Staff Bios

Executive Team

Louis Ranieri
RCS Learning Center; Founder and Executive Director
RCS Behavioral & Educational Consulting, LLC; Owner and CEO
Mini-Miracles Child Care Center; Owner
Louis Ranieri is the Owner and Chief Executive Officer of RCS Behavioral and Educational Consulting and the Founder and Executive Director of RCS Learning Center. Lou founded RCS Behavioral and Educational Consulting in 1997 and RCS Learning Center in 2006. Prior to founding RCS, Louis worked in a variety of human service settings including state funded educational facilities as well as home based settings. Lou founded RCS Behavioral and Educational Consulting because he was passionate about providing a safe, committed, and loving educational environment for children with developmental disabilities.

Denise Rizzo-Ranieri, M.S. Ed.
RCS Learning Center; Founder and President
RCS Behavioral & Educational Consulting, LLC; Owner and President
Mini-Miracles Child Care Center; Owner
Denise Rizzo is the Founder and President of RCS Learning Center and RCS Behavioral & Educational Consulting, LLC. Denise holds a Master’s of Science in Intensive Special Needs from Simmons College. Denise founded RCS Behavioral and Educational Consulting in 1997 and RCS Learning Center in 2006. Prior to founding RCS, Denise worked in variety of educational settings including private special education schools, public schools, and home based consulting. She opened her Independent Practice and then the Learning Center in order to better service students with Special Needs by improving educational services for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and has continued on her mission since that time.

Natalie Rizzo, B.S.
RCS Learning Center; Director of Operations
RCS Behavioral & Educational Consulting, LLC; Director of Operations
Mini-Miracles Child Care Center; Director of Operations
Natalie received her Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology from Keene State College. Natalie has served as the Director of Operations for RCS Behavioral and Educational Consulting, LLC and RCS Learning Center since 2003. Prior to working at RCS, Natalie worked for a variety of non-for-profit and for profit organizations serving in the roles as staff accountant, payroll specialist, and human resources coordinator.

Christina King, PH.D., BCBA, LABA
RCS Learning Center; Director – cking@rcslearning.org
Christina received her Bachelor’s of Science in Communication Disorders from Boston University. She received both her Master’s in the Science of Education in Behavioral Education and Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis from Simmons College. Christina has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) since 2004. Prior to joining the team at RCS, Christina worked in a variety of public school classrooms as well as home based behavior therapy and consultation. Christina began her career at RCS Learning Center as a Clinician/BCBA in July 2006. Later in 2006, she was promoted to the Assistant Director then the Director in 2007. Christina currently serves as the Director of RCS Learning Center and is responsible for overseeing the clinical and operational policies and procedures at RCS Learning Center. Christina’s areas of expertise include verbal behavior programming, stimulus control, and Functional Behavior Assessments.

Allison Genovese , M.S. , BCBA, LABA
RCS Learning Center; Director of Admissions – agenovese@rcslearning.org
Allison received her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology with a specialization in developmental disabilities from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and her Master’s of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from Northeastern University. Allison became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2008. Prior to joining the RCS team, Allison worked in a variety of settings including a private special education school, public school, and an educational collaborative. Allison began her career at RCS Learning Center as a Program Manager/BCBA in 2008 and was promoted to the position of Assistant Director in 2009. Allison is now the Director of Admissions at RCS Learning Center and is responsible for overseeing all family and district inquiries, intakes, and student acceptances. Allison’s areas of expertise include functional behavior assessment, behavior management, skill acquisition programming, and verbal behavior programming.

Jennifer Rutland, M.S. Ed.,BCBA, LABA

RCS Behavioral & Educational Consulting, LLC.; Director – jrutland@RCSConsultingNE.com
Jennifer received her Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology of Learning and Development from Framingham State College and her Master’s of Science in Behavioral Education from Simmons College. Jen has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) since 2003. Jen has been employed at RCS Behavioral & Educational Consulting since 1997, but has worked in a variety of other settings in addition including public school and home based settings. Jen began her career at RCS as a Behavior Therapist in 1997, and is currently the Director of RCS Behavioral & Educational Consulting. Jen is responsible for overseeing the clinical and operational policies and procedures of RCS Behavioral & Educational Consulting. Jen’s areas of expertise include social skills programming, stimulus control, and educational evaluations.

Colleen Yorlets, M.A., M.S., BCBA, LABA
RCS Behavioral & Educational Consulting, LLC.; Clinical Director – cyorlets@RCSConsultingNE.com
Colleen received her Bachelor’s in Psychology with a minor in Music Performance from Franklin & Marshall College, a Master’s in Psychology from Boston University, and a Master’s of Science in Behavior Analysis from Simmons College. Colleen became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in 2011. Prior to working at RCS, Colleen worked as a research assistant on a variety of projects related to human services as well as a direct service provider to children with educational and behavioral difficulties. Colleen began her career at RCS Behavioral & Educational Consulting as a Program Manager/BCBA in 2007. She was promoted to the Assistant Director of Consulting in 2010 and is currently responsible for overseeing clinical programming and the daily operations of RCS Behavioral & Educational Consulting. Colleen’s areas of expertise include discrete trial programming (DTT), verbal behavior programming, and designing interventions to reduce stereotypical/automatically maintained behavior.

Administrative Staff

Elizabeth Kelsey, M.S., BCBA, LABA
RCS Learning Center; Assistant Director – ekelsey@rcslearning.org
Elizabeth received her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology with a specialization in developmental disabilities from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Elizabeth further received her Master’s of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from Northeastern University, and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2010. Prior to joining the RCS team, Elizabeth worked with adults with disabilities in a day habilitation program and residential settings. Elizabeth began her career at RCS Learning Center in 2006 as a Behavior Therapist, and in 2007 Elizabeth became a Program Manager. In 2012, Elizabeth was promoted to the position of Assistant Director and is now responsible for assisting the Director in overseeing the operational policies and procedures at RCS Learning Center. Elizabeth’s areas of interest include teaching self-help and vocational skills, preference assessments, reinforcer selection and organizational behavior management.

Megan Breault, M.S. BCBA, LABA
RCS Learning Center; Clinical Director – mbreault@rcslearning.org
Megan received her Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education and Sociology from Stonehill College. Megan attended Simmons College to obtain her Master’s of Science in Behavior Analysis and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in August of 2013. She began her career with RCS Learning Center in August of 2010 as a Behavior Therapist/Floater and was promoted to a Program Manager in July of 2013.  In 2015, Megan was promoted to the position of Clinical Director, and is currently responsible for overseeing the clinical operations of RCS Learning Center.  Megan’s areas of interest include assessments, errorless learning, and staff and parent training.

Erin Kostigen, M.S. Ed., BCBA, LABA
RCS Learning Center; Educational Administrator – ekostigen@rcslearning.org
Erin received her Bachelor’s of Science in Special Education and Mathematics from Lesley University. She went on to pursue her Master’s of Education in Mathematics Education from Northeastern University. Continuing with her interest in Special Education, Erin received a Graduate Certificate in Behavioral Intervention in Autism from UMass Lowell in 2012, is licensed in Moderate Special Needs, and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in 2013. Erin began her career at RCS Learning Center in 2009. Since starting at RCS, Erin has held the positions of Behavior Therapist and Special Education Teacher in the Learning Center, and Clinical Liaison in RCS Behavioral and Educational Consulting, LLC. In 2014, Erin started her role as Educational Administrator where she is responsible for overseeing the Special Education Team at RCS. Erin’s areas of expertise include math education and curriculum for students with special needs, and inclusion facilitation.

Jacqueline Adams, M.S., BCBA, LABA
RCS Learning Center; Vocational Coordinator – jadams@rcslearning.org
Jacqueline received her Bachelor’s of Science in Human Development with a concentration in early childhood education from Wheelock College. In 2010, Jacqueline received a Master’s of Science in Behavior Analysis from Simmons College, and went on to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2011. Prior to joining the RCS team, Jacqueline taught in a variety of private schools and daycare settings. Jacqueline began her career with RCS Learning Center in 2008 as a Behavior Therapist, and in 2010 was promoted to the position of Program Manager. As a Program Manager, Jacqueline is responsible for the educational and behavioral programming for a variety of students at RCS. In 2014, Jacqueline also began her role as Vocational Coordinator. As Vocational Coordinator, Jacqueline is responsible for arranging on-and off-site vocational skills training and transition planning for RCS students aged 14 and older. Jacqueline’s areas of interest include behavior management, social and vocational skill programming, and verbal behavior.

Jessica Smith
RCS Learning Center; Assistant Director of Operations – jsmith@rcslearning.org
Jessica received her Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management with a concentration in Human Resources from Bridgewater State University. Jessica has served as the Human Resources Representative for RCS Learning Center, RCS Behavioral and Educational Consulting, LLC and Mini-Miracles Child Care Center since 2011.  Jessica’s areas of expertise include recruiting, organizational behavior, staff management and training.

June Lee
RCS Learning Center; Finance Assistant – jlee@rcslearning.org
June received her Bachelor’s of Science from Bridgewater State College. June has served as the Finance Assistant for RCS Learning Center, RCS Behavioral and Educational Consulting, LLC and Mini-Miracles Child Care Center since 2014. June has 30 plus years experience with accounting and bookkeeping and 8 plus years in tax preparation. June’s areas of expertise include Accounting, Finance and Bookkeeping.

Kelly Sandler, M.S. BCBA
RCS Learning Center; Director of Training – ksandler@rcslearning.org 


Molly Skomurski
RCS Learning Center; Training Coordinator – mskomurski@rcslearning.org 


Chelsea Hunter
RCS Learning Center; Development Assistant – chunter@rcslearning.org 


Julie Falcucci
RCS Learning Center; Development Manager – jfalcucci@rcslearning.org 


Claire Burgess
RCS Learning Center; Development Consultant – cburgess@rcslearning.org


Clinical Staff

Katilyn Arnold, M.S., BCBA
RCS Learning Center; Clinician
Katie received her Bachelor’s of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of New Hampshire. She further pursued a Master’s of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from Western New England University, graduating in June 2016. Prior to joining the RCS team, Katie utilized applied behavior analysis with children with autism in a residential setting working with the students both at their residence and school. In 2016, Katie began her career at RCS Learning Center in the position of Clinician. As a Clinician Katie is responsible for the education and behavioral programming for a variety of students at RCS. Katie’s strengths and interests include behavior management and teaching social skills.

Lauren Donovan, M.S., BCBA, LABA
RCS Learning Center; Clinician
Lauren received her Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology from Stetson University, and went on to receive a Master’s of Science in Behavior Analysis from Simmons College. In addition, Lauren is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Prior to joining the RCS team, Lauren utilized applied behavior analysis working with children in a private school in Florida.  In 2012, Lauren began her career at RCS Learning Center as a Behavior Therapist.  Lauren also gained supervisory experience working as an Assistant Supervisor in RCS Behavioral and Education Consulting, LLC.  IN 2014, Lauren was promoted to the Clinician position in RCS Learning Center.  In this role, Lauren is responsible for the educational and behavioral programming for a variety of students at RCS.  Lauren’s professional interests include functional communication training and stimulus prompting.

Meredith Olson, M.S.,BCBA, LABA
RCS Learning Center; Clinician
Meredith received her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire. She further pursued a Master’s of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from Western New England University and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in 2014. Prior to joining the RCS team, Meredith utilized applied behavior analysis with children with autism in both home and school settings. In 2016, Meredith began her career at RCS Learning Center in the positon of Clinician. As a Clinician, Meredith is responsible for the education and behavioral programming for a variety of students at RCS. Meredith is very interested in teaching social skills to students with autism.

Sarah Grady, R.N.
RCS Learning Center; School Nurse
Sarah received an Associate’s in liberal arts from Massachusetts Bay Community College and Associate’s in nursing from Laboure College. Sarah is licensed as a Registered Nurse and is trained as an American Heart Association CPR instructor. Prior to joining the RCS team, Sarah worked as a home health nurse to high-risk women and healthcare supervisor for an organization providing services to individuals with autism. Sarah has additionally done volunteer work with both children and adults with disabilities. In 2014, Sarah joined the RCS team as a School Nurse, where she is responsible for providing medical care and maintaining medical records for all students at RCS. Sarah enjoys working with children and developing skills in the area of pediatric nursing.

Melanie Bergmiller, OTR/L
RCS Learning Center; Occupational Therapist
Melanie received her Bachelor’s of Science in Health and Sciences Studies and her Master’s in Occupational Therapy from Quinnipiac University. Before coming to RCS, Melanie gained experience providing occupational therapy services to children and adults in private schools and rehabilitation centers. Melanie began her career at RCS in 2015 in the position of Occupational Therapist. In this role she is responsible for providing consultation services for each student at RCS in the areas of fine and gross motor skills, self-help skills, vocational skills, and body regulation. Melanie’s occupational therapy interests include sensory integration, functional fine motor skills and mental health. Melanie is also interested in the therapeutic impact of animals as it relates to her field of study.

Melissa Lewi, M.S. ED, CCC-SLP

RCS Learning Center; Speech Language Pathologist
Melissa received her Master’s in Education from State University College at Buffalo and is a Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Melissa also holds a DESE Professional Speech-Language & Hearing Disorders License and is certified by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association in Speech Language Pathology. Before joining the RCS team, Melissa gained extensive experience working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental disabilities in a wide range of school environments. Melissa started at RCS as a Speech Language Pathologist in 2015. As a Speech Language Pathologist, Melissa is responsible for providing consultation services to each student at RCS in the areas of communication, articulation, social and pragmatic skills, and oral motor skills. Melissa’s areas of interest include creating language based instruction, including the development of multi-modal communication appropriate for each student, designing visual supports to facilitate communication and executive functioning skills, and facilitating the expansion of social/pragmatic language skills. Melissa also has experience developing oral-motor and feeding skills.

Laura Walley, M.S., BCBA

RCS Learning Center; Clinician
Laura received her Bachelor’s of Arts in Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies from Assumption College. She went on to receive a Master’s of Science in Behavior Analysis from Simmons College and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Before joining the RCS team, Laura gained experience working with children diagnosed with Autism in school and home settings. Laura started as a Clinician at RCS in 2016. As a Clinician, Laura is responsible for overseeing the educational and behavioral programming of a variety of students at RCS. Laura’s professional interests include data collection, social skills programming and teaching self-help skills.

Special Education Staff

Abigail Kupris, B.A.
RCS Learning Center; Special Education Teacher
Abigail received her Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology from the University of Connecticut, and is currently pursuing a Master’s of Science in Behavior Analysis from Simmons College. Prior to joining the RCS team, Abigail worked with young children in a home setting. In 2016, Abigail began her career at RCS as a Behavior Therapist and was soon promoted the Special Education Teacher position. As a Special Education Teacher, Abigail is responsible for the academic and group lesson for all students in her educational grouping. Abigail’s interests include creating individualized academic programming that promotes independence and generalization. Abigail loves watching her students make progress!

Bill Leveillee B.A.
RCS Learning Center; Physical Education Coordinator
Bill received his Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology from North Adams State College. Prior to joining the RCS team, Bill gained experience providing ABA services to children with autism in both the private and public school settings. In 2008, Bill began his career with RCS as a Behavior Therapist and soon moved into the Floater position. As a Floater, Bill was responsible for working with each student at RCS and assisting Administrative staff as needed. Bill assumed the Physical Education Coordinator position in 2015 where he assists in designing, implementing and monitoring physical education instruction for all students, and creates physical education lesson plans which adhere to each student’s IEP goals and objectives and align with the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks for Health Education. Bill is interested and excited to create physical education plans and activities that introduce physical fitness to students in a full and enjoyable way.

Catherine Crawford, M.S.
RCS Learning Center; Special Education Teacher
Catherine received her Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology and Master’s of Science in Psychology from Lynn University. Before joining the RCS team, Catherine worked with students diagnosed with autism with a private ABA provider. She joined RCS in 2012 as a Behavior Therapist, and was promoted to the Special Education Teacher position in 2015. As a Special Education Teacher, Catherine is responsible for the group and academic programming for all students in her educational grouping. Catherine’s interests include teaching functional, real-life skills and developing programs to help students with disabilites be as independent as possible.

Katie Laurent, B.A.
RCS Learning Center; Special Education Teacher
Katie received her Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Education from the University of New Hampshire. Prior to joining the RCS team, Katie gained experience working with children and adolescents in several private school and clinical settings. Katie began her career with RCS in 2015 as a Behavior Therapist and was promoted to the Special Education Teacher position in 2016. As a Special Education Teacher, Katie is responsible for the academic and group lessons for all students in her educational grouping. Katie is interested in designing new and creative ways to teach academic skills and enjoys individualizing a student’s program to meet his or her needs. Katie loves sharing her students’ progress on a daily basis.

Lindsey Leistinger, B.S.

RCS Learning Center; Special Education Teacher
Lindsey received her Bachelor’s of Science in Communication Disorders with a minor in Education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Lindsey is additionally pursuing a Master’s of Science in Behavior Analysis from Simmons College. Before joining the RCS team, Lindsey worked with children and adults in a variety of settings. Lindsey began her career at RCS as a Behavior Therapist in 2015, and was promoted to the Special Education Teacher position in 2016. As a Special Education Teacher, Lindsey is responsible for the academic and group lessons for all students in her assigned educational grouping. Lindsey believes in encouraging students in a positive way to increase independence with academic skills.

Lauren Mola, B.S.
RCS Learning Center; Special Education Teacher
Lauren received her Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Rhode Island, and is currently pursuing a Master’s of Education in Severe Disabilities and Behavior Analyst graduate certificate from Fitchburg State College. Prior to joining the RCS team, Lauren completed an internship in an inclusionary pre-school with a focus on Occupational Therapy. In 2015, Lauren started at RCS as a Behavior Therapist. She was promoted to the position of Special Education Teacher in 2016, where she is responsible for the academic and group programming for all student in her educational grouping. Lauren’s interests include vocational training, transition planning and promoting generalization of skills in the community. Her favorite part of RCS is spending time with her students and seeing the progress they make every day!

Alayna Savage, B.A.
RCS Learning Center; Special Education Teacher
Alayna received her Bachelor’s of Arts in Music from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and is currently enrolled in a Master’s of Education program at Bridgewater State University with a focus in Severe Disabilities. Prior to joining the RCS team, Alayna gained experience working with adults with disabilities in the home and community settings. In 2014, Alayna started at RCS as a Behavior Therapist within the Day Program, and was soon promoted to the Special Education Teacher position in 2015. As a Special Education Teacher, Alayna is responsible for academic programming and creating group lesson plans for all students in her educational grouping. Alayna’s areas of interest include vocational training, transition planning, and integrating arts into education.

Shane Schofield, B.A.
RCS Learning Center; Special Education Teacher
Shane received his Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology from Westfield State University. Prior to joining the RCS team, Shane provided 1:1 support to students with developmental disabilities in a public school setting. Shane began employment with RCS in 2016 as a Behavior Therapist. Shane soon was promoted to the Special Education Teacher position, where he is responsible for the academic and group programming for the students within his educational grouping. Shane enjoys blending Special Education with Applied Behavior Analysis when working with children with autism.

Emily Starvaski, B.S.

RCS Learning Center; Special Education Teacher
Emily received her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and is currently pursuing a Master’s of Science in Behavior Analysis from Simmons College. Prior to starting at RCS, Emily completed an internship in a hospital setting with children and adolescents with autism and developmental disabilities. In 2015, Emily joined the RCS team as a Behavior Therapist. As a Behavior Therapist, Emily gained experience working with students in both a 1:1 and 1:2 staff to student ratios. In 2016, Emily was promoted to the Special Education Teacher role, where she is responsible for academic and group programming for all students within her educational grouping. Emily enjoys creating student specific programming and sharing her students’ success.
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