About Us

H.O.P.E.

About Us

H.O.P.E. Behavioral Consulting, LLC was founded in 2014 with the intent to bring client-focused ABA services to the NH seacoast. Born and raised in Portsmouth, NH, Kelly Allinson Couturier, sought to bridge the gap between school services and home services for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related disorders.

Meet Our Team

H.O.P.E. Group Photo

Kelly Allinson Couturier, M.S., BCBA

Executive Director

Kelly is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and founder of H.O.P.E. Kelly graduated from the Simmons College with a Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Kelly became certified as a BCBA in September of 2010. She has been working in the field of ABA directly supporting individuals diagnosed with autism and their families for over 15 years and has been supervising and training behavior technicians and BCBA’s for over 10 years.

At H.O.P.E., Kelly effectively oversees a team of Behavior Technicians and Behavior Analysts in a variety of settings, including home, clinic, and community settings throughout the NH Seacoast area. Kelly’s passions in the field are creative interventions for maladaptive behavior, family quality of life, organizational behavior management, staff training and parent training.

Kelly is committed to supporting families as they navigate a new diagnosis, school meetings and any challenge that arises.

Laura Kazmierczak, M.Ed., RBT

Clinic Director

Laura joined the H.O.P.E. team in February of 2021. She comes to HOPE with a variety of experience in the early childhood field working in daycare, Early Intervention, pre-school settings, and autism clinics. Laura graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2015 where she studied Human Development and Family Studies with a focus in Child Advocacy and Family Policy and later achieved her Master’s in Early Childhood with a focus in Special Education and Assistive Technology in 2017. While her studies were broad, she knew she wanted her work and career to be both person-centered and intentional.

While working at a local elementary school, Laura was exposed to the field of ABA where she learned the importance of personalized programming for intentional results, working 1:1 with children on the autism spectrum. There was no question that working in the field of ABA was meant to be. Laura quickly pursued her RBT as she transitioned away from the field of education and began working full-time at an autism clinic in 2017. While there she was committed to forming strong relationships with supervisors, fellow staff, and families— working as an RBT, Case Manager, and Site Director. As a therapist, Laura enjoyed working creatively to disguise each child’s goals as she delivered skill acquisition services, to keep them engaged in their learning. As Case Manager, Laura worked closely with families to introduce new skills and goals for their child’s best interest and build their trust in the principles of ABA therapy.

As Site Director, Laura assists in overseeing the clinic’s daily operations, supporting staff, and helping to guide families through the start of their journey in ABA therapy. Laura’s ability to remain calm, be thoughtful, and provide compassion are some of her strongest qualities that support her success in navigating through the day-to-day responsibilities.

In her free time, you can find her searching for the best gluten free donuts and dogs to pet, just a few of her favorite things!

Mike Couturier

Chief Information Officer

 

Erika Edgar, M.Ed., BCBA, LABA

Erika Edgar is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and graduated from Cambridge College in 2014 with a master’s degree in Special Education with a concentration in Autism Spectrum Disorders. She has been working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis for 12 years working with children between the ages of 18 months and 15 years old diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders. She has provided services to the children and their families in the home, community and daycare settings and has been supervising direct support staff for the past 6 years.

At H.O.P.E, Erika oversees and supervises Registered Behavior Technicians (RBT) work with the children we serve and provides parent training to their families. Erika joined the field after working at a summer camp designed for children on the Autism Spectrum as she discovered her interest in working with these individuals. She is passionate about teaching daily living skills to promote independence, functional communication training and social skills.

Karli Shill, M.S.Ed., BCBA

Karli is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She moved to New Hampshire in 2017 having completed two years with Teach for America in New York City. While working for Teach for America Karli attended CUNY Hunter where she earned her master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education. Karli has a total of five years’ experience in the school setting and currently works as the Behavior Specialist at a local elementary school in Dover NH. Karli is committed to relationships built on trust. She is energetic and works tirelessly to collaborate with client’s and their families to seek a deeper understanding of individual exceptionalities. She possesses a compelling desire to serve and advocate for those individuals with unique and special differences.

Anne Brock, M.Ed., BCBA, LABA

Anne Brock is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She graduated from Cambridge College in January 2018, with a master’s degree in education with a concentration in Autism studies. Her primary focus for the past 6 years has been working with early intervention clients in-home and preschools. Anne started working for H.O.P.E in January 2021. Her passion lies in teaching communication skills and replacement behaviors. She hopes to foster a safe and fun environment for children to celebrate their individuality and develop skills for success.

Monica Pauley, MA., BCBA

Monica has been working in the field of behavior analysis since 2017, primarily serving young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in center-based, home, and community settings. In July of 2021, she graduated with her Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) with an emphasis in Autism, and soon after passed her board examination, becoming a Board Certification Behavior Analyst (BCBA). When first introduced to ABA, Monica was excited to have found a field that incorporates enhancing the future of others with her love for working in early childhood. During her sessions, Monica enjoys the challenge of incorporating her client’s current goals into fun and natural play opportunities. With a natural tendency towards being task and detailed oriented, Monica is excited to put forth that energy and effort into her client’s individualized goal and program development.

Shannon Hatch, Lead RBT

Shannon has been a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) for H.O.P.E. since 2018. When Shannon first discovered the field of ABA, she knew it would be the perfect way to express her love for children while helping others in her community. Shannon has worked in a variety of settings, including homes, schools, daycares and summer camps. She is committed to building rapport with each client and helping them succeed. She enjoys collaborating with the Behavior Analysts at H.O.P.E. to deliver the best services to her clients. Shannon’s goals are to teach clients independence and self-advocacy, as well as empowering clients to embrace their individuality.

Brianna Archambault

Brianna Archambault is a behavior therapist who has worked at H.O.P.E. Behavioral Consulting for three years. Brianna graduated from Elmira College in Elmira NY in 2014. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Early childhood psychology with focus in nursing.

Brianna has specialized in working with children between the ages of 2 through 18 years of age. She has been a medication administrator, a direct care specialist, and licensed nursing assistant. She has worked with many children with all different types of disabilities. Ranging from emotional, physical, behavioral, and developmental delays.

At H.O.P.E., Brianna has worked with many individuals with varied behavioral differences. She provides home and community-based services to clients. She practices and monitors the progress of the treatment plans that has been prepared by the BCBA. Brianna provides caring, patience and perseverance, analytical thinking, and clinical skills to her clients over the course of their treatment.

Sage MacKenzie, RBT

Sage has worked as a Registered Behavioral Technician since 2019 and has worked in the special education field since 2017. Sage has her B.S. in Natural Resources Management & Policy from Paul Smith’s College, and for a moment, dreamed of being a middle school science teacher. She has worn many hats and even has experience working with endangered butterflies for the New Hampshire Fish & Game Department. Shortly after graduating, she found that working with children that have unique needs, much like the special butterflies, is where her true passion lies.  

Sage is bubbly, energetic and strives to create a positive environment for clients. She enjoys making meaningful connections with clients, keeping things light and happy, and being an advocate for their needs. Her natural social abilities and enthusiasm reflect and enrich her clients’ social and communication skills. Sage plans on continuing her education and pursuing a career as a BCBA where she is excited to further support children in finding their own voice and independence as they adapt to the world around them.

Karineh Dumont, RBT

Karineh is a Registered Behavior Technician who has worked for H.O.P.E. Behavioral consulting since May 2021. She moved to New Hampshire from Virginia after receiving her bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine, Orono. Karineh always knew she wanted to serve within her community in some capacity. Freshman year of college she volunteered at a community event for adults with autism and was immediately hooked. She pursued her degree in social work to be able to advocate on behalf of individuals experiencing adversity to receive their necessary services in school and their community.

Upon graduation, Karineh decided she wanted to work more directly with clients and found ABA was the perfect fit. She loves how personal the care is for each client and meeting them where they are at.

Bridget Forcino, RBT

Bridget is a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) and has been with H.O.P.E since the Summer of 2021. Bridget graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies. Bridget’s secondary degree was in Elementary Education, and after graduation, Bridget went on to work in schools as a substitute teacher and then later a Lead Preschool Teacher. Bridget then transitioned from the Preschool setting, to a role as a Registered Behavior Technician in a school for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, aging from childhood to adulthood. It was here that Bridget discovered her love for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and the powerful effects that it can have on the lives of individuals and their families. Bridget now finds herself at H.O.P.E where she is utilizing both her love for ABA and her background in working with Preschool-aged children. 

Outside of her role as an RBT, Bridget is also a certified Holistic Health and Wellness coach. It is Bridget’s biggest passion to help those around her to feel successful, happy, and nourished in all aspects of life.

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