Margarita Benavides, Founder and Director
Margarita has been providing ABA therapy to children, teens, and adults with disabilities since 2002. She studied Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis at George Mason University. Margarita founded CATS in February of 2013. She has played sports all of her life and always hoped to be able to provide that same experience to children with special needs. Her inspiration derives from her cousin, Camilo, who has an intellectual disability. She takes pride and enjoyment in working with CATS athletes each week. She hopes to expand CATS programs to reach as many children as possible.
Director of Programs
Hugo has also been inspired by his cousin, Camilo, throughout his life and has given his time and efforts into growing CATS since its inception. He is a life-long soccer player and has a genuine passion for working with children as well as mentoring peer volunteers. His background in logistics and organizational management is vital to the ongoing maintenance and expansion of our programs.
Holly Senn is has been Child Life Specialist at Inova Children's Hospital in Falls Church, VA since 2004. Her
background is in child development and psychology with a degree from the University of Southern Mississppi. Holly has been with Phase Cheer and Dance since it's inception in 2012 serving as a cheer and tumble coach. She is currently coaching the Senior 2 and Youth 3 teams. Holly also volunteers throughout the year with Special Love, Inc which provides camps for children with cancer and their families.
Holly is SUPER EXCITED to be teaming up with CATS to start the Shooting Stars team!!
Jeremy has taught at Navy Elementary in Fairfax since 2012 and is currently attending graduate school at American University; pursuing a teaching
certificate and master’s degree in Elementary Education.
He received his undergraduate degree from the
University of Richmond in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science
and Journalism before earning a Master’s degree in Sports Leadership from
Virginia Commonwealth University in 2005.
joined CATS as a coach in Spring 2013. CATS gave him the opportunity to
combine his love of sports and working with children with special
needs. The most rewarding aspect of CATS for him is the smile on the
athletes faces when they score a goal or make a basket.