Our Team

Safety Care Crisis Prevention Training

All of our staff receive training in Safety Care. Safety-Care teaches staff a wide range of verbal and physical prevention strategies based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis.  The preventative focus is designed to be an active part of our organization’s restraint prevention and elimination initiative. Safety-Care training incorporates the latest research, most current regulatory practices, and extensive practical experience in modern educational, psychiatric, and healthcare settings. Course material is updated regularly in response to the latest developments in behavioral safety interventions.  Safety-Care is a different kind of crisis prevention and management program. Instead of focusing on coercion, limit setting, and other power struggle tactics, Safety-Care uses a more humane, person-centered, and effective approach that uses functionally based interventions that minimize inadvertent reinforcement of challenging behaviors. Our team learns how to prevent behavioral challenges and respond to them if necessary thereby reducing the frequency of incidents in the least restrictive approach.

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.

Amanda Morales, MA, BCBA, LBA, Director of Operations and Human Resources

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. 

Betzy Ayala, MS, Clinical Coordinator

Betzy joins The SEED Center as a Clinical Coordinator. She has worked in the public school systems as a para-educator for the past 11 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 Psychology 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!

Marisa Kelly, Accounts Receivable

Marisa is excited to join The SEED Center family as the Patient Accounts Manager. She has been in all aspects of administration in the medical field since 2001, including but not limited to daily claims submissions, insurance verifications, obtaining insurance authorizations, payment posting, claims follow-up, patient statements, and etc. Marisa‘s goal here at The SEED center is to address any payment issues or concerns that may arise during treatment and improve the overall experience.

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.

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.

Kristin Osburn, MA, BCBA, LBA

Kristin joins the SEED Center with her BS in Psychology from the University of Rhode Island. Her Masters degree is in Applied Behavior Analysis from Western Connecticut State University.She became a BCBA after completing her coursework and fieldwork hours through the SEED Center. After working with the company for two years as a behavioral technician, she is excited to start her new role as a BCBA!

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!

Miriangely Salto, BA, RBT

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!

Amanda Wilkins, RBT

Amanda Wilkins joins The SEED Center as a Registered 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. 

Sarah Bazata, BA, RBT

Sarah joins The SEED Center as a Registered Behavior Technician. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from Villanova University. She has been teaching preschool for the last five years and possesses ample ABA internship and research experience. Sarah is extremely excited to be starting her career as a member of The SEED Center team!

David Acocella, BA, RBT

David Acocella joins The SEED Center as a Behavior Technician. He holds a BA in Psychology from Binghamton University. He has spent substantial time working at after-school and summer programs for teenagers with intellectual and developmental disabilities. David is eager to join The SEED Center team, dive into ABA, and help make a difference in the lives and development of learners on the Autism Spectrum!
 
 

Sophia Porzio, RBT

Sophia Porzio joins The SEED Center as a floater Behavior Technician. She is a student at UCONN Stamford campus, working towards a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She has worked with children in the past through the Horizons Bridgeport program, which supports students as they progress through their educational journey. Sophia is very excited to start working with learners and helping them meet their goals. She is also looking forward to gaining many new skills!

Behavior Technicians

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 Center 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.

Anejah McLaurin, BA, BT

Anejah joins The SEED Center as a Behavior Technician. She recently received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Human Development and Family Sciences from the University of Connecticut. She has volunteered in daycare settings working with children 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, BT

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 associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education, along with a Master’s Degree in Special Education. He is currently enrolled at 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 the lives of children while supporting their families. 

Juliana Flores, BT

Juliana joins The SEED Center as a Behavior Technician. She is a student at Housatonic Community College working on her associate’s degree in Psychology. Juliana is planning on earning her bachelor’s degree at Southern Connecticut State University. She is excited to join The SEED Center and ready to learn more about Applied Behavior Analysis.

Stephanie Becerra, BS, BT

Stephanie joins The SEED Center as a Behavior Technician. She holds a degree in Criminal Justice and has a diverse background in law. Stephanie is passionate about early childhood and being able to help and make a difference in children’s lives.  She intends to pursue her career and earn her master’s degree.

Lizbeth Rosario, BS, BT

Lizbeth 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 in numerous residential settings. Lizbeth is hoping to enroll in a program to earn her MSW within the next year.

Leanna Seepersad, BS, BT

Leanna joins The SEED Center as a Behavior Technician. She graduated from Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry with a bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science and a minor in Childhood Education. She is currently earning her master’s in education and looks forward to utilizing her knowledge in this field to help children. Leanna has several years of experience working with children of all ages. She is very excited about this opportunity to continue to watch children grow and develop into confident, self-sufficient learners. Leanna is thrilled to be starting her career as an ABA Therapist with the SEED Center as a team!

Tanaka Saint Louis, BT

Tanaka Saint Louis joins The SEED Center as a Behavior Technician. She is currently a student at Western Connecticut State University (West Conn) and is getting her Bachelor’s in Sociology with a minor in Psychology. In her free time, she likes to watch movies and listen to podcasts. Tanaka has experience as a preschool teacher’s aide and is excited about connecting with all of the learners at The SEED Center. 

Keisha Fletcher, BA, BT

Keisha joins The SEED Center as a Behavior Technician. She is an educator, with over twenty years of experience working with children between the ages of 11- 18. Keisha is passionate about working with children to assist them to become
productive members of society by focusing on their abilities instead of their disabilities. She is planning on pursuing her Masters in Special Education to better serve the learners at The SEED Center.

Kendra Velasquez, BT

Kendra Velasquez joins The SEED Center as a Behavior Technician. She is currently a student at the University of Connecticut, pursuing her BA in both Human Rights and Psychology. She has a strong commitment to supporting underserved and disadvantaged areas, especially children. To aid in the growth of children into contributing members of society, she wishes to get experience working with children’s abilities. Her passion is advocating for human rights in all fields, such as law, healthcare, social resources, and mental health. She has worked with children at a summer camp and been a mentor for incoming college freshmen. Kendra is eager to learn new skills in order to best help children reach their full potential through ABA.

Angie Guzman, BT

Angie Guzman joins The SEED center as a behavior technician. She is a current University of Connecticut student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a human development and family sciences minor. Angie has been working in child care for more than six years. She has spent the majority of her time working with kids in daycare settings as a lead teacher, but she has also worked with kids of all ages at camps and as a mentor. Angie is excited to be a part of The SEED center. She is ready to build relationships with her clients and change the lives of children on the spectrum.

Briana Sinclair, BT

Briana joins The SEED Center as a Behavioral Technician. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at the University of Connecticut. She has worked as a camp counselor where she worked with children ages 5-10 years old. She also worked as a Residential Assistant where she gained a lot of interpersonal experience with her residents. Her passions consist of helping others, doing calming activities such as yoga and listening to music. She plans to pursue her masters degree in either ABA therapy or social work as she continues to grow and gain experience in the field here at The SEED Center.

Noel Levvis, BS, BT

Noel Levvis joins The SEED Center as a Behavior Technician. He received his BS in Communications from Southern Connecticut State University as well as his Certification in Audio Production from Boston University. Noel has been working with multiple individuals with ASD both professionally and personally for the last 6 years. He is very excited to provide proper care and education for clients and hopes to continue to learn from and grow within this community. 

Sara Molina, BA, BT

Sara joins The SEED Center as a Behavior Technician with a BA in Human Development and Family Sciences from the University of Connecticut. She has many years of experience, working these past two years at the Greenwich school system and through Synergy Child Care. Sara has a passion for seeing children succeed and reach their full potential. She plans to continue her studies in pursuit of a master’s in clinical social work and is excited to strengthen her knowledge through her experiences at The SEED Center.

Christian Robinson, BT

Christian Robinson joins The SEED Center as a Behavior Technician. He received his BA in Communications from Western Connecticut State University and completed The Masters of Psychology Program at Capella University. He has over 6 years experience working with multiple individuals within the Stamford School District. Christian started his journey as a Para-educator and moved his way up into an ASD room where he was first introduced to ABA. He is very excited to fulfill his dreams of becoming a BCBA, as he continues to grow at The SEED Center and gain experience using ABA in a different setting. 

 

Brittany Barnes, BT

Brittany Barnes joins The SEED Center as a Behavior Technician. She graduated from a great college and is looking forward to continuing her psychology education in the near future. Brittany has a passion for working with kids and made a big difference within the past five years as a private school teacher in Stamford and Greenwich. After five years of teaching she wanted to help in a different way which brought her to The SEED Center; where she is excited to see and learn more about ABA. 

Tamara Gelin, BT

Tamara joins The SEED Center as a Behavior Technician. She is a student at the University of Connecticut studying Human Development and Family Sciences. She plans to pursue her masters degree in the near future. Tamara has experience working with kids of all ages, mentoring 4th and 5th graders as well as working in a daycare setting with children from ages 1-3 years old. She has always had a passion in supporting younger children’s needs and is very excited to be apart of this team where she can continue to grow in this role!

Cere Louis, BT

Cere joins The SEED Center as a Behavior Technician. She graduated from Western Connecticut State University with a degree in Psychology. She has worked in the direct care field for over 3 years with a wide range of individuals who have autism and intellectual disabilities. Cere hopes working at The SEED Center will expand her experience and interests in possibly becoming a BCBA!

Felix Belgrove, MA, BT

Felix joins The SEED center as a Behavior Technician.  He has a BA in Psychology and an MA with a concentration in school counseling from Manhattan College. Felix has developed a passion for working with young children as a youth basketball coach, para educator, and most recently as a school counselor.  He is excited to expand his practice by becoming a BCBA, continuing to make a difference in the lives of children while positively supporting their families.

 

Kaitlin Sheerin, BT

Kaitlin joins The SEED Center as a Behavior Technician. She is currently a student at Marist College pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Kaitlin enjoys working with children and experience working with children with Autism. She is excited to be a part of The Seed Center team!

Joshue Ramirez, BT

Joshue joins The SEED Center as a Behavior Technician. He is a student at Westchester Community College working on his associate’s degree in Medical Science. Joshue is compassionate and caring and enjoys working with children to provide a nurturing and safe environment for them. He is excited to join The SEED Center and ready to learn more about Applied Behavior Analysis.

Alexandra Alcin, BT

Alexandra joins The SEED Center as a Behavior Technician. She is a current student at Norwalk Community College majoring in Psychology.She has taken multiple psych classes during high school which has allowed her to expand her knowledge about this field. Alexandra grew up babysitting and that’s where her love for children was born. She also has additional experience with kids working at a daycare with ages 1-5. She is very excited to learn new skills and see herself grow within this role at The SEED Center!

Ted Holahan, BT

Ted Holahan joins The SEED Center as a Behavior Technician. He graduated from St. Mary’s University with a bachelor’s degree in Human Services. Ted is a teacher assistant for a transition program in the New Canaan Public Schools working to help others gain more independence. He is excited to work at The SEED Center to learn more about ABA and continue making a difference.

 

Jennifer Jacobs, BT

Jennifer Jacobs joins The SEED Center as a Behavior Technician. She is attending Rockland Community College pursuing to become an OT Practitioner. She aspires to provide a nurturing environment to help improve skills and promote independence. Jennifer is excited and hopes that working at The SEED Center will broaden her exposure and deepen her interest in the potential pursuit of also becoming a BCBA.

Jayda Dupree, BT

Jayda joins The SEED Center as a Behavior Technician. She is currently a student at Lincoln Tech Institution in the Medical Assistant program. Jayda prides herself in making a difference in her community through determination, passion, and character.  She is a firm believer that the key to success lies in the hands of our youth. Jayda’s goal is to surround herself with positive influencers so that eventually she can assist in leading her generation in success. Jayda has worked with kids ages 0-19 for 5 years. She strongly agrees with the quote “We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for our future.”- Franklin D. Roosevelt. At The SEED Center Jayda believes she will have the opportunity to transform herself and unleash her full potential.

Sontee Rouzier, BT

Sontee Rouzier joins The SEED Center as a Behavior Technician. She is currently pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Communications at Norwalk Community College. She has a strong foundation in psychology from taking multiple high school and college classes. Sontee has hands-on experience working with children with ASD ages 1-12. Her compassionate and caring nature fuels her commitment to providing a safe and nurturing environment for children. Eager to acquire new skills and delve into Applied Behavior Analysis, Sontee is excited about her growth journey at The SEED Center!
 

Cynthia Lopez, BT

Cynthia joins The SEED Center as a Behavior Technician. She currently holds her associate’s degree in Social Science Psychology from Westchester Community College, and now a current student at Mercy University. She will be graduating with her BA in psych December 2024 in hopes of becoming a Clinical Psychologist in the future. Cynthia has a passion for assessing those with mental, behavioral and emotional disorders. She is very patient and empathetic and knows that The Seed Center will open new doors for her as far as learning new life skills that’ll be needed for the future. 

Jenny Pastrana, BT

Jenny Pastrana joins The SEED Center as a Behavior Technician. She is a student at Norwalk Community College majoring in Psychology Studies; Jenny is working towards earning her bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She has over 3 years of experience working in disability services. She is very passionate about the work she does and always strives for making a positive difference in the lives of her clients and their families. She is very excited to be a part of The SEED Center, and looks forward to expanding her knowledge and experience. 

 

Ashley Fludd, BT

Ashley joins The SEED Center as a Behavior Technician. Ashley has over five years of experience working in child care as a daycare lead teacher. She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science. Ashley is excited to join The SEED Center and learn more about Applied Behavioral Analysis.