Our Team

Anna Reinhardt Thompson, M.Ed., M.A., BCBA, LBA (CT), LABA (MA)

Co-Founder and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Anna is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She has been working in the behavior field for more than 10 years and has experience with children and adults diagnosed with autism and other mental illnesses. She holds master’s degrees in Education and Interpretive Speech. Anna’s education and experiences contribute to her ability to provide sound and creative strategies with the needs of individuals and families at the forefront.

Anna lived and taught in Germany for years and speaks German fluently. She has directed several plays (okay, only amateur theater, but still), loves traveling, thinks she loves to garden (until the end of summer when it’s too hot), cooks enough food to feed an army, and is terrible at knitting.


Chris Thompson

Co-Founder

Chris has been working with children and adults diagnosed with autism and other mental illnesses for more than 15 years. Chris’s experience has ranged from working directly with clients to overseeing programs. Presently, he oversees recruiting and development at A Brand New Day ABA.

Chris loves cars and golf, is a die-hard Yankee fan, and knows how to cook a steak. But more importantly, Chris loves and values people, enjoys a good laugh, and is committed to providing the best care to those we serve.


Martha Calciano

Chief Operating Officer

Martha comes to A Brand New Day with many years of experience in the insurance industry. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Bob Jones University. She brings to the company her knowledge of compliance, insurance acumen, and technical troubleshooting. Working closely alongside the BCBAs and clinical assistants, Martha’s focus is to ensure A Brand New Day delivers the best possible care to its clients each and every day.

Martha has her black belt in karate from a very long time ago, but it still counts! She loves to read, she despises cooking but loves to eat, and she loves to travel but hates to drive. She has one fabulous husband, three rambunctious children, and one very spoiled dog.


Nicole Marques, M.S., BCBA, LBA

Clinical Director and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Nicole Marques is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Clinical Director at A Brand New Day ABA Services, LLC. In 2017, Nicole started at a Brand New Day as a behavior technician and continued her career path to be recently promoted to Clinical Director in 2022. She enjoys training staff on the use of discrete trials and teaching through play.   

Nicole earned her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Western Connecticut State University in 2011. She obtained her master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Western Connecticut State University in 2018. Nicole gained experience in the fields of Social Work and Applied Behavior Analysis while working in day programs, residential and in-home settings, and community programs. She has experience with children and adults with a wide-range of diagnoses and behavioral challenges.

In her free time, Nicole loves to spend time with her husband and son, travel, and read mystery novels.


Kayla Nascimento, M.S., BCBA, LBA

Senior Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Kayla began working with A Brand New Day ABA in August 2021. Kayla has 6 years experience in the field of ABA and 2 years experience being a BCBA.

Kayla got her masters in Applied Behavior Analysis from University of St. Joseph in May 2017 and has experience being a BCBA in both a public school and a private RESC school. Kayla also has her bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education and Psychology from Southern Connecticut State University.

Outside of ABA Kayla enjoys the beach, fishing, binge watching Netflix and spending time with family and friends.


Valerie Reyes, M.A., BCBA, LBA

Senior Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Valerie Reyes is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who started working at a A Brand New Day in 2020. She has worked in the ABA field for over 5 years.

Valerie started her career in ABA as an RBT at a non-profit private school which specializes in serving children and young adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders and related disorders. She has experience working with children ages 5-21. She is also adept at writing desensitization programs for those who struggle with hygiene skills, haircuts, and tolerating dental work. She speaks Spanish fluently, and one of her passions is providing services to the Spanish speaking community. She loves applying the science of ABA and helping her clients become independent. She earned her BCaBA in 2019 and then pursued her Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis, graduating from the Florida Institute of Technology in 2019.

In her free time Valerie enjoys being active with her 2 daughters, her husband and her dog, Rocky. She loves the beach and swimming.


Kelly Aros-Truhe, M.S., BCBA, LBA

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Kelly started her college journey at Dean College, earning her Associate degree in Early Childhood Education. She continued her education at Castleton State College in VT for her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a concentration in Forensic Psychology. Kelly jokes that she went to Castleton because it was close to Killington Ski Resort, where she could go skiing after classes. A few years later she received her Master’s degree in Psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis from Capella University, after which she obtained her Board Certified Behavior Analyst certification.

Kelly brings with her over 14 years of experience implementing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis to individuals of all ages.  While working in the public school system, she worked hard to become a Registered Behavioral Technician. She also has experience with providing support services at homes and in the community.  

In her free time Kelly loves to take adventures with her husband and child, as well to spend time with family and friends going to movies, concerts, and comedy shows. With the change of the world, it has been more movies at home, concerts in her car with her family, and the comedy that the day brings.


Brianna Etter-Speaker, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA

Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Brianna is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and holds a master’s degree in education, and recently a certification in Applied Behavioral Analysis from Capella University.  

Brianna started her employment at A Brand New Day ABA, LLC in 2018 as a behavior technician, a trainer, and a clinical assistant. Brianna has been working with special needs for the past 14 years across multiple settings from public school to outplacement residential programs as a paraeducator and a special education teacher, with children and young adults between the ages of 2 and 21 years old on the autism spectrum and other intellectual, behavioral, and developmental disabilities. Her passion for working with special needs and in the field of ABA continues to grow. Some of her experiences with ABA include performing functional behavioral assessments, developing behavior intervention programs, creating program materials, and working in home-placement settings and clinic settings with a variety of ages. 

In her free time, Brianna enjoys relaxing, visiting friends and family, being outside, and her hobbies. Her hobbies include photography, creative writing, and most of all theater. If she has the time, she can be found on stage. 


Melissa Hall, M.A., BCBA, LBA

Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Melissa is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with A Brand New Day ABA Services. Melissa has been in the field of ABA since 2019, and in that time, she has gained experience in many settings including outplacement schools, public schools, and in-home services. Along with a variety of settings, she has also worked with both children and adults from 3 years to 22 years of age.

Melissa graduated with her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Southern New Hampshire University and her master’s degree in special education and applied behavior analysis from Arizona State University.

In her free time, Melissa enjoys traveling and spending time at home with her husband and two dogs.


Sydney Mandeville, M.A., BCBA, LBA

Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Sydney is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with her bachelor’s degrees in Special Education and Interdisciplinary Studies and a master’s in Special Education with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis. She has over 5 years of experience in ABA, both in-home and in clinic environments. Her wide range of experience only grew her passion for working with children and ABA as a whole. She is excited to continue her growth in the industry with A Brand New Day, having started in January 2024. 

In her free time, you can find her playing board games with her friends, supporting her favorite local soccer teams, or drawing while watching her favorite TV shows.


Erin Oliver, M.Ed., LPC, CRC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Erin is an LPC Case Supervisor to behavior technicians providing ABA services for youth on the spectrum and provides individual mental health therapy to current ABND clients. Erin began working for A Brand New Day in September 2020!

Erin earned her master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, concentrating in mental health and substance abuse, from Springfield College in 2015. Erin is a Licensed Professional Counselor in CT and holds her Certified Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRC). Erin is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with disabilities.

Erin comes to A Brand New Day with years of experience in the field. Erin has worked with adults presenting with mental health and substance use, vocational counseling for young adults with disabilities, and most recently worked as an in-home clinician providing therapy to children with severe mental health disorders to help them remain safe and stable in the home, school, and community. Erin has found she loves working with children and families with a wide range of diagnoses and behavioral challenges!

In her spare time, Erin enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and cat Bubba. Erin loves reading, cooking, watching and listening to live music, spending the day at the beach, and cheering on the New England Patriots!


Alexandria Rivard, M.S., BCBA, LBA

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Alexandria started with A Brand New Day in April 2023 and recently passed her board exam in June (2024) to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst! She first started in the field as a Behavior Technician in 2019 and received her Registered Behavior Technician certification in 2021. After completing her undergraduate degree in psychology at Suffolk University, she then achieved her master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis at Western Connecticut State University in the spring of 2023.  

Alexandria started her career providing in-home therapy and quickly gained experience in different settings as she went on to work as an RBT in the clinical and elementary school setting. She will now continue her career as a BCBA and looks forward to new learning opportunities.  

In her free time, she enjoys going to the gym, spending time with friends, and being outdoors. Alexandria also enjoys spending time with her pets and trying new recipes! 


Orlian Senior, M.S., BCBA, LBA

Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Orlian Senior is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at ABND. Orlian started working at A Brand New Day in 2023. She has worked in the ABA field for over 5 years. Orlian earned her master’s of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2023. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Comprehensive Special Education. She is currently dual certified in the state of Connecticut as a Special Education Teacher and Behavior Analyst.

Orlian started her career in ABA as a certified Special Education Teacher at a non-profit private ABA school which specializes in serving children and young adults diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders and related disorders. She has experience working with children as young as three years old to adult-aged clients. She loves helping others within her community and has a passion for helping individuals with disabilities and their families to improve socially significant behaviors.

In her spare time, Orlian loves to travel and spend quality time with friends and family.


Alexandra Thiel, M.S., BCBA, LBA

Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Alexandra began working at ABND in 2018 as a Behavior Technician. In February 2023 she became a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. She then went on to gain her master’s degree in Applied Behavioral Analysis from Capella University. Alexandra began her career in the field of applied behavior analysis in 2015. She became an RBT in 2019 and quickly became passionate about the field and becoming a BCBA.

She brings experience working in residential facilities, private ABA based schools, and in-home services. She has worked with children and adults ranging from 2 to 80 years old. Alexandra has a passion for seeing progress in the individuals she works with and has experience with many different diagnoses and challenges.

In her free time Alexandra loves spending quality time with her daughter and fiancé. She enjoys watching movies, reading, listening to music, cooking, and traveling. She has traveled to many different places including Turks and Caicos, St. Lucia, St. Thomas, St. Maarten, Puerto Rico, Bahamas, Bermuda, and Hawaii.


Sadia Yaseen, M.A., BCBA, LBA

Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Sadia is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and started her journey with A Brand New Day ABA in 2022. She received her bachelor’s in psychology with a concentration in mental health in 2005 and decided to pursue a master’s degree in the same field. She received her Master’s of Psychology in 2009. After her master’s, she completed her ABA coursework from Clemson State University.

She has been working with special needs population for the past 13 years across multiple settings from group homes to day programs to independent living.  Today she takes great pleasure in knowing that she is helping clients and families by being a part of each story.

In her spare time Sadia enjoys spending time with her family, cooking lots of food, reading great books and watching television.


Dorene Zhulkovsky, M.A., BCBA, LBA

Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Dorene has over 20 years of experience working in special education and applied behavior analysis. Dorene earned her master’s in special education with certification in ASD from Saint Joseph University in 2016. She continued her studies in applied behavior analysis earning a certification in 2018. Dorene became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in November 2021.

She has experience working in public education starting as a paraeducator at the elementary level, working one to one with children with developmental disabilities. Then she became an RBT and worked exclusively using ABA interventions for children with autism starting at the preschool level and up to 3rd grade. From 2017 to present, Dorene has worked in the home setting, delivering ABA services to children ages 3 to 19 years of age.


Gemma Sanchez

Scheduler

Gemma Sanchez is the scheduler for ABND. She started working at ABND in March of 2019 as a Behavioral Technician. In April of 2021, she became a trainer and in March of 2022 she started her new role as a scheduler. She quickly found a passion for the field of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Working in a school system, Gemma realized her love of working with children. She is excited to pursue her passion in ABA and looks forward to becoming a BCBA in the future.

Gemma loves her job, which she considers her greatest gift. She is also an animal lover and enjoys spending time outdoors with her dog. She likes to travel and learn about new cultures.


Ned Agyemang

Behavior Technician Trainer

When children who are diagnosed as having autism are confronted with the world around them, it is not uncommon for their world to feel as though it were shattered.

Ned’s passion is to learn and grow as a great advocate for them. For many, especially someone such as Ned, advocacy is a rewarding experience.

One could only hope that inculcating an individual with the right skills will prepare him or her to face challenges.

Having nearly four years’ experience in the ABA industry has helped Ned to understand and ratiocinate certain challenges. 

In a practical world, one would need a jovial, understanding, dependable, aspirant person. 


Cameron Coppa, RBT

RBT Trainer

Cameron began working with A Brand New Day ABA in June of 2022 as a Behavior Technician following his graduation from the University of Connecticut with a bachelors degree in Psychology. He is currently enrolled in Southern Connecticut State Universities ABA masters program with hopes of becoming a BCBA.

When he isn’t working or attending to his studies he enjoys being in nature, watching reality TV, and playing the piano. 


Janine Dayrit

Behavior Technician Trainer

Janine Angela “Jei” Dayrit is a Behavior Technician and Trainer at A Brand New Day ABA. She joined the team in 2023 soon after graduating from Western Connecticut State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (concentrations in social work and psychology). She emphasizes the importance of building rapport with clients and their support systems to successfully implement applied behavior analysis. ABA should be fun and exciting!

When Janine is not working, she explores different restaurants, hiking trails, museums, and tourist traps. At home, you can find her watching anime, painting people, and playing video games. She lives with her boyfriend, dog, cat, and fishes. She’s always willing to help those in need of a friend.

As the great Mister Rogers once said, “Look for the helpers; you will always find people who are helping.”


Dacia Gonzalez

Behavior Technician Trainer

Dacia began working at A Brand New Day ABA in November of 2023 as a Behavior Technician and most recently became a trainer in May of 2024. She graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychological Science and is a first-generation graduate. Dacia found a passion for ABA through ABND and is excited to continue working with new clients and families.

In her free time she loves to cook, spend time with her family, read, watch Netflix shows and travel.


Theresa Goodwin, RBT

RBT Trainer

Theresa Goodwin has been working at A Brand New Day ABA since February of 2019 as a Behavior Technician. In January of 2022, she was promoted to the position of Behavior Technician Trainer. She graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

Theresa has always had a soft spot for children. Prior to working with children with autism, she worked in a residential home for children with behavioral challenges in the foster care system. She has worked with children from 18 months old up to early adulthood. It was through ABND that she was introduced to ABA. She believes this job to be her greatest gift. She has a passion to continue to learn and grow and obtain her BCBA in the near future. Helping people has always been a passion for Theresa, and this field has been extremely rewarding in that respect. She hopes to make a positive impact and help to change the lives of clients and their families using ABA.

In her free time, Theresa enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing her guitar and piano, and binge-watching Netflix. She loves spending time playing video games with her nephew. She enjoys traveling and experiencing different cultures. She loves to read, eat but not cook, and play card games.


Tania Johnson

Behavior Technician Trainer

Tania has been working with A Brand New Day ABA since September 2020 as a Behavior Technician. In March 2022, she was promoted to the position of a Behavior Technician Trainer. She graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education with a concentration in Psychology (IDS/LBS), Child, Family and Community Studies (IDS/LBS). While pursuing her degree, she worked in a variety of roles in the health care system and school system including, teaching, working as a school nurse assistant, and volunteering as a Jumpstart Team Leader, which involved coaching Jumpstart members to use developmentally appropriate practices to teach young children in under-resourced communities. She has always had a passion for working with children. It was through a ABND that she was introduced to ABA and felt in her heart that this type of job was destined for her.

She has a passion to continue learning and growing in the field. Her hope is to become a BCBA in the near future, making a positive impact and changing the lives of clients and their families in ABA.