Owner and Executive Clinical Director
Jaclynn has twenty years experience teaching children on the autism spectrum across all ages and skill levels. Jaclynn is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Certified Ohio Behavior Analyst, and licensed Principal with the state of Ohio. Jaclynn holds a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education (John Carroll University 2003), a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership (John Carroll University 2007) and obtained her post-graduate certification in Applied Behavior Analysis from Penn State University (2010).
Spanning two decades in educational and behavioral instruction and consultation, Jaclynn’s career experiences have included positions as a private home behavioral therapist (2000-2003), Coordinating Teacher and Educational Coordinator at the Lerner School at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism (2003-2009), public education experience as a Special Education Supervisor for Riverside Local Schools (2009-2012), and most recently Educational & Behavioral Consultant and Director of Program Development for KidsLink, a non-public, private separate facility serving children with autism (2012-2019).
Jaclynn has utilized her expertise in the area of autism and special education to partner with districts and families on educating them of the importance of intensive intervention.
Jaclynn has presented at the local and regional level on a variety of topics related to Special Education, Autism, Behavior Modification, Executive Functioning Skills and Applied Behavior Analysis, specifically on the following topics: function of behavior, treatment of severe aggression and self-injurious behavior, reinforcement principles, executive function deficits, discrete trial teaching, behavioral modification, and crisis intervention. In addition, Jaclynn is a registered instructor in Non-Violent Crisis Intervention through the Crisis Prevention Institute.
Clinical Operations Director
Colleen received her Bachelors Degree from California State University, Fullerton in Child and Adolescent Studies. She has been in the field of education for 15+ years with experience in both neuro-typically developing and special need students ranging from 18 months to 18 years. Colleen has held positions in both private and public educational settings. At her previous employer, she worked as the School Administrative Manager for a private, separate-facility servicing school aged children with autism.
Colleen is excited to bring her expansive knowledge in both her administrative capacities and student-based services to Thrive Early Learning Center.
Speech & Language Pathologist
Kelli oversees speech & language services at Thrive. Kelli’s experience includes 15+ years of working with children on the autism spectrum. Kelli has specialized training in the Circles of Communication and the SOS approach to feeding.
Lauren directs Occupational Therapy services at Thrive. Lauren is a licensed, registered board certified occupational therapist. Lauren has been working with children since 2013 and focuses her services in school & clinic based therapy.
Lead Behavior Technician
Tori is Thrive’s Lead Behavior Technician. Tori has an undergraduate degree in psychology from John Carroll University and is a Registered Behavior Technician. Tori is pursuing a Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis as well as her certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. As our Lead Behavior Tech, Tori assists in the development of curriculum in our web-based data collection system and assists in the oversight of staff training.
At Thrive, your child’s Expert Care Team comprised of the following specializations:
- Board Certified Behavior Analyst
- Licensed Principal
- Early Childhood Teacher
- Registered Behavior Technician(s)
- Behavior Technicians
- Speech and Language Therapists
- Occupational Therapist