Meet The Team

Chief Executive Team

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Alyssa Perala

M.A., BCBA

Chief Executive Officer and President

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

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Alexis Leach
M.S., BCBA

Chief Operating Officer
Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Upper Management Team

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Kim Buller
MBA, PHR, SHRM-CP

Human Resource &
Scheduling Manager

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Ashley Roberts
MSW, LICSW

Clinical Supervisor

Licensed Independent Clinical
Social Worker

Frontline Management Team

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Rebecca Knight

M.S., BCBA

ABA Program Manager (Plymouth)
Board Certified Behavior Analyst

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Lexie Freeman
M.S., BCBA

ABA Program Manager (Baxter)

Board Certified Behavior Analyst 

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Samantha McKay M.A

Qualified Supervising Professional Clinical Trainee

(Baxter)

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Lyndsey Frogner
M.A., BCBA

ABA Program Manager (Cambridge)

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

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Kyle Gangl
B.S.

ABA Program Manager (Rogers)

Board Certified Behavior Analyst Trainee

ABA Clinical Team

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Katlin Pieters
B.A.S.

Program Coordinator Level 2 (Plymouth)

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Sarah Nicosia
M.S.

Program Coordinator Level 1 (Plymouth)

BCBA Trainee

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Jasmine Benda
B.A.

Program Coordinator Level 1

(Rogers)
BCBA Trainee

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Jayden Tuorila
Level 2 Provider

Program Coordinator Level 2 (Plymouth)

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Rachel Horton
B.A.

Program Coordinator/Lead Therapist

(Cambridge)

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Hilary Duff
B.A.

Team Trainer

(Plymouth) 

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Briana Wroge
B.S.W

Part-Time Team Trainer

(Plymouth) 

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Kyra Shepherd

Part-Time Team Trainer

(Baxter)

Speech-Language Therapists 

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Allison Athmann
M.A., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist Supervisor

(Rogers)

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Hannah Judovsky
M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist 

Baxter

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Kelsey Rodgers
M.A., CF-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist 

Rogers

Occupational Therapists

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Victoria Larkin

M.S., OTR-L

Occupational Therapist Supervisor

(Rogers)

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Katie Sweeny

M.S., OTR-L

Occupational Therapist

(Baxter)

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Karie Montgomery
M.A., OTR-L

Occupational Therapist

(Baxter)

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Malorie Jordan

M.A., OTR-L

Occupational Therapist

(Baxter)

Administrative Team

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Heather Lindahl

All-Site Intake Coordinator 

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Janelle Vesely

Office Supervisor (Baxter)

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Devonta Stringer

Medical Receptionist (Plymouth)

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Laura Hinton

Medical Receptionist (Rogers)

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Jackie Swedeen

Medical Receptionist (Cambridge)

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Nicole Brattlund

Medical Receptionist (Baxter)

Autism Matters has up to 100 professionals dedicated to the mission of treating children and focusing on making our clients as successful as possible in a variety of settings.  Autism Matters is an approved worksite by the Florida Institute of Technology's (FIT) graduate program in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).  This approval ensures that our clients are receiving proper ABA treatment under the direction of Board Certified Behavior Analysts who possess the appropriate clinical knowledge.

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Staff Positions

Administrative Department 
(Human Resources, Office Supervisor, Scheduling, Medical Receptionist, and Intake Coordinator)

All administrative employees are trained to assist the clinical teams and families with any questions, concerns, or needs that may arise day to day.


ABA Therapy Program
 (Clinical Supervisor, Program Managers, Program Coordinators, Team Trainers, Lead Behavior Therapists and Behavioral Therapists.)

All behavior therapy employees qualify as Mental Health Practitioners (MHP) in the state of Minnesota and have been trained by professionals with decades of collective experience in programming.  Within the MHP qualifications, employees may have other qualifications such as being a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) or a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT).  Besides being MHP qualified, Autism Matters has Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) on-site at each location to help oversee the ABA/VB program.
 

Speech-Language Pathologists and Occupational Therapists

All Speech-Language Pathologists and Occupational Therapists are licensed by the Minnesota Department of Health, nationally certified, and members of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) or the American Occupational Therapy Associations (AOTA).