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Jenifer T Peralta-Mercado MS Ed., Special Needs Advocate
Language: Spanish & English
Jenifer was born and raised in the Dominican Republic. She is a graduate of Mercy College where she earned her Masters in Early Childhood and Special Education (B-2nd grade). She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology from Lehman College. Jenifer developed a more intense passion for working with children with special needs while working as a Head Teacher at The Goddard School. In 2014, Jenifer joined The Manhattan Children Center as an ABA instructor a year later she joined their behavioral clinic at The Manhattan Behavioral Center. Jenifer has served numerous capacities throughout her years in the education field as an administrator, classroom teacher, parent trainer, behavioral therapist clinical and home-based setting, serving children (Ages 3-21).
Jenifer has a huge passion and dedication for children on the spectrum and their families. She is a Special Needs Advocate, loves developing relationships with her clients, families and staff, and possesses a huge desire to inspire others.
Her professional interests include special education and family law, staff development, and performance management. Jenifer currently serves as the President of the PTO at Huckle Berry Hill Elementary and volunteers as a member of the New School Building Naming Committee for Brookfield Public Schools District. Jenifer currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Sandy and their dog Norman.
Sandy R Mercado
Language: Spanish & English
Sandy is the Co-Founder & Chief Strategic Officer at PIERPOINTE Behavior Analysts of Connecticut, LLC. Alongside his wife Jen they founded PIERPOINTE.
Sandy shares the same passion as his wife Jen, a passion for providing high-quality services to children and families in the autism spectrum, advocating for special education services, and giving back to the community of Brookfield and nearby areas. In his spare time, Sandy enjoys running, traveling, and spending time with his wife and kids.
Jazmin Infantas, MBA
Language: Spanish & English
Jazmin Infantas graduated in May 2020 with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and minor in Sociology from Western Connecticut State University. She has obtained her Masters in Business Administration from Western Connecticut State University in 2022.
Jazmin oversees administrative operations at PIERPOINTE and manages our ever growing employee roster. Jazmin is passionate about quality care and continually works to improve processes at PIERPOINTE.
Syreeta D Stallworth, B.A
Syreeta D. Stallworth is a graduate of SUNY Potsdam, with a BA in English Literature and Writing. She has spent her professional career working as an Administrator in the school setting. As an Intake Specialist with Birch Family Services, she assured families with placement in their Special Education preschool programs in Long Island City, Queens, and in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. Syreeta has worked with various nonprofit agencies to ensure that the administrative process for its teachers and therapists runs effortlessly.
Syreeta has devoted her time to ensuring that the administrative side of PIERPOINTE is handled with care and precision.
In her spare time, Syreeta enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Daniel M. Ferman, MA, BCBA, LBA (CT)
Daniel is a Connecticut Licensed Behavior Analyst and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Daniel received his Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Caldwell University. As an active researcher, Daniel is passionate about high-quality evidence-based care and service delivery. Daniel is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in behavior analytic service delivery and is helping to lead PIERPOINTE towards equitable access to services for all families.
He has been published in Behavior Analysis in Practice, The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, and has published a book chapter on diversity with his research colleagues.
As the chief clinical operations officer, Daniel oversees all clinical level activities at PIERPOINTE and works to ensure that the highest quality care and service is offered to our clients and families. Additionally, Daniel serves as the company’s PMT COACH ensuring that all clients and staff members remain safe with the use of approved safe and humane de-escalation techniques.
Dr. Susan Mariano Lapidus, BCBA-D, LBA (NY, CT)
Dr. Mariano Lapidus has been recognized internationally as a Fulbright Scholar of inclusive education and has expertise in conducting international research and educational collaboration. She has been invited to participate in national and international conferences, research, and publications. Additionally, she has extensive experience working directly with children, families, and schools and as an evaluator for the Department of Health. Dr.Mariano-Lapidus joins PIERPOINTE and its mission to provide the children we serve and their families with a higher level of services and professionalism.
Sara Moziejko-Wright, M.ED. ABA, BCBA, LBA (CT)
Sara Moziejko-Wright is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She received her Master’s in ABA from the University of Cincinnati. She has worked in the field of ABA since 2016 and has held several positions throughout the years including working as a Behavioral Consultant, Classroom Support Specialist, and Behavior Specialist at Bishop King Mussio Elementary School. Sara is actively pursuing her doctorate’s degree in ABA at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Sara enjoys spending time with her children Quinn, Cameron, and Cooper; and her husband Jared.
Talia A. Kahlow, M.A., BCBA, LBA (CT)
Talia is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Connecticut Licensed Behavior Analyst. She received her Masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Caldwell University and her Undergraduate degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire. Talia is published in The Analysis of Verbal Behavior and presented her research at the Association for Behavior Analysis International conference. She enjoys taking her dog on hikes and spending time with her husband, Stephen, and child, Addy.
Jacqueline Mery, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA (CT)
Language: Spanish & English
Jacqueline is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Connecticut Licensed Behavior Analyst. She received her Doctorate degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) from Caldwell University and Master’s degree in ABA from California State University, Northridge.
Jacqueline is a scientist-practitioner and believes in the importance of being knowledgeable and experienced in both research and clinical practice. As a clinician, she has focused her career helping individuals with developmental disorders in clinical, home, and school settings since 2009. As a researcher, she has evaluated efficient training strategies, parent adherence of behavioral practices, and preventative treatments for infants at-risk for developmental disabilities.
Jacqueline has been published in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Behavior Analysis in Practice, Behavior Interventions, Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, and Journal of Neonatal Nursing. She has presented her research at numerous international and national conferences.
Katherine Caballero, M.A., BCBA, LBA (CT)
Language: Spanish & English
Katherine Caballero was born and raised in Cuba. She received her Masters in ABA from Arizona State University and later became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She started in the field of ABA in 2017 as a Registered Behavior Technician and has held several positions throughout the years as a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst and Clinical Manager. Katherine is passionate about Social Skills training and empowering caregivers through Positive Behavior Supports (PBS). Katherine enjoys doing yoga and spending her days at the beach with her husband and daughter.
Veronica Felix, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA (CT)
Language: Spanish and English
Veronica Felix earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from California State University of Bakersfield. She later earned her Master’s degree in Education with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from Arizona State University. She comes with over 12 years of experience in the field where she has worked with children, adolescents, and adults diagnosed with autism and other developmental disabilities. Servicing them in the home, community, school, and center-based locations.
She is fluent in both English and Spanish. Veronica is located in Bakersfield, California. During her free time, she loves to spend time with her family, taking nature walks, and listening to music.
Angela Hunt, M.S., BCBA, LBA (CT)
Angie is a licensed Board Certified Behavior Analyst based in New Haven County with a master of science in Applied Behavior Analysis from Western Connecticut State University, and has 7 years’ experience working with children and young adults with autism. Angie changed careers after her own child’s diagnosis, and as a parent herself is committed to providing trauma-informed and assent-based ABA services to maximize outcomes, independence, and quality of life for her clients and their families.
Angie is passionate about helping clients develop positive relationships and friendships across environments, empowering them to be resilient and pursue happiness for the rest of their lives. She specializes in preventing and reducing severe problem behavior and barriers to learning by increasing clients’ safety, communication, self-advocacy, leisure, daily living, social and coping skills, cultural awareness and access to the community and their peers. Initially trained as a journalist, Angie enjoys spending time with families in order to find ways to help her clients connect, such as participating in traditions, hobbies and cultural activities. Her approach focuses on collaboration and training for parents, family members, school teams, related service providers, medical and mental health professionals, childcare providers and community organizations such as after school and sports programs. She teaches a range of pivotal life skills, from toilet training and attending preschool to bike riding and working at a first job.
Angie is trained in Skill-Based Treatment, the Verbal Behavior approach, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), AAC including PECS, de-escalation(certified in PMT, Safety Care and CPI), and special education advocacy.
Sholeh Arabia, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA (CT)
Language: Spanish and English
Sholeh Arabia earned her Master’s degree in Education with an emphasis on behavioral management in 2009. She received her board certification in Behavior Analysis in 2013. With almost two decades of experience working with children diagnosed with autism and other developmental disabilities across home, school, and community settings through her work at Non-Public Agencies (NPA) and school districts, she now best supports clients virtually through telehealth practice.
She is fluent in both English and Spanish. Sholeh is located in Pasadena, California. Outside of her work, she loves to spend time with family and friends, supporting sports events in one way or another, and always looking for her next adventure!
Angela Thornhill, MS.SpEd (B-12), MSEd Literacy (B-12)
Angela Thornhill is a licensed certified middle school teacher with a Master’s degree in Special Education (B-12) and a Master’s degree in Literacy (B-12) from Mercy College. She has worked for NYC DOE as a special education teacher since 2007 and is currently teaching grades 6-8. After working in special education for five years, Angela saw there was a shortage of qualified behavior analysts trained to work with children with autism and related developmental disorders. This shortage motivated her to pursue her certification in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) at Mercy College. She has worked as an ABA Social Skills instructor managing social skills programs and implementing behavioral programs at The Fly Center.
Angela is a passionate and dedicated educator who works to help each child reach their academic, language, and social milestones. Angela looks forward to working with each family as a partner in their child’s growth and success.
In her free time, Angela enjoys reading, exercising, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Daliana De Jesus, M.S., CCC-SLP
Daliana De Jesus is a Speech-Language Pathologist who has specialized in Bilingual Speech and Language Assessments and Supervision during her 20+ year career. Daliana aims to discern a client’s communicative potential and how this potential can best be met via various methodologies including traditional and evidence-based approaches. She has experience working with clients ranging from toddlers to high schoolers. Daliana has worked with children that are classified as Speech and Language Impaired, Intellectually Disabled, Learning Disabled, Hearing Impaired, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. She enjoys pointing out the strengths in the clients and how they can use these to enhance their areas in need of improvement. She has supervised graduate clinicians from various higher education institutions including New York University, Yeshiva University, Touro College, LIU Brooklyn, Hunter College, and Lehman College.
Daliana has experience in Public School Systems and Early Intervention. In the Public School System, she has worked in various assessment teams including Committee on Special Education, the Central Speech Evaluation Team, and the Center for Assistive Technology. She has presented on Speech and Language assessments and Bilingual Speech and Language assessments. Daliana has worked with clients of various linguistic backgrounds including Spanish, Farsi, Vietnamese, Chinese, Urdu, and various African dialects among others.
Daliana holds a Masters Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Mercy College, a Masters Degree in Bilingual Education, and a Bachelors Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Kutztown University.
Working at PIERPOINTE gives all staff a chance to grow and further develop their professional skills.