Holland Center Staff

Chief Executive Officer
Jennifer Larson, CEO

Parent to child with Autism

NY Times article 1, article 2, Age of Autism post
Graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a B.A. in Marketing, Psychology and Speech Communication with a minor in Studio Arts and Art History

Clinic Director

Dr. Nicole Smith, Psy.D, LP

Dr. Nicole Smith is our Clinic Director and Licensed Psychologist.  

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.


Angie Wambua
Intake Coordinator
Billing Specialist

Leslie Lelii
Office Manager
Leslie has a B.S. in Counseling at the University of Northwestern - St. Paul.  She has a spent more than fifteen years working in politics, worked at Minnesot'a largest law firm, Hamline University and worked with children infant through preschool before joining Holland Center.  She enjoys spending her time with her family including her daughter, mother and puppy.  She is active as a volunteer at Deephaven Elementary, her church, Compassion International and Feed My Starving Children.  In her spare time she like to write, read, watch movies, travel and take her determined to be famous someday daughter to acting auditions.

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.

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 bachelors of science in Psychology and Spanish. Lindsay became a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst in May 2015. She is pursuing her Master's degree in Applied Behavior Analysis.
Lindsay first started working in ABA at with teenagers at Boystown in Nebraska during college. She did in-home therapy with kids with Autism before joining the Holland Center team in 2013.

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 B.A. in Rehabilitation Psychology. She is currently pursuing her masters in behavior analysis and is working towards her BCBA. 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., MHP
Team Trainer
Jamie attended University of Wisconsin Madison where she earned a B.S. in Rehabilitation Psychology.
Jamie was born and raised on the north shore of Lake Superior in Two Harbors, MN.
Nicole Miller, B.S., MHP
Team Trainer
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, the oldest of 4 kids, loves hanging out with her family and friends- and her dog, Manna. She also enjoys being outside (coaching the Edina soccer team!), cooking, and traveling. 

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 has five years of experience working with children with Autism.  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 Courrier, 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.

Tayrn 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.

Maggie Hunt, B.S. MHP
Program Supervisor
Maggie graduated with a B.S. In Community Psychology from St. Cloud State University. She has worked with kids on the spectrum since her first babysitting job when she turned 16. Its been her passion ever since. 
In her free time, Maggie loves to go camping and hiking with her husband and spending time with family and friends.

Kelly Nelson, 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 Univeristy 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, she has recently been to Hawaii and  Florida and is looking forward to traveling to Italy soon.  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., MHP
Program Supervisor
Joe graduated at University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology - Behavior Analysis Emphasis and a minor in English literature. He enjoys music (jazz, rock, and oldies), 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).

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

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. 

Alyssa Deutschmann, B.A. MHP
Behavior Therapist
Alyssa graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead with a degree in Social Work and Sociology and a Minor in Psychology.  She is a licensed Social Worker with 3 years of experience working with children and behavioral health including autism.
Alyssa spent a year teaching English in Vietnam and has been to twenty countries.  She enjoys lifting weights, playing soccer, reading and traveling.

Christine Edwards, B.A., MHP
Behavior Therapist

Christine graduated from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia with a BA 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 adore 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.

Ryan Esselman, B.S. MHP

Behavior Therapist

Ryan graduated from University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Sociology.  He has been working with kids for over 4 years.
Ryan loves to cheer on the Packers, being active, and hanging out with family and friends.

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, B.A. MHP
Behavior Therapist
James graduated from Western Michigan University with a B.S. in general psychology with a large emphasis in ABA.  He is currently attending St. Cloud State University to earn his M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis.  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
graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a BA in psychology and minors in Spanish and Humanities in medicine. I enjoy traveling and spending time with my family, especially my nieces and nephews. 

Kate Lippitt,
Behavior Therapist
Kate graduated from Luther College with a B.A. in Psychology, minors in Religion and Math.
Kate began her career with Holland Center administratively and has since transitioned to a role as a Behavior Therapist.  She is a wealth of knowledge on all things gluten and casein free.
Kate has been with Holland Center for over 6 years. 

Rebecca Lund,  B.A. MHP
Behavior Therapist
Rebecca graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.A. in Psychology and a Minor in Neuroscience.  After graduating, she moved to Honolulu, Hawaii where she worked as a paraprofessional in the schools.  Upon returning to Minnesota, she did in home therapy for children on the autism spectrum around the Twin Cities.  She enjoys spending time with her pet rabbit and cat and her friends and family.

Kristin Paulson
Behavior Therapist
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.  
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 spend many summer weekends at their family's cabin at Battle Lake.

Anne Tolmie, B.S. MHP
Behavior Therapist
Anne graduated from University of Wisconsin La Crosse with a degree in communication and minor psychology.  She is currently taking classes at Ball State University to get her Master's degree in Applied Behavior Analysis.  She enjoys snowboarding, traveling, spending time with family, and baking. 

Troy Woolever, M.A., MHP

Holland Center Speech Pathologists
The speech therapists evaluate 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.  

Lindsey Wilson, M.S. CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist

Lindsey received her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  She came from early intervention and the school setting, with experience assessing and treating children birth to 21 years old.

Lindsey recently moved to Minnesota from Lincoln, Nebraska. She enjoys being outdoors with her husband and two year old son. She was Vikings fans before moving to Minnesota and is excited to cheer them on in the new stadium! 

Holland Center Biomedical Clinic

Michael Montico, M.D. 
Medical Program Director
Dr. Montico is a Medical Academy of Pediatric Specialty (MAPS) physician. After earning his M.D. degree from Wayne State University in 1998, Dr. Montico completed his residency in family medicine at Providence Hospital in 2001, and completed a fellowship in sports medicine at Providence Hospital in 2002.   He received his training in biomedicine and functional medicine through “DAN” conferences: 2007-2012 and MAPS 2013-present. Dr. Montico’s son, Owen, has Autism and has experienced dramatic improvements following the biomedical approach since 2009.  Seeing the profound difference this approach had for his own son is what truly motivates Dr. Montico.  His passion is to partner with parents so they can use the same biomedical approach with their own children.  He uses a functional medicine approach in evaluating all of his patients.  Dr. Montico has additional training in caring for individuals with special needs, including Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Cerebral Palsy (CP).  
(The Autism File article)

John Byington, B.A., MHP, EM
Hyperbaric Supervisor, Chamber Technician and Mental Health Practitioner

John graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Health Promotion.  After almost 4 years of providing behavior therapy to children with autism at Holland Center, he then went on to receive Emergency Medical Technician training at Allied Medical Training and shadowed the chamber technicians at Wisconsin Integrative Hyperbaric Treatment Center to learn how to safely operate our hyperbaric oxygen therapy chambers. He has been running the chambers for approximately 5 years.


John is a husband, father of two children, and a dog owner. He serves on the Children with Autism Deserve Education (C.A.D.E.) board. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, music, going on outdoor adventures, climbing, and endurance racing. 

Tisha Mette
Patient Support Supervisor

Tisha graduated from Colorado Technical University and has years of project management experience. She is the mother of two; her daughter attends graduate school and her son is a 4th grader. Since  the time her son was diagnosed with autism at 2 ½ years of age, she has been involved in the autism community. She advocates for various autism legislative efforts, and volunteers as the chapter co-coordinator for Talk About Curing Autism (TACA), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to educating, empowering and supporting families affected by autism. She is also on the board of  Children with Autism Deserve Education (C.A.D.E.) which awards education, medical and technology grants to children with autism.

In her free time, Tisha enjoys spending time with her husband, two children and their dog.


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