Our Staff

A multi-layer structure to supervision affirms New Haven’s commitment to the application of data driven decision making. With a leadership team that includes decades of management and supervision training, Master of Education and Master of Disability Studies graduate level degrees and on the job experience, our senior team works hard to build independence in our students and young adults. Staff are guided systematically through both the application of skill acquisition and behaviour reduction program and services that are individualized to each student or client. New Haven’s staff are committed to offering the best possible service for our students and clients and their families and our focus is on celebrating the strengths of our learners in all that we do.

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Danielle Novack, B.A.

Office Manager  

Danielle has been a dedicated member of the New Haven team since May 2012, and is proud to be a familiar face and welcoming presence as the Centre’s Office Manager. With a specialization in Labour Studies and Human Resource Management, from McMaster University, Danielle is pivotal to the success of the agency, our signature fundraising events, and the care of staff and service users. She is always eager and happy to help anyone with general inquiries about our programs and services, and looks forward to being a daily support to all prospective and current students, clients, families and visitors.

Sandra Hughes, M.ED., BCBA, CAS, CFRE 

Executive Director

Sandra has been avidly involved in community- based services for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and related disabilities in the non-profit sector, government transfer agencies, as well as private practice for over 25 years. She completed her Masters in Education at Trinity College Dublin, in Ireland and a post graduate certificate in Applied Behaviour Analysis and Autism Treatment from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. She received her certification as a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) in 2008 and has progressively led private schools for individuals with autism in Canada and in the Republic of Ireland while also teaching at the college and university level in Special Education, Autism, and Behavioural Science programs. Sandra proudly leads the ACE continuing education certification process at New Haven.

Jennifer Hieminga, M.ED., BCBA

Clinical Director

Jennifer has been a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst since 2010. She has been practicing in the field of Behaviour Analysis and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) for over 17 years. Jennifer, received her Masters in Education at University of Toronto and a post graduate certificate in Applied Behaviour Analysis from the University of North Texas. In addition to her role as Clinical Director of programs and services at New Haven, Jennifer is a certified Safe Management Inc. (SMG) trainer. Jennifer is also a frequent speakers at national and international conferences and teaches undergraduate courses in Autism, Developmental Disabilities and Behaviour Analysis.

Shannon Wilkinson, M.ADS, BCBA, CAS

Associate Director of Adult Programs

Shannon accepted the role of Associate Director of Adult programming in March 2019, although she began her career at New Haven in 2007 and has been a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst BCBA. She completed her Masters in Applied Disability Studies, with a specialization in Applied Behaviour Analysis, at Brock University. She is responsible for the implementation, supervision and oversight of skill acquisition and behaviour reduction programs, as well as generalizing skills and targets to the community and home settings. She also leads New Haven’s community programs, successful grant initiatives; including New Haven’s IMPACT vocational training and development program in addition to facilitating staff training as a certified Safe Management Inc. (SMG) trainer.

Radha Brijlall, Hon. Life Sciences, RBT

Clinical Coordinator

Radha has been in the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis since 2012, and completed her Honours Bachelors Degree in Life Sciences at McMaster University. She is currently pursuing a Master of Applied Disabilities Studies with a specialization in Applied Behaviour Analysis from Brock University. Radha has experience working with children, adolescents and adults with ASD and dual diagnoses within centre-based, community, group home and other residential programming. Radha is responsible for the supervision, training, oversight, and implementation of all skill acquisition and behaviour reduction programs for youth and young adults at New Haven Learning Centre.

Stephanie Crudo, M.ED. BCBA

Clinical Coordinator

Stephanie holds a Master of Education from the University of Toronto and a certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis from the Florida Institute of Technology. Stephanie is a member of the Ontario Association for Behavior Analysis, is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) and has been implementing the teaching principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis with children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder since 2016. In addition, Stephanie has experience providing transitional supports and collaborating with school personnel, as well as using naturalistic applied behavioral analytic strategies within an early intervention model.

Lisa Gachet, M.ADS, BCBA

Clinical Coordinator

Lisa Gachet is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) who holds a Master of Applied Disability Studies, with a specialization in Applied Behaviour Analysis from Brock University. Lisa has been in the field of ABA since 2013 and has experience working with individuals ranging in age from 10 months to 60+ years and various complex needs. Lisa has experience providing ABA services in both clinic- and home-based settings, as well as Telehealth, working closely with parents and caregivers assisting them to more confidently work with their child while considering all the other factors of their lives. Most recently, Lisa has been working with individuals with severe challenging behaviour in residential settings and developing behaviour support plans to teach alternative skills and communication.

Ksenia Kotova, M.ADS, BCBA

Clinical Coordinator

Ksenia is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst who holds a Masters of Applied Disability Studies with specialization in Applied Behaviour Analysis. She has worked in the field since 2013 and her experience includes delivering and supervising ABA services in both home- and centre-based settings, as well as via TeleHealth/remote services. Ksenia has experience working with young children and adolescents. She’s worked in collaboration with caregivers, schools and other professionals to advocate for, create and reach individual goals across different environments, which often included support in the community. This has also allowed for Ksenia to largely focus on parent/mediator-training sessions and provide necessary support and strategies for the caregivers. Ksenia is proud to be a part of the ABA field and has adopted the ABA principles in her everyday life.

Leah Plumley M.ED, BCBA

Clinical Coordinator

Leah is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst who completed her Masters of Professional Education in Applied Behaviour Analysis at Western University. She has worked in the field since 2013 and her experience includes delivering and supervising ABA services in both home- and centre-based settings, as well as via TeleHealth/distance services.

Leah has worked with children, youth and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder with a wide range of adaptive skills and challenging behaviours. She often works closely with caregivers using a mediator-model approach to implement strategies in clients’ natural environments to achieve individualized goals. Leah is passionate about the field of ABA, and is dedicated to creating a supportive and collaborative environment when providing evidence-based services and supports.

Stafani Morassut, M.ED., BCBA

Clinical Coordinator

Stafani holds a Master of Education in Special Education with an emphasis in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) from Penn State University, is a member of the Ontario Association for Behaviour Analysis (ONTABA) and is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA). Stafani has been in the field of ABA since 2015, developing and supervising behavioural and educational programming using the principles of ABA for clients between the ages of 18 months to young adults in their mid-twenties with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). At New Haven, Stafani oversees the skill acquisition and behaviour reduction programming for children and youth between the ages of seven to fourteen and is responsible with providing behavioural consultations, assessments, treatment plans and training and supervision of staff.

FRONT-LINE STAFF- INSTRUCTOR THERAPISTS / LEAD INSTRUCTOR THERAPISTS 

Our highly dedicated and specialized Instructor Therapists are Registered Behaviour Technicians with extensive hands-on training in the field of Autism and Behaviour Analysis. The New Haven staff pride themselves on enthusiastically working with learners of all ages to create an engaging and safe space to learn. Ongoing training, direct supervision and BACB certification supervision, in addition to Safe Management Inc. certification is pivotal to our high standard of practice.

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Our Executive Director, Sandra Hughes, M.Ed., BCBA and our Clinical Director, Jennifer Hieminga, M.Ed., BCBA welcome engagement through our general lines of inquiry.

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