Behavior Technicians

Provides one-on-one therapy with your child by implemening the individualized treatment plan created by the supervising BCBA. The BT has the role of creating a positive and fun learning experiece for your child. 

Alexis Daneau

Behavior Technician

I have a B.A in Communication Sciences and Disorders from The University of Maine, and I am currently working on my Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Emerson College. I enjoy learning about behavior and applying principles of ABA with my clients. I feel that I am part of a close team that aims to help each client reach their greatest potential and I love watching my clients progress with the services I provide!

Casey Sharpe

Behavior Technician

My name is Casey; I graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. When I decided to pursue psychology I knew that I wanted to work with children. I am excited about the career path I have chosen and look forward to continuing to apply ABA to everyday life.  In my free time, I love going to the beach, going for runs, and watching New England Sports games.

Mara Degagne

Behavior Technician

I began my career of working with those with autism in San Diego, CA.,

where I was trained and attended workshops with people who are still

greatly respected in the field today!  I have worked as an independent

contractor through Applied Behavior Consultants, where I opened a

supportive living agency and managed a program that supported adults with disabilities in opening micro enterprises. In San Diego, I was fortunate enough to be part of innovative self supporting performing arts group that I co -directed. Music is a Universal language and remains a passion of mine.

Meghan Decie

Registered Behavior Technician (RBT)

I have been working with children and adults who have ASD since 2016.  What began as a volunteering opportunity quickly turned into a passion of mine. I then decided that I wanted to take leap into the world of ABA.  I recently graduated from Salem State University with my bachelors degree in psychology and currently work full time as a behavior technician.  I love to go for walks in the woods, take long car rides around just to talk, and sing!

I am currently finishing up my bachelor’s degree in Psychology at
Salem State University. I am so happy that I chose to pursue the field of psychology as it is a place that I can continue to work, learn and grow in.  I work hard at each session with each client to help them reach their goals and true potential! During my free time,  I love to walk my dog, read my favorite books,
spend time with my family and go to country concerts!


I have a passion for working in the  field of Special Education. In addition to working for B.E.S.T., I also work in the Newburyport School District with students who have special needs. Additionally, I have grown up with two brothers that have special needs whom have inspired my love for this field of work! I am so excited to continue to help children grow.

In my free time, I enjoy camping with my family, relaxing and playing my guitar! 

Kassidy Kennefick

Behavior Technician

Alyssa Clement

Behavior Technician

I first began working with children in my role as a Head Instructor at a karate academy. Once I graduated from Umass Lowell with my BA in English and Psychology, I decided I wanted to go on an adventure. So I pursued my Teaching English as a Second Language certificate and spent a year teaching English in South Korea. When I returned, I became a BT and am currently enrolled in a Master's program to work toward becoming a BCBA. When I am not working or studying, I love reading (especially fantasy) and playing games with my family.

Alyssa Aldorasi

Behavior Technician

I am currently enrolled as a senior at Merrimack College finishing my bachelors degree in Health Sciences. Post graduation, I hope to continue my education and attend a masters program for occupational therapy! I am so excited to be a part of this team and watch clients learn and grow. In my free time, I love going to the beach, spending time with friends, and taking my dog for walks!

Sarah Kuczwara

Behavior Technician

My name is Sarah and I have been working with kids professionally for almost ten years now. I hold a degree in Early Childhood Education and have always had a passion for working with children. I especially love to help them grow and develop. In my free time, I really enjoy traveling and going to see Broadway shows with my friends and family!

Emily Drury

 Behavior Technician

Maranda Williams

 Behavior Technician

Hello, my name is Maranda; I am soon to be graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Criminology and minors in Psychology + English. I love the field of social science and aiding others. I have worked as a residential counselor for children with trauma and developmental delays and I enjoy having  the ability to help clients thrive
and grow. It is an amazing feeling to be a part of someone’s progress and I am excited to continue to learn
and grow in the field of ABA. I plan to attend graduate school for clinical or forensic psychology in the future. In my free time, I enjoy playing with my cats, visiting my twin brother and doing some arts and crafts!

It is nice to meet you!

Cheyenne Tamayo

 Behavior Technician

My name is Cheyenne, I have a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice. In college, I was exposed to a variety of classes that are deeply rooted in the importance of providing quality care for the community. I am currently pursuing a master’s degree at Salem State in the Adjustment Counseling and School
Counseling program. My mother is a Social Worker and through her, I have learned the honor a family bestows upon you when allowing you into their home and into their world. I am also fluent in Spanish and am tri cultural.
In my spare time I enjoy traveling, exploring new places and going on adventures with my dog
Bruno who is up for anything and everything at any given time.

Devyn Mangrum 
Behavior Technician

Hi everyone! My name is Devyn and I am a graduate of Merrimack College with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology.  I am currently working toward my Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  I have worked with children who have autism since 2013 in many different settings, ranging from classrooms to in-home care. I am excited to help your child not only grow but become aware of their strengths. 


When I am not working, I love spending time with my family and my dog Tulip!

Ciara Shaughnessy

 Behavior Technician

I began my career working with children and adults with ASD over five years ago at The May Institute. During my time at The May, I received my Master’s Degree in Special Education, Severe Disabilities. I have worked with individuals ranging in ages 4-22 teaching functional living skills, academics, social skills and communication. I thoroughly enjoy working on functional living skills as well as functional communication. I am currently a Special Education teacher in a public school and am excited to gain experience working with individuals in the home setting. Outside of ABA, I enjoy spending time with my very large family and love going to the beach in the warmer weather.

Kylee Kurto

 Behavior Technician

I am currently completing a Master's of Psychology in Child & Adolescent Development from Southern New Hampshire University. My prior experience includes three-years of adult special education. What I enjoy most about ABA is genuinely connecting with families, making a difference in a child's life, and continuing to nurture my professional growth. Outside of ABA, I am a "solopreneur" (solo business owner) that educates and develops confidence in young women. I love (American) football, cleaning my car, and socializing! 

Caroline Crass

 Behavior Technician

I am currently finishing up a bachelor’s degree in psychology and am super excited to work the field of ABA therapy! I enjoy working with clients to help them to continue to learn and grow. I have had many years of childcare experience and have worked as a swim instructor for children with disabilities. In my free time, I enjoy reading, running, and spending time with friends and family!

Maria Maldonado

 Behavior Technician

 I am a graduate of Merrimack College where I studied Child Family and Community Studies. I have worked in the early childhood field for over 16 years and throughout the years have had the opportunity to work with children of different ages and abilities. I am most fulfilled when I am able to find a child's strength and use it to further their development and help them succeed.

 My passion has always been focused on the well being of children and fostering support to families.

In my free time I enjoy painting, music, and dancing. I also love the outdoors, sports, and spending time with my two  children!

Casey Ergin

 Behavior Technician

I’m a recent graduate of Union College, where I received a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience (cognitive track).  Over the last several years of working with children in various roles, I’ve found that guiding them through the learning process and celebrating their successes to be so incredibly rewarding!

 In my free time, I love hiking with my dogs, playing games with my friends, playing music, and spending time with my family!