School-Based Services Team
Danielle Cooke, MA, BCBA, LABA
Director of School-Based Services
Danielle (she/her) is a product of a Westfield State University education, having received both her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and her Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) as a WSU Owl. Danielle came to JLA shortly after becoming a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), and she has spent the last 5 years strengthening her experience as a school-based behavior consultant and as an in-home ABA therapy practitioner. During her time as the ABA Program Coordinator, Danielle built relationships with many local Graduate programs, and JLA’s “BCBA Services Team” has grown rapidly to support these partnerships. Danielle provides high-quality, effective supervision and ongoing training, and models evidence-based best practices for her BCBA colleagues and Behavior Technician supervisees. Danielle now serves as the BCBA Services/Behavior Consultation Team Supervisor and continues to liaise the important work of her team throughout the region.
When she isn’t working, Danielle spends her time with her son, Jack, and their dog, Lucy. Danielle enjoys being an active participant in the community, and volunteers in many ways to provide meaningful inclusion opportunities for children. Danielle grew up playing sports year-round, and she now coaches Jack’s soccer, basketball, and baseball teams, too. Danielle’s involvement as a youth coach pushed her to want to do even more for the children in her town, so she also serves her community as a School Committee member.
Jim Levine, Ph.D., LICSW
James Levine, Ph.D., LICSW is the company’s founder and former director. He served in this leadership role from 1998 through June 2022. During that span, JLA grew from a small practice of three clinicians into an organization of more than 40 clinicians, with three interdisciplinary teams that offer outpatient psychotherapy services, school consultation/professional development, and a full array of testing services. He continues to provide consultation, supervision and training across New England as well as nationally, including previous professional development sessions for groups in New York, Boston, Washington D.C., New Orleans, Montana and Arizona as well as through Harvard Medical School’s Continuing education series. Dr. Levine’s clinical interests focus on the intersection among trauma, mental health, learning and behavior. He has worked directly with clinical and teaching staff, families, public agency staff and administrative teams. Dr. Levine’s first book,Learning from Behavior, was issued in hardcover, paperback and international editions. His second book, When Trauma Grips our Children, was published in January 2021 by ABC-Clio.
Jennifer McIntire, Ph.D.
Jennifer McIntire, PhD Special Education, BCBA has been working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder since 1998. Jennifer received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of Massachusetts in 1991 and spent the next four years as Research Director at Emory University’s preschool for children with ASD in Atlanta, Georgia. She then moved back to New England and began working for the New England Center for Children as a Teacher and Research Assistant. While there, Jennifer took her coursework for her master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis through Northeastern University. Jennifer received her BCBA certification in 2001 and worked as a private consultant to school systems and individual families in the MetroWest area for several years before deciding to come back to the Pioneer Valley to raise her three children. She spent 12 years in the public schools in the area, serving as an Autism Specialist, Behavior Specialist and Program Coordinator for intensive special education programs for children with social emotional needs, severe special needs, and social pragmatic needs. In 2016, Jennifer received her PhD in Special Education from the University of Massachusetts, with a research focus on Children with Autism and Manding. Jennifer enjoys teaching about Applied Behavior Analysis and has served as an adjunct at several universities, including her current position at the University of Massachusetts. She also serves as the Treasurer on the board for the Massachusetts Chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children.
Kristen Siska, M.Ed, BCBA, LABA
Kristen received her Master’s degree in Teaching Students of Moderate Special Needs from Westfield State University in 2008. She developed and taught in a program for students with autism for 10 years before earning her BCBA and graduating from Pennsylvania State University with a certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis. She continued to work in public schools consulting to ABA classrooms as well as classrooms focused on social emotional work. Her work also focused on implementing vertical alignment amongst programs. She also served as the Inclusion Facilitator for a local school district. Kristen is familiar and skilled at being a part of a multidisciplinary team. She is excited and eager to be a part of the JLA team.
Kristen’s work is truly her passion. Her professional interests include increasing students' social emotional competencies, teaching students leisure skills that are matched to their interests, reading interventions, and Direct Instruction.
Noelle Colbert, M.Ed
Noelle Colbert has over 20 years of experience as an educator and administrator in both urban and suburban school districts. Noelle offers expertise in creating structures and systems that support a strong MTSS framework. She has worked with district teams to optimize data-driven planning, setting focused goals for tiered I, II, and III supports along with methods to progress monitor across the areas of academic, behavioral, and social-emotional skills.
Her experience includes assisting teams implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015, a multi-tiered approach of evidence-based systemic practices to support student needs across all areas of education: academic, behavioral, and social-emotional. She has offered professional development in such areas as Strategic Plan building; Creating Effective Leadership Teams; Inclusive Practices and Co-teaching; and Developing Successful Tier I, II and III Interventions.
In addition, Noelle has on-the-ground experience working with trauma-informed practices, vicarious trauma within schools, and Social Emotional Learning integration and alignment.
Allison Schlachter, LICSW
Alli Schlachter is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker serving on both the School Based Services and Outpatient Mental Health teams at James Levine & Associates, P.C. Alli has spent over twenty years working with and advocating for children and families. After receiving her Bachelors in Elementary Education from Plymouth State University in 1999, she started her career as an elementary school teacher. In 2005, she earned a Masters in Social Work at the University of Maryland at Baltimore. Throughout her career as an LICSW in private practice, she has continued to work in and consult with schools in a variety of capacities.
On the School Based Service Team, Alli works with schools across the region to provide group clinical consultation, individual supervision, specific case consultation, and professional development. She offers professional development in Trauma, Mental Health in Schools, Suicide Prevention and will work with school systems to create a customized professional development course based on the unique needs of each school.
Alli also provides evidenced-based and supportive therapy to adolescents and adults in our Outpatient Program. Alli believes that the relationship between the therapist and client is a powerful tool in facilitating emotional growth, therefore she strives to create a comfortable, collaborative and open environment. Alli uses a strengths-based perspective and works with each client to increase awareness and self-understanding in challenging situations.
Additionally, in 2004 Alli completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training. She continues to study and train in Iyengar Yoga. She has offered yoga and mindfulness classes as part of the SEL curriculum in Longmeadow, MA. Alli believes strongly in public service and is currently serving as a Town Meeting Member, is the chairperson of the South Hadley School Committee and sits on the Board of Directors of the Collaborative for Educational Services in Northampton, MA. She also continues to provide psychotherapy in her private practice which she opened in 2008.
Mary Marchesani, LMHC
The process of working through our feelings can be difficult at times. The tools to communicate our feelings and manage our emotions don't always come naturally - they are skills that can be discovered, learned, and practiced with the support of others. I will provide a safe space dedicated to self-discovery, celebrating both small and large accomplishments along the way.
I have over 8 years of experience working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Autism, Down syndrome, Williams syndrome, as well as those experiencing anxiety and depression. My career started at River Street Autism Program, supporting school-aged youth using applied behavior analysis. After completing my Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Springfield College I joined the team at Berkshire Hills Music Academy, where I provided clinical support to young adults in day and residential programs. In addition to seeing individuals for counseling, I created programming such as Disability Awareness, a group that explores the experiences of those with disabilities, and men’s and women’s health groups, which focused largely on advocacy and communication in order to build healthier relationships. Additionally, I have been certified to lead various trainings for staff and families, including human rights, sexuality education, and behavioral safety techniques.
I primarily use a cognitive behavior approach, helping people to better understand how they think, feel, and act. I am passionate about providing psychoeducation as a way to develop better coping and problem-solving skills. I enjoy working collaboratively with teachers, doctors, community providers, etc., in order to give a whole-person approach to our work together.
Julianne St. Amand, M.A., BCBA, LABA
Julianne received her master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Westfield State University in May of 2021. Prior to receiving her master’s, Julianne worked for JLA as a Registered Behavior Technician, providing behavior services to individuals age 3-19. Julianne has several years of experience working with children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis, as well as an array of developmental disabilities and diverse challenges. Upon completing her degree, Julianne continued her career at JLA providing behavior analytic consultation services in school districts supporting a variety of student age/grade levels and needs. Julianne has experience providing consultation services both programmatically as well as on an individual student basis. A large portion of Julianne’s experience is in supporting individuals with ASD, which has included developing individualized student behavior plans and supports through direct assessment methods and providing behavior skills training to staff and families. Recently, Julianne has expanded her work to social emotional and behavioral programs, supporting students with health and emotional disabilities among others.
Julianne truly enjoys the work that she does and takes great pride in her relationships both with those she serves directly and additional stakeholders. Julianne plans to continue building her own fund of knowledge and looks forward to continuing to work closely with students, families, service providers, and school district employees to build upon adaptive and prosocial skills in adolescents, and develop strong programs for supporting student needs.
Kirsten Bonaiuto, M.S., BCBA
Kirsten earned her bachelor’s in child psychology from Bay Path University in 2019 and her Master’s in ABA in 2022. Kirsten has worked with children and families for over 15 years and has experience working with children ages 2-years through 19-years old. She has provided educational and behavioral support in various settings, such as a private early childhood institute, various elementary schools and secondary schools, and in-home services. Her professional interests include social skills training, functional communication training, and teaching daily living skills. Kirsten enjoys doing direct intervention work, as well as providing consultation services to schools. Kirsten’s biggest passion is supporting and advocating for children and their families, as well as helping clients achieve their goals.
Katelynn Brzezinski, M.Ed, BCBA
I earned my Bachelor's degree in Sociology and Family Child Studies from the University of Guelph, Canada, and graduated from Northern Vermont University with a Master's degree in Education with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis. I passed the BCBA exam in October 2020. I have great experience in supervising and training behavior interventionists, collaborating with educational teams and families as the primary care coordinator, providing crisis support, facilitating the reintegration of students into a less restriction educational environment, and conducting behavioral assessments and development comprehensive behavior intervention plans. I have a passion for working with students with trauma and social emotional deficits.
ABA Behavior Specialists
Gabrielle Cook, B.A., Graduate School RBT
Gabrielle earned her bachelor's in social work from Elms College in 2020 and is currently pursuing a Master’s in ABA from Bay Path University. She has worked with children and families for over 4 years and has experience serving individuals ages 2-20 years old. She has worked in school and home settings as a Registered Behavior Technician providing ABA services. Gabrielle comes from a large family with a plethora of experience with young children from an early age. This experience is what draws her to continue in a field which allows her to work to support children and families. Her professional interests include building functional communication, social and daily living skills. In her spare time, Gabrielle enjoys running, training for races and spending time with her family.
Kelli Stockwell, B.A., Graduate School RBT
Kelli earned her Bachelor's degree in Special Education with a concentration in Psychology from Westfield State University in the spring of 2020. During her time as an undergraduate, she completed practicum hours working with children ages 3-11 years old which helped develop her passion towards providing direct, one-on-one help to students. She began to pursue a Master's degree in Applied Behavior Analysis during the fall of 2020 and was offered a position as a Registered Behavior Technician. Kelli is passionate about supporting and assisting children in developing skills for independence as well as advocating for their families.
Amy Ferraraccio, M.S., Behavior Specialist
Amy (she/her) comes to us with 15 years' experience. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from American International College and her Master’s Degree in Behavior Analysis from BayPath University. Amy is currently preparing to sit for her board exam to become a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst. Amy has experience working with individuals ranging from 3 to 70 years old in a variety of settings such as in homes, school settings and day habilitation centers. Amy enjoys building social skills groups and creating trainings that help provide knowledge and skills to families and other providers.
When Amy is not working, she enjoys hiking with her dog, Hemi, completing art, and spending time with her family on their farm.
ABA Behavior Technicians
Felicia Ewing, B.A., RBT
Felicia graduated from Elms College in 2020 with her Bachelors in Communication Sciences and Disorders. During her time in college, she worked as a Behavior Technician at Multicultural Community Services out of Holyoke from 2018-2020. Felicia got to work in homes and out in the community with individuals ranging from 3-28. Felicia started at JLA in 2020 working in different school districts, as well as taking on in home-cases. Working with a range of ages, Felicia really got to see the amount of different programming between them and has been passionate about increasing the performance of Independent Living Skills and Functional Communication Training. My favorite part about this job is seeing the progress my student’s make and knowing I made a difference in their lives. Felicia started Graduate school at Westfield State University in September of 2022 to work towards a Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis. When Felicia isn’t working or at school, she enjoys having game nights with family and friends or getting comfortable on the couch watching her favorite Netflix shows with her husband and dog Jax.
Jared Harney, B.A., RBT
I have always known I had a passion for helping others and making a difference in the community! In the spring of 2021 I obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Salem State University. After graduating from SSU I began working as a Behavior Technician for a startup company. I took on my own caseload of preschool age clients, and obtained certification as a Registered Behavior Technician. I loved working with children and helping them to achieve milestones in their development.
Through a career fair at Salem State University in my senior year of college I first learned about the field of ABA. Once I learned more about career opportunities in ABA, I knew this was the field for me. The best part of this field is the opportunity to help adolescents achieve essential skills and thrive in their lives. My work as an RBT has been an extremely rewarding experience, and I hope to continue to grow in the field of ABA. I aspire to pursue a Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis to one day become a BCBA! I very much look forward to continuing my career in the field of ABA with JLA, and helping to make a difference in the lives of others!
Kathryn Hernandez, B.A., RBT
Kathryn is a proud Frances Perkins Scholar and graduate of Mount Holyoke College with a degree in philosophy. After graduating Cum Laude, she pursued career opportunities in the human services field. She realized she had a passion working with youth while working in residential group homes in Springfield, MA. She eventually explored the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. Kathryn was immediately drawn to the philosophy and the science of ABA. She became even more captivated when she witnessed her clients reach their goals in a meaningful and lasting way as a result of ABA. So, after two years of being a RBT, Kathryn began her Master’s in ABA at Westfield State University. She is excited to continue her role as a RBT at James Levine & Associates!
Monica Jacques, B.A.
Monica is a highly motivated and energetic technician with a passion for helping individuals communicate effectively and live fulfilling lives. She graduated with her Bachelors degree in Speech Language Pathology Assisting from Elms College. Monica was introduced to Applied Behavior Analysis during her undergraduate studies and chose to continue her journey with Elms College to pursue her Masters degree in ABA. Upon graduating with her Masters degree, Monica plans to become a BCBA.
In her free time, Monica enjoys spending time with her family and spending time outdoors with her dogs, Walter and Clark.
Jayden Chapin, Behavior Technician
Hi there! My name is Jayden. I graduated from Franklin County Technical School’s Culinary Arts program in 2019. I started working as a PCA when I was 17 for a young girl, assisting her in completing activities of daily living. I worked with her for more than two years and took a break to pursue a job in baking (which is a passion of mine). I ultimately decided that working with individuals with special needs was my path and began working in a group home for adults, providing direct care. I worked there for two years as full-time staff and began to seek opportunities to work with children. I started working at JLA in May of 2022 and have since been able to work in schools with children at the elementary, middle, and high school level. When I’m not at work, I enjoy spending time with my younger siblings and going on hikes with my dog!
Rachel Behlke, Behavior Technician
After earning a bachelor's degree in Public Health with a minor in Sociology and certificate in Social Work from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Rachel entered the field of ABA therapy to explore her passion for improving the lives of children with autism and serving people with special needs. In addition to her work and academics, Rachel is recognized for her compassionate heart, intelligence, and commitment to making a positive impact on everyone she meets.
Glenda Serrano, B.A., RBT
I am a strong, dedicated, and loyal individual who has a great deal of interest in working with youth who need guidance to overcome social, emotional, behavioral, or mental health challenges, and/or developmental and cognitive delays. Advocacy, support, and teaching are passions of mine. I love to help others and ensure they are getting the best results, and access to resources in their life, so they can have the best equal opportunity. I received my undergraduate degree at Framingham State University, studying Criminology with a minor in Psychology. Graduated in 2015, After graduating in 2015, I worked in the field of psychology for several years with both adults and children in therapeutic environments. In 2020, I got a job doing ABA at an Autism teratment company, working with children both in home and in clinic. I really enjoyed it, especially making a difference, seeing the change, and being a part of that contribution! It was a heartwarming feeling; most importantly seeing the joy, emotions, and excitements coming from the individuals and family members we served. I started my Masters in an ABA program at Westfield State University in Fall of 2022. When I am not working, doing homework, or studying, you’ll catch me spending time with my family! I have a husband, a son, a dog, and a cat. If I don’t have a paint brush in my hand, then I am probably learning a new recipe!
Shyanne Jackson, B.A., BT
Shyanne is attending Bay Path University where she has completed her Bachelor's coursework in Early Education and is beginning her Master's Degree coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Shyanne started at JLA as a Behavior Technician. Previously, she worked at the Holyoke YMCA as a supervisor for summer camp as part of the membership services team, and she has also served as a substitute teacher for public schools in the area. She enjoys working one-on-one with students and helping them gain confidence inside and outside of the classroom. She also has a passion for helping students meet their goals, whether they are educational or behavioral.
In her free time, Shyanne enjoys spending time with her fiancée and two sons. They spend many weekends going to her middle schooler’s soccer and basketball games, where she often volunteers as a coach.
Jillian Nichols, MSW, RBT
Jill graduated from Elms College in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in social work, minoring in psychology. Jill continued on to graduate school at Springfield College where she earned her master of social work degree in 2017 through the Advanced Standing Program. Jill has had experience working with the elderly and veterans for three years as a licensed certified social worker (LCSW) before shifting her professional interest toward Applied Behavior Analysis. Jill had previously worked as a personal care attendant (PCA) gaining experience working with a young man diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum throughout her undergraduate and graduate education. She has always been intrigued by the field of ABA. This curiosity led her to work the last several years as a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT), providing in-home and center-based services. She has worked with ABA clients ranging from 3 to 32. Jill has enjoyed working as an RBT and witnessing first-hand how ABA positively impacts individuals’ socialization, as well as enhancing their independent living skills. Jill is continuing her education to earn a graduate certificate in ABA through Westfield State University where she started in September 2022 with a goal to become a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Jill’s passion for helping people and her diverse experience will enhance the support she is able to provide to others.