Meet The Team

Alyssa Perala

M.A., BCBA

Chief Executive Officer and President Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Ashley Roberts

MSW, LICSW

Clinical Supervisor
Licensed Independent Clinical
Social Worker

Alexis Leach

M.S., BCBA

Clinical Director/ABA Program Manager (Plymouth)
Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Heidi Tousignant

M.A., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

SLP/OT Department Supervisor

Kim Buller

MBA, PHR, SHRM-CP

Human Resource &
Scheduling Manager

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

Jennifer Hamberg
M.A., BCBA

ABA Program Manager (Rogers)

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Lyndsey Frogner

M.A., BCBA

ABA Program Manager (Cambridge)

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Autism Matters has up to 50 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 
(HR, Scheduling, Receptions, 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, Clinical Director, ABA Program Managers, Program Coordinators, Team Trainers, Lead 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).

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Jayden Tuorila

MHP

Program Coordinator (Baxter)

Katlin Pieters
B.A.S., MHP

Program Coordinator (Plymouth)