Staff Bios


  • Management and Administration
     
  • Elizabeth M. (Liz) Martineau, CEO, Board Chair, President and Clinical Director

    Liz founded NLG with a group of colleagues in 2002.  Liz is responsible for development and implementation of NLG's strategy and future plans; for ensuring that NLG implements state of the art educational and clinical practices; and for mentoring and supervising senior clinical and management staff. Liz has authored numerous presentations highlighting NLG's clinical and strategic innovations.

    Prior to founding Nashoba Learning Group, Liz served as a consultant to individuals with autism and their families and school districts. Liz spent 13 years at Monitor Company, a business strategy consulting firm, where she served on the Board of Directors and managed client relationships.

    Liz holds an Education Specialist degree in behavioral education from Simmons College. She has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) since 2001.  She serves as Treasurer of the Berkshire Association for Behavioral Analysis and Therapy (BABAT) and is a member of Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI). She serves on the workforce development subcommittee of the MA Autism Commission. Liz also has an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in economics from Williams College.

  • Maureen Vibert, Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer
    Maureen has been at NLG since 2002.  She has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Bentley University. Maureen is NLG’s Treasurer and serves on the Board of Directors.  She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Northeast Region of MA Association of 766 Approved Schools.
  • Steve Vibert, Director of Information Technology

    Steve has been at NLG since 2002, becoming a full time employee in 2004.  He has over 30 years of experience in Information Technology and Software Development and has designed and developed a large number of applications used by NLG including:

    • • ScheduleBuilder, NLG’s student and staff scheduling application
    • • Skills Assessment Builder;  NLG’s vocational and life skills inventory assessment application
    • • Behavior Data Tracker and Behavior Data Manager; NLG’s new electronic data collection software suite
  • Stephanie Daniels, Executive Director of Volunteer and Employment Services
    Stephanie has been at NLG since 2003 and developed NLG’s vocational and employment programming.  She has a Masters of Business Administration from Rivier University.
  • Lauren Howson, Recruiting Coordinator
    Lauren has been at NLG since 2014. Lauren completed her Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis from Bay Path University in 2016 and is a licensed Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
  • Maureen Lacerte, Clinical Director and Education Administrator
    Maureen has been at NLG since 2002. She received her Master’s in Education at Simmons and is a BCBA and has Professional License in Intensive Special Needs K-12.  Maureen has authored and presented multiple symposia at conferences such as ABAI and BABAT and presented a lecture at the Boston University School of Medicine Parker Conference, Boston, MA.
  • Lauren Savioli, Program Director Adult Program and Clinical Director of Training and Development
    Lauren has been at NLG since 2011.  She has a Masters in Behavior Education from Simmons and is working towards her Ph. D. Lauren is a BCBA and LABA.  Lauren has authored and presented workshops and symposia at ABAI and BABAT.
  • Jessica Slaton, Clinical Director and Director of Applied Research
    Jessica has been at NLG since 2004.  She received a Masters in Behavior Education at Simmons in 2006 and a Ph. D. in Behavior Analysis at Western New England in 2016. She is a BCBA and is certified in Special Education. Jessica serves on NLG’s Behavior Council. Jessica has authored and presented numerous symposia at conferences such as APBA, ABAI and BABAT.  Publications include: 

    Slaton, J. D., & Hanley, G. P. (2016). Effects of multiple versus chained schedules on stereotypy and functional engagement. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 49, 927 – 946.

    Slaton, J. D., Hanley, G. P., & Raftery, K. J. (2017). Interview-informed functional analyses: A comparison of synthesized and isolated components. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 50, 252 – 277.

    Slaton, J. D., & Hanley, G. P. (in press). Practical Functional Assessment of Problem Behavior. In R. Pennington (Ed.) Applied Behavior Analysis, AAPC publishing: Kansas City.

    Slaton, J. D., & Hanley, G. P. (in press). Nature and scope of synthesis in functional analysis of problem behavior: A review. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.

    Slaton, J. D., & Hanley, G. P. (in preparation). A further comparison of synthesized and isolated contingencies in functional analyses.

    Slaton, J. D., Hanley, G. P., Ruppel, K., Gage, E. E., Raftery, K. J., & Clark, K. (in preparation). Treating stereotypy with functional communication training.

    Mouzakes, T., Hanley, G. P., & Slaton, J. D. (in preparation). A generalization evaluation of functional communication training and tolerance responses.

    Landa, R. L., Hanley, G. P., Ghaemmaghami, M., Slaton, J. D., Hanratty, L. A., Jessel, J., & Rajaraman, A. (in preparation). A review of procedural modifications following undifferentiated interview-informed synthesized contingency analyses.

    Warner, C., Hanley, G. P., Ghaemmaghami, M., Landa, R. L., & Slaton, J. D. (in preparation). An evaluation of a progressive extinction to assess response class membership of multiple topographies of problem behavior.

    Rajaraman, A., Hanley, G. P., Slaton, J. D., Jessel, J., Beaulieu, L, & Ghaemmaghami, M. (in preparation). On the generality of the interview-informed synthesized contingency analysis.

    Rajaraman, A., Hanley, G. P., Gover, H., Landa, R. L., & Slaton, J. D. (in preparation). Toward stronger control in interview-informed synthesized contingency analyses.

    Ruppel, K., Hanley, G. P., Slaton, J. D., & Crowley, A. (in preparation). Treating mouthing non-food items with a skill-based treatment.

  • Alysse Staake, Human Resource Administrator
    Alysse has been at NLG since 2007. She completed her MBA with a dual concentration in Human Resource Management and Non-Profit Management from University of Massachusetts Boston in 2018. 
  • Lori Steers, Assistant Program Director
    Lori has been at NLG since 2003. She has a Masters in Special Education and Behavioral Studies from Endicott College.
  • Robyn Stewart, Director of Admissions and Clinical Director
    Robyn has been at NLG since 2005.  She received her Masters in Behavior Education from Simmons in 2001. She is a BCBA and LABA.  Robyn serves on NLG’s Admissions Committee and NLG’s Behavior Council.
  • Emily Wheet, Development Manager
    Emily has been at NLG since 2014. She has her Bachelors in Social Work from North Carolina State University.
  • Linda Wright, Controller
    Linda has been at NLG since 2016. She has a Masters in Business Administration from Southern NH University.
  • Clinical Directors
     
  • Karen Abruzi, Clinical Director

    Karen has been at NLG since 2003. She has a Masters in Behavior Education from Simmons College. She is a BCBA, LABA and is Certified in Special Education Teacher. Karen was a second author for two symposia presented at the Applied Behavior Analysis International Convention in May 2008.

  • Jennifer Baird, Clinical Director
    Jennifer has been at NLG since 2007.  She has a Masters in Special Education – Moderate Disabilities from Endicott College. She is a BCBA and a Certified in Special Education.
  • Ceara Carroll, Clinical Director
    Ceara has been at NLG since 2005.  Shereceived her Masters in Behavior Education from Simmons in 2005 and received her Certification in Special Education from Endicott College in 2012. She is a BCBA, LABA and licensed Special Educator.
  • Christina Caruso, Clinical Director and Research Assistant
    Christina has been at NLG since 2011.  She has a Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis at Bay Path University. She is a BCBA, LABA and is currently working towards her Special Education license.
  • Amy Casale, Clinical Director
    Amy has been at NLG since 2007. Amy has a Masters in Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis from Endicott College. She is a BCBA.
  • Alison Condon, Clinical Director
    Alison has been at NLG since 2003.  She received a Masters in Behavior Education from Simmons College in 2010. Alison is a BCBA and LABA.
  • Cortney Costa, Clinical Director
    Cortney has been at NLG since 2005.  She has a Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis from Bay Path University. Cortney is a BCBA and LABA.
  • David DePetris, Clinical Director
    David has been at NLG since 2013. He has a  Masters in Education from Bay Path University and is working towards his PH.D. in Behavior Analysis at Western New England University. He is a BCBA and LABA. Dave serves on NLG’s Behavior Council. Dave has authored and presented symposia at ABAI and BABAT.
  • Lori Eldridge, Clinical Director
    Lori has been at NLG since 2008.  She has a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction – Autism Studies from UMass Lowell and a certificate in Behavioral Intervention in Autism from UMass Lowell. Lori is a BCBA and LABA.
  • Leanne Patenaude, Clinical Director
    Leanne has been at NLG since 2008. She has a Masters in Special Education, Moderate Disabilities with Applied Behavioral Analysis from Endicott College. Leanne is a BCBA and is certified in Special Education.
  • Kate (Johns) Raftery, Clinical Director
    She has been at NLG since 2004.  Kate has a Masters in Behavioral Education from Simmons.  She is a BCBA, LABA and is certified in Special Education.  Kate serves on NLG’s Behavior Council and has led numerous practice improvement committees.  Publications include: Slaton JD, Hanley GP, Raftery KJ. Interview-informed functional analyses: A comparison of synthesized and isolated components.J Appl Behav Anal. 2017 Apr;50(2):252-277. doi: 10.1002/jaba.384. Epub 2017 Mar 17. PubMed PMID: 28304093.
  • Eileen Sauer, Clinical Director
    Eileen has been at NLG since 2007. She received a Master’s in Behavior Education from Simmons in 2010. She is a BCBA and LABA.
  • Rachel Sawyer, Clinical Director
    Rachel has been at NLG since 2010.  She has a Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis from Endicott College and Specialist of Education in Severe Special Education from BayPath University. She is a BCBA, LABA and certified in Special Education.
  • Stephanie Shaw, Clinical Director
    Stephanie has been at NLG since 2010. She has a Masters in Behavioral Education from Simmons in 2012. She is a BCBA and LABA.
  • Liz Szczechura, Clinical Director
    Liz has been at NLG since 2009.  She has a Masters in Behavioral Education from BayPath University. Liz is a BCBA and LABA.
  • Maggie Tierney, Clinical Director
    Maggie has been at NLG since 2010.  She has a Masters of Education in Special Needs and Applied Behavior Analysis from Endicott College. She is a BCBA, LABA and is certified in Special Education.
  • Notes

    BCBA stands for Board Certified in Behavior Analysis by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board.

    LABA stands for Licensed Behavior Analyst in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

    ABAI is the Applied Behavior Analysis International Convention. 

    BABAT is the Berkshire Association of Behavior Analysis and Therapy Conference.

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