St Johnsbury Clinical Branch
Courtney Daffinrud, BCBA, LBA – Clinical Director
has been working with children with autism for more than 15 years. She has worked with children of all ages, in a variety of settings. Courtney began her career at a residential school for children with autism and other severe developmental disabilities. This was an invaluable experience as she worked with a wide variety of children with autism spectrum disorders. She also had the privilege of working with some of the most highly regarded professionals in the field. Courtney returned to Vermont in 2004 to pursue her Masters in Clinical Psychology. Since returning, she has worked in Vermont and New Hampshire as a Clinical Behaviorist and Autism Spectrum Consultant in homes, independent schools, and public schools. In addition to a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology, Courtney also has a graduate certificate in Behavioral Interventions in Autism, and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Courtney now lives in northern Vermont with her husband and three young children.
Ashleigh Moriarty, BCBA, M.Ed. – Program Director
Ashleigh started working with children with Autism 15 years ago. She has taught children aged 2-22 in a variety of settings. While receiving her Masters of Education, Ashleigh worked at the New England Center for Children, a leading residential program for children with Autism and intensive special needs. It was in this program where she began her training in Applied Behavior Analysis. Since then, she has directed district and district-collaborative programs for children with Autism in Massachusetts. In these programs, Ashleigh was able to work with children with a diverse level of needs from social skills training to discrete trial training. She also trained and supervised direct service level staff, as well as classroom teachers. In addition to her Master’s degree and coursework in ABA, Ashleigh has experience with the SCERTS Model and has traveled to the University of North Carolina for training in the TEACCH Autism Program.
Ashleigh lives in Northern Vermont with her husband and two daughters.
Katie Allen, Office Manager and Behavior Technician
Katie is a Pennsylvania native with a Bachelor’s degree in English from Gordon College near Boston. She worked in the property management industry for 5 years before coming to Kingdom ABH. Katie has a growing interest in the ABA field, having spent some time working one on one with children in a special education environment. She enjoys providing daily operational support to our team and is currently taking coursework to become a Registered Behavioral Technician. Katie and her husband Sam operate a pet care company from their home in New Hampshire with their chocolate lab, Stella and tuxedo cat, Ethel.
Eric Daffinrud, CAGS, NCSP, School Psychologist and Business Administrator
Eric started his career in education working with individuals with autism and related disabilities, which is where he met his wife, Courtney. He later moved to Boston to attend graduate school and worked with urban youth in various programs, including Upward Bound. He graduated from UMASS-Boston with a degree in school psychology. He moved to Vermont and worked as a school psychologist in various school settings including several years contracting with schools as both a school psychologist and a consultant to develop ASD programming. He spent 5 years working as a school administrator in roles as special education coordinator and assistant principal. He is currently contracting with schools to provide school psychology services. He specializes in comprehensive psychoeducational evaluations and programming for students with ASD. Eric enjoys road trips with his family (especially to visit his family in North Dakota) and playing golf. He lives in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont with Courtney, 3 children, and 2 dogs.
Jessica Waldron Shover, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA – Parent Training Coordinator
Jessica has been working with children with special needs and their families for over 15 years. She joined KABH in 2019 with experience in education, parent training and human services. Jessica worked for ten years as an educator in alternative middle and high school settings before turning her focus to family-centered interventions for infants, youth, and their families in crisis for 6 years.
Jessica traveled extensively with her family as a child before returning to Vermont where she attended high school and College, earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science for Secondary Education, minoring in Psychology, and eventually earning her a masters degree in education with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis from Northern Vermont University. Jessica lives with her family in Northern Vermont, where they enjoy being active outdoors all through the seasons.
Annabelle Black, Registered Behavior Technician
Annabelle graduated with a Bachelors in Elementary Education from Plymouth State University. She also completed her RBT exam and is currently enrolled in a BCaBA program. When she is not working or studying, Annabelle takes care of her many plants and enjoys time with her husband and their husky.
Willingfredo Elman, Registered Behavior Technician
Willie has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a concentration in Applied Clinical Psychology from Bishop’s University in Quebec, Canada. He has worked with adults in the corporate world but finds greater enjoyment working with children in educational and therapeutic settings. In working with children with learning, social and behavioral challenges, Willie strives to be a positive role model and to show each child how special and unique they are. Having a strong athletic background, Willie is also involved in instructing martial arts to kids and adults as well as coaching youth sports. He was the coach and president of his children’s local soccer club (they wouldn’t play unless he coached!). But most importantly and with great pride Willie is a loving husband and a doting father (did we mention he coaches kids and enjoys working with them? What a guy!).
Nicole Stebbins, B.A., BCaBA, LABA
Nicole graduated with a double bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Human Service from Lyndon State College in 2007. She has over 16 years experience working with children, which includes almost ten years experience with children with developmental delays and autism. Since finishing her degree at Lyndon State College, Nicole continued her education by attending trainings and additional professional development classes in the areas of child development, autism, and children with special health needs. Nicole joined the KABH team in March 2018 and soon after passed the exam to become a Registered Behavioral Technician. Nicole’s growing passion to help and support families led her to begin her coursework towards becoming a BCaBA. In April 2021, Nicole passed the exam to become a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst.
Nicole currently lives in northern Vermont with her husband, two children and two dogs.
Dylanie Nichols, Behavior Technician
Dylanie started working as a Behavior Technician at KABH in June of 2018. She has always enjoyed working with children and has been involved with a variety of different age groups. She looks forward to providing assistance and care to others so they too can strive to be great. Dylanie was born and raised in Lyndonville, VT on her family’s dairy farm, with her five sisters and one brother. In Dylanie’s free time she enjoys spending time with her dog Nova, golfing, and skiing at Burke Mountain.
Kallie Keene, Registered Behavior Technician
Originally from Hanson, Massachusetts, Kallie moved to Vermont in 2015. She graduated from the Saint Johnsbury Academy in 2018 and worked at a local restaurant during and after highschool. She has had an interest in working in the field of child education and is now continuing her own education by taking the Registered Behavior Technician coursework. Her hobbies include hiking with her dogs, spending summer days near a lake and hanging out with friends and family.
Tyler Kehoe, Registered Behavior Technician
Tyler was born in Virginia and moved to Vermont in 2006. He attended Greenfield Community College in Greenfield, MA and Southern Vermont College in Bennington, VT. Tyler has been working with children and adults on the autism spectrum since 2015, starting in community outreach and transitioning to crisis prevention in 2017. In his spare time he enjoys guitar, piano, hiking, and snowboarding.
Tyler has 5 little brothers and three little sisters and discovered his love for working with children on the spectrum from his family.
Emili Zukoski, MSHS, Registered Behavior Technician
Emili was raised in South Florida. She attended Florida State University and obtained her bachelor’s in criminology with a double major in sociology. She has her Master’s of Human Services in Childhood Protection with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis, from NOVA Southeastern University. Emili completed her RBT training and is now gaining field hours to become a BCBA and take her board certification this fall. There are multiple loved ones in Emili’s life who are on the autism spectrum, which has prompted her to pursue a career engaging with that same population that KABH serves. She has experience working with children of all ages and abilities. In her spare time, she enjoys lounging with her 2 dogs, reading, and crafting!
Tshering Doma Sherpa, Registered Behavior Technician
Tshering was born and raised in Nepal. She moved to the USA at 17 years old. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Human Services from Northern Vermont University in Lyndonville, VT. Tshering has experience working with children and genuinely enjoys being with them. She is passionate about children because of how much can be learned from them, like enjoying the simple things in life. Tshering’s hobbies are cooking, hiking, outdoor adventures, and spending time with family.
Kelsey Holland, Registered Behavior Technician
Kelsey graduated from Northern Vermont University-Lyndon with a psychology and human services degree in December 2020. Originally from Southern New Hampshire, Kelsey moved to Vermont in 2017 to attend college and play for their soccer team. Kelsey started working at KABH in January 2020. She recently began classes to obtain her master’s degree in behavioral analysis practice. In her free time, she loves to spend time with friends and family, enjoy the outdoors, and play with her dogs.
Sabrina Thompson, Registered Behavior Technician
Sabrina has always had an enthusiastic love for working with children. This includes working in after-school programs, volunteering as a snowboard instructor, and working as a camp counselor for two years at Hosmer Point. With two years under her belt at both Northern Vermont University and HCC of Maryland, Sabrina has decided to return to school for her Bachelors in Psychology and Human Services at NVU to further her education in this field! During her free time, Sabrina enjoys playing piano, exercising, exploring the outdoors, gardening, and spending time with friends and family.
Ceirra Manassa-Curnin, Behavior Technician
Bio coming soon.
Jake Roach, Behavior Technician
Bio coming soon.
Brennan Gallagher, Behavior Technician
Brennan (He/Him) grew up in upstate New York where he discovered his passion for farming. Over the years he has found joy in helping young people find their own passions and navigate the world around them. In high school, Brennan volunteered on local farms and helped build an afterschool program to ensure kids had meaningful experiences and connections to their foods and communities.
Brennan came to Vermont in 2017 to attend Sterling College and would later join the Wendell Berry Farming Program in Henry County, Kentucky where he would earn a degree in sustainable agriculture and minor in draft animal management. Following graduation Brennan returned to Vermont with his partner and their lovely retired barn cat, Henry. On his days off, Brennan can be found searching for the best cup of coffee in the NEK or admiring a local herd of cows from the roadside.
Mary Elliott Porter, Behavior Technician
Mary Elliott was born in Alabama and moved to Vermont in 2005. She received her bachelor’s in politics but has since decided that she would like to pursue her master’s in social work. This is Mary Elliott’s first time working with children and she is loving the time spent with them and everything she is learning.
Mary Elliott lives in Peacham, Vermont with her partner and their two cats. In her free time she enjoys spending time with friends and family, being outside, and watching good movies!
Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA)
Celia O’Flaherty, BCBA, LBA – Clinical Director
Celia has been working with children with complex learning and behavior needs for over 10 years, ranging from early childhood preschools and elementary classrooms to a Vermont summer camp for adolescents with ASD and social-emotional needs. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in early childhood special education from Gonzaga University and Vanderbilt University, respectively. Celia first learned about Applied Behavior Analysis during her first freshman special education course at Gonzaga and earned her BCBA credentials in 2018. She moved to Vermont to pursue her career in behavior analysis, serving as a clinical supervisor and school consultant at KABH’s center in St. Johnsbury. She is now the clinical director for the Williston branch of KABH, the Little Royals Early Intervention Center where she spends her time doing what she loves – building connections with and learning opportunities for staff and young learners in a positive, supportive, and compassionate environment. When Celia is not at Little Royals, she enjoys spending time with her family and dogs, going for walks, and traveling!
Elaina Waite, LBA, BCBA
Elaina graduated undergrad from the University of Maine in 2012 and from Nova Southeastern University in 2014 with a master’s degree in psychology. Elaina went on to study applied behavior analysis and passed her BCBA exam in 2019. Elaina has been working with children with autism and other learning, social, emotional and behavioral challenges in Maine and Vermont. She has worked with children of all ages, in a variety of settings. Elaina is passionate about providing high quality early intervention services and dissemination of today’s ABA with a humble, human, and kind approach. When she is not working Elaina loves to spend time outdoors, travel, and hang with her family.
Max Buckminster, Behavior Technician
Max was born and raised in the Northeast Kingdom. He attended Stonehill College, studying history and economics. In his spare time, travel is an integral part of his life, and he continues to seek new places to visit all over the world.
An avid photographer, he also loves sports and is a devoted Boston sports fan. Max discovered his love for working with children through his volunteer work with Best Buddies International. He is currently studying to become a Registered Behavior Technician.
Jess Beaulieu, Registered Behavior Technician
Jess is a local of the Burlington area, and was first introduced to child care through teaching ice skating lessons. Since then, she has graduated from UVM with a B.S. in Psychological Science, a minor in Communication Sciences & Disorders, and a concentration in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).
While attending UVM, she had the opportunity to intern with the Eleanor M. Luse Center, as well as the Kiddie Cats On the Move program. In her free time, Jess enjoys figure skating, scuba diving, and walking her cat, Moo. She is thrilled to be a part of KABH’s newest branch, and excited to watch our young learners grow!
Isabel Colby, Registered Behavior Technician
Isabel, a Vermont native, graduated with a degree in Psychology from the University of Vermont in 2020. Since then, she has been furthering her education by attending Champlain College to earn an Accounting Certificate. She is working to become a Registered Behavioral Technician and plans to earn a master’s in Mental Health Counseling. She has worked with a large range of individuals from young children at summer camp to the elderly at an assisted living facility. When she is not in school or working, her hobbies include hiking, reading, and spending time with her partner, family, and pets.
Mia Costanzo, Registered Behavior Technician
Mia is originally from Connecticut but now resides in Burlington, VT. A recent graduate of the University of Vermont, Mia has her B.S. in Communication Disorders with a minor in Spanish.
In her free time she enjoys cooking new dishes, listening to music, and spending time in the sunshine! She is really eager to develop meaningful connections through her field of interest with people of all ages, but is particularly excited to be working with children.
A long term goal of Mia’s is to attend graduate school in order to receive her master’s degree in speech-language pathology and operate her very own practice! She is currently studying to become a Registered Behavior Technician.
Emma Guevara, Registered Behavior Technician
Emma was born and raised in Lima-Peru and moved to the US in 2017. She found her calling working with kids during her internship in Peru. While working along with kindergarten teachers she became fascinated by how we can impact kids’ lives. She enjoys her job as a Behavior Technician because she can support and teach new skills that are meaningful for their lives. Emma has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Arizona State University. She is planning to further her education by pursuing a master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis. In her free time she loves to spend time with her family and to be outdoors to enjoy the beauty that Vermont has to offer.
Alyson Magee, Behavior Technician
Bio coming soon.
Samantha Slovak, Behavior Technician
Bio coming soon.
Allyson Donnelly, Registered Behavior Technician
Allyson is originally from New Hampshire but now lives in Burlington, VT. As a recent graduate from Saint Michael’s College, Allyson has a BA in psychology. Currently certified as an RBT, Allyson plans on getting her master’s in psychology with a concentration in applied behavior analysis. She enjoys and is passionate about the work she is currently doing at Little Royals.
In her free time she enjoys reading, hiking, enjoying the outdoors and spending time with friends and family.
Elizabeth Bashaw, Behavior Technician
Elizabeth has been working in the special education field since 2019 and graduated from UVM with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology. Her love for working with people on the spectrum started when she worked with a young adult with autism providing one-on-one respite work. Now, working with children has opened up a whole new skill set and appreciation for aiding in the development and nurturing young minds!
In her free time, she likes to spend time at the beach, with her dog, with friends, or photographing weddings and people in love.
She wants to one day attend graduate school to get her master’s in social work and help struggling youth.
Cassie Farmer, Registered Behavior Technician
Cassie graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in arts administration. In 2018, she began working at a preschool in Maine as a behavioral health professional and education technician. Here she discovered her passion for working with children with delays and disabilities. In October, she moved to Vermont and began working at the Little Royals branch of KABH where she became a RBT. Vermont is her fourth home; Originally from Connecticut and spending years in Maine and Montana. Cassie is currently enrolled in Charter Oak State College and is looking forward to receiving her certification as a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant this fall. When she isn’t studying or working Cassie can be found out on a boat, skiing the slopes, exploring the woods, or driving around the states.
Esther Moran, Behavior Technician
Esther was born in Texas and moved around a lot. She finally landed in Vermont in 2012. She graduated from Castleton University in May 2021 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice along with a trauma studies certificate. She is hoping to start graduate school in the fall so she can work towards her master’s in clinical mental health.
Outside of work, Esther enjoys doing fun outdoor activities with her favorite pal, Luna, her dog. She also enjoys reading and writing in her free time and hopes to write a book one day. She also enjoys traveling when she has the time.