Our Team

Anna Reinhardt Thompson, M.Ed., M.A., BCBA, LBA

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

Vice President of Operations

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.


Sophia Castellanos

Vice President of Human Resources

Sophia Castellanos began her career with A Brand New Day in 2017 as the Human Resource Manager, and then was promoted to V.P. of Human Resources in 2018. Sophia holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications – Human Relations from Western Connecticut State University and has more than 12 years of experience in the field. She is also fluent in Spanish.

Called “Chicken Mother” by her friends, Sophia raises chickens and enjoys fresh eggs daily. She has three amazing children that she loves to miss occasionally, a cat who runs her home, and is fortunate enough to be married to a man who is a great cook. Sophia also fancies herself to enjoy hiking when the weather is conducive (between 65 and 70 degrees) and has an unhealthy passion for chocolate.


Abigail Holt, M.A., BCBA, LBA

Clinical Director and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Abby is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Clinical Director at A Brand New Day ABA. Abby has over 10 years experience working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).

In 2013, Abby earned her Master’s of Arts in Special Education and Graduate Certificates in Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, Connecticut. In May 2015, she obtained her certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB). Abby has presented at professional conferences including the Connecticut Association for Behavior Analysis (CTABA) and Applied Behavior Analysis International (ABAI). Abby is a member of Connecticut Association for Behavior Analysis (CTABA) and the Behavior Analyst Leadership Council (BALC).

Abby hopes to change the lives of clients and their families using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in the home, school, and community environments.

In her free time, Abby enjoys spending time outside at the beach in the summer and skiing in the mountains in the winter. She also loves to travel and has been to more than 10 different countries.


Ashley Dziura Borysewicz , M.S., BCBA, LBA

Assistant Clinical Director and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Ashley Dziura Borysewicz is an Assistant Clinical Director and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) at A Brand New Day.

Ashley earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Boston in 2011 and her master’s degree in autism and applied behavior analysis from the University of Saint Joseph in 2017. She obtained her certification as a BCBA August of 2018 by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB). Ashley has worked in many settings such as personal residences, group homes, private schools for individuals with special needs, public schools, in-patient units, day cares, and other community settings. She has worked with individuals ranging from 18-months to 21 years of age with a wide-range of challenging behaviors that impact daily living. Ashley is a member of CTABA and BALC. Her professional interests included using behavioral skills training to teach parenting skills.

Ashley enjoys all things related to Disney and collects anything and everything mermaid themed. Her hobbies include binge watching Netflix shows, dancing wherever/whenever/to whatever, and going to the movies. She grew up on Cape Cod and makes an effort to get back there whenever she can!


Julie Nichols, M.A., BCBA, LBA

Assistant Clinical Director and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Julie is an Assistant Clinical Director at A Brand New Day and a licensed Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with over 12 years experience working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).

Julie earned her master’s degree in Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, with a focus on Child and Adolescent Services. She has worked with families and individuals with autism spectrum disorder, and a variety of developmental disabilities, ranging in ages from 3-21 years old. Early on in Julie’s career she worked as a behavior therapist in special education self-contained, collaborative, and inclusion classrooms as well as in homes and the community. For six years she held the role of clinical coordinator for school-based autism programs in Western CT. In this position she gained experience writing and implementing IEPs, developing behavioral programming, and providing training/consultation to school staff. She has helped construct academic modifications and behavioral interventions for special education students in the elementary grades through high school.

In addition to her interest in all things behavior related, Julie enjoys spending time with her husband, 2 children, and Great Dane named Rose. She is a classically trained pianist and is excited that her daughter is following in her footsteps. Julie also loves to swim, ski, and watch documentaries about nature.


Kaela Benitez, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA

Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Kaela Benitez is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 6 years of experience working with children on the Autism Spectrum, along with children with other behavioral disorders. She has experience working in various school districts, as well as home settings where she has learned to apply ABA techniques for each individual case.   

In 2017, she received her BCaBA, and then continued to pursue her master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis, graduating from Endicott College in 2019.  She has worked in the schools as a therapist and then a supervisor overseeing a self-contained preschool program for children with autism. Kaela has also trained parents, school staff and behavior therapists on skill acquisition programs and behavior reduction plans. During Kaela’s years as working as a therapist to becoming certified, she continues to have such a love and passion for helping improve the quality of life for each client and family she serves. She enjoys that she’s always learning from her clients, and this continues to be the most rewarding aspect of her job. 

In her free time, you can find her hanging out with her family members (especially her cute as ever nieces and nephew), diving into a good Netflix show or two, trying her best at “shooting hoops” with her fiance at the park, OR her new favorite — planning their wedding!


Phillip Corbi, M.S., BCBA, LBA

Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Phil is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) at A Brand New Day ABA.  For the past 11 years he has helped children in schools, homes, restaurants, grocery stores, doctor’s offices, camps, bowling alleys, movie theaters… you name it. 

Early on, as a behavior therapist in training, he was exposed to autism and the wonderful teaching tools associated with Applied Behavior Analysis.  Meeting so many young children and being an integral part of their developmental progress was not only rewarding, but inspired him to become the person he is today.  He was a BCaBA for 5 years before earning his Master’s of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis & Autism from The Sage Colleges in New York.  During his career he has provided intensive ABA therapy and parent training, designed leisure time programs, trained RBT’s, and collaborated with occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech therapists and teachers.  He has helped parents with everything from bedtime routines to the new family pet, and there have even been times when he gave teenagers the social tools they needed to interact with their peers.  Whether it’s toileting or tipping at a restaurant, he is always looking for ways to support individuals by sharing his unique behavioral knowledge and experiences.  

In his free time he enjoys making music (especially finger-drumming), watching documentaries, playing competitive sports, and embracing nature with his fiancee and pug named Beans.


Warren Corson IV, M.A., LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Warren is an LPC Case Supervisor at A Brand New Day ABA with over 8 years of experience in special education, counseling, and clinical supervision.

Warren earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Connecticut in 2011 and his master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from American International College in 2015.  During his time working through school and after school, Warren found that he loved his experiences working with those on the autism spectrum.

In addition to his interest in reading various psychological journals and all things nerdy, Warren loves spending time with his wife, daughter, English Bulldog, and 2 cats.  He has also been playing drums since the fifth grade and has played in several rock bands.  Warren loves to play video games in his down time and may have invested a large amount of time playing a blood elf paladin in World of Warcraft.


Rio Comaduran, MSW, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Rio works at A Brand New Day as a supervisor to behavior technicians in ABA therapy for youth on the spectrum. She also provides assessments and parent training.

Rio comes to A Brand New Day with many years of experience in the field of social work, focusing in the areas of immigration where she worked with newly arrived refugees. She has worked as a case manager to a gang members seeking to reduce gun violence. And she also provided group and individual cognitive-based therapy to criminal justice-involved youth and adults. She received her a master’s degree in social work from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work, where she focused on International Social Work, and interned at the United Nations in NYC. Working with young people in the areas of empowerment has been a highlight in Rio’s career. Most recently, Rio worked as an in-home therapist to juvenile offenders across the state struggling with emotional and behavioral issues, offering psycho-educational and CBT therapy. Rio has also worked as an in-home caseworker with youth in the north-end of Hartford, who were suffering from the symptoms of PTSD after having a parent incarcerated. Rio has worked with youth in a residential setting, in an after school program setting, and in a summer camp setting as well.

Outside of her professional life, Rio enjoys exploring New England by way of day trips and kayaking adventures. Rio has lived in the Netherlands, Germany, and Morocco and has learned multiple languages along the way. She strives to continue traveling and learning about the world.


Nicole Marques, M.S., BCBA, LBA

Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Nicole Marques is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at A Brand New Day ABA Services, LLC. She began working for A Brand New Day ABA Services, LLC in 2017 as a Behavior Technician and in 2018, she was promoted to a Clinical Assistant. She supervises behavior technicians who provide behavioral services, based on the principles of applied behavior analysis, to individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other related disabilities in their homes and the community. 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 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 worked with children and adults with a wide-range of diagnoses and behavioral challenges.

Nicole is energetic, loves to travel, crochet, and read mystery novels.


Amanda McDermott, M.S., BCBA, LBA

Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Amanda McDermott is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at A Brand New Day ABA Services, LLC. She began working for A Brand New Day in August of 2019. Amanda earned her Master’s Degree in Education from Simmons University in Boston, MA in May 2016 and is a certified special education teacher in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. She obtained her certification as a BCBA in February of 2019 by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB). 

Amanda has worked in many settings throughout her career including group residential homes, private residences, and public schools. Amanda began her career as a Behavior Technician in May of 2013 in a residential home for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and severe challenging behavior. Following three years in the residential system, Amanda transitioned into the public school setting as a Special Education Teacher. During this time, Amanda oversaw a special education classroom with students ranging in ages between 6-14 and wrote Individualized Education Programs (IEP), progress reports/report cards, and behavior plans and created and modified academic materials for students within the self-contained classroom and within the general education setting. 

In her spare time Amanda enjoys spending time with her husband and two cats, re-reading the Harry Potter series for the 100th time, and cheering on the Philadelphia Eagles! 


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!


Heather Reed, M.S., BCBA, LBA

Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Heather Reed is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at A Brand New Day ABA Services, LLC. She just recently began working for A Brand New Day ABA Services, LLC in 2019, but has worked in the field for over 5 years.

Heather earned her Master’s degree in Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis from Bay Path University. She has worked with children aged 3-21 years old on the Autism Spectrum and with Multiple Disabilities. Heather has worked as a community support counselor in residential group homes; a behavior analyst in a broad-based educational services and therapy special education program, offering intensive interventions and services to students with Autism; and a behavior analyst for home and community programs. 

For fun Heather enjoys taking her two dogs on hikes, exploring new places, and spending time with family and friends.


Valerie Reyes, M.A., BCBA, LBA

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.


Rebecca Scholl, M.S., BCBA, LBA

Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Rebecca has worked in a variety of settings throughout her 4 years in the field of ABA, including schools and clinics. She began her career as a Behavior Technician in 2016 at a school that specialized in serving children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and related disorders. She has experience in writing a variety of programs for vocational training that helps students transition out into the community setting. She has also conducted a variety of preference assessments for individuals of all ages. She has worked with children aging from 5-21. She earned her masters degree in Psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis in August 2018 from Capella University in Minneapolis, MN. She received her BCBA certification in August 2019 and began working for A Brand New Day ABA in October 2019.

In her free time, Rebecca enjoys watching football (go Patriots!), traveling, hiking, swimming, reading and hanging out with friends and family.


Coleen Sutherland, , M.Ed., BCBA, LBA

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Coleen Sutherland is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at A Brand New Day ABA Services, LLC.  Coleen has over 19 years of experience working with children and young adults with special needs. Coleen holds a Master’s degree in Special Education from Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Connecticut.  She earned her post graduate certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, Connecticut in 2014 and her board certification from the BACB in 2015.  Coleen’s experience in the field of ABA spans a variety of settings from homes, schools, outplacement clinics and the community.  

Coleen is the mother of two teenage boys and a 13-year-old Shih Tzu named Oscar.  For fun she enjoys spending time with her sons, working out at the gym, snowboarding, paddle boarding and surfing.   She admits that she is not very good at surfing but loves to be on the water. 


Nate Green, RBT

Talent Development and Acquisition Specialist

Nathaniel Green is a Registered Behavior Technician, a PMT in-house instructor, and a member of the Workplace Safety Committee. He began working for A Brand New Day in 2017 as a Behavior Technician. He supervises behavior technicians who provide behavioral services, based on the principles of applied behavior analysis, to individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other related disabilities in their homes and the community. Nate has trained new and current behavior technicians on the basics of ABA, provides support for the families as well as clinicians, manages scheduling, and assists with assessments. He has recently taken on the new role of Talent Development and Acquisition Specialist.

Nate graduated from MCC with an Associate’s Degree and has worked in human services for 8 years. He worked in many settings such as personal residences, group homes, in-patient units, and other community settings. Nate previously worked as an Assistant Manager for a residential program, where he gained an abundance of experience working with young teens and young adults. He has worked with individuals ranging from 6 to 30 years old with a wide-range of challenging behaviors that impact daily living.

On a personal note, Nate enjoys experiencing new things in life, traveling, and sports. He currently assists with coaching a youth football team.


Chelsea Boutin, RBT

Office Manager

Chelsea started employment at A Brand New Day ABA, LLC in 2018.  She began her employment as a Behavior Technician and was promoted to her current position as Office Manager.  Chelsea is a Registered Behavior Technician and in 2019 became a PMT coach. Chelsea has worked in both school and in-home settings with individuals on the autism spectrum and with other disabilities for about three years. She has always had a strong passion for working with children and adolescents. She enjoys having a positive impact on both her clients and their families, as well as anyone she comes in contact with.

Chelsea graduated Westfield State University in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal justice, and focused on elective courses in child development.

On a personal note, Chelsea loves animals, enjoys being outdoors, and traveling in her spare time. She has traveled to France, Italy, and England, with hopes to visit Ireland and Australia next.


Brianna Etter-Speaker, RBT

Clinical Assistant

Brianna started employment at a Brand New Day ABA, LLC in 2018. She is a Registered Behavior Technician. Very recently, Brianna has joined the Clinical Assistant Team. Brianna started her career as an educator and has gradually moved her way into the field of ABA. Brianna has always worked in Special Education and found her passion through her experiences with students between the ages of 3 and 18 on the Autism Spectrum and other intellectual and developmental disabilities, over the past eleven years. She has a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education and Developmental Psychology, and a Master’s in Education. Brianna has always enjoyed working with children and adolescents in and out of the field of Education.

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 likely be found on stage.


Jenna Miller

Clinical Assistant

Jenna began her employment at A Brand New Day ABA, LLC in 2019. She started as a Behavior Technician and was promoted to her current position as a Clinical Assistant. She graduated from NVCC with an Associates in Behavioral Science and Psychology and has nearly 8 years of experience working with children and adolescents in educational settings. Jenna’s motivation for starting in the field was her desire to help and be an advocate for individuals with special abilities. She enjoys the rewarding work it takes to help improve the lives of individuals with ASD and their families; and strives to bring positive energy and laughter everywhere she goes. 

In her free time, Jenna enjoys trying new foods, exploring new places and meeting new people. She also enjoys playing trivia, no matter how hard it is!  Between all the busyness, Jenna tries to find time to relax through being outdoors in the fresh air or indoors with Netflix and popcorn.


Denise Mitchell

Behavior Technician Trainer

Denise Mitchell is a Behavior Technician Trainer at A Brand New Day ABA. She has been with A Brand New Day since 2017.  Denise comes with many years of experience working with individuals with cognitive and behavioral delays, in and out of the classroom. She has assisted children as young as 3 years old and those entering  early adulthood.

Denise graduated in 2013 from the University of Connecticut with a bachelors degree in Human Development & Family Studies and has since dedicated her career to enhancing the lives of children on the Autism spectrum and their families.

In her free time, Denise enjoys spending time with her husband, family and friends. She loves card games, from spades to poker, and is an avid dog lover and mommy…  ( HI TYSON 🐾)


Zipporah Odom, RBT

RBT Trainer

Zipporah Odom is a Registered Behavior Technician and an RBT Trainer at A Brand New Day. She fell in love with the field of ABA after coming from a similar background working with children using different types of therapy. She has a Masters of Science in Psychology and has been working with children of all ages on the Autism Spectrum for a couple of years. Her goal is to be able to change as many lives as possible for the better!

Zipporah is obsessed with bunnies and loves sushi. Her favorite show of all time is Avatar: The Last Airbender and for fun, she likes to go to the trampoline park!