Collaborative Interventions
A Partnership for Meaningful Change

Our Staff

Here is info about our ABA staff in Bethel Connecticut CT

We are PEAK certified and RBT certified

  Keri Spielmann, MS., BCBA   Keri is the founder /Executive Director of Collaborative Interventions. She is a mother of two boys, wife and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).  Keri recognized her passion for ABA when she began working as a therapist in a school district, teaching early learners new language. She quickly realized the impact that ABA had on the lives of her clients, the teachers she worked with and began applying the principles to her own child. She knew within a few months that she had found her passion and career.  Keri graduated from Western Connecticut State University with a BA degree in Psychology and went on to pursue a Masters of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism Spectrum Disorders from Sage Graduate School. Keri is also a Level 1 Certified PEAK instructor and excited to continue pursuing further training.  Keri brings a compassionate, collaborative and understanding perspective to the team and strives to ensure that all programs are practical and improve the lives and family dynamic of children. She cares deeply about the lives of the employees and families that Collaborative Interventions works with and strives to make everyone feel valued.  In her spare time, Keri enjoys spending time with her family, going on hikes and staying current in the research by reading and attending behavior analytic conferences.

Keri Spielmann, MS., BCBA

Keri is the founder /Executive Director of Collaborative Interventions. She is a mother of two boys, wife and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).

Keri recognized her passion for ABA when she began working as a therapist in a school district, teaching early learners new language. She quickly realized the impact that ABA had on the lives of her clients, the teachers she worked with and began applying the principles to her own child. She knew within a few months that she had found her passion and career.

Keri graduated from Western Connecticut State University with a BA degree in Psychology and went on to pursue a Masters of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism Spectrum Disorders from Sage Graduate School. Keri is also a Level 1 Certified PEAK instructor and excited to continue pursuing further training.

Keri brings a compassionate, collaborative and understanding perspective to the team and strives to ensure that all programs are practical and improve the lives and family dynamic of children. She cares deeply about the lives of the employees and families that Collaborative Interventions works with and strives to make everyone feel valued.

In her spare time, Keri enjoys spending time with her family, going on hikes and staying current in the research by reading and attending behavior analytic conferences.

  Justyna Balzar, M.Ed., BCBA   Prior to starting the road to board certification Justyna Balzar began her career in ABA working as an ABA therapist on established ABA home programs. Shortly after, Justyna received her Bachelors Degree from Fordham University in May 2009 with a major in Sociology and a minor in Economics. In 2012 she started to pursue her BCaBA certification through Florida State Institute of Technology. She worked as a BCaBA for two and half years gathering experience working in the private school setting. In May 2015 she received her Masters in Curriculum and Education in Applied Behavior Analysis through Arizona State University and passed her BCBA exam in August 2016.  Currently, Justyna works as a full time BCBA in the public school system and provides part time program oversight for home services through Collaborative Interventions.  Justyna is passionate about staying on top of the most current research in the field of ABA and enjoys disseminating information about the science to others through a variety of modalities including, conversation, sharing articles, and managing and posting to her BehaviorChik Facebook page. She enjoys collaborating with others, providing trainings in ABA, providing quality supervision to candidates for board certification and providing oversight of program delivery. In her spare time she likes to read about the science of OBM (Organizational Behavior Management) and explore the boundless applications of the science of ABA to everyday life.

Justyna Balzar, M.Ed., BCBA

Prior to starting the road to board certification Justyna Balzar began her career in ABA working as an ABA therapist on established ABA home programs. Shortly after, Justyna received her Bachelors Degree from Fordham University in May 2009 with a major in Sociology and a minor in Economics. In 2012 she started to pursue her BCaBA certification through Florida State Institute of Technology. She worked as a BCaBA for two and half years gathering experience working in the private school setting. In May 2015 she received her Masters in Curriculum and Education in Applied Behavior Analysis through Arizona State University and passed her BCBA exam in August 2016.

Currently, Justyna works as a full time BCBA in the public school system and provides part time program oversight for home services through Collaborative Interventions.

Justyna is passionate about staying on top of the most current research in the field of ABA and enjoys disseminating information about the science to others through a variety of modalities including, conversation, sharing articles, and managing and posting to her BehaviorChik Facebook page. She enjoys collaborating with others, providing trainings in ABA, providing quality supervision to candidates for board certification and providing oversight of program delivery. In her spare time she likes to read about the science of OBM (Organizational Behavior Management) and explore the boundless applications of the science of ABA to everyday life.

 
  Veronica B.   Veronica has worked with children and adults who have autism and other various developmental disabilities since 2009. Veronica’s experience working with adults was primarily in the community setting, where she taught a wide range of ADL’s and vocational skills that improved their quality of life and increased their independence. In 2014, Veronica worked in the school setting with elementary aged children who had a diagnosis of autism. She worked with each student; teaching academic goals under the supervision of a special education teacher, and also implemented behavior intervention plans to reduce problem behaviors under the supervision of a BCBA.  In 2015, Veronica joined Collaborative Interventions as an ABA therapist working in the home, school and community settings. During her time working with Collaborative Interventions, she has developed a passion for providing quality parent training, under the supervision of a BCBA. She obtained her Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) certification in 2016.  Veronica graduated with her Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis, from Western Connecticut State University in May of 2017. She is currently completing her supervised fieldwork to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and is expected to sit for the exam in May of 2018. Veronica is very fortunate to work in a field that she is so passionate about, and is excited to continue her career with Collaborative Interventions.  When she is not working; Veronica enjoys spending time outdoors; whether it is hiking in the Adirondacks, trail running in various state parks, or snowboarding in the winter.

Veronica B.

Veronica has worked with children and adults who have autism and other various developmental disabilities since 2009. Veronica’s experience working with adults was primarily in the community setting, where she taught a wide range of ADL’s and vocational skills that improved their quality of life and increased their independence. In 2014, Veronica worked in the school setting with elementary aged children who had a diagnosis of autism. She worked with each student; teaching academic goals under the supervision of a special education teacher, and also implemented behavior intervention plans to reduce problem behaviors under the supervision of a BCBA.

In 2015, Veronica joined Collaborative Interventions as an ABA therapist working in the home, school and community settings. During her time working with Collaborative Interventions, she has developed a passion for providing quality parent training, under the supervision of a BCBA. She obtained her Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) certification in 2016.

Veronica graduated with her Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis, from Western Connecticut State University in May of 2017. She is currently completing her supervised fieldwork to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and is expected to sit for the exam in May of 2018. Veronica is very fortunate to work in a field that she is so passionate about, and is excited to continue her career with Collaborative Interventions.

When she is not working; Veronica enjoys spending time outdoors; whether it is hiking in the Adirondacks, trail running in various state parks, or snowboarding in the winter.

  Laura F.   Laura received her bachelor’s degree in English with a psychology minor from Siena College in 2016. She is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Western Connecticut State University and plans to sit for her BCBA exam in the future.  Laura is proficient in American Sign Language and is continuing to pursue this passion in hopes to become fluent. Laura is new to the field of ABA, however, she has experience working with children in multiple settings throughout the field. Laura has always had an affinity and love for working with children and looks forward to continuing to learn about ABA with the team at Collaborative Interventions.

Laura F.

Laura received her bachelor’s degree in English with a psychology minor from Siena College in 2016. She is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Western Connecticut State University and plans to sit for her BCBA exam in the future.

Laura is proficient in American Sign Language and is continuing to pursue this passion in hopes to become fluent. Laura is new to the field of ABA, however, she has experience working with children in multiple settings throughout the field. Laura has always had an affinity and love for working with children and looks forward to continuing to learn about ABA with the team at Collaborative Interventions.