Executive Director

Jose A. Merida, CBA/FL. Mr. Merida has served as the Senior Analyst and Executive Director of New Way Day Services since its inception in 1999. Prior to this service he practiced as a Certified Behavior Analyst with American Habilitation Services, Liberty Healthcare and Sunrise Communities. Mr. Merida has 16 years experience serving individuals with special needs in the Miami-Dade area. Mr. Merida has been a voting member on the Local Review Committee for the last 9 years.

Clinical Director

Wendy Roth, Ph.D., BCBA-D. Dr. Roth is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology and over 16 years of experience in the field. She has extensive knowledge in the improvement of children with underdeveloped verbal capabilities. Dr. Roth served as the Clinical Director of the Verbal Behavior section in Achievement and Rehabilitative Centers (A.R.C.) for 4 years.


Cary Bouza-Merida. Mrs. Merida has had extensive experience in the operations of New Way Day Services, Inc. serving as the office administrator. As the President and Chair of A Better Day Learning Center Mrs. Merida is dedicated to work closely with funders to assure that all children can receive treatment regardless of the families’ financial capabilities

Utilization Director

Jeff Hordinski, BCaBA. Mr. Hordinski is a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst with over 21 years of experience in the field. Mr. Hordinski has considerable expertise with children involved in foster care and dependency court. He was awarded the Guardian Ad Litem’s Outstanding Service Provider in 2004 and 2005. Mr. Hordinski also has supplemental skills in the fields of Crisis Prevention and Intervention, Play Therapy, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Family Systems, and Attachment Disorders.