SUSAN TARTAGLIA HABCHY, MPA, MEd, BCBA, LABA
Susan acts as the Executive Director and is the founder of Alternatives ABA, Inc. Her mission is largely based on her experiences as the mother of a child with non-verbal autism and as a behavior analyst with over 25 years of experience in human services. Her passion is fueled by her desire to create THE ABA-based comprehensive autism support center that she always thought should exist. Susan believes strongly that “a well supported family is better able to support the child with autism.” Alternatives ABA is built on the belief that raising a family affected by autism is vastly different than raising a “typical” family and that success requires proper support.
Susan also believes that ABA needs to be fun in order to be effective. Play is necessary. Inclusion is necessary. Acceptance is necessary. Play + Inclusion + Acceptance = FUN!
Much of what Susan believes coincides with traditional Hawaiian values. One of those values is that of Kakou, or inclusiveness. Essentially, “we are in this together and together we are stronger.” The other can be summed up in the Hawaiian saying: “Pupukahi i holumua”, which means: “Unite in order to progress.”
Susan is a fierce proponent for positive social change, particularly when it comes to children. She enjoys educating and advocating for state and federal policies that make the lives of children and families better.
Throughout her 25+ years career in human services, Susan has worked as Director of Behavioral Health Services for two of the largest providers in their industries, one a for profit and the other a non-profit. She has received many grants and written and taught original behavior management curriculum at the college level for those pursuing degrees in the health care field. Susan has traveled throughout the country as a behavior consultant and teaching behavior management strategies to both large and small groups.
Susan holds a Master’s Degree in Education and a Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis for Special Populations from The University of Massachusetts at Boston. (Her BA is in Psychology and Women’s Studies and was earned at The University of Massachusetts at Amherst.) She has just completed an intense fellowship at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver/UMASS Medical School entitled “Leadership Excellence in Neurodevelopmental Disorders.” Some former fellows of this program are the very ones that you can thank for critical policy changes, like The Autism Commission Report, ARICA, the Autism Omnibus Law, and countless other systems and policy changes at the state and national level. Through this fellowship Susan was able to attend Suffolk University on a scholarship where she was awarded her Master’s Degree in Public Administration in January, 2017.
Susan is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst licensed to practice in Massachusetts and Hawaii. She acts as Executive Director at Alternatives ABA, Inc. and takes great pride in selecting only “the best of the best” to join the team at Alternatives ABA!
RACHEL ROGERS, MS, BCBA, LABA
Rachel acts as the Program Manager at Alternatives ABA. She is a “Jack of all trades” and wears many hats here! Not sure how we would run without her! Rachel wears the “Executive Director” hat in the absence of Susan. Rachel’s bio is in the works!
LAURILL SPINAZOLA, MEd, BCBA, LABA
Laurill acts as Clinical Director of Training & Consultation. Laurill has 10+ years working with children of all abilities. She has spent the last five years working with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). She received her Masters Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) with an autism specialty in 2014 and obtained her board certification shortly after. Laurill is also licensed to practice Applied Behavior Analysis in the state of Massachusetts. Over the last 5 years Laurill has been working with children from 2-14 years of age diagnosed with ASD in the home setting. During that time she’s held various management positions providing supervision to staff and training for parents and families, participated in community outreach, and provided consultation to a school district in addition to delivering direct services in the home. Laurill is an advocate for child and family-centered ABA and believes that children are little people with a right to dignity, self-determination, respect…and…FUN!
Laurill is extremely enthusiastic about applying the principles of ABA to enhance the lives of children and families affected by autism. Laurill loves to learn! What does she love even more? Interacting with children every day and having the opportunity to get creative in creating individualized, child and family-centered, 1:1 ABA therapy programs. Laurill is passionate about utilizing the science of ABA to make positive changes in children’s and families’ lives. Laurill is an exceptional human being and we are so thrilled to have her as part of our team! Laurill has a crazy fun sense of humor and we often refer to her as: “Doctor Captain” at the center!
ALESIA SHERIDAN, MS, BCBA
Alesia holds a Masters degree from Simmons College and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) as well as a License in the state of Massachusetts as an Applied Behavior Analyst (LABA). With over five years of experience in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis, the primary population Alesia serves is children between the ages of 18 months and 18 years with diagnoses of autism spectrum disorder and other related disorders. Her experience in both home and center-based settings since 2012 has allowed Alesia to develop a wide repertoire of skills and strengths.
Alesia’s primary area of interest is verbal behavior. Studying and teaching language in all modes of communication (vocal, sign, AAC device) is one of her passions. Teaching language with motivation and play are areas of Alesia’s strengths and she always strives to earn those deep belly laughs!! Alesia enjoys modeling for her team of Behavior Therapists that learning and play are synonymous- and to never be afraid to act completely bonkers in a session!! On a typical day, do not be alarmed if you see Alesia dressed as a super hero, talking in the Batman voice, or has slime spilling out of her pockets. Anything to motivate and teach!! Alesia is passionate about giving each client the absolute best treatment package possible and tailoring every program to the skills and needs of the client while using evidence-based best practice guidelines. She is passionate about making sure the science of ABA is an integral part of each child’s treatment, and truly strives to guide all children to their full potential. Alesia’s love for the field goes beyond her own practice: she also enjoys supervising and mentoring up-and-coming graduate students. She first began this position formally as an adjunct faculty for Simmons College in an intensive practicum setting, and later expanded her services to those pursuing independent fieldwork. Alesia describes her work with the graduate students as being immensely rewarding, and she is dedicated to helping her supervisees become amazing future BCBAs.
Alesia will be providing second tier supervision to BCBAs for the purpose of ensuring a second set of eyes approves all behavior plans and programs for skill acquisition. She will be cross-referencing programming with the scientific literature to ensure all children are accessing the most relevant treatment available. Alesia’s long-term goals with Alternatives ABA also include establishing social skills groups that serve the whole family and focus on parent training. She feels the happiest when she sees how the success of one child positively influences the entire family. Alesia makes our team stronger and provides much needed oversight and support to our clinical team. We are so fortunate to have her!
KATIE RUSSO, MS, BCBA
DIANA TRAN, MS, BCBA
Diana holds a masters degree from Simmons College and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She has over 3 years of experience working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. She has worked with students aged 2-18 years of age in both a home and school setting. She became interested in the science of behavior analysis after her sister was diagnosed with autism at the age of 10. She is very passionate about learning more about the science amd the practical application of it. She spends a crazy amount of time reading studies in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis! She is particularly interested in verbal behavior and conducting behavior assessments.
Diana’s smile lights up the room and her laugh is instantly contagious! We are so grateful to have her on our team!
CYNTHIA WALL, MS, BCBA, LABA
Cindy is a licensed Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She earned her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in ABA through Nova Southeastern University. Cindy has 20+years of experience in the field of Applied Behavioral Analysis. She has worked with a wide population to include emotional and behavioral disorders in youth, Autism in children, and brain injury. Her area of expertise is in home-based services and early intervention. Cindy is a true observational scientist. She has a keen ability to calmly and quietly observe and reflect. That talent is well-balanced with her understanding of the reality of parenting a child with autism and the practical application of applied behavior analysis in the home.
Cindy is pretty amazing and humble! We are so proud to have her on our team!
ELISE WALTON, MEd, BCBA, LABA
ADRIANA COLLUCCI, MEd, LABA
ULLASITHA JAGADISH, MS, LABA
BECKY SANTOS, MEd, BCBA, LABA
AMANDA SNOW, MS, LABA
LAUREN MARBLE, MS, CCC-SLP
Lauren is Director of Speech & Language Services
MEAGHAN VALLEY, MS, CCC-SLP
Meaghan is our speech therapist extraordinaire!
Flower is the pilot of “central command”…Her bio is in the works!
CATHERINA CLARK, SENIOR THERAPIST
Catherina is the Senior Therapist and Trainer for Alternatives ABA, Inc. Cathy works to help new families and therapists adjust to one another and she does a magnificent job! She is originally from Houston, Texas and has lived in Massachusetts for 2 years. She has 10 years of professional experience working with children and has loved every minute of it! The last 5 years of experience have been with young children and adolescents diagnosed with developmental, psychological, and/or neurological disorders. She has worked for national and statewide organizations in both Texas and Massachusetts providing direct ABA services as well as creative movement exploration and dance/movement therapy fundamentals for clients and their family members. In addition to her behavioral background, Catherina will be completing her final year of graduate school in May of 2017 at Lesley University. She will be receiving her M.A. in Expressive Therapies; Dance/Movement Therapy with a concentration in Mental Health Counseling. Catherina is interested in how ABA and expressive therapies can work together to improve outcomes in children with developmental disorders, specifically autism.
Catherina holds a B.A. in Dance in Education, Texas Woman’s University, Post-Baccalaureate in Psychology, Central Texas College, and is expected to earn her M.A. in Expressive Therapies in Dance/Movement Therapy and Mental Health Counseling from Lesley University this coming May 2017.
Catherina is preparing to take the exam that will enable her to add “Registered Behavior Technician” to her roster of qualifications! Catherina is a brilliant and vibrant therapist who inherently knows how to make ABA fun and individual to the child and family. We are so fortunate to have her on our team!
Amy acts as Director of Family & Sibling Support. She has 8 years of experience working with children, teens, and young adults on the Autism Spectrum. Her experience ranges from teaching at extended school year programs, to working in the City of Boston as an autism support specialist. Amy is deeply and passionately dedicated to helping those with Autism live a better more vibrant life and reach their full potential.
Amy holds a Bachelor of Science in Education Studies and a Bachelor of Science in Developmental Psychology. She earned these degrees at Wheelock College where she was an active participant in the Autism Awareness Club and Best Buddies. She sat as Public Relations chair for the Autism Awareness Club her first year at Wheelock and would later become Vice President.
As an individual living with Cerebral Palsy, Amy knows what it’s like to struggle with things others wouldn’t deem difficult. However, persevering has given Amy the strength she needs to not only help kids with Autism, but understand parts of their struggles as well. Amy holds a clear perspective on both sides of the coin and is a fierce advocate for children. A large part of what Amy does involves the oversight of allegiance to our mission.
Amy is certified to run our “SibShops”, which are sibling support groups and activities. She is currently pursuing her RBT certification and aspires to become an advocate for children in public schools. We are so grateful that Amy has chosen to share her many talents, including her superb sense of humor, with Alternatives ABA!
ALLY BOOTH , THERAPIST
LAURIE CATALANO, THERAPIST
KELLY CROCKETT, THERAPIST
JANINE SALAMEH, THERAPIST
KARI FINNEGAN, THERAPIST
FELISHA THOMAS, THERAPIST
*2017-2018 LEND FELLOW
HUYEN NGUYEN, RBT (Registered Behavior Technician)
COLLEEN O’ KEEFE, THERAPIST
LINH HOANG, RBT (Registered Behavior Technician)
MARGIE BOYLE, THERAPIST
KYLE SUTHERLAND, THERAPIST
MARIE SHAW, THERAPIST
KEVIN TRAN, THERAPIST
KATE PARKER, THERAPIST
VICTORIA SIMAS, THERAPIST
RUBENS PAUL, THERPAIST
MARIE CHARLES, THERAPIST
STAISY NGARE, THERAPIST
ELIZABETH JASSE, THERAPIST
SHAKEYAH SCROGGINS, THERAPIST
YOLANDA GUERRA, THERAPIST
LILY DAWSON, THERAPIST
DAPHNE SENEY, THERAPIST
KEVIN NGUYEN, THERAPIST
KATE KILLION, THERAPIST
CHRIS GALLANT, THERAPIST
LEXY SENCKOWSKI, THERAPIST