Meet the Staff

Adam Dreyfus, Director

Adam comes to the Sarah Dooley Center for Autism after serving the Commonwealth of Virginia as a Technical Assistance Associate at VCU’s Autism Center for Excellence.

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Kelly Amato, Speech-Language Pathologist

Kelly has worked with children, adolescents and adults in private clinic and both public and private school settings.

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Jessie Brown, Teacher

Jessie became a middle school teacher at the Sarah Dooley Center for Autism team after working in the Villa’s Day Support program.

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Liz Capers, Program Manager

Liz has worked with children, adolescents and adults with disabilities for over 8 years. She holds a Master’s Degree in Curriculum Development and Design.

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Joanna Chocklet, Operations Coordinator

Joanna began working with students with disabilities in New York at the Center for Discovery in 2015, and joined the Sarah Dooley team in August 2016.

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Craig Coles, Treatment Specialist

Craig has worked with children, adolescents and adults with intellectual disabilities and psychiatric disorders since 1991.

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Jessica Hofmeyer, Teacher

Jessica comes from a background of conducting Applied Behavior Analysis techniques in the home environment, and has experience assisting families in collaboration with school systems and other professionals.

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Michelle Hughey, Teacher

Michelle has been a part of the St. Joseph’s Villa community for 12 years. She holds a M.S. in Clinical Psychology and teaches psychology and sociology courses at a local career college.

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Brittany Legget, Treatment Specialist

Brittany is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with experience working with individuals with autism and related disorders between the ages of 15 months and 38 years of age.

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Tina Marler, Teacher

Tina has worked with people with special needs since 2007 and began working at the Sarah Dooley Center for Autism in September of 2011.

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Quadon McCullough, Compliance Coordinator

Quadon McCullough has been working with individuals with disabilities since 2008. She first began her journey in upstate New York where she worked for Cerebral Palsy Rochester.

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Kaitlin McKinley, Speech Language Pathologist

Kaitlin has worked in a classroom, private practice, and early intervention setting for children with disabilities, and has a background in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and early childhood development

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Elisha Patterson, Teacher

Elisha Patterson has taught special education for more than 5 years, and has worked with students of all ages with a wide range of abilities.

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Brittany Putnam, Teacher

Brittany graduated from South University- Richmond in 2013 with Cum Laude Honors and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She has worked with children and young adults with intellectual disabilities since age 13.

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Theresa Rothhaar, Teacher

Theresa came to the Sarah Dooley Center from Autism from Rochester, NY. She holds a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Roberts Wesleyan College.

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Petra Stockhaus, Teacher

Petra has worked for both public and private day schools supporting children and adolescents with autism and other developmental disabilities for over ten years as a teacher and education specialist.

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Leaora Wagner, Program Manager

Leaora has a Master’s Degree in Human Services, Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Maryland and 15 years of experience working to support children with special needs

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