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Northeast Family Services 

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Meet Our Rhode Island Team

Adam Vareika, LICSW

Vice President of Community Based and Outpatient Services

Adam received his Master's degree in Clinical Social Work from Boston University. He has also held many administrative roles in a number of human service organizations overseeing programs for children and families. His background in program development and management of programs designed to provide services to vulnerable populations has made him a great fit here at Notheast Family Services.

Ashlee Gray, BA

Treatment Services Director

Ashlee received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and certificate in Women’s Studies from the University of Georgia. Ashlee joined Northeast Family Services in 2012 and has served in multiple roles within the agency prior to accepting the position as Treatment Services Director. Ashlee is dedicated to supporting children and families and her career included working as a children’s advocate and case manager for non-profit agencies before joining the NFS team. Ashlee oversees all case management components of services, as well as serves as the agency CPI instructor (Crisis Prevention Institute for Non-violent Crisis Intervention).

Halley Chalmers, MA, BCBA, LBA

Clinical Supervisor

Halley received her Master’s degree from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology prior to receiving her certification in Applied Behavioral Analysis. Halley has experience working across multiple settings including residential, schools, and in-home settings. Halley has been with Northeast Family Services since 2014 and specializes in working with individuals ranging from 3-21 years of age implementing the principles of Applied Behavioral Analysis. Halley also provides consultation for newly licensed staff on behavior regulation strategies and supports.

Julia Kiernan, MA, BCBA, LBA

 

Clinical Supervisor

Julia received her Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Salve Regina University. She has experience working in clinical and home-based settings. Prior to becoming a Behavior Analyst, Julia provided direct service to children ages 3-21 in a specialized school setting. Julia joined Northeast Family Services in September 2018 and is dedicated to helping clients make progress in their daily lives. 

Sharon Kern, MSW, LCSW

Clinical Supervisor

Sharon received her Masters of Social Work in 2007 from Rhode Island College. Sharon has been working with Northeast Family Services since January 2017. Prior to that, Sharon had 10 years of post-graduate experience working with families of children with special health care needs. Sharon has had the opportunity to work with diverse populations while working with children, adolescents, and the overall family unit. Sharon takes a collaborative approach with clients and families in order to develop goals and strategies that best meet their needs.

Karen Lacey, LCSW

Clinical Supervisor

Karen received her Master’s degree in Social Work from Rhode Island College in 2017 and obtained her license in clinical social work in 2018. Prior to her work as a clinician, Karen provided services to children in foster homes relating to separation, grief and loss, and permanency planning. Karen joined Northeast Family Services in March of 2018 and enjoys working with individuals from diverse backgrounds.  Karen works in the HBTS & PASS programs, as well as EOS program as a bi-lingual clinician, fluent both written and oral Spanish.

Jennifer Nelson, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA

Clinical Supervisor

Jennifer Nelson is a certified Special Education Teacher (CT) and a Licensed Board-Certified Behavior Analyst. Jennifer’s collegiate endeavors include University of Connecticut (B.S. Ed., M.A. Ed., Special Education) and Florida Institute of Technology (BCBA, LBA). Jennifer has been working with Northeast Family Services since May 2016, and has advanced experience working with children participating in, or transitioning from, early intervention programs.

Jeannine Silveira, MA, BCBA, LBA

Clinical Supervisor

Jeannine is a graduate of Salve Regina University where she received her Master’s degree in Applied Behaviors Analysis. Jeannine has a broad range of behavior analysis experience, including providing services in multiple environments such as in home, community, and school settings. Jeannine specializes in applied behavioral analysis with children & youths ages 3-21. Jeannine works closely with families and clients to provide meaningful treatment objectives, parent education, and parent/guardian training. 

Abigail Ciccolo, MA

Treatment Coordinator/Lead Therapist

Abby received her Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 2017 and is currently receiving supervision as she pursues BACB certification. Prior to working as a treatment coordinator, Abby provided direct services to children in a variety of settings including an integrated public-school classroom and neuro-rehabilitation center. Abby joined the NFS team in September of 2017 and is especially passionate about providing services to children who exhibit challenging behaviors. Abby also spends much of her free time volunteering through Foster Forward’s Mentor Program.

Randi Tella, BA

 

Treatment Coordinator/Lead Therapist

Randi received her Bachelor’s degree in Communications with a concentration in Speech and Hearing Science from Rhode Island College in 2018. Randi started with NFS in October 2017, beginning as a direct service worker for the PASS program before being promoted to Treatment Coordinator/Lead Therapist for the ABA program. Randi utilizes her background in communications in her everyday work as she strives to maintain consistent, strong relationships with clients and co-workers. As someone who is passionate about speech and hearing sciences, Randi particularly enjoys the linguistics and communications aspect of being a Treatment Coordinator/Lead therapist. Randi believes persistence and empathy are key to clinical success. 

Katie O'Connor, M.Ed.

Treatment Coordinator/Lead Therapist

Katie received her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from The University of Rhode Island. Katie also obtained her Master’s degree in Education with a specialization in Applied Behavioral Analysis from Arizona State University in 2018. Prior to becoming a treatment coordinator with Northeast Family Services in 2015, Katie worked in a specialized school program implementing Applied Behavior Analysis. Katie focuses on a hands-on approach to supporting direct service staff through the ongoing learning process of behavioral intervention.

Meghan Washburn

Treatment Coordinator

Meghan received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary/Special education from Providence College in 2005.  Prior to becoming a treatment coordinator, Meghan worked as a fourth grade teacher in Warwick, RI.  Meghan has had experience working with children ages 3-14 through her various extracurricular roles.at school.  Meghan joined the Northeast Family team in July 2018 and is looking to pursue a Masters of Social Work degree through Rhode Island College.  Meghan enjoys helping children and families through collaboration, communication, and constant support.

Isabel Dodd, BA

Treatment Coordinator/Lead Therapist

Isabel earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Maine in 2015, graduating magna cum laude. Prior to working as a Treatment Coordinator and Lead Therapist for Northeast Family Services, Isabel provided in-home direct support to children with special health care needs. Isabel joined Northeast Family Services in March of 2017 and has a passion for implementing behavioral strategies within clients’ homes and community settings. Isabel’s priority is to have ongoing communication with families/guardians to provide continuous and consistent support.

Ariadna Benitez, BA

Treatment Coordinator

Ariadna received her Bachelor’s degree in Administration of Justice and a psychology minor from Salve Regina University. Ariadna’s previous experience includes working as a residential counselor, caseworker, and therapeutic mentor to youth and their families. Ariadna joined Northeast Family Services in February 2016 and is currently pursuing a Master of Social Work at Rhode Island College. Ariadna specializes in providing bilingual services to our Spanish-speaking families.

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Bryan Baldaro, BA

 

Treatment Coordinator

Bryan received his Bachelors Degree from Rhode Island College. Prior to becoming a Treatment Coordinator with NFS, Bryan worked in a treatment home that services adolescents and young children. Bryan joined Northeast Family Services in September of 2018 and enjoys coordination and collaboration to ensure treatment for all individuals is the highest priority. 

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Shannon Ladas, BA

Treatment Coordinator/Lead Therapist

Shannon received her Bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Rhode Island. Prior to becoming a treatment coordinator for Northeast Family Services in 2017, Shannon provided direct services for two years for children with special health care needs. Shannon enjoys working collaboratively with clinical team members to ensure all families and caregivers receive individualized specialized and treatment.