Michelle Ragozzine, EdM, BCBA
Michelle Ragozzine is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Providence College and her Master of Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education. Michelle was initially trained in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) by Dr. Alan Kazdin at Yale University and later through the University of West Florida. While working directly for Dr. Kazdin, Michelle was trained in Parent Management Training (PMT). PMT is a highly successful, empirically supported parent education model designed to reduce behavioral excesses in children.
After leaving Yale, Michelle coordinated an ABA program for children over the age three in the state of California. As the coordinator she trained and supervised other behavior analysts and direct therapy staff. Additionally she performed Functional Behavioral Assessments, completed developmental evaluations on children of all ages, and consulted regularly with school districts. While in California Michelle was trained in Pivotal Response Training (PRT), a naturalistic ABA intervention used to teach children on the autism spectrum.
Since returning to CT, Michelle has consulted for school districts and acted as the director of an ABA program in the state of CT. Additional specialties include Picture Exchange Communication (PECS), experimental analysis, staff training and supervision, program development, and positive behavioral support.
Britta Wehmann-Bell, MA, BCBA
Britta Wehmann-Bell is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of Rochester. She then began working at the New England Center for Children in Massachusetts as a Coordinator and Program Specialist. While working at NECC Britta received her Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Northeastern University.
After leaving Massachusetts, she came to Connecticut as a school-based consultant. She gained experience working with children and young adults with special needs in residential programs and school settings. Britta developed and implemented behavior and academic programs for children and young adults with autism and related disorders. Britta also has experience conducting functional behavior assessments and developing programs. In addition she has provided staff training, supervision, and family training.
Director of Staff Development
Caitlan Mezerewski, MA
Caitlan earned her Master's Degree from the University of West Florida, where she completed coursework required to become a BCBA. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with a concentration in Mental Health from Southern Connecticut State University.
Caitlan has been providing ABA services to children of all ages with autism and related disorders since 2009. Prior to deciding to make this work her career, she volunteered for programs that provided services to children with special needs for 6 years. Caitlan has experience in school and home settings. Caitlan is a dedicated and enthusiastic therapist, and feels very fortunate to be able to work in a field that she feels so passionate about.
Ashley Wulinksy, MS, BCBA
Ashley earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences from the University of Connecticut and a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Southern Connecticut State University. She is also a certified Special Education Teacher. Ashley completed a graduate certificate in Behavior Analysis through Florida Institute of Technology, and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in May 2017.
Throughout the years, Ashley has worked with a diverse population of children and adolescents. She has provided Special Education services to students in a regional educational service center, as well as a public school setting. Through these varied experiences, Ashley solidified her passion for working with children with Autism. She is dedicated to promoting independence and making a difference in the lives of children and adolescents with disabilities.
Ashley also has experience with Picture Exchange Communication (PECS), assistive technology, IEP development, staff oversight, and providing various modifications and accommodations within the classroom setting.
Justin Lopes, MA, BCBA
Justin received Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Biology from the University of Rhode Island, with a focus on experimental design and statistical analysis. In August of 2016 he received a Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism from The Sage Colleges. In December of 2016 Justin received board certification from the Behavior Analysis Certification Board.
Justin has worked in ABA classrooms teaching various communication and life skills since 2012. Prior to that he worked for 7 years as a direct support professional for adults with developmental disabilities. It was there he discovered his passion for helping differently abled people lead happy and independent lives. Justin looks forward to continuing in this vein using the tools provided by the science of applied behavior analysis.
Kelly Vornkahl, MA, BCBA
Kelly received her bachelor’s degree from University of Bridgeport in Psychology. She worked as a therapeutic counselor for about two years and is certified in therapeutic crisis intervention. Kelly has experience working with a diverse population of children in an intensive outpatient setting in which she helped to provide individuals with alternative behaviors and coping skills. She has also volunteered at the Center for Human Services.
Kelly has received her Master's degree from the University of West Florida. Kelly is excited to continue working with children and advance her career with the MR&A team.
Lauren Vogel, ABA Therapist
Lauren earned her Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Psychology, Sociology, and Public Health from Southern Connecticut State University. She is currently pursuing a certification as a BCaBA and will achieve that goal by May of 2018.
Lauren has always been passionate about working with children who have autism and is very fortunate to have the opportunity to pursue that passion. She has been in the field of ABA since 2013, and has grown immensely in the field and has gained the knowledge and experience necessary to provide quality ABA services to children with autism. Lauren’s experience continues to be rewarding and gratifying and fulfills her life with enjoyment.
Jessica Savo, ABA Therapist
Jessica earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a concentration in Child & Adolescent Studies from Lasell College in 2014. She is planning to obtain her Nursery to Grade 3 Master of Arts Teaching in Early Childhood and Special Education in 2018.
Jessica has always had a passion to work with children, and has been lucky for the past 3 years to work with children on the Autism Spectrum as an ABA Therapist. She finds herself very fortunate to be working in such a rewarding field and doing
something she loves.
Louis Salado, ABA Therapist
Lou joins Michelle Ragozzine & Associates from a private special education school where he was employed as an ABA trainer. Lou previously worked at a magnet school in Hamden providing behavioral support on an individual basis to students. He earned a B.A in Psychology from Charter Oak State University and is currently working towards his certification in personal training from the International Sports Sciences Association. Lou plans to use this certification to provide personal training services to children with Autism. Additionally, Lou aspires to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
Kinder Freedman, ABA Therapist
Kinder graduated in 2015 with her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Sacred Heart University. She is currently pursuing her Master of Science from Northeastern University in Applied Behavior Analysis with a specialization in Early Intervention. Once she has completed her MS at NEU she plans to obtain certification to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
Kinder began her work in the field in 2012 at a private school where she provided one to one behavior support to children with disabilities. In this role she worked closely with speech pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and special education teachers to implement goals across areas of development. Additionally, Kinder has provided ABA therapy and respite through a private agency as well as the Department of Developmental Services.
Lisa Chiodi, ABA Therapist
Lisa Chiodi is a recent graduate of Iona College, receiving her B.A. in Speech Pathology and Audiology. While at Iona Lisa was responsible for creating full Speech Assessments which also included suggesting therapy for her assigned client. She also completed an internship at a public school in Greenwich as part of her Bachelor's degree. Through her tenure at Iona, Lisa’s compassion for children with developmental disabilities proved what an asset she would be to the field of ABA Therapy.
Michael Magnotta, ABA Therapist
In 2014, Michael received his Bachelor of Arts in Criminology with a minor in Psychology from Central Connecticut State University. He is attending graduate school for his Master’s in Behavior Analysis, in pursuit of his BCBA. Michael is certified in CPR, First Aid, AED, and PMT. He also possesses a DCF Medication Certification.
Since graduating from CCSU, Michael has worked as a job coach with young individuals on the autism spectrum. In this position, he was responsible for teaching life skills and implementing behavior modification plans. Michael is a compassionate and driven person who enjoys assisting others and is an integral part of the MR&A team.
Jessica Evarts, ABA Therapist
Jessica earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Elementary/Special Education from Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY in 2016. In addition to her studies in New York, Jessica had the pleasure of studying abroad in Florence, Italy for nearly half a year. She was able to travel throughout Europe which was an amazing opportunity.
Jessica completed a semester of student teaching in both a general education classroom as well as a social-emotional classroom, where she was able to work with children of various needs and backgrounds. This is where she became interested in ABA, and realized it was what she wanted to do. Since her graduation, Jessica has been working as an ABA Therapist for children with autism in home settings. She is extremely excited to be working at MR&A!
Dana Lombardo, ABA Therapist
Dana graduated from Sacred Heart University in 2013 with a bachelors in general studies and
a concentration in psychology. She has a brother with special needs and has always been a big
advocate for Autism Awareness. Growing up with a brother who is on the spectrum has changed
Dana's whole outlook on life and the needs of others. She has volunteered for Special Olympics,
special needs golf, bikes for kids and many other related causes supporting her brother and
his group of friends with intellectual disabilities. She wants to continue to spread Autism
Awareness to her community and society. Dana is hoping to pursue a Master's degree in Marriage
& Family Therapy and eventually open her own private practice.
Valentina Rocha, ABA Therapist
Valentina Rocha graduated from Sacred Heart University in 2017 studying both psychology and speech language pathology. She is bilingual in both English and Spanish. During her undergrad Valentina participated in many extracurricular activities such as the “Are You Autism Aware” club, psychology club, operation smile and national student speech language hearing association club, to name a few.
Valentina is currently interning with Lindsay Scott SLP and is hoping to continue her studiesin speech language pathology. She has also gained experience volunteering with children and teens with special needs in the Acting Up Theater Company's summer camp in Easton. Her dedication and passion will make her a great asset to the MR&A team and she is excited to see herself grow in this field!
Douglas Bonenfant, ABA Therapist
Doug is a recent graduate from the University of Miami where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Management. While at UM Doug was a Research Assistant where he observed children’s behaviors in classroom settings while recording data in order to improve classroom behavior. During his summers he was a director at a sports camp and was also involved in a student-run organization called Camp Kesem which is a weeklong summer camp for kids whose parents who have been affected by cancer.
Since graduation Doug has worked as a counselor for adults on the autism spectrum. In this position he was responsible for teaching and assisting individuals in performing the basic functions of independent living. He is very excited to join the MR&A team and looks forward to learning everything it takes to become an outstanding ABA Therapist.
Amanda Viscount, ABA Therapist
Amanda received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Biology at Sacred Heart University in 2017. She plans to continue her education and earn her masters in Applied Behavior Analysis. While being a student at Sacred Heart, Amanda was a part of numerous clubs including OT club, Best Buddies, and the RISE program. Amanda has interned for Milford Prevention Council during her time at Sacred Heart. She has also helped with many different 5k events including Hope After Loss. Amanda also is CPR certified, First Aid certified, and has a certification in Mental Health First Aid.
Amanda has always had a love for working with children and has been volunteering with children with special needs since she was 12. She has worked with a variety of ages including ages as young as 6 months to 21 years old. Amanda worked at Sand Castle Learning Center for the past 5 years. Through working there, she has gained great experience working children under the age of 6. She has also been a nanny since she was in High School. Through this experience she has worked with young and older adolescent age groups. At Sacred Heart she was given the opportunity to work with late adolescence which ranged from 18 and older. Amanda was introduced to ABA therapy during her time at Sacred Heart and found it was career that she would really enjoy doing. Amanda has always wanted to pursue a career in which she is able to positively impact the lives of children. She is so excited that working for Michelle Ragozzine & Associates will give her this opportunity.
Shayla Richardson, ABA Therapist
Shayla graduated with her Bachelors Degree in Psychology and a minor in Biology from Virginia State University in 2014. She is currently enrolled in Capella University to obtain her Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis with a concentration in early child intervention. With her master’s degree, her goal is to become a BCBA in hopes of opening her own Autism center. Shayla is also First Aid and PMT certified and S.U.P.P.O.R.T trained
From 2008-2010, Shayla worked with New Haven’s youth struggling with behavioral and educational problems. From 2014-2016 she provided services to clients through Connecticut’s Department of Developmental Disabilities in group homes and in the community. Shayla has also provided services to children through the Department of Children and Families by conducting supervised visits and parent training. Additionally, she worked with patients through the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, helping them avoid crises by utilizing appropriate coping techniques. In 2016-2017, Shalya moved to Richmond, Virginia to be an ABA Therapist where she completed a 40 hour RBT training. She also worked as a Therapeutic Counselor for children diagnosed with autism that need assistance with their behaviors at home and in the school setting. In the summer of 2017, Shayla moved back to Connecticut and provided services to children in-homes as a behavior technician. She also worked for a public school district as a Behavior Technician for special education students diagnosed with autism who experience a range of behaviors.
Diamond Laing, ABA Therapist
Diamond has recently earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Forensic Psychology from Bay Path University. During her time at Bay Path University Diamond completed an internship with a non-profit organization where she worked with gang and street involved youth. She also has experience working with children who have academic and behavioral challenges in school as well. During her time at Bay Path University Diamond has gained the knowledge and skills to work with children and late adolescents. She is a strong advocate for positive youth development and plans to continue her education and earn her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
Ooga Nam, Intern
Ooga is a rising junior at Amherst College where he is studying psychology and computer science. Last summer, he received his RBT license, while this summer he is designing an experiment at Yale regarding audiovisual speech integration deficits in kids with autism.
Ooga’s commitment to the field of autism therapy and research stems from his experience with his brother, who is on the spectrum. His experience has made him more compassionate and willing to make a difference in the lives of others, much as he as with his own brother.
At MRA, Ooga is a summer intern. So far, he has loved his experience at the office, from the friendly staff to the bright kids he works with!
Lisa Benz, Office Manager
Lisa studied psychology at the University of Connecticut until moving home and continuing her studies at Southern Connecticut State University. Lisa is currently a Milford resident with three beautiful children. She has prior experience as an office manager at a mid-size company. She also was an account executive and department manager at a law firm, managing multiple sites and staff members. She briefly worked in sales as a district consultant before finding a home at Michelle Ragozzine & Associates. Her passion for children and their well-being is a perfect fit for our industry.
Daniel Kalweit, Administrative Assistant
Daniel Kalweit received his BS in Marketing from Southern Connecticut State University in 2004. Since graduating Daniel has gained work experience in a myriad of different arenas including everything from Radiology Tech Aide to General Manager of a Comedy Club. Along with being well versed in Microsoft Office Suite he is also organized and punctual. Dan has been performing stand up comedy for the past eight years and can be seen at shows across the country.
Lauren Szenina, Practice Manager
Lauren is excited to be joining Michelle Ragozzine & Associates for a second time to help in the administration department. She has a passion for helping people and making a difference in the world in any small way she can. She has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Northern Arizona University, and spent two years providing ABA services to children with autism in Connecticut. When she moved to Colorado, she decided to pursue a career in publishing, which she worked on for several years. After seeing a career counselor, she feels very happy with the decision to pursue a career in nursing. While she is taking prerequisite classes, she is glad to be contributing to the team of MR&A once again.