Chief Operating Officer
As the Chief Operating Officer, Melanie provides leadership, strategic vision, and direction to ensure Connect Plus Therapy delivers the highest quality services to meet your family's needs. She leads all operational facets of the organization, including planning and budgeting, improving our services offerings, and driving growth. In addition, she establishes and manages business relationships and communications with staff, parents, and various stakeholders in partnership with executive leadership.
Melanie is originally from Germany, where she worked as a Pediatric Nurse for eleven years before moving to the United States. She is a certified Mentor and Practical Instructor for Specialized Health Care Professions and obtained her bachelor's degree in Health Services Management from the University of Maryland University College.
Melanie understands the needs of children and their families on the autism spectrum personally and professionally and is an active member of the Cherry Hill Special Education Parent Teacher Association (CHSEPTA).
Founder, Parent Liason
As the Founder and Parent Liason, Jodie is the heart of Connect Plus Therapy. Jodie has always loved helping people, and that desire drives her work at Connect Plus Therapy. Her adult son is on the autism spectrum, and she is also a mother to triplets. Jodie "gets it" and truly understands a parent's perspective when raising a child with special needs.
Jodie received her bachelor's degree in Psychology from Rutgers University and a Master's Degree in Recreational Therapy from NYU. In addition to her work at Connect Plus, Jodie serves her community as a member of the Katz Jewish Community Center, a former member of the Federation Department of Jewish Education, and her involvement in the Friendship Circle endeavor.
In 2019, Jodie took on her most significant endeavor yet for Connect Plus Therapy. With the help of a fantastic team, she started Camp Connect. A nine-week summer camp so that children on the autism spectrum can have a typical summer camp experience.
Lindsey DelCarlino, MA., BCBA, LBS
Clinical Director, Greater Philadelphia, PA
As the Clinical Director of the Greater Philadelphia Area, Lindsey oversees all clinical programming and strives to streamline our practices and foster program development aligned with our core values. Lindsey began her career as a behavior technician, working one-to-one with individuals with a diagnosis of autism in home and school settings. Witnessing the impact of an autism diagnosis and the benefits ABA provided fueled her passion for obtaining her Master's degree in applied behavior analysis and certification as a BCBA.
Lindsey's experience has supported individuals across the lifespan in behavior management, social skill development, and life skill improvements. She has worked with parents, staff members, and educators in training, program development, supervision. She has also instructed college-level classes in applied behavior analysis. Her compassion and model of care ensures that all clients and families are heard and engaged so that we can provide the best outcomes and effective individualized care.