MEET OUR TEAM
Joseph Rubio, LEP
Chief Executive Officer/Founder
Joseph has a unique background that brings a range of expertise to his practice of educational psychology. He was a Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriff for over 7 years before embarking on a career as a school psychologist. In 2011, Joseph earned a Master’s of Arts in Educational Psychology, and an Education Specialists degree in School Psychology from Chapman University. He also holds a California license to practice as a Licensed Educational Psychologist since 2014. His assignments as a school psychologist included working with youth in the LA County Juvenile Halls, and various K-12 public school districts. As a school psychologist, Joseph was instrumental in creating a district-level crisis response team, and promoting a standard model for suicide risk assessment and school threat assessment.
In 2017, Joseph was recognized for his work as a school psychologist by the California Association of School Psychologists (CASP). During the 2017 annual conference, CASP presented him with the Nadine M. Lambert Outstanding School Psychologist of the Year Award -Region 5. Joseph also has experience as a Program Administrator of Mental Health for a medium-sized school district in LA County, where he managed a robust mental health program made up of school-based therapists, behavior specialists, and community-based mental health agency contract clinicians. In addition to his work in the public school system, Joseph has presented information and current research on a wide variety of topics to local and national audiences. His expertise in school-based mental health is a valuable resource when working with families who have children experiencing social-emotional challenges.
Joseph’s experience as a school psychologist and public school administrator has informed his professional journey as a Licensed Educational Psychologist. His work with BEAM, LLC offers him the ability to reach a wide range of children, families, and adult learners across the region.
Nancy Aliff, Ed.S., M.A., LEP
President/Chief Operating Officer/Founder
Nancy began her career as a School Psychologist in 2011 and has been in private practice as a Licensed Educational Psychologist since 2014. As a practicing School Psychologist, she has worked with thousands of students in various grade levels and settings, including preschool, elementary, intermediate, high school, and young adults in both public and private school settings. in 2021 she became an Adjunct Professor at Chapman University where she co-teaches classes within the School Psychology department.
Her experiences and language skills (speaking English, Vietnamese, and Chinese) have given her the opportunity to provide services to a diverse population of students with a variety of disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), Learning Disabilities, Intellectual Disability, Developmental Delays, Multiple Disabilities, and students with Mental Disorders (i.e. Anxiety and Depression). Nancy started her career as a volunteer with the Child Life Specialist department at Long Beach Miller Children's Hospital to help children and families cope with the challenges of hospitalization, illness, and disability. Prior to becoming a School Psychologist, she was an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapist and provided services to children with Autism. She was also a Cognitive Trainer who helped children enhance their cognitive abilities through one-on-one training.
As a Licensed Educational Psychologist she has conducted a range of comprehensive psycho-educational assessments, functional behavior assessments, and suicidal/threat assessments. In addition, she also has vast experience developing and implementing academic and behavior interventions, creating Individualized Education Programs (IEP) in collaboration with school teams, and Section 504 plans for students with special needs or physical limitations. Nancy's dynamic career in the field of education offers a range of expertise to offer all families.
Whitney Tam, B.A.
Office Manager/Assessment Coordinator
Whitney graduated with a Bachelor's in Psychology from the University of California, Riverside. Since then, she has been working with children diagnosed with, but not limited to Autism. Her experience as a Social Skills Specialist has given her wonderful opportunities to work collaboratively with parents on improving her clients' social skills. During this time, she discovered she wanted to continue her education to become a School Psychologist.
Administrative Secretary/Assessment Coordinator
Sydney Tan is in her third year majoring in Nutritional Science at Cal State University, Los Angeles. Sydney is an experienced secretary as she held secretarial positions in the California Scholarship Federation, the National Honors Society, and in Cal State LA’s Student Dietetics Association. She also has past experience as a student intern working at LA Metro and is currently a real estate agent. As of Spring 2021, she has been on the Dean’s List all of her four semesters, is enrolled in the Honors College at Cal State LA, and was past valedictorian of her high school. Driven by her passion to help others and her traits of determination and perseverance, she takes pride in providing the best quality service possible in coordinating assessments with contractors. During her free time, she volunteers at her local youth group, giving back to her community and helping the youth.
Kathy Truong, B.S.
Kathy graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. During her time there, she explored her passion for helping others by volunteering at Kaiser Permanente as a COPE Health Scholar and being a cabinet member of the American Sign Language Club at UCR. After graduating she has decided to continue her education to be able to pursue a career in dentistry.
Tracy Rendon, B.A.
Tracy enjoys helping others and chose to pursue a degree in the helping professions that would better enable her to do so. She obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Human Services from California State University, Dominguez Hills. During her time there she also received her Certificate in Meeting and Event Planning to complement her professional skills.
Tracy has 14 years of secretarial experience; of which over 10 have been served in the California public school system including LAUSD and DUSD. While working with Downey Unified School District, Tracy spent 5 years in the Special Education Department serving students with exceptional needs and their families. During this time, Tracy also attended California State University, Los Angeles' Post-Baccalaureate Communication Disorders Program and received her Speech and Language Pathology Assistant License. Tracy hopes to utilize her skills, training, and education to continue to help and support BEAM, LLC and those in need of its services.