Dr. Marlene Sotelo is the Chief Operating Officer for the Els for Autism Foundation. She is the co-director of The Seaver/Els Institute, a research collaboration between Seaver Autism Center and Els for Autism. Marlene is a certified music therapist, special and regular education teacher, and a BCBA-D. Prior to this position, Marlene was the Director of Education and Training at the UM-NSU CARD Broward office. She has been working with individuals with ASD for over 25 years. She earned her Doctorate in Special Education from NSU where she serves as adjunct faculty, teaching classes in behavior analysis and Child Life.
Marlene has consulted and spoken at various conferences locally, nationally and internationally. Marlene is the co-founder of AbrazAutismo, an online educational and virtual consulting company serving families of children with ASD in Latin America. Marlene has written and recorded various songs to raise autism awareness and funding for ASD.