Simona Akcin, MBA, BCBA

Mrs. Akcin is the founder and Clinical Director of Lumina Autism Center with more than 12 years of experience. She is originally from Romania. She holds two Bachelor of Science degrees in Economics and European Studies, graduating top of her class in 2002. She completed the MBA program with honors at Kennesaw State University, being one of the few Beta Gamma Sigma inductees in her class.

Upon her first son’s diagnosis of autism, Mrs. Akcin decided to change her career and pursue the BCBA certification in order to help not only her son, but also the children in Romania. She completed the BCBA coursework requirement with Florida Institute of Technology.  

​Mrs. Akcin is actively involved with current research and best practices in Applied Behavior Analysis by attending various workshops and conferences with leaders in the field like Dr. Iwatta, Dr. Carbone, Nancy Kauffman and the specialists at Marcus Autism Center, GSU Center for Leadership in Disability and Emory Autism Center in Atlanta, GA. While not working, she enjoys being outdoors with her three children and preparing home cooked meals for her family. Mrs. Akcin is a native Romanian, fluent in English and Spanish, and has intermediate knowledge of French and Turkish.  

 

Taylor S. Maxey, RBT

Taylor graduated from Hampton University in Hampton Virginia in May of 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Months later she moved to Atlanta Georgia to pursue a job within the Psychology field. Throughout her journey she has held different positions that allowed her to further develop her communication and interpersonal skills. In June of 2016, she began working as an ABA therapist. Later in August 2016 she began her certification training to become a Registered Behavior Technician which she completed within a 4 month period. Taylor loves the reward of working with children and creating a fun, enthusiastic learning environment.  Seeing each child succeed with meaningful teaching opportunities is what drives her.