Jim Phillips, PhD, LP, BCBA-D
Jim began his career in the field of developmental disabilities in 1975 while completing his B.A. in Psychology at SUNY Binghamton. He earned his Ph.D. from West Virginia University in 1984. Jim has worked as psychologist at J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center in Morganton, NC, and then as Director of Psychology Services at Murdoch Developmental Center. During his career, Jim established and served the North Carolina Association for Behavior Analysis (NCABA) and co-authored several publications on staff training and management, teaching adaptive skills, and reducing interfering behavior in individuals diagnosed with intellectual disability. Upon his retirement from the state of North Carolina in 2013, he expanded his work in the field of autism and behavior analysis, adding his professional skills to ASNC’s Clinical Department.
Jessica LeBoeuf, PhD, LP
Jessica began working with people Autism Spectrum Disorder and developmental disabilities in 1995 as direct support staff. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University at Albany and later received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology from Louisiana State University with a concentration in autism and developmental disabilities. While in graduate school, Jessica focused her research on challenging behaviors, autism symptoms in adults, and early identification of autism in toddlers. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, with rotations focused on severe behavioral challenges and feeding disorders. Prior to ASNC, Jessica spent four years at Murdoch Developmental Center as psychologist for the specialized programs STARS and BART, which served individuals with developmental disabilities, co-occurring mental health diagnoses, and severe behavioral challenges.
Tanya Carter-Reichle, MA, LPA
Tanya has been a Psychological Associate for ASNC since 2011. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from UNC-Chapel Hill and her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from NC Central University. Tanya began her career at Murdoch Developmental Center, where she gained experience in writing and monitoring behavior intervention plans using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis. Over the past 25 years, she has worked for a variety of agencies including Shigley Family Psychological Services, Autism Services, Inc., and the TEACCH Program. In these settings, she provided psychological consultation to group homes for adults with autism, conducted assessments of young children with developmental disabilities, led structured teaching sessions for families with children or adults with autism, and consulted to classrooms serving students with autism. Tanya currently works for ASNC and the TEACCH Program Carolina Living and Learning Center (CLLC). She especially enjoys working directly with individuals with autism and collaborating with their families.
Erica Brown, MA, BCBA
Erica graduated from Salem College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and earned her Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Columbia University, Teachers College. Erica began her career at the Mariposa School for Children with Autism where she served as both an instructor and a Program Coordinator for social skills programs and afterschool one-on-one programs that used the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis. She also developed a track-out program for students with autism and other developmental delays. While pursuing her master’s, Erica worked full-time in a self-contained preschool classroom and an inclusion first-grade classroom that employed behavior analytic principles. In 2013, Erica began working at the Carolina Center for ABA and Autism Treatment as a consultant and later as the Director of Training and Staff Development. During this time, Erica worked with graduate students seeking the BCBA credential. In 2016, Erica joined the Autism Society of North Carolina. As a part of her role, Erica leads several LLI cases and assists in the design and implementation of training initiatives and onboarding for the department’s Registered Behavior Technicians.
Melissa Brown, Insurance Intake and Personnel Coordinator
Melissa has been with ASNC since 2015. She earned her B.A. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Upon graduation, she worked as the coordinator of a group home for adults with autism. She gained experience in the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis by providing one-on-one therapy as a senior instructor at the Mariposa School for Children with Autism. She then worked in an autism classroom at Wake County Public Schools before joining ASNC’s LifeLong Interventions program as a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT). In this position, she provided intensive in-home behavioral therapy for both adults and children with autism and assisted in training incoming RBTs. In 2016, she presented a poster at the NC Association for Applied Behavior Analysis conference that analyzed treatment efficacy for adults on the spectrum and was awarded for having the Best Professional Level poster. Melissa accepted the role of Clinical Intake Coordinator in January 2017 and is excited to assist and connect with families seeking clinical services.
Maggie Zoller, MA, BCBA
Maggie joined the ASNC Clinical team in 2017 and has worked with individuals with autism since 2008. She received her master’s in Human Services Psychology with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 2013. While pursuing her master’s, she worked at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, MD, in the Pediatric Feeding Disorders Unit, where she gained valuable experience in the assessment and treatment of problem behavior, as well as parent training. Maggie is passionate about creating evidence-based programming that improves the lives of individuals with ASD and their families and is honored to provide LifeLong Interventions in the Triangle region.
Alyssa McElwee, M.Ed., BCBA
Alyssa joined the ASNC LifeLong Interventions team in 2016 as a Registered Behavior Technician and became a Clinical Professional in 2017 after obtaining certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Alyssa earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Developmental Psychology from Framingham State University and completed her Master of Education degree in Foundations in Behavior Analysis from the University of Cincinnati. Alyssa has worked with individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities since 2011 across residential, classroom, clinic, and in-home settings. She also has experience working as a special education teacher for Johnston County Schools and as a developmental therapist for Cornerstone Family Services, teaching communication, skill acquisition, and behavior reduction goals to children ages birth through three with developmental delays. Alyssa is passionate about working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families, and she is excited to be part of ASNC’s LifeLong Interventions program in the Triangle.
Lindsay Gordon, MA, BCBA
Lindsay graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a B.A. in Psychology in 2013 and earned her M.A. in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis from UNCW in 2017. During her time as an undergraduate, she was exposed to the field of behavior analysis while conducting research focusing on the treatment of pediatric feeding disorders. Her graduate research focused on increasing physical activity in children. She joined the ASNC team as a Clinical Intern in 2017 and became a Clinical Professional in 2018 after becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Through all of these opportunities, she gained experience in assessment and treatment, writing behavior plans, parent training, and data collection/analysis. She is passionate about working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and is thrilled to be a part of the ASNC team.
Madeleine G. Mason, MA, BCBA
Maddy joined the ASNC Clinical team in 2018, first as a Behavior Technician and then as a Clinical Professional upon earning her BCBA credential. She received her B.A. in Psychology in 2015 from Appalachian State University, where she worked as a research assistant in the Psychology Department. She went on to earn an M.A. in Psychology with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, completed in 2017. While at UNCW, she continued to pursue research in behavior analysis and also completed a practicum at the university-based Feeding and Behavior Clinic, where she gained valuable experience implementing behavioral treatments for severe food refusal and challenging mealtime behavior. She then completed a clinical internship at J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center in Morganton, NC, a residential treatment facility for adults with severe-to-profound intellectual and developmental disabilities. While an intern, Maddy had opportunities to develop and implement assessments and interventions for individuals with significant challenging behaviors, skill deficits, and co-occurring physical disabilities, with a major focus on identifying individual preferences and increasing quality of life. Maddy is thrilled to be a member of the ASNC Clinical team because she is passionate about using Applied Behavior Analysis to improve the lives of individuals with autism and their families.
Lesley Fraser-Ball, MSW, BCBA
Lesley joined the Clinical Department in 2018 but has been working for the Autism Society of North Carolina at Camp Royall since 2006, most recently as the Program Director. Lesley is honored to have worked closely with so many campers and families through her years at Camp Royall, in an environment that prioritizes fun while allowing campers to grow and providing families with much needed respite. Lesley is from Scotland and moved to America to work full-time at Camp Royall in 2010. Lesley obtained her certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2015. She received her master’s degree in Social Work and Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Edinburgh. Lesley has worked with individuals on the spectrum of all ages since 2004, in residential, recreation, home, and classroom settings. Lesley is passionate about supporting individuals with autism and their families to lead full and fulfilling lives.
Merlin Duran, MA, BCBA
Merlin began her work with individuals with developmental disabilities in 2011 at a small private school in St. Petersburg, Fla. There, she served as an instructor while working toward becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. After graduating from the University of South Florida in 2015 with a degree in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling, she became the clinical supervisor at a new campus, focusing on increasing independent living skills with teenagers. In addition to her five years working in private schools, she has worked as a consultant with individuals from 2 to 19 years of age with a variety of diagnoses and medical needs. Merlin moved to Raleigh in 2018 to join the team at ASNC. She is passionate about parent training, supervision, and working with culturally diverse families.
Lindsey Schumacher, LPA, BCBA
Lindsey began her career as a school psychologist after graduating with a Bachelors of Arts degree in psychology from Michigan State University and a Masters of Education in School Psychology from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Upon graduating, she worked in elementary and high school settings completing psychoeducational evaluations as well as developing behavior support plans. While working for Union County Public Schools, Lindsey obtained her certification in behavior analysis and became the Autism Specialist for the county, providing support to teachers in specialized setting classrooms designed for students with autism. After leaving the public school system in 2015, Lindsey focused her energy on providing ABA therapy and consultative behavior support for individuals in eastern North Carolina as well as continuing to provide consultative support for school systems across the state. She has extensive knowledge in assessment, developing behavior support plans, and developing and implementing evidence-based therapy programs rooted in Applied Behavior Analysis. Lindsey is excited to continue her journey as a member of ASNC’s LifeLong Interventions program in the Triangle.