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Our Team

Arlene Dworkin Kaye, Clinical Director

M.S., CCC/SLP, BCBA, LBA

Arlene Dworkin Kaye, M.S., CCC/SLP is Clinical Director of Children’s Behavioral Services (CBS) at Benhaven, Inc. A Board Certified and Licensed Behavior Analyst and a Licensed Speech and Language Pathologist she created and has administrated the program since 2017. Prior to joining Benhaven, Arlene was employed by a private agency, public school districts statewide, and CREC’s River Street Program for Young Children with Autism. In addition, Arlene was instrumental in crafting the first Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) course sequence to be approved inside of a Communications Disorders Program through Elms College. She also taught required BACB core courses as an instructor at Elms. She currently serves as a director on the board of CTABA, the Connecticut state behavior analytic organization.

Arlene received her Master’s Degree in Communications Disorders from SCSU in 1978 and her certification as a BCBA in 2007 after completing her coursework through the University of Massachusetts (Lowell). She has been a presenter at a variety of conferences including CT-ABA, ABAI, BABAT, ASHA & CSHA, and has been an invited speaker at school events in Connecticut and Massachusetts.

An editor of Behavior Analysis for A Lasting Change, First Edition and author of Getting To Know ME: A Primer About Autism Spectrum Disorders, Arlene has demonstrated skills as both a practitioner and writer. With over 40 years of experience providing services to children with developmental disabilities, Arlene wakes up each day, excited to see positive growth in the children, families, and staff that are part of the Benhaven CBS family!

Shannon Aquila, Supervising BCBA

MS, BCBA, LBA

Shannon Aquila is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst at Benhaven Children’s Behavioral Services where she provides support to families in the home, school, and community setting. Shannon received her master’s degree in Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis at the University of Saint Joseph. Shannon has also earned degrees in Early Childhood Education and Psychology. Shannon’s approach to teaching stems from natural environment models and strives to always make learning fun and innovative. Shannon believes that families are the key to a child’s success and collaborates closely with them during their journey. Shannon enjoys spending time with her husband and three daughters, reading, and trying new restaurants.

Lynn Burnette, Supervising BCBA

MS, BCBA, LBA

Lynn Burnette is a board certified behavior analyst who has over 20 years of experience providing services with children with developmental disabilities in home settings. Lynn began in birth to three where she learned the foundations of ABA and how to successfully work within a transdisciplinary team. Within those years as an early interventionist, Lynn felt the need to grow within the field. She returned to school and received her bachelors degree in communication disorders at Southern Connecticut State University. Her passion has always been working with people with autism spectrum disorder which led her to complete her masters at The University of Saint Joseph where she received a masters degree in applied behavior analysis. Lynn combines her backgrounds in early childhood education, communication disorders and behavioral intervention in a way that brings a “wholistic” approach to her supervision and development of treatment plans. Her eagerness to learn and grow in the field is endless, as is her adoration for the children and families she has the pleasure of working with.

Jaime Jensen, Supervising BCBA

MS, BCBA, LBA

Jamie Jensen  is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst who has worked in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis for 10 years. Jaime began her journey as an undergraduate intern at a private school for children and adolescents with Autism when knew she found her passion. After completing her graduate certification at the University of North Texas and becoming a Board-Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst, Jaime knew she wanted to become more involved in the field. She then received her master’s degree in Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis at Ball State University. Since becoming a BCBA, Jaime has worked across school, community and home settings with ages ranging from 3-21. Jaime feels there is such great reward and value in building strong and trusting relationships with families to carry out most effective interventions. She enjoys living an active plant based lifestyle, spending quality time with her family and dogs, and traveling to warm places. 

Cathie Mollengarden, Supervising BCBA

M.ED, BCBA, LBA

Cathie Mollengarden is a board certified behavior analyst and special education teacher with over 25 years of experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. As a teacher in a public school, she took great pride and delight in helping to improve the quality of life of her students and their families. She spent several years as a behavior analyst in the same school district prior to coming to work at Benhaven. Cathie believes family involvement is critical to the success of her clients and works to develop positive relationships.

Stephen Samela, Supervising BCBA

MS, BCBA, LBA

 

Collette Serrano, Supervising BCBA

M.ED, BCBA LBA

Colette Serrano is a board-certified behavior analyst and a special education teacher who has been working in this field for over 12 years. Her passion has been working with people with autism spectrum disorder and developmental disabilities, and helping families learn how to better manage behavioral challenges. Throughout her career, she has worked with young children and adults, across central and southern Connecticut. She was inspired to enter this field because of her sister who has autism, and truly loves working with the families and siblings of her clients. Colette likes to meet individuals and families where they are at, and build on their skills and self-confidence through positive interactions and fun. She is currently employed as a high school special education teacher in a public high school, as well as a BCBA at Benhaven Behavior Services.

Ashley Stuart, BCBA

MS, BCBA, LBA

Ashley Stuart is a certified board-certified behavior analyst who fell in love with the field after receiving a job as a behavior technician for Benhaven's Childrens Behavioral Services after college. She attended Lasell University for her undergraduate degree and majored in psychology with a concentration in child and adolescent studies. After about a year working as a behavior technician for Benhaven, Ashley decided to pursue her Masters degree in applied behavior analysis from Western Connecticut State University and received her BCBA in February 2021. She believes that building a strong connection and relationship with the children and families that she supports is the key to implementing effective intervention. It is of utmost importance to make services fun, engaging and enriching for everyone involved. In her spare time, Ashley enjoys being in nature, reading a book and being curled up with her two cats Milo and Mika. 

Benhaven Registered Behavior Technicians

Among Benhaven Children’s Behavioral Services most valued resources are our dedicated and skilled behavior technicians. All technicians are provided with training to become Registered Behavior Technicians (RBT) certified by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board and are provided ongoing supervision by BCBA’s. Each behavior technician is individually trained to work with YOUR child and family. We take great pride in the knowledge that each individual hired makes a commitment to provide dedicated service and abide by the ethics code put forth by the BACB.

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