Phone: 718.554.1027 Email: info@brooklynautismcenter.org    

Faculty

  • Jana Levin

    Executive Director

    Jana has over 20 year’s experience working in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. She has been the Executive Director at BAC for the past 7 years, and before that was a founding Board Member. She's responsible for providing direction and leadership toward the achievement of the organization's overall philosophy and mission. Jana designs and implements the strategic goals of the organization; including raising awareness of the school, revenue generation, financial management, organizational development, staff management and program operations. She oversees the organization's daily operations and internal processes to create efficient and effective systems. She develops and oversees the overall marketing and communications strategy including media relations, branding, awareness, and fundraising initiatives. She holds a B.A. in Sociology and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter Jessie, a proud volunteer in BAC's after-school peer socialization program.

     

  • Julie Russell, M.S., BCBA, LBA-NY

    Educational Director

    Julie has over 15 year’s experience working with children with autism and related developmental differences in centers, schools, school districts and home-based programs. She has been the Educational Director for the past 7 years. She oversees all aspects of curriculum development, staff training, research, development of behavior intervention plans, and ensures the overall quality and effectiveness of the day-to-day education and treatment of the students at BAC. Julie holds an M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts and received her BCBA in 2009. Julie received her supervision hours (meeting requirements for board certification in behavior analysis) by Dr. Nathan Blenkush, Ph.D., BCBA from JRC in Boston, Massachusetts. She was a Clinical Supervisor at ACES (Center for Applied Behavior Analysis) in San Diego California and Clinical Supervisor at the ELIJA School in Levittown, NY.

     

  • Tom Cleary

    Director of Operations

    Tom holds a B.A. from Lehigh University where he graduated with honors. At Lehigh, Tom studied Accounting, Economics, and International Relations. He also worked as a Resident Adviser and Tutor. Prior to joining BAC, Tom spent several years in the financial services industry. 

  • Bianca Bocconi

    Administrative Support Manager

    Bianca graduated from Brooklyn College with a BA in Psychology and her MSED in School Counseling. She began working in the ABA field at Thursday’s Child, providing early intervention services, and later taught and provided vocational training to high school aged students with Autism. Bianca also provided ABA home care to students through a private agency. 

  • Juliet Grillo, M.S., BCBA

    Associate Educational Director

    Juliet graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in Psychology and has an M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis. Before working at Brooklyn Autism Center, she worked at Manhattan Children’s Center for 5 years. During that time she worked in the classroom and as part of the Vocational and Transition team for the students in the upper school.

  • Andrea Delgado, M.S., BCBA, LBA-NY

    Associate Director of Staff Training

    Andrea graduated from Loyola University with a B.A. in Psychology. While studying in Baltimore, she interned at Kennedy Krieger Institute as a Behavioral Data Specialist and gained experience working with children with autism. Andrea received her M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism through the Sage Colleges.

  • Taylor Gonzalez

    Clinical Supervisor

    Taylor has her B.S. in Family Science with a concentration in Special Education from the University of Maryland. She coordinates the BAC Friends afterschool peer socialization program in addition to her role as a behavioral instructor. Prior to working at BAC, Taylor worked with children on the autism spectrum at the Developmental Disabilities Institute, an intermediate school on Long Island. 

  • Danielle Sliman

    Clinical Supervisor

    Danielle graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.S. in Human Development & Family Science. Before joining BAC, she worked at Total Education Solutions in Ohio where she provided center-based ABA services as well as in-home programs working with children on the spectrum. Danielle is currently pursuing her Master's degree from the Sage Colleges as well as her national certification.

  • Jessica DeFranco, M.S.

    Clinical Supervisor

    Jessica has a B.S. in Special Education from SUNY Cortland. Before joining us at BAC, she worked as a certified teaching assistant at ACDS, a preschool for children with special needs.  She also gained experience working with children with autism at Camp Anchor on Long Island. Jessica is currently pursuing her Master's degree at The Sage Colleges.

  • Raven Stokes, M.S.

    Associate Clinical Supervisor

    Raven holds a B.A. in Psychology from St. Francis College. She began as an intern for BAC almost 8 years ago, then became an instructor, and since then has taken on various leadership roles within socialization curriculum, extracurricular activities, and our afterschool program.  Over her years at BAC, Raven has helped coordinate our volunteer, peer socialization, and reverse inclusion programs and run the BAC art program. 

  • Selene Sosa

    Lead Behavioral Instructor

    Selene graduated from Portland State University with a degree in Psychology and is working toward her M.A. in Education from Arizona State University and national certification. After completing her undergrad she worked for Oregon Youth Authority, where she taught adjudicated youth learn learn skills such as functional communication, emotional regulation, and independent living skills with hopes to successfully transition into the community.

  • Lauralee Alcinord

    Behavioral Instructor

    Lauralee is currently pursuing her B.A. in Psychology at Brooklyn College. Prior to working at BAC, she worked for Challenge Early Intervention for over 3 years while also providing home-based ABA services to younger children through various agencies. Lauralee hopes to further her education in Special Education with a concentration in ABA.

  • Chasity Alston

    Behavioral Instructor

    Chasity graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with her B.S. in Psychology. After completing her undergraduate degree, she started her career working with children diagnosed with autism and was immediately drawn to both the children and the techniques of Applied Behavior Analysis. She furthered her educated and obtained her M.S. in Counseling with a concentration in Advanced ABA from Nova Southeastern University. Chasity is currently working towards her national certification.

  • Teresa Ambery

    Behavioral Instructor

    Teresa graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from Hunter College. During that time she was teaching at a perparatory school for preschool students and spent a summer as a teaching assistant in a special needs school.

  • Dan Brashear

    Behavioral Instructor

    Danny holds a B.A. in Sports Management and a minor in Psychology from Drexel University. This past summer, Danny worked at the Big Apple Day Program as a counselor for children with varying levels of ADHD and learning disabilities. Danny plans on going back to school in the future to pursue a degree in Sports Psychology or a Psy.D. 

  • Sophie Bukenya

    Behavioral Instructor

    Sophie graduated from St. John’s University with a B.A. in Sociology. While in college, Sophie gained experience doing ABA therapy in home settings. Prior to working at BAC, Sophie was a teaching assistant at an early intervention center in Williamsbury. She plans to return to school to obtain a master's degree in ABA.

  • Keyera Carter

    Behavioral Instructor

    Keyera graduated from John Jay College for Criminal Justice with a B.S. in Criminal Justice and an MFA in Writing. For five years, she worked as an instructor at a school for children with autism, where she also earned her RBT certificate. Keyera plans on working for her BCBA in the future.

  • Rory Clancy

    Behavioral Instructor

    Rory graduated from the University of Vermont with a B.A. in Global Studies. Prior to working at BAC, Rory was an instructor at a private school serving students on the autism spectrum and also taught at a public middle school in Vermont. Rory is interested in furthering his education in either ABA or Special Education. 

  • Fernande Deguenon

    Behavioral Instructor

    Fernande graduated from SUNY Empire State College with a B.S. in Human Development and a concentration in Psychology.  Prior to working at BAC, she worked at the Association for Metroarea Autistic Children and externally as a RBT at Comprehensive Behavior Services, providing home-based ABA services to children with autism. Fernande is currently working towards her M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis.     

  • Julia Fagan

    Behavioral Instructor

    Julia graduated from McGill University with a B.A. in Psychology and Behavioral Science. Prior to working at BAC, she workedi n the Seaver Autism Center at Mount Sinai Hospital as a research assistant. At Seaver, Julia administered EEG and eye-tracking tasks on patients ages 2-50, as well as welcomed and acclimatized patients to the center. Julia plans to pursue a degree in Counseling Psychology in the future.

  • Shirley Gordon

    Behavioral Instructor

    Shirley holds an A.A. in Liberal Arts from Borough of Manhattan Community College. She volunteered at BAC before becoming a behavioral instructor and also worked as a caregiver to a child with autism. Shirley is currently pursuing her B.A. in social work at York College in Queens.

  • Sarah Knoblich

    Behavioral Instructor (P/T)

    Sarah holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Rider University.  She started volunteering at BAC and has a younger brother on the spectrum.  She intends to pursue her BCBA in the future.

  • Jackie Kopyt

    Behavioral Instructor

    Jackie graduated from The State University of New York at Potsdam with a B.A. in Psychology and Communications. Throughout college, she worked for Reachout of St. Lawrence County, a crisis intervention and information hotline. Before starting at BAC, Jackie worked as a Supportive Employment Counselor and Job Coach for adults with developmental disabilities at Job Path. Jackie plans on eventually obtaining a Masters in Special Education.

  • Yanique Marchant

    Behavioral Instructor

    Yanique has a Master’s in Social Work from LIU-Brooklyn and a graduate certificate in ABA from UMass-Lowell. Prior to joining BAC, she was a Wellness Care Manager at HRA’s WeCARE program. She is currently completing her Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction at UMass-Lowell, while pursuing licensure and board certification in behavior analysis.

  • Milagros Padilla

    Behavioral Instructor

    I have a BA degree and a MS degree in Psychology and I am specialized in CBT. Back in Argentina I used to work as an elementary school counselor and as a clinical psychologist in my private practice. My next step is taking the RBT exam, and planning to get the BCBA certification in the future.

  • Christine Pallonetti

    Behavioral Instructor

    Christine graduated from New York University with a B.S in Applied Psychology. Prior to working at BAC, she worked for three years at Thursday’s Child, an early intervention ABA center for children 1.5- 3 years old. She is currently working toward her M.S in teaching at Touro Teacher’s College, with a concentration in Special Education from birth through second grade.

  • Jackie Rodriguez

    Behavioral Instructor

    Jackie graduated from Florida State University with a B.A. in Humanities. She brings 3 years of experience in the special education field having worked in several special education schools and extracurricular programs in New York City where she has taught children with a range of diagnoses in academics, social skills acquition, music, and swimming lessons. Jackie is currently pursuing her M.S. in ABA at Hunter College with a goal of attaining her national certification.

  • Brynne Schultz

    Behavioral Instructor

    Brynne has her B.S. in Psychology from Marian University and her M.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University. Prior to working at BAC she worked for both the Hawthorne Country Day School as a teaching assistant and the Keswell School as an ABA Instructor. She is currently pursuing her goal of becoming a BCBA and LBA.