The Team > Leadership

Executive Team

 

Suzanne LetsoSuzanne Letso, M.A. BCBA
Chief Executive Officer

Suzanne Letso is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Milestones Behavioral Services (formerly Connecticut Center for Child Development). Suzanne currently serves as the founding President of the Behavior Analyst Leadership Council, as a member of the Board of Directors of the Council of Autism Service Providers, on the Association for Professional Behavior Analysts’ Advisory Board, the Scientific Advisory Board for the Organization for Autism Research, and as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for Marrakech, Inc.

Suzanne has also served as the Treasurer and member of the Board of Directors for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, and has participated in the establishment and management of a number of other service organizations, autism-related initiatives, and state task forces. Suzanne was the recipient of: the Association for Professional Behavior Analysts’ 2016 Jerry Shook Award, which honors individuals whose achievements have enhanced the value of sound professional credentials in the practice of applied behavior analysis; the Marrakech Founders’ Advocacy Award in 2009; and Enterprising Women magazine’s Advocate of the Year Award in 2007.

Suzanne is a registered lobbyist for the Connecticut General Assembly, and has worked as an advocate on a number of legislative issues in the states of Connecticut and Alaska. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, licensed as a Behavior Analyst in New York and Massachusetts.

She is also the parent of a son with autism.


Roger LetsoRoger Letso
Chief Financial Officer

Roger Letso is the co-founder and CFO of Milestones Behavioral Services. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with concentrations in Operations Management and Marketing from Bowling Green State University, an MBA in Finance/MIS from Case Western University, passed the CPA exam in 2002 and has taken and passed FINRA Series 7 General Securities Representative and Series 63 Uniform Security Agent exams.

Roger was a Purchasing Agent for industrial and telecommunication divisions of Exxon, Purchasing Manager for a medical device manufacturing arm of Baxter Travenol Labs, Vice President of Marketing for an import business and a Marketing Executive for appliance manufacturers Cuisinart and Waring as well having experience with a local CPA firm. Roger has extensive experience in product and business development, purchasing, company acquisitions, operations and branding and shares 3 patents.

Roger was instrumental in Milestones 2010 expansion to the new Wolf Harbor Road facility in Milford, and continues to be involved with CCCD’s development and expansion into new sites including the new Milestones acquisition and renovation at 339 Boston Post Road in Orange. Roger oversees a growing staff responsible for finance and accounting, physical plant and transportation, technology, communication, security and human resources.

Roger has served on the board of Alpine Learning Center and is a member of the Newtown Public Building and Site Commission since 2010.

Roger is also the parent of a son with autism.

 


 

Leadership Team

 

Aimee HarayAimee Haray, M.S., BCBA
Clinical Director, Wolf Harbor Campus

Aimee holds a Master of Science in Behavior Analysis, is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and has been in the field of autism treatment since 1997, providing services for children with autism across private schools and group homes as well as in home and community settings. Aimee joined Milestones in 1999. During her time here, she has served as a Direct Instructor, Assistant
Clinical Director, and is currently a Clinical Director at the Wolf Harbor Campus. Aimee also provides support to the afterschool programs and Adult Day program and mentors candidates seeking their BCBA certification.

In addition to her responsibilities in and around Milestones, Aimee has presented lectures and workshops on autism and ABA at local and national conferences.

 

MorrellCresse Morell
Clinical Director, Boston Post Road Campus
Cresse holds a Master’s Degree of Science from the University of North Texas and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She has delivered multiple research based presentations at national and international conferences and served as a board member and co-conference planning committee member for the Virginia Association of Behavior Analysis. Cresse began working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) at Milestones when the school opened in 1997 serving first as an Instructional Assistant, Behavior Analyst and finally, Assistant Clinical Director. While at Milestones, she participated in the launching of a school in New Hampshire, ultimately taking the role of Clinical Director and serving as part of a leadership team as the school grew from 3 to 19 students. Prior to returning to Milestones, Cresse held multiple positions leading teams of professionals in developing and implementing evidence based intervention for students with ASD as well as developing agency-wide protocols and procedures for large scale change, and training systems for parents and staff. Cresse has also worked directly with public school administration at building and district levels to coordinate and implement appropriate and effective educational services.

 

KuhnDavid E. Kuhn, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Director, Advanced Intervention Program

Dr. David Kuhn is the Director of the Advanced Intervention program at Milestones. He earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Louisiana State University, specializing in intellectual and developmental disabilities. Dr. Kuhn is a licensed psychologist in New York and Connecticut and a doctoral-level Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Prior to joining Milestones, Dr. Kuhn was the Clinical
Director of the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Co-Director of the Behavioral Psychology Program at the Westchester Institute for Human Development, and Senior Behavior Analyst on the Neurobehavioral Unit at Kennedy Krieger Institute. He has held faculty appointments at Columbia University, Weill Cornell Medical College, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Queens College, and the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. From 2006-2007, Dr. Kuhn served as President of the Maryland Association for Behavior Analysis. He has been a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis since 2006 and has co-authored over 20 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. His clinical and research interests focus on the application and adaptation of principles of applied behavior analysis towards skill acquisition and behavior reduction among individuals diagnosed with autism or other intellectual and developmental disabilities.

 

CranmerElizabeth Cranmer, M.S., BCBA
Clinical Director, Wolf Harbor Campus

Liz holds a Master of Science in Behavior Analysis, is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and has worked in the field of autism treatment since 2001, providing services for children with autism in private school, home, and community settings. She is currently a Clinical Director at the Wolf Harbor Campus. During her time at Milestones, she has also served as Clinical Director of Consultative Services, providing in-home consultation, professional trainings, as well as mentorship for candidates pursuing their BCBA certification. In addition to her responsibilities at Milestones, Liz has presented lectures and workshops on autism and ABA at local and national conferences.

 

 

BerardescaJoanna Berardesca, M.S.
Special Education Coordinator, Wolf Harbor Campus
Joanna holds a certification in Special Education for grades K-12 and Master’s degree in Autism Spectrum Disorder. She began working at Milestones in 2007 as an Instructional Assistant. In 2008, she became a Special Education Teacher and taught in the classroom for five years. She transitioned into her current role as a Special Education Coordinator for Team 1 at the Wolf Harbor campus in 2013. She currently provides support for children ranging in age from 3-15, in addition to providing direct training and mentorship to Special Education Teachers. Joanna is responsible for supporting and consulting within all aspects of the Special Education Teacher role, some of which include IEP development, classroom management, and student assessments. Joanna also currently acts as a TEAM mentor and supports beginning teachers through the TEAM process.

 

 

PalazzoJudith L. Palazzo, M.S., BCBA
Director of Behavioral Services, Across Campuses

Judy joined Milestones in 1999 and is the Director of Behavioral Services. She is responsible for supervising and supporting Milestones’ Clinical Directors to ensure high quality services for all Milestones students and families. This includes student program development (i.e. skill acquisition/behavior intervention), staff/parent training, mentorship in Behavior Analysis, and systems to support such services. Judy directs and provides ABA consultative outreach services in public school, home, and community settings, and provides mentorship and supervision to individuals pursuing national certification in Behavior Analysis.

Judy holds a Master of Science in Special Education, is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and has worked in the field of autism treatment since 1990, providing services for children with autism across public and private schools as well as home and community settings. She helped develop the Milestones Consultative Services Program, which she continues to oversee. Through Milestones, she has consulted various schools and agencies on the startup of new programs as well as on the improvement of existing services for people with autism. In 2013, Judy helped start the first ABA school program in the state of Alaska.

Judy was a founding member and served on the Executive Council of the Connecticut State Chapter of the Association for Behavior Analysis (CTABA) for two years and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Behavior Analyst Leadership Council (BALC).

Judy has presented various lectures and workshops on autism and applied Behavior Analysis at local, national and international conferences (e.g. Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI), Association for Professional Behavior Analysts (APBA), Organization for Autism Research (OAR), and other local ABA chapter organizations) over the last 20 years.

 

Julio RuizJulio Ruiz, M.S., BCBA
Assistant Director of Consultative Services

Julio holds a Master of Science in Behavior Analysis, is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and has worked in the field of autism treatment since 2001, providing services for individuals with autism in private school, home, and community settings. Julio began at Milestones in 2001 during his undergraduate career, where he served as an intern. Julio returned to Milestones in 2002, where he has served in many roles, including instructional assistant, senior behavior analyst, and assistant clinical director at the Wolf Harbor Campus. Julio is currently the Assistant Director of Consultative Services, working with public school systems and providing BCBA/BCaBA supervision support.

 

 

Marino-HartmannKristine L. Marino-Hartmann, M.S., BCBA
Clinical Director, Boston Post Road Campus

Kristine is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and NY Licensed Behavior Analyst, with a Master’s degree in Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas. She has worked in the field of autism and ABA since 2000. Throughout her career, Kristine has worked with children, adolescents and young adults in private school, public school, home and community settings. She assisted in the start-up of the Bridgeport Avenue campus in 2007, and currently serves as the Clinical Director of this program, now housed in the Boston Post Road Campus facility. Kristine has presented at local and national conferences, has been on the Executive Council of the Connecticut Association of Behavior Analysis, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Behavior Analyst Leadership Council.

 

 

GregoryLisa Gregory, M.S.
Principal / Director of Special Education, Across Campuses

Lisa holds a Sixth Year Professional Diploma of Advanced Studies, 092 Certification in Educational Leadership, Master of Science in Serious Emotional Disabilities, and is a certified Special Education Teacher. She has worked in the field of autism since 2002, when she interned at The New England Center for Children, and has provided services for children with autism in private school, home, and community settings. Lisa joined Milestones in 2003. During her time here, she has served as an Intern, Instructional Assistant, Special Education Teacher, Special Education Coordinator, Assistant Director of Special Ed, and is currently the Principal / Director of Special Education.

 

 

D'AmicoMarisa D’Amico, M.A., BCBA
Assistant Clinical Director, Wolf Harbor Campus

Marisa began working for Milestones in 2005 as an instructional assistant. Since then she has held the roles of Extra Steps Supervisor, Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst, and completed her Master’s degree in Special Education. In 2014 she became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She currently provides support for adolescents ranging from 15-21 years old, in addition to providing direct training, and supervision to Registered Behavior Technicians and prospective Behavior Analysts. Marisa is responsible for supporting and consulting with the Special Education teachers and classroom Behavior Analysts, classroom management, and student assessments. She is also an on-site Physical Management Training (PMT) instructor providing initial and on-going training to staff throughout all campuses.

 

 

McCaronMegan McCarron, M.S., BCBA
Director of Support Services, Across Campuses

Megan holds a Master of Science in Child Development, is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and has worked in the field of autism treatment since 1992. Megan has experience providing services for children with autism in private
school, home, and community settings and in new program startup. Megan joined Milestones in 1999. During her time at Milestones, she has served as an Assistant Director in what is now the Wolf Harbor Campus, the Clinical Director at the Bridgeport Ave. Campus, and is currently overseeing the RBT training program across campuses.

In addition to her responsibilities at Milestones, Megan presents lectures and workshops on autism and Behavior Analysis at local and national conferences and served as a subject matter expert at the Behavior Analysis Certification Board.

 

SwanNichole Swan
Director of Adult Day Services

Nichole holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and joined Milestones in 2014 as the Director of Adult Day Services. She has worked with adults with disabilities since 2002, bringing to Milestones extensive knowledge of how to work with the Department of Developmental Services, as well as families and individuals with disabilities. Nichole has experience directing group homes, day programs, and developing programs for adults with disabilities.

 

 

 

 

PleckaitisRebecca Pleckaitis
Special Education Coordinator, Boston Post Road Campus

Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Science in Special Education and is certified in Special Education and Elementary Education. She is completing her Master’s in Educational Leadership. She has been teaching special education since 2005, and programmed for students with special needs in both residential facilities and public school before joining Milestones in 2008. Rebecca has previously served as a Special Education Teacher at Milestones, and is currently the Special Education Coordinator at the Bridgeport Avenue Campus. She provides support for students in grades K-12, overseeing programming and IEP development and implementation for students with higher functioning autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. She is responsible for consulting with special education teachers in developing goals and objectives related to transition planning, grade level curriculum, inclusion and social skills. She is also a TEAM mentor for the Connecticut Teacher Induction Program.

 

SanfordTracy Sanford, M.S.
Assistant Principal / Assistant Director of Special Education

Tracy holds a Master of Science in Special Education, as well as certification as a Special Education Teacher. She has completed her sixth year advanced studies degree in Educational Leadership and holds her certification in intermediate administration (092). Tracy has been teaching and programming for students with autism since 2002, joining Milestones in 2003. She has provided services for students in both the school setting and community settings as well as in-home support. Tracy previously served as a Special Education Teacher and then Assistant Director of Special Education at Milestones, and is currently the Assistant Principal.

 

 

 

SwatkowskiKate Swatkowski, M.S.
Special Education Coordinator, Wolf Harbor Campus

Kate is a Special Education Coordinator for Team 2 at the Wolf Harbor Campus. She attended Southern Connecticut State University where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. After graduating, she returned to SCSU to earn a certification and a Master’s degree in special education. She began working at Milestones in 2012 as an instructional assistant and became a Special Education Teacher in 2013. Kate joined Team 2 and has been a special education coordinator since July, 2016. She currently provides support for students ranging in age from 15-21. Kate is responsible for supporting special education teachers within all aspects of their position, some of which include IEP development, classroom management, and completing student assessments. Kate also currently acts as a TEAM mentor and supports beginning teachers through the TEAM process.

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