Our Team

Crisis Prevention
Intervention

All of our staff members are trained and certified in Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (CPI) through the Crisis Prevention Institute; an international organization that focuses on prevention and the use of best practices to safely de-escalate and manage verbal and physical behaviors. Since 1980, over 10 million professionals around the world have participated in CPI training programs. CPI educates and empowers our team to create safe and respectful therapeutic environments that enrich the lives of the individuals we serve. Click Here to learn more about CPI.

Clinical
Supervisors

Clinical Supervisors are professionals who have earned their master’s degree to serve those with autism. Clinical Supervisors have completed a masters program and received numerous academic and supervision hours to take the Board Certification examination. Upon successful completion of this exam, Clinical Supervisors are able to receive their licenses to practice Applied Behavior Analysis. BCBAs possess extensive knowledge on how to create the most effective treatment plans that utilize their understanding of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Every client at The SEED Center will have a Board Certified Behavior Analyst assigned to his or her case in order to ensure that they are receiving the best possible treatment. Click Here to learn more about BCBAs.

Registered Behavior Technicians

A Registered Behavior Technician is a behavior technician that has successfully completed their Registered Behavior Technician Examination. In order to take the exam, behavior technicians are required to complete numerous hours of ABA therapy under the supervision of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Once a Registered Behavior Technician, a person can start working toward becoming a BCBA. Click Here to learn about RBTs.

Management

Evan Schermer, MS, Co-Founder/President

Evan Schermer is the Co-Founder and President of the Center for Social Enrichment and Educational Development,  or The SEED Center. Mr. Schermer holds his Master of Science Degree in School Psychology from St. John’s University and his Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Psychology from Towson University. He is a New York State certified school psychologist and has worked in the field of special education for 25 years. Prior to starting The SEED Center, Mr. Schermer helped build and establish several private schools for individuals with autism and other related disabilities. He has and continues to provide consulting services for public schools where his specialty is reducing school costs while increasing their efficiency and effectiveness.

Evan Schermer has advanced training in Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) and leads many workshops and professional development trainings on CPS as well as other topics related to autism and special needs. Mr. Schermer is a certified instructor in Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (CPI) and trains and certifies all therapists employed by The SEED Center.  He acts as an advocate for families providing support, knowledge, and guidance in the area of special education law and poilcies. In addition, has been an expert witness for impartial hearings in the NY Metro area. Mr. Schermer is the former Chairman of the Custom Education Foundation, which is a not-for-profit (501c3) organization that provides resources and support to individuals with special needs and their families. Finally, Evan Schermer is proud to have been awarded the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Entrepreneurial Success Award in May 2015. Mr. Schermer’s experience and knowledge, clinically and professionally, ensure a solid foundation and strength for The SEED Center to excel and grow.

 

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Charlene Schermer, MA, Co-Founder/Vice President

Charlene Schermer is the co-founder and Vice President of the Center for Social Enrichment and Educational Development , or The SEED Center. Mrs. Schermer received her Master of Arts in Special Education from New York University and her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a specialization in Early Childhood Studies from Long Island University. She holds a dual teaching certification in Special Education and Elementary Education, as well as a NAP Montessori Teacher Certification. Mrs. Schermer has received training in Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS), Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Recipe for Reading and the Wilson Reading Program. She has been working in the field of education for over 12 years and has experience working with individuals with autism and other related neurobiological disorders such as Asperger’s syndrome, bi-polar disorder, Tourette’s syndrome, ADHD, OCD, anxiety, and depression.

Andres Alvarez, Finance Director

Andres joins The SEED Center as the Finance Director. He’s primarily responsible for overseeing the day-to-day financial activities of the company and that these are in compliance with company standards. In addition, he oversees the billing and coding of all services at the center. He holds a bachelor’s degree in legal studies from Western Connecticut University and an associate’s degree in accounting. Mr. Alvarez has years of experience in billing, coding, accounting services, tax preparation, and payroll. Mr. Alvarez has registered with IRS-CITA program to help individuals with preparation of tax returns.

Molly DeLucia, SHRM-CP, Director of Operations and Human Resources

Molly DeLucia joins The SEED Center as the Director of Operations and Human Resources. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from the University of Vermont. While pursuing her degree at UVM, Molly was a team member at the Center for Health and Well-being, which provided crisis prevention, peer mediation, and education to students regarding overall health and wellness. Additionally, Molly spent summers teaching sailing to individuals with physical and mental disabilities at the Community Sailing Center in Burlington. Prior to The SEED Center, Molly was employed as a Recruitment Specialist at a National Recruiting Agency and then joined a Senior Executive Career Advisory and Private Search Firm. Molly brings to The SEED Center a combination of her desire to work in the business field together with her love and compassion for children.

Betzy Ayala, MS, Lead Behavior Therapist

Betzy joins The SEED Center as a Behavior Technician. She has worked in the public school systems as a para-educator for the past 10 years. Working with the children there motivated her to pursue a Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Phoenix, and then earn her Master’s in Science with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis from Capella University. She enjoys working with children and there have been many experiences working in the public school system that made her fall in love with this field. Betzy’s passion and her goal is to help foster a positive learning experience for every child, and to help them be as successful and as happy as they can be in life.

Talonda Johnson, BA, Office Manager

Talonda Johnson joins The SEED Center as an Administrative Assistant. Talonda graduated from Sacred heart University with a degree in Business Administration. She has worked in multiple settings including out-patient physical therapy as a Patient Services Specialist for Select Medical Corp. and Skilled Nursing Facility as a Business Office Manager for Lord Chamberlain. Throughout the years, she has also worked with many kids from all walks of life as the Youth Coordinator for the Greater Love Temple Church. She is extremely passionate and very excited for this new opportunity to join The SEED Center team to make an impactful difference in people’s lives, take on new challenges and go beyond expectations!

Nia Louden Recruitment and Marketing Assistant

Nia Louden joins the seed center as the Recruitment and Marketing Assistant. An alumna of both Howard Community College and Barton College, she has obtained her degree in Early Childcare Education with a minor in Special Education. Nia has held various titles throughout her decade-long career in childcare. Most recently as a Director of a childcare center in Maryland. She has also vitally influenced the growth and development of children of all early childhood ages during her many years as a Montessori-inspired teacher and childcare provider. She is excited to join the SEED Center’s team as she continues working on her passion to love and teach children. 

Clinical Supervisors

Emily Blau, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA

Emily Blau joins The SEED Center as a Licensed Behavior Analyst and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She holds a Master’s of Education from Lesley University and has completed a graduate certificate in Behavioral Interventions in Autism at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.  She has taught in private schools serving students of diverse backgrounds and needs.  As the mother of a child with autism spectrum disorder, she has implemented Individualized Education Plans, Functional Behavior Assessments and Behavior Intervention Plans. Emily is passionate about using her knowledge and experience to help children and families coping with the challenges of autism spectrum disorder.

Amanda Morales, MA, BCBA, LBA, Lead Clinical Supervisor

Amanda joins The SEED Center as a Licensed Behavior Analyst and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She holds a BA in Psychology with a concentration in Developmental Psychology from the College of Mount Saint Vincent, and a Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis with a concentration in Autism Studies from Ball State University. Amanda works directly with clients and their families in home, school, and community settings. With over 10 years of experience working with individuals with autism, she is deeply passionate about enriching the lives of her clients by supporting them in meeting their goals, and developing their independence. 

Melissa Sumadchat, MA, BCBA, LBA

Melissa joins The SEED Center as a Licensed Behavior Analyst and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She received her BS in Health Science with a concentration in Disabilities Studies from Stony Brook University, and her MA in Psychology with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Melissa has worked in the preschool setting as both a teaching assistant and behavior therapist for 5 years. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys teaching and taking dance classes.

Arielle Kaminer-Spitzer, MA, BCBA, LBA

Arielle joins The SEED Center with her BA in Elementary Education and Special Education from the University of Vermont. Her Masters degree is in Special Inclusive Education from Teachers College at Columbia University. She became a BCBA after completing coursework at St. Joseph’s College. After five years teaching in self-contained/specialized program classrooms, Arielle is so excited to join the team of clinical supervisors at The SEED  Center.

Registered Behavior Technicians

Danielle Christon, RBT

Danielle joins The SEED Center as a Registered Behavior Technician. She has worked as a para-educator with autistic children in the public school system for the past 5 years. She enjoys working with children and looks forward to working with The SEED Center!

Esmerelda Robinson, BA, RBT

Esmerelda joins The SEED Center as a Registered Behavior Technician. She holds a BA in Psychology and Communication Sciences and Disorders from Queens College, City University of New York. Esmerelda has worked with individuals with disabilities for over 10 years, and has over 5 years of experience working with individuals on the autism spectrum. She is skilled in home-based therapy and works as an RBT/para-educator with autistic children in the Connecticut public school system. Her passion for helping others provides her with the drive and motivation to continue her education in both Speech and Applied Behavior Analysis. She looks forward to the endless possibilities and knowledge she will gain here at The SEED Center!

Jennifer Sandoval, BS, RBT

Jennifer joins The SEED Center as a Behavior Technician. She has worked in Stamford public schools for 14 years, first as a para-educator with autistic children and for the past 11 years as an Occupational Therapy Assistant. She has experience with children ranging from the ages of 3 to 16, and with children on the autism spectrum and other developmental disabilities. She graduated from Western Connecticut State University with a Bachelor’s in Psychology.  As a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, she has years of experience with collaborating with parents, teachers, and other stakeholders for a comprehensive approach to care. Jennifer hopes to carry this experience over to The SEED Center and is very motivated to continue her education to perfect her skills as a keen observer, creative strategist, and critical thinker. Most importantly, she wants to help each individual realize their full potential by understanding each individual’s needs and using each of their personal strengths to do so. 

Caleb Connor, BS, RBT

Caleb joins The SEED Center as a Behavior Technician. He holds a BA in Psychology from Purchase College, SUNY. He has volunteered and worked with children in a variety of structures and environments. Caleb’s diverse global experiences paired with his thorough education has provided the best structure and foundation for him to make an impactful difference in the lives of people on the autism spectrum and their families.

Caleb Bailey, BA, RBT

Caleb Bailey joins The SEED Center as a Registered Behavior Technician. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Connecticut and is currently pursuing his Master’s at Adler University. He has previous experience working with and mentoring kids in the public school system. He hopes to eventually earn his Ph.D. in psychology and spread awareness on mental health while leaving a positive influence on everyone he comes into contact with. He is eager to begin his journey with The SEED Center!

Gail Steward, BA, RBT

Gail joins the SEED Center as a Registered Behavior Technician. She holds a BA in Psychology from Saint Peter’s University. Gail has a diverse background including a nonprofit in Jordan and wrote articles to communicate the issues and needs of women in troubled areas around the world. Gail has plans to continue her education and receive a Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis. She is thrilled to work with The SEED Center team! 

Ellie Garnett, BA, RBT

Ellie Garnett joins The SEED Center as a RBT. She recently graduated with a Bachelors Degree in psychology from Bates College. Ellie has a passion for early childhood education and working with individuals with various disabilities. She has previous worked with children in the summer camp setting, as well as in a youth treatment center for children with trauma in Maine. She looks forward to working with the learners at the SEED Center and gaining more skills in ABA!

Behavior Technicians

Kristin Osburn, BS, BA, BT

Kristin joins The SEED Center as a Behavior Technician. Kristin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Leadership Studies from the University of Rhode Island. She is currently enrolled at Western Connecticut State University getting her Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis with the goal of becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Kristin has been working with children from all backgrounds for the last six years and is passionate about this fieldwork. She is excited to be working at The SEED Center and looks forward to getting her RBT. 

Nikole Pino, BT

Nikole Pino joins The SEED Center as a Behavior Technician. Nikole has over six years of experience working in child care in a school setting as an after school group leader, a school aide, and a paraprofessional for elementary to middle school-aged children. She hopes to further her experience working with children with special needs and make meaningful connections with those she services. 

Terry Jones, MS, BT

Terry joins the SEED team as a Behavior Technician. He has a MS in Applied Psychology from Sacred Heart University. He plans to continue his studies to earn a PhD, but he is excited to join The SEED Center team and learn from his peers in the field of Applied Behavioral Analysis.

Mishel Pottackal, BS, BT

Mishel joins The SEED Center as a Behavior Technician. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management information systems from Central Connecticut State University. She is a Norwalk native who has experience working with residents with dementia and volunteering with individuals of all ages. She is excited to bring her talents and experiences to the SEED center and hopes to make a difference in the lives of children on the autism spectrum. 

Anejah McLaurin, BA, BT

Anejah joins The SEED Center as a Behavior Technician. She recently received her Bachelors Degree in Psychology with a minor in Human Development and Family Sciences from the University of Connecticut. She has volunteered in daycare settings work with kids from 2- 7 years old and was a mentor in high school. Anejah is very excited to continue working with children at The SEED Center, and to develop new skills!

Robert Pascarelli, M.Ed, RBT

Rob Pascarelli joins The SEED Center as a Behavior Technician. Rob has been a preschool teacher for the past 14 years and during that time has discovered his desire and passion to help children with challenging behaviors. He has an Associates degree in Early Childhood Education, along with a Master’s Degree in Special Education. He is currently enrolled with Western Connecticut State University and is getting his Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis with plans on becoming a BCBA. Rob is excited to join The SEED Center team and is looking forward to making a difference in lives of children while supporting their families. 

Daniel Rodrigues, BS, BT

Daniel Rodrigues joins The SEED Center as a Behavior Technician. He received his BS
degree in Psychology from Quinnipiac University and is also certified in CPR, and First
Aid. He has spent the last five summers working as a counselor at Town of Mount
Pleasant Recreation Camp and has an extensive background working with children of all
ages and abilities and is able to relate to and gain the confidence of the children he
interacts with. Daniel’s goal is to devote his time to understanding each child’s
strengths and attributes and help them use those effectively to improve their quality
of life. Daniel is thrilled to be starting his career in ABA therapy with The SEED Center
team!

Maylin Herrera, BA, BT

Maylin joins The SEED Center as a Behavior Technician. She holds a BA in Psychology from
Purchase College. She has experience working with adults with disabilities and she is excited to
continue her career with The SEED Center working with individuals on the spectrum. Maylin is
looking forward to gaining more experience and applying for a PhD in Clinical Psychology by the
end of this year.

Miriangely Salto, BA, BT

Miriangely Salto joins The SEED Center as a Behavior Technician. She holds a BA in Psychology from The City College: Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership. Miriangely plans to pursue her masters degree in Mental Health Counseling in the near future. Throughout college she has been working on becoming a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor and is now also working on becoming a Registered Behavior Technician. She is excited to start building connections and making a difference in lives of children on the spectrum and their families!

Benoise Celestin, BS,BT

Benoise joins The SEED Center as a Behavior Technician. She is a Norwalk
native who recently graduated in the class of 2022 from Southern Connecticut State
University with a BS in Sociology. Benoise has experience working with
children of all ages as well as in-home direct assistance for the elderly. She
plans to pursue her masters degree in the future, but is excited to bring her
skills and experiences to The SEED Center and learn more in hopes to make a
difference in the lives of children.

Saraiya Davis, BT

Saraiya Joins The SEED Center as a Behavior Technician. She is a student at UCONN’s Stamford campus; working towards a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in sociology. She has previous experience with in home child and elderly care along with mentoring in high school. She also has numerous community and volunteer hours with the Red Cross Blood Drive and the Connecticut Special Olympics. Saraiya is thrilled to join the center and ready to expand her knowledge and understanding of Applied Behavior Analysis.  

Irene Michalos, BA, BT

Irene Michalos joins The SEED Center as a Behavior Technician. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Manhattanville College. She has experience working as a mental health worker at Four Winds Hospital. This was her first job after graduation. Irene has experience working as a Behavioral Therapist for Cultivate Behavioral Health and is hoping to soon complete a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling. 

Liam Benjamin, BA, BT

Liam Benjamin joins The Seed Center as a Behavior Technician. He received his BA degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado, and has years of experience working with children as a camp counselor at Brunswick Sports Camp in Greenwich. Liam’s goal is to help the children he works with lead a fulfilling life unbounded by their disabilities. He can’t wait to start working with the learners at the Seed Center. 

Tamarr Brandon,BS, BT

Tamarr Brandon joins The SEED Center as a Behavior Technician. He studied at the University of Bridgeport and graduated with a double major in psychology and human services. Tamarr has experience working with individuals on the spectrum in diverse settings, including but not limited to, providing additional support in the home and academic environments. He is excited to transfer his skills, learn more, and grow with the individuals from the behavioral aspect of development.

Jacob Rucquoi, BA, BT

Jacob Rucquoi joins The SEED Center as a Behavior Technician. He graduated from Cairn University with a bachelor’s degree in Christian Studies with minors in Spanish Language and Elementary Education. He has over seven years of childcare experience and works as a building substitute teacher at the elementary level in the Greenwich public school system. Jacob is now earning his Master’s degree in elementary education from Fairfield University and looks forward to utilizing his education to help all of our learners.
 

Amanda Wilkins, BT

Amanda Wilkins joins The SEED Center as a Behavior Technician. She is a student at UCONN Stamford campus, working towards a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Human Development & Family Sciences. Amanda is eager to learn more about applied behavior and gain new skills! She has worked with children in the past at summer camps and is very excited and grateful to be working at The SEED Center. 

Dina Wahab, MA, RBT

Dina joins The SEED Center as an RBT. Dina has worked in Stamford, Westport & Norwalk public schools for 15 years as a para-educator with autistic children. She has experience with children aged 3 to 16 diagnosed with developmental disabilities. She received her Master’s degree in Family Studies therapy from Fairfield University. Dina has a passion for working with children and looks forward to continuing her education in ABA to improve her skills as RBT.