Little Leaves is an organization of professionals who are passionate about working with children.
Our program is supervised by master’s and doctoral level Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) and delivered by highly-trained therapists. We believe that our children’s families and caregivers are integral members of the treatment team and we treat them that way.
Little Leaves knows that providing the highest quality services to your child requires a team effort, and that is how we work. Within Little Leaves, we have created a model for our professionals to collaborate on treatment approaches, share best practices, and continuously learn from each other. Your child will be supported not just by his or her immediate team, but also by the decades of experience and expertise of all of our clinicians, many of whom have studied and trained in the finest ABA programs in the world. Click here to meet our Advisory Board.
Heather Jennett, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA, Clinical Director, is a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst who has been working with individuals with autism and related disorders for 20 years. Prior to working at Little Leaves, Dr. Jennett was a Senior Behavior Analyst on the Neurobehavioral Unit at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and held a faculty appointment at the The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Jennett earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Rutgers University and, while there, worked at the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center in a variety of roles. She is a member of the Association for Behavior Analysis and the Maryland Association for Behavior Analysis, and has presented her research at national and international conferences and published in peer review journals.
Amie Perl, Managing Director, has spent the better part of her career working for companies that change lives. Prior to joining Little Leaves, she served in various strategic and operational roles at Strayer University and Weightwatchers.com. She began her career in management consulting at The Boston Consulting Group where she worked with companies across a broad range of industries, and worked in finance at Goldman Sachs. Ms. Perl holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and graduated cum laude with a B.A. in applied mathematics from Harvard University. She is involved with Autism Speaks and previously served on the board of the Autism Society of Northern Virginia.
Barbara Davis, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA, Regional Director (DC) is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Licensed Behavior Analyst who has been working with individuals with autism and intellectual disabilities for over 10 years. Prior to joining Little Leaves, Barbara worked on the Neurobehavioral Unit at Kennedy Krieger Institute in various roles. She received her Master’s Degree in psychology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in developmental psychology at the same institution. She is a member of the Association of Behavior Analysis and the Maryland Association of Behavior Analysis, and her research has been presented at national conferences and in peer-reviewed journals.
Erin Camp, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA, Regional Director (Baltimore), is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who specializes in working with individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Prior to joining Little Leaves, she directed ABA services in a community-based organization in Kansas City, MO. Dr. Camp completed her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Florida and is a member of the Association for Behavior Analysis International and the Maryland Association for Behavior Analysis. Her research has been presented at regional and national conferences and published in peer-reviewed journals.
Kristi Jeffery, M.A., BCBA, LBA, is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a Maryland Licensed Behavior Analyst. She earned a Master’s degree in Human Services Psychology with an emphasis in Behavior Analysis at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Florida. Prior to working at Little Leaves, Kristi worked on the Neurobehavioral Unit at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. She has 6 years of experience working with individuals with autism and intellectual disabilities. Kristi is a member of the Maryland Association of Behavior Analysis.
John "Jake" Lamphere, M.A., BCBA, LBA is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Licensed Behavior Analyst in Maryland and Virginia. Prior to joining Little Leaves, Jake worked as a behavior technician in the Severe Behavior Unit at the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at the University of Nebraska Medical Centers (UNMC), Munroe-Meyer Institute (MMI) and had intensive practicum experiences with the UNMC MMI severe behavior unit- functional communication training research team, the UNMC Outpatient Family Behavior Health Clinic, and UNMC MMI Autism Care for Toddlers (ACT) Clinic. John served two terms as an AmeriCorps member during which time he supervised cases under a BCBA at the ACT Clinic. Jake earned a Master’s degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Behavior Analysis from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He is a member of the Maryland Association of Behavior Analysis and Association of Behavior Analysis International, and has presented on research and behavior analytic philosophy at both regional and international conferences.
Amanda B. Link, M.A., BCBA, LBA, is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Maryland Licensed Behavior Analyst who has 8 years of experience working with individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders and other behavioral and developmental disabilities. She completed her master’s degree in clinical psychology at Towson University before earning a graduate certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis from The University of North Texas. Before joining Little Leaves, Amanda worked as the School Behavior Specialist for The Forbush Therapeutic Preschool at Towson, a nonpublic special education facility affiliated with Sheppard Pratt Health System, where she developed and implemented behavior programming for children with a variety of needs and disabilities. Amanda is a member of the Maryland Association of Behavior Analysis.
Lauren Pickhartz, M.A., BCBA, LBA, is a Board Certified Behavior Analysist who has been working with children and adolescents in various settings for the past seven years. She completed her masters in Clinical Psychology at Pepperdine University before earning a graduate certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology. Prior to joining Little Leaves, Lauren worked in a clinic based setting in California where she supervised early start intervention programs, socialization groups and in home behavior treatment. She is a member of the California Association for Behavior Analysis as well as a member of the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts.
Maureen Rushton, BCaBA, LaBA, is a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst and Virginia Licensed Assistant Behavior Analyst who specializes in working with children with autism. She has worked in the area of early intervention for the past 10 years; providing services in school, home, and clinic settings. Prior to working at Little Leaves, Maureen spent over five years as an ABA Program Supervisor at The Shafer Center, a non-public school for children with Autism located in Owings Mills, Maryland. Maureen earned her B.A. in Psychology and a B.S. in Biology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and completed her Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis at The Pennsylvania State University. She is a member of the Association for Behavior Analysis International and the Maryland Association for Behavior Analysis. Maureen is also a member of the national Autism Society as well as the Baltimore Autism Society where she served as a board member for two years.
Brittney Betancourt, M.A., RBT, earned her Masters degree in Applied Developmental Psychology from George Mason University, where she specialized in atypical development and behavior interventions. Prior to becoming a Lead Therapist, Brittney was an Associate Therapist at Little Leaves, and an intern on the Neurobehavioral Unit (outpatient and inpatient) at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. Brittney is currently a member of the Maryland Association for Behavior Analysis and is completing BACB-approved coursework toward her national certification.
Jana Murgia, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Virginia Licensed Behavior Analyst, and holds a Postgraduate Professional Teaching License for Special Education (grades K-12) in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Jana has approximately 15 years of experience working with children with autism and other disabilities (ages 2 through 20) in a variety of settings: home, clinic, and school. Prior to working at Little Leaves, Jana worked for more than 8 years in both teaching and administrative capacities for Southeastern Cooperative Educational Programs: a regional program within the public school system in Hampton Roads which supports students with disabilities, including autism, intellectual disabilities, and/or behavioral challenges (grades pre-K through high school). Jana earned her B.A. in Psychology from American University and graduated with a Master of Education degree (with an emphasis in Special Education) from Cambridge College. Currently, Jana is a member of the Virginia Association for Behavior Analysis and the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts.
Carrie Scheffenacker, M.A., RBT, is a Registered Behavior Technician. She has worked with children with developmental disabilities for over 5 years in a multiple academic and therapeutic settings. She has been able to apply her experience in Applied Behavior Analysis to a variety of environments including school shadowing, functional and vocational training, and direct one-to-one therapy. She earned her Master's Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis with an emphasis in Autism from Ball State University and is working toward her national certification
Melissa Spear, RBT, has worked with children with developmental disabilities in a variety of settings conducting assessments, developing and implementing behavior programs, and providing social skills training. She also has experience training parents, teachers, and clinic staff on behavioral principles and interventions. Melissa holds her B.S. in psychology with an emphasis in behavior, has completed graduate level coursework in clinical child psychology, and is currently enrolled in BACB-approved coursework in pursuit of national certification.
Becky Strawbridge, RBT, is a Registered Behavior Technician. She has worked with children with developmental disabilities for over 3 years in both home and school settings. Prior to becoming a Lead Therapist at Little Leaves, she was an Associate Therapist with the company and also worked as an ABA therapist for a local organization that services individuals with autism across the lifespan. Becky earned her B.A. in Psychology from Salisbury University. She is currently enrolled in a BACB-approved Master’s degree program in Applied Behavior Analysis and is pursuing national certification in the field.
Associate Therapists work under the supervision of our Clinical Coordinators and implement the treatment according to the plan. Our therapists have extensive experience working with children and a true passion for what they do. Before working with your child, all therapists receive intensive training from us both in the theory of ABA and how to work specifically with your child. They either have or are pursuing certifications as Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs).
Marina Major, CEO, joined the founding team after 10 years with British Schools of America, a leading provider of British style international education based here in Washington DC. Ms. Major served as both its CFO and COO and was responsible for starting up four schools in the U.S. and assisting in the development of its international school. Ms. Major had oversight and responsibility for all BSA operations, spearheaded its expansion and multimilllion dollar construction projects and served on the school’s board of directors. Previously, she was Director of Administration and International Operations for Micro Analytics Inc., a leading logistics software developer and was responsible for company-wide operations at BT Office Products, where she worked directly for the executive board on corporate development initiatives. Ms. Major received a B.B.A. from the College of William and Mary, majoring in marketing with a minor in Spanish, holds a certificate in accounting from the University of Virginia, and is currently a CPA in the State of Virginia.
Lisa Mummey, Business Manager, joined Little Leaves with 12+ years of experience in medical billing for non-profit facilities and physician offices, and provider relations for an insurance company. She has extensive experience supporting patients in ensuring they receive the full benefits available through their plan.
Catherine “Cassie” Raley, Operations Manager, comes to us from St. Mary’s County, MD. She graduated cum laude with a B.A. in conflict analysis/dispute resolution and anthropology from Salisbury University. Catherine found her passion for health care administration while working in the front office of an outpatient therapy clinic in Southern Maryland. Since her initial role, she has gained experience in front office skills, insurance coordination and verification, and human resources management. Catherine plans to attend graduate school for health administration.
Laura Sullivan, Recruiting Manager, helps Little Leaves attract and hire the best therapists in the area. In this role, she combines her passion for children with special needs with many years of experience in the corporate sector working for companies such as Reuters and Microsoft. Laura is very familiar with what the position entails as she spent over two years as an Associate Therapist with Little Leaves and eight years before that working in Special Education classrooms at Loudoun County Public Schools. Laura is a graduate of San Jose State University, and holds a Graduate Certification in Teaching Autism from George Mason University. She is a world-traveler and is also a certified USTF Track and Field coach.
Mel Valier, Business Manager, joined Little Leaves with 15+ years of healthcare accounting, auditing, and contract analyzing experience. Prior to joining Little Leaves, Mel worked for OPTUM as a Contract Analyst for over 11 years; where she was the top performer in the territory while retaining high quality. Mel has extensive knowledge and expertise in handling a variety of insurance payers and in healthcare reimbursement methodology. She is a part time student in college studying for her B.S. in Social Work.