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Meet the Team

Somewhere Over the Spectrum would not be the team and family we are without the tribe of individuals by our side, shining their hearts and passion on each and every family and child we work with.   

We are always looking for new individuals to join our tribe who share a similar intention and passion for working with our children and families.  Please feel free to inquire online or reach out to our center to discuss any employment opportunities.

Somewhere Over the Spectrum, LLC

120 Webster Square Road

Berlin, CT  06037


Clinical Assistant

Abena Asante

Abena graduated from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in communication. She hopes to pursue her master’s soon and continue working with children. Her favorite part about being an ABA therapist is how different, but fun each day is and getting to learn new things from each child she works with. In her free time, she loves to hang out with her friends and watch movies. 

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Occupational Therapist - OTR/L

Alissa Gandiaga

Alissa received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Saint Joseph and her Masters of Occupational Therapy from Bay Path University. She is registered with the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy and worked in a variety of settings including the school setting, pediatric outpatient therapy, home health, and skilled nursing. Her love for holistic practice and working with the pediatric population guided her to Occupational Therapy. Outside of her work, Alissa enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, yoga, pilates and playing soccer.


Mentor ABA Therapist

Alyssa Zimmitti

Alyssa is a graduate of Southern Connecticut State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Therapeutic Recreation. She has lots of experience working with children and has always had a passion and interest in working with kids with intellectual disabilities. What she finds most interesting when working with children on the spectrum is that every day is a new day and each day brings new challenges with the opportunity to learn something new about her clients that she is devoting her time with. As an ABA Therapist, her goal is to help children become more independent and confident and leave a mark on their lives. In her free time, Alyssa loves spending time with family/friends, listening to music and spending time outdoors.


ABA Therapist

Anna Karas

Anna graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in gerontology. She decided to work with children after years of experience with the elderly population assisting in rehabilitation; bringing her kindness and patience to a new meaningful direction working with children who need help learning in various ways. Seeing them each morning brightens up her day to see how silly and how much character they have; making every day full of joy and surprises.  For Anna the most fulfilling part as an ABA therapist is experiencing the progress, growth, and knowing she can make an impact in their life.



Mentor ABA Therapist

Anyira Barnes

Anyira studied Allied Health Sciences with a Psychology Minor at the University of Connecticut. She decided on this career route since she is highly compassionate toward people in need. Anyira wants to support and raise awareness for families and kids. She also intends to contribute her upbeat attitude and tenaciousness to Somewhere Over the Spectrum. Anyira enjoys spending time with her family, and friends, and traveling. She wants to assist as many families and kids as she can in the field in the future. Her favorite aspect of her profession is how satisfying it is and how it touches her personally because she has an autistic little brother.

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Founder, COO & Operations Director


Courtney WelcH-greig


Mentor ABA Therapist

Elvira Osmanovic

Elvira graduated from Endicott College with a bachelor's degree in Educational Studies. She fell in love with the field of ABA during her internship at an ABA-based school program in Bedford, MA. Elvira plans to receive her master's degree in ABA within the following year. Her favorite part about being an ABA Therapist is being able to help children on the spectrum find their strengths and reach their full potential independently. She finds the role to be very rewarding for both sides, the client/family and the therapist. Not one child is the same and that's what makes it so special to her!"



ABA Therapist

Erin Massey

Erin started working with children with ASD when she was in 6th grade and the more she worked with this community the more she fell in love with the uniqueness of each individual. She hopes to make a difference each day with the kids finding ways to make them smile as well as give them the tools to be successful in all aspects of the community, and help their families see the growth their children make each and every day. In her free time Erin loves being active in the outdoors, hiking, skiing, camping, boating, and being with her friends and family. 


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Scheduling Coordinator

Gina Pannazzo

Gina has been working in special education for 10 years. She has been in ABA for 3 years! Gina chose to become an ABA therapist because of her passion of working with children with autism and watching their daily progress and them grow! Gina hopes to bring her clients and their family positivity, calmness and daily growth! In her free time, Gina spends every second with her two sons! Gina's future aspirations are to become a BCBA! Gina's favorite part of her job is celebrating the small victories with client's and their family. She loves to watch the excitement in her client's when they have mastered one of their goals! 


ABA Therapist

Hannah Evans

Hannah is an ABA therapist who has a strong passion for helping children on the spectrum achieve their goals. She has experience working with many different age groups, from early childhood to middle school. Her favorite part of working with children on the spectrum is seeing the amazing growth they are capable of when given the proper tools. She is excited to bring her skills and knowledge to the tribe at Somewhere Over The Spectrum!



ABA Therapist

Hazel Rivera Rodriguez


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ABA Therapist

Jacob Moret

Jacob Moret is an experienced ABA Therapist with around two years of dedicated practice in the field. Currently studying to become a Social Worker, Jacob is committed to enhancing the lives of children and families at Somewhere Over the Spectrum. He brings a unique blend of passion and expertise, aiming to share his knowledge and create supportive, individualized strategies for each child he works with. In his free time, Jacob enjoys playing and practicing a variety of musical instruments, a hobby that not only enriches his personal life but also enhances his therapeutic interactions. His favorite part of the job is blending play and teaching, finding joy in helping children learn new things while having fun. Jacob takes pride in expanding a child's knowledge and devising alternative strategies tailored to their needs. Looking to the future, Jacob aspires to open his own practice, where he can continue to make a positive impact on the lives of children in need. 

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Mentor ABA Therapist

Jason Szalaty

Jason has a Bachelor's in Psychological science, with a minor in sociology.  He chose this path because he loves to work in a child-centered environment that allows him to release his inner child. Jason hopes to bring smiles to friends and family and learning experiences the kiddos will never forget. He wants to put his heart into these experiences that will shape the future success for all the kids.  In his free time, Jason enjoys drawing and staying connected with friends and family overseas.  In the future, Jason dreams of working 1 on 1 with clients in a clinical setting, maybe even opening up his own clinic at some point.  Jason’s favorite part about the job is the learning experience. Through communication, understanding, and some fun, Jason enjoys the progression of trust and partnership with his clients and his fellow peers. 



Jonathan Sanchez

Jonathan is a bilingual Board Certified Behavior Analysis and LBA in CT. He graduated with a Master's Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Saint Joseph. Jonathan has been in the field working with children on the spectrum for the past 8 years. He strives to improve the lives of his clients by fostering independence while also supporting their families for the most positive growth. In his free time, Jonathan is passionate about playing piano, dancing, and spending time with family.



Seasonal ABA Therapist

Joe Molski

Joe Molski is a Speech-Language Pathology graduate student at the University of Rhode Island where he earned his BS in Communicative Disorders and conducted research into how adolescents with ASD communicate.  He chose this career path to help create a future where communication is accessible to all and aspires to develop tools and technologies which will assist others in communicating and interacting with the world.  His favorite part about working in this field is seeing the excitement and joy of clients when they exceed their own goals and expectations.



Kathy Laporte

From her earliest recollections, Kathy has always wanted to be a teacher. She wanted to do something in her life where she could make the “most difference.” One of her greatest desires is to cultivate a love of learning and a love for life in all children ~ helping them to see their unique value and individual worth.  Kathy developed a love for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) over the years and creatively
embeds it throughout her teaching. She loves all things nature, including birdwatching, kayaking, trail walking, and enjoying cozy bonfires with family and friends. Kathy wants to continue to further develop in her field and hopes to spark joy all around!



Program Assistant

Lydia Brewer

Lydia graduated from Temple University in the spring of 2020 with a degree in Africology and African-American Studies & Spanish. Ever since moving back home to Connecticut, she's been very lucky and very blessed to have found a home at Somewhere Over the Spectrum. Her journey into the world of ABA started only a year ago, but she's found her niche in doing something she loves with coworkers and clients who make every day successful and exciting!  Lydia is excited to continue her journey of growth at Somewhere Over the Spectrum. 



ABA Therapist

Meghan Gendron

For three years, Meg has loved every moment working to support children with Autism and sharing in the celebration of their successes. She loves coming to work each day and leaving having learned something new from each child she works alongside. Meg has found great joy in joining a work environment that encourages the silly, the spontaneous, and the song-filled moments of each day. She strives to share her positive energy and creative mind with her team at Somewhere Over the Spectrum. Outside of work, you can find Meg at a concert, reading and crafting, or watching a hockey game.


ABA Therapist

Russell Sheathelm

Russell is new to the ABA field, but is not new to attending to the needs of others. He believes learning should be both fun and engaging as well as personal. Furthermore, he strives everyday to bring a new perspective to everyone he meets. Russell is open to new ideas, and is always willing to listen to those with lots of experience in the field. This includes staff, parents, and especially the friends in the program. He prides himself on being reliable, professional, and responsible at all times and will do whatever it takes to help out when needed. Russell absolutely loves his job at Somewhere Over the Spectrum!

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Office Manager

Tracy Poole

Tracy brings her enthusiasm to help others along with 10+ years of Medical Office operations experience.  She enjoys providing support and guidance to families of children with special needs, especially at times when those families are unsure of so many things.  In her own words, she has said “It’s seeing the small miracles that happen every day that motivates me to fight for the needs of the children.”  In her free time, she enjoys running, hiking, and spending time with her family and dog.


ABA Therapist

Abigail Sisson

Four years ago, Abigail began her journey working with children with ASD as an elementary school Paraeducator. Abigail fell in love with teaching children with Autism, and decided to become an ABA therapist. Her favorite part of working at SOS is helping the children she teaches build confidence in themselves. Having grown up with a speech impediment, Abigail’s life goal is to help children with disabilities discover that they can lead fulfilling and successful lives. In her spare time Abigail enjoys painting, working out and spending time with family and friends. 

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Founder, CEO & Executive Director

Alyssa welch-Greig



ABA Therapist

Andrea Filbert

Andrea has an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts & Sciences and has her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Andrea has a love for working with children with autism and has chosen Somewhere Over the Spectrum as a place to work to be a part of an organization that promotes change and makes a positive impact on young individuals’ lives, in a natural, holistic, and fun way. Her favorite part about the job is that the environment is so exciting and fulfilling that work never feels like work. She enjoys getting to play with children all day and learn more about each child and their goofy personalities, as well as build strong bonds with her clients and peers. She hopes to become a therapist for children and families in the future, but also feels she may want to explore the field of Behavioral Psychology and create her own clinic/private practice someday.


Seasonal ABA Therapist

anne Pascale

Anne is a school social worker with a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Connecticut. She loves working with children of all ages and finds so much joy in trying to make a positive impact with her clients and students! In her free time, Anne loves to go to the beach and spend time with family and friends! 

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Founder, CCO & Clinical Director


Christina Wnuk



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ABA Therapist

Dominique Poteau

Dominique has worked in early childhood for 7 years now. Her favorite part about working with children is helping them grow and reach their full potential! She is excited to bring her energetic and nurturing personality to the Somewhere Over the Spectrum team! During her free time, she enjoys reading, listening to music, and spending time with her two sons. 



ABA Therapist

Erica O'Connor

Erica is studying psychology at CCSU and is getting ready to graduate. She chose ABA as her career path because she loves children and being able to support them is rewarding to her. Her favorite part of her job is seeing the kids and their families smile! 



Senior ABA Therapist

Erin Karlsen

Erin enjoys spending free time with her family outdoors, paddle boarding or snowboarding depending on the season. She has always enjoyed working with children and finds it so fulfilling to have such an important impact on her clients each and every day. Her favorite part of her job is the great privilege to work with such amazing, genuine, and kindhearted children. 


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Mentor ABA Therapist

Haley Allen

Haley is an ABA Therapist with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Health Studies and a minor in Psychology from Western New England University. Haley’s favorite part about her job is building relationships and seeing the growth and direct impact she can have on a child’s everyday life! In her free time, Haley enjoys taking her dog for walks and spending time with her friends and family. Haley hopes to bring positivity, comfort, and trust to Somewhere Over the Spectrum as well as the children and families that we work with.



Hannah Haggerty

Hannah is a BCBA who earned a Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Saint Joseph. She began her career working with children on the spectrum without any knowledge of the field and quickly fell in love! She strives to help children become more independent and build meaningful connections with others around them. She is passionate about supporting both children and their families in learning and growing together.


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Clinical Coordinator

Hillary Allard

Hillary graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a degree in human development and family studies. After becoming an ABA therapist, Hillary realized that is where her passion lies and she has started school in the Fall of 2022, to pursue her Master's Degree in ABA. Hillary hopes to become a BCBA once she finishes her Master's Degree so that she can continue to work with children on the spectrum and make a difference in their lives. In her free time, Hillary loves reading, cooking, and spending time with her husband and their dog.



ABA Therapist

Janice Maye

Janice has a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Connecticut and a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has twenty years of experience working with individuals with disabilities of all ages but her passion and reason for entering this field has always been to help young children learn and grow. During her free time she enjoys reading, walking with her dog and friends, hiking, canoeing and kayaking.




Jonathan Oliveira

Jon is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Licensed Behavior Analyst in Connecticut. He received his undergraduate degree in Urban and Community Studies with a minor in Sociology from UConn and received his Masters of Science of ABA from Regis College. Jon has experience working with elementary school age children on the autism spectrum as an ABA Therapist and experience working with neurodiverse young adults as a BCBA. He is passionate about the field of ABA and values being able to be part of making a positive impact. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time outdoors playing golf and fishing.




JessY Esposito

Jessy is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who has always had a passion for helping her clients learn. She graduated with a Master's Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Western Connecticut State University. Jessy has worked with clients of various ages, backgrounds and unique needs for 9 years and loves to be a part of those “ah-ha!” moments with them and their families. In her free time, Jessy loves spending time with her family playing games, going to the beach and hiking. 


Honorary ABA Therapist

John Dokurno

John has experience working with students on the autism spectrum, helping students in elementary and middle schools. He enjoys helping students to develop their abilities, and has a unique way of making it fun! He is interested in learning more about psychology and in deepening his understanding of successful teaching/coaching approaches. John loves spending time outdoors, fly fishing, and hiking.


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Office Assistant

Katrina Hersh

Katrina has been working in Early Childhood for 11 years. Katrina received her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and her Bachelor's Degree from ECSU in Sociology. Since high school Katrina has had a love for children and has worked in many childcare settings, taking on various roles; Special Ed Paraprofessional, ABA Therapist, Montessori Lead Guide. Katrina recently moved back to Connecticut, and could not be happier to have joined the Somewhere Over the Spectrum team and to continue supporting children & families. In her free time Katrina enjoys spending time with family & friends, cooking, and exercising.




Matt Barrett

Matt has been working in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) since 2014. At that time, he began working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families. Warmly accepted into the ASD community, Matt knew then that he would pursue a career in ABA. Matt received his Master's in Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Saint Joseph in 2018 and has worked as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) ever since. Outside of work, you can find Matt hiking and surfing around beautiful New England with his family. 


ABA Therapist

Paige Allen

Paige graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of Connecticut. She chose to work in this field because she believes every child she interacts with is deserving. Her love for working with children is because she gets to be a stepping stone for their growth into their authentic selves. In Paige’s free time when she's not working with kids, she loves to read and binge reality TV.

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ABA Therapist

Ryan Szalaty

Ryan is an expat coming from international elementary schools to better serve the needs of children before they start their journeys in education. He hopes to provide value to the team in Somewhere Over the Spectrum, to the families who entrust their young ones to our care and to the children preparing to navigate a larger world. He aspires to join the ranks of the BCBAs who have provided invaluable knowledge and guidance in his work.

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