Kevin Schlichenmeyer, M.S., BCBA, LABA, Founder
Kevin graduated from Northeastern University with with a Master’s degrees in applied behavior analysis. A Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), and a Licensed Applied Behavior Analyst (LABA), he is currently enrolled in Western New England University doctorate program under the advisement of Dr. Bill Ahearn. His clinical experience includes the assessment and treatment of severe behavior challenges, verbal behavior, and clinical training. Kevin has been working with individuals with autism for greater than 15 years.
Kevin started TACT to fulfill a clear vision: utilize applied behavior analysis to help people live happily. In essence, TACT’s sole purpose is to make meaningful differences in people’s lives. In 2012, Kevin was able to spend time with a young man diagnosed with severe autism through respite care. Due to behavioral challenges, this young man typically had difficulties being out in community settings, leading him to a life of restriction. Kevin worked with him to teach skills through positive reinforcement and creating positive experiences. Over time, he was able to be participative in the community, and was able to sit through an entire dinner at his favorite restaurants, amongst other fun community-based activities. Kevin is forever indebted to that young man, because he learned so much from him about how keep things positive, build relationships through trust, and to never underestimate what is possible. Those values are instilled in the fabric of TACT and always will be.
Kevin is adamant that TACT’s clinical commitments reside in evidence-based practice. This approach to clinical work stemmed from his time at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center during a program project grant focused on the assessment and treatment of challenging behavior. Kevin’s research has been published in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, The Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, and Behavioral Interventions.
Cory Whelan, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LABA, CCC-SLP, Executive Director
Dr. Cory Whelan graduated from The George Washington University with Bachelor and Master’s degrees in speech-language pathology and studied applied behavior analysis at UMASS Boston. A Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), and a Licensed Applied Behavior Analyst (LABA), he obtained his doctoral degree in behavior analysis at Western New England University under the advisement of Dr. Gregory Hanley. His clinical experience includes delivering speech and behavior analytic services in public schools, private residential schools, and adult day programs.
In Cory’s role as Executive Director at TACT, he oversees the Community and School Consultation Department, the Professional Practice Department, and he works to build capacity among behavior analysts and technicians who provide high-quality clinical services to children and adults with autism. He is passionate about the delivery of compassionate ABA services and making meaningful differences.
His research interests include the assessment and treatment of severe problem behavior, training staff to implement Practical Functional Assessments and Skills-Based Treatments, and evaluating strategies for delivering effective services that result in long-term, generalized effects. His research has been published in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders and Child and Family Behavior Therapy. He has served as a guest reviewer for Behavioral Interventions, Behavior Analysis in Practice, and the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
Kara LaCroix, M.Ed., BCBA, LABA, Clinical Director
Kara graduated from Endicott college with a Master’s degree in special education and applied behavior analysis. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in behavior analysis at Western New England University under the advisement of Dr. Gregory Hanley. Kara is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Licensed Applied Behavior Analyst (LABA) in Massachusetts. She started her career in behavior analysis working in elementary schools and has been providing home-based and center-based care for TACT families since 2014. Kara has designed treatments to overcome sleep issues, feeding challenges, toilet training, and problem behavior, in addition to designing interventions centered around intensive language instruction.
As Clinical Director at TACT, Kara works directly with the BCBAs to ensure all clients receive quality care and make progress towards their goals. She also manages our admissions and scheduling department with our Care Coordinator. Kara is committed to providing quality therapeutic experiences for every family who is interested in our services.
Kara has presented at various conferences on topics such as assessment and treatment of problem behavior in both the home and community, assessment and treatment of perseveration, teaching imaginary play via video modeling, and the role of analysis in meaningful treatment. Her research interests include problem behavior prevention, parent education, and the assessment and treatment of problem behavior. Kara is also published in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.
Serena Cates, M.S., BCBA, LABA, Senior Behavior Analyst
Serena holds credentials as a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Licensed Applied Behavior Analyst (LABA) in the state of Massachusetts; she received her Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from Bay Path University. While in graduate school, Serena acted as the student representative to the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Association for Applied Behavior Analysts. Serena received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with minors in "Schools Education and Society" and Dance from Wake Forest University where she was honored with a variety of accolades including Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa and Honors in Theatre.
In her role as a Behavior Analyst, Serena brings a wealth of practical knowledge, infectious energy, and tender care to helping her clients achieve meaningful outcomes that improve their daily lives. Equally important, she works closely with family members and caregivers to tailor treatment to best suit each family’s goals. Serena also guides the training and development of several graduate students to ensure that TACT’s mission of providing the highest quality care to all clients is upheld.
Professionally, Serena is interested in verbal behavior and helping clients develop effective communication skills so they can get their needs and wants met. She is passionate about parent education and staff training. Prior to working at TACT, Serena worked as a behavior technician and as the training coordinator at a local ABA company, teaching both new and experienced staff members to implement effective ABA strategies and coaching parents to respond to significant behavioral concerns. She has experience practicing ABA with clients in clinic, home, and school settings.
Patricia Luki, M.S., BCBA, LABA, Behavior Analyst
Patricia (Patty) graduated with Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Psychology and Autism Studies from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Licensed Applied Behavior Analyst (LABA) in the state of Massachusetts. Patty has been providing in-home and clinic-based services since 2017, and she started working at TACT in 2020. Patty has designed successful treatments for challenging behavior, toilet training and feeding. Additionally, Patty designs and implements interventions to increase communication skills.
As a Behavior Analyst at TACT, Patty oversees and manages her caseloads, trains direct care providers to ensure that they have the skillset to deliver the highest quality of care to the clients, and provides family training to generalize skills in various settings.
Samantha Devoe, M.S., BCBA, LABA, Behavior Analyst
Samantha (Sami) graduated from Western New England with a Master’s degree in applied behavior analysis. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and a Licensed Applied Behavior Analyst (LABA) in the state of Massachusetts. During her career, Sami has provided therapy in home based, clinic and residential school-based programs. She has designed successful interventions for challenging behavior, toileting and skill acquisition.
In her position as a behavior analyst, Sami oversees and manages client care including training direct care providers and conducting parent training with families to ensure generalization of treatment effects. Her clinical interests include verbal behavior and social skills development and decreasing challenging behavior. Sami is passionate about using applied behavior analysis to help her clients and families achieve meaningful outcomes and lead fulfilling lives.
Jennifer Meadows, M.Ed., BCBA, LABA
Jennifer received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Services from Assumption College and her master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at Endicott college. Jennifer has worked in the field of behavior analysis since 2001. Throughout her career she provided services for individuals with autism in various settings such as public schools, homes, and clinics with individuals between the ages of 1.5 and 13. She has been working at TACT since July 2020.
In her role as a Junior Practitioner at TACT, Jennifer designs and implements skill acquisition programs and oversees the implementation of treatments for challenging behavior. Additionally, Jennifer has also designed programs for increasing leisure skills, self-help skills and toilet training. Jennifer is dedicated to ensuring clients have individualized care and learn skills that make meaningful differences in their lives.
Monica Patel (she/her), M.S., BCBA, LABA, Behavior Analyst
Monica received her master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis under the advisement of Dr. Hank Schlinger and she is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in Behavior Analysis at Western New England University under the advisement of Dr. Jason Bourret. Monica has been working in the field to provide home-based, clinic-based, and school-based services since 2014 and is credentialed as a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Licensed Behavior Analyst (LABA) in Massachusetts.
Monica’s clinical interests include verbal behavior development and challenging behavior reduction. As a behavior analyst at TACT, Monica designs both interventions for increasing verbal behavior repertoires and treatments for reducing challenging behavior, in addition to conducting staff and parent training to ensure treatment effects maintain across contexts.
Monica is equally as passionate about teaching as she is about clinical work. She is interested in teaching behavior analysis and scientific principles to incoming technicians as well as graduate students in an academic setting, and her research interests include complex verbal behavior development and identifying stimulus arrangements that promote efficient skill acquisition.
Emily Bergman, M.S., BCBA, LABA
Emily received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master of Science degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism Studies from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Emily is currently credentialed as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Licensed Applied Behavior Analyst in the state of Massachusetts. Emily began working as a behavior therapist in 2017 at a clinic before transitioning to a school setting. Emily began providing in-home services at TACT in 2020.
Emily has designed and implemented treatment for the reduction of problem behaviors, intensive toilet training, and intensive communication training. Emily has worked with families and behavior therapists to tailor individualized treatment plans that combine both data-based decision making and compassionate care. Her clinical interests include restricted stimulus control, verbal behavior, and complex social skills. Emily is passionate about using the most up-to-date evidence-based interventions to best help her clients lead happy, confident, and fulfilling lives.
Kaitlyn Fraser, M.S., BCBA, LABA
Kaitlyn is currently a graduate student at the University of Massachusetts Lowell in the Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism Studies program. She is accruing fieldwork hours at TACT under the supervision of multiple TACT supervisors. Kaitlyn received her undergraduate degree in Psychology with a concentration in Behavior Analysis and a minor in Disability Studies from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in May 2020.
Kaitlyn has been a behavior technician at TACT since January 2019 and has provided services in homes, schools, and clinic settings. She assisted in skill acquisition and behavior reduction curriculum writing and implementation, functional analyses, and other various assessments. In October 2021, Kaitlyn was promoted to Junior Practitioner where she will work under the direction of a TACT BCBA, assisting in case management.
Throughout her time here, she has had the pleasure of making meaningful differences for clients and their families ages 2-16. Kaitlyn is passionate about building a trusting therapeutic relationship with those she works with. She looks forward to her future here at TACT.
Abby Bowman, Junior Practitioner
Abby is currently a graduate student at the University of Massachusetts Lowell in the Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism Studies program. She is accruing fieldwork hours at TACT under the supervision of multiple TACT supervisors. Abby is receiving her undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Spanish from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Abby has been a behavior technician at TACT since Nov 2021 and has provided services in homes, schools, and clinic settings. In July 2022, Abby was promoted to Junior Practitioner where she will work under the direction of a TACT BCBA, assisting in case management. In her role as a Junior Practitioner at TACT, Abby has assisted in skill acquisition program writing and oversees the implementation of treatments for challenging behavior. Throughout her time here, she has had the pleasure of making meaningful differences for clients and their families ages 2-15. She looks forward to her future here at TACT.
Andrea Cinseruli, Program Coordinator
Andrea Cinseruli started working at TACT in September of 2015 as a behavior technician. In this role, Andrea provided individual and group therapy in public schools, clinics, and client homes. When working with students, Andrea implemented treatments for severe problem behavior, used video modeling to teach clients play skills, used intensive language instruction to teach children to advocate for themselves, and helped clients achieve independence with toileting.
In July of 2020, Andrea transitioned into the Program Coordinator role at TACT. In this position, Andrea is responsible for coordinating orientation for new hires, onboarding new clients, and scheduling all current clients and employees.
Jamie Ullery, General Administrator
Jamie Ullery started working at TACT in September of 2018 as TACT’s General Administrator. In this role, Jamie is responsible for all insurance billing, accounts receivable, accounts payable, and payroll. Prior to working at TACT, Jamie worked in a similar role at a software company for 17 years. In Jamie’s free time she likes to travel, read, volunteer, and spend time with family and friends.
Joey Tower, Talent Acquisition Manager
Joey Tower joined TACT in August 2020 as TACT’s Talent Acquisition Manager and Safety Care Trainer. Joey represents TACT at job fairs and focuses on recruiting qualified employees to join our team. Joey also tours and interviews all prospective candidates and guides them through our onboarding process until they are ready for their new hire orientation.
Prior to joining TACT, Joey was a recruiter for 2 years doing both corporate recruiting and industry-specific recruiting. During college, Joey was a licensed early education teacher for almost four years. Joey loves working with kids and spends time volunteering to coach little league baseball teams. Sarah, Joey’s wife, has been in the field of applied behavior analysis since 2017. Joey is excited to be here at TACT and work with others who are committed to making a meaningful difference in their clients’ lives!