Holland Center Staff

Chief Executive Officer
Jennifer Larson, CEO

Jennifer is a parent to a child with Autism. 

She has been interviewed by Brent Bowers of the New York Times ("Out of Adversity an Opportunity", "Entrepreneurs Press On, and Obstacles Fall"), and wrote "Is He High Functioning" on the Age of Autism.
She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a B.A. in Marketing, Psychology and Speech Communication and with a minor in Studio Arts and Art History.

Clinic Director
Dr. Nicole Smith, Psy.D, LP  

She is a veteran of the US Air Force and completed undergrad education while stationed in England. She graduated from the UMUC, Europe, with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Business Administration.  She holds her Master's and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Child Psychology from the Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology in Milwaukee, WI.  She completed her pre-doctoral internship in infant and child psychology at the Institute for Infant and Preschool Mental Health in East Orange, NJ and she completed her post-doctoral fellowship in infant/child/adolescent psychology at St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital, in NYC.  

Dr. Smith has over a decade of experience providing clinical services for children, adolescents, and families.  Areas of practice include autism, anxiety, ADHD, depression, mood disorders, mother-infant attachment, families of divorce, trauma, and relational or social difficulties.  She also has over a decade of experience performing psychological testing and evaluations for children and adults. As Clinic Director, Dr. Smith monitors and guides all client programs and progress while at Holland Center and conducts all psychological testing with clients at Holland.  Additionally, Dr. Smith holds parent support groups and trainings monthly.

As a Wisconsin native, Dr. Smith enjoys supporting the Packers during the football season (Go Pack!).  She also spends time volunteering at hospitals and shelters with her Certified Therapy Dog, Neeka.  In her free time she participates in various outdoor activities to include sailing and doing triathlons.
 
Senior Behavior Analyst
The Senior Behavior Analyst is responsible for the oversight of all of the programming and treatment for all clients receiving behavior therapy.  She is also responsible for the training and oversight of all staff, including the supervision of those pursuing graduate degrees in applied behavior analysis or those who are working toward certification as Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) or Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts (BCaBA).  The Senior Behavior Analyst also provides and oversees all consultation services to families, schools, and centers locally, nationally and internationally.

Marietta N. Janecky, M.Ed., BCBA
Senior Behavior Analyst

Marietta graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts in Child Psychology and Communication Studies in 2004 and with a Master of Education in Special Education in 2011.  She became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2012.  Marietta has worked with children with autism and other special needs since 2003.  

Marietta started her career here at Holland Center!  After working here for a couple of months, Marietta moved to New York in 2004 and began providing one-to-one instruction using the principles and procedures of applied behavior analysis (ABA) and B. F. Skinner's analysis of verbal behavior (VB). She moved on to lead a classroom of instructors in a clinical setting specializing in the treatment of children with autism.  

In 2007, Marietta began providing OutReach consultation services to families, public and private schools, and center-based settings.  She gained experience in providing consultation on the application of behavior analytic principles and procedures to parents and therapists as part of home programs as well as providing consultation to schools.  She assisted teachers in setting up classrooms based upon effective ABA and VB interventions, provided recommendations for goals and objectives, trained teachers and support staff, participated in IEP and due process meetings, and developed behavior plans.

Marietta has also had the luxury of providing these consultation services around the world.  She has provided consultation in more than 12 states and seven countries, including Italy, Bahamas, and Jordan.  This international experience has allowed her to gain knowledge of and work with educational systems in different countries, implement ABA and VB in various cultures, and work through language barriers with children, parents, and staff.

Marietta enjoys spending time with her family and is very close with her two nieces and nephew.  Some of Marietta's favorite things to do include going to St. Paul Saint's games, spending time at the lake with her family, and playing with her adorable kitten, Elphaba.

Holland Center Speech Pathologists 
The speech therapist evaluates each client’s communication skills and needs in order to create individualized therapy goals and sessions that incorporate their interests and build on their strengths. They provide specialized therapy targeting a variety of skills including: pre-linguistic communication, understanding and using language, articulation, fluency, social language, and alternative forms of communication.  In addition to serving the children who attend Holland Center, they also provide outpatient services.  

Rheanne Lewis, M.S., CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist   
Rheanne is an ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist and our Director of the Speech Department. She graduated from Illinois State University with both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders.  She has worked with  pediatric populations for close to 6 years across a variety of settings including, schools, private clinics, outpatient clinics, and early intervention in home services. Rheanne’s areas of special interests include Autism, Down syndrome, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, language disorders, phonological/articulation disorders, feeding therapy and early intervention. She loves working as a team with families, parents, caregivers and colleagues to ensure the child can have the best opportunity to overcome their speech and language challenges.  In her free time she teaches a social skills class for a non-profit, volunteers, and hangs out with her two puppies.

Christina Foxely, M.A., CF-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist
Christina is Holland Center’s newest Speech Pathologist. She graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth with her degree in Speech Language Pathology and will be entering a year of Clinical Fellowship with Rheanne as her supervisor. She is originally from Duluth and moved to Minneapolis this summer.  In her studies, she had several on-site experiences working in a school setting, outpatient clinic setting, and a hospital setting.  She was fortunate enough to work with children and adults with a variety of communication disorders and found her passion for working with children with autism

Clinical Supervisors
Clinical Supervisors are responsible for working with the Clinic Director, Senior Behavior Analyst, and parents to develop treatment goals and programs for each child.  They are also responsible for supervising all of the clients programs and training the Behavior Therapists to effectively implement individualized programming for all clients.

Lindsay McMillan, M.A., BCBA                                      
Clinical Supervisor                                   
Lindsay graduated from Creighton University in Omaha, NE with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Spanish in 2012. She completed her Masters in Professional Behavior Analysis through the Florida Institute of Technology's Hybrid program and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2016.
 
Lindsay started working with children with special needs as a tutor and a nanny in 2008. She began her career in ABA in 2011 working as a Youth Care Counselor at Boystown in Omaha, Nebraska. After college, she moved back to Minnesota and worked as an in-home Behavior Therapist providing ABA therapy to children with Autism in the Twin Cities area. 
 
Lindsay joined the Holland Center team as a Behavior Therapist in May of 2013. She worked as a Team Trainer on the Locomotivators before becoming the Clinical Supervisor of the team. Lindsay enjoys spending time with friends and family, paddleboarding and boating on the lakes in the summer, and trying out new hobbies to make this list more interesting. 

Alexis Waldin, M.S., BCBA

Clinical Supervisor
Alexis graduated from University of Wisconsin-Stout with a B.S. in Vocational Rehabilitation with a concentration in Special Education Counseling in 2008 and her Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis from St. Cloud State University in 2015. Shortly after graduating with her masters, Alexis became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
 
Alexis started working with children with special needs as a personal care attendant and nanny in 2004. In 2009, Alexis began working at Wisconsin Early Autism Project doing in-home ABA therapy with children with autism. She enjoys her cabin, traveling, being active, and spending time with family and friends.

Stephanie Tholo, M.A., BCBA
Clinical Supervisor

Stephanie graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Psychology. She completed her Masters in Professional Behavior Analysis through the Florida Institute of Technology and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2016. Stephanie began working with children who have autism in 2008 doing in-home ABA therapy through the Wisconsin Early Autism Project. She moved to Minnesota in 2010 and continued to do in-home ABA with the Minnesota Early Autism Project until joining the Holland Center team in 2012. 

Team Trainers
The Team Trainer is the middle person between the Behavior Therapists and Clinical Supervisors.  The Team Trainer answers programming questions, clarifies if questions should arise and trains new and current staff on programs.  The Team Trainer often times overlaps with staff, however they do spend direct time with clients as well.

Jamie Kragseth, M.A., BCBA
Team Trainer
Jamie graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.S. in Rehabilitation Psychology. She completed her Masters in Professional Behavior Analysis through the Florida Institute of Technology and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2017. Prior to her position at Holland Center Jamie worked with children in a variety of settings including pre-schools, community programs, and in-home ABA therapy.  Jamie enjoys spending time with friends and family, teaching ice skating, walking/biking around the local lakes, and any events involving the UW Badgers!

Mel Vankuiken, B.A., MHP
Team Trainer
Mel graduated from Winona State University in 2014 with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Child Advocacy. She is pursuing her BCBA and is scheduled to graduate from Florida Institute of Technology with her Master's in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2017. She has been working with children with Autism since 2010. Before coming to Holland Center, Mel did in-home therapy. Mel enjoys being out on Prior Lake during her free time


Program Supervisors
The Program Supervisor primarily works with the clients one-on-one, implementing the treatment programs provided.  Outside of direct therapy with the client, the Program Supervisor manages all of the data collection components by making the data sheets, entering data and updating specific client’s progress.  Along with data collection, the Program Supervisor develops all stimuli for their client’s programming.

Taryn Lee, B.S., MHP
Program Supervisor
Taryn graduated from Saint Cloud State University with a B.S. in Special Education.  She is currently taking classes at Florida Institute of T
echnology in Applied Behavior Analysis. She has been working with kids with special needs since she was in high school.
T
ayrn has two dogs named Eskimo who is a Siberian Husky and Abby who is a Pekingese Poodle.  In her free time she enjoys hanging out with her pets, bowling and traveling. 



Katy Fuller, B.A., MHP
Program Supervisor

Katy graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in 2010 with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Political Science. After graduation she first worked with adult
s with autism before coming to Holland Center in March of 2011. She has worked with children in either professional or volunteer positions since 2005.
She currently lives in South Minneapolis and enjoys reading, cooking and getting outside. When the weather permits she likes to bike around the city and try out the different restaurants in her area. 

Kelly Gherity, B.S., MHP
Program Supervisor
Kelly graduated from the University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire with a B.S. in Communication Disorders. After graduating, Kelly went on to get her Autism Certificate from the University of Minnesota. Before starting at the Holland Center, Kelly worked doing a variety of home based services and clinic based work with children with Autism.  In her free time, Kelly enjoys traveling. Some of her favorite spots she has traveled lately have been Hawaii and Italy.  She also enjoys going to local sporting events, trying new restaurants, and spending time with her rescue dog Murphy.

Tim Freeman, B.A., MHP
Program Supervisor
Tim graduated from Hamline University with a B.A. in Communication Studies and Management. Over the past 6 years, he has worked with kids in a variety of environments including schools, a residential treatment center, and the soccer field. As a special education assistant in Minneapolis Public Schools, Tim developed a great appreciation for working with ASD students and their parents. Tim's favorite thing in the world is music and he loves to share it with the kids he works with. He has taught drum lessons, facilitated music education classes, and engineered recording sessions with youth of all ages.

Joe Carlson, M.A., BCBA

Program Supervisor
Joe received  his Bachelor's degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Behavior Analysis, at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, and his Masters in Professional Behavior Analysis from the Florida Institute of Technology . He enjoys music (jazz, funk, and rock), reading, and outdoor activities (camping, kayaking, basketball, and Frisbee golf).
Joe enjoys music so much that he can play 4 musical instruments (guitar, saxophone, piano, and drums).



Kristin Paulson, B.S., MHP
Program Supervisor
Kristin graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stout with a B.S. in Special Education. She has been working with individuals with disabilities for the past 5 years as a Personal Care Assistant. In her free time, Kristin likes to coach Special Olympics, read, watch hockey, volunteer, spend her summers at the lake, and enjoy time with friends and family.  
 



Behavior Therapists
The Behavior Therapist work one-on-one with clients providing ABA therapy focusing on improving communication, daily living and social skills using a verbal behavioral approach.


Joseph Bane, B.S., MHP
Behavior Therapist
Joseph received his bachelors from Southern Illinois in Carbondale. His professional experience includes working in a residential treatment facility and working in a wilderness therapy program.
Joseph grew up in central Illinois on an organic livestock farm. His hobbies include being outside and exploring, music, and trying all kinds of new things


Megan Bares, B.A., MHP
Behavior Therapist

Megan graduated from University of Sioux Falls with a B.A. degree in Psychology. She has been working with kids with autism a little over a year and a half, before Holland Center she worked in California with a clinic for kids with autism, she went into a variety of environments; school, home, and clinic. Megan loves to spend her free time singing and spending time with friends and family. 


Christine Edwards, B.A., MHP
Behavior Therapist

Christine graduated from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia with a B.A. in Social Work and has worked with children with disabilities in home for the past 3 years, along with working with  young adults who are on the spectrum for the previous year. 
Christine adores travelling and tasting the local flavors.  She likes to spend a lot of her free-time outside biking and being by the beaches and looks forward to exploring some of the 10,000 lakes Minnesota is famous for as well as seeing live comedy.


Chloe Goldstein, B.A., MHP
Behavior Therapist 
Chloe graduated from St. Cloud University with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Community Psychology. 
Chloe loves sports and is a HUGE VIKINGS FAN! She also likes being active, the outdoors, dancing and listening to music. 



James Heys, M.S., BCBA
Behavior Therapist
James graduated from Western Michigan University with a B.S. in general psychology with a large emphasis in ABA.  He graduated from St. Cloud State University with his M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis and became a BCBA in June of 2017.  James has worked with children with autism and other developmental disabilities since 2009, with almost 3 years in ABA tutoring and 4 years of experience in residential care.  
James is originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan.  In his free time, James enjoys playing guitar, distance running, and cooking.


Jessica Larson, B.A., MHP
Behavior Therapist
Jessica graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a B.A. in psychology and minors in Spanish and Humanities in medicine. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her family, especially her nieces and nephews. 



Kate Lippitt, B.A., MHP
Behavior Therapist
Kate graduated from Luther College with a B.A. in Psychology and minors in Religion and Math.
Kate began her career with Holland Center over 10 years ago as a behavior therapist, transitioned to a role as administrative assistant, and has now come full circle to return to a behavior therapy position.   She is a wealth of knowledge on all things gluten and casein free. She's recently begun running and is training for her first 10K in October. 

Ellyn McIsaac, B.S., MHP
Behavior Therapist
Ellyn attended Eastern Kentucky University where she received her bachelor's in Child and Family Studies with a concentration in Child Development. Her first job out of college was in Lexington, KY where she worked with Autistic adolescent and children. Ellyn has found her passion and hopes to become a BCBA.Ellyn enjoys coffee, her golden retriever pup Maverick, and weight lifting. 


Stephanie Polizzi, M.S.W., MHP
Behavior Therapist
 
Stephanie graduated from Loyola University of Chicago with her Masters in Social Work. While pursuing her masters in Social Work she began doing in home ABA therapy and learned how much she loved it. Stephanie has been working with individuals with disabilities for about 7 years. She is currently going to school to get her BCBA. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and dog Keno. She recently moved back to Minnesota and is excited to explore the Minneapolis area. 

Bridgette Pumarlo, B.S., MHP
Behavior Therapist
Bridgette graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services. Within that major she received a double emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation and Leisure Planning Management. Bridgette has been working with children with disabilities since 2012, as it has always been her passion to work with this population. 
In her free time, Bridgette enjoys spending time with family and friends. She also loves being outdoors, going camping, playing with her dog, and getting lost in a great book!
 
Kayla Rengel, B.A., MHP
Behavior Therapist
Kayla graduated from Saint Cloud State with a B.A. in Communication Studies and Psychology and played basketball.  She been working with kids with special needs for the last 6 years, with the last 2 years doing therapy with children on the spectrum.
Kayla is very close with her family and spends many summer weekends at their family's cabin at Battle Lake.

Ellen Sahli, B.S., MHP
Behavior Therapist
Ellen complete undergrad at Colorado State University.  She loves going hiking and spending time outdoors with her 1 puppy. You can most likely find her somewhere near water in her free time. She recently moved back to MN from Denver, CO. She is excited to be back in MN, but not quite ready to bare with the winter yet!







Jollien Tushabe, B.A., MHP

Behavior Therapist 






Sara Wagnitz, B.A., MHP
Behavior
 Therapist

Sara graduated from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa with a B.A. in Psychology. She loves being outside and previously spent two summers working at Easter Seals Wisconsin Respite Camp in the Wisconsin Dells. She also spent a semester in Tanzania and saw lots of cute baby animals and a month in Cambodia, where she got to eat a tarantula.


Troy Woolever, M.A., MHP
Behavior
Therapist
Troy graduated from the UofM with a B.A. in Child Psychology. He went on to receive his M.A. in Forensic Psychology through Marymount University. Troy worked with Fraser for 3 years and has experience with many different types of kids. He has been to Europe, and loves to travel. He also sings karaoke, plays the piano, and hosts Trivia Host once or twice a week!



Administration
Nicole Miller, B.S., MHP
Intake Coordinator
Nicole attended the University of Minnesota, Mankato for college and got her B.S. in Psychology and Social Welfare. After school, she worked as Mental Health Counselor for the state for 5 years until moving back up to the cities and to get back into working with kids. Nicole began working with children with Autism providing ABA therapy at Partners in Excellence in 2012 before joining the Holland Center team in 2013. Nicole, the oldest of 4 kids, loves hanging out with her family and friends- and her dog, Manna. She also enjoys being outside, cooking, and traveling. 

Stephanie Dixon, B.S. 
Administrative Assistant  
Stephanie graduated from St. Cloud State University with a B.S. in English, and an emphasis in Creative Writing and minor in History. In April of 2017 she had her first short-fiction story published in her university's literary magazine.
She also enjoys small town life in her home town of Delano and has a passion for summer, fishing, photography, and being outdoors. In her free time she is often at the lake with her dog, writing, or spending time with her family and friends.
 
 
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10273 Yellow Circle Dr.
Minnetonka, MN 55343
952.401.9359


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