Crystal A. Harms, M.Ed., BCaBA, Clinical Director
As the Clinical Director of Progressive ABA Therapy, Crystal drives the services provided through her expertise in Special Education, Applied Behavior Analysis, Verbal Behavior, and Positive Behavior Support, among other research proven methods of teaching and engagement in education. Crystal supervises the BCBA’s and ABA Therapists in their planning and implementation of each child’s individual learning program. She closely follows each client’s unique progress and overall development. Crystal is also an adjunct professor for Rowan University in the Psychology department and is passionate J Jodieabout mentoring students to reach their educational and career goals in the field.
Crystal’s background is in Psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis as well as a master’s degree in Special Education from Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania. She has been a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) for 22 years. Crystal was a certified teacher of the handicapped since 1997 in Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Over the years, Crystal has served children with special needs and their families as a special education teacher, behavioral consultant, learning consultant, and supervisor of programs in both public and private settings. In 2009, Crystal and her family moved to Nova Scotia in 2009 where she founded a not-for-profit, special education private school and equine therapy program.
Crystal returned to South Jersey in August of 2016 with her family and two dogs and her horse, Jake. He is kept at a local stable where where he is used for their Kaleidoscope equine therapy program.
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.”
Katie Neely, MA., BCBA, Clinical Supervisor
Katie 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. As Clinical Supervisor, Katie assists in initial assessments, oversees current programming, scheduling needs and assists the BCBAs, Behavior Technicians, children and their families in a variety of capacities.
Katie is currently working to become an ESDM certified therapist. She lives with her husband of 6 years, 4 ½ year old son, 2 year old daughter, two cats and the family dog.
Caroline Tomlinson, MA, BCBA, Clinical Supervisor
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.
Melanie Skoofalos, Clinical Coordinator
As the Clinical Coordinator, Melanie is responsible for the administrative segment of the scheduling processes for all provided services. Other general administrative tasks such as updating data, organizing day-to-day operations, and establishing company policies and regulations in liaison with the Clinical Director and Clinical Supervisors fall into Melanie’s responsibilities as well.
Communication 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 CrossFit, traveling, and spending time with her son.
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.