Our team is composed of dynamic professionals who are Master’s level clinicians licensed as applied behavior analysts, (LABA) and Board Certified Behavior Analysts, (BCBA). They are experienced and well-trained in supporting individuals with Autism and other developmental disabilities. They are also knowledgeable in helping individuals with coexisting health conditions and consider their clients’ overall needs in creating a treatment plan. They teach parents and caregivers how to effectively and compassionately help their loved ones and also provide them with evidence-based tools and methodologies to enable positive changes in social, emotional, educational and behavioral development. Our employees undergo a complete background check, comprehensive orientation training and continuing education.
Erica Kusz joined Key Connections ABA Services in April 2020 as the ABA Clinical Director of home, community and center services. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Endicott College. She became a BCBA in 2015 and has been in the field for 8 years. Erica has experience working in a private ABA school system as well as insurance-based home and center services for individuals diagnosed with ASD and other developmental diagnoses.Previously, Erica was an Assistant Director of Early Intervention and then an Assistant Clinical Director of home and center services for the Worcester, MA region at Behavioral Concepts Innovations. Her expertise is in early intervention, parent training, supervision of BCBA’s, managing an ABA center and social skills curriculum development.She was recognized in the Worcester Business Journal for the Movers and Shakers in 2020, and is a member of the Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy.
Leanne Bragdon is the Chief Operations Officer and a Managing Director of Key Connections ABA Services, LLC. Leanne has more than twenty years of experience in leading organizations that provide comprehensive home and community-based health services to complex populations in need of highly personalized specialized care. She has a Master’s degree in Business and is passionate about providing flexible relevant quality service solutions to help people with autism live their best life.
Catherine Fuller joined Key Connections in May 2020 as a Behavior Technician. She recently received her bachelor’s degree from Salem State University in Psychology. As a current master’s student, she is working towards becoming a BCBA, studying science in behavior analysis at Salem State University.
Catherine has a strong background in early childhood education and has worked with children and adolescents for over a decade. Her passion lies in helping individuals and organizations achieve their goals using effective strategies.
Jason Gardner came to Key Connections ABA Services in December 2019 as the Clinical Supervisor. He received his bachelor’s in psychology with a specialty in Applied Behavior Analysis from Salem State College in 2016. He is currently working completing his master’s in applied Behavior Analysis at Salem State University in order to pursue his BCBA certification. Jason has experience working in a clinical ABA setting as well as in an educational collaborative for individuals on the Autism spectrum and other developmental diagnoses. Previously, Jason was a Lead Behavior Role for Hopeful Journeys Education Center in Beverly, MA and SEEM Collaborative based out of Stoneham, MA. His expertise is in data collection and representation, academic, vocational, communication, and self-help curriculum.
Nele Schulze, MS, LABA, BCBA joined Key Connections in October 2019 as the Director of Intake and Assessment. Nele has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Sheffield Hallam University and Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Neuropsychology from Oxford Brookes University in the UK. She also has Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis from Salem State University, is licensed as an Applied Behavior Analysist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Nele has been in the field of Human Services for over ten years. Previously, she worked as Developmental Specialist at Northeast Arc and ABA Therapist in the Building Blocks program as well as Assistant Manager of Clinical Supports for Triangle, overseeing the clinical needs for the entire organization. Her specialties are assessment procedures, parent training, and traumatic brain injury and autism.
Samantha Greeno joined Key Connections in March of 2020. She has a passion for working with individuals on the spectrum as she has a close family member with autism. She enjoys the growth and self-confidence that individuals develop through Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy. Samantha has completed the registered behavior technician training and has several years of experience providing in-home and center-based autism services for children ages three years to adults.
Elise Lamoreaux graduated from Lesley University with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Art History. She has taught in a variety of educational settings, including teaching English in public schools in Thailand and Taiwan. Elise has a passion for both travel and teaching. She has tutored students in person and online both abroad and in the US. Since becoming a behavior therapist several years ago, Elise has found another passion related to teaching and that is Behavioral Therapy. She has worked in ABA centers and with clients in their homes. She finds Applied Behavior Analysis work to be an incredibly rewarding and enriching experience, and her goal is to continue providing the best possible services she can to each and every one of her students and families.
Patrick St Martin Jr joined Key Connections ABA Services in August of 2020 as a Behavior Technician. He graduated from Bridgewater State University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. When his younger cousin was diagnosed with autism, Patrick discovered his passion for ABA and making a difference in people’s lives. Patrick gained over 15 years of experience working at the May Institute serving individuals with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities, brain injury and neurobehavioral disorders, and other special needs. He also worked at Baycove Human Sevices for 8 years as a Triage Clinician. He provided crisis intervention and supportive counseling to those in emotional distress and other mental health related issues. Patrick enjoys personalized therapy based on each childs individual interests. He combines functional treatment goals, motivating materials, and evidenced based practice to teach skills to communicate more effectively and promote independence. Patrick is excited to be part of Key Connections ABA team and contribute to the organization’s mission of improving the quality of life for our clients by providing the tools necessary to participate in today’s rapidly changing world. He hopes to make a positive difference in the lives of the children we serve as well as their families.