Chief Operating Officer
As the Chief Operating Officer, Melanie oversees the operations and procedures of the company and improves the company culture, quality and vision. She secures the functionality of the business, evaluates and interprets data and drives growth. Assisting the CEO and working closely with the Chief Financial Officer fall into Melanie’s responsibilities as well. Establishing and managing business relationships and communicating with staff members, parents, and other stakeholders is an important function of Melanie’s daily agenda.
Melanie is originally from Germany, where she worked as a Pediatric Nurse for eleven years before moving to the United States in 2011. She is also 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 in 2018.
Melanie understands the needs of children and their families on the autism spectrum personally and professionally. She is a member of the Cherry Hill Special Education Parent Teacher Association (CHSEPTA), and enjoys working out, reading, traveling, and spending time with her son.
Parent Liasion, Founder
Jodie received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Rutgers University and then went on to graduate from New York University with a Master’s Degree in Recreational Therapy. Growing up in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, Jodie has always loved helping people. Her work at Connect Plus Therapy is driven by that desire to help others, including her own 22 year-old son who is on the autism spectrum. Jodie is also the mother to triplets. She is one who “gets it” and truly understands the parent’s perspective, when raising a child with special needs.
In addition to her work at Connect Plus, Jodie also serves her community as a member of the Katz Jewish Community Center, as a former member of the Federation Department of Jewish Education and through her involvement in the Friendship Circle endeavor. She worked at the JCC in the summer as camp counselor for 2 year olds to get her “baby fix.”
In the summer of 2019, Jodie took on her largest endeavor yet for Connect Plus Therapy. With the help of an amazing team, she was the director of Camp Connect, a 9 week summer experience for children on the autism spectrum. Her goal was to create a typical camp experience for her clients. This summer Connect Plus hopes to expand this venture and offer a summer experience for young adults.
Clinical Director, Greater Cherry Hill Area
Allison earned her Bachelor’s degree from Washington College in Maryland, during which time she was introduced to behavior analysis. Allison completed several internships during that time, which led her to pursue her Master’s degree in ABA at Penn State Harrisburg. Allison has been a Pennsylvania licensed Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2015. Her professional interests include treatment of severe maladaptive behavior, toilet training, and feeding. At CPT, Allison oversees the clinical programming in the Philadelphia area, and works to promote lifelong adaptive skills for her clients. In her free time, Allison loves to travel, exercise, and spend time with her family.
M.S. Ed, BCBA, LBS
Clinical Director, Greater Philadelphia Area
Dylan M. James is a native Philadelphian. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a second in Sociology cum laude from La Salle University in Philadelphia.
Dylan received Drexel University’s distinguished Staff of the Year Award from the Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
After years of using Applied Behavior Analysis technologies and interventions in the classroom, Dylan enrolled in Florida Institute of Technology’s post graduate ABA program.
Dylan is now a member of the Connect Plus Therapy Team and excited to work alongside like-minded individuals who provide a collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach addressing the various needs of children and adolescents as a means to make socially meaningful change.