Abby graduated from Ball State University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development. Abby is currently looking into graduate school programs to get her master's degree and become a BCBA. Abby has been around individuals with disabilities her whole life. Abby was a peer tutor and best buddy throughout high school and college, which got her more interested in Autism and in the field of ABA. Abby has now been in the field of ABA for over two years and loves working with the kids and seeing how they progress. In her free time, Abby loves traveling, cooking, and relaxing with her friends and family.
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!
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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 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.
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 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.
Anna has aided and worked with children and adults with disabilities personally and professionally. Anna graduated from Purdue University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Intervention. Through an internship with Purdue and a local West Lafayette behavioral clinic, Anna received her first job as a behavioral technician, where she worked for 2 years. After moving to Indianapolis area in 2015, Anna started a career as a developmental therapist for Indiana’s First Steps program, where she worked for 3 and half years. After almost a decade of education and experience in child development, Anna has developed a deep passion for early intervention. Anna greatly enjoys finding fun educational ways to help her clients develop new skills. In her spare time, Anna enjoys traveling, reading, rollerblading, playing with her corgi, and spending time with her husband and friends.
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!
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Ashley was born in Mattoon Illinois. She went to Indiana University-Purdue University. She graduated in December, 2017 with a Bachelor's degree in psychology. She loves to help people and has a passion for working with children. Her passion for working with children who have special needs started when her nephew was diagnosed with autism. Ashley intends to pursue a Master's degree in Special Education with a concentration in Autism Spectrum Disorders.
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.
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.
Becca graduated from Indiana University in 2015 with a degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She is currently working on her Master's in ABA at Ball State. Becca has been doing ABA since 2016 and has loved every moment! She enjoys helping kids with communication and daily living skills. In her free time, Becca enjoys hanging out with her two boxers, Sprout and Nova. She also enjoys going to the movies and going on motorcycle rides with her husband!
Becky 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.
Beth Weisenbach, MS BCBA
Beth has worked in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis since 2012. She attended Purdue University for undergraduate and graduate school where she earned her Master of Science degree. She also holds a graduate certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis through Ball State University. Beth has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2014. In her free time, Beth enjoys spending time with her daughter, husband, and massive dog.
Blaire grew up in Louisville, Kentucky and just recently moved to Indianapolis. She graduated from DePauw University in May of 2018 with a major in psychology and minor in sociology. She plans to pursue her master’s degree in child counseling. Blaire previously has worked with children at the Child Care Unit at the YMCA and Riley Children’s Hospital. While her true passion is working with children, in her free time Blaire enjoys hanging out with friends, exploring Indianapolis, and painting.
Brielle graduated from Ball State University in May with a B.S. in child development with a minor in interpersonal relations. She is currently applying for her Master’s in ABA with the goal of becoming a BCBA. Brielle worked at an ABA clinic in Muncie for a year where she also completed her internship. Brielle has also provided respite care to a child with autism since June of 2017. Brielle's passion for helping children with disabilities started on her first of four mission trips to Jamaica where she tutored children in the Jamaican school system. Brielle puts family and God above all else and treasures the time she spends with her whole family. In her free time, you will catch Brielle camping, boating, playing piano, or singing at the top of her lungs.
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. .
Brittany graduated from IUPUI with a BS degree focused in juvenile justice. During her time in college, she volunteered in a juvenile detention center mentoring several young men with learning disabilities. Brittany also worked part-time for three years in her undergrad as a nanny for a family who had a son with autism. After graduation, Brittany spent three years working in the public school system with children experiencing mental health and learning disability diagnoses. Brittany will be pursuing her master's in ABA during the summer of 2018, with the goal of becoming a BCBA. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors and hiking with her two rescue dogs.
Cassi Cook, MA
Cassi graduated from Ball State University in 2015 with a speech-language pathology degree. She found a job in ABA shortly after graduation, and immediately became passionate about it. Cassi moved to Indy and joined the Bierman team in October 2016, and absolutely loves it! She got her Masters in ABA from Ball State in 2017, and will be finishing up supervision hours to sit for the boards to become a Behavior Analyst this year. In her free time, Cassi enjoys cooking/baking, reading, spending time with friends, visiting her family in Goshen, concerts, and Netflix marathons.
Charlotte Johnson, MA
Charlotte loves working with children and has been for over 15 years. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood and started her career as an infant/toddler teacher and child care center director. After seeing the need for early intervention services with these young children, Charlotte left a management role to be a developmental therapist for First Steps. She is also a Registered Behavior Technician and has provided one-on-one therapy for children with autism in center, home, and community settings all over Indianapolis. Charlotte also holds a Master of Arts in Educational Psychology and is now pursuing a post-graduate certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis with the goal of becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She is so grateful to have found her passion working with these special individuals.
On a personal note, Charlotte and her husband live in Westfield, although she was raised in Michigan and briefly lived in California. They welcomed their first son in May of 2018. In her free time, Charlotte enjoys travelling, interior decorating, attending concerts and movies, and relaxing with her family!
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!
Danyielle graduated from Indiana State University with a bachelor's degree in human development and family studies. She plans to pursue her master’s degree in counseling in clinical mental health. Danyielle was previously a preschool teacher and has an intense passion for helping children and young adults.
Danielle was born and raised in Northwest Indiana. She graduated from Purdue in 2018 with a degree in psychology. While at Purdue, Danielle volunteered with College Mentors for Kids and Pete’s PALs. She also worked at the local preschool on campus. In her free time, Danielle likes to visit with friends. She is new to Indianapolis and is excited to see what the city has to offer! She loves watching kids learn and grow and can’t wait to begin working at Bierman!
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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Eric Parham, MBA
Eric was born and raised in Kentucky and moved to Indianapolis in 2001. He came to Bierman in 2013 from Community Hospitals of Indiana where he worked as the Reimbursements Manager. Outside of work, Eric enjoys travel, reading, and trying out new recipes.
Erica graduated from Ball State University in 2015 with a BS in psychology. She loves spending time with her husband, Matt, their two cats, Penny and Leo, and their Australian Shepherd, Olivia. She loves cats and the color pink. In her free time, she enjoys watching Disney movies and photoshopping silly pictures of her cats.
Erin has lived all across the United States but recently moved back to Indianapolis to be closer to family. She has been working with kids in various capacities for more than half her life and loves to help them grow in new ways. Her bachelor's degree in is health sciences with a concentration in lifestyle coaching. Before moving to Indiana, Erin was a sensory motor coach for kids with special needs. She is looking forward to expanding her knowledge of ABA with the Bierman team. When she's not working, Erin enjoys spending time being active, going outdoors whenever possible, crocheting, and trying to be crafty. She's especially excited to cheer on Team USA in the 2018 Olympics!
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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.
Dan graduated from the University of Phoenix in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology and Telecommunications. Dan has always had a deeply rooted passion for technology and helping people make the best use of the technology they have. Dan has worked as a project manager, technical account manager, and campus technology manager for the Art Institute of Las Vegas. Most recently, Dan moved his computer support business (“Main Street Technologies”) from Highlands, NC to Westfield, IN and is looking forward to helping residential and small/home office customers with their technology systems. When not out making the world of technology a little less frustrating, Dan enjoys traveling, photography, gardening, cooking and spending time with his husband.
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.
Haley Clark grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana and then decided to pursue a degree at Ball State University in Muncie, IN, where she graduated with a degree in travel and tourism and telecommunication. She first fell in love with ABA when she was living in Arizona and stumbled across a job in the field. She has two years of experience working in the field of ABA in various settings such as schools, clinics, and in the community. What Haley loves most about ABA is being able to see the progress the children make every day. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, the outdoors, and cuddling with her two dogs.
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 Olney Central College in 2016 with her associate degree in science and arts while playing two years of college basketball. She then transferred to IUPUI where she completed her bachelor’s in general studies with a concentration in arts and humanities. Hannah loves to spend time with her family and friends as well as her dogs, Cali, Gunner, and Finnegan. She loves athletics, which has led her to coaching High School basketball at Herron High School. Hannah’s passion for working with children and helping them reach their full potential has led her to join the team here at Bierman ABA!
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 began with Bierman ABA Autism Center in 2011 as a behavior technician. Prior to working for Bierman, Holli attended Butler University where she studied public and corporate communications. After working in the ABA field for several years, Holli decided to return to school for continuing education in ABA at Florida Institute of Technology. Holli has held several roles with Bierman ABA including General Manager, Director of Organizational Leadership & Development, and now, Director of Recruiting.
Jade Williams, SHRM-CP, LSCC
When it comes to Jade Williams, it’s all about people. Her strategic mind partnered with her enthusiastic spirit make it easy for her to focus on the optimization of talent and leadership development for Bierman ABA. Jade received her Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration with a double major in Leadership Studies from Indiana Wesleyan University where she captained the co-ed cheer team. She is a Lark's Song Certified Coach and holds her Society for Human Resource Management Certified Professional along with her certification as a Predictive Index Practitioner. She is a Butler University Advancing Women in Executive Leadership 2017 alumni and was named as one of the Evergreen Leadership Community Builder Award winners for 2017. A Virginia Beach native, Jade loves the ocean and spending time with her family where she grew up. In Indy, Jade serves as a Creative Strategy Coach for Lark's Song, leads the Fierce Movement Indy/Keystone Chapter, serves her church community, Common Ground Midtown, and spends weekends trying new restaurants as well as exploring and hiking with her friends and dog, Fox.
Jason Renforth, M. Ed, BCBA
Jason Renforth has a B.S. in psychology from Purdue University. He earned a Master’s Degree of Education in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism from Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts. Jason has been working with individuals with autism for over 10 years. He has been working in the field of ABA for 7 years. Jason has worked with a wide variety of individuals in various settings including in school, in the home, at vocational settings, and in the community. In his free time, Jason loves to play with his rescue dogs, see live music, and explore the local food scene.
Jennifer was born and raised in Noblesville, Indiana. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Ball State University, with a major in child development and a minor in interpersonal relations. Jennifer loves spending time with friends and family outside of work. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys shopping and spending time outdoors.
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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Josh graduated from Moody Bible Institute Chicago in 2014 with a BA in intercultural studies. While he was there, he volunteered working with kids at his church and absolutely fell in love with working with children. After this, Josh worked in two different schools for three years as a Para-educator, Substitute, and as part of the behavior response team. He loves working with kids and helping them to be the best they can be! Josh loves cars, going to the gym, anything outdoors, music, and traveling.
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.
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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 DePauw University in 2017 with a degree in English writing. After working at a summer camp for children with autism and their siblings, she decided to change her career path and immerse herself into the world of ABA. Katelyn found her passion working with children and hasn’t looked back! In her free time, Katelyn enjoys hanging out with her friends, writing, and spending time with her family.
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.
Katrina attends IUPUI and she found a passion for kids with disabilities through their Motor Activity Clinic. Katrina was introduced to ABA by a friend and since sought out an internship at Bierman and swiftly followed her internship with a career. Katrina enjoys reading books, finding new music, and discovering more about the Broad Ripple scene where she recently moved.
Kelly Larson, BCaBA
Kelly is a graduate of Indiana University, where she studied elementary education. She has been working in Applied Behavior Analysis since 2011 and with Bierman Autism Center since 2013. Kelly has been a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst since 2015. She has experience implementing ABA programs in home, school, and clinical settings. Kelly is passionate about training others on the principles of ABA and providing the highest quality interventions to her clients. In her free time, Kelly enjoys visiting antique malls, vacationing, and spending time with her family.
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.
Kimberly is a recent graduate from Indiana University Bloomington with a bachelor’s degree in human biology and a minor in Spanish. She has always enjoyed studying the physical sciences and loves nerding-out about new scientific research and cool facts! However, it was her love for kids, imagination, creativity, and problem-solving that brought her to the fun and colorful halls of Bierman ABA. She is the proud daughter of a loving mother from Mexico and a caring father from El Salvador that worked together to create a fun, safe, and stimulating environment for their kids in Northwest Indiana. Her family's heritage is a major reason for her sincere interest in Latin American culture and language. She has visited the mountains and valleys of Mexico several times and hopes to visit her extended family there again soon. Kim has also visited other fun places like the Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyons, Zion National Park, Los Angeles, Austin, TX, as well as various cities in Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Nebraska. One of Kim’s greatest hopes is to travel cross-country with friends with just one bag of clothes and no map or GPS. She's always down for adventure and cool outdoor activities! One of her favorite activities was skydiving with her mom and sister for her 21st birthday. She plans to bring the same energy and excitement into her work at Bierman ABA.
Kim George, BCaBA
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..
Kimberly "Kimmie" Howse
Kimmie is a graduate of IUPUI, where she studied art education. She has been around children for years, working in a variety of settings including daycare, summer camps, art camps, public schools, and most recently; direct care and respite care. She found her love of working with children with various needs during college and is excited to be in the ABA field. Kimmie is a travel bug and has spent time studying art and teaching in London, Ecuador, Italy, and New Zealand. When she's not away on her adventures, she enjoys rock climbing, yoga, her pets, and anything outdoors.
Kristin Kouka, MA CCC-SLP
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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 began her career in ABA three years ago and was instantly fascinated by the field. She has implemented one on one therapy with children from ages two to thirteen years of age in various settings including a client's home, schools, and center-based settings. She completed her bachelor's degree at Indiana University in 2011. Leah is currently pursuing her master's degree in Applied Behavior Analysis through Arizona State University, with the goal of becoming a BCBA. She is driven to fortify her skill set to increase her ability to achieve greater impact within the autism community. Leah lives in Carmel with her beloved dog, Warren. In her spare time, she enjoys taking runs with her dog, cooking, and completing thousand-piece puzzles.
Leah graduated from Ball State University in May 2013 after studying elementary education. She had hopes of working with children outside of a school setting and after beginning ABA in August 2014 with early childhood ages, quickly fell in love with working for children with autism. She has experienced ABA across clinic, school, and home settings. Leah lives in Cicero, IN with her husband and their family of animals: one dog and three cats! She loves family time, animals, traveling, photography, and being outside!.
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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.
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.
Makeisha studied psychology at Indiana State University. She enjoys yoga, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends. Her long-term goals are to obtain her master's degree and to become a BCBA.
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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.
Meredith graduated from Indiana University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science degree in both Elementary and Special Education. Meredith went to Zionsville High School, which is where she developed a love for individuals with special needs while working in the life skills classroom. In her free time, Meredith loves to watch movies, lay out by the pool, read all kinds of books, and cuddle with her two cats. Meredith has always believed in advocating for the rights of those who have no voice and will continue to pursue opportunities in which she is given a chance to help those in need.
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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Michaela graduated from Anderson University in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in social work. Soon after graduating, Michaela worked for a non-profit organization aiding children and families in need. Michaela hopes to continue her education and pursue her dreams working one on one with children! Michaela loves sports, cooking, being outdoors, and trying new things with both her husband and fur baby, Scotty!
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.
Natalie has a B.S. in business management & background in orthopedics, but truly enjoys working with children. She has had experience at two ABA clinics and a Montessori pre-school with typically maturing students before starting at Bierman. Natalie enjoys live music, hiking, and spending time with her nieces & her cat, Jalapeno. She travels both nationally and internationally whenever she can.
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.
Nilou (pronounced “Knee-Loo”) graduated from Indiana University with a B.S. in kinesiology. She has always had a passion for health and found her niche providing individualized care for children with special needs. In the future, Nilou hopes to continue her education to become a nurse practitioner. For now, her focus is working with the kiddos at Bierman and adventuring with her street pup named Dobby.
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.
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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.
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!
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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Sonya graduated in May 2015 with a B.S. in neuroscience and a minor in psychology. She has two years of experience as a Behavior Technician and is pursuing a masters in Applied Behavior Analysis. Sonya has a passion for helping others and helping them to build upon their strengths. In her free time, Sonya enjoys volunteering around the community and engaging in fun activities with her sorority sisters.
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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 the University of Kentucky in 2018 with a degree in social work and minor in psychology. She has always had a passion for working with individuals with disabilities and has decided to continue her education at Ball State University, pursuing a Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis. She hopes to one day become a BCBA! Taylor enjoys Kentucky basketball, going on weekend trips, and working with children every day!
Taylor comes from Noblesville, Indiana. Taylor has been practicing ABA for two and a half years and has been working with children and those with autism for the last ten years. In her spare time, Taylor enjoys gluten free pizza and Netflix.
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 Stanisz, BCBA
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 recently received her BCBA licensure. 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.
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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!
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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!
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.
Jessica is a graduate of Grace College in Winona Lake, IN where she majored in marketing and business administration. While in college, she was a mentor in College Mentors for Kids before becoming the President of her college chapter. Jessica is also an avid traveler. Some of her favorite places to go are Greece and New York City. Jessica has always had a passion for children. She is excited to follow that passion as a member of the FWAC team.
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.
Katie received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The Ohio State University in 2017. During her time there she developed a passion for working with children, especially those with special needs. After graduating, Katie spent time as a reading tutor through the Ohio Reading Corps, working with children in kindergarten through 3rd grade. She hopes to continue making a positive impact on children’s' lives.
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.
Latrice graduated from Purdue University Fort Wayne in May 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. She realized that she wanted to work closely with children with Autism after she helped take care of her little brother, who was on the Autism Spectrum and experienced the joy and satisfaction that it brought her. Latrice saw how important it was for young children to grow up around and associate with supportive people who help encourage positive physical and mental growth. This compelled her to start professionally babysitting in 2015 while in college and become a nanny for families that needed her skills in caring for young children.
Latrice was so intrigued by the different variations of Autism that she even wrote her college psychobiology paper on the genetics of Autism. Her compassion, empathy, and genuine love and support for children have made her a successful caregiver to children of various ages. Latrice is creative, spontaneous, and very energetic around children who love how she keeps up with them. She hopes to be a leader, inspire younger generations, and always promote the positive development of children.
In addition, her hobbies include running, strength training, and drawing. She also takes interest in coaching track, trying new things, traveling, and always going on adventures.
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.
Meghan is a graduate of the University of Saint Francis with a major in social work and minor in child welfare. She has been in the ABA field for four years and can't imagine being in another field. She has always had a heart for being involved with children, with activities ranging from church camps, coaching soccer and cheer leading, head start, and children's programs at food banks. Meghan is always full of energy and happiest when with her husband, puppy, and nephews.
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Nevada graduated from Indiana University-Kokomo in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Health Science. She plans to move forward by obtaining a Master’s in Behavioral Analysis so that she can one day become a BCBA. Nevada has always enjoyed working with children of all ages and is passionate when it comes to helping others. Nevada has fallen in love with the ABA field and can’t wait to positively impact children who have special needs and their families. Outside of work, Nevada enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and working out.
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.
Presley graduated with Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Indiana University Bloomington in 2016. She has recently earned a Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis with an emphasis in autism from Ball State University. Presley has always enjoyed working with individuals who have special needs. During her time at Indiana University, Presley volunteered to help teach social skills to children who have autism. Her hobbies include wakeboarding, wake surfing, and jet skiing on the lake, as well as taking her two dogs on walks. Presley is working towards becoming a BCBA and is extremely excited to work with her clients at FWAC!
Presley graduated with Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Indiana University Bloomington in 2016. She has recently earned a Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis with an emphasis in autism from Ball State University. Presley has always enjoyed working with individuals who have special needs. During her time at Indiana University, Presley volunteered to help teach social skills to children who have autism. Her hobbies include wakeboarding, wake surfing, and jet skiing on the lake, as well as taking her two dogs on walks. Presley is working towards becoming a BCBA and is extremely excited to work with her clients at FWAC!
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!
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 graduated from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne in 2014 with a degree in psychology. She completed the BCaBA program at Florida Institute of Technology in 2017 and hopes to sit for her exam very soon! Sylvia fell in love with the ABA field and FWAC shortly after undergrad. She says the best part of her job is the tiny successes of every day that amount to such monumental victories that impact our kiddos lives in such a positive and fun way! When not at FWAC, Sylvia loves spending time with her husband and delightfully mischievous 2 year old daughter.
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.
Victoria O'Keefe Zulkowski
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.
Abbie is a recent graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she studied public health and health sciences. There she volunteered her time working with adults with disabilities through The Boltwood Project, which helped strengthen her passion for helping people with autism. Abbie cherishes the moments she can be running outside with her dog and relaxing with her family, particularly watching all the Patriots games, in her hometown of Bolton, Massachusetts.
Abbie has always worked with children, predominantly in children’s programs at resorts for the last four years. She wishes to integrate what she learned there, at UMass, and what she is learning at Bierman ABA Autism Center to eventually become an Occupational Therapist!
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Adam is a behavior analyst and precision teacher with over 10 years of experience applying the principles of behavior analysis to help children, their families, and direct care staff improve quality of education and related behavioral interventions. He received two Bachelor's degrees from The Ohio State University (one in Musical Theatre and another in Psychology with a minor in Sexuality and Gender Studies). He worked on his Master's degree at Utah State University in Experimental and Applied Psychological Sciences, and is finishing up his PhD at The Pennsylvania State University in Special Education and Educational Psychology. Adam's research and clinical experiences include designing academic programs and interventions for children with ASD, analyzing and developing interventions for severe problem behavior, graphical analysis and measurement of behavior, and the development and application of problem solving and critical thinking interventions. He is passionate about working with and mentoring aspiring behavior analysts in order to positively impact the lives of young children with ASD. In his free time, Adam can be found watching baseball, meditating, walking his pup, or reading a good book.
Alex is a recent graduate of Northeastern University, Psychology, B.S., magna cum laude. Alex received an Honors Distinction from the Psychology Department for her thesis project and was awarded the Avram Aaron Leve Memorial Scholarship for outstanding academic achievement and personal character. During her time at Northeastern, Alex completed cooperative work experiences at The Italian Home for Children (an inpatient crisis management facility) and at the May Institute serving individuals with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities.
Alex loves playing and listening to music, hiking the Whites, and riding her bike around the city. She volunteers with Best Buddies, an organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Alex is from Auburn, NY, has traveled to South America and Central Europe, and aims to complete further degrees in clinical psychology.
Alex graduated from Worcester State University class of 2017 with her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in criminal justice. Prior to joining the Bierman team, Alex started her career as a residential counselor where she fell in love with working with children on the spectrum. After graduation, Alex immediately started as an ABA therapist providing home-based services. She loves being a part of the Bierman team and plans on continuing on to get her BCBA very soon! In her free time, Alex enjoys playing with her puppy, going to the gym, and spending time with friends and family.
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Amanda graduated from Rivier University in 2016 with her Bachelor of Arts major in Human Development and minor in Social Work. Before joining the Bierman team, Amanda worked as a lead ABA therapist with children with a range of behavioral challenges. Amanda has a passion for helping children achieve goals and their full potentials. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys hanging out with friends and family. She also enjoys listening to country music, going to the beach, going out to eat, and shopping.
Ariana Basel, MS
Ariana is originally from a shoreline town in Connecticut. She received her bachelor's degree in human services and rehabilitation with a minor in psychology from Assumption College. She also has her master's degree in developmental disabilities and applied behavior analysis. Ariana has been working in the ABA field for 5 years and is pursuing a career as a BCBA. In her free time, Ariana likes to work out, read and spend time outside.
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.
Basmah El-Faramawi, MA
Basmah graduated from the university of New Hampshire and received her bachelor's in psychology and minor in women's studies. She also has a master’s in clinical mental health counseling from William James college. Basmah is currently pursuing a second masters in ABA at Regis college in hopes of becoming a BCBA. She has been in the ABA field for almost two years. Basmah started her ABA career doing in-home therapy before joining Bierman. Her interests include art, traveling, and being outdoors.
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 BCBA license last spring. Outside of work Benjamin loves spending time with his daughter and wife and going candlepin bowling.
Bonnie graduated from Quinnipiac University with a bachelor’s degree in health science studies. She was an active participant in the best buddies program at QU and throughout college she worked as a teacher’s assistant at a local preschool in Hamden, CT. Bonnie also previously worked as a Student Advocate for patients with mental disorders at Yale New Haven Hospital and it was the experiences she had at Yale that sparked her interest in mental health. She is motivated to help improve the quality of mental healthcare received by clients in any way she can. Bonnie enjoys working with children, creating new activities and coming up with fun, educational ways to interact with the kids. Bonnie loves to go running, play soccer with her nephews and nieces, and spend time with friends.
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.
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.
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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, MEd BCBA
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.
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.
Eileen "Beanie" O'Shea
Eileen, a.k.a “Beanie,” is a recent graduate of Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, where she obtained a B.A. in philosophy and environmental studies. She first started working with children of all ages as a summer camp counselor in New Hampshire and ever since that experience has known that working with children is a path that she would always be excited and happy to pursue. In her free time, Beanie enjoys hiking, running, reading, and adventuring in outdoor spaces. Beanie is excited about joining the Bierman team and eager to be a help to young learners.
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.
Emileigh graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Occupational Therapy through the accredited bachelor’s degree with Individualized Concentration (BDIC) program. While in college she volunteered with The Boltwood Project, where she worked with and supervised her own community outreach site for individuals of all ages with a wide range of intellectual and developmental disabilities. Her studies allowed her to spend a semester abroad in England and she developed a passion for traveling. Emileigh is excited to be a part of the Bierman family and is looking forward to all they can teach her!
Emily recently graduated from Boston University with a BA in psychology and minor in international relations. After working with young adults at the Centré Françoise Grèmy in Paris while studying abroad, Emily returned to Boston to conduct research with children in the Labs of Cognitive Neuroscience at Boston Children’s Hospital, and she is extremely excited for the opportunity to continue working with kiddos at Bierman. In her free time, Emily enjoys playing guitar, baking, and expanding her collection of rarely useful movie trivia
Emily Conlon, M.S, BCBA
Emily has worked in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis since 2013. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Springfield College and then went on to pursue her Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis from Northeastern University. She has always had a passion for working with children and fell in love with ABA while working with her first client as a therapist. In her free time, Emily loves to spend time with her husband, exercise and train for triathlons, and look at husky puppy photos! She also loves donuts!
Emma graduated from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. This past year, she completed a ten-month commitment with AmeriCorps where she did everything from working with refugee students in Arizona to doing agricultural work in Colorado. Emma just recently moved to the Boston area from Saratoga Springs, New York. She can't wait to start exploring Boston and see everything the city has to offer! In her spare time Emma likes to read, go to concerts, and spend time with friends. Emma loves kids and is very excited to continue her work with Bierman ABA.
Erica graduated with a BA in Criminal Justice from Mount Ida College 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 for the Department of Children and Families, along with providing in- home ABA services to families in the Boston area. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Behavior Analysis at William James College. In her free time Erica enjoys, traveling to different parts of the world.
Erin Roby, BCBA
Erin grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is a BCBA who attended The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH for her master’s in special education with a focus in Applied Behavior Analysis. Prior to this, Erin attended Allegheny College in Meadville, PA for her bachelor’s in psychology with a minor in Spanish. Erin completed her BS project in behavioral pharmacology regarding schedule controlled responding in the rat and her MA thesis on functional communication training. Erin has been working with children with developmental disabilities for many years and has experience in a variety of settings such as in the home, clinic, and hospital. Erin enjoys conducting research and developmental testing, participating in feeding therapies, and engaging in parent trainings. In her free time, Erin enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, traveling, going to the beach, kayaking, and sometimes just relaxing! Oh, and Pittsburgh sports! (Go Steelers!)
Fran grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, but relocated to Duxbury, Massachusetts her freshman year of High School. She is a 2018 graduate of Auburn University with a bachelor's degree in rehabilitation and disability studies. She discovered her passion for working with children of all ranges of disabilities through her various practicum experiences. She has volunteered at several child and family based special needs camps, as well as shadowed speech-language pathologists and Dyslexia therapists. Fran enjoys trying new restaurants, going to the beach, and spending time with family.
Jill graduated in 2018 from University of Rochester with degrees in psychology and brain and cognitive sciences. She has always wanted to work with kids, and pursued research during college. Jill is excited to apply everything she’s learned to directly helping kids. Outside of work, Jill enjoys sports, coffee shops, music, and reading.
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.
Helen Heneveld, OTR/L
Helen grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. Helen attended Eastern Michigan University for OT school, then moved to Boston after graduating. Prior to joining the Bierman team, Helen has worked with children in Early Intervention and clinic-based settings. In her free time, Helen enjoys biking, hiking, reading, and watching college football.
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!
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Jenna grew up in Dartmouth, Mass. She received her bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Hearing and Deafness from Emerson College. Jenna has always loved working with children. She spent two years working as an Inclusion Facilitator for children with Autism in an afterschool. This is what sparked her interest in pursuing ABA therapy here at Bierman. In her spare time, she enjoys being with friends and family, painting, dancing and swimming.
Jessie Sivak, MS BCBA
Jessy is a BCBA with a Master's degree in Behavior Analysis from Simmons College and a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Philosophy from Millikin University. She has always enjoyed working with children and couldn't be happier to be a part of the Bierman team. In her free time, Jessy likes shopping for vintage and antiques, searching for the perfect Chicago style hot dog, and exploring New England.
Juan is originally from Dorado, Puerto Rico. He is a recent Boston College graduate, where he received a bachelor’s degree in applied psychology and human development with minors in studio art and economics. During his senior year, Juan served as a volunteer at Gateway Arts, an organization dedicated to providing arts-based services to adults with disabilities. In his free time, Juan enjoys listening to new music, playing video games, binge-watching Netflix, and hanging out with friends.
Heejung (Julie) Kim
Julie was born in Seoul, Korea and moved to New York when she was three years old. She is a recent graduate from Wellesley College who received a degree in Neuroscience. Julie 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, Julie has been very interested in getting a Siberian Husky (if you have any advice, please let her know)!
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Katie received her undergraduate degree at UMass Boston in social psychology and completed 27 months at Smith College School for Social Work in Northampton, MA. She has a background in working with adults with major mental illnesses and running Dialectical Behavior Therapy groups and Cognitive Behavior Therapy groups. Katie recently moved back to her hometown area from Western Mass where she was working at a Registered Behavior Technician at a school and in-home therapy program for adolescents diagnosed with autism.
Katlin McFee went to school in Indianapolis for biochemistry. Instead of finding herself in a lab, she found herself enjoying tutoring. This led her to teaching, which eventually led her to her job as a primary facilitator at a day program for adults with intellectual disability, including many adults with autism. Her experience there has led her to continue on that career path with Bierman ABA.
Kayla received her bachelor’s degree in communication sciences and disorders with a minor in psychology from Bridgewater State University in December 2017. Since volunteering with adults with different developmental disabilities in high school, Kayla knew that her career needed to involve the special needs population. College led to experience at the Children’s Physical Developmental Clinic as well as two internships at local schools in inclusion classrooms. After graduation, Kayla worked at a school for students with Autism and other developmental disabilities as a teacher assistant. Some of her favorite things are: iced coffee, Target, spin class, Tom Hanks, and the beach.
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 is brand new to Boston and super excited about it! She just moved from New Jersey where she graduated from Kean University. Kristen received her BA in recreational therapy and has a strong passion for mental and behavioral health. She’s very excited to begin working with Bierman, as well as continuing to pursue her education. In her free time, Kristen loves to explore nature, read, go for runs, dog-watch, and try out new recipes or restaurants.
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 Frazee, MA BCBA
Lauren grew up and continues to live in Massachusetts. She is a BCBA and Licensed Behavior Analyst with a master's degree in counseling psychology. She has been working with children and young adults with Autism and other developmental disabilities using the principles of ABA since she first began her training at The New England Center for Children in 2006. Lauren has a passion for working with children and their families and she has worked in a variety of settings including residential treatment centers, public and private schools, and home-based programs. She took a short hiatus to teach English as a Second Language abroad in South Korea from 2009-2010. In her free time, Lauren enjoys running, traveling, reading, hiking and exploring new restaurants and events in the Boston area with family and friends. She is so excited to be part of the Bierman Team!
Lauren graduated from Emmanuel College with a bachelor’s in health and counseling psychology in 2016. Prior to Bierman, she has worked at Boston Children's Hospital, Thom Metro Early Intervention Center, and the New England Center for Children. Lauren loves working with children and is excited to continue her education and career in the field of ABA. In her spare time, you will most likely find Lauren on a beach, traveling to new places, hiking up a mountain, or cooking up yummy recipes in the kitchen.
Lexie graduated from Boston College in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Hispanic Studies. Lexie has been working with children with Autism since a young age--tutoring, teaching about social justice, and coaching tennis both at an elementary school and for the Special Olympics. She is passionate about teaching and seeing the progressive achievements during early intervention.
In her spare time, Lexie enjoys traveling, cooking and making decorative designs.
Lindsay Gomes graduated from Stonehill College in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mediated Communication. During her time at Stonehill, Lindsay found that her true passion was to work with children with disabilities. She interned at Special Olympics Massachusetts in the Development Department and the South Boston Boys and Girls club in the Inclusion Department. She also has worked as a Special Education Substitute Teacher in her hometown of Brockton, MA. Lindsay loves to travel and had the unique experience to volunteer and teach English in Portugal. So far, Lindsay has traveled to ten different countries, and has many more on her list! For fun, Lindsay enjoys arts and crafts, playing soccer, and spending time with family!
Linh was born in Vietnam and graduated from Skidmore College with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Linh became interested autism after volunteering for initiatives by Vietnamese parents who advocated for services and resources for their children with special needs in underserved communities in Vietnam and in the US. Prior to joining Bierman ABA, Linh worked as a home-based behavior therapist at a family-centered ABA agency. This experience inspired Linh to pursue further graduate training in ABA. Linh is currently completing her master’s degree in behavior analysis at Simmons College.
Madison is a 2018 graduate of Ball State University, with a BA in English studies. She grew up in Muncie, Indiana, but recently relocated to Indianapolis. Madison has worked with children with special needs both in an elementary school and a preschool setting. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, photography, and petting nice dogs. Madison’s biggest goal in life is to make a difference in the lives of others.
Maggie Rains, MA
Maggie was born and raised on the South Shore of Massachusetts. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology as well as a Master of Education with emphasis in Elementary Education. Maggie is currently in the process of obtaining her certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis for Special Populations from the University of Massachusetts Boston in order to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Maggie is looking forward to impacting the lives of children through ABA at Bierman’s Randolph location!
Mackenzie is from Littleton Massachusetts. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Keene State College. After college, she joined the AmeriCorps where she spent 10 months serving over 2,000 hours of community service and working with different nonprofit organizations. While she was overseas, Mackenzie worked with an after school program with some kids who had autism. She has a passion for working with kids and is excited to see where Bierman ABA takes her in her career. In her free time, Mackenzie enjoys working out, being with family and friends, traveling, and spending time in Cape Cod at her summer house.
Mairead (pronounced “Mer-Aid”) earned a bachelor’s degree from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia with a major in autism behavioral studies and a minor in educational studies. While at Saint Joseph’s University, Mairead worked for over two years at their autism center. Mairead is currently studying for her master’s degree in ABA with the goal of obtaining her BCBA. Mairead is from New Jersey and loves to spend time traveling to new cities and countries. Mairead also loves to spend time with her family and friends!
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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 graduated from Endicott College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a minor in Human Services in 2018. Melissa has a passion for helping people reach their highest potential and has worked with individuals across the lifespan with both developmental and cognitive disorders in positions at The Arc of the South Shore, Future’s Behavior Therapy Center and the Alzheimer’s Association, and now she very excited to join the team at Bierman!
In her spare time, you can usually find Melissa on the mountains skiing during the cold New England Winters or on the beach during the Summer. She also loves to travel the world and spend time with her friends, family and her dog, Teddy.
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.
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Molly grew up in Saratoga Springs, NY and graduated from Franklin Pierce University with a psychology degree in the spring of 2017. Molly's goal is to attend graduate school in the Boston area for Speech Pathology, specializing in pediatric brain trauma. Molly has always wanted to work with children in an environment like Bierman ABA Autism Center. In her free time she enjoys hiking, running, hanging out in coffee shops, and going on adventures to new places.
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 New England 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!
Patricia graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she pursued a double major in psychology and sociology as well as a minor in education. Her experience as a lifeguard and swim instructor for several years sparked an immediate and profound interest in working with children and families directly. That interest and passion for teaching, education, and helping young children learn and grow cognitively, socially, and linguistically only grew when she attended the University and had many opportunities to assist in classroom settings, sometimes implementing lesson plans regarding vocabulary development, reading skills, and phonics. She hopes to obtain a Master’s degree within the next few years in school psychology or social work so she can continue to work closely with students and families in a meaningful way.
In her free time, Patricia loves seeing friends and family, hiking, traveling, going the beach, and trying new foods. Patricia finds great joy in capturing nature’s beauty in photographs as well, especially in black and white. Her favorite foods include pasta and seafood and she loves to cook and tackle new recipes. But most importantly, she’s thrilled to be a part of the Bierman team doing what she loves!
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.
Rebecca Golden, MA
Rebecca started working in the field of Developmental Disabilities as a Clinical Psychology student-intern at the Boston Higashi School for Autism. After graduating from Saint Anselm College with a major in psychology and a minor in neuroscience, she joined BHS full-time as the assistant clinician and was an active member of the Research and Clinical Teams. Rebecca earned a Master of Arts degree in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology from Boston College and acted as a clinical psychology fellow in the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program at Boston Children’s Hospital. She then worked as a clinical research assistant on the Autism Biomarkers Consortium for Clinical Trials through Boston Children’s Hospital. Her excitement for the field continues as she works for Bierman ABA as a Behavioral Technician.
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.
Sarah graduated from Merrimack College in 2018 with a BA in human development & human services. She has had multiple years of experience working with children with behavioral disorders throughout her college career. Sarah is excited to be working with the Bierman team to make a difference in the lives of children with Autism. Aside from work, Sarah loves spending time with friends and family, going on adventures, and making memories.
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.
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!
Siara was raised in Taunton, MA. She attended Bridgewater State University and graduated with two degrees, a B.S. in early childhood education and B.A. in fine arts with a concentration of sculpture. In addition, she has a minor in special education. Siara has always had a passion to create art, help others, and dance. When she was younger, she enjoyed playing several sports. Siara loves to explore the world with her friends and family. Siara has joined the Bierman team after teaching in a Pre-K classroom. She has worked with young children since 2010. Siara’s goals are to have children smile, laugh, and love to learn. It is important to her that children understand there will always be someone there to help them no matter what. She quotes, “I am here to make a difference.”
Originally from New Hampshire, Stacie recently graduated from Boston College, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Biology. During college, Stacie was an undergraduate research assistant in a genetics lab on campus. She was drawn to this line of work during her time volunteering for the Massachusetts Special Olympics Program as a gymnastics, soccer, and volleyball coach. Stacie loves animals, literature, and movies. During her free time, she can be found reading, being outdoors, cheering on the BC Eagles, eating good food, or going on adventures with friends. She can't wait to get started on the Bierman team!
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.
Taylor Stilwell, MS, BCBA, LABA<
Taylor received her Bachelor's Degree of Science in Psychology with a specialization in Development Disabilities and Human Services and a second major in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2013. Taylor went on to receive her Master of Science degree in Behavior Analysis from Simmons College in 2016. Working in the field of applied behavior analysis since 2012, Taylor has developed a passion for advocating for student success and watching students make progress every day. She has worked with students from ages 1-19 with a variety of abilities. Taylor enjoys country music, the beach, traveling, reading, and learning something new every day.
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.
Tori Popstein is a Wheaton College graduate from Greenville, New York. She received her BA in psychology and aspires to earn her PsyD in clinical psychology. During her time at Wheaton, Tori had the opportunity to travel to Wellington, New Zealand and intern at Kimi Ora School. At Kimi Ora, Tori worked with a diverse array of students who have cognitive and physical disabilities. The students she worked with became her inspiration to become involved with early intervention.
Torie St. John
Torie grew up in Hull Massachusetts and graduated from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at UMass Boston in 2018. She is extremely excited to be joining the Bierman Team and to see what the future holds. Along with working at Bierman, Torie also volunteers with the Special Olympics and works as a recreational assistant at Pappas Rehabilitation Hospital School. Her goal is to go back to school in the fall to receive her Master’s in Behavioral Analysis to become a BCBA. Outside of work, Torie loves hanging out with her golden retriever Gunner, swimming, binge-watching Netflix, and eating Ben & Jerry’s.
Alanna Conley, MS CCC-SLP
Alanna is a speech-language pathologist who specializes in working with children with complex communication needs. She completed her undergraduate degree at SUNY Plattsburgh. Alanna graduated with a master’s degree in speech-language pathology at the University of the District of Columbia. She is passionate about helping individuals find their voice, whether that be verbal, alternative/augmentative communication, or a combination of the two.
In her free time, Alanna enjoys spending time with her pets, family, and friends. She loves to hike and spend time on the beach. Her favorite food is poutine (French fries with gravy).
Alex grew up across the country as a military brat and received her B.S. in psychology from the College of Charleston in South Carolina. She discovered her passion for ABA while working at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. She is currently pursuing a graduate degree in ABA so that she can take her love of the field to the next level. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors with her family and exploring all the fun hiking trails Rhode Island has to offer.
Colin grew up in the seacoast area of New Hampshire and has worked as an RBT in a wide variety of education settings in NH, Massachusetts, Missouri, and Rhode Island. He is a grad student at The University of Southern Maine, where he studied ABA and educational psychology. Colin now calls Rhode Island home, and is very excited to see the Cranston branch grow and evolve. Colin enjoys the beach, reading, playing handball, and watching sports.
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!
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Jadine is a life-long New England native who earned her bachelor's in psychology from Rhode Island College in 2010. She began her career in human services not long after and has been a dedicated and passionate advocate for individuals with Autism for the past 7 years. In addition to her work with children on the spectrum, Jadine has worked as a Case Manager for adolescents and young adults in state care and is a trained Lifestyle and Professional Development Coach. Jadine is currently pursuing a master's degree in education through the University of Massachusetts Boston with a concentration in ABA and the goal of becoming a licensed Behavior Analyst after graduation. In her free time, Jadine fancies herself a pop culture aficionado and enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and cats.
Jennifer has her Bachelor of Science in Special Education with a concentration in Severe Disabilities as well as a Bachelor of Art in Music. Jennifer is currently pursuing her master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis. She has been working within the field for the past ten years within a variety of environments and with a variety of clients. Jennifer also has her special education teaching certification in Massachusetts and Connecticut. She is extremely passionate about teaching the individuals she works with adaptive, daily living, leisure, and communication skills in order to ensure that they are able to succeed to their fullest. Jennifer loves to incorporate music into her teaching and to make the learning environment fun and enjoyable for all of her clients. Jennifer is extremely excited to be a part of the Rhode Island Bierman ABA team!
Jessy Sivak, MS BCBA
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Julia Liberati, MA, BCBA, LBA
Julia is a BCBA who grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana and has worked in the field of ABA since she was 19 years old. She received a BS in special education – early intervention from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and a MA in Applied Behavior Analysis from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She has experience as a clinician working with young children and adolescents with special needs across the school, home, and clinic-based settings. Julia is passionate about the dissemination of behavior analysis and has a special interest in OBM research and practices. Julia spends her free time chasing her toddler around, reading, and traveling.
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Kayla is a recent graduate from Rhode Island College and received her bachelor’s degree in psychology. She has many years of experience working with people on the autism spectrum. Kayla completed an internship in her last undergraduate semester doing home based therapy with young children. She has recently been accepted into the graduate program at Salve Regina University for Applied Behavior Analysis and begins in the fall of 2018.
Kayla has a younger brother who was diagnosed with autism when they were kids. He has been the motivation behind her passion for working with people with disabilities. In her free time, Kayla enjoys spending time with her friends and family, playing with her two cats, or enjoying a good book.
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.
Kelsie completed her MA in Mental Health specializing in Expressive Art Therapies from Lesley University in 2017. She interned with the Boston Children's Foundation working with children across many populations and wrote her thesis on Expressive Therapies and children with Autism. Working with children since 2012, she has taken on many different roles in Early Childhood. On her free time she enjoys adventuring, traveling, creating, and spending time with her family and dog.
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.
Lindsay is a graduate from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communicative Disorders. Originally from Monmouth County, New Jersey, Lindsay is passionate about making a difference in the lives of others. Previously, she has been a preschool teaching assistant, as well as a camp counselor and art specialist at a summer camp. Lindsay has also completed an Early Intervention internship where she works with speech pathologists that provide services to infants and toddlers. Some of her hobbies include playing the ukulele, singing, and drawing. She loves incorporating aspects of music and art in everything she does to encourage self-expression and creativity in those around her.
Maeve has worked with children with autism spectrum disorder for eleven years in multiple capacities. She has experience in adaptive physical education programs, schools, home-based services, orphanages, and undertook a research study on animal assisted therapy for autism. Maeve graduated with a BA from Boston College in 2011 and a master's in occupational therapy from University of Sydney in 2018. Outside of work, Maeve enjoys training her therapy dog, traveling, reading, spending time with her family.
Melanie graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University with a BS in psychology. She is currently pursuing her MA in ABA through Ball State University, working towards becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. In her free time, Melanie enjoys nature, hiking, traveling, and spending time with her family, friends and pets.
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.
Precious is brand new to the Rhode Island area and is so excited to be a part of the Bierman team! She recently moved from New Jersey where she previously worked as an RBT and paraprofessional in an education program based on the principals of ABA. Precious received her B.S. in integrative neuroscience from Binghamton University and is currently pursuing her M.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis at Ball State University. She is passionate about making a difference in the lives of others and helping others reach their highest potential. A few of her favorite things include reading, going to the beach, spending time with her black lab, Jethro, and going on road trips!
Sara is originally from New Jersey and moved up to Rhode Island to pursue her master’s in ABA at Salve Regina University. She received her B.S. in psychology from Caldwell University in New Jersey in 2018. Sara gained her passion for working with children with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities while doing an undergrad internship at the Center for Autism and ABA at Caldwell University. In her free time, Sara loves going to the beach, painting, reading and traveling. Her favorite place she has traveled to is Thailand, where she got to hang out with some elephants!
Shelby graduated from Springfield College in 2016 with a BS in Rehabilitation and Disability Studies. Her concentration focused on children's developmental services and medical rehabilitation. During her time there, she interned at various settings working with children with Autism and developmental disabilities. Since graduation, she has continued to work with children with Autism in the ABA field. Outside of work, Shelby enjoys going to the beach, traveling, spending time with her friends, family, and her German Shepard, Sailor.