5+ years of experience in the field with a Master's degree or higher with a BCBA.
Michelle (Hurst) Carney, M.Ed., BCBA, CEO
Ms. Carney 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. Carney 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. In addition, Ms. Carney has trained in several social skills programs and was a former RDI® consultant.
In 2008, Ms. Carney 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 has served on the board of directors for Autism Pathways and the Autism Society of America, Northern Virginia Chapter.
Ms. Carney specializes in IEP support, Social Thinking® and Behavior Intervention Plans. She aides in the supervision of individuals eligible to sit for the BCaBA or BCBA exam. Ms. Carney is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
In her free time, Ms. Carney enjoys running, football and traveling with husband!
Leslie Moon, M.Ed., BCBA
Ms. Moon 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) Carney. 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. Moon earned a Master's Degree in Education with a concentraion in Counseling and Development, and has worked as a program consultant for Autism Outreach, Inc. since 1999.
Ms. Moon has been responsible for supervision and implementation of in-home ABA services for children and adults with varying disabilities from ages 2-30. She aides in the supervision of individuals eligible to sit for the BCaBA or BCBA exam. Ms. Moon specializes in Discrete Trial Teaching and potty training.
She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and is a Licensed Behavior Analyst by the Virginia Board of Medicine.
In her free time, Ms. Moon enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and family, reading and going to the beach.
Erica Stapler, M.Ed., BCBA, COO
Ms. Stapler graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Wheeling Jesuit University in 2006. Upon graduating, Ms. Stapler began working as a full-time ABA therapist at the Augusta Levy Learning Center where she worked with a variety of children with an autism spectrum disorder providing intensive 1:1 ABA-DTT. During this time she received on-going training from the Lovaas Institute.
Ms. 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. Ms. Stapler graduated from George Mason University in May 2014 with a M.Ed., in Special Education with a concentration in Early Childhood Special Education. In September 2014, Ms. Stapler was promoted to Master Consultant.
In addition to consulting, Ms. 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 and is our trainer for preparing therapists as Registered Behavior Technicians (RBT) through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board®. Ms. Stapler is the author of the Theory of Mind Curriculum designed to target executive functioning skills.
Ms. Stapler specializes in Theory of Mind Development, IEP support and challenging behaviors. and the developlment of Behavior Intervention Plans. She aides in the supervision of individuals eligible to sit for the BCaBA or BCBA exam. Ms. Stapler is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and is a Licensed Behavior Analyst by the Virginia Board of Medicine.
In her free time, Ms. Stapler enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and reading.
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. 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.
Ms. Sullivan is a Board Certified assistant Behavior Analyst. She serves the Richmond and surrounding area.
Saskia Wise, B.S., BCaBA
Ms. 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.
Ms. Wise is a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst and is a Licensed Assistant Behavior Analyst by the Virginia Board of Medicine. She specializes in reading programs, assistive technology and camps and social groups.
In her free time, Ms. Wise enjoys cooking vegan meals, playing video games and spending time with her family.