Abby graduated from the University of Saint Francis in 2015 with a degree in health and exercise science and a minor in psychology. Abby has been pursuing ABA Therapy ever since and is very passionate about her work and the kiddos! In her spare time, Abby loves to be outside with her dog, Charlie, and hanging out with her family and friends!
Abbie attended Franklin College and graduated in 2013 with a B.A. in psychology and a minor in sociology. She found her passion working with children who have disabilities when she was in high school and since then has worked with children with autism. Abbie was not sure what career path she wanted to take with children until she heard of ABA, and she immediately knew that this was what she wanted to do. It is her passion in life to help change the lives of children with disabilities and to watch these children grow into the best individuals they can be. In her free time, Abbie likes to go to the lake, camp, boat, play soccer, and hang out with friends, family, and her puppy Delilah.
Alea Shelton was born and raised in Indianapolis. She went to Indiana University and graduated in May 2017 with a degree in psychology and minors in Human Development, Family Studies, and Human Sexuality. Alea has always aspired to work with children with disabilities because of extensive work experience at IU that opened her eyes to the field. In her free time, Alea loves to travel and go on road trios to new places with friends such as Mexico, France, and Spain. She also loves interacting with new people and going to comedy clubs for a good laugh. Two of Alea's main goals are to go to graduate school and earn a MBA in child psychology and eventually move out of Indiana to somewhere near an ocean.
Alex graduated from Purdue University in 2011 and is currently attending IUPUI to obtain her Master’s Degree in social work. She has volunteered in the community for many groups supporting autism and working with autistic children. Alex has experience with a variety of alternative therapies including equestrian farms for therapy utilizing horses. Born and raised in Westfield, Alex says she is ready to come home after working in Indianapolis!
Alex graduated from Ball State University in 2014 with a degree in both elementary and special education. She then went on to teach Pre-Kindergarten in Carmel for one year. Born and raised in Carmel, her hobbies include running and biking on the monon, trying new restaurants, and spending time with her friends and family. She is passionate about working with children and helping them succeed which has led her to a career in ABA.
Allison graduated from Indiana University Bloomington in 2010 with a BA in Speech and Hearing and a minor in American Studies. Throughout high school, she had many babysitting jobs and when she worked with one child with autism, the experience sparked her interest. She also played basketball and volleyball, which led to coaching experiences with young girls and in the Special Olympics. Prior to joining the Bierman team, she worked in the field of ABA for 3 ½ years. Allison has acquired her master’s degree from Ball State University in Special Education, with a focus in autism. She has always loved working with children, which is why spending time with her nephew and niece is one of Allison’s favorite past times. She also enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, rescuing animals, attending sporting events and concerts, her dog, Andy, and spending time with her friends and being outside.
Allie graduated from Ball State University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education with a Mathematics Minor. She has worked with children with Autism for 5 years, and has worked directly with children for over 9 years. Allie comes to Bierman with 2 years of ABA experience in other clinical settings. She enjoys fostering animals in need of homes, and has two rescues of her own.
Amanda Connelly MA, BCaBA
Amanda has a wide variety of experience with people with disabilities, from camps to respite care to group homes and other residential settings. Before joining Bierman ABA, Amanda was an ABA therapist at an accredited ABA school in Atlanta for over four years. While there, she led a classroom of elementary and middle school children with Autism and other developmental disabilities. She has a B.A. in Psychology from Georgia State University and is currently pursuing her Masters in ABA through Ball State.
Amy Beltz, MA
Amy has her B.A. in Communication Disorders from Geneva College in Beaver Falls Pennsylvania. She is currently pursuing her master degree in Applied Behavioral Analysis from Ball State University. She plans on taking the board certification exam to become a behavior analyst now that she has completed her master's degree. Prior to becoming an ABA therapist, she worked as a speech assistant in a public school. She enjoys playing tennis, being outdoors, cooking, and spending time with her fiancé, family, and friends.
Amy Martin, COTA
Amy graduated from Ball State University in 2013 with BA in General Studies with an education minor and an emphasis in special education. She started her ABA career at an ABA center in Muncie, IN before joining the Bierman team. Amy saw how much ABA could affect these children that she has decided to further her education, going for her masters in ABA and eventually BCBA certification, starting in fall 2014. Amy has always wanted to work with children with special needs but did not discover ABA till 2013. Outside of ABA she loves to be around her family and friends, cooking, traveling, and painting.
Ansley has been providing ABA treatment to individuals with autism and related disorders of all ages and abilities for over 5 years. Her career began in her hometown of Phoenix, Arizona and led her to Houston and Miami in the last year. She has experience working across various environments and enjoys training others on the principles of behavior. Ansley is passionate about ABA because it allows her to apply science, creativity, and compassion while teaching and improving the lives of others. She enjoys traveling, art, reading, hiking, and being the kid she is at heart. Ansley looks forward to exploring Indianapolis and growing with the Bierman ABA family.
Ashlee Cullman, MA BCaBA
Ashlee has experience working with children and adults with disabilities in camp, work, school, and home settings. Her favorite part of ABA is the fact that each child is unique and has a plan that is created based on their abilities and needs. Before moving to Indianapolis, Ashlee worked as a home care provider in Jacksonville, NC. Ashlee attended Kent State University and graduated in December 2011 with her bachelor’s degree, as an Intervention Specialist with a focus in Mild/Moderate needs. Ashlee has played softball since she was 10 years old and played division one softball for Kent State which took her all around the country and Europe. She is currently attending school to further her education with a Masters Degree in ABA. In her free time, Ashlee likes to spend time with her husband Tyler and dog Callie and travel as much as possible!
Ashley earned a bachelor's degree from Valparaiso University, Class of 2012, with a major in elementary education and minor in special education. She has four years of ABA experience working with individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and has been certified as a BCaBA since October 2016. Ashley's passions include applying ABA principles to classroom environments, successfully implementing ABA therapy in group settings, and training and mentoring behavior technicians and Registered Behavior Technicians. Ashley has 15 month-old twins, Greyson and Emerson, and currently lives in Broad Ripple. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and being outside as much as possible.
Ashley was born and raised in South Bend Indiana, then moved to Indianapolis early last year. She graduated from Indiana University Bloomington in December 2015 with a B.A. in Speech Language Pathology. Ashley worked in the South Bend school system with kids with various disabilities which pushed her towards the field of ABA. She loves to help others and realized ABA is the perfect field for her. Ashley is currently applying to get her Masters and working towards becoming a BCBA. She loves spending time with her family, her cat Tiger, and trying new things around town.
Audrey is originally from Louisville, KY and moved to the Indianapolis area to attend college in 1998. She graduated from Anderson University with degrees in Marketing and Fine Arts and became interested in special needs while substitute teaching in a special education classroom. She then spent 8 fulfilling years teaching reading and comprehension and discovered her passion for working with students on the autism spectrum. She is currently earning her master's degree in ABA and Educational Psychology. Audrey lives with her husband, 2 dogs and 2 cats and is an avid animal lover.
Audrey grew up in South Bend, Indiana, and in 2017 she graduated from the University of Notre Dame with bachelor's degrees in psychology and gender studies. Audrey was first exposed to working with children with autism when she spent a semester in London. She took a course that involved working hands on at a school for children with autism and other developmental disabilities. This experience revealed to Audrey her passion for helping children with special needs reach their full potential. Audrey enjoys reading, traveling, cooking (and eating), and spending time relaxing with her family, friends, and dogs.
Beckie graduated with BS in Psychology from Western Michigan University. She has 9 years of experience providing ABA therapy to children ages 2-15 years old. Beckie has previously worked in clinic, school, community, and home settings. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and running races.
Brittany was born and raised in Northeast, OH. She moved to West Lafayette to attend Purdue University, where she received her B.S in speech language hearing science. Brittany’s love for working with children started at a young age with babysitting positions and working as a summer camp counselor for many years. Her interest in ABA started her senior year at Purdue, where she worked on a research team in the Department of Education. Brittany's first job experience with ABA started right here at Bierman. In her free time Brittany loves crafting, watching the Food Network channel, and cuddling with her golden retriever, Theo.
Brittany recently graduated from Purdue University with an education degree then immediately began work with Bierman ABA. She has a rich background in working with kids with special needs. Brittany interned at a developmental pre-school and in the resource rooms in her high school. Through college, Brittany worked as a respite provider with multiple different families in West Lafayette. In the summer Brittany helps run a camp designed for kids with special needs, Camp-We-Can. Brittany loves spending time on the lake with her family and friends. She helps out on the family farm when she can and loves playing with pigs when she gets the chance. Brittany loves to travel and has been to Europe and the Caribbean. Brittany loves helping people and working with kids. .
Cara Jared, MA BCBA
Cara has been working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis and Verbal Behavior since 2006. She has experience working on ABA treatment teams in homes, schools, and center based settings with both children and young adults with Autism and other developmental disabilities. She earned her Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from THE Ohio State University (Go Bucks!) and has been board certified since 2009. She also earned her master’s degree in special education and worked in the schools as an educator early in her career. Cara’s clinical passions are in the areas of verbal behavior within early intensive behavioral intervention, assessment and treatment of challenging behaviors, and sharing the success and research behind ABA with others through training and development. When not practicing ABA, you can find Cara playing frisbee with her Goldendoodle, traveling with family and friends, or discovering new fun things to do in Indy!
Cassi grew up in Goshen, Indiana and graduated from Goshen High School in 2011. She attended Ball State University and graduated with a B.S. in speech-language pathology in May 2015. She began her experience in ABA in July 2015 at an Autism center in northern Indiana before joining the Bierman team in October 2016. As soon as she started in ABA, she knew that this was the field for her! She is currently pursuing her M.A. in ABA and hopes to eventually become a BCBA. Cassi loves animals, sports, cooking, baking, and participating in philanthropic events in her spare time.
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Christa Lake, MA BCBA
Christa has worked in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis since 2009 across a variety of settings, including clinical, in home, schools, and within the community. She earned her Bachelor's degree from Purdue University in 2011 in the field of Health Sciences. She graduated with her Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2013 and has been a Board certified Behavior Analyst since 2014. Christa has experience working one on one with individuals on the Autism Spectrum ranging in ages from 2 years to 25 years. She also has experience training therapists, paraprofessionals, and other community members in the principals of ABA. Outside of work Christa enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and playing all types of sports including soccer, tennis, and golf. Christa has a passion for working with children as well as teaching and applying the principles of ABA to help individuals learn. She is excited to continue working in the field as a member of the Bierman team!
Cindy has been working with children with autism since 2006. Cindy discovered her passion working with children with disabilities because of her cousin who is on the spectrum. Cindy started out working with teenage boys with autism as a direct care staff, and soon received a promotion to management of a residential facility working with young boys with autism. Her passion blossomed, as she truly enjoys making a difference in children's lives Since then, Cindy attended IUPUI where she received a paraprofessional certification to become a teachers assistant for a charter school in Indiana. Cindy wanted to do more! She looked into ABA and has been doing ABA since May of 2012. Cindy enjoys watching children grow,and be part of a journey that has so many rewards.
Courtney Bierman, MA BCBA
Courtney is a behavior analyst and has extensive experience designing, implementing, and training families over the principles and techniques of Applied Behavior Analysis. She has worked in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis since 2003. As founder and president, Courtney is passionate about ensuring that Bierman ABA stays true to its approach in putting together quality programs. She first earned her BCaBA through the University of North Texas before completing her Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis through Ball State University to earn her BCBA.
Courteny graduated from Indiana University in 2013 and is working towards her Masters in ABA from Ball State University. She became interested in this field when she volunteered at an Equine Therapy program at IU. She has now been in this field for 2 years. Courtney grew up on Lake Tippecanoe and enjoys being outside and all lake activities. She owns a little 3 year old Welsh Corgi named Leo who never says no to food!
Danielle Pelz, MS BCBA
Danielle is an ABA/ VB behavior analyst and has been working with children with autism and other intellectual disabilities for over 9 years. She has worked with children with varying abilities and ages and has extensive experience in decreasing undesirable behaviors, such as aggression, self-injurious behavior, and non-compliance. She specializes in teaching appropriate replacement behaviors. Danielle is passionate about working with both children and their parents to ensure learning occurs in therapy as well as at home. Danielle received her Masters degree in Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology and has earned her BCBA.
Debrah Worland, MA BCBA
Debrah is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) consultant who has been in the field of autism for over eight years. She studied Psychology at Valparaiso University and received her Master's in Behavior Analysis from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She has worked in a variety of settings including in-home, -in-center, group home, and schools. She began her career working with children at a preschool and summer camp and always tries to bring the fun attitude and energy picked up from there to her consultations and programs.
Drew Logan is a 2017 graduate from Olivet Nazarene University with a bachelor’s in psychology. He has been swimming since he was 5 while swimming for ONU His team won the NAIA National championships two years in a row. He got married in July 2017 and now has two puppies. He loves working and hanging out with kids. His hobbies include cooking and binge-watching shows with his wife, playing with his dogs, and restoring furniture and houses as well as building home decor with his brother.
Dr. Ed Parker, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Dr. Ed Parker is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst~Doctoral and Educator. Ed has over 23 years of professional experience serving individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities as well as children and adolescents at-risk for special education services. Ed has a strong commitment to socially significant behavior development and scholarly research and dissemination. Some of Ed's behavior analytic interests include the analysis of verbal behavior, empirical validation of teaching strategies and instructional systems, and self-management technologies. Ed has served children and adolescents at intensive behavior intervention clinics and adults at an intermediate care facility for individuals with developmental disabilities and mental health needs; additionally, Ed has teaching experience in the university setting, including guest lectures and adjunct professorships. Ed has a Doctorate in Applied Behavior Analysis and Special Education from The Ohio State University. Dr. Parker’s professional experiences have provided him with a unique and wide range of consultation, supervising, managing, teaching, learning, and professional development experiences with families, school personnel, students, clinic staff, clinicians, and community leaders. In his personal time, Ed enjoys spending quality time with his wife and three sons.
Ellie is a 2017 graduate of IUPUI with Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She is eager to begin her master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis in the fall of 2018. She has more than two years of experience as a behavior technician. Before beginning her career in ABA, Ellie provided respite care for children with varying developmental and cognitive disabilities. Her favorite aspect of working in this field is watching children prosper and being a part of the process. She currently has four pets: three guinea pigs and one puppy named Tommy and hopes her fiancé will let her continue to expand her zoo. Ellie’s ultimate dream is to make ABA therapy accessible to children in Spanish-speaking countries.
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Erica graduated from Ball State in the Spring of 2015 with a BS in Psychology. Her interest in ABA stared during her Senior year of College after taking courses on the subject and interning at Hillcroft Services in Muncie Indiana. She loves elephants, the color pink, and her handsome kitty, Leo.
Erica graduated with her undergrad in special education with a focus on intense interventions from Ball State University in 2011. She then taught high school and junior high life skills classrooms for the past five years. During this time, she earned her master's degree in special education as well as a certificate in ABA from Ball State University. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and son, baking, cake decorating, sewing, and crafting. She also enjoys going to the Children's Museum and local zoos to learn and explore with her family.
Erin was born in Fort Myers, Florida but moved to Indiana with her family at the age of 7. She attended Purdue University where she received her BS in human services in December 2013. After graduating, Erin spent about a year working as a Life Skills Specialist for individuals with behavioral health diagnoses. During her time in this position, Erin realized her passion for working with individuals with Autism. She is now pursing her MA in Applied Behavior Analysis with an emphasis in Autism from Ball State University and is working toward becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. In her free time, Erin enjoys baking, playing with her dog, hiking, and exploring new places.
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Erin graduated from Indiana University Bloomington in 2012 with a B.S in Psychological & Brain Sciences. Erin has always had a passion for working with children from the time she started babysitting at the age of 15. Erin plans to continue her education and earn her Master's in ABA and becoming a BCBA. In Erin's free time, she enjoys spending it with her dog, Hoosier. She enjoys being outdoors, playing sports, and being around her friends and family.
Erin grew up in Westfield and has now returned to the area to serve with the team at Bierman ABA. She graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2015 with bachelor degrees in Psychology and Leadership. First exposed to autism care at a young age, Erin became interested in the challenges that individuals and families face. She is deeply committed to empowering both parties with the skills and tools they need to grow. Passions that bloom in her free time include baking elaborate desserts, reading books on philosophy and psychology, making messes in the name of art, and playing host to anyone who enjoys a good cup of tea and scones.
Gwen Cook, MA BCaBA
Gwen received her bachelors in psychology at Eastern Kentucky University in 2002. She completed her coursework for board certification through University of North Texas and received her BACB certification in 2008. In 2011 she earned her masters degree through The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Gwen has been working in the field of autism since 2002 and has a broad range of experience. She acquired her initial training in ABA working as a therapist in a center for early intervention (ages 3-5) for children with ASD, then further expanded her knowledge by working at a residential facility with teenage boys with ASD diagnosis. She has provided 1:1 therapy, as well as consultation services, within the home, school and center- based settings. For a few years she consulted in home and school programs prior to consulting within a center since 2009. Gwen’s clinical interests include parent training, development of play skills, social skills & toilet training. She thrives on learning opportunities for herself, is open to learning new strategies and never ceases gaining experience and knowledge regarding program development. She enjoys sharing the success of her clients with the therapists, parents and everyone who works together to make it all happen! When not working with her awesome clients, Gwen also enjoys seeing plays, movies, practicing martial arts & spending time with her husband and their pack of two dogs & two cats.
Hannah graduated from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in May 2017 with a degree in human services leadership. She found her passion for working with children with disabilities through her previous jobs as an ABA line therapist and a program director for a summer day program for children with high functioning disabilities. Her favorite part about this type of work is being able to positively impact the lives of the those she works with. In her free time, Hannah likes reading, watching movies, playing board games, cheering on her favorite Wisconsin sports teams, and spending time with her family and friends.
Hannah graduated from the University of Evansville in 2014 with a degree in psychology. Prior to joining the Bierman team, she was a special education assistant in an elementary school. Hannah enjoys gardening, cooking, and hiking with her dog.
Holli loves working with children and finds working as an ABA therapist at Bierman ABA very rewarding. She finds it fascinating to see how different and amazingly unique each child is. Her biggest interests are helping children maximize their echoic abilities. The first child she worked with was completely non-verbal and now has more than 50 words and syllables he can repeat and over 100 signs he can use. Holli attended Butler University for Public and Corporate Communications. Working at Bierman ABA as a therapist for children with autism has changed Holli’s life and future career goals. She attended Florida Institute of Technology and has her BCaBA certification, she now plans to continue helping children with autism.
Jaimie has been working in the field of ABA since 2011. She grew in the small town of Wabash, IN. She earned her bachelor’s in early childhood special education from Ball State University in 2009 and her master’s in Special Education with certificates in ABA and Autism from Ball State University in 2016. She became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2016. Prior to entering the field of ABA, Jaimie worked in a resource room for 4th and 5th grade students and taught preschool. Jaimie’s favorite aspect of working in the field of ABA is seeing all of the life-changing progress that is made in the lives of the clients. In her free time, Jaimie enjoys spending time with family and friends, live music, and crafting/coloring.
Jasmine lived most of her life in the Chicagoland area. She moved to West Lafayette to attend Purdue University, where she received her BS in Public Health Promotion in the Summer of 2016. Her love for children blossomed through overseas missions experiences and other positions like Sunday School Teacher, summer camp lifeguard, and dance leader. Jasmine was introduced to ABA her senior year at Purdue and started her ABA Therapy career right here at Bierman. In her free time she enjoys trying out new recipes, thrifting, and going on walks with her dog Mickey Mouse.
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Jenny graduated from Ball State University in 2010 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development. Jenny has always had a passion for working with children from a young age. After graduating, Jenny was a preschool teacher for two years. She then found out about ABA and soon realized her passion for the field and decided to pursue a career out of it. Jenny has worked as an ABA therapist for over two years prior to joining the Bierman team. She enjoys having the opportunity to work with so many unique children and watching them progress over time. In Jenny’s free time, she enjoys being outdoors, exercising, sports, and spending time with friends and family.
Jessica graduated from Ball State University in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in early childhood education. After graduating, she became a preschool teacher where she discovered that working with children with special needs was her true calling. Jessica has been in the field of ABA for almost 5 years now. She finds the world of ABA extremely fascinating and incredibly rewarding. In Jessica's free time, she loves cooking, being outdoors, rooting for her favorite sports teams, and spending time with her friends, family, and fiancé.
Jessica was born and raised in Indiana. She attended Indiana University and received her BS in Recreation Therapy. She began working with individuals with autism while in college and wanted to further her career in the field. She has worked in ABA centers in Indiana and in Washington and looks forward to continuing in Boston. Jessica is currently pursuing her Masters of Education in Applied Behavior Analysis at Ball State University and is working toward becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. In her free time she enjoys trying new restaurants, watching movies, biking, and exploring new places.
Jessie graduated from Anderson University with a degree in Education. She has taken every Special Education course offered at the university. She loves sports of all kinds. She played soccer for 16 years. She also loves animals, and traveling. She is most passionate about working with kids that have autism because she loves to see their growth and success. She has been a camp counselor for the Fishers YMCA for two years, and she was used specifically for the students that were diagnosed with a special need. She discovered her love of kids with autism while she was a camp counselor at the YMCA and met a kid who always made her smile, and she worked to help him improve his social skills and she just spend the day hanging out with him and being a friend to him. They grew a great friendship and still see each other around town and talk. She is very outgoing and loves being around people. She has a huge family with about 20 people on her mothers side and way too many to count on her fathers side. Her family is full of love and traditions that she values. Her goals include traveling to every continent, yes, even Antartica.. she'll figure out how to make that possible. She has traveled to Italy, Mexico, and Australia all by the age of 20! She also hopes to get her masters degree in ABA eventually. She hopes to go skydiving one day.. very soon. She loves anything that gives her a good adrenaline rush, being tossed in the ocean is her favorite past-time. She loves the beach, surfing, and all water sports. Throughout her life she has played soccer (her favorite), basketball, softball, and ran track (her second favorite), she spent summers wake boarding and waterskiing, she has snow boarded and snow skied. She loves to spend her down time working out or with her family and friends, the best is when she gets to workout with family and or friends (: She loves all kinds of food, her favorite is Gyros with lebna (: One last thing, she loves The United States more than most people she meets. Seriously, you should see her bedroom... it's decked out in red white and blue.
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Julie graduated from Ball State University in May 2015 with degrees in Psychology and Criminal Justice & Criminology. Immediately upon graduating, she began working at an ABA clinic where she found her passion for helping children with special needs. She is currently obtaining her Master's Degree from Ball State University in Applied Behavior Analysis with an Emphasis in Autism, and plans to take the BCBA board exam upon graduation. For fun, Julie likes reading, writing music, drawing, and spending time with her friends and family.
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Kaitlin Rodrigues, MA BCBA
Kaitlin has worked in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis since 2014 across numerous settings, including clinical, in-home, schools, medical settings and in the community. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University in 2013 in the field of exercise science. She graduated with her master’s in applied behavior analysis in 2015 and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst that same year. Kaitlin loves collaborating with families and other professionals who work with her learners. Her interests in the field of ABA include teaching play skills, functional communication training, and teaching and ensuring safety skills. Kaitlin loves traveling the world. She has lived in Australia, sky-dived in New Zealand, and visited India several times. She and her husband (who also works in the field of ABA) dream of helping individuals with Autism in a third world country someday. In her spare time, Kaitlin runs a handmade baby clothes business. She also loves to teach swimming lessons, going to listen her husband’s band, and playing with her Bernese Mountain Dog, Gus.
Kari Porter, MS BCBA
Kari has been working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis since 2008 across a variety of settings including home, school, centers, and rehabilitative facilities. She earned her Bachelor’s in Rehabilitation Services in 2009 and Master’s degree in Behavior Analysis and Therapy in 2011 through Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2011. Kari has experience working one-on-one with individuals on the autism spectrum, as well as training parents, educators, paraprofessionals, and community members on best practices in teaching communication, social, and behavioral skills through Applied Behavior Analysis. Her areas of professional interest include intensive early intervention services, parent training, and successful program transitioning. Kari is passionate about applying ABA across all aspects of her life, from her daily work at Bierman to teaching her cat, Ridge, new tricks. She loves to travel, from visiting her family in Illinois to exploring new cities both near and far, and attends as many live music concerts as she can.
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Kate grew up in South Bend, Indiana and graduated from Saint Joseph High School in 2013. In spring 2017, she graduated from Saint Mary's College with a bachelor’s degree in social work and minors in sociology and gerontology. Throughout her four years, Kate played for the Saint Mary's soccer team. She is currently working toward a master’s degree in social work at IUPUI. Kate has always known that she wanted to work with children and really felt that she found her home away from home when she walked in the doors at Bierman. In her free time, Kate enjoys running, going on adventures, and enjoying the outdoors on a beautiful day.
Katelyn graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2012 with a B.S. in Adolescent Ministries. Right out of school, she became a preschool teacher. Over the years she has worked with kids in a variety of capacities. Katelyn enjoys being outdoors, swimming, and traveling. She also loves spending time with her husband and their son, Rowan.
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Katie Merrick, MA BCBA
Katie grew up in Flint, Michigan and received her education from Western Michigan University (WMU), where she earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology and Spanish. Katie began working with children with autism during her psychology practicum as an undergraduate student at WMU and she knew immediately that she had found her calling. Katie went on to earn her Master's degree in Behavior Analysis at WMU under the supervision of Dr. Richard Malott. Throughout her undergraduate and graduate career, she worked with children diagnosed with autism and other developmental disabilities ranging in age from 18 months to 5 years old. As a graduate student, Katie taught undergraduate courses in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. Following graduation, Katie became a BCBA in May 2013. After receiving her board certification, Katie worked as a Consultant at an autism center for two years, where she managed a caseload of children between the ages of 2 and 8 and provided training and oversight to parents and therapists. Katie is extremely passionate about using ABA therapy to improve the lives of children with autism, as she has seen its amazing outcomes. She adores working with kids and is determined to help every child succeed. Katie's interests include acting in community theatre, singing, reading, and spending time with her husband and her friends.
Kelli graduated from Anderson University in 2015 with a BA in family science and a minor in early childhood education. She then went on to work at a nonprofit organization in Madison County where she served at-risk parents and children. Kelli has always loved working with kids of all ages and hopes to eventually get her Master's Degree to continue her work with children. Kelli is a self-proclaimed cat lover and has two cats, Tux and Mark. On weekends, Kelli spends her time relaxing with her husband or chasing after her nephew, Henry.
Kelly Larson, BCaBA
Kelly is a 2010 graduate of Indiana University, where she studied Elementary Education. She has been working in Applied Behavior Analysis since early 2011 and with Bierman Autism Center since 2013. Since beginning her career in ABA, Kelly has worked in home, school, and clinical settings. Her love of working with children with autism guided her to attend Florida Institute of Technology, where she completed course work and earned a certificate in ABA. Subsequently, Kelly became a BCaBA in October of 2015. In her free time, she enjoys vacationing with family, Saturday morning coffee by the fire, and spending time with her husband, JT and their dog, Lola.
Kelsey is a graduate of Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky, where she earned her bachelor of arts degree in elementary education and learning & behavior disorders. Kelsey began her career working with children in a preschool setting, and after spending a summer assisting a child with Autism, Kelsey realized her true calling was in working with children with special needs. She joined the Bierman team at the Fort Wayne location in October of 2013, worked in the Westfield location as a lead therapist and training and program specialist from June 2014 - November 2016, and is currently a training coordinator in the Broad Ripple location. Kelsey is pursuing her master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University and is on track to graduate in December 2017. Kelsey enjoys building meaningful relationships with her clients and their families and is amazed every day by the impact ABA has on a child’s quality of life. In her free time, Kelsey loves to travel, cook, and spend time with her family, friends, husband, and golden retriever, Khaleesi.
Kim was born and raised in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. She graduated from Knox College with a degree in secondary education and English literature. After spending four years in higher education doing academic programming, Kim decided to come back to her roots and work with children. For ten years, Kim has served a family of four children. One child with autism in the family helped her discover her passion for helping all children succeed in life. In her spare time, you will find Kim cooking, meditating, and consuming massive amounts of tea.
Kim grew up in Marion, Indiana and graduated from Indiana University in 2006. Kim has always known that she wanted to work with children and before beginning her career in Applied Behavior Analysis, she worked as a Youth Substance Abuse Counselor in Chicago. Upon moving back to Indiana in 2009, Kim was introduced to the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. Kim has experience working in home, school and clinical settings. Kim joined the Bierman team in 2011 and became a BCaBA in 2013. After the birth of her second daughter she decided to stay home full time with her two daughters and returned to Bierman in 2017. In her free time, she enjoys reading, live music, and spending time with her husband, Kurtis, and daughters, Zoe and Karrine..
Kristen just graduated from IUPUI in May of 2017 with a BS in psychology. While in school, she gained experience working with children of all ages and abilities. In her spare time, Kristen enjoys cooking and reading. Kristen is a comic fan and enjoys catching the latest marvel movie in theaters or chatting about the latest technology on the market. Kristen volunteers at a homeless shelter weekly while giving food donations to those in need. When not working, she also enjoys hanging out with her family. Kristen currently lives in Eagle Creek with her boyfriend.
Kristin Kouka, MA CCC-SLP
Laura Grant, MA BCBA
Laura has been applying the science of human behavior within organizations specializing in providing intervention for individuals diagnosed with Autism since 2006. She has dedicated her professional life to behavior analysis, keeping up with advancements in treatment for autism, and continued professional development. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, adjunct faculty at Ball State University and an executive member of the Hoosier Association for Behavior Analysis. Laura earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Kansas and her master’s degree in clinical psychology with a specialization in Behavior Analysis from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Laura enjoys traveling internationally and has spent time in Thailand, Romania and Australia.
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Laura graduated from Purdue University with a BS in Psychology in 2015. After graduating, she went on to serve a year with AmeriCorps, providing preschool parents with resources about literacy, social emotional development, and kindergarten readiness. Through her AmeriCorps experience, she was also able to interact with the kids and found her calling! Bierman was the perfect place to bring her love of helping others and working with kids together. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring Indy, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.
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L.E. graduated with a liberal arts degree from DePauw University with an emphasis on Theatre and Communications, and has experience in a variety of areas including set construction, stage management, stage combat, hiking, canoeing, drawing, writing, sculpting and ceramics. L.E. has always enjoyed working with children and feels truly fortunate to have the opportunity to help improve the lives of children and their families through her work at the Bierman ABA Autism Center. Eager to help and never afraid of a challenge, L.E. finds unprecedented joy and satisfaction in her position with the Bierman team, where she has the opportunity to utilize her unique skillset in new and exciting ways every day.
Leah went to Ball State University and has worked in ABA for two years. Leah is married and lives in Cicero, IN; She and her husband have three cats [Leah is a HUGE cat lover!], as well as a new puppy! Leah is also a middle school cheerleading coach.
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Libby graduated from Indiana University Bloomington in 2016 with bachelor degrees in Psychology and Political Science. From a young age she knew she loved working with children and is excited to continue changing lives at Bierman! In her free time she loves practicing yoga, exploring new things, and drinking a good cup of iced coffee.
Lindsay graduated from Ball State University in 2013 with a degree in Special Education. While completing practicums in the schools and volunteering with various programs, Lindsay developed a passion for working with children who have autism. Prior to joining the Bierman team, Lindsay had over a year and a half of experience with ABA in a variety of settings. She loves that she gets the opportunity to work with and learn from so many amazing children and that she gets to be a part of making a difference in their lives. Outside of work, Lindsay enjoys crafting, cooking, being outdoors, and spending time with her husband and dog, as well as family and friends.
Lindsay Bidwell, MA
Lindsey attended Ball State University and earned her bachelors degree in social work with a minor in counseling psychology in 2012. She became a case manager for adults with dual diagnosis but knew that she wanted to work with children in the future. Lindsey began pursuing her masters in ABA through Ball State University in 2013 and also became an ABA therapist. She completed her masters program in the summer of 2015 and hopes to sit for the BCBA exam sometime in the next couple of years. Lindsey loves to spend her free time surrounded by family including her husband, their young daughter, and their four dogs
Linzey is a recent graduate from Ball State University. She graduated in 2016 with her B.S. in special education. Linzey became interested in ABA after working with a family this past spring and summer whos son received ABA services when he was younger and recently transition back to public schools. She absolutely loved how much ABA had helped him with his communication and independence. In her free time, she loves to be with her family, boyfriend, and dog hanging outdoors and doing things like camping and boating. She has a 2 1/2 year old dalmatian that is her real life fur-baby! An interesting fact about her is that she is a vegetarian!
Lynsey Gaylor, MA
Lynsey is a 2012 graduate of Anderson University with a General Studies degree. Her life goal is help others in the face of adversity, as she understands that we all struggle in some way throughout our life journey. Lynsey enjoys working out, snowmobiling, skeet and trap shooting, archery, spending time with friends, husband and family, as well as, attending sporting events such as football, hockey, and NASCAR.
Maggie earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Indianapolis in 2016 and is currently pursuing her master's degree in occupational therapy from the University of Indianapolis. She has two and a half years of experience as a behavior technician for children diagnosed with ASD, and during her undergraduate and high school years she was a volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters and College Mentors for Kids. Maggie has an almost two-year-old son named Sam and currently lives on the west side of Indianapolis. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, exercising, and reading.
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Maria graduated from IUPUI in 2017 with a BA degree in sociology. While attending college, she homeschooled a student with autism for three years to help him receive his high school diploma. Previously, she also worked as an instructional assistant at Tri-West Middle School, in which she helped students with learning disabilities develop school fundamentals and proper social behaviors. In her free time, Maria enjoys playing with her two sons Julian (6) and Marvin (1), as well as singing, playing guitar, painting, photography, and cooking.
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Melissa has experience working with children and adults with disabilities, being in and out of the resource room her whole life, and being a special needs cheerleading coach for two years. She moved to Westfield, IN to coach at Ice All-Stars and join the Bierman team. Melissa graduated from Ball State University in 2017 with a BA in general studies with a minor in criminal justice and an emphasis in education. She will be returning to Ball State University in the fall to pursue her master’s degree in applied behavior analysis. Melissa is passionate about helping kiddos reach their full potential and cannot wait to start her career in ABA.
Micaela is a 2017 graduate from Olivet Nazarene University with a Bachelors in social work. Prior to working at Bierman ABA, Micaela worked in a school based program in a community mental health agency. In her free time, Micaela likes to spend time with family and friends- especially her niece and nephews. She also loves going to the gym and binge-watching Netflix with her boyfriend, Kyle. Micaela plans to stay in the ABA field and eventually obtain her Master’s degree.
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Michelle began doing ABA therapy with children with autism in 2009, after graduating from Ohio State University. There, she focused on psychology and criminology. Before moving to Indianapolis, she worked as a 'Lead Teacher' for a company which provided ABA therapy to children ranging in ages from two to eighteen years old. She has spent much of her time in the field providing group instruction to children in transitional classrooms. Michelle particularly enjoys working with younger children and her favorite aspect of the field is preparing children for transitions into the school districts. She is working on completing her second novel, and hopes to one day become a published author.
Michelle Schenkel, MA BCBA
Michelle received her bachelor’s degree in Child Development and Family Studies and her Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis with a focus in Autism from Ball State University. In addition, in 2011 she received her BCBA certification. Michelle has over 6 years experience working with children with Autism Spectrum disorders in home-, school-, community-, and center-based programs. She is passionate about ABA and is continually amazed with the progress that children can make through ABA services. In her free time, Michelle enjoys travelling and spending time with family and friends.
Nathan Emery Graduated from Indiana University of Kokomo with a Bachelors in exercise and sport science and a minor in psychology. While at IUK, Nathan was in the choir and was sports coordinator of the Health and Exercise Science Club. He was awarded Outstanding Intern of his graduating class and had the honor of singing the IU Alma Mater and National Anthem at Commencement. He also participated in musical theater during his time at IUK, and volunteered for Special Olympics. For two years he worked as a caretaker for kids and adults with developmental disabilities as well as worked as an exercise coach at Brain Balance. Nathan has always wanted to work in Cardiac Rehab, but realized he enjoys working with kids with Autism while working as a caretaker at Help At Home. In his free time, he loves to spend time with friends and family, do fun activities with his niece and nephews, sing and play piano, workout, run, and binge-watch Netflix.
Natalie graduated from Franklin College in 2013 with a B.A. degree in psychology and a minor in sociology. She has always had a passion for working with children. She was uncertain of where she wanted to be, but once she heard about ABA from a friend, she knew that it would be a great fit. Natalie loves being able to work with children in a setting that is full of fun and very rewarding. In her spare time, Natalie enjoys spending quality time with friends and family, playing soccer, shopping, camping, watching movies, and hanging out with her two dogs, Jack and Izzy.
Nicole McClain, BA BCaBA
Nicole has been working with children who have developmental delays since 2004 and fell in love with the field of Verbal Behavior and Applied Behavior Analysis after graduating from Purdue University in 2008 with a dual major in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Education Exceptional Needs. She continued her education at the Florida Institute of Technology and received her BCaBA certification in 2011. Nicole is passionate about helping others achieve their full potential and feels strongly about early intervention as it has taught her that the sooner a child receives therapy and education, the greater their progress in development may be.
Rachel was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV and earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She moved to Indiana in May 2016 and recently purchased her first house. She has two dogs of her own and frequently opens her heart and home to foster animals in need. When possible, Rachel loves to travel. So far, she has been to 15 countries and hopes to visit more soon. Working with children with Autism has been incredibly rewarding thus far and she looks forward to all of the future progress to be made.
Rachel graduated from Huntington University in 2015 with a degree in youth ministry and minor in psychology. From Huntington, she moved to South Carolina, where she enjoyed hiking with friends and going to local farmers’ markets. Today she enjoys spending time with her family, eating chocolate chip cookies, and playing volleyball with her boyfriend, Sean.
Rebecca is originally from Michigan and graduated from Central Michigan University. Her degree is in Elementary Education with a minor in Child Development. She is passionate about helping children succeed and has had the pleasure of working with kids of all ages. She taught in private schools for four years and is excited to bring her love of learning to Bierman! Rebecca loves to travel and counts London and Florence as her favorite cities she's visited. Rebecca's hobbies include reading, playing with her dog Darby, and spending time with her husband.
Rebecca Ludwick, MA
Becky graduated from Indiana University Bloomington in 2009 with a BS in Kinesiology and in 2010 with a MA in Education. She has worked with children of various ages and learning abilities. Her past experiences have been as a camp counselor, an after school tutor, teaching in a preschool setting, teaching in an elementary classroom, and as a therapist in an ABA center. Becky loves to see the children progress day to day and feels extremely grateful to be on this journey with them. She loves spending time with her husband and dog, Charlie, running marathons, and visiting her niece and nephew in Chicago.
Roxann Wilson was born and raised in Gary Indiana. She graduated with a bachelors in Psychology at IUPUI. Roxann loves working with children and hopes to continue encouraging youth. She likes sports and staying active.
Ryan graduated from IUPUI in May of 2017 with a BA in Spanish and Latino Studies. While finishing his studies he gained a lot of experience working with students from various backgrounds as a bilingual assistant in IPS, an instructional assistant for Carmel Clay Schools, and a RBT with an in-home ABA company. Ryan is an avid rock climber, runner, and enjoys hanging out with his wife and two cats.
Rylie graduated with a BA in psychology from Grand Valley State University in 2015. She has many years of experience working with children including lifeguarding and teaching swim lessons at a community center, working as a Behavioral Health Technician at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, and providing in-home ABA therapy. Her passion for working specifically with children with Autism sparked during an internship in a pre-school-aged ASD classroom. Rylie hopes to continue her education and pursue a master’s degree in the near future. Her passion for working with children is undeniable; she also enjoys spending time outside, spin class, and a good book!
Ryne in from Muncie Indiana and graduated from Ball State with a degree in Elementary Education and Psychology. Ryne has worked with children who have autism for around 8 years and hopes to one day open his own super camp for children with special needs. Ryne enjoys tons of various hobbies and even played rugby for Ball State.
Sarah graduated from Indiana State University in 2013 with her Bachelors in Human Development and Family Studies. Sarah started her journey in the world of ABA therapy over two years ago, and could not be more excited to continue. She was born in Ft. Benning, Georgia into a military family. She has moved over 18 times in her life to a variety of states and even to Germany for a few years. She hopes to further her career with gaining her masters degree in the future. When she is not at work she enjoys running, knitting, and eating her favorite food, cheeseburgers.
Sarah completed her B.A. in educational studies with emphases in special needs and early childhood development in 2016 at Alma College. Sarah decided to join the field after her trip to Peru where she volunteered in an orphanage for children with disabilities. During college, Sarah volunteered with a program that provides opportunities for inclusion in the community to children and young adults with Autism and other disabilities. After finishing her undergraduate degree, Sarah did an internship where she closely followed a BCBA for 180 hours and was able to obtain a job working in the field of ABA. Sarah plans on finishing her master's in ABA and becoming a BCBA. In her free time, Sarah loves to spend time with her friends, play the guitar, and enjoy the outdoors. Sarah has a passion for working with children and loves that she has the opportunity to help children and their families lead a more functional life-style.
Seneca Tonti grew up in Rochester Hills Michigan. She graduated from Western Michigan University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She first became interested in ABA therapy while working towards her undergraduate degree and have not looked back since. Prior to joining Bierman ABA she had been doing ABA therapy for over 5 years. Outside of ABA she enjoys cooking, making crafts and spending time with her fur babies.
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Shelby graduated from Butler University in December 2012 with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. She is from a small town east of Indianapolis, where she has lived her whole life. Before coming to Bierman ABA, she was volunteering at the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital where she gained experience with children who had a variety of illnesses and developmental delays. Shelby has always had a passion for working with children and has years of experience with children of all different ages.
Sonya graduated from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) in May 2015 with a B.S. in Neuroscience and a minor in Psychology. Before learning about the ABA field Sonya work with older adults who had mental disabilities helping them integrate themselves back into the community. Sonya was captured by the ABA field because she see's the benefits of being apart of the early learning process. Sonya has a passion for helping others and helping them to build upon their strengths. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering around the community and engaging in fun activities with her sorority sisters.
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Stephanie grew up in New Palestine where she graduated from high school in 2010. She went on to graduate from Purdue University in December 2014 with a B.A in Psychology. While at Purdue she also became very involved with her American Sign Language courses and ASL club. From a very young age she knew she wanted to work with children which most likely stemmed from her being from a large family. She loves to help children see and reach their potential in any aspect that may be which led her to her career in ABA. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, watching movies, antiquing, enjoying the outdoors, watching sports, or playing with her dog or cat.
Tara was born and raised in Southeast Michigan and moved to Cleveland, Ohio in 2008 to attend John Carroll University, where she received a bachelor's in psychology. Tara then went on to receive a master’s in clinical mental health counseling and received her Ohio Counseling License in 2015. During graduate school, Tara worked as a paraprofessional in a school district using ABA therapy in the school, vocational settings, and in the home. Upon receiving her masters and license in counseling, worked as a counselor in a school district. Tara and her husband moved to Indiana in October 2017 and are excited to adventure the Hoosier state. Tara enjoys discovering new things in the area, traveling, and visiting with family and friends.
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Taylor graduated from Ball State University with a sciences and humanities degree in social work. She has three years of experience working in the field of ABA in a variety of settings including homes, schools, and within the community. Her favorite part about working with children with ASD is having the opportunity to be a part of a child's progress and growth toward independence. Taylor enjoys spending her free time with her husband and pets, DIY projects, cooking, and fostering animals through the humane society.
Terribeth graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in Special Education. Shortly after graduation, she began work as a preschool teacher before joining the Bierman team in April 2014. Terribeth completed her master's degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University in December 2016, and hopes to pursue a BCBA licensure in the near future. Terribeth's favorite part about working in the field of ABA is playing a role in helping learners with Autism grow!
Todd is originally from Carmel and now resides in Noblesville with his wife Natalie. He is a graduate of Taylor University with a degree in elementary education. He has experience working with children with autism in multiple settings including day camps, schools, clinics, homes and out in the community. Todd has been in the field of ABA since 2012, and is currently enrolled in graduate level courses to gain knowledge and credentials to better serve the Bierman team.
Treva Schauss, MA BCBA
Treva earned her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education through Indiana University in 2009. Treva has been working with individuals with autism since 2010 in clinical, school, and home settings. Prior to joining Bierman ABA, Treva had 2 years of experience as an ABA therapist for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and was a teacher in an autism classroom in a school setting. Treva has been a BCBA since November 2015. In her spare time, Treva loves to root on the Indianapolis Colts!
Abbi was born and raised in a small Ohio town. She received her Bachelors degree in Speech Pathology from the University of Toledo in 2014. After working in a residential facility for over a year she decided to pursue a job in ABA therapy. While ABA is new to her couldn't be more excited for the opportunity. When she isn't working she enjoy's long walk's with her dog Lady and sitting in a local coffee shop reading a good book.
Amber graduated from IPFW with her bachelors in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She worked as a Speech Language Pathologist Assistant and now is a ABA therapist. Amber is currently enrolled in the Master's program at Ball State to became a BCBA.
Amber's hobbies include outdoor activities, 1812 re-enactment, sewing and traveling. Amber is married and currently has one daughter that is a year old. Amber also loves animals. She has a German Shepard and Malamute mix dog named Mowgli. Amber considers Mowgli her second child.
Amber is excited to be apart of Fort Wayne Autism Center and continue to learn and grow within the company.
Amber graduated from Manchester College in 2006 with a Bachelors of Science. During this time, Amber realized her passion was working with children with special needs. She completed her masters in Applied Behavior Analysis in May 2013. Amber is thankful for the opportunity to make a difference in her client’s lives every day.
Brooke graduated from Huntington University with a Bachelors of Social Work and minors in Psychology and Sociology. Brooke discovered her passion for children with Autism in high school while volunteering at an Autism horse camp. During a college internship at the Huntington Bowen Center, she created activities for and helped to lead Autism groups with kids of many ages. Before coming to the Fort Wayne Autism Center, Brooke worked with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder for two years, providing one on one ABA therapy. Brooke loves the support given by the BCBAs and BCaBAs, and how everyone works together to provide the best therapy possible for the kids. She is so thankful to be a part of this team!
Diane graduated from Ball State University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development, with a minor in Psychology of Human Development. This is her first time working with children with special needs, and is enjoying the experience thus far. She enjoys spending time with her family, doing things with friends, and likes to sing as a hobby. Diane loves making a difference in children’s lives, and is excited to be a part of the FWAC family!
Gabbie attended Purdue University, West Lafayette, and is a proud Boilermaker. She has volunteered in the past for Big Brothers Big Sisters club at Purdue and was a volunteer New Student Leader for Boiler Gold Rush Orientation. Her hobbies include hanging out with her family while watching Everybody Loves Raymond. Gabbie strives to make a difference in the lives of clients and families along with anyone she meets with her positive attitude and friendly smile.
Heather graduated from Indiana University in 2013 with a dual major in elementary education and special education. She taught for two years in special education before joining the Fort Wayne Autism Center team. She enjoys working with children and adults with disabilities. The best part of this work is seeing an individual grow in his or her abilities and independence. Heather has been happily married for two years. Heather enjoys running, spending time outdoors, and cooking in her free time. She enjoys spending time with her family at her parent's lake cottage during summer weekends.
Holly graduated from Ball State University in 2015 with a Bachelors of Science in Sociology and a minor in Interpersonal Relations. She spent her last semester of school interning at TEAMwork for Quality of Living, where she was able to work with families in poverty. This opportunity allowed her to spend time with children of all ages and create opportunities for them to learn. Holly plans to continue her education and one day earn her Masters degree in Social Work. She has a strong passion for working with children and is excited to be apart of the FWAC team!
Jacob graduated with a Bachelor degree in Psychology from IPFW. While attending school he played soccer for IPFW and worked part time. Jacob has over 3 years experience working with youth as a coach and classroom mentor. In his free time he enjoys golfing, going to sporting events, and spending time with friends and family. Jacob grew up in Dallas, Texas, and is the oldest of two brothers. In the future he plans to advance his education with a masters degree. He is excited to start his career in ABA and eager to see growth and progress in his clients.
Jean graduated from Northern Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in communication disorders. She has been providing speech services to children for 9 years. Her passion and enthusiasm show in her therapy sessions. In her spare time Jean enjoys sewing, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
Kaitlyn Turner graduated from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in May of 2016. After spending her last semester interning at a local daycare center, she quickly decided she had a passion for working with children. She grew up in Logansport and graduated as a Logansport Berry in 2012. Her hobbies include kayaking, camping, and playing with her nieces and nephews. She lives with her boyfriend, Michael, who is a firefighter for the FW Fire Dept. Her passion and patience with children has lead her to work with the Bierman Autism Center.
Kelly Scholer graduated from Trine University in 2014 with a Bachelor's Degree in both Psychology and Criminal Justice. While pursuing a career in social work, Kelly developed an interest in children diagnosed with Autism, which lead her to Bierman ABA. Kelly enjoys traveling (especially to Europe), running, reading, trying new recipes, attending sporting events, and hanging out with her friends, family, and her puppy named Wrigley.
Kyrea graduated with her Bachelors of Science degree in the field of Human Services from IPFW. Kyrea, also,has earned minors in the fields of Sociology and Psychology. Kyrea has a strong passion for working with children who have special needs and their families in order to assist them in strengthening their ability to achieve success and stability in their lives. As an advocate and supporter of ABA, Kyrea plans to peruse earning her Master's degree in Applied Behavioral Analysis in the near future. Kyrea believes that our successes are measured by the amount passion we put into the work we do in order to achieve our successes. Kyrea is proud to a member of the FWAC team and is excited to help create positive change in the lives of our kids and their families.
Laura Britton, MA BCBA
Laura Britton is a behavior analyst at FWAC. She is a graduate of Ball State University with a Master’s degree in Special Education and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She has 5 years of experience working with children and adolescents diagnosed with Autism and other developmental disabilities. Seeing day-to-day progress keeps her passionate about the field of ABA. Laura finds it rewarding building relationships with both clients and their families while teaching the skills necessary to lead meaningful, independent lives.
Lindsey graduated from Grace College with a B.S. in Counseling and Sociology. Lindsey has been passionate about Autistic children since her first post graduate job. Lindsey enjoys spending time with her family, being outside, sports, reading, and cuddling with her dog, Charley.
Maddie Collins, BS BCaBA
Maddie graduated from Indiana University in December of 2010 where she earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education. From there she went on to explore younger ages as a preschool teacher for 3 years. She always new that working with children was her passion. She is very excited to be here at The Fort Wayne Autism Center where she can work one on one with children everyday. Maddie believes that it is rewarding to see the positive changes the children make everyday both for themselves and their families.
Maissie graduated from Ball State University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Family Studies and a minor in social work. She is currently working towards obtaining a Master’s degree in licensed mental health counseling with a focus on couples and family. Maissie has spent many years working with children of all ages and loves to be around them. Outside of work and school, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
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Nikki Sorg, BS CCLS
Nikki graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelors of Science. She majored as a Child Life Specialist and minored in Psychology of Human Development. She has also become certified as a Child Life Specialist. To further her education and to learn about other cultures, Nikki traveled abroad to Australia for 3 months. Nikki has experience working with children of all developmental levels in many different settings from a day care to the Pediatric Unit and the Emergency Room at Parkview Hospital. Nikki enjoys working with all children as well as their families, she finds it very rewarding to see the growth and progression a child can make from day to day.
Rachel Weigand, MA BCBA
Rachel is a graduate of Indiana State University where she earned her Bachelors degree in Communication Disorders. She continued her education at Ball State University where she earned her Masters degree in ABA. She has worked in the field of ABA for nearly 3 years, with both early and advanced learners. In 2015, she earned her BCBA credentials and is excited to learn more about ABA. She enjoys seeing the positive impact ABA has on a child’s life! Rachel is excited for the opportunity to start a new journey with FWAC!
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Sara is a recent graduate of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) with a Bachelors in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She plans to continue her education and receive her masters in Speech-language Pathology. Sara has always had a passion for children. This passion drives her to positively impact children's lives through ABA therapy. Sara is so excited and so grateful to be joining the FWAC team!
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Sylvia recently graduated from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne with her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She enjoys art, music and working with people of all walks of life especially within the autism spectrum. She hopes to continue her career further by pursing a Masters of Arts in Applied Behavioral Analysis. She loves that ABA is such an awarding therapy to be a part of where little improvements are giant successes and each day is something new.
Stephanie Rider graduated from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne with a degree in organizational leadership supervision and a concentration in education. She has previously been involved in childcare, camp counseling, and volunteer work with the youth. Her passion for working with children has grown over the years and has led her to where she is today with ABA. Stephanie loves to do anything outdoors ranging from biking and kayaking to camping, skiing, and traveling. In her free time, Stephanie spends time reading and relaxing with her kitties. Her goal is to make every day as intentional as possible for those with whom she comes into contact.
Tad is a graduate of Ball State University where he earned his Bachelors of Science in Psychology. Tad enjoys making meaningful connections with unique families and individuals. He has a love for fresh experiences and a passion for learning. Tad currently plans to continue his education by pursing a Masters of Arts in Applied Behavioral Analysis. By utilizing the scientific method in creative ways, he hopes to enrich the lives of individuals and build on community diversity.
Victoria is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University, where she studied Elementary Education. Victoria is passionate about our kiddos and keeping things organized. She is grateful to be part of the amazing FWAC team and to play a part in the life-changing work that ABA Therapy offers. In her free time, Victoria enjoys singing, spending time with her husband, longboarding and blogging.
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Tori graduated from Ball State University with a degree in Psychology. She loves to work with kids and watch them grow. In her free time she enjoys playing with her dog, drinking coffee, and spending time with her family and friends.
Abby is originally from Cleveland, Ohio. She received her bachelor’s degree in applied psychology and human development with a minor in management and leadership from Boston College. Abby has always loved working with children. During undergrad, she spent time working at the Campus School, a special education program for children with multiple disabilities. In addition, Abby served as an undergraduate research assistant at Harvard University’s Youth Mental Health Lab. When she is not working, Abby loves running, yoga, traveling and spending time with friends and family.
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Ali loves working with children. Since receiving her master’s in Health Science at the University of Toronto, Ali has worked with kids with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Being a speech-language pathologist on an interdisciplinary team makes work seem like play—because it is! She believes that for kids to meet their communication goals in motor speech, early language, or social communication, therapy needs to be fun. Ali has completed training in PROMPT and attended the International Meeting for Autism Research, and is always looking for the next opportunity to learn so she can best support her clients. She recently moved to the Boston area from Canada and loves exploring her new home, especially when it means checking out public libraries, sampling treats at new bakeries, and visiting museums.
Alijah Seay is a graduate of Boston University with a degree in psychology. During her time at the university, many of her courses focused on family therapy and child development. In the future, she hopes to obtain a degree to be able to counsel children and teens. In the meantime, she has worked at various conventions in Boston and worked under the Director of Technical design for the national women's retail clothing company, J.Jill. When she's not working, Alijah likes to travel. She has gone to Montreal, Barbados, the Bahamas, Cuba, and most states on the east coast. She also likes to read, write, cook, and play with her cat, Piper.
Alison Rose is a Curry College graduate with a bachelor's degree in psychology and minor in education. She has worked with children for more than six years. Alison worked as a teacher at a daycare and more recently has worked as a service provider for children with autism. She is eager to continue to work with children one-on-one with students to help them learn and progress. Alison currently lives in Braintree with her two dogs, whom she adores. In her free time, when she is not taking care of and playing with her dogs, she enjoys traveling to Cape Cod with family and friends. In the winter, she enjoys skiing in New Hampshire. Alison's goals include getting a degree in ABA and continuing to do what she loves: working one-on-one with children.
Ariana is originally from a shoreline town in Connecticut. She received her bachelors degree in Human Services and Rehabilitation with a minor in Psychology from Assumption College. She then worked at a center for Autism Spectrum and Developmental Disabilities as an ABA Therapist with students age 8-21. Ariana is currently enrolled in a masters program at NOVA Southeastern University. She is pursuing a degree in developmental disabilities and applied behavior analysis with the plan of becoming a BCBA. Ariana just recently moved to Boston and in her free time enjoys hiking, running, singing and playing the piano.
Ashley Ahlers, MA BCBA
Ashley grew up in New York. She is a BCBA who holds a Masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Northeastern University and a Bachelors degree in Development Sociology from Cornell University. Ashley trained at the May Center School for Brain Injury and Related Disorder while completing her Masters degree. She has several years of experience working with both children and adults with developmental disabilities and challenging behaviors in Connecticut and Massachusetts. Ashley has worked in a variety of settings including residential schools, clinics, public schools, residential group homes and home programs. She is thrilled to join the Bierman team! In her free time, Ashley loves watching TV, skiing, traveling, reading and spending time with her husband and newly rescued cat, Nora.
Anh was born in Vietnam and grew up in Everett, MA. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Boston with a degree in psychology and minor in biology. Since high school, Anh has worked with a wide range of clients with behavioral challenges. Her favorite hobby is eating, cooking, and discovering different type of cuisines. She also loves to spoil her puppy, Riley.
Benjamin Clarke, MA BCBA
Benjamin Received his B.S. in Psychology from Umass Dartmouth in 2011, and his M.S. in Behavior Analysis from Simmons College in 2014. He has been providing ABA services to children and adults within homes, schools, and clinics for approximately four years, and he recently acquired his B.C.B.A. license last spring. Outside of work Benjamin loves spending time with his daughter and wife and going candlepin bowling.
Caroline graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in the fall of 2017 with a B.S. in public health and a minor in education. She has always had a passion for working with children, and her interest in ABA began when babysitting twins who were going through an early intervention program. In her free time, Caroline enjoys going to the beach, baking, and watching movies.
Cary Yorn, MA BCBA
Cary grew up in Indiana and went to Purdue University (Boiler Up!!) for his undergraduate degree. He became a BCBA in 2016 after graduating from Ball State University. Cary loves watching movies, singing, reading, and having fun exploring new places.
Cassie Herman, MS BCBA
Cassie grew up in Illinois. She is a BCBA who holds a Masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Northeastern University and a Bachelors degree in Communication Photography plus Psychology from Bradley University. Cassie discovered her passion for this field while attending Bradley University. She has several years of experience working with both children and adults with developmental disabilities and challenging behaviors in Illinois, Massachusetts and Indiana. Cassie trained at the New England Center for Children while completing her Masters degree. Cassie has worked in a variety of settings including residential schools/home setting, clinics, public schools, and home programs. She is thrilled to be back in Massachusetts.
Cayleigh grew up in New Jersey and spent her college years in Philadelphia. She attended La Salle University where she graduate Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Science in speech pathology. Prior to beginning at Bierman, she worked at a school for children with autism based on the principles of ABA. She is currently pursuing her Master's Degree in Behavior Analysis at Simmons College in Boston. In her free time, Cayleigh enjoys running, exploring Boston, and hanging out with her friends.
Chrissy Barosky, MA BCBA
Chrissy Barosky is a BCBA who began working in the field of autism in 2006. She holds a Masters degree from Columbia University in Applied Behavior Analysis and a Bachelors degree from Northeastern University in Human Services. She is also a part time instructor for Northern Arizona University in their Positive Behavior Support program. Chrissy's experience includes designing and implementing behavior intervention plans and instructional programs for children in home, center based and school settings. She is passionate about training and supervising other behavior analysts as well as mentoring future behavior analysts. Chrissy is currently working toward her PhD at Simmons College in Behavior Analysis and likes to spend her free time playing with her toddler.
Christina Gallagher, M.Ed
Christina comes to Boston from Pennsylvania. She received her Bachelor’s in Early Childhood and Elementary Education and her Master’s in Special Education with a concentration in Autism/ABA from Temple University in Philadelphia. Christina is excited to start her career at Bierman ABA. She also hopes to pursue the route of becoming a BCBA in the future. In her free time Christina loves to spend time with family and friends, explore new places, and go to the gym. She also really likes cats.
Claire was born and raised on the South Shore of Massachusetts. She graduated with a BA in History from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY and studied History and English at University College Dublin. She has worked as an after-school teacher in a bilingual school, a residential counselor in a group home and as an autism service provider for a variety of early-intervention programs. She enjoys printmaking, painting, drawing, a good book and the beach. Claire is excited to be part of the Bierman team.
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Danielle Vitorelo was born and raised in Sonoma, California. She is one of five children in a large Irish-Italian family. She graduated Cum Laude from Sonoma State University with a BA in psychology and minor in applied statistics, and recently earned her MA in psychology from Boston University. While at Sonoma State, Danielle was part of the Sigma Alpha Lambda honors society, and was a member of the Collaborative Autism Training and Support (CATS) Program, earning a certificate for over 360 hours of intervention and research in the field of Autism. Danielle volunteered for 5 years at an after-school program for at-risk female youths in her county at Circle of Sisters; a program which is part of the St. Joseph's Health System. There she ran groups with activities to help participants improve in academics, social and behavioral struggles, and physical and emotional fitness. Danielle also volunteered at URJ Camp Newman in Santa Rosa, CA during weekends designated to families with children of various special needs. After college, Danielle worked 4 years as a Full Inclusion Instructional Assistant for the Petaluma School District. While at Boston University, she worked under Dr. Helen Tager-Flusberg in the Center for Autism Research Excellence, to help develop a real-time language coding scheme for speech intelligibility that may prove useful in clinical settings to replace the standard lengthy transcription process. She has also work with several families in-home to provide extra support and intervention for children on the Autism spectrum. Danielle hopes to obtain her PhD. For fun, Danielle loves hiking, reading, playing volleyball and bocce ball, winning at board and card games, painting and other artsy things, and trying new things. Her biggest passion is working with kids and helping pave a path to a bright future for them.
Elizabeth graduated from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 2011 with her bachelor's in Psychology. Elizabeth has been providing ABA services to children within their home, community, and daycare settings for about 3 years. She also has experience with feeding therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. During her free time, Elizabeth enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, drawing, and engaging in adventurous activities, such as motorcycle rides and snowboarding.
Hande has been working with children with autism and intellectual disabilities since 2012 and fell in love with the field of Applied Behavior Analysis while she was doing her masters in Teaching Students with Intellectual Disabilities at Anadolu University. She is currently pursuing her second masters degree in Behavior Analysis at Simmons College and is working toward becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. In her free time, Hande enjoys spending time with her husband, exploring new places and cooking.
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Jené hails from Southern California and graduated from California State University, Northridge in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Religious Studies. While a student she volunteered for over two years on the CSUN Helpline, a crisis hotline for members of the community, and interned at Valley Trauma Center, as an advocate for survivors of domestic violence and assault. Upon graduation she began to work in the field of ABA and fell in love with every aspect of it. In her spare time Jené enjoys traveling, reading any book she can get her hands on, playing her ukelele and hanging out with friends and family. She comes to Bierman with over two years experience in the field and is excited to learn more!
Jessy is originally from the Chicago suburbs. She moved to Boston after graduating from Millikin University with a B.S. in Psychology and Philosophy in 2011. She is currently pursuing her M.S. in Behavior Analysis at Simmons College and is working toward becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She has always enjoyed working with children and is excited to be a part of the Bierman team! In her free time, Jessy co-runs a pop-up vintage shop and watches a lot of Law and Order: SVU.
Julie was born in Seoul, Korea and moved to New York when she was 3 years old. She is a recent graduate from Wellesley College who received a degree in neuroscience. She has been interested in working with children diagnosed with autism since she was in high school and hopes to work as a developmental pediatrician in the future. In her free time, she loves to visit new coffee shops and watch old movies. Recently, she's been very interested in getting a Siberian Husky (if you have any advice, please let her know)!
Kayla graduated with a BA in art therapy from Emmanuel College. At her practicum site her senior year, she fell in love with a group of children diagnosed with ASD that she conducted a social skills research study with. After graduation, she began her career in ABA as a behavior tech and recently spent the last year as a paraprofessional in an intensive life skills classroom. Kayla is currently pursuing her MS in Behavior Analysis at Simmons College and looks forward to becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst after she graduates. In her free time, Kayla loves hanging out with her Jack Russell, art-making, and spending weekends in the city of Boston.
Kelly graduated with a BA in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2013, where she minored in Education and specialized in Developmental Disabilities and Human Services. Prior to joining the Bierman ABA team in Boston, she worked a year long internship in an ABA centered school. In addition to her internship, she has been working with children for 6 years. Kelly began working with children in a residential camp setting, and later became a preschool teacher for several years. She is currently pursuing a masters degree in Behavior Analysis at Simmons College.
Kristen recently graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and a minor in psychology. While in school she volunteered as part of the BOLTWOOD Program, a community service- outreach program that works directly with individuals with disabilities. Kristen has always loved working with children and is excited to begin her career in ABA!
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Lara was born in the Cape Verde Islands but was raised in Massachusetts. She graduated from Bridgewater State College in 2010 with a degree in psychology and, after two years of working in the social work field, got an opportunity to study abroad in China. She completed two years of Mandarin language and a year of graduate school in the developmental psychology program. After 3 years, she decided to return home to the U.S. and was fortunate enough to be introduced to the field of working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. It was then that she discovered her passion to work with children and decided this was the right career path for her. She is so excited to be part of the Bierman team and is also excited to learn new things! Lara enjoys traveling, going to the beach, eating good food, and spending time with her friends and family.
Lauren graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a specialization in Developmental Disabilities and Human Services in 2017. Throughout college, Lauren worked with children and adults with varying disabilities through various internships and volunteering with The Boltwood Project. Lauren has always worked with children and is very eager to begin her ABA career.
Maggie was born and raised on the South Shore of Massachusetts. She graduated from Lee University in Tennessee with a bachelor of arts in psychology and a passion for working with children. She has been working as a counselor for children, teens, and adults in the residential, group, and school setting since 2015. Maggie is currently in the process of obtaining her masters of education, specializing in grades 1-8. She is looking forward to impacting the lives of children through ABA at Bierman’s Randolph location!
Mary Grace Garrett
Mary Grace was born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama. She graduated Cum Laude from Auburn University with a bachelor’s in communication disorders in 2017. She was originally going to go into speech therapy but, when she discovered behavioral therapy she knew that was what she was suppose to do. She has been interested in working with people with autism for many years and is excited to start a career as a behavioral therapist. Coming to Boston is a big move for her but she is excited to explore the city and find new places to eat. Mary Grace enjoys working out, reading, and cooking in her free time.
Mary Gawron grew up in Braintree, MA with her two brothers. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a degree in psychology in May 2017. She studied abroad in Sydney, Australia where she worked as an intern at Sydney Children's Hospital. While in Australia she went sky diving, scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef, and even had the opportunity to hold a koala bear. For the past several years she has been working for an adaptive sports program while running her own private swimming lesson business, specializing in children with mental and physical disabilities. In her free time, she loves to take her puppy, Timmy, to the beach. She also loves yoga, fishing, camping, and shopping at TJ Maxx.
Marysa was born and raised in Central Ma. She received a BA in Psychology from Framingham State University in 2013. Since graduating she has worked in community outreach, a residential home, and currently works as a preschool paraprofessional during the day. She has worked in child care for over 8 years now and loves working with children! She is still trying to navigate her path towards higher education and is very excited to work as therapist at Beirman! In her free time she enjoys going for walks with her dog Layla, reading, going to the beach, and binge walking Netflix.
Maty is originally from Colorado, but recently moved to Massachusetts to be closer to family. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology with minors in biology and sociology from the University of Denver. Maty has always loved working with children, especially children that are underserved or that have developmental disabilities. In Denver, Maty worked at a research center that examined how stress effects a child’s development. She also worked in Early Intervention in Colorado for little ones that had developmental delays or disabilities. While working in Early Intervention Maty specialized in working with NICU babies and their families. Currently, Maty is working towards her Master’s degree in ABA from Simmons College. When Maty is not working she enjoys exploring New England, being outside and playing with her dog, watching football (GO BRONCOS) and enjoying time with her husband
Born in a quiet mill town of Massachusetts, Melanie left for the city in 2007 and never looked back. After graduating from Lesley University with a B.S. in art therapy, she worked with kids with a wide variety of special needs ages 5 all the way to 22. Most recently, she worked at Perkins School for the Blind in the residential deafblind program where she found a love of sign language and the incredible students there. If you live in the area, you'll probably spot her walking anywhere and everywhere in the Greater Boston Area given her love of walking (and feelings towards the MBTA). She loves all kinds of artistic expression including oil painting, modern dance, jewelry making, and collage. And loud music, of course!
Melissa grew up on the coast of Maine. She is a BCBA who holds a Masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Northeastern University and a Bachelors degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Western New England University. During her internship in college Melissa discovered her passion for ABA. Since her first internship in 2006 Melissa has worked with both children and adults with developmental disabilities and challenging behavior in Massachusetts and in the United Arab Emirates. She trained at The New England Center for Children while working towards her Masters degree. Melissa has worked in a variety of settings including residential schools, public schools, and home programs. When not at work, Melissa can be found going on hikes with her two rescue dogs Dakota and Dugan.
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Michaela graduated from Westfield State University with a degree in special education and liberal arts. During her time there, Michaela took part in many activities including the track and field team. Michaela has a lot of experience working with students with autism, beginning in high school as a peer mentor. In her free time, Michaela enjoys hiking and going on adventures with her close friends. Michaela also enjoys cooking and watching The Office.
Natalie graduated from Union College in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology. During college, she worked with a young man with autism for almost two years, which was extremely inspiring. Natalie is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in ABA Therapy and Autism. In addition to furthering her knowledge of autism, Natalie plans on becoming a BCBA in the future. In her free time, Natalie enjoys exploring Boston in search of the best food and cutest dogs.
Nichole Eustis grew up in Falmouth, Massachusetts. She attended Plymouth State University where she played on the Division III Women's Ice Hockey team before transferring to Bridgewater State University, where she earned her BA in English. Nichole comes to Bierman after teaching at a public elementary school as a special education teacher. During her time there, she worked as a math interventionist and reading teacher, and was a one-to-one paraprofessional for a little boy with a dual diagnosis of Autism and Down Syndrome. Nichole thrives in a leadership role. In high school, she was the captain of two varsity programs, and went on to receive the Boston Bruins Sportsmanship Award for outstanding leadership and sportsmanship. From there she volunteered and ran the "Learn to Play" clinic for children. After college, Nichole became the volunteer assistant coach for a girl’s high school hockey team for five years. As a child, Nichole was diagnosed with a learning disability and struggled with reading and writing. She couldn't keep up with her peers and was put on an Individual Education Plan where she excelled with the help of inclusion instruction and separate classrooms. Once she was old enough to attend her IEP meetings, she decided she wanted to help children who may learn differently. Her time at Plymouth State gave her an opportunity to co-teach at a school for at-risk youths where she ultimately developed a passion for teaching. Nichole believes in the power of inspiration and carries this with her in life and in her career, and is excited to be a member of the Bierman ABA team.
Nicole is born and raised in the South Shore of Massachusetts. She received her B.S. in Psychology from Bridgewater State University in 2013. She recently finished student teaching and became licensed in Special Education Moderate Disabilities PreK-8. Nicole has always loved working with children and while she is new to ABA therapy, she absolutely loves it! Nicole isn't shy when it comes to food and loves going out trying new places to eat. She also enjoys reading, running, and spending time with her friends, family, and dog.
Nicole received her B.S. from Indiana Wesleyan in 2008 and graduated from Simmons College with a Masters in Behavior Analysis. After graduating, she obtained her BCBA certification. She has been providing ABA services to children with autism for over six years, and is eagerly anticipating sitting for the BCBA exam in 2015. When she is not studying or working with clients she enjoys exploring Boston and playing with her two adorable cats.
Nicole is a born and raised Boston girl. She is a BCBA with a Master’s degree from Northeastern University and a Bachelor’s degree from Assumption College. Since her very first internship in college at a local elementary school, she knew working with children was going to be her calling. Over her career, she has worked with children with traumatic brain injury, students with emotional disabilities, and individuals of all ages on the autism spectrum, and has loved every minute. In her free time, she enjoys trying new restaurants, reading at the beach, listening to her favorite bands, and baking yummy treats for friends.
Nicole is returning to Boston after spending the last 3 years living in Las Vegas. Nicole previously worked as a teacher with Teach for America, and transitioned out of teaching to work as an ABA therapist. Nicole received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Boston College, and her Master of Education from UNLV. Nicole is currently taking classes in behavior analysis through the University of Kansas, and is working toward becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Nicole is excited to be back on the east coast as part of the Bierman team, and can’t wait to spend time exploring Boston and enjoying games at Fenway!
Rachel Dupuis, SLP
Rachel is speech and language pathologist who recently graduated from Nova Southeastern University with her Masters in Science in Speech and Language Pathology. Prior to graduation, she has worked in a variety of different educational and medical/clinical settings. Rachel worked for elementary and high schools as a speech and language assistant with her specialty and interest being in the sub-separate classrooms. She took a large interest in Augmentative and Alternative Communication while working in the public schools and has continued her growth and development with AAC devices. She then continued her journey onto a rehabilitation center where she worked with various disorders such as cognitive linguistic disorders/strokes/traumatic brain injuries and dysphagia. Now that she is graduated, she is more than excited to begin her journey at Bierman ABA Autism Center. In her free time Rachel enjoys golfing and being with her friends and family; especially her niece.
Rekha grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and graduated from Case Western Reserve University in 2012 with a bachelor’s in psychology & sociology and a minor in childhood studies. Before entering graduate school, she participated in an education-based AmeriCorps program called City Year in Boston, MA. There she served as the behavior coordinator for an urban elementary school in Mattapan, and fell in love with education and working with children with special needs. Since then, she has worked as an ABA therapist both in Texas and Massachusetts. She recently graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2016 with her masters in special education with a focus on high incidence disabilities and behavior disorders and is currently attending Simmons College for her advanced graduate degree (Ed.S.) in behavior analysis. When she is not in school or working, Rekha enjoys traveling, exploring new restaurants, kickboxing, running around Boston, and spend time with her friends and family.
Rose Mary Turner
Rose just graduated from Providence College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a Business Studies Certificate. She is very excited to be working with the Bierman team. Rose became interested in ABA therapy from her past internships and has always had a passion for working with children. Outside of ABA she loves watching movies, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.
Samantha grew up in Attleboro, Massachusetts and graduated from Westfield State University in 2017. She studied movement science with a concentration in sports medicine and a minor in psychology. Her goal is to go back to school and become an occupational therapist. She is very excited to join the Bierman team and has always loved working with kids. While she was observing an occupational therapist, she observed at a facility that specializes in children diagnosed with Autism and she immediately fell in love with the profession and helping kids. Outside of work, she loves going to the gym, hiking, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
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Sarah grew up in central Massachusetts. After attending UMass Dartmouth for her BA in psychology, she moved to Portland, Maine for a year to begin her master’s in ABA. While finishing up her master’s degree, Sarah has moved back to Massachusetts to be closer to her family. Outside of work and school, Sarah enjoys spending time outdoors.
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Shannon graduated with a BS in psychology from Northeastern University, with a concentration in behavior analysis. She has worked with the special needs population her whole life. Her favorite week of the year is spent at Camp Fatima Exceptional Citizens Week in New Hampshire. She completed her co-op at a residential school for students with severe behavioral disabilities. Shannon is continuing her education at Northeastern, pursuing a master's degree in ABA. In her free time, Shannon loves to be out on the ocean with friends and family or hanging out with her dog, Pudge!
Stephanie grew up in Marshfield, MA. She received her Bachelors Degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and graduated Cum Laude with Commonwealth College Honors in Communication Disorders. She was a licensed Speech-Language Pathology Assistant and worked in elementary special education for a year before providing full-time care for a preschool-aged child with Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified. Through this role, Stephanie was inspired to further her education in ABA. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Behavior Analysis at Simmons College and is working toward becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys live music events, trying out new recipes, and relaxing on the beach.
Stephanie is very excited to join the team at Bierman! She has been practicing in the field of speech language pathology for over 6 years. Stephanie has been working with children diagnosed on the spectrum for nearly twenty years. Her passions in the field include social skills, play, and augmentative and alternative communication. Stephanie comes from New York, but has recently spent time living in Washington D.C. She loves trying new restaurants, traveling, being outdoors, kayaks, and a good book.
Tatjana is originally from Germany. She graduated from University of Massachusetts Boston, with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. For the past twelve years she has been working as a child care provider with children between 1 month and 16 years old in different settings. While a student she also volunteered for different hospitals such as Boston Children’s Hospital and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. She is currently pursuing her M.A. in Behavior Analysis at Cambridge College and is working toward becoming a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst. In her free time, she loves to travel, going to the beach, hiking, cooking, meeting her friends, and spending time with her family.
Taylor graduated with a BA in Psychology from Western Michigan University where she minored in Social Work. Prior to moving to Boston, Taylor had a wide range of experiences working with children with autism. She spent 3 semesters at WMU conducting 1:1 therapy, worked in a general education classroom, and had the opportunity to volunteer in the Philippines for a summer at an ABA center. In her spare time, Taylor enjoys reading, trying out recipes, running, and exploring New England.
Toni graduated with a B.A. in Early Childhood Education and Developmental Psychology from Wheelock College in 2014, with a minor in Understanding Autism. Throughout college she was a paraprofessional at a private school for students with special needs during their summer program. After graduating, Toni worked in a sub-separate classroom for students with ASD in a public school and provided in-home ABA therapy services. She is happy to be a part of the Bierman team and hopes to begin a Master's degree in Behavior Analysis in the near future. In her free time she enjoys being a newlywed, going fishing, and spending time with her cats.
Danielle grew up in the small town of Burrillville, Rhode Island. She attended Rhode Island College where she earned her B.S. in early childhood education and special education in 2011. Not long after, she moved to Australia for three years, where she worked as a teacher for a full time early intervention and learning program for preschool aged children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. It was during her time in Australia that she realized her passion for working in Early Intervention and ABA. Danielle enjoys traveling with her husband and spending time with family and friends. She is excited to be part of team Rhody!
Lela graduated from The College of Charleston, Charleston, SC with a bachelor’s in special education and then went to The Florida State University, Panama City Campus, FL for her masters in Applied Behavior Analysis and received her BCBA in 2003. She has worked with children with autism since 1997. She enjoys the small steps of improvement that each child can achieve while providing training to parents and staff members. Lela also enjoys presenting at local and national conferences on all the good work that applied behavior analysis can do for children with autism, focusing on early intensive behavior intervention literature. In her spare time, she enjoys camping, hiking, and being active with her husband and two girls.
Kaylee graduated from Salem State University in 2017 with a BS in psychology. During her time at university, Kaylee interned at a private school for children of various ages with autism and other learning disabilities. In her free time Kaylee enjoys hiking with her dog, watching hockey games, and playing field hockey.
Kerri grew up in Riverside, RI and went on to attend the University of Rhode Island, completing her bachelors in 2013 for communication studies. Kerri was first exposed to working with children with autism when she was in a partnering program in high school. She went on to work for the Autism Project of Rhode Island's summer camp as a one-to-one counselor before moving on to become a PASS worker while she was still in school. Most recently Kerri gained more experience in the field through Bradley Hospital in one of their schools working with children in kindergarten up to fifth grade in a classroom setting. This experience helped Kerri realize her passion for working with children on the autism spectrum. Outside of work, Kerri loves cooking, camping, trying new restaurants, traveling, and snuggling her pitbull, Dallas.