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, she holds parent support groups and trainings monthly.

Dr. Smith also spends time volunteering at hospitals and shelters with her Certified Therapy Dog, Neeka. 

 
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.



Speech Language 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 Pathoogist
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




Occupationa
l Therapists

The licensed Occupational Therapists at Holland have experience with children diagnosed with a variety of developmental disorders, chromosomal abnormalities, motor delays, sensory processing difficulties, feeding difficulties, as well as Autism Spectrum Disorders. As a result of the collaboration between the Occupational Therapy Department and the Behavioral Therapy Department at Holland Center, we are able to make our services available to children who may demonstrate a variety of challenging behaviors. Occupational Therapy Treatment may focus on a variety of skills, including but not limited to fine motor skills, gross motor skills, visual-motor skills, self-care skills, sensory integration, and play and leisure skills. In addition to serving the children who attend Holland Center, they also provide outpatient services.  

Brittany Fink, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist
Brittany attended the University of Minnesota, where she received her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy and a Bachelor’s of Science in Early Childhood Education. She has provided Occupational Therapy services for children who have a diagnosis of Autism for five years. Brittany’s area of special interest include Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration (MNRI), sensory integration, and feeding therapy. She has received training in Applied Behavior Analysis at multiple settings and is very excited to work collaboratively with the multidisciplinary team, clients, and families at Holland Center! Brittany is passionate about helping her clients to achieve their highest level of functional independence while having fun along the way.

Aubri Kolb, COTA/L
Occupational Therapist Assistant
Aubri completed general education classes at Minnesota State University, Mankato. From there, she attended Anoka Technical College and earned her AAS as an Occupational Therapy Assistant in May, 2017. She is certified by the National board for Certification in Occupational Therapy and licensed by the state of Minnesota. After graduation, she was employed as a COTA/L for 1 year at the St. Cloud Hospital, treating a wide range of patients varying in age and diagnosis (both physical and psychological). Prior to to her career in OT, she worked with both children and adults with special needs, including individuals on the Autism Spectrum. Additionally, she worked as a PCA for an adolescent with ASD throughout college.


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. 


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. 


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. 
 


Mel Vankuiken, M.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 graduated 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.



Taryn Lee, B.S., MHP
Team Trainer
Taryn graduated from Saint Cloud State University with a B.S. in Special Education.  She is currently taking classes at Florida Institute of Technology in Applied Behavior Analysis. She has been working with kids with special needs since she was in high school.


 

 

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.




Jessica Larson, B.A., MHP
Program Supervisor
Jessica graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a B.A. in Psychology and minors in Spanish and Humanities in Medicine. Before coming to Holland Center Jessica worked as a paraprofessional in the public schools and as a PCA. She is currently working towards her Master's in Behavior Analysis.



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.  


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. 



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. 





Kristin Paulson, B.S., MHP
Program Supervisor
Kristin graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stout with a B.S. in Special Education. Prior to joining the team at Holland Center she had been working with individuals with disabilities for 5 years as a Personal Care Assistant and coaching Special Olympics.




Stephanie Polizzi, M.S.W., MHP
Program Supervisor
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.

 



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.

 
Chloe Goldstein, B.A., MHP
Behavior Therapist - Classroom Lead
Chloe graduated from St. Cloud University with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Community Psychology. She has been involved in the Autism community her whole life supporting her brother and volunteering for the Special Olympics. Prior to Holland Center she worked at the St. Cloud Children's Home and other group home companies working with all ages and disabilities. 


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. 



Ellyn McIsaac, B.S., MHP
Behavior Therapist
Ellyn attended Eastern Kentucky University where she received her Bachelor's of Science 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 children and adolescents with Autism. Ellyn has found her passion and hopes to become a BCBA.



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. 


 
Kayla Rengel, B.A., MHP
Behavior Therapist - Adventure Club Lead
Kayla graduated from Saint Cloud State with a B.A. in Communication Studies and Psychology. She worked with children with special needs for six years prior to joining Holland Center, with the last two of those years providing therapy to children on the spectrum.


Ellen Sahli, B.S., MHP
Behavior Therapist
Ellen graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies. Prior to Holland Center she had been working in this field for three years. She is currently working towards her Masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis. 



Troy Woolever, M.A., MHP
Behavior
Therapist
Troy graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.A. in Child Psychology. He went on to receive his M.A. in Forensic Psychology through Marymount University. Before joining the team at Holland Center Troy worked for 3 years providing autism and mental health services to children and has experience with many different types of kids. 



Taylor Lundgren, B.S., MHP
Behavior
 Therapist
Taylor graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a B.S. in Exercise Science. She is currently working towards her Master's in Applied Behavioral Analysis through Capella University. Prior to working at Holland Center she worked for six years as an assistant teacher in a Montessori school as well as working as a sensory motor coach working with kids who had social, emotional, behavioral or academic challenges.



Rachel Schuth, B.A., MHP
Behavior
 Therapist
Rachel graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in 2016 with a B.A. in Psychological Science and a minor in Statistics. After graduation she worked in Pittsburgh as an Academic Counselor at a group home for teenage girls.





Ashlee Achtenberg B.A., MHP
Behavior
 Therapist
Ashlee graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire with a B.A. in Psychology with a Behavior Analysis Emphasis. She is currently in her supervision year while pursuing her Masters through FIT. She has been working with children since high school and working with those with special needs beginning in her undergraduate. Prior to her position at Holland Center, Ashlee worked in a variety of settings including school districts, preschool and daycare centers, in-home and private centers.


Leah Willett, M.S., BCaBA
Behavior
 Therapist
Leah graduated from Northern Michigan University with a B.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis and a M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis. Prior to working at Holland Center Leah worked with children with Autism as a behavior therapist and then as a BCaBA, providing clinic and home-based services.




Morgan Timmerman, B.S., MHP
Behavior
 
Therapist
Morgan graduated from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in Biology. Throughout college she interned as a behavioral specialist where she worked with individuals with developmental and cognitive disabilities. Prior to Holland Center she worked as a Sensory Motor Coach working with children that had academic, social, and behaivoral delays.


Melanie Breza, B.A., MHP
Behavior
 Therapist
Melanie graduated from Central College in Pella, Iowa in the Fall of 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a minor in Psychology. Prior to Holland Center she worked at The Cottages Assited Living and The Homestead Autism Clinic in Iowa. She has also been a volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters since 2013.




Fabien Dubbe, B.A., MHP
Behavior
 Therapist
Fabien graduated from Augsburg College with a major in Psychology and a minor in Youth and Family Ministry. Prior to Holland Center he worked as a para at a charter school, a mental health practicioner at a counseling center and in a lead position at a recovery program for students.



Libby Jundt, B.A., MHP
Behavior
 Therapist
Libby graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a double B.A. in Spanish and Speech-Language Pathology. Prior to Holland Center she worked one-on-one with children with Autism and children with Down Syndrome. She hopes to later work with children with disabilities as a speech pathologist. 





Danielle Detloff, B.S. B.A., MHP
Behavior
 Therapist

Danielle graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2017 with a double major in Psychology and Criminology. Prior to working at Holland Center Danielle worked providing mental health services to children with emotional, behavioral, and cognitive disabilities.



Wyatt Brooks, B.S., MHP
Behavior
 Therapist
Wyatt graduated from the University of Northwestern with a Bachelor of Science in Education Studies. Before coming to Holland Center he worked for four and a half years at a level four special education program in Mounds View as a paraprofessional.




Ariel Dubbe, B.S., MHP
Behavior Therapist
Ariel graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire with a major in Elementary Education and a minor in Mathematics. She has been a 2nd Grade teacher for the last 2 years in a charter school, and a Site Director for a summer/before and after school care program. She also volunteers at a recovery program for students. In the future she hopes to get a Masters in Special Education and work with students with Autism and Emotional Behavior Disorders.

Marie Haugen, B.S., MHP
Behavior Therapist
Marie graduated from McNeese State University with a Bachelor's Degree of Science in Psychology. She has previously volunteered mentoring incarcerated women for successful re-entry into a better life, completed observation hours at Christius St. Patrick's Hospital in an inpatient psychiatric setting, and worked at St. Nicholas Center for Children with children diagnosed with Autism. She is currently completing courses towards her Master's Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis through Florida Institute of Technology.

Moriah Stephens, B.A., MHP
Behavior Therapist
After realizing the corporate world wasn’t for her, Moriah began working for St. Louis Park Public Schools, where she discovered her passion for working with children with special needs. Three years later, she is now pursuing her Masters in Special Education and her Developmental Disabilities teaching license at the University of St. Thomas. Upon completion, she intends to become a BCBA, then leverage her education to continue to foster growth & success for kids with Autism and other developmental disabilities.

Ryan Dietman, B.S., MHP
Behavior Therapist
Ryan graduated from St. Cloud State University with a B.S. in Community Psychology and Counseling with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis. He is currently working on his M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis from St. Cloud State University. Before working at Holland Center he worked at Behavioral Dimensions for 3 years teaching kids in home. 



Emily Sample, B.S.E., MHP
Behavior Therapist
Emily graduated with a B.S.E. in Middle Childhood Education from University of Arkansas Little Rock. She worked as a Line Therapist and Waiver Caregiver for children with Autism for almost four years and she has worked as an English teacher with special education and mainstream students.




Sarah Fischer, B.S., MHP
Behavior Therapist

Sarah graduated from North Central University with a B.S. in Youth Development. Prior to Holland Center she worked at two residential centers for teen girls with mental health struggles and behavioral problems. She also has volunteer experience working with kids in North Minneapolis to help them with life skills and school work.


Charlie Erickson, B.S., MHP
Behavior Therapist
Charlie graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a B.S. in Child Development and Family Studies and a minor in Sociology. He has worked with individuals with special needs for the last seven years, ranging from school-aged kids ages 3-18 in an educational setting, all the way to adults in their 60s in a group home setting. Special education has always been a possion of his and he plans to attend grad school in a related area such as social work, special education or ABA.

Maddie G.
Part-time Behavior Therapist
Maddie is in the 11th grade and runs cross-country and track. She had been a volunteer at Holland Center for two summers and now she works as a part-time employee when she isn't busy with school. You will mosty see her around the center in the summer-time.







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. She started at Holland Center as a Behavior Therapist and after being a Program Supervisor and a Team Trainer transitioned to the administrative team. 

Katy Fuller, B.A., MHP
Administrative Assistant
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 adults with Autism before coming to Holland Center in March of 2011. She started at Holland Center as a Behavior Therapist and after being a Team Trainer and Program Supervisor transitioned to the administrative team in early 2018. 

  
 
 
 
 
 
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