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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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Cora Coefield, Principal

Cora has over 25 years of experience as an educator, and has served previously as an instructional leader for children with disabilities in the capacity of Dean of Students, Assistant Principal, and Principal.
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John Bellows, Teacher

John joined the team in 2015 as a crisis counselor. Since then, he has served as an instructional assistant and has now joined our group of teachers.
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Ashley Bolanos

Ashley Bolanos, Operations Coordinator

Since joining the team in 2018, Ashley has served as a counselor and an instructional assistant, and now serves as operations coordinator.
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Theresa Burke, Education Coordinator

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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Dena Byrd

Dena Byrd, Teacher

Dena joined our team in 2017 and teaches in our High School classroom. She holds a Master’s in Psychology with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis.
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Anna Clarke, Teacher

Prior to teaching at the Villa, Anna taught at a public high school for students diagnosed with autism.
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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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Mary Elyiace, Teacher

Mary began at the Sarah Dooley Center for Autism as a counselor in 2016, then became an instructional assistant and is now a teacher.
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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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Quadon McCullough

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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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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Jennifer Ramos

Jennifer Ramos, Teacher

Jennifer Ramos has taught with students with special needs for over ten years in public elementary school.
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Hollie Rhodes, BCBA

Hollie holds a Masters of Teaching in Early Childhood Special Education and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2018.
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Sunshine Selby, Speech Language Pathologist

Sunshine has 15 years of professional experience working with kids with disabilities ranging from ages 2-22.
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Samantha Sunderman

Samantha Sunderman, Teacher

Samantha taught for three years prior to coming to Sarah Dooley Center for Autism.
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Terrice Travers

Terrice Travers, Teacher

Before joining the Sarah Dooley staff, Terrice gained experience in Applied Behavior Analysis as teacher at a private school for children with autism.
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