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

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Senior ABA Therapist

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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Founder, CEO & Executive Director

Alyssa Greig

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ABA Therapist

Andrew Ibscher

Andrew graduated from Long Island University with a degree in political science and a minor in gender studies. He chose to become an ABA Therapist due to his love of with working with children. He feels as that all children have the ability to be the best that they can be and sometimes it just takes the right mentor. His goal is to be that mentor. What he hopes to bring to SOS is just a little ray of sunshine. He normally tries to stay as positive as possible because if you spread a little positivity it makes everyone's day better. Andrew likes to hang out with friends on his free time and tries to catch up on as much sleep as possible. His future aspiration in the field is to hopefully go to school for his master's in applied behavior analysis or speech pathology. Lastly, his favorite part of the job is the ability to see the children actively using what they learned without being prompted. That to him would be a big accomplishment. 

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Founder, COO & Operations Director

MBA

Courtney WelcH

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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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ABA Therapist

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! 
 

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ABA Therapist

Haley Allen


 

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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. 

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ABA Therapist

Katie haendiges

Katie received her undergraduate degree from Western New England University. She is currently completing her Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis from Cambridge College in the Summer of 2022. She is a Registered Behavior Technician. Katie has worked in a variety of settings such as in-home, public school, private based ABA school as well as in the hospital setting.  Her favorite part about her job is being able to connect with all types of clients while having fun and being goofy and seeing their success! Outside of work, Katie enjoys hiking with her golden doodle Tipsy, spending time at the beach and being around family and friends. Katie is excited to be a part of the SOS team. She hopes to spread laughs, creativity, and her passion for ABA to Somewhere Over the Spectrum!
 

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BCBA/LBA

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. 

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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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Program Assistant & Senior ABA Therapist

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. 



 

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ABA Therapist

Shay Kiddy

Shay enjoys spending his free time working on his music and powerlifting. He likes to incorporate his music and other passions whenever possible to help children learn and grow. Seeing a young child improve and gain confidence is what Shay strives for, it's what helps him wake up each morning. 





 

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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.

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Occupational Therapist - OTR/L

Alissa Gandiaga

 Alissa received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Saint Joseph in 2019 and her Masters of Occupational Therapy from Bay Path University in 2021. She is registered with the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy and has completed fieldwork in a variety of settings including the school setting, 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.

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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.

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Founder, CCO & Clinical Director

 BCBA/LBA

Christina WelcH

             













 

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ABA Therapist

Delaney Nadwairski

Delaney graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She has worked with children for as long as can remember. Her favorite part about working with children is being able to watch their development over time and getting to make new little friends! Her goal as an ABA therapist is to support these little friends and their families in an environment with room to learn and have fun! In her free time, Delaney loves to go to the gym and spend time with her friends and family.


 

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ABA Therapist

Gabriela Calderón Parilla

Gabriela José Calderón Parrilla is from Puerto Rico. In Puerto Rico, she received two degrees and holds her License in School Psychology. She hopes to bring her enthusiasm, energy, love, and creativity to improve the lives of children with autism and their families. Gabriela desires to pursue a career within the field of Autism. Gabriela believes, the best part of her job is the feeling that it is not a job and is the opportunity to do something and be part of someone's life for a better future.  She enjoys playing board games, cooking, drinking coffee, walking in nature, going to the beach, and spending time with her husband Luis and puppy named Toby.   

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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!


 

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ABA Therapist

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.

 

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BCBA/LBA

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.




 

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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!"





 

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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.

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BCBA/LBA

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!

 

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ABA Therapist

Olaide olawoyin

Olaide is a graduate from the University of the Ozarks, located in Arkansas. She earned her degree in Psychology and is taking a gap year, before grad school. Olaide believes that this position as an ABA therapist is one that found her and she has been loving every minute of it. She hopes to bring lots of smiles, not only to the team but to the children and families! To be even a small part of bringing hope and a sense of belonging is something that she strives for while working with the kiddos at SOTS. Olaide enjoys watching anime, cooking, and hanging out in her free time! Her future aspirations include obtaining a Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience and her favorite part about the job is interacting with the children, getting to know them as individuals, and most importantly, helping the children be the best them!

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ABA Therapist

Sheila Girgenti







 

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ABA Therapist

Veronica Malz

Veronica graduated from the University of Connecticut. She plans on obtaining her Master's in Speech-Language Pathology. Ever since she was little, she always had a passion to work with children. Her favorite part of her job is having the opportunity to watch children grow and assist them in developing skills in a caring atmosphere, that fosters learning through play. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the outdoors with her dogs and spending time with family and friends.