Melanie Skoofalos, 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.
Jodie Littwin, Parent Liaison
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 Progressive is driven by that desire to help others, including her own 19 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 Progressive, 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 also works in the summer as camp counselor for 2 year olds to get her “baby fix.”
Caroline Tomlinson, MA, BCBA, Clinical Director
Caroline has always wanted to work with children and fell in love with the field of ABA as an intern in 2005. After graduating with her Bachelors in Psychology, Caroline started working as Behavior Technician in home, school and community settings and moved into a consultant role after earning her BCaBA. Caroline earned her Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis from Rowan University in 2010 and her BCBA in 2011. Caroline has over 10 years experience working with individuals with Autism. Over her career, she has worked with individuals with Autism from 12 months to 29 years of age.
As a Clinical Supervisor, Caroline assists in complete Initial Assessments, oversees current programing scheduling needs and assists the BCBA’s, Behavior Technicians, clients and their families in a variety of capacities.
Caroline is currently in the process of getting her ESDM certification. She lives with her husband, 6 year old daughter, 4 year old son, the family cat and dog.
Katie Neely, MA., BCBA, Training SupervisorKatie has spent her career working with young children. Interning for a company that provided Applied Behavior Analysis services to children on the Autism Spectrum lead her to her continued work in the field. She received her Bachelor’s in Psychology at Rutgers University, Camden and a Masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at Rowan University. Katie spent 9 years working in Early Intervention, providing evidence based services that were developmentally appropriate for the clients she serviced. She worked as a BCBA for Connect Plus before being promoted to Clinical Supervisor for the Philadelphia area. Katie currently oversees the Initial Intake process, as the Intake Clinical Supervisor. Katie meets with each family and client, conducts a parent interview and a home observation. Katie also reviews the policies and therapeutic culture of Connect Plus.
Katie is currently working to become an ESDM certified therapist. She lives with her husband of 7 years, 5 year old son, 3 year old daughter, and the family dog.
Steffany Hoffman, M.A., BCBA — Clinical Supervisor
Steffany Hoffman started in the field of ABA in 1998 as a behavior technician while attending Rutgers University. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology while she continued to gain experience in the field by providing services in a variety of settings. She earned her BCaBA certification in 2003 and delivered consultation services in home and school environments. She then earned her Master’s Degree in ABA in 2013 from Rowan University. Steffany has over 20 years of experience working with individuals with Autism across several counties within NJ as well as in Japan. She also held a Clinical Supervisory position at Rowan University for 2 years involving research in ABA gaining experience in a center based environment.
As a Clinical Supervisor, Steffany assists in completing assessments, oversees current program scheduling needs and provides support to BCBAs, Behavior Technicians, clients and their families in a variety of capacities.
Wendy Lax, M.S. Ed., BCBA-LBS, Director of Outreach and Development
Wendy Lax hails from the small coastal town of Groton, CT. After obtaining a BA in Judaic Studies from SUNY Albany with a double minor in education and history, Wendy was a leadership fellow at the She’arim College of Jewish Studies for Women. In 2009 Wendy moved to Queens, New York and started a dual master’s in Early Childhood Special Education and General Education, while working as a preschool teacher in a private school on the Upper West Side. One of her Master’s classes was a required “Behavior” class, that was taught by a BCBA-D and introduced Wendy to the world of Behavior Analysis. After obtaining her Master’s degree and her New York State teaching certificate Wendy went on to work as an ABA therapist at the Manhattan Children’s Center while taking the required BCBA coursework. Over three consecutive summers Wendy was a lead teacher for an ASD classroom at Camp HASC in the catskills, which she views as one of the most formative experiences of her clinical experience. In 2015 Wendy moved to the Philadelphia area, obtained her PA teaching certificate and started work in early intervention, in which she worked with clients aged 13 mo- 5 years in almost every part of the city. In 2018 she obtained her BCBA certification as well as her Behavior Specialist License.
Wendy lives in Bala Cynwyd with her husband, and twin 3 year old boys.
Eve Cantor, Director of Marketing
Eve Cantor is responsible for overseeing the marketing direction in events, social media, brand awareness and collaboration partners for Connect Plus Therapy. Eve also assists in supporting all new business developments through the advisement of CEO Aron Igel. Eve is also responsible for overseeing the office and all of its immediate and long term needs by working closely with the executive and clinical staff.
Eve has a double Bachelors degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology – FIT in Fashion Buying and Merchandising and Marketing Communications. She enjoys volunteering, exercising and spending time with her husband and 4 kids.
Allison Granroth, Clinical Scheduler
Allison has spent most of her career working with young children. She graduated from Rowan University in 2015 with her Bachelor’s in Sociology and Social Work. She also has an Associate’s in Elementary Education and Special Education. As Clinical Scheduler, she is in constant contact with the behavior techs in the field and handles all scheduling for each case. She also is a great addition to the Clinical Team as she has worked in the field for Connect Plus Therapy for over two years and brings plenty of hands on experience to the team. Allison currently lives in Laurel Springs with her boyfriend and their dog.
Anthony Puneau, HR Generalist
As HR Generalist, Anthony oversees all of the human resources needs for Connect Plus Therapy from policy and procedure development to hiring and everything in between. Anthony spent eight years working as an emergency medical technician in Ocean County, New Jersey while attending Stockton University. He received his BS in Healthcare Administration and began his career in Human Resources. After working in a clinical setting for about 5 years, Anthony decided that he enjoys both the medical and human resources field where he gets to do both at Connect Plus.
In his free time Anthony enjoys finding new music, new food, and spending time with friends.
Social Worker, Elena Espada, MSW
Elena Espada has over 26 years’ experience working with children, communities, families and individuals as an agent of change and providing support and guidance. Ms. Espada attended the College of New Rochelle in New York and graduated with a Bachelor in Liberal Arts. Ms. Espada continued her educational studies at Fordham University in New York City and graduated with a Master’s of Social Work. Ms. Espada has studied many modalities to bring healing to those in need. She is a lifelong learner driven by the abundance of opportunities available to enhance the lives of everyone she comes in contact with on a daily basis.
Ms. Espada will provide Social Work Services, conduct intakes with families, and maintain communication to ensure the process of authorization with insurance companies are processed accordingly. In addition to that, she will coordinate and lead parenting groups to educate and support the families of children with Autism. Ms. Espada is passionate about assisting people to develop healthy decision making skills and teaching them how to maintain optimal health and well-being.
Natiana Rodriguez, Assistant to COO
Naitiana has experience working with children and adults in mental health, substance abuse and domestic violence. She’s a certified medical assistant and domestic violence advocate. Naitiana enjoy’s helping people in need and is continuing her education to further grow in her career. She enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family.