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, 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.

Joanna Herrera, Client Account Manager

Joanna joins The SEED Center as the Client Account Manager. She graduated from Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Accounting. Her previous job was at Diversified Recovery Solutions in Westchester as an Accounts Receivable Specialist and an Administrative Assistant. Her role at DRS was to perform financial reports for company clients and to complete administrative office work for the CEO of the Company. Joanna has a nice personality with a lot of energy and a great smile that makes everyone feel welcome.  She has worked previously with children who need physical therapy, and enjoys working with individuals with disabilities and loves to see their joy and happiness.

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.

Amanda Sanchioni, BFA, Administrative Assistant

Amanda joins The SEED Center as an Administrative Assistant. Amanda graduated from University of Connecticut Storrs with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Illustration and Animation. She previously worked in Stamford as a marketing assistant and has experience in social media marketing. She has also spent several years as a server and has a lot of experience working with different people. She hopes to go back to school and earn a Master’s Degree in Art Therapy and go on to become a Licensed Professional Counselor. Amanda is looking forward to working at The SEED Center and learning more about working with individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities.

Clinical Supervisors

Amanda Morales, MA, BCBA, LBA

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. 

Christina Ferrari, MS, BCBA, LBA

Christina joins The SEED Center as a Licensed Behavior Analyst and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She received her B.S. and M.S. in Childhood and Special Education from Manhattan College. She has worked with children in a variety of special education settings in Manhattan. While teaching in a school for children with autism, she realized her passion for ABA and enrolled in the CUNY Hunter program to obtain her advanced certification. Christina is passionate about the field of ABA and loves supporting her clients in becoming as independent as possible. 

Emily Dingersen, MA, BCBA, LBA

Emily joins The SEED Center as a Licensed Behavior Analyst and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She received  her B.A. from SUNY Cortland and her M.A. in Early Childhood/Special Education from Long Island University. She has experience with many different populations of children, however she specializes in working with children on the autism spectrum. She knew from a young age that she wanted to make a positive difference in the everyday lives of children with disabilities, and her passion for Applied Behavior Analysis has allowed her to achieve this goal. 

Kayla Gersten, MS, BCBA, LBA

Kayla Gersten joins The SEED Center as a Licensed Behavior Analyst and Board Certified Behavioral Analyst from North Salem, NY. Kayla graduated from Roger Williams University in 2014 with a Bachelors in Psychology with a minor in theater. Following college, Kayla has worked in a variety of behavioral positions in hospitals and group homes. In 2018, Kayla obtained her Masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. In her free time, Kayla enjoys spending time on the lake with her husband and friends, iced coffee, and watching Friends!

Registered Behavior Technicians

Genese Semey, BS, RBT

Genese Semey joins The SEED Center as a Registered Behavior Technician. She graduated from Fordham University in 2002 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and in April of 2016 obtained certification from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) as a Registered Behavior Technician. Genese has 15 years’ experience working with the autistic population. She has experience with individuals on the spectrum ranging in age from 2 years old up to young adults in their 20s.

Smileyne Charleston, BS, RBT

Smileyne joins The SEED Center as a Registered Behavior Technician. She has over 5 years of experience working with individuals with disabilities, and over 3 years of experience working with individuals with autism.  She entered the field after graduating from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor’s of Science in Allied Health Sciences, wanting to help others increase their own autonomy.  Smileyne has worked providing needs in school-based therapy and in-home support ABA services. Smileyne has a love for helping people and hopes to continue her education to better serve individuals with disabilities, promoting physical activity and self-independence.

Danielle Schwartz, MS, RBT

Danielle joins The SEED Center as a Registered Behavior Technician. She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary and Special Education from the University of Hartford. After she graduated she worked in ABA classrooms in different school districts. From this experience, she decided to continue her education and earned her Master’s of Science in Applied Behavioral Analysis from Northeastern University. Her ultimate goal is become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and help to continue to improve the lives of the children she works with.  Danielle originally started working with children with autism because she has an older sister with autism. Her sister inspired her to help children who may not be able to advocate for themselves.

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!

Kristyn Bastias-Butler, BS, RBT

Kris joins The SEED Center as a Registered Behavior Technician. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Resource Management from Philadelphia University. She has worked with special needs students in a variety of classroom settings for 18 years as a para-educator. Kris loves working with students and is committed to helping them achieve their goals.

Taylor Rubeo, BS, RBT

Taylor joins the SEED Center as a Registered Behavior Technician. She recently graduated from Sacred Heart University with her Bachelor’s in Psychology and a minor in Speech-Language Pathology. She is currently earning her Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis at Drexel University. Her love for speech is what drew her to want to work with children with autism. Taylor has worked with children for a number of years and has experience with children and adolescents who are on the spectrum ranging from ages 3 to 17. She believes that social communication is the key to building stronger relationships and independence.

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!

Elizabeth Cid, BS, RBT

Lizzie joins The Seed Center as a Registered Behavior Technician. She recently graduated from the University of Connecticut with a double major in Human Development & Family Sciences and English. Lizzie has a goal of receiving her Masters in Special Education in the years to come. She has a passion for working with children and changing their lives in the best way possible. 

Jessica Nelson, BS, RBT

Jessica joins The Seed Center as a Registered Behavior Technician. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies with a Social Science and Education track from the University of Kentucky. Jessica has had a large background in working with individuals with special needs, ranging in age from 4 to 60. Jessica is passionate about working with children and hopes to help improve their areas of growth through ABA.

Doron Feller, BS, RBT

Doron joins The SEED Center as a Registered Behavior Technician to create meaningful change in the lives of children who are on the autism spectrum. A third generation native of Stamford, Doron has nearly 10 years of experience volunteering and working with children on the autism spectrum. From the age of 15, he knew that he wanted to devote himself to working within the autistic community to bring both inclusivity and opportunity to a population of children that is often underserved. Outside of The SEED Center, Doron helps run a local day camp for children ages 3-10, with a focus in creating an engaging and accessible environment for each individual camper. He believes that one of the most important aspects of a therapeutic relationship is an appreciation of the unique, individual characteristics that make each child “one of a kind”. He holds a Bachelor’s in Psychological Sciences from the University of Connecticut and is preparing to continue his studies in graduate school studying ABA, working towards his BCBA certification. Doron brings his passion and dedication for serving people in his community to The SEED Center and is excited to create positive outcomes for the individuals and families that he works with.

Behavior Technicians

Emily Blau, M.Ed., BT

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.

Fara Barreto, MA, BT

Fara Barreto joins The SEED Center as a Behavior Technician. She holds a Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Connecticut and a Master’s in Special Education from Fairfield University. Fara has over 10 years experience working with individuals (ages 2-14) with autism and other developmental disabilities. She has provided direct service, staff training, and parent consultations while working in schools, homes, and community-based settings. Her mission is to provide a kinesthetic, individualized approach while making learning fun and enjoyable. She focuses on family engagement and family-school partnerships to support children’s behavior, social-emotional, and academic functioning.

Michael Plunkett, BT

Mike joins The SEED Center as a Behavior Technician, looking to enhance the lives of those on the autism spectrum disorder. Mike graduated with a BA in the Science of Sociology with a minor in Human Rights and Social Justice from Sacred Heart University. With years of experience working in both mental health and education in school and hospital settings, Mike looks to continue applying his proficient therapeutic services to unique individuals and families. Mike is dedicated to providing direct high-quality care for children and adults who experience educational, developmental, and emotional disorders. 

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!

Donique Wint, BS, BT

Donique joins The SEED Center as a Behavior Technician. She holds a Bachelors in Behavioral Science from Mitchell College. She has been a BT for several months and is loving every aspect of helping children with autism spectrum disorder! She is passionate about improving and making a difference in the lives of her clients and their families.

Sarah Zsembik, BS, BT

Sarah joins The SEED Center as a Behavior Technician. She holds a Bachelor’s in Psychological Sciences from Central Connecticut State University. Sarah has a passion for working with children, teens and young adults with developmental disabilities as well as individuals with mental health disorders. She has a 23 year-old sister with special needs, and has worked with her and other children with special needs for over ten years. She hopes to enrich the lives of children who need extra help with certain activities such as school, adapting to social environments, and other daily living skills!

Francinne Anez Moronta, MSW, BT

Francinne joins The SEED Center as a Behavior Technician. She completed her Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work with a concentration on Children and Families from Southern Connecticut State University. She has an Autism Certificate and the Advanced Autism Certificate from the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). She is currently working on achieving her Brain Health Coaching Certification from Dr. Amen Clinics. She has worked with young children and families for more than two years, especially with birth to three and early intervention services. 
 
She is a passionate person and  always wants to keep herself updated in her field. This has inspired her to do a significant number of trainings online, join multiple associations, and go to conferences. She has completed multiple trainings including 
ABA training by the Institute for Behavioral Training, Child Center Play Therapy Training and Continuing Education by Play Therapy Online Training Academy, CBT for ANXIETY: The Beck Approach by The Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy with Children and Families by Trauma-Informed Practices & Expressive Arts Therapy Institute, The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition (ADOS-2) Clinical Workshop by WPSpublish – New York, NY, and others.  
 
She has been a speaker and poster presenter in several conferences (Philadelphia, London, and Madrid), presenting her masters thesis “Origami as A Tool For Social Workers To Assess School-age Children”. Her research is published on ProQuest and ASEAN Journal of Psychiatry. 
 
She speaks Spanish, English, German, and some Norwegian.