Directors and Clinical Coordinators

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Executive Director, Scott Levine

Scott@creativeinterventions.net
860-413-9538, ext. 306

Scott Levine received his B.S. with a concentration in Business Administration from Charter Oak College. He worked for The Hartford as a Business Analyst for seven years before co-founding Creative Interventions in 2004. Scott also worked for the Red Cross and has a strong passion for helping others. When the opportunity arose to be a part of forming an agency that’s mission was to help others, he saw this as his chance to utilize his strong business skills while being a part of making a positive difference in the lives of others. Scott is largely involved in fund raising and other philanthropic opportunities as they arise. Scott is the Executive Director of our agency. 

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Executive Clinical Director, Melissa S. Saunders, MS., BCBA

Melissa@creativeinterventions.net
860-413-9538, ext. 304

Melissa received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts and M.S. in Counseling and Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis from Nova Southeastern University. Melissa is currently enrolled in a doctoral program at Nova in Organizational Leadership with a concentration on Applied Behavior Analysis. She has been providing services to children with Autism and related disabilities for over 10 years. Melissa is the Executive Clinical Director for Creative Interventions. Melissa is currently a Member at Large on the board of CTABA and MassABA. Melissa is an active member of the Connecticut Autism Action Coalition (CAAC). She has a special interest in functional assessment of problem behaviors across diagnoses, behavior analytic supervision models and has a passion for providing training and workshops on a variety of topics that affect families, school staff and individuals. Throughout her career Melissa has provided direct and consultative services in private and public schools, in homes, as well as center-based facilities. As with many individuals, Melissa has been personally affected by Autism having 3 nephews diagnosed with Autism. This fact has strengthened her drive to ensure that parents receive education in the treatment their child receives and that individuals are provided with evidence-based services. Melissa lives in South Hadley Massachusetts with her husband Rich, two children, Cameron and Ava, their dog Foxy, and a noncompliant French bulldog, Sophie.

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Maris Pelkey, MA, BCBA, Director of Birth to Three 

Maris@creativeinterventions.net
860-413-9538, ext. 305

Maris received her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Relations from UCONN and her Masters degree in Early Childhood Special Education from Saint Joseph College. She provided Birth to Three services in the state of CT as a special educator for nine years before returning to Saint Joseph’s to pursue a certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis. Maris became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2012 and continues to maintain her teaching certificate in early childhood special education. Her primary responsibilities at Creative Interventions include direct services to families, support to teams as a team supervisor, and coordination of the Birth to Three program to ensure quality services to the families we serve as well as compliance with state and federal mandates. Maris has a passion for providing behavior analysis within the early intervention model and a particular interest in parent training. Maris Pelkey is the Director of Birth to Three Services for Creative Interventions. 

 

 

Amber Walker, MA, BCBA - Clinical Coordinator of Behavioral Services 

Amber received her undergraduate degree from Eastern Connecticut State University, where she was first introduced to the world of Behavior Analysis.  She became a BCaBA in 2004 and then a BCBA in 2006 after earning her Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis and Developmental Disabilities.  Amber joined Creative Interventions in 2010, assisting in the expansion of services to our Southeast region.  She currently provides clinical consultation to various interdisciplinary teams across a variety of settings including; homes, schools, and community locations.  Additionally, Amber provides leadership to a dedicated team of professionals, including several RBTs, BCBAs and a BCaBA.

 
Chelsea Richards, MS., BCBA - Staff Development Coordinator 

Coming Soon! 

Diane Juzba, M.Ed., BCBA - Clinical Coordinator of Behavioral Services 

Diane began working for Creative Interventions in 2014. She is a BCBA consultant and Clinical Coordinator of Behavioral Services. Diane has a passion for working with children and young adults. Her career encompasses more than 14-years’ experience working with children with Autism (ranging in age from 18 months through young adulthood), children with moderate to severe intellectual disabilities, conduct disorders, ADHD, emotional disturbance, and children with multiple disabilities. Diane’s experience includes several years’ experience providing consultative services and training to school districts in  the practices of Applied Behavior Analysis, in home ABA services for birth to three and school aged children and social skills instruction for adolescents.

Diane earned her Master’s Degree in Special Education from Westfield State University. In addition to her graduate studies in Special Education, she attended PENN State and Endicott College online earning coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis. She finished her ABA coursework and supervision at St. Joseph’s University in West Hartford CT. It is her desire to pursue further studies in a Doctoral Program in Applied Behavior Analysis.

In her free time, Diane enjoys spending time with her children and family, attending sporting events, traveling, kayaking, yoga and reading. Diane is very active in her community, presently serving on her local school board and volunteering as the president of the Special Education Parent Advisory Council in her town.

Justine Randall, MS Ed., BCBA - Coordinator of School Age Services  

Coming Soon! 

Kate Giampetruzzi MS, OTR/L - Clinical Coordinator of Related Services 

Kate Giampetruzzi has a Bachelors in Science and a Masters in Occupational Therapy from Duquesne University. She has been with Creative Interventions since 2009. Kate is the clinical coordinator of related services and is a team supervisor. Her primary responsibilities include providing direct in-home occupational therapy services, providing direction and consultation to families and teams regarding OT strategies/interventions, and acting as liaison for independent contractors. Kate currently lives in Waterbury, CT with her husband Nick, and two children, Samantha and Louis. 

Krystina Gilhuly, MS, BCBA - Clinical Coordinator of Outreach 

Krystina received her Bachelor’s Degree from Saint Joseph College in Psychology with a Minor in Disabilities Studies. Her Master’s Degree was in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism from Sage College. During her Master’s Program, she was a Student Representative for the Association for Behavior Analysis International. She has worked in private out-placement schools and public schools. Before working a Creative Interventions, she was a BCBA for a school district consulting with a district-wide autism program, providing in-home consultation and individual school-based consultation cases. She is now the Clinical Coordinator of Outreach for Creative Interventions. Krystina has provided training to therapists in Indonesia and Kenya through the Global Autism Project. She enjoys gardening and is an avid swimmer.

Lauren Jackson, M.A., BCBA - Clinical Coordinator of Behavioral Services 

Lauren Jackson has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Saint Joseph College and a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology from American International College. She attended Westfield State University's BCBA certificate program to become a Behavior Analyst. She has been working with children diagnosed with Autism or other developmental disabilities of all ages for 10 years. Lauren has been with Creative Interventions since 2014 and is the Clinical Coordinator of Behavioral Services for our Region 2 area. Lauren's primary responsibilities include providing direct and consultative services to children, parents, and families as well as conducting Functional Behavior Assessments for schools in CT as well as MA. She also acts as that Service Coordinator for some of her Birth to Three cases. In addition to being a Clinical Coordinator, Lauren provides training, support and direction to ABA, Lead Therapists, and Service Coordinators as a Team Supervisor.

Marsha Doyle, MS.Ed., BCBA - Clinical Coordinator of Staff Development 

Marsha Doyle has a Bachelors in Psychology and a Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis from Bay Path University.  She has been with Creative Interventions since 2008.  Marsha is the Clinical Coordinator of Staff Development here at Creative Interventions and an ABA Supervisor at Bay Path University.  She enjoys training others in the field and those who want to learn more.  Marsha’s primary responsibilities include ongoing staff training, consultative services to school districts, consultation to families and direct services to children.  Her family has grown since her time with Creative; she lives in Enfield with her husband Ryan and 3 children, Andrew, Jacob and little princess Riley.  In addition to her passion for ABA she has an unrivaled passion for everything Disney.

Melanie Varian, BCaBA - Clinical Coordinator 

Melanie Varian received her B.A. in Child Psychology with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis from Eastern Connecticut State University. She received her graduate certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas and is currently a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst. She has been with Creative Interventions since 2006.


Melanie’s primary responsibilities include conducting Intakes and IFSPs for incoming clients in addition to overseeing teams. Melanie supports her region by providing direct and consultative services to children and families.  She provides training, support and direction to ABA Therapists and Senior ABA Therapists as a Team Supervisor. Melanie also assists the Clinical Directors in marketing, public speaking, conference appearances, workshops and company exposure projects throughout the state and believes strongly in the company’s philosophy and family centered training model. Melanie was recognized by the Fairfield County Business Journal as one of the “40 under 40″ award recipients because of her demonstration of strong leadership qualities and ongoing commitment to personal and professional development. Melanie is the Clinical Coordinator of Behavioral Services for Southern Connecticut.

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