ABOUT

Our team is dedicated to helping make significant improvements in the lives of children, including those diagnosed with autism, and assisting their families and teachers using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Our program delivery is conducted by BCBAs, BCaBAs, and Behavior Therapists with ABA experience ranging from 8 to 20 years.

Lawrence Venuk, MS, BCBA
Licensed Behavior Analyst
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Larry is the Clinical Director of Behavioral Consulting Associates, LLC. Larry earned his M.S. in Psychology with a concentration in Behavior Analysis at Central Michigan University and has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2003 and is a licensed behavior analyst in the state of Connecticut. 

 

Larry began his career assisting a young man diagnosed with autism in an assisted living apartment. After graduate school, he moved to Connecticut in 1998 to assist individuals living at Southbury Training School. He has enjoyed assisting families and teaching children, adolescents, and adults using the principles of applied behavior analysis in a variety of settings for the past 23 years.

 

Larry lives in Watertown, CT with his wife, their two daughters, a dog and a cat.  He enjoys gardening, playing basketball, kayaking, playing the bass guitar and drums, and life with his family and friends.  

Jenny Acevedo, BCBA
Licensed Behavior Analyst
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Jenny has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Connecticut Licensed Behavior Analyst since 2019.

Jenny earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Southern Connecticut State University in 2015 . Upon graduation, Jenny joined the Project EARLY research team at Yale University where she helped in the identification and early intervention of low- income and minority children with Autism.  

 

For three years, Jenny also worked for the Wilson Family Resource Center where she educated parents in child development and facilitated activities to help improve school readiness and parent involvement in her own community of Waterbury.  

 

Jenny’s passion for research and children with Autism fueled her to receive a Master of Science Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2018 from Western Connecticut State University. While completing her degree Jenny worked for Birth to Three as a Developmental and Behavioral Therapist where she used the principles of applied behavior analysis to promote skill acquisition.  

Vanessa Ortiz
Therapist
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Vanessa has been working with children since she was sixteen years old. Her goal is to facilitate in the developmental growth of each of the children she works with. Inspired by a student who was in her toddler classroom with an Autism diagnosis, she wanted to learn more about Applied Behavior Analysis.

She graduated with her Master’s degree in Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis in 2019 from the University of Saint Joseph. She has experience working as an ABA therapist in the home setting and in the school setting for the past 4 years. 

 

Vanessa Lives in Bristol, she enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her family and close friends.

Antonella McLennon-Laurent, BCBA
Licensed Behavior Analyst
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Antonella has worked in educational settings since 2004, and she has been an ABA Therapist since 2009.  She earned her Bachelors in Business Administration in 2000 From Sacred Heart University and earned her Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Saint Joseph in May of 2019. “Nella”, as the children she serves call her with affection, has provided ABA services and behavior management plans for special education students enrolled in educational programs while providing support to school site staff, paraprofessional educators and behavior therapists.

 

Antonella is an incredible advocate for children with special needs and their families based on her personal experiences with her son who has autism.  She is passionate about improving the lives of clients and their families affected with autism.  

 

Antonella lives in Derby with her husband, two children, and their dog.

Kelly Welcome. BCBA
Licensed Behavior Analyst
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Kelly became a Board Certified Associate Behavior Analyst in February 2016. She earned her B.S. in Psychology with a concentration in Art Therapy at Albertus Magnus College in 2002, completed her BCBA certificate courses at the University of North Texas in 2016 and earned her Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis from Arizona State University in 2018. 

Kelly has over 20+ years of extensive experience as an ABA therapist and has assisted children in school, home, and community settings using the principles of applied behavior analysis.  Kelly is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a Licensed Behavior Analyst in the state of Connecticut.

 

Kelly lives in Shelton with her 2 children, their dog and a cat. She enjoys art, going to the beach, reading, and spending time with her family.

Christina Torres
Therapist
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Christina began her career in 2015 as a life skills coach and community mentor assisting adults diagnosed with autism. She has work experience  in the residential, school, in-home and clinic based settings. She is very passionate and determined to make a difference in the life’s of those she gets to serve as a therapist.

In 2009, she earned her bachelors degree in Criminal Justice from Post University. She just recently earned her Masters Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Saint Joesph, May of 2020. She is currently waiting to sit for her BCBA exam.

 

Christina resides in Waterbury and enjoys spending quality time with her dog Harley, friends and family.

Tatyana Marks
Therapist
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Tatyana has worked as an ABA therapist for over five years.  She graduated from Albertus Magnus College where she majored in Child Psychology and Education with a concentration was Child Development in 2014 and earned her Masters in Special Education in May of 2018. 

 

Tatyana has experience working with a diverse population of students ranging in ages of 3-18 in private school and home settings.  I enjoy seeing the influence I make on my students and I will remain making the incredible impact that I have when it comes them.

 

Tatyana recently moved to Waterbury.  She enjoys seeing the impact ABA makes with her students, and she looks forward to continuing to working with children in special education.  

Gabi Testa
Therapist
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Gabi has worked with children since she was 16 years old and as a Behavior Therapist for 4 years. She graduated from Southern Connecticut State University in 2012 with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology. Currently, she is attending Western Connecticut State University to receive a Master's Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis to become a BCBA. She has 7 years experience working in the private and public school setting with individuals with disabilities. 

 

Gabi lives in Bethlehem with her husband, son, 2 dogs, cat, and chickens. She enjoys gardening, canoeing, reading, and traveling with her family.

Kim Parciasepe
Therapist
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Kim has been working as an ABA Therapist since 2007. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from Western Connecticut State University in 2007 and she received her RBT in 2017. She has worked as a behavior therapist in both school, home and community settings. She has worked with a wide age range of students from pre-school to college. She is passionate about helping improve the lives of her clients and their families.

Kim lives in Newtown with her Husband, daughter and dog Bristol. She enjoys hiking, gardening, swimming and spending her summers visiting with friends on the beaches of Cape Cod.

Dominique Casillas
Therapist
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Dominique has worked with children throughout her life. During one of her first jobs at her local YMCA she met a special little boy who was diagnosed with ASD, and they changed each other’s lives for the better. When she attended Naugatuck Valley Community College, she became interested in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. Dominique became an RBT in September 2020 She now is at Central Connecticut State University pursuing her bachelor's degree in Social Work. Dominique plans on obtaining her Masters degree in ABA upon completion of her Bachelors degree. 

 

Dominique lives in Bristol. She enjoys traveling, hanging out with her friends and family, and going to the beach. 

Linnea Strickland
Therapist
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Linnea has worked with individuals with autism for 8 years. She earned a Bachelor's degree in social work from Central Connecticut State University and is currently working towards her Masters degree in Applied Behavioral Analysis at Simmons University in Massachusetts.

 

Linnea has experience working with these individuals in clinical settings, schools, in-home, and various residents treatment facilities. She was always passionate about working with children. While volunteering at a local agency for individuals with intellectual disabilities and ASD, she fell in love with working with children with autism and decided that was what she wanted to do in life.

 

She enjoys spending time with her family, warm weather, being outside, cooking, traveling, and ice cream.

Maria Duque
Therapist
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Maria started out babysitting at a young age and since then knew that working with children was a passion of hers. During her undergraduate studies, she had hopes of becoming a teacher. She was introduced to the field of applied behavior analysis by a close friend. After some brief research, Maria knew that this was the field for her. 

 

Maria graduated with her B.S. in History from Western Connecticut State University. She is currently working towards her M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis at the University of Dayton. 

 

Maria lives in Waterbury. Connecticut. She loves discovering new places to eat, spending time with her family and friends, and cuddling with her dog Charlie

January Lynch
Therapist
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January has been working as a Behavior Therapist with children with disabilities since 2002.  Most of her experience has been in a public-school setting, with some clinic and home-based treatment as well.  She graduated with a BA in Sociology from The State University of New York at New Paltz.  After graduating she moved to Connecticut where she worked at a daycare center with children under the age of 3.  At the daycare center she developed her passion for teaching young children and learning the functions of their behavior.  Following her experience at the center, she accepted a position at a private agency providing school and home-based ABA services.  The BCBA she worked under at the agency taught her the basics of ABA and discrete trial training.  January has taken her knowledge and applied it at many other schools in Connecticut as a Behavior Therapist.  She knows that ABA is a growing field and feels strongly there are so many more things to learn about. 

In order to further her knowledge, experience and skill set January recently started a graduate program in Applied Behavior Analysis.  She is expected to graduate with her Masters in the Spring of 2022.  In addition to her classes, she is working on accruing supervision hours under a BCBA.  When January is not working as a Behavior Therapist or working on her course work for the graduate program she enjoys, hiking, yoga, reading, shopping, organizing and spending time with her family and friends.