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.

Kayla Nuovo, BS, Administrative Assistant

Kayla Nuovo joins The SEED Center as an Administrative Assistant. Kayla graduated from Purchase College in with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications; she spent her college years focusing on marketing, social media and community outreach for various grassroots and non-profit organizations. Kayla has a passion for learning about and understanding people from all walks of life and offering a helping hand wherever it may be needed. She looks forward to bringing her talents and passions to The SEED Center. 

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!

Supriya Kotalwar, MS, Accounts Receivable

Supriya grew up in India where she studied Computer applications, graduating BCA from the University of Mumbai. She also received a medical coding certification from AAPC. She brings her mathematical and computer skills as well as her love and passion for helping people in our office. 

Clinical Supervisors

Emily Blau, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA

Emily Blau joins The SEED Center as a Behavior Technician. 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.

Evangelina Baez, MS, BCBA, LBA

Evangelina Baez joins the SEED Center as a Licensed Behavior Analyst and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She received her BS in Psychology with a Neuroscience track from The Pennsylvania State University. After graduation she began working as a Behavior Therapist and was inspired to pursue her MS in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism from The Sage Colleges. She has been dedicated to the field for 10 years and has worked in various clinical and educational settings. She is thankful to have the opportunity to make a positive impact and bring joy to the lives of others.

Samantha Moseley, MA, BCBA, LBA

Samantha joins The SEED Center as a Licensed Behavior Analyst and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Baltimore, a MS degree in Psychology with a concentration in Child and Adolescent Development from  Southern New Hampshire University, and an Applied Behavior Analysis Graduate Certificate from Arizona State University.With 5 years experience in Applied Behavior Analysis, she has worked in multiple settings including inpatient, home, center, and school where she has devoted her time and skills to supporting children between the ages of 3-21 achieve a higher quality of life.

Grace Yang, MA, BCBA, LBA

Grace joins The SEED Center as a Registered Behavior technician. She holds a Bachelor’s in Human Services from the University of Delaware and a Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis from Westfield State University. Grace has experience working as an RBT for individuals diagnosed with ASD for over 3 years. She is currently studying to become a BCBA and hopes to get her license by the end of this year! 

Paige Sands, MS, BCBA, LBA

Paige joins The SEED Center as a Licensed Behavior Analyst and Board-Certified Behavior Analyst. She received her B.S. from University of New Haven and her M.S. from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Applied Behavior Analysis. She has experience with a variety of neuro-atypical populations, ages ranging from children to young adults.  Paige is known for working with clients and families wherever and how-ever they need her, be it home, school or anywhere in the community.  She has been part of the field for five years and is passionate about ensuring the long-term success of her clients and their families.  In her spare time Paige enjoys reading, writing, playing games and training in martial arts.

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.

Paule Bien-Aime, RBT

Paule joins The SEED Center as a Behavior Technician. She has over five years of experience in the ABA field and takes pride in her work knowing the difference she is making in the lives of others. Paule finds it extremely rewarding to build relationships with both the client and their family and loves seeing their progress over time. Paule is motivated to be successful in her work and aims to go above and beyond to make sure her clients’ needs are being met. She is excited to continue her career in ABA with The SEED Center! 

Behavior Technicians

Fabienne Joseph, BT

Fabienne joins The Seed Center as a Behavior Technician. Fabienne is a local resident of Stamford, Connecticut and is a graduate of Stamford High School. Fabienne is also working on becoming a Registered Behavior Technician and potentially becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst once she completes her RBT Exam. Throughout the years, she has worked with many kids in the Sunday school program at New Beginnings Church and has also worked with kids with disabilities. Fabienne is passionate and excited for this new opportunity to working with kids and making a difference in the lives of many families and individuals!

Jessica VanDerheyden, BT

Jessica VanDerheyden joins The SEED Center as a Behavior Technician. Jessica was born and raised right here in Stamford Connecticut, and graduated from The Academy of Information, Technology and Engineering. Jessica is dedicated to becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and is working hard to pass her RBT Exam. Prior to working for The Seed Center, Jessica has completed 12 years of working directly with children who have special needs, including the instruction of Taekwondo, swimming and tutoring. Jessica has two children aged six and four, one of whom has special needs himself. Jessica is excited to be able to make a true difference in the quality of life not only for children, but their families as well. 

Shauntel Hylton, BT

Shauntel joins The SEED Center as a Behavior Technician. She is currently working toward her degree in Social Work with a minor in Psychology at Southern Connecticut State University. She loves interacting with children, and is passionate about making a difference in their lives! Shauntel is excited for the opportunity to be at SEED, and is looking forward to growing with us! 

Alexis Raviol, BT

Alexis Raviol joins The SEED Center as a Behavior Technician. She is currently attending Fairfield University to attain her Bachelor’s degree in Economics and minoring in sociology and women, gender, and sexuality studies. She volunteered at the Bronxville Elementary Schools speech pathology department where she shadowed a professional speech pathologist who worked with children with language disorders articulation and who have general ed setting with IEP or 594 plans building level students. She also spent the last two summers working as a counselor at Eastchester Recreation Camp and has an extensive background working with children of all ages. Alexis’s goal is to work with children to improve their confidence, articulation, and skills to improve their quality of life. 

Pia Reyes, BT

Pia joins the SEED Center as a Behavior Technician. She has past experience working in preschool and as a para in the public school system. Pia is currently working towards her Bachelor’s in Special Education. She hopes to grow as an educator at the SEED Center and plans to become an RBT.

Brittany Giusti, BA, BT

Brittany joins the SEED center as a Behavior Technician. She holds a BA in Psychology focusing on child development from Nichols College. Brittany has eight years experience  working with children with autism. From working in the public school systems to private in home care. She is extremely passionate about what she does. On her free time she likes to cook and make wire art jewelry. Brittany plans to become an RBT soon then focus on getting her Master’s. 

Rhianna McChain, BA, BT

Rhianna McChain joins The SEED Center as a Behavior Technician. She holds a Bachelor of the Arts in psychology from Manhattanville College and has spent her professional career working extensively with children. She is excited to continue her career in childcare with The SEED Center working with individuals on the spectrum. Rhianna hopes to receive a masters degree in the field of Communication Disorders and is looking forward to becoming a registered Behavior Technician. 

Kristin Osburn, BS, BA, Behavior Technician

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. 

Jessica Giovannetti, BA, BT

Jessica Giovannetti joins The Seed Center as a Behavior Technician. Currently, she is studying to get her Master’s in Social Work at Fordham University. In her professional experience, she has worked at Four Winds Hospital with adolescents to provide support to mental health patients. During her time there she has worked closely with patients to ensure they follow treatment plans, observe and report behavioral changes or patterns, and assist with daily living tasks. Jessica has experience with individuals as well as groups and has adequate experience in staff training. Through her practice, Jessica hopes to be able to apply the skills she’s learned to provide excellent care for children and adults who experience educational, developmental, and emotional disorders. 

Riley Myers, BS, BT

Riley Myers joins The SEED Center as a Behavior technician after being in the field of ABA for three years. Riley has a degree in Human Services and has worked with Children on the Autism Spectrum for over 10 years. Riley feels that every experience is extremely unique when it comes to working with children, and the wisdom ones gains from it teaches you that the seed of a child’s essence is matched with its innocence. He believes that’s where you find the strength to keep being of service. Riley is excited to continue his career in ABA with The SEED Center and continue to provide support for children on the spectrum and their families. 

Audrey Rowe, BA, BT

Audrey joins The SEED Center as a Behavior Technician. Audrey grew up in Darien, CT and attended college in Hamden, CT where she received a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Communications. After graduating from Quinnipiac University, she accepted her first job as a Behavior Therapist for Aspire Living and Learning. Through this job, Audrey had the opportunity to work one-on-one with a variety of students on the spectrum. Audrey fell in love with supporting students and she is eager and excited to further her experience and education by receiving a Master’s Degree in a field where she can continue to support children.

Estevan Garcia, BT

Estevan Garcia joins The SEED Center as a Behavior Technician. He has two years of experience working in Childhood Education and is certified in CPR, AED, and First Aid. Estevan wishes to further his education and become a BCBA in the future. He is dedicated to his work and wants to devote his time to being a positive influence on the lives of individuals on the spectrum. Estevan is thrilled to be starting his career in ABA therapy with The SEED Center team! 

Janelle Allen, BT

Janelle joins The SEED Center as a Behavior Technician. Janelle is a resident of Bridgeport and has worked with both children and adults with disabilities for the past 20 years. Janelle is passionate about the people she serves and strives to make a difference in their lives. She is excited to bring her talents to The SEED Center team! 

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. 

Elizabeth Steger, BA, BT

Elizabeth joins The SEED Center as a Behavior Technician. Elizabeth grew up in Rye Brook, NY and attended college at both Western New England University and Marietta College where she received her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Psychology. She fell in love with the field and is excited to further her career by attending graduate school to get her Master’s Degree in Counseling. Elizabeth is excited to bring her love for helping others and psychological knowledge to The SEED Center.

Caleb Bailey, BA, BT

Caleb Bailey joins The SEED Center as a 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!

Christal Malcolm, AS, BT

Christal Malcolm joins The SEED Center as a Behavior Technician. She has a degree in Science and Criminal Justice from Colorado Technical University. As a previous Direct Support Professional, much of her duties were based on physical care for individuals with developmental disability. After three years of working in this field, she knew that this would ultimately be the path she would follow for most of her career. Christal wants to utilize her time with The SEED Center to learn how she can better serve individuals on the autism spectrum and change lives. She thrives for a positive learning experience and hopes to grow at The SEED Center into a blooming flower!

Lilian Matute, BA, BT

Lilian joins The SEED Center as a Behavior Technician. She is a Stamford native who recently graduated class of 2021 from Southern Connecticut State University with a BA in psychology. Lilian eventually plans to pursue her masters degree after exploring the career path of ABA therapy. She is ecstatic to be joining The SEED Center and learning as much as she can from her new peers! 

Stephanie Shalhoub, BT

Stephanie joins the SEED as a Behavioral Technician. She is a senior at Manhattanville College and is expected to graduate in May with her BA in Psychology. She also is working towards a minor in criminal law, and she has worked with children from ages 2 to 15 years old in various settings. Specifically, she been the leader of a camp group, where she gained knowledge and experience of working with children. She has worked in a preschool classroom as well as numerous sports programs. Stephanie is very excited to continue working with children at The SEED Center, and to develop new skills!

Genesis Cruickshank, BS, BT

Genesis joins The SEED Center as a behavior technician. Genesis is a graduate from the Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. Genesis is currently enrolled in a Masters program at Russell Sage College in an Applied Behavior Analysis and autism program with the goal to become a BCBA. Genesis has worked as a teachers assistant with kids from ages 2-10 for 5 years.  Genesis has also worked as a camp counselor since she was 15 years old. Genesis is looking forward to continuing her work with children with The SEED Center. 

Terry Jones, MS, BT

Terry joins the SEED team as a BT. 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 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!

Gail Steward, BA, BT

Gail joins the SEED Center as a 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! 

Zachary Moore, BA, BT

Zachary joins The SEED Center as a Behavior Technician. Zachary graduated from Mercy College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and spent his time post-grad working with individuals on the autism spectrum. He has a passion for helping others and is looking forward to continuing his career with The SEED Center where he hopes to make a positive impact on all the children he works with! 

Kenya Pastures, BT

Kenya Pastures joins The SEED Center as a Behavior Technician. She has an educational background in psychology and has experience working with individuals with dementia, Alzheimer’s, and other disabilities. Further into her career, Kenya began to dedicate her time to working in behavioral health with individuals on the autism spectrum. Through working with this population, she was able to cultivate her passion for helping others. Kenya strives to make a change in the lives of others, specifically the youth. She plans to spend her time with The SEED Center mastering ABA, while learning and growing alongside her amazing team members!

Julia Jagodzinski, BA, BT

Julia joins The SEED Center as a Behavior Technician. She graduated from the University of Connecticut with a BA in Psychology. Julia plans to continue her education and earn her Master’s Degree. She is currently working towards becoming a RBT. Julia loves working with kids and is passionate about making a difference. She is excited to be part of the team and for all the opportunities to make a meaningful impact at The SEED Center.