Staff Spotlight: BCBA Bonanza!

The REC was founded by BCBA, Tricia Woolard, and since the Peabody REC’s door opened 4 years ago we have been fortunate enough to add an extraordinary team of BCBAs to the program. With 12 BCBAs on staff between both locations, about 6 are full-time. With the continuous growth of our centers, we would like to give a shout-out to a group of BCBAs heading up various divisions at both REC locations:

Heather Giurlando, M.S., BCBA
NH REC Behavioral Consultant

Heather received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Northeastern University and continued there to complete her Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis and then received her BCBA. Her passion for special education began early when she volunteered in middle school at an Extended School Year summer program. While working towards her degrees, Heather gained experience through various internships at day camps, daycares and the Brookline Public Schools. She also completed co-op work at Kennedy Day School at Franciscan Children’s Hospital. After completing undergrad, Heather worked at the May Institute for almost 13 years where she had experience in both the classroom and home.

Lisa Cooper, M.S.Ed, BCBA, MSW
Peabody REC Program Director, Early Learners

Lisa received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Quinnipiac College and went onto Simmons’ College’s well renowned ABA program to receive her Masters in Education and her BCBA. She also earned her Masters in Social Work and certification as a Trauma Informed Clinician from Simmons. Her internships at MCI- Cedar Junction and YOU Inc. Teen Substance Abuse Program fueled her interest in helping those who are struggling in the community. Lisa refocused her skills to children and young adults with disabilities as a Behavioral Consultant at South Shore Charter Public School and then as a BCBA with the REC’s sister company, Creative Behavioral Solutions (CBS) where she worked both in-home and in-school as a Behavioral Consultant. She was introduced to the REC during her time at CBS and admired the center-based ABA Programming and team atmosphere. Her favorite thing about the REC is the enthusiastic and dedicated staff. The REC is excited to welcome Lisa to the Early Learners Department!

Brianna Fedolfi, M.Ed, BCBA
Peabody REC Program Director, Tweens

Brianna received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Keene State College and continued her higher education at Endicott College’s Institute for Behavioral Studies where she earned her Masters in Education for Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis and then her BCBA. Her passion for working with children began as a camp counselor at the YMCA of the North Shore. Post-grad, Brianna started off her career in the Public Schools System with Marlborough Public Schools as an ABA Technician. She further honed her ABA programming skills at Futures Clinic and Futures Behavior Therapy Center in Beverly, MA. Brianna’s favorite things about the REC are the small groups and the social skills games. She is a great addition to the Tween Department!

Juliana Hartelius, M.Ed, BCBA
Peabody REC Program Director, Teens and Young Adults

Juliana received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Salem State University and then moved onto Bay Path University where she earned her Masters in Education and then her BCBA. Her experience began at a local collaborative and then spent the majority of her career as a BCBA with the REC’s sister company, Creative Behavioral Solutions (CBS) as a Behavioral Consultant in-home and in-school. Juliana also began working part-time at the REC. She loves seeing how happy the REC students are upon arrival and has made the move to become a full-time fixture in the Teen Department.

#squadgoals Are you interested in joining Team REC? We are now hiring staff for our Fall Programming! Between our 2 locations, we offer full and part-time positions with various experience levels. Inquire by sending an email to jobs@recreationaleducationcenter.com.

 

REC Staff Spotlight: Senior Programming Team

After three short years, we consider the REC to be a well-oiled machine. We have great REC staffers to thank for that! Every staffer contributes so much to make each day fun and educational for the children and teens attending. As we approach another great summer of Camp REC it is the perfect time to introduce the Senior Programming Team and give you a little glimpse of their day-to-day!

Mark Williams, Clinical Director
Mark joined the REC team in 2013, but it is already impossible to imagine the REC without him! As an experienced BCBA, he came to the REC ready to lead and assist in training the team. Not only does he oversee all of the REC staffers, but he also works directly with families to confirm the best possible treatment plans for the students. Mark’s active engagement has made him fully vested in the well-being of both the staff and the students. Mark’s clinical background gives him the tools he needs to ensure all ABA programming runs smoothly and attains results.

Have you ever wondered who is behind all of the fun themes, marvelous art projects, delicious recipes, daily activities, Camp REC activity schedules and more? All of the staff contributes on a daily basis, but the ones leading the charge on all things REC are our amazing Program Coordinators! It takes true passion to accomplish what they do and it is time to meet them!

Reagan Cassidy, Program Coordinator (Early Childhood)
Reagan is a native of Peabody and has been working in the special education field her entire career.  Looking for something new and different, she came to the REC, and we are so glad she did! Reagan’s job description has evolved over the past 3 years as she is always taking on new responsibilities. Her role includes assessing new students, writing treatment plans, working with students, training staff, planning activities and more.

You will usually find Reagan in early to prep themed activities such as holiday art projects, butterfly catching for insect week, kite flying for the windy spring days and even organizing an environmental clean-up day. Reagan has also mastered the art of throwing the perfect REC Birthday Party! We are so excited to see what fun ideas Reagan has for Camp REC this summer!

Nancy Pierce, Program Coordinator (Teen Center)
Nancy is also a native of Peabody and an experienced special educator who came to the REC from our sister company, Creative Behavioral Solutions– ABA Consultants. Nancy could easily be known as ‘Chef Nancy’! Not only does Nancy help plan all of the fun REC cooking activities, but she also bakes all of the cupcakes for REC Birthday Parties. She creates the annual REC cookbook which each Camp REC attendee receives at the end of the summer.  In addition to her skills in the kitchen, Nancy’s role also includes assessing new students, writing treatment plans, working with students, training staff, planning activities and more. 

Nancy’s experience made her a perfect fit to take on our Teen Center when it opened in 2013 and it is great to see her creativity at work in every project they do. 

Mark, Reagan and Nancy

Mark, Reagan and Nancy

Thank you Mark, Reagan and Nancy for all that you do! To read more about the REC Staff visit our website. Stay tuned for more staff spotlights throughout the year!

Are you interested in becoming a part of Team REC? Join us and LOVE where you work! Now hiring for both MA and NH locations. Full and part-time positions are available. Email jobs@recreationaleducationcenter.com for more details.