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
Kelly Allinson Couturier, M.S., BCBA
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
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 degree in Early Childhood Education 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.
In pursuing her path professionally, Laura was introduced 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 in play 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 Clinic Director, Laura is responsible for overseeing the clinic’s daily operations, supporting staff in their development, and guiding families through the start of their journey in ABA therapy. Laura is passionate in supporting families to make connections between the hopes they have for their child with how those wishes are transformed into skill acquisition opportunities at H.O.P.E., benefitting them and their child in all settings of their life. Laura possesses a dynamic ability to remain calm, be thoughtful, and provide compassion; qualities which support her success in navigating through her day-to-day responsibilities and building relationships with both current and new prospective families.
In her free time, you can find her with her puppy Bogaerts, a great big Bernese Mountain Dog!
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Karli Shill, M.S.Ed., BCBA
Karli became a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in August of 2020. 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. When Karli moved to New Hampshire, she worked as the Behavior Specialist at a local elementary school in Dover, NH. She has seven years of experience in the school setting and is excited to join the team at the clinic full-time!
Karli is committed to relationships built on trust. She is energetic and works tirelessly to collaborate with clients 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.
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 15 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, clinic, and daycare settings and has been supervising direct support staff for the past 8 years. Erika is passionate about teaching daily living skills to promote independence, functional communication training and social skills to the learners that she works with. Erika has experience working with a wide range of learners at differing skill levels. She enjoys finding the unique way each child learns and applying it to their time in session to achieve the best outcomes in their learning journey. Through the years, Erika has honed her skill in parent training by creating connections between the skills learners acquire in session to the success of the skill with the learners families.
Anne Brock, M.Ed., BCBA
Anne Brock is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She started her ABA career conducting in-home services with early intervention-age children. During this time, she developed a passion for ABA, working with families, and teaching communication skills. In January 2018, Anne graduated from Cambridge College with her master’s degree in education with a concentration in Autism Studies.
Anne started working for H.O.P.E in January 2021. Her favorite aspect of H.O.P.E is its client’s centeredness. Her dedication to children lies in developing independence, and self-esteem, and fostering confidence in their own abilities. Since beginning her journey working in a clinic setting, she has taken on the challenge of working in a collaborative environment. She hopes to foster a safe and fun environment for children to celebrate their individuality and develop skills for success.
“If they can’t learn the way we teach, we teach the way they learn”– Lovaas
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.
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 her 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. Bridget is currently enrolled at Ball State University working towards her Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis, with the goal to become a BCBA. With this, Bridget recently accepted her role as Clinical Mentor, working closely with the staff and BCBA’s at H.O.P.E to better her leadership skills and clinical experience.
Outside of her roles at HOPE, 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.
Elise Lawry, RBT
Elise is a Registered Behavior Technician who came to H.O.P.E in the spring of 2022. Elise graduated from the University of New Hampshire and earned her B.S. in Neuroscience & Behavior in 2020. Soon after graduating she began her career in Applied Behavior Analysis and discovered her passion for working in the field. In her sessions, Elise strives to provide a fun and nurturing environment for her clients. In the fall of 2022 Elise began working towards her master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at Ball State University, with the goal of becoming a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst. Elise serves as Clinical Mentor for H.O.P.E., in this role Elise supports communication between fellow RBT’s and the leadership team. As well as working in collaboration with BCBA’s to administer behavioral assessments and develop programs for client growth. Elise is excited to progress her journey in ABA, while continuing to learn and grow alongside her clients.
Shannon Hatch, Lead RBT
Shannon has been a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) for H.O.P.E. since 2018, and the Lead RBT of H.O.P.E. since 2020. When Shannon first discovered the field of ABA, she knew it would be the perfect way to express her love for children while accomplishing her goal of helping others in her community. In addition to providing clinic-based services, Shannon also has experience in providing home and school-based services. She is committed to fostering an environment of trust as well as establishing a strong rapport with each client to help them succeed in every facet of life.
As the Lead RBT, Shannon is the liaison between her fellow RBTs and the team of Directors to ensure overall staff success. Within the clinic, Shannon enjoys applying her organizational and task-oriented skills to help create an environment that is conducive to productive therapy. Additionally, Shannon implements her leadership qualities to support the clinic’s overall productivity and encourage continued progress throughout each day. Shannon’s passions in the field include teaching the clients independence and self-advocacy, as well as empowering clients to embrace their individuality. She works tirelessly at crafting her skill and evolving as she continues to learn from her clients and coworkers.
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.
Taryn Grant, RBT
Taryn Grant is a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) who has worked for H.O.P.E. Behavioral Consulting since December 2021. Taryn graduated from Rivier University in 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She has always dreamed of working with kids. When Taryn first started at H.O.P.E. she fell in love with the ABA field. She loves connecting with the children, getting to know each of their different personalities, and exploring their hidden talents. She looks forward to supporting the children at H.O.P.E. during pivotal developmental changes.
Emma Goodridge, RBT
Emma is a Registered Behavior Technician and has been with H.O.P.E. Behavioral Consulting since the summer of 2022. Emma graduated from Keene State College in May of 2022 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. From a young age, Emma always connected with many individuals of all walks of life, which she uses as a strength today. While taking a seminar in autism class in college, Emma developed a further passion for the autism community. Upon discovering Applied Behavior Analysis, Emma knew there was no better match out there. Emma plans on furthering her education and pursuing a career where she can support children with autism and advocate that no two individuals are the same.
In her free time, Emma enjoys practicing yoga to prioritize relaxation. Emma is looking to pursue a yoga instructing license in her future to educate others about the benefits yoga has to alleviate stress and apprehensions.
Sarah Childress, RBT
Sarah joined H.O.P.E in July of 2022. She has a background working with children and is a former English foreign language teacher and au pair. She is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Southern New Hampshire University. Although new to the field of ABA, she is passionate about making a positive difference in the lives of clients and is working to grow in her role as a registered behavior technician.
Sarah plans to pursue a career in psychology and enjoys the experience provided by her work as a Registered Behavior Technician.
She is originally from Texas and enjoys experiencing the hallmarks of New England. She is an avid traveler and has been to twenty countries so far. She enjoys americanos, meeting new dogs, and bringing positivity to all situations she finds herself in.
Kayla Fielding, RBT
Kayla is a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) who has been with H.O.P.E. since the Fall of 2022. Kayla graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, believing she would work as a therapist for adults with disabilities. After graduating, she began working as a paraprofessional in a special education residential school. It was there that she discovered her love for working with children. While she loved working with her students, she became interested in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and would leave this position to become a Behavior Technician in 2021. Kayla learned quickly that ABA was where she wanted to be. She loves watching her clients learn new skills and helping them learn at their pace. When Kayla comes home from the clinic, she is a dedicated cat mom of two.
Megan MacArthur, RBT
Megan has been working with children with all different types of disabilities since 2017 and has most recently become a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT). She has worked in homes and elementary school. She is a kind, confident and enthusiastic teacher and builds a special rapport with each student she is with. She recently moved from Massachusetts and plans on continuing her passion working in the field.
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