Meet Our Team
We Celebrate the Unique Learning Style of Every Child
Megan Morien, M.A., BCBA
Director of Chicago ABA Therapy
Megan Morien is a Chicago-based Behavior Analyst with more than 20 years of experience working with children in the field. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Family and Human Development from Arizona State University before completing her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. In 2008, Megan accepted a position as a junior ABA therapist at an elementary school with an emphasis on inclusion. Soon, she rose to become an administrator and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) at the school.
In her role as an administrator, she helped families bridge the gap with their children as they transitioned from preschool to the public school education setting. She also oversaw the implementation of curriculum, programming, and other modifications to ensure the success of all students with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs). In addition to training teachers, paraprofessionals, and the related service team on these strategies, she also had the opportunity to supervise 25 BCBA candidates, all of whom successfully earned their BCBA certification.
Megan has extensive experience leading parent training sessions to promote consistency and carryover of skills for behavior intervention plans. Her commitment to parent education results in incredible gains for children in the home, school, and therapeutic settings.
Megan has also been asked to address audiences on a range of Applied Behavior Analytic topics, such as how to implement Functional Behavior Assessments and Behavior Intervention Plans.
Prior to joining the Chicago ABA Therapy team as the Director of ABA Services, Megan gained experience working in various schools in the Chicago area, as well as providing in-home ABA programming in Arizona and Minnesota. She also served as a language instructor for two years in Gifu, Japan.
Erica Pozzie, M.S., BCBA
Director of Operations
Erica Pozzie is a BCBA who has worked in the field for more than 17 years in multiple leadership roles. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Bradley University in 2005 and her Master of Science degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in 2007. In the 17 years that Erica has been in the field of Behavior Analysis, she has worked with adults and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, children with traumatic and acquired brain injuries, the elderly, and also the application of Behavior Analysis within the day to day operations of organizations, which is known as Organizational Behavior Management (OBM).
After Erica received her Masters degree, she worked for a non-profit organization in the Chicagoland area. Initially, Erica worked as a BCBA consultant and supervisor to the case managers, but soon was promoted into a director role. It was in that position, Erica gained valuable leadership skills and a passion for ensuring the quality delivery of services for program participants through staff training, education and support.
This interest strengthened even further after Erica changed roles in the year 2013 and joined the leadership team at another Chicagoland ABA organization. From 2016 until 2021, Erica oversaw the day to day clinical operations including overall service delivery, staff training, staff supervision, research, and quality outcomes for over 1,000 children on the spectrum as Chief Clinical Officer.
At CABAT as a Director of Operations, Erica’s role focuses on her expertise in the aforementioned areas and supporting the organization to provide the highest quality of ABA services with a focus on organizational growth and navigating the evolving ABA industry. Erica is enthusiastic about CABAT’s commitment to excellence in staff training and development and how that directly impacts client outcomes and how that sets them apart from other organizations.
Madie Szaller, M.A., BCBA
Madie Szaller is a Chicago Board Certified Behavior Analyst who specializes in pediatric services with extensive experience in both special education and applied behavior analysis. Before joining the Chicago ABA Therapy team, she graduated summa cum laude from the University of Dayton with her Bachelor’s degree in Adolescent Young Adult Language Arts Education and English with a minor in Spanish. Following her undergraduate studies, Madie had the opportunity to pursue a position with Teach for America. During this time, she was nominated for the Sue Lehman Excellence in Teaching Award. She was also chosen to be one of eight founding members of a pilot program that worked to further the positive impact of the corps.
After completing her year with Teach for America, Madie went on to earn her Master’s degree in the Art of Teaching: Special Education from National-Louis University in Chicago before completing her graduate certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis from Penn State University. Throughout her years of experience, she has helped children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental delays make incredible gains in a variety of therapeutic settings, including in-home and classroom-based services.
Sarah Ryan, M.S., BCBA
Sarah is an experienced BCBA with years of experience working in applied behavior analysis to help children make significant gains. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa and her master’s degree from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
In addition to her leadership role as a BCBA with Chicago ABA Therapy, Sarah serves as an adjunct professor at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She has worked as a clinical supervisor and staff trainer, helping new clinicians uphold the highest standards of care.
“I love being a BCBA for many reasons. First is getting to work so closely with families and their children. I love being a part of their child’s development, teaching families how to foster learning outside of sessions, and seeing the impact our science can have. I also love getting to teach our therapists and future BCBAs. Their development as clinicians, passion for ABA, and love for their clients is inspiring.”
Kaitlin Conroy, M.Ed., BCBA
Kaitlin Conroy is a Chicago-based Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). After growing up in Charlotte, North Carolina, Kaitlin went on to earn her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Spanish from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and her Master's Degree in Special Education from the University of Texas at Austin.
Throughout her years of experience working in the field, Kaitlin has worked in a variety of settings to help children with autism and developmental disabilities build critical communication, social, and functional living skills.
She also has extensive training in groundbreaking evidence-based approaches to applied behavior analysis such as the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM).
Fun Fact: Kaitlin is fluent in Spanish and completed an Iberian Studies Program at Universidad de Salamanca in Spain.
Jennie Herndon, M.S., BCBA
Jennie Herndon is a Chicago-based Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and special education teacher from St. Louis, Missouri.
With extensive experience working with children in a variety of academic and clinical settings, she is a leading member of Chicago ABA Therapy.
Jennie earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Education from the University of Dayton and her Master’s of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis with a BCBA certification at Ball State University.
Fun fact: When Jennifer is not teaching or in an ABA session, you can find her running! As an avid runner, her favorite race is the Nashville Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon.
Kila Davis, M.A., BCBA
Kila is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with years of experience working with children with autism and related developmental delays.
Before joining the Chicago ABA Therapy team, she earned her bachelor's degree from Western Michigan University. She went onto her her master's degree from Ball State University.
As a BCBA, Kila loves seeing her clients grow and develop new skills through the use of evidence-based, data-driven strategies. She frequently collaborates with parents and the multidisciplinary team at Chicago ABA Therapy to provide individualized care for every child.
Lauryn Aber, M.S., BCBA
Lauryn is a Chicago-based Board Certified Behavior Analyst with years of experience working with children with autism spectrum disorder and related developmental delays. After earning her bachelor's degree in speech and hearing sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she went on her earn her master's degree from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in applied behavior analysis.
As a BCBA, Lauryn enjoys the opportunity to lead a team of ABA therapists to implement the most effective evidence-based treatments to reduce challenge behaviors, build social and language repertoires, and build other key skill areas. She has worked as a part of a multidisciplinary team in a range of settings including clients' homes, clinics, and schools. Her goal as a BCBA is to help children build essential skills and reach their full potential.
Jenn Baker, M.S., BCBA
Jenn Baker is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with years of experience working with children with autism and developmental delays. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Kentucky in Special Education (with an emphasis in Moderate-Severe Disabilities) and her master's degree from Florida State University in Applied Behavior Analysis.
As a BCBA, Jenn has extensive experience in conducting assessments, programming ABA therapy, developing social group curriculums, facilitating parent training, and more. She emphasizes the importance of individualized programming for every child based on their unique learning styles and needs. The plans for each child also incorporate a multidisciplinary approach based on collaboration with the team's speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists.
Amanda Langone, M.Ed., BCBA
Amanda is a Chicago-based Board Certified Behavior Analyst who specializes in working with children with autism. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and her master's degree from Pennsylvania State University.
“There are many reasons I love being an ABA therapist. It is an inspiring experience working with children and witnessing them make gains that will serve them in their everyday life. I find it incredibly rewarding being a part of this process, and being able to encourage them along the way!”
Jessica Paez, M.S., BCBA
Jessica is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who moved from Miami, Florida to join the team at Chicago ABA Therapy. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Florida International University in Miami and her master's degree from Nova Southeastern University.
Throughout her master’s program, she developed programs to promote inclusivity in the classroom and after-school programs. She focused on creating interventions that could be implemented to support different needs and abilities in multiple settings using the principles of ABA.
Jessica is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, and English and has extensive experience providing therapy and communicating in all three languages. As a BCBA, she enjoy working closely with families to help them understand behaviors, ABA, and how they can easily implement interventions at home and in other settings. Jessica is passionate about working with early learners and developing their communication, social, and daily living skills through the careful development of individualized treatment plans and goals.
Carolyn Zacsh, M.Ed., BCBA
Carolyn is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with a diverse history of working with young children with autism and other developmental differences. Before pursuing ABA, Carolyn taught gymnastics to 2-5 year olds with special needs and now brings her energy and enthusiasm for gross motor play to her clients at Chicago ABA Therapy.
Carolyn earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Dance from the University of Illinois and has a Master's of Education (M.Ed.) from Arizona State University specializing in Applied Behavior Analysis.
In addition to her role as a BCBA, Carolyn specializes in training therapists to run successful, productive, and fun sessions for all of our clients at Chicago ABA Therapy.
Fun Fact: Carolyn is a committed bike commuter and rides her bike year round in Chicago. It is a great way to enjoy being outside in the winter!
Cassie Halbert, M.Ed., BCBA
Cassie is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with years of experience working with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and developmental delays in various settings. Cassie also has experience working in the field of school counseling and community mental health, where she utilized evidence-based interventions to support both children and families.
Cassie earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology from Ball State University. Following, she pursued a master's degree in Counselor Education with a focus in School Counseling. It was during this time where Cassie found her passion for working in the field of applied behavior analysis, pushing her to pursue a master's certificate from Arizona State University.
Fun fact: Cassie has pursued competitive dance for most of her life and still enjoys this as a hobby!
Jordan Rose, M.S., BCBA
Jordan is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with extensive experience working with young children diagnosed with autism.
Jordan earned her master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Regis College in Massachusetts, where she published and presented research on ABA.
Before joining the Chicago ABA therapy team, Jordan worked in a clinic in Massachusetts, primarily providing in-home services to children two to eight years old on the autism spectrum. She has also provided consultation to families throughout the United States and in Italy, in addition to presenting at personal development days in public schools in Massachusetts.
Alexis Fernandez, M.A., BCBA
Alexis Fernandez is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst at Chicago ABA Therapy. Originally from Las Vegas, Alexis completed her master’s degree at Ball State University in Indiana. Alexis has a passion for working with children, first working as a performer at Disney World and then moving into the field of ABA therapy. She has moved up the ranks here at Chicago ABA Therapist, first working as a therapist, then as a training specialist, and now as a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst.
Alexis loves seeing her clients’ progress, not only in ABA therapy, but also in any other therapies they may receive, such as speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. Alexis works alongside the other professionals on her client’s team to ensure that goals are consistently being implemented across the board.
Ethan Katz, M.Ed., BCBA
Ethan Katz is a Chicago-based Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). He earned a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology from Virginia Tech and a Master's of Special Education with a BCBA Certification from George Mason University. In the field of behavior analysis, Ethan has worked in school, clinic, and in-home settings with learners ranging from 3 to 22 years old. He has worked on a multidisciplinary team and is looking forward to collaborating with the team at Chicago ABA Therapy.
Alexis Mele, M.A., BCBA
Alexis is originally from Chicago and earned her bachelor's degrees in Spanish and Speech-Language Pathology from Indiana State University. She went on to earn her Master's degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University.
Alexis has experience working with children from 2 through 12 and is passionate about creating opportunities for clients to build skills that allow them to pursue independence. She loves teaching functional living skills, independence, and self-advocacy.
Her favorite part of being a BCBA is watching clients blossom. Alexis loves watching clients take the skills they learn and use them to grow and develop on their own as well. Her favorite thing to watch is when a client begins using newly learned words or signs in new environments all by themselves!
Fun Fact: Alexis spent a summer studying medical Spanish in Costa Rica where she got to observe and participate in a variety of multidisciplinary therapy sessions (OT, PT, Speech) conducted solely in Spanish!
Natalie Roti, M.S., BCBA
Natalie Roti is a Chicago-based board certified behavior analyst. After Natalie graduated with her bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, she started as a behavior therapist and began working towards her master's degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Natalie has experience working with kiddos ranging from 18 months to 8 years of age. She has worked in clinic, home, and supported her clients in their school settings. Natalie is passionate about providing individualized treatment plans to each of her clients.
Anneliese Legge M.A., BCBA
Anneliese Legge is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at Chicago ABA Therapy. She is originally from Indianapolis, IN and attended Indiana University for her Bachelor's degree and earned her Master's of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University.
Anneliese has over 5 years experience in the field and has worked with individuals 2 to 19 years old. She is passionate about naturalistic teaching styles and promoting choice and fostering unique interests in each of her learners. Her favorite part of being a BCBA is getting to observe her learners' growth in independence and confidence!
In her free time, Anneliese loves finding new coffee shops and bookstores in the city as well as long walks along the lakefront trail in the summer!
Amanda Schultz, M.A., BCBA
Amanda Schultz is a born-and-raised Chicagoan who received her bachelors degree in special education from the University of Dayton. After spending a few years working as a resource teacher, Amanda started working at Chicago ABA Therapy and pursuing her masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at Ball State University. She has experience working with clients ages 2 to 7 as well as working in the home and clinical settings. Her favorite part about being a BCBA is seeing the growth her clients make and knowing that she is making a difference in their lives.
Fun fact: In college, Amanda spent a summer studying abroad in Angers, France where she communicated primarily in French and got to go on fun excursions!
Rachel Lefler, M.A., BCBA
Rachel is originally from Southwest Michigan and received her Master's degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at Ball State University. Rachel has a passion for working with children as well as assisting ABA therapists in refining their creative play skills while incorporating goals into the natural environment. She enjoys gardening, taking care of her household pets and enjoying restaurants and the outdoors with family and friends. Rachel's favorite part about being a BCBA is seeing skills learned in session carry over to her clients' everyday lives.
Grace Haberkorn, M.S., BCBA
Grace Haberkorn is a Chicago-based Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and special education teacher. Grace received her LBSI certification at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and has 5 years of teaching experience at the primary level. She currently leads one of the kindergarten classrooms at Chicago Speech Therapy Academy (CSTA).
Grace earned her graduate degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at Capella University while full time teaching, and has been blending ABA strategies with special education along the way. With experience in a variety of classroom settings, Grace is excited to merge her knowledge of the classroom with her expertise as a BCBA!
Outside of the clinic, Grace enjoys taking advantage of all that the city of Chicago has to offer. She can be found taking her dog out to Jackson Bark and Montrose beach in the summers, and trying out new restaurants and coffee spots when the cold weather comes around!
Morgan Mundy, M.A., BCBA
Morgan is originally from Memphis, TN and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Loyola University Chicago, along with a minor in Food and Nutrition from The University of Alabama. She went on to earn her Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University.
Morgan has experience working with kiddos ranging from 12 months to 8 years of age, and has worked with clients in both clinic and home settings. She is passionate about teaching independence and functional communication to all of her clients.
Morgan’s favorite part about being a BCBA is that she gets to play a big role in the process of helping her kiddos learn skills that they will use for the rest of their lives.
Emilie Weiner, M.A., BCBA
Emilie Weiner is a BCBA with years of experience working in the fields of special education and applied behavior analysis. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Special Education (with an emphasis in severe disabilities) and Child Development from Vanderbilt University, followed by her Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Teachers College at Columbia University.
Emilie has worked in a variety of settings with students aged 2 to 22. She recently relocated from New York City, where she worked as a BCBA and special education teacher at a school that utilizes ABA as the primary teaching model.
As a BCBA, Emilie has extensive experience in managing challenging behaviors and targeting functional skills to increase her clients’ independence. She enjoys working closely with families and members of the multidisciplinary team to ensure each child is reaching their full potential across all settings.
Tara Martin, M.S., BCBA
Tara is originally from the south suburbs of Chicago but has worked with people with autism throughout Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Saint Xavier University. After many years working in a variety of schools, she then pursued a Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She has worked in school, home, and clinic settings with learners aged 2 - 25 years old. As a BCBA, Tara loves working as part of a multidisciplinary team to ensure learners have the best opportunities to grow and develop their confidence and independence!
Courtney McCann, M.A., BCBA
Courtney McCann is a Chicago based BCBA from Northwest Indiana. She earned her Bachelors in Health Administration from the University of Southern Indiana followed by a Bachelors in Applied Behavior Analysis from FIT University. Once practicing as a BCaBA, she earned her Master’s of Arts in Special Education from Ball State University.
Courtney has been working with children with autism spectrum disorder and other related developmental delays since 2011 across a variety of settings including clinic, school, home, therapeutic pre-k and kindergarten classrooms, and Telehealth. Her passion to support children and their families really inspired her professionally, as she could not only relate from personal experiences of having a nephew on the spectrum, but knowing the impact she could make by providing education and support to families. With over 5 years of clinical experience as a BCBA, her passion is working with early learners and their families to foster communication, social, play, and daily living skills through the development of individualized treatment goals with a multidisciplinary team. Her favorite part of being a BCBA is empowering children by teaching them to communicate their wants and needs and how to be an advocate for themselves.
In her free time, Courtney enjoy's taking advantage of all the city of Chicago has to offer. She can be found trying new restaurants, attending festivals or concerts, and cheering on her favorite sport teams.
Andie Bauer, M.Ed., BCBA
Andie is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with many years of experience supporting children, teens, and adults with a variety of developmental disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She is originally from Toronto, Canada and began her career in the field as a volunteer ski instructor for children and teens with disabilities.
Andie has a Bachelor’s Degree in Disability Studies from Toronto Metropolitan University and a Master of Education in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Cincinnati. She also holds a diploma in Developmental Services from Humber College in Toronto, where she completed additional post-graduate coursework in Behavioral Science. Andie has worked in a variety of settings including clinic, community, home, and school. Her educational background and experience enable her to approach service delivery from an individualized perspective, respecting client differences and highlighting their strengths.
In her spare time, Andie still loves to ski. She enjoys gardening and taking road trips with her husband and their rescue dog, Shiloh.
Rubi Reynaga, M.A., BCBA
Rubi Reynaga is a Chicago-based Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with years of experience working with children with autism and related developmental delays. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Speech and Hearing Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her Master's degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University.
Rubi is passionate about naturalistic teaching styles and teaching functional communication. She loves seeing her clients use the skills they learn in therapy used in their everyday lives.
In her free time, Rubi enjoys gardening, snowboarding, and trying new restaurants in the city!