Meet Some of Our Staff

"Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by
people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all."
Dale Carnegie

Meet Some of Our Staff

Our staff people are uniquely and highly qualified to work in the field of behavioral health. The combined diverse backgrounds and experiences make the IPP team the best team in the state to meet the needs of consumers, family members, caregivers, and other professionals who complete the individual's team.

Our clinical staff consists of Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA), Board Certified assistant Behavior Analysts (BCaBA), Behavior Assistants, Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW), Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT), and Licensed Psychologists.

Behavior Assistants are university interns or para-professionals needing supervision who have experience with consumers and families. Their services are supervised by trained clinicians in the home, group home, community, or ADT setting. They implement the skill training and behavior reduction training goals and collect data for the trained professionals.

Our staff includes males/females who speak English, Spanish, Creole, French, and other languages with a variety of educational and ethnicity.

Deborah Safko
President

Deborah was born in Chardon, Ohio, the oldest child of two teachers. She completed high school in Somerville, New Jersey, where she moved after her father obtained a Principal position. She attended Drexel Institute of Technology in Philadelphia, PA as a Math and Education major until it became Drexel University, where she expanded her majors to include Psychology. She graduated with triple majors magna cum laude. She obtained her Masters degree in Business Administration at Temple University specializing in Healthcare Administration.  She is currently married, the mother of two sons, and the grandmother of three grandchildren to whom she is devoted.

She worked in Philadelphia in the 70s at the start of deinstitutionalization as a live-in group home manager for boys coming out of the institutions. She ran an IBS (intensive behavior shaping) program for a consumer whose law suit closed a 3000 bed MH/MR facility after a long list of abuses there, and who  received unlimited funding in the community for the rest of his life after arriving with 3:1 staffing and the stitches from the last second story jump. She expanded that program to include 4 group homes (3 MR adults and 1 MH kids). After her move to New Orleans, LA in 1993, she contracted with the HIV/AIDS program office to do three statewide one year contracts including: 1) condom distribution (3.2 million)and training to all identified PH, MH, and D&A centers; 2) development of a disaster surveillance system to be installed in hospitals to track pre/during/post disaster funded with Hurricane Andrew dollars; and 3) grant writing and assisting agencies to develop group homes or hospices to assist HIV/AIDS consumers during various phases of the disease.

In 1996, she moved to Miami, FL, where she met Dr. Michael Wesolowski, District Behavior Analyst for DCF. After passing his community-based class to become a Florida Behavior Analyst, she worked for Dr. Wesolowski for two years providing services in the community and she assisted with future classes until the Florida-based exam was sold to the BACB (Behavior Analysis Certification Board) and all behavior analysis classes were absorbed into a university-based system.    

She is the founder (1998) of Infinite Personal Possibilities, Inc., now located in Aventura, FL. The agency has grown quickly into a 70+ person corporation providing both behavior analysis and mental health services in a variety of settings. The community internship program has expanded into a university-based internship program after she began teaching Behavior Analysis classes at FIU