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.
Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA)
Katie Baker, BCBA, LBA
Katie has been working with children on the autism spectrum for the past eight years in a variety of different settings, finding her passion for this population while working as a summer camp counselor at a specialized, residential summer camp in 2011. After obtaining her B.S. from the University of Miami (OH) she went on to earn a Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Cincinnati in 2015. Since 2012 she has worked for some of the top service providers in Cleveland, Rhode Island and Philadelphia. She also was the co-director of Camp Akeela in Appleton, WI, a residential summer camp for children with significant social challenges. She has twice presented on implementing the principles of ABA for behavior management purposes in the recreational summer camp setting at the Tri-State Camp Conference. In 2015, Katie traveled to Chandigarh, India, with the Global Autism Project on a two-week service trip to train school staff on the principles of ABA. Katie recently relocated to the Northeast Kingdom where she lives with husband and two young children.
Annabelle Black, Registered Behavior Technician
Annabelle recently graduated with her Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education from Plymouth State University. She worked with students with autism as a paraprofessional for four years in New Hampshire before joining the team at KABH. She also completed her RBT exam and has plans to pursue her Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis. When she is not working or studying, Annabelle explores the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her husband and their husky.
Willie 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 is a 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, Registered Behavior Technician
Nicole currently has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Human Services from Lyndon State College in Lyndonville, VT. She has over 16 years experience working with children, which includes over five years experience with children with developmental delays and autism. Since finishing her degree at Lyndon State College, Nicole has been continuing her education by attending training and additional professional development classes in the areas of child development, autism, and children with special health needs. Nicole has been working at KABH since March of 2018 and has passed the exam to become a Registered Behavior Technician. She is now studying for a BCaBA certification as well. Nicole lives in northern Vermont with her husband and two children.
Lauren Kiessling, Registered Behavior Technician
Lauren is a graduate of Northern Vermont University, where she majored in Psychology and Applied Human Services. She is currently attending Plymouth State University for graduate school where she is working towards getting her masters degree in the field of School Psychology. She has previously worked with children in a number of different environments before joining us at KABH. She has recently passed the exam to become a Registered Behavior Technician and is excited to continue to grow with this agency. When she is not working or doing school work she loves to spend time outdoors and with her nieces and nephew.
Dylanie Nichols, Behavior Technician
Dylanie is a recent graduate of Lyndon Institute and 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 since she first started babysitting six years ago. Dylanie plans to further her education, and being a Behavior Technician is a step in that direction. She looks forward to providing assistance and care to others so they too can strive to be great. In Dylanie’s free time she enjoys hiking with her dog Jax and helping out on her family’s dairy farm in Lyndonville, VT.
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.
Baylee Olden, Registered Behavior Technician
Since she was 16 years old, Baylee has been working with kids. She worked as an assistant preschool teacher at a daycare from 2016 to 2017 and co-taught preschool at Kids of the Kingdom from 2017 to 2019. Baylee’s previous experience also includes working as a personal care assistant for a client with a traumatic brain injury.
Graduating from Danville High School in 2016, Baylee received her Associates degree in Liberal Arts. She is currently working on her Bachelor’s degree in Human Services and Applied Psychology. She is also studying for her RBT certification. Baylee enjoys playing with her dog Remi as well as sports, camping, fishing, outdoor adventures, and spending time with friends and family.
Jaime DeKett, Behavior Technician
Born and raised in Vermont, Jaime has loved working with children ever since she first started assisting with childcare as a young teen. She is currently finishing up her Pre-Medical Neuroscience degree at Wheaton College, but has found the hands on education she receives from working at KABH to be the most invaluable learning experience she has had thus far. At present she is studying to become a Registered Behavior Technician, and in her free time she enjoys kayaking, painting, and eating ice cream.
Matthew Rohrdanz, Behavior Technician
As a compassionate, social butterfly, Matthew found his love for working with kids as a volunteer coach for a youth wrestling team while he grew up in Idaho. That love for athletics inspired him to graduate from Southern Virginia University with a degree in Psychology. He is working on his RBT certification in addition to his Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Northern Vermont University. Matthew can be found just about anywhere you can imagine; hiking along mountain peaks, fishing in a river, cooking something in the kitchen, spending time with his wife at home and two dogs, trying to learn a new skill, or even relearning an old skill.
Hannah Wescott, Behavior Technician
Hannah was born and raised in the Northeast Kingdom, graduating from the St Johnsbury Academy in 2018. She first started babysitting before spending her high school years interning in elementary schools and working with children at a local summer camp. Currently, Hannah is studying business and management with a focus on equality, diversity, and social responsibility at Wheaton College, where she’s also on the track and field team. Her hobbies include pottery, running, and enjoying the outdoors! She’s excited to have the opportunity to work with people within the community by being a part of KABH.
Emili Zukoski, 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 is currently completing her Master’s in Childhood Protection with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis, at NOVA Southeastern University. Emili is working on both studying for the Registered Behavior Technician exam and gaining field hours in hopes of becoming a BCBA. 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 hikes with her partner and their 2 dogs, crafting, and going to concerts.
Tshering Doma Sherpa, 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.
Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA)
Celia O’Flaherty, BCBA, LBA – Clinical Director
Celia has been working with children with disabilities for over nine years, beginning with her bachelor’s degree in early childhood special education at Gonzaga University. Here, she first learned about Applied Behavior Analysis and became fascinated in early childhood development through her experiences in various preschools. She began working with children on the Autism Spectrum while employed at a summer camp for children with high functioning ASD, where she found passion for providing social, behavioral, and adaptive skills support to campers. She graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2018 with a master’s degree in early childhood special education and earned her BCBA credentials. Celia 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 for 3 years. She is now the clinical director for the Williston branch of KABH, the Little Royals Early Intervention Center. When Celia is not working with this population, she enjoys spending time with her wife and dog, hiking, cross country skiing, 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, 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, with a minor in Communication Sciences & Disorders, and a concentration in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).
While attending UVM, Jess had the opportunity to implement an activity program for preschoolers as part of the Kiddie Cats on the Move program, which focused on the influence of moderate to vigorous physical activity on the social, emotional, behavioral and physical health of children aged 3-5. In addition, she also interned at the Eleanor M. Luse Center, where she gained experience with the Lidcombe Program— a speech therapy program designed for children that stutter.
In her free time, Jess enjoys figure skating, scuba diving, raving about bees, and managing her cat’s instagram. She is excited and honored to be a part of KABH, and looks forward to completing her RBT training so that she can be able to provide the best care to clients.
Isabel Colby, 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, 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, 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.
Emma Gwyther, Behavior Technician
Emma first started working with children as a babysitter in high school. Since then she has enjoyed her time working with kids as farm manager and a cabin counselor at summer camps, at afterschool programs, and recently as a nanny to two year old twins. Emma moved to Vermont to attend Sterling College where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sustainable Food Systems. She is looking forward to the opportunity to continue living in this beautiful area doing work that she is passionate about. In her free time she enjoys climbing, hiking, and baking.