“Success isn't the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”

 -H Cain
Our Staff
Our Director
Michelle Ragozzine, EdM, BCBA


Michelle Ragozzine is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Providence College and her Master of Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education. Michelle was initially trained in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) by Dr. Alan Kazdin at Yale University and later through the University of West Florida. While working directly for Dr. Kazdin, Michelle was trained in Parent Management Training (PMT). PMT is a highly successful, empirically supported parent education model designed to reduce behavioral excesses in children.

After leaving Yale, Michelle coordinated an ABA program for children over the age three in the state of California. As the coordinator she trained and supervised other behavior analysts and direct therapy staff. Additionally she performed Functional Behavioral Assessments, completed developmental evaluations on children of all ages, and consulted regularly with school districts. While in California Michelle was trained in Pivotal Response Training (PRT), a naturalistic ABA intervention used to teach children on the autism spectrum.

Since returning to CT, Michelle has consulted for school districts and acted as the director of an ABA program in the state of CT. Additional specialties include Picture Exchange Communication (PECS), experimental analysis, staff training and supervision, program development, and positive behavioral support.




Britta Wehmann-Bell, BCBA

Britta Wehmann-Bell is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of Rochester. She then began working at the New England Center for Children in Massachusetts as a Coordinator and Program Specialist. While working at NECC Britta received her Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Northeastern University.

After leaving Massachusetts, she came to Connecticut as a school-based consultant. She gained experience working with children and young adults with special needs in residential programs and school settings. Britta developed and implemented behavior and academic programs for children and young adults with autism and related disorders. Britta also has experience conducting functional behavior assessments and developing programs. In addition she has provided staff training, supervision, and family training. She is excited to join our team at Michelle Ragozzine & Associates!


Lauren Szenina, Administrative Assistant (and former ABA Therapist)

Lauren earned her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Northern Arizona University. She completed three graduate courses in Positive Behavior Support, also through NAU. She worked alongside our director Michelle from August 2010 until April 2012, when she moved closer to home. She is currently living in Colorado pursuing a career in editing. In the meantime, she still plays an important role in administration for Michelle Ragozzine & Associates.


Lisa Benz, Administrative Assistant

Lisa is our newest assistant at Michelle Ragozzine & Associates. She studied psychology at the University of Connecticut until moving home and continuing her studies at Southern Connecticut State University. Lisa is currently a Milford resident with three beautiful children. She has prior experience as an office manager at a mid-size company. She also was an account executive and department manager at a law firm, managing multiple sites and staff members. She briefly worked in sales as a district consultant before finding a home at Michelle Ragozzine & Associates. She has been a homemaker for the last five years and is very excited to get back into the workforce. Her passion for children and their well-being is a perfect fit for our industry.

Rachel Black, ABA Therapist/Art Instructor

Rachel is an ABA Therapist who has been working with children on the Autism Spectrum since 2008. Rachel began her career 11 years ago in Tennessee beginning with at-risk youth and their families along with i
ncarcerated female teens. Rachel transferred to the University of Connecticut where she continued her passion for working with underprivileged children and graduated with her bachelor's in both Linguistics and Psychology in 2007. After graduating from UConn Rachel began a career working with children and adults living with developmental and mental health disabilities in both the school and home environments. Since her involvement with children and families began she has developed her experience further to include Parent Training and Pivotal Response Treatments. 

Rachel is also an established artist and near completion of her Masters of Art Therapy degree at Albertus Magnus College in New haven. Along with working as an ABA Therapist, Rachel teaches ceramics classes in Stamford to children with and without special needs as well as adult workshops. She is a dedicated teacher and therapist who uses play and art as essential developmental and psychological forms of therapy to help children and adults living with mental and developmental disorders.


Caitlan Mezerewski, ABA Therapist

Caitlan earned her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with a concentration in Mental Health from Southern Connecticut State University. She is starting to pursue her Master's Degree in Exceptional Student Education at the University of West Florida in January 2014
. Caitlan will complete coursework to become certified as a behavior analyst as part of her Master's Degree.

Caitlan has been providing ABA services to children of all ages with autism and related disorders since 2009. Prior to deciding to make this work her career, she volunteered for programs that provided services to children with special needs for 6 years. Caitlan has experience in school and home settings. Caitlan is a dedicated and enthusiastic therapist, and feels very fortunate to be able to work in a field that she feels so passionate about.


Nicole Azimov, ABA Therapist

Nicole earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a minor in Neuroscience from the University of Connecticut. Nicole also completed a 3-course BCaBA sequence from Florida Institute of Technology. She is sitting
 for the BCaBA exam in September 2013.

Nicole has been providing ABA therapy to children aged 4 to 12 since 2008. She has worked in both school and home settings providing instruction to children as well as training parents. As a team leader, Nicole has also participated in program development and staff oversight. Nicole is a dedicated clinician who strives to make a difference in the lives of each and every client she services.
  

 
Lisa Contardi, ABA Therapist

Lisa has been providing ABA Therapy in school, clinic and home settings for over six years. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Franklin Pierce College, where she became involved with a preschool program in a local New Hampshire school district, which solidified her desire to enter a field where she could help children grow and develop.
 
After returning to Connecticut, Lisa began working in school systems around the state as an ABA Therapist in elementary, middle, and special education school settings. She has worked with a diverse population of students and has a passion for finding new ways to help kids.
 
Lisa is currently pursuing her Master's in School Counseling at Southern Connecticut State University. Since 2008, she has also been closely involved with tutoring and mentoring students in New Haven through an organization in the local community. Lisa is dedicated to promoting growth and success at all stages of child and adolescent development.



Lauren Vogel, ABA Therapist

Lauren earned her Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Psychology, Sociology, and Public Health from Southern Connecticut State University. She is planning to pursue her Master's degree in Occupational Therapy next year.

Lauren has always been passionate about working with children who have autism and is very fortunate to have the opportunity to pursue that passion. Lauren's experience thus far, has been nothing but gratifying and rewarding. Although Lauren is new to the field of ABA, she hopes to gain all the knowledge and experience necessary to provide quality ABA services to children with autism.

Shanna Hufnagel, ABA Therapist

Shanna is an experienced and enthusiastic therapist who has worked with children with special needs since 2008. She graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Keene State College and is currently pursuing her Master's Degree in Special Education at Fairfield University. She hopes to complete this degree by Fall 2014. 

Shanna has experience providing ABA services to children in the school and home settings. Her unconditional desire to teach and contribute to the progress of children's development has led her to become a distinct and devoted therapist. She is excited and grateful to have the privilege to continue to work with children and their families and share her knowledge and experience in a variety of ways.


Ashley Wulinksy, ABA Therapist

Ashley earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences from the University of Connecticut and a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Southern Connecticut State University. She is also a certified Special Education Teacher. Currently, she is pursuing a graduate certificate in Behavior Analysis through Florida Institute of Technology, as well as completing requirements towards becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. 

Throughout the years, Ashley has worked with a diverse population of children and adolescents. She has provided Special Education services to students in a regional educational service center, as well as a public school setting. Through these varied experiences, Ashley solidified her passion for working with children with Autism. She is dedicated to promoting independence and making a difference in the lives of children and adolescents with disabilities. 

Ashley also has experience with Picture Exchange Communication (PECS), assistive technology, IEP development, staff oversight, and providing various modifications and accommodations within the classroom setting.


Jennifer Mangiacopra, ABA Therapist

Jennifer Mangiacopra is an ABA Therapist who has been providing therapy to young children since 2010. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in autism with a special education certification from Southern Connecticut State University. She received her undergraduate degree in English also from Southern Connecticut State University. She has been providing ABA therapy to children aged 5–13 years in both school and home settings. She is a dedicated instructor who loves to see progress and growth in students. She thinks it is one of the most rewarding feelings one can have knowing her students are learning and succeeding. She wishes to continue ABA instruction for many years to come.