Chief Operating Officer
As the Chief Operating Officer, Melanie provides leadership, strategic vision, and direction to ensure Connect Plus Therapy delivers the highest quality services to meet your family's needs. She leads all operational facets of the organization, including planning and budgeting, improving our services offerings, and driving growth. In addition, she establishes and manages business relationships and communications with staff, parents, and various stakeholders in partnership with executive leadership.
Melanie is originally from Germany, where she worked as a Pediatric Nurse for eleven years before moving to the United States. She is a certified Mentor and Practical Instructor for Specialized Health Care Professions and obtained her bachelor's degree in Health Services Management from the University of Maryland University College.
Melanie understands the needs of children and their families on the autism spectrum personally and professionally and is an active member of the Cherry Hill Special Education Parent Teacher Association (CHSEPTA).
Co-Founder, Director of Advocacy
As the Founder and Director of Advocacy, Jodie is the heart of Connect Plus Therapy. Jodie has always loved helping people, and that desire drives her work at Connect Plus Therapy. Her adult son is on the autism spectrum, and she is also a mother to triplets. Jodie "gets it" and truly understands a parent's perspective when raising a child with special needs.
Jodie received her bachelor's degree in Psychology from Rutgers University and a Master's Degree in Recreational Therapy from NYU. In addition to her work at Connect Plus, Jodie serves her community as a member of the Katz Jewish Community Center, a former member of the Federation Department of Jewish Education, and her involvement in the Friendship Circle endeavor.
In 2019, Jodie took on her most significant endeavor yet for Connect Plus Therapy. With the help of a fantastic team, she started Camp Connect. A nine-week summer camp so that children on the autism spectrum can have a typical summer camp experience.
Lindsey DelCarlino, M.S., BCBA, LBS
Director of Clinical Operations & Clinical Director, Greater Philadelphia
As the Clinical Director of the Greater Philadelphia Area, Lindsey oversees all clinical programming and strives to streamline our practices and foster program development aligned with our core values. Lindsey began her career as a behavior technician, working one-to-one with individuals with a diagnosis of autism in home and school settings. Witnessing the impact of an autism diagnosis and the benefits ABA provided fueled her passion for obtaining her Master's degree in applied behavior analysis and certification as a BCBA.
Lindsey's experience has supported individuals across the lifespan in behavior management, social skill development, and life skill improvements. She has worked with parents, staff members, and educators in training, program development, supervision. She has also instructed college-level classes in applied behavior analysis. Her compassion and model of care ensures that all clients and families are heard and engaged so that we can provide the best outcomes and effective individualized care.
Deena Braun, M.S. ED, BCBA, LBA
Clinical Director, Lakewood, NJ
As the Clinical Director for our Lakewood office, Deena oversees nearly 40 BCBAs to ensure high-quality service delivery. She oversees and assists with day-to-day clinical operations, as well as streamlining company policies and procedures.
Deena uses her 21 years of experience in the field of special education and behavior analysis to guide her staff in the delivery of best practices and treatment. She began her career working with children that suffered traumatic brain injuries. Deena excels at assessing problem behaviors to identify the root deficit, and teaching social and emotional skills. She has a passion for helping families increase positivity in the home using researched and effective behavior modification strategies.
Deena received her Bachelor's degree from Adelphi University and her Masters in Special Education from Nova Southeastern University. She holds two seperate NY state teaching certificates for students with disabilities; one for early childhood and one for grades 1-8. Deena is a board certified behavior analyst, BCBA Supervisor, and Licensed Behavior Analyst.
Deena ensure that every child and client is treated as if they were a family member and they are given the most advanced treatment plan and care.
Nicole Doyle, M.S. ED, BCBA, LBS
Clinical Director, Cherry Hill, NJ
As the Clinical Director of Cherry Hill, Nicole oversees all clinical programming and provides leadership to support clinical quality and supervision across the clinical team. Nicole has over 15 years of experience and believes a strong leadership model and efficient systems of clinical support for clinical staff are key factors in providing high-quality treatment and supervision of your child’s program.
She has experience across home, school, and clinical settings, as well as experience building training and academic programs for undergraduate and graduate students studying autism and behavior analysis at the Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support at Saint Joseph’s University (SJU). Nicole also received training through the Global Autism Project by Molly Ola Pinney, called Leadership Academy, which utilizes a "do with, not for" approach. She looks forward to bringing this experience to Connect Plus Therapy.
As a former teacher, Nicole learned firsthand the level of training and consultation team members need to ensure each child with autism, their family, and their team has the tools to effectively build programming to lead to lifelong socially significant success and independence.
Nicole is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and licensed behavior specialist (LBS), having received her master's degree in Special Education with a concentration in Behavior Analysis from Saint Joseph’s University.
Lindsey Clark, M.S., BCBA, LBS
As the Training Supervisor and company ACE provider, Lindsey provides continuing education and growth for all of our staff. Lindsey organizes and facilitates in-house CEU conferences, develops and leads behavior technician orientation and continuous training, and provides staff with training in our company data collection software: Central Reach. In addition, she is a certified trainer with QBS and conducts initial and recertification in Safety Care for all staff.
Originally from Mississippi, Lindsey received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Mississippi. Shortly after graduating, she moved to Boston, continued her ABA education and training, and received her Master of Science from Simmons College. Lindsey has worked in a variety of settings supporting families and children including time as a clinical director. She has experience ensuring behavior technicians receive training to earn their RBT certificates and will continue that work at CPT.
Lindsey is passionate about delivering the highest quality of care and believes training and education must be ongoing and continuous to meet the highest standards.