|The Behavior Analyst
people. It was no surprise that his career choice would be
psychology. It would seem that he was destined to work with people in
need, and much of his life was devoted to helping others. Chris had the
ability to transfer his zeal for life, as well as his sense of humor, to his
colleagues as well as his clients.
He began working at Threshold
while he was attending the University of Central Florida. It
was here that he and Tracy met. His
first job was as a behavioral tech, doing hands on work with individuals who had behavioral disorders. Prior to leaving Threshold,
Chris was the promoted to manager of the "Children's Cottage".
He moved on to Quest Kids where he worked with his mentor, Dr Eb
Chris loved his work at
Quest because he worked only with children, many of whom were autistic. At Quest,
under Dr Blakley's supervision and guidance, Chris
actually began working as a behavioral analyst. He also began to do
private behavioral counseling. Parents, some who lived as far away as
Jacksonville, hired Chris to work with their autistic children.
Chris next worked at Lakeside, a state facility in
Eatonville under the supervision of the Department of Children and Family.
Chris was the activities director and spent most of his time working with
troubled children. (It was here that Zoie entered his life.)
When Chris left Lakeside
he took a position with CFCI. During this time Chris and Tracy
decided to enter the Florida Behavior Analysis Certification Program. They
both completed the program and passed the Certified Associate Behavior Analyst (CABA)
examination. As a CABA, Chris was promoted and put in charge of one of the
workshops at CFCI, where he worked with handicapped adults and older children.
The following are letters sent to Chris' mom after his death.
To the family of Christopher,
I had the privilege of supervising Chris at CFCI for over a year.
He truly had a gift of working with the disabled individuals we served.
I found some pictures of our Christmas party last year that I thought you would like to have. It really
captured his love of our residents and the work he had committed himself to.
I considered Chris a good friend more than a co-worker.
Although we all were sad to see him leave CFCI, we knew he was working
towards a longtime dream. He was so
excited about his music. I can
remember several occasions when he came into my office with one of his CDís
and proudly played his songs. I was
so amazed at how talented he was. I
canít believe he is no longer with us, but I know he has found peace and
happiness with God, something we canít even begin to imagine.
I pray that you and your family will also find peace.
Dear Mrs Witt,
I am heart
fully sorry for your loss of Chris. He
will be missed by all those who knew him.
Chris touched many people in many ways.
I have only known Chris for 18 months and he was wonderful to work with
- his dedication, empathy and
skills were admirable.
After long days at work he
would often speak of wanting to sail with
you to relax. He spoke
fully of his childhood and his admiration of you as a mom and professional.
There is no way I can help
with your grief but Chris lives in the hearts of manyó100ís of clients and
dozens of colleagues. Please take
strength from knowing this. He is
in our prayers