Simona Akcin, MBA, BCBA
Co-Founder, Director of Clinic
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 working knowledge of French, Italian, Latin and Turkish.
Stephanie graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in May 2011. While here she was part of the organization TEAAM(Together Enhancing Autism Awareness in Mississippi). Stephanie obtained her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology with a minor in Art. Shortly after graduating, Stephanie moved to Colorado where she worked for the Colorado Autism Center and Haven Behavior’s Autism Center. Stephanie served as a supervisor overseeing the treatment of children and provided further training for technicians entering the field of ABA.
Stephanie moved to Atlanta in November of 2017 and is currently obtaining her Registered Behavior Technician Certification. Stephanie is very passionate about helping those who are differently abled. When she is not at work you can find her behind her potter’s wheel where she specializes in making custom coffee mugs.