Staff Members

Frank Amato

Frank Amato

Executive Director

Frank relocated from the east coast to Southern Nevada in 2019 after spending 20 years in the corporate world. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Psychology from LeMoyne College. Frank found his passion in coaching sports teams as well as business teams by applying the science of brain-body connectivity. He is most proud of coaching hundreds of children to greater heights through the sport of football and following their successes off the field into adulthood. Here at Brain Balance, it is Frank’s purpose to make sure that our team delivers the best quality services so that we may change the lives of more families. In his spare time, Frank enjoys guitar, various cuisines, exploring new restaurants, working out, and spending time with his dog Buddy!

Danielle Howard

Danielle Howard

Program Director

Danielle moved to Henderson with her husband and three children in 2007. It was during her time in Southern California that she realized her passion for helping children with learning and behavioral needs.  After her own child was diagnosed with ADHD and learning disabilities 15 years ago, she made the decision to become an advocate for children, including those with special education needs in the foster care system in Las Vegas. Danielle has experience working with children at all need levels and is dedicated to helping the students with emotional, social and academic needs meet their greatest potential.  In her spare time, she enjoys traveling with her family, hiking and other outdoor activities. Danielle has a BA in Psychology from San Diego State University, has completed post graduate work in behavioral sciences and continues with personal research in the area of cognitive science.

Kassandra Mendez

Kassandra Mendez

Coach

Kassandra has lived in Las Vegas her whole life. Being the second oldest in her family she always knew she liked kids. Kassandra graduated high school in 2012 and went straight into community college to graduate in 2013 as a Dental Assistant. She started off in pediatrics but shortly realized she wanted to do more.

In  2016 a family member was diagnosed with Autism.  That’s when Kassandra began with CCSD as a Specialized Program Teachers Assistant for kids with Autism. She is in love with her job and how she is helping kids grow and develop social and learning skills.

When she found Brain Balance she quickly became fascinated in the methods that Brain Balance takes to help kids reach their full potential. Brain Balance has helped her learn how to work with kids of various types of needs and abilities. Kassandra hopes to continue to learn and grow from working at Brain Balance and the school district, and to one day become a teacher of children with Autism.

 

Audrey Sartin

Audrey Sartin

Coach

Audrey knows that children really are our future, and she looks forward to each opportunity to help them feel great about themselves and their potential. As an aunt to 14 nieces and nephews she has cultivated an abundance of patience, warmth and creativity. At Brain Balance, Audrey enjoys helping children feel to welcome and respected, and encourages them to put out their best effort when working through their program. She gets just as excited as the students when they succeed and surpass their previous goals and shares in their feelings of pride and accomplishment.

Audrey is currently attending CSN and working towards a Registered Nurse degree. In her free time she enjoys reading, hiking, laughing and teaching her latest niece to talk, walk and jump.

Kristine Mendoza

Kristine Mendoza

Coach

Kristine was born in California but has lived in Henderson most of her life. She went back to California to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Music with an emphasis in Piano Performance at Azusa Pacific University and recently graduated in May 2018. Outside of Brain Balance, Kristine teaches piano to children and has the desire to share the gift of music with them. Kristine has enjoyed learning more about working with a younger age group as a coach at Brain Balance. She is working very hard to ensure that each and every child succeeds and grows not only within the program but at home. She has a deep love for making children smile and is dedicated to developing positive relationships with each of our kiddos.

Sierra Gause

Sierra Gause

Coach

Sierra recently moved to Las Vegas from Dallas, Texas. She is in college working towards becoming a Registered Nurse. Sierra has completed several courses in Child Development, Psychology, Anatomy and Physiology, and other classes. Working at Brain Balance has proven how much she would like to continue her career and keep on path to becoming a pediatric nurse. The incredible children at Brain Balance have given her a sense of purpose, knowing she is changing a life one day at a time. Sierra competed in several sports growing up including soccer, volleyball, and softball. From early on, she knew just how much she loved working with kids. She coached and refereed little league teams, in addition to working for summer youth camps. She has always been devoted to helping people and being able to bring light to everyone’s lives.

Samson Dagel

Samson Dagel

Coach

Samson was born in Washington but has lived in Henderson most of his life. Growing up, he competed in several sports including football, wrestling, and track. He is currently in college pursuing a degree in Paramedic Medicine. Once he completes his degree he hopes to join the fire academy. Outside of Brain Balance, Samson coaches youth football and teaches fundamental techniques that protect the players from injury. Samson is excited to bring his athletic and competitive coaching skills to Brain Balance and help further our students’ success in all facets of life.

Mel Acevedo

Mel Acevedo

Coach

Melanie was born in Puerto Rico but recently moved to Las Vegas. She is proud to say that she is fluent in Spanish and prefers kids to call her Mel! She has always had a passion for coaching kids in sports. Mel used to coach soccer for local elementary and middle schools while she lived in Miami, Florida. She loves to make people laugh and smile. Mel enjoys seeing the kids’ results and loves to help develop their minds and bodies to see their full potential. In her spare time, she likes biking, hiking, and spending time with family.

Brain Balance Center of Henderson

Phone

702-778-9500

Hours

Mon, Wed, Fri: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Tu, Thurs:  9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sat:  By Appointment Only

Location

11 S. Stephanie St.

Suite 120

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