Our master consultants have 5+ years of experience in the field with a Master's degree or higher with a BCBA.
Michelle L. Hurst, M.Ed., BCBA
Ms. Hurst graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from West Chester University. She began her career as a behavior specialist at a private school in Pennsylvania for children with learning disabilities, emotional disturbances, conduct disorders, autism spectrum disorders and pervasive developmental disorders. While pursuing her Master’s Degree in special education, Ms. Hurst worked as a teacher at the first center-based ABA program in Pennsylvania.
After receiving her Master’s Degree, she moved to Virginia to supervise an ABA pilot program in Fairfax, Virginia. She was responsible for supervision and implementation of in-home ABA services for children diagnosed with pervasive developmental disorders and autism spectrum disorders. In addition, she began a private practice (Autism Outreach, Inc.) to service those families and children not eligible for school supervised ABA programs. She has served as a consultant to many families in the Northern Virginia, Virginia Beach, Maryland, Washington D.C., Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New York areas. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. In addition, Ms. Hurst has trained in several social skills programs.
In 2008, Ms. Hurst was an adjunct professor at the University of Mary Washington which is located in Fredericksburg, Virginia. She taught a course required for the BCaBA certification. She was also appointed to the board of directors for the Autism Pathway Foundation (an organization that raises funds for families that have individuals with Autism living in Loudoun County, Virginia)
In 2009, Ms. Hurst was appointed to the board of directors for the Autism Society, Northern Virginia Chapter.
Leslie Smith, M.Ed., BCBA
Ms. Smith graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in developmental psychology from George Mason University. She began her career as an ABA therapist working in a preschool autism program for Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia under Michelle Hurst. She went on to become the lead therapist for the program and began recruiting, hiring, and training new therapists and programming for the children. During this time, Ms. Smith earned a Master's Degree in education and has worked as a program consultant for Autism Outreach, Inc. She has been responsible for supervision and implementation of in-home ABA services for children with varying disabilities from ages 2-19. Leslie is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
Our senior consultants have 5+ years of experience in the field with a Master's degree pursuing a BCBA or a Bachelor degree with a BCaBA.
Sarah Sullivan, M.Ed, BCaBA
Ms. Sullivan graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology in 2007. During her time as an undergraduate, she completed coursework in developmental psychology, psychology of exceptional children, and developmental linguistics. Ms. Sullivan completed a Master’s degree in Special Education at the University of Mary Washington in 2009 and is considered Highly Qualified to teach Language Arts. Ms. Sullivan is a Board Certified assistant Behavior Analyst and plans to pursue her BCBA. She has worked with children with autism since 2005, beginning as a therapist and lead therapist. Ms. Sullivan was hired as a Program Consultant by Autism Outreach, Inc. in 2008.
Erica Stapler, BA,BCaBA
Mrs. Stapler graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Wheeling Jesuit University in 2006. In the spring of 2006, Mrs. Stapler interned at the Augusta Levy Learning Center in Wheeling, WV, where she learned the basics of ABA. Upon graduating, Mrs. Stapler began working as a full-time ABA therapist at the Augusta Levy Learning Center where she worked with a variety of children on the autism spectrum providing an intensive 1:1 ABA-DTT program to children with autism. During this time she received on-going training from the Lovaas Institute.
Mrs. Stapler returned to the Washington, D.C. area in 2008 and began working as a Senior Therapist for AOI in June 2008; she has been a Senior Consultant since January 2010. Mrs. Stapler is a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst. In addition to being a Consultant, Mrs. Stapler is currently the Therapist Training Manager for AOI; she trains all new therapists within the company on the basic principles of ABA and AOI Policies. Mrs. Stapler is the author of the Theory of Mind Curriculum designed to target executive functioning skills. She also has experience in play programs and reading comprehension.
Mrs. Stapler is currently pursuing her M.Ed. in Special Education with a concentration in Early Childhood Education; upon completion of her M.Ed. in May 2014, she plans to sit for the certification exam to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in September 2014.
Saskia Wise, B.S., BCaBA
Mrs. Wise graduated with honors from Nova Southeastern University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2010. Her undergraduate research focused on cognition and learning processes in children age 4-14. Prior to joining the AOI team, Saskia worked in a caregiving capacity for children with a wide range of behavioral disorders.
Rose Casaleno, B.A., BCaBA
Ms. Casaleno graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 2006. In January of 2008, she joined the AOI team as an Associate Therapist. Since then, she has implemented 1:1 ABA therapy with a wide range of children across the spectrum ranging in ages from 3-19. In February of 2011, she began working full time for AOI.