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Alumni Event, November 14, 2017

Alumni Event, November 14, 2017

Here is what some of our alumni are doing:


Meaghan Braham, Ph.D.2009Assistant Professor,
Department of Special Education
Southern Connecticut State University
Michael Gale, Ph.D.2009Visiting Professor,
Department of Psychology
University of Hartford
Stephanie Laudone, Ph.D.2004Assistant Professor,
Department of Sociology
Fordham University

Behavior Analysis and Behavior Therapy

NameYearCollege or UniversityCareer
Nicole Berger, M.A.2015ABA Case Manager,
Talcott Center for Child Development
Ryan Blajewski, M.A.2015University of North Carolina Wilmington
Dana Blydenburg, M.A.2016Northeastern UniversityBehavior Therapist,
New England Center for Children
Stephanie Brault, M.A.2014Autism Paraprofessional,
Chicopee Public Schools
Meghan Brahm, M.A.2009University of Saint JosephBoard Certified Behavior Analyst,
Private Practice
Kate Cormier, M.A.2010University of Saint JosephBehavioral Therapist,
BEACON Services
Chayna Couture, M.S.2009University of Saint JosephBoard Certified Behavior Analyst,
Meliora Academy
Sara Grzejszcak, M.A.2011Assumption CollegeIn-Home Behavioral Therapist,
Gandara Center
Stacee Hansen, M.A.2011Simmons CollegeBehavior Analyst,
Brielle Heinl, MA.2013Bay Path UniversityABA Therapist,
Gold Coast Children's Center (Milford, CT)
Also working as part of a Global Autism Project SkillsCorps team, providing

behavior-analytic services in Nanchang, China
Nicole Newton Crespo, M.A.2012University of Saint JosephBeacon Services
Samantha N. Petrella, M.S.2012Illinois State UniversityResidential Habilitation Specialist,
Vanderheyden Inc.
Melissa (Russell) Strout, M.A.2009The Pennsylvania State UniversityAssistant Clinical Director,
May Institute
Ellen Swol, M.A.2013Southern Connecticut State UniversityABA Trainer,
Area Cooperative Educational Services
Sydney Batchelder, B.S.2017Eastern Connecticut State UniversityGraduate Teaching Assistant and PH.D. Program candidate at University of North Carolina Wilmington
Jesse Bober, B.S.2017Eastern Connecticut State UniversityMA Program in Behavior Analysis at University of the Pacific
Carlos Borja, B.S.2018Eastern Connecticut State UniversityRegistered Behavioral Technician,
ABLE Health Care (Westport, CT)
Melanie Byrne, B.S.2017Eastern Connecticut State UniversityRegistered Behavior Tech,
Excellarted Teaching Center
ABA Masters Candidate at University of South Florida
Brett Gelino, B.S.2016Eastern Connecticut State UniversityPh.D. Program in Behavior Analysis
Nicole Lenares, B.S.2018Eastern Connecticut State UniversityIntern at Trading Spaces ABA and MA candidate at Westfield State University
Michael Pelletier, B.S.2017Eastern Connecticut State UniversityMA Candidate in Behavior Analysis,
Saint Joseph University
Hanna Schmitz, B.S.2017Eastern Connecticut State UniversityAutism Behavior and Learning Experience (Northampton, MA)
Matt Sterner, B.S.2016Eastern Connecticut State UniversityApplied Behavior Analysis Therapist,
The Institute of Professional Practice

Clinical and Counseling

NameYearCollege or UniversityCareer
Amanda Jackson-Artese, Psy.D.2008University of IndianapolisClinical Psychologist,
Artese Psychological Services
Broderick A. Sawyer, Ph.D. Candidate2012University of Louisville (Clinical Psychology Program)Graduate Research Assistant
Jennifer Whitcomb Laney, Psy. D.2009University of HartfordClinician, Carson Center for Adults and Families
Kristin Zaccaro, Psy.D.2007Clinician, the University of Connecticut (Storrs, CT)
Dana Bridges, M.S.W.2007Fordham UniversityCounselor,
Hartford Dispensary
Amanda Brycki, M.A.2005University of HartfordUnited Community & Family Services
Cecilia Chrosny, M.S.W.University of ConnecticutPsychiatric Discharge Planner,
Inova Health System
Alyssia Cinami, L.M.F.T.2011Central Connecticut State UniversityClinician,
United Community and Family Services
Mallory Cronkite, M.S.W.2009University of New EnglandClinician I,
Child & Family Agency
Andrew DiFiore, M.S.W.2010Springfield CollegePrivate Practice
Ariel Dupont, M.A.2013Lesley UniversitySchool Adjustment Counselor,
Whittier Regional Vocational Technical School
Justyna Ferenc, M.F.T.2013Fairfield UniversityCounselor,
New Prospects
Recovery Network of Programs
Lauren Gray, L.M.S.W. Candidate2014University of ConnecticutTherapist,
Klingberg Family Centers
Richard Hisman M.A.2013Assumption College, Aaron T. Beck InstituteTherapist, Community Health Resources
Melissa Ingoglia, M.A.2010University of Saint JosephJob Coach,
CREC Polaris Center
Michelle Kaczynski, M.A.2011Saint Michael’s CollegeOutpatient Therapist,
Counseling Services of Addison County
Marisa LaBrecque-Grenier, M.A.Saint Joseph University
Melissa Lambert, M.A., L.P.C.2007Springhill CollegeDirector of Extended Day Treatment Programs,
Village for Families & Children
Kirby Lessard, M.A.2013Mental Health Counselor,
Behavioral Cognitive Associates
Andrew Narcisco, M.S.W.2010Southern Connecticut State UniversityDepartment of Child & Family Services
Cylia Piatek, M.S.W.University of ConnecticutMental Health Therapist,
Fairfax County Adult Detention Center
Lauramarie Rahusen, M.A.2013Assumption CollegeYoung Adult Mental Health Clinician,
United Services Inc.
Satina Salce, M.S.2010 FallUniversity of Massachusetts, BostonMental Health Clinician,
United Services
Taylor Scalia, M.F.T.2013Southern Connecticut State UniversitySchool-Based Clinician,
Madison Youth and Family Services
Steven Smith, M.A.2009Antioch University, Santa BarbaraPeer Counselor,
Mental Wellness Center
Melissa Symolon, M.A.2013Assumption CollegeStudent Support Specialist,
Shrewsbury High School
Emily Whetstone, M.A.School-Based Child Therapist,
Child & Family Services, Inc (New Bedford, MA)
Mitch Brusseau, B.S.2016Eastern Connecticut State UniversityResidential Counselor,
St. Mary's Home for Boys (Oregon)
Autumn Dupuis, B.S.2018Eastern Connecticut State UniversityMA Candidate in School Counseling at the University of Connecticut
Jessica GaylorEastern Connecticut State UniversityWill be attending the M.A. Counseling Program at Southwestern College (Santa Fe) in January 2017
Patricia Hennessy, B.S.2016Eastern Connecticut State UniversityCandidate in Mental Health Counseling MS program at Assumption College
Karinna Nazario, B.S.2016Eastern Connecticut State UniversityCare Coordinator,
InterCommunity /
MA Candidate in Psychology at Central Connecticut State University
Amanda Perreault B.S.2016Eastern Connecticut State UniversityDirect Care Counselor,
Nafi Connecticut Inc /
MA Candidate in Counselor Education at the University of Connecticut
Meaghan Rodgers, B.S.2016Eastern Connecticut State UniversityClinical Case Manager,
Gilead Community Services, Inc.
Luis Antonio Rosado, B.S.2016Eastern Connecticut State UniversityLife Skills Counselor,
Oakhill Connecticut Institution for the Blind /
Assistant Track and Field Coach,
Central Connecticut State University /
MS Candidate in Clinical Psychology at Central Connecticut State University

Clinical Neuroscience

NameYearCollege or UniversityCareer
Ruslan Abdukalikov2013University of New England College of Osteopathic MedicineResident Physician,
Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine,
Maine Medical Center
Daniel Heyanka, Ph.D.2004Nova Southeastern University, 2011Clinical Neuropsychologist,
Licensed Psychologist VA Pinehurst
Alana Gallagher B.S. 2015Eastern Connecticut State UniversityResearch Assistant,
Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center
Liz Hilton, B.S.2018Eastern Connecticut State UniversityResearch Assistant,
Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center
Evan Lintz, B.S.2013Eastern Connecticut State UniversityDoctoral Candidate in Neuroscience,
University of Nebraska Lincoln

Educational, Developmental, and School Psychology

NameYearCollege or UniversityCareer
Diane Audrey, M.A.T.Sacred HeartCompleting Student Teaching
Nikki Daigle, M.A.2013University of Saint JosephEarly Childhood Special Education Teacher,
EASTCONN’s Autism program
Curtis Darragh IV, M.A.2010University of ConnecticutDanbury Public Schools
Cheyanne Marie Dillon, M.A.2012Southern Connecticut State UniversityNational Certified School Psychologist,
Berlin Public Schools
Marissa Malouf, M.A.2013Marist CollegeFarmington Public Schools
Eva Alfonso, B.S.2015Eastern Connecticut State UniversityAssistant Teacher,
Enchanted Jungle Learning Center
Kaylei Arcangel, B.S.2016Eastern Connecticut State UniversityMasters candidate in Developmental & Child Psychology at Southern New Hampshire University
Corrie Cirelli, B.S.2016Eastern Connecticut State UniversityToddler Teacher,
Discovery Zone Learning Center and Masters candidate in Counseling Psychology at Grand Canyon University
Cristal Colon, B.S.December 2016Eastern Connecticut State UniversityFamily support provider, Madonna Place
Monica Concas, B.S.2014Eastern Connecticut State UniversityBilingual Teacher,
New Haven Public Schools
Shannon Connors, B.S.2017Eastern Connecticut State UniversityInstructional Assistant,
Giant Steps CT School
Alyssa Fisher, B.S.2014Eastern Connecticut State UniversityInstructional Assistant,
Griswold Elementary School
Stacey Fumiatti, B.S.2016Eastern Connecticut State UniversityAttending Southern Connecticut State University for Therapeutic Recreation and Child Life, pursuing certification as a Child Life Specialist
Brianna Grant, B.S.2016Eastern Connecticut State UniversityExperiential Graduate Assistant, University of New Haven
Tania Kittoe, B.S.2018Eastern Connecticut State UniversityStudent Teacher,
Connecticut Children's Medical Center School
Janell Lewis, B.A.2013 FallEastern Connecticut State UniversityChildcare Worker,
The Children’s Center of Hamden
Lisa Macari, B.S.2016Eastern Connecticut State UniversityKindergarten Wrap Around Instructor,
Wayne Board of Education
Brandon Martins, B.S.2017Eastern Connecticut State UniversityInstructional Assistant,
Killingly Memorial School
Emily McDonald, B.S.2015Eastern Connecticut State UniversityInterventional Specialist,
Patricia Piotrowska, B.S.Eastern Connecticut State UniversityTeacher,
New England Center for Children
Robert Santiago, B.S.2015Eastern Connecticut State UniversityDoctoral candidate in School Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst
Jennifer Wolf, B.A.2009Eastern Connecticut State UniversityTeacher,

Forensic Psychology

NameYearCollege or UniversityCareer
Jennifer Kaake, M.A.2010William James CollegeClinician,
Justice Resource Institute
Jalpa Patel, M.S.2014American International CollegeAdult Probation Intern, Connecticut Judicial Branch
Rachel PilverMasters candidate in Mental Health Counseling and Crime and Justice

Gerontology, Aging, and Elder Care

NameYearCollege or UniversityCareer
Chelsea Arne, B.S.2011Eastern Connecticut State UniversityCAREGiver,
Home Instead Senior Care
Eric Cerino2014Oregon State UniversityGraduate Researcher, Teaching Assistant, NSF IGERT Scholar, and Doctoral candidate in Developmental Psychology

Health Psychology and Medical/Insurance Fields

NameYearCollege or UniversityCareer
Emily Pingul, R.N., B.S.N.Clinical Analyst for Maternal-Child Health, Emergency Services and Peri-Operative Services,
Memorial Hospital of Gulfport
Justin Grakowsky, B.A.2010Senior Analyst,
Alexander Marquis, B.S.2018Resident Assistant Intern,
Community Health Resources (Putnam)

Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Human Resources

NameYearCollege or UniversityCareer
James De Leon, ABD2011Louisiana Tech UniversityConsultant,
Kasia Kotlewska Mohn, M.A.2007University of New HavenProject Management Specialist,
Medical Staff Office, Boston Medical Center
Giselle Ortiz, M.A.2015William James CollegeUniversity Recruiter,
Schneider Electric
Liane Povilonis, M.A. Candidate2015University of New HavenGraduate Assistant,
Career Development Center
Rachel Schaedler, M.A.2013New York UniversityHuman Resources Generalist,
Columbia University New York
Samantha Sosnowitz Lockheed, M.A.2009University of New HavenHuman Resources Recruiter,
Yale University
Kim Thomassen Strand, M.A.University of Baltimore CountyAccount Manager,
Bialek Environments
Nikki EchardHR Coordinator,
Yale University
Joe Fazzino, B.S.2016Eastern Connecticut State UniversityHR Intern,
Gilead Community Services, Inc
Nicole Fuhrman, B.S.2017Microsoft SQL Server Analyst,
Melissa Groccia, B.S.2013Specialist in Global Events Operations,
Strategic Insight
Jennifer Gumbulevich, B.S.2017Eastern Connecticut State UniversityMasters candidate in Human Computer Interaction
Christina N. HaydenHuman Resources Generalist,
Yale University
Jessica Sammataro, B.S.2014Eastern Connecticut State UniversityJunior HR Generalist,
Community Health Resources


NameYearCollege or UniversityCareer
Chelsea Kosma, M.A.2005University of HartfordProject Director II,
UMASS Medical School
Carlos Onate Jr., I/O M.A. Candidate2015University of New HavenGraduate Research Assistant,
University of New Haven
Samantha Lew, B.S.2015Eastern Connecticut State UniversityResearch Assistant and MSW candidate,
University of Connectiut
Danielle Paquette, Certified Clinical Research Professional2008Oncology Research Department,
Yale University

Social Work and Social Services

NameYearCollege or UniversityCareer
Carter Lennon, Ph.D.2007University of ConnecticutDeputy Director of Programs and Operations,
AIDS Connecticut Inc.
Cathie Fontaine, M.A.T.2012Sacred Heart UniversitySocial Worker, CT Family Support Services
Samantha Lew, M.S.W.2015University of Connecticut (2018)Research Assistant,
University of Connecticut
Yabneel Marrero, M.S.W. Candidate2015University of ConnecticutClinical Worker,
Andrew Narcisco, M.S.W.2013Southern Connecticut State UniversitySocial Worker,
State of Connecticut DCF
Putita May St. Onge, M.A.2008University of HartfordSocial Casework Specialist/Child Welfare,
Contra Costa County
William Zern, M.A.2013Chicago School of Professional PsychologyClient Specialist,
StrategIQ Commerce
Caitlyn Dubreuil, B.S.2016Eastern Connecticut State UniversityMSW Clinical Intern,
Home for Little Wanderers and MSW candidate, Simmons College of Social Work
Sonia Gagnon, B.S.2016Eastern Connecticut State UniversityMSW candidate at University of Connecticut
Samantha Hengel, B.S.2018Eastern Connecticut State UniversityMSW candidate at the University of Connecticut
Taylor Woronecki, B.S.2015Eastern Connecticut State UniversityCase Manager,
Community Health Resources

Other or Unknown Fields

NameYearCollege or UniversityCareer
Raena Beetham, M.A.2013Northern Arizona UniversityAdmissions Counselor,
Eastern Connecticut State University
Brian Deal, C.F.P.2010Personal Financial Counselor,
Zeiders Enterprises Inc.
Rebecca Hirschy Taylor2003University of ConnecticutSpeech Language Pathologist,
Creative Interventions
Rachel Junga, M.B.A. Candidate2014University of New HavenAssociate Director of Annual Giving and Programmatic Initiatives,
University of New Haven
Elyse Tascione, M.A.2015Southern Connecticut State UniversityVision Therapist and Student
Bill Villalba, M.A.2013Boston CollegeAssociate Analyst,
ABG Associates
Alexis Apel, B.A.2016Eastern Connecticut State UniversityGraduate Student at Boston College
Michael Bernabeo, B.A.2005Eastern Connecticut State UniversityClinical Informatics, University of California San Diego
Eric BordenRegional Manager,
CW Resources
Jacqueline Boucher TacyAssistant Director,
Non profit
Jasmine Carvalho, B.S.2017Eastern Connecticut State UniversityCampus Organizer,
PIRG Campus Action
(Berkshire Community College & Massachusetts College for Liberal Arts)
Abigail Caselli, B.S.2017Eastern Connecticut State UniversitySocial Psychology doctoral candidate,
Syracuse University
Michael Cole, B.S.2013Eastern Connecticut State UniversitySenior Registrar,
Fortis Institute
Christina Harmon, B.S.2016Eastern Connecticut State UniversityInstructional Assistant,
Madison LaRusso, B.S.2017Eastern Connecticut State UniversityClaims Customer Service Representative,
Travelers Insurance
Stephanie Madden, B.A., B.S.2016Eastern Connecticut State UniversityImmunology Research Assistant, the Miriam Hospital (Providence, RI)
Maura McCabe, B.S.2014Eastern Connecticut State UniversityClient Recruitment Specialist for Fresenius Medical Care,
Allegis Global Solutions
Solveig Millett, B.S.2016Eastern Connecticut State UniversitySpecial Needs Personal Care Assistant
Daniel Mueller, B.S.2017Eastern Connecticut State UniversityProcurement Coordinator,
Diana Santiago Agustin, B.S.2016Eastern Connecticut State UniversityCustomer Service Specialist,
Gem Sensors & Controls
Rebecca Scott, B.A.2012Eastern Connecticut State UniversityOffice Assistant,
Political Mobilization,
Ryan Wood, B.S.2016Eastern Connecticut State UniversityPeer Mentor and Job Coach,
Ryan Woods Autism Foundation and Teen Program
Tina Zorzi, B.S.Eastern Connecticut State UniversityStudent Leadership and Engagement Graduate Assistant,
University of Massachusetts