Executive Director & Founder
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!
Senior Director of Programming and Operations
Rachel acts as the Senior Director of Programming and Operations 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!
Director of Clinical Operations
Elizabeth is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and also a Licensed Applied Behavior Analyst (LABA) in the state of Massachusetts. She has been working in the field for over 8 years with individuals ranging from 2 years to 22 years of age in schools, home based, and community settings. Elizabeth became interested in working in the field during college while interning at a school for children with developmental disabilities. She received her Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at Simmons University in Boston, MA.
Elizabeth is not only passionate about her kiddos making progress but also about the science of behavior analysis and its varied applications. Elizabeth has presented research at regional and national conferences and also mentors graduate students. She specializes in verbal behavior and has attended numerous workshops.
Elizabeth is thrilled to be part of the Alternatives ABA team! She acts as Director of Clinical Operations. In that role, Elizabeth works to ensure that the clinical team is supported in applying the principles and practices of applied behavior analysis with their clients. Aside from her passion for ABA she enjoys the beach, yoga, and traveling!
Director of Speech & Language Services
Alicia leads the team of speech and language pathologists at Alternatives ABA. Alicia received her master’s degree in communication sciences and disorders from the University of New Hampshire in 2012. She has extensive experience working with early childhood intervention and communication disorders. Prior to joining the Alternatives ABA team, Alicia worked in early intervention and in preschool and elementary school settings. Alicia has advanced training in Michelle Garcia-Winner’s Social Thinking curricula, American Sign Language, and with hearing impaired individuals (cochlear implants and hearing aids).
Alicia has a fun, vibrant, and super fun personality! Alicia will take to anyone that will listen about chubby little dogs!
Director of Clinical Education
Diana holds a masters degree from Simmons College and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She has 5+ 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 and 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 Also acts as “Director of Clinical Education” at Alternatives ABA. In that role, she keeps our ABA clinicians and therapists informed and up to date on the most up to date research. Diana attends different events and webinars and keeps informed of evidence based research. She brings this information back to our team and educates all of us.
Diana’s smile lights up the room and her laugh is instantly contagious! We are so grateful to have her on our team!
*Diana also wears the hat of Compliance Officer.
Stacey is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and also a Licensed Applied Behavior Analyst (LABA) in the state of Massachusetts and New York. She received her Masters Degree in Special Education from The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. She became interested in ABA after finding Florida Tech at an Autism Conference in Atlanta, GA. Stacey pursued her BCBA while gaining experience in a clinic in Savannah GA. She then moved back to New York to develop a clinic for that company in a underserved area. She then settled in Massachusetts to start a new adventure.
Stacey has worked in multiple areas serving both children and adults in many different settings. She has a passion for functional communication, social skills groups, parent training, and decreasing maladaptive behaviors. Stacey loves working with families and staff and seeing their growth.
In her free time she loves working out, playing with her dogs, and being outside. Stacey is excited to bring her experience and skills to the Alternatives team.
Siena is a licensed Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She has over six year of experience working with children on the Autism Spectrum. Prior to joining the Alternatives team, Siena worked as an Education Coordinator at The New England Center for Children. She received her Masters in Severe Special Education from Simmons College. Additionally, she completed a 2-year ABA specialization program at Western New England University.
Siena believes strongly in the power of teamwork and in the mission of providing exceptional strength-based child and family-centered therapies based on the principles of ABA. Siena brings compassion, empathy, respect to every individual and family she works with.
Director BCBA Mentor Program
Nicole is a licensed Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She has over six years of experience working with children on the Autism Spectrum. Prior to joining the Alternatives team, Nicole worked first as a Behavior Therapist at The New England Center for Children and then as a Behavior Analyst at a company providing home-based ABA services. She received her Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis from Western New England University. Nicole has experience working with a range of ages, from Early Intervention to individuals in their early twenties.
Nicole fell in love with ABA during a college internship, and hasn’t looked back since! She loves watching the progress her clients make, as well as making a difference in the lives of their families and community. She is passionate about ABA as a powerful tool for change and growth, and is very excited to be part of the Alternatives ABA team!
Nicole also acts as Director of the BCBA Mentor Program at Alternatives ABA. In this role, Nicole mentors BCBAs that have recently passed the national exam, BCBAs that may need assistance with transitioning to Alternatives ABA’s clinical procedures, and BCBAs making the transition from school-based ABA programs to clinical application.
Brooke holds a Master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. Brooke first worked at a residential school for children with disabilities before beginning formal training in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Although not new to the field of ABA, she is a newly certified Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and also holds a license to practice in the state of Massachusetts. Brooke has worked directly with children employing the principles and practices of ABA for the last three years. Brooke is passionate about improving the lives of children and families. She enjoys traveling, hiking, yoga and spending time with her dog.
Emily is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) who has been working in the field for over 4 years. When her nephew was diagnosed with Autism, Emily really discovered her passion for ABA and making a difference in people’s lives. She began her career in ABA at the May Institute as an assistant teacher. She worked her way up to an ABA counselor position in the intensive behavior core working with individuals up to the age of 22. She most recently worked as an ABA tutor at Westwood Public Schools. Emily received her Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis from Endicott College. She loves how ABA can improve her clients lives and being a part of that process!
Emily also teaches integrative dance classes at a local dance studio for individuals with developmental, cognitive, and physical challenges. This is another one of her passions. She is also an avid football fan and loves the New England Patriots. In her free time, Emily enjoys country music, going to concerts, traveling, and watching new television shows.
Sarah grew up in Hingham, MA and still lives there with her husband, son & two dogs!
She has worked with children of all ages for over 11 years. Sarah became a preschool teacher assistant after she graduated High School & went on to get her Lead Teacher Certification. She taught her own classroom for a few years before switching to Nannying. She earned her Bachelors Degree in Psychology & Legal Studies from UMass Lowell in 2017 and then continued on to earn a Master’s Degree in Behavior Analysis from Endicott College.
Sarah thoroughly enjoys working with kiddos of all ages & feels that everyday she learns something new from all of them. She says that she loves how their worlds are always changing and evolving. She finds great joy in being part of the lives of the children and families that we serve. Sarah also works as a trainer at Alternatives ABA.
In her free time, she loves being outdoors! She is a huge sports fanatic and loves spending the summer’s out on my family’s boat! (We can vouch for Sarah’s infectious laugh!)
Rebecca (“Becca”) holds a B.A. in Psychology from Providence College and a M.S. in Behavior Analysis from Simmons University. Becca is passionate about the positive impact that quality ABA programs can have on individual and family outcomes. Becca believes strongly in the value of play and movement for all people. It is not unusual to see her bouncing around the trampoline with one of her kiddos. Becca is a also newlywed! Congratulate her, if you see her around the center!
Speech Language Pathologist
Erica graduated from Loyola University Maryland in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. She then went on to earn her master’s degree from Northeastern University in 2018. While at Northeastern she completed research related to literacy intervention as well as adult feeding and swallowing. Before joining the ALTABA team, she worked at a collaborative school with children ages 3-18 with a variety of disabilities and degree of skills. She has also worked at an outpatient adult and pediatric center that specializes in community-based treatment. Erica is an amazing clinician and we are absolutely thrilled to have her!
Speech language Pathologist/Director AAC Programs
Noelle received her bachelors and masters degrees from the State University in New York at Plattsburgh in 2019. Nicole began working with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders while interning at a school for children with autism. She also interned at the university clinic where she helped found a social communication group for young adults. Noelle has also completed an internship in an outpatient rehabilitation hospital where she worked with a broad variety of patients. Noelle is completing her clinical fellowship year CFY) at Alternatives ABA under the direction of Lauren Marble, MS. CCC-SLP
In her free time, Noelle enjoys the outdoors by hiking and skiing. She is very active and loves incorporating play into therapy activities.
Front Office Manager/Parent Liaison
Before coming to Alternatives ABA, Wendy spent 10 years working in administration for a pediatric occupational and speech therapy clinic. She loves seeing and interacting with the children everyday and assisting and getting to know parents and families. Wendy LOVES to laugh and will always have a smile for you when you walk through the door. If you call, you’ll also hear her smile right over the phone! Wendy has two grown children and enjoys the summer and spending time on the beach. We are so happy to have her on our team! She has turned our center into a home.
ABA Scheduling Coordinator
Janet heads up the ABA scheduling department. Janet is incredibly kind and has a keen eye for detail. She understands family and child centered care and is always willing to go the extra mile for the families we serve!
Fundraising & Development Coordinator
Amy acts as the development and fundraising coordinator at Alternatives ABA Inc. A large portion of her work is based on reaching out to small local and large corporate organizations in the hope of working together and or gaining the support and resources needed for specific programs and activities to come to fruition or be given a boost, at Alternatives ABA Inc. Amy is passionate about working with people in all respects and this role is something that she takes a lot of pride in!
Amy has worked with children, teens, and adults with Autism for 10 years now, and working with this special population is something she never see’s herself not doing. She has taken on different professional roles within the field but has always worked with those with Autism. Amy started the journey of what would become her passion, as a Counselor in Training at an Extended School Year for children with Autism, in her hometown. She quickly fell in love with the work that comes with helping children with Autism, and the things one must do to ensure that their experiences are fun, enriching and accessible. Amy has also acted as an Autism Support Specialist in the city of Boston, and as a teacher’s aide at the very program that she discovered her passion at as a teen.
Amy holds a Bachelor of Science in Education studies as well as a Bachelor’s of Science in Developmental Psychology which she earned at Wheelock College. During her undergraduate career she served on the board of the Autism Awareness Club first as secretary and would later take on the role of Public Relations and finish her college career as vice president of the Autism Awareness Club. Amy was also an active and dedicated member of Best Buddies Organization.
Amy lives with Cerebral Palsy, and while sometimes it is a challenging diagnosis, it has truly helped shape a unique perspective of which she sees the world. There are simple tasks to most, that Amy may struggle with physically, her ability to overcome them makes it easy for her to observe life from both sides of the spectrum. Having a physical disability is truly something that helps Amy bridge the gap between what able bodied people see when they work with children with special needs, and what the child with special needs sees. This is a perspective that has helped her connect with the children she has worked with and a truly valuable tool to illuminate the strengths of the youth she serves.
Amy hopes to pursue a Masters in Social Work and Law to become a disability advocate when the time is right, and is fiercely dedicated to disability rights, and making certain that all children, youth, adults and their families are provided with the resources, time, care and dedication that they need, and rightfully deserve.
Carol comes to us with extensive knowledge of the “back end” of insurance and authorizations. She works closely with the administrative team to make sure that cases are opened efficiently so that clinicians can get into the field and do what they do best.
Carol is a “jack of all trades” in that her career also includes being an elementary educator!
SLP Scheduling Coordinator
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 holds an 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.
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!
Kelly is the proud mom of 4 beautiful daughters. She graduated from Blue Hills Regional Vocational School in 1996. While she was at Blue Hills, she studied early education. She married and began raising her family shortly after. Her passion has always been to work with children. Kelly credits her grandmother with sparking that passion. Her grandmother was an early education visionary who started Step-One in Squantum, Quincy 60 years ago! Kelly has finished all of the requirements for the Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) credential and is waiting to take her exam. Kelly is one of the first team members to be hired at Alternatives ABA and has become one of the best therapists we have!
Colleen is currently working towards a Bachelor’s degree in education with a minor in special needs. She anticipates being finished this year. Colleen is also working towards the Registered Behavior Technician Credential (RBT). Colleen comes to us with extensive experience with children. Before coming to Alternatives ABA, she worked at preschool and Montessori schools on the South Shore as an early child educator. She also gained five years of experience working for Bay Cove Human Services working directly with adults with special needs and the elderly population. Colleen has also been a certified yoga instructor since the age of fifteen, is certified in reiki, and practices holistic alternatives such as kinesiology. “Miss Colleen”, as we refer to her, is a magnificent asset to our team at Alternatives ABA. Her kind, gentle demeanor produces great results in the children that we serve. Miss Colleen also leads our adaptive yoga classes!
Behavior Therapist/Front Desk Liaison
Registered Behavior Technician
Abby has spent the last 5 years working with students with various disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorder. She graduated from Bridgewater State University in 2014 with her Masters in Special Education. After graduating, Abby start working at South Shore Charter Public School as a special education teacher. Shortly after starting this position, Abby realized her passion of working with children with ASD. She applied to the Graduate Certificate in Autism Studies program at UMass Lowell, which is a program designed for those interested in becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Abby obtained this certificate in August 2017. She is currently working towards national and state certification for behavior analysts. Abigail assisted with developing our Registered Behavior Technician training Program.
Tierra has had 6+ wonderful years working with children from the ages of 1.9 months to 15 years of age. She received her certification as a Preschool Teacher through the Department of Early Education and Care by attending classes through Rasmussen College and is currently working towards completing her requirements to qualify as a Registered Behavior Technician.
In her early years as a teenager she was introduced to the word Autism when a family friends child was diagnosed at a time when Autism was not fully understood & quality services for treatment was not readily available to all. Her professional experience of managing academic programs affiliated with public schools, Teaching a classroom with Preschoolers or Toddlers in a private setting or doing what she loves most, working with children 1:1 has led her to Alternatives ABA doorstep where she continues her journey and love of working with & assisting already phenomenal young ones become their very best.
Registered Behavior Technician
Paige is a registered behavior technician (RBT). She has been working with children and adults with disabilities for over four years. She has experience in many different settings. She has worked in schools, as a 1:1 PCA, and at respite programs. ABA is important to her because she is passionate about expanding her client’s skill sets, facilitating communication, and helping kiddos and families lead happy lives! She holds a bachelor’s degree in Special Education from Eastern Nazarene College. In the near future, she plans on pursuing her masters in Speech Pathology.
Paige’s favorite thing to do is play with her adorable niece and nephews. She also enjoys skiing, bike riding, traveling, and going to the beach!
Therapist Aide/Sibling Support/Artist
Nora has just graduated from high school and is getting ready to begin her college education at Westfield State University. She will study special education there. Nora is not only a wonderful assistant to our therapist and an outstanding provider of sibling support, she is an outstanding artist! Nora is responsible for the adorable mural on our outdoor playground fence!
Colette is currently working to obtain certification as a behavior analyst at the national and state level.
Erin is a behavioral therapist currently pursuing the Registered Behavior Technician Credential, who works one-on-one both in home and at our center to provide treatment to children to reach their full potential.
Erin graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders. She is a certified Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant and has always been passionate about working with children and helping them acquire social and communication skills that will improve quality of life. She was recently introduced to the field of ABA and is excited to be a part of the Alternatives ABA team.
Registered Behavior Technician
Registered Behavior Technician
Ifrah holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and psychology from Boston University. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in psychology from Harvard Extension School and working towards becoming a Board Certified Behavioral Analyst (BCBA).
She was exposed to the world of ABA through her own personal experience with her son, who was diagnosed with ASD at an early age. His progress has been inspirational! She has 4 years of experience as an ABA therapist and has loved every part of it. She says she is excited about learning something new everyday. While she started this chapter to help shape lives, she says that she feels like it has shaped her own life and filled it with so many rewards, joy and pride.
Aside from her passion for ABA, she enjoys planning and organizing events, painting and spending time with her family and dog.
Cynthia was born and raised in the Boston area. She recently became a dog-mom to a puppy named Tank. Either with friends, family or herself, she enjoys being outside the house, and exploring her artistic side. Cynthia became interested in the field of applied behavior analysis and autism while studying undergraduate psychology. Cynthia enjoys caring for others and takes great pride in the work she does.
Vera is currently pursuing a bachelors in Psychology with a concentration in Mental Health. She has volunteered in an infant/toddler program. She has also worked at a group home for kids ages 4-12. Vera is also a big Mickey Mouse fan!
Registered Behavior Technician
Wendy graduated from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She has 10 years+ of experience of working in the human services field. She began working with children between the ages of 3 months – 10 years when she was in middle & high school. She worked alongside with her mother, who was a childcare provider at the time. Throughout her college career, she tutored elementary kids at a Boys and Girls Club in New Bedford. Immediately after she graduated, she decided to try and work in the medical field. She was employed at Tufts Medical Center working as a Clinical Care Technical in the residency program. A year after working there, she decided the medical field wasn’t for her and began to explore applied behavior analysis.
Wendy began her career in the field of ABA with Alternatives ABA in early 2017. She is very proud and happy to be a part of this team. She is currently working part-time as a behavior therapist and has been working with the same client since she joined the team.
Registered Behavior Technician
Christine has over 5 years experience working with individuals on the autism spectrum. She has held various volunteer positions, jobs, and has relevant family experiences. As a behavior therapist, Christine loves working one-on-one with individuals to help foster the development of new skills with the ultimate goal of helping these individuals reach their full potential. Christine has also completed the 40 hour training requirement to become a certified Registered Behavior Technician and currently holds that certification through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board.
Christine graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Loyola University of Maryland in May of 2018. She is actively pursuing options to continue her education in the field of applied behavior analysis earn a masters degree in ABA. Christine is very excited to be part of the the Alternatives ABA team!
Registered Behavior Technician
Saskia is a fun loving mom of a 13-year-old daughter. She has always had a great love for working with children. Following High School, she completed courses in Early Childhood Development. Outside of her firsthand experience with being a mom, she has had over 5 years working with children in childcare and tutoring services. Her best moments are seeing children grow and blossom while learning new skills.
After several years of working in clinical administration, Saskia decided to get back to what makes her most happy. Applied Behavior Analysis became a great interest for Saskia after observing the positive impact that high quality ABA can have on familial outcomes. She is currently working towards her degree in Psychology. She is excited to share many rewarding moments with the children and families she serves.
Bridget grew up in Boston, MA, but now lives on the south shore. She graduated from the New England Institute of Technology in 2017 with an associates degree in Occupational Therapy. After graduating, she realized it wasn’t exactly all encompassing of what she was looking to do. She began to research applied behavior analysis and soon decided that this was the path for her. She is very passionate about working with children to help them reach their full potential and maximum independence. Bridget is now working towards her Registered Behavior Technician Certification (RBT) and is considering pathways and programs that offer Master’s degrees in applied behavior analysis. Bridget says that Alternatives ABA has given her the opportunities she was looking for and that she is so happy to be a part of this team!
Hannah is currently enrolled at Salve Regina University with a Major in Psychology and a minor in Special Education. She has always adored working with children and has been either babysitting or working as a camp counselor since the age of 13. As an avid equestrian, it is her dream to one day combine her love for children and horses by creating a hippotherapy program of her own!
Jaiden is currently working towards the Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) credential. He has been working with individuals impacted by autism spectrum disorder for more than five years. He entered into the field working with kids on the spectrum ages 6-15 then transitioned to working with adults aged 23+. Jaiden is incredibly talented, has a firm grasp on the principles and practices of ABA, and just “gets” kids. Jaiden is also a Certified Personal Trainer through NASM. He is passionate passion about access to physical fitness and helping kids and adults become more active and live healthier life styles. Jaiden is actively working on ALTABA’s adaptive fitness programs.
Jaiden also enjoys spending time with his adorable niece, being outdoors with his dog Seamus, traveling, the gym, and anything ocean related.
Ann Margaret is currently a student at Bridgewater State University pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She has 4 years of experience working with children and 2 years working with adults with developmental disabilities. Ann Margaret is is preparing to begin work towards the Registered Behavior Technician Credential (RBT) and a Master’s degree in ABA. Ann MArgaret is very passionate about helping others become the most independent, happy, and successful version of themselves.
After earning a Master’s Degree in Social Psychology, Aliona went to work as a
psychologist/trainer. She worked in several settings, including a Montessori school. Aliona then took some time off to start her family before returning to work.
Several years ago, an opportunity brought her back to work as a preschool teacher with EEC PT Certification. While Aliona enjoyed working with a group of fifteen to twenty children, she developed a strong desire to work one to one with children. Aliona is now pursuing a Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at Simmons University. Aliona thoroughly enjoys working with and learning from children. She gets great joy in helping children master skills that are vital for achieving maximum quality of life.
In her free time, Aliona enjoys travelling with her family and playing “Go” with
her kids. Photography and yoga are two passions that offer her some alone time alone to reflect.
Marisa is a undergraduate student at Stonehill College. She is studying Education and Psychology. She is expected to graduate in May 2020 with a Bachelor’s degree.
She has a lot of experience working with children of varying abilities and is very passionate about helping them reach their full potential. Marisa is now applying to programs that offer Master’s degrees in Special Education.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing ice hockey at school, and watching Netflix.
Registered Behavior Technician
Fran grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, but relocated to Duxbury, Massachusetts 10 years ago. She is a 2018 graduate of Auburn University with a Bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation and Disability Studies. She is currently obtaining her prerequisite requirements in speech-language pathology. She discovered her passion for working with children of all ranges of ability 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 is passionate about functional communication and teaching self advocacy skills. She enjoys trying new restaurants, going to the beach, and spending time with family.
Lesley University Drama Therapy Intern
Lesley University Art Therapy Intern
Ashley grew up in Rockland, MA and currently resides on the south shore. She is a proud mom to a fluffy and sassy Siberian husky named Loki.
She has been working for over 15 years with children, teenagers and young adults. She has worked in school and residential settings as well as mentoring teenagers in sober high schools. Ashley has worked 2 years on the Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative with teenagers and children with social emotional disabilities and substance use. She graduated from Bridgewater State University in 2017 with a B. S. In Psychology.
Ashley is part of a Gold Star family and has utilized this experience in her work by being very family oriented. She believes in empowering and strengthening the family unit along with the individuals she serves so that they can overcome and accomplish so much.
She is an avid video gamer and loves to play board games whenever she gets the chance. She loves Unicorns and bubbles and dyes her hair every 6 months a crazy unique color!
Shelby is from Roxbury, MA. She enjoys sports and outdoor activities and is a die hard fan of Boston sports! Shelby loves math and science and has held various positions from science instructor to home health aid. She is now working towards a Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis.
Shelby has first hand experience with autism spectrum disorder and is familiar with some of the challenges that parents face. Shelby’s diverse professional background and personal experience works to help her to compassionately deliver ABA therapy and improve the quality of life the children and families she serves. We think Shelby’s smile lights up a room!
Registered Behavior Technician
Registered Behavior Technician
Kristen is a Registered Behavior Technician. She is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at William James College. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. During her undergraduate psychology studies, she took a course about applied behavior analysis. That course led her to find her passion working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and related developmental disabilities. She has 2 years of experience working with children in home and school settings. Kristin is very interested in verbal behavior and has sought out some exceptional mentors along her journey. We are excited to have her on the Alternatives ABA team!