Administrative Team

Donn Sottolano, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Director, ACES Behavior Services and Autism Center

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Donn received his Ph.D. in School Psychology from Ball State University in Indiana. As part of his Ph.D. program, Donn completed a pre doctoral internship in the Behavior Psychology Department at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine - Kennedy Center, where he completed rotations in the Self Injury Clinic under Dr's. Brian Iwata and Gary Pace, and the Outpatient Clinic under the direction of Dr's. John Parrish and Terry Page. Prior to coming to ACES, Donn conducted research and published papers in parent training (Kennedy Center), adult feeding programs for people with developmental disabilities (Fircrest School and Hospital, Seattle, WA) and multi-element treatment designs (Ball State University). Donn came to ACES in 1988, at which time he was hired to design and implement behavior services for students participating in ACES programs. The ACES Behavior Services Center currently employs 106 staff, including 3 BCBA-D's, 13 BCBA's, and 1 BCaBA. Donn is currently serving on the Board of The International Behaviorology Institute (TIBI), an independent organization dedicated to promoting the science of applied behavior analysis.

 

James A. Hoko, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Assistant Director, Behavior Services Center

Program Administrator, ACES ABA Autism Program

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Jim received a Ph.D. in Developmental and Child Psychology from the University of Kansas. He has been with ACES since 1988 providing consultation/training primarily in developing pedagogic systems, instructional design, and behavior management.  For four years prior to joining the ACES team, Jim held a Professional Traineeship with the National Institute of Mental Health.  During this time, Jim conducted research and published articles on instructional assessment and pedagogic strategies for children in collaboration with Professor Donald Baer, Barbara Etzel, and Judith LeBlanc from KU’s Department of Human Development and Family Life.  For the past eight years, Jim has provided leadership in the development and management of ACES ABA Autism Programs including the Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention (EIBI) program for students between three and 12 years old as well as the Science-based Approaches to Independence and Life Skills (SAILS) program for older students.  Jim also serves as the Assistant Director for ACES Behavior Services Center.

 

 


 

Consultation Team

Cyndi Giordano, M.A., BCBA

Behavior Analyst, EIBI, Village School Programs

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Cyndi received a B.A. in Psychology and Special Education from Salve Regina University and her M.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis and Special Education from Columbia University. Cyndi's experiences include providing behavior management and education to children at levels ranging from preschool to middle school. She has also conducted research on the effects of stimulus/stimulus pairing procedures and expanding communities of reinforcement for children on the Autism Spectrum. Cyndi has been with ACES since July 2008.

 

Erin Carey-Hearn, M.A., BCBA

Behavior Analyst, CASDD SAILS Program

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Erin received her B.S. in literature, social psychology, and American studies at New York University and her M.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis from Western Michigan University.  Erin conducted research in introducing the picture exchange communication system in pre-school settings, as well as work in field of organizational behavior management. Erin worked in New York in a Developmental Disabilities Center servicing students with autism. Erin has recently moved from BSC Consultation Services to participate in the development and implementation of the new Center for Autism Spectrum and Developmental Disorders SAILS program for adolescents with autism and related disorders.

 

Carrie Hartman, M.S., BCBA

Behavior Analyst, BSC Consultation Services

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Carrie received her M.S. in Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas and a B.A. in speech pathology from the University of Florida. Since Carrie's arrival in CT., in 2004, she has taught courses in Behavior Analysis at the University of Connecticut, helped develop guidelines for the ACES Home Outreach Program, serviced families in the home and community, and has assisted school districts in designing effective environments for children with autism. Carrie conducted research in stimulus equivalence while at UNT.

 

Jorge Garcia, M.A., BCBA

Behavior Analyst, BSC Consultation Services

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Jorge received his B.A. in psychology from the University of California and his M.A. in Human Development at the University of Kansas, studying under Dr. Don Baer and other prominent leaders in the field of Behavior Analysis. Jorge has been working as a behavior analyst since 1989 and has been with the ACES BSC team since 2003. Jorge's prior experience includes staff training and consultation with Head Start.

 

 

Jennifer Phillips, M.S., BCBA

Behavior Analyst, BSC Consultation Services

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Jennifer received her M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis in Developmental Disabilities from Auburn University and her B.A. in psychology from the University of Maine at Farmington. She has been working with individuals and families since 2004 and consulting in school systems since 2005. She joined the ACES BSC Consultation Team August 2008. Jennifer's prior experience includes creating a model special education classroom for the state of Alabama as well as co-writing Special Education Extended Standards Curriculum System for grades K-12 to be used throughout the state of Alabama.

 

Danielle Sunter, M.S., BCBA

Behavior Analyst, BSC Consultation Services

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Danielle received a B.S in Special Education from Southern Connecticut State University and her M.S. in Behavior Analysis from Simmons College in Boston. Danielle worked as a special education teacher for the Westbrook Public School system from 2006 to 2010, where along with her instructional responsibilities she provided behavior support to families, students, and staff. Upon joining the ACES Behavior Services Center team in August, 2010, Danielle has worked as the consulting Behavior Analyst for the Madison Public School system, where she provides a range of behavior supports to staff and students from preschool through high school. Danielle also provides behavior services through the ACES Home Outreach Program.

 

Ellen Baecker, M.A., BCaBA

Behavior Analyst, BSC Consultation Services

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Ellen received her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Southern Connecticut State University, and her B.A. from Rutgers University. She has provided training, assessment, and clinical support to children with social emotional problems and their families since 1989 when she first joined the ACES Behavior Services Center team. Ellen has also spearheaded the ACES BSC support for New Haven's Urban Youth Elementary School Project which is now housed at Mill Road School.

 


 

Autism Intervention Team

Cara Cappalli, M.S. Ed., BCBA

Behavior Analyst, EIBI, Village School Programs

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Cara received a B.A. in Sociology from Saint Michael's College and a M.S. ED. in Behavioral Education from Simmons College. Cara joined the ACES BSC team in 2004.  Cara has represented ACES at the Annual ABAI conference where she has presented workshops and research on autism. Prior to joining the ACES team, Cara coordinated and directed a home-based EIBI programming for children with autism and related disorders in Rhode Island. Cara has been providing support services to families and children on the autism spectrum since 1998.

 

Lisa Tereshko, M.S., BCBA

Behavior Analyst, EIBI, Village School Programs

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Lisa received a M.S. in Behavior Analysis from Northeastern University. She has been with ACES since 2007 and has been providing behavioral services to families and schools since 2004. Prior to her joining the ACES team, Lisa provided behavioral services for the residential and preschool programs at The New England Center for Children. Lisa has conducted, published, and presented the results of research in strategies for teaching children with autism to imitate response chains using video modeling.