children with Autism, spreading awareness of effective and safe behavior modification techniques, and empowering adults and children with Autism.


"Our vision is to provide support and services for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and the families and professionals that support them to meet their needs to maximize quality of life, individual potential, and community participation."