Our Staff

SJ & Associates is proud to have a talented team of individuals ready to provide the best service for you and your child. Our staff is comprised of licensed and certified professionals with a wealth of experience in serving children with a variety of special needs.


Partner and Operations Director: Angela Mertens

Partner and Clinical Director: Audra Ludlow

Rockland County Coordinator: Lori Perini

Ongoing Service Coordinators

  • Lyn Gagnon, OSC Supervisor

  • Linda Astacio-Holdampf

  • Erica Delehanty

  • Amy Fontana

  • Jennifer Hopkins

  • Chastity Kiely

  • Siy Madera

  • Kathleen McQuoid-Parson

  • Jennifer Pesta

  • Marcie Salit

  • Erica Scalamandre

  • Kimberly Schulman

  • Aileen Vanderpool


Physical Therapists

  • Lorene Allspach, PT

  • Cindi Butler, PT

  • Lauren Fish, DPT

  • Theresa Guerrieri, PT

  • Nicole Kalleberg, PT

  • Katherine Kolesar, DPT

  • Kaitlin Rickerd, PT

  • Izabela Roman, PT


School Psychologists

  • Monica Azzaro, M.S.

  • Erika Butler, M.S.

  • Heather Doherty, Ph.D
    Faigy Fishman, M.S.

              Bilingual - Yiddish

  • Carol Frankel, Ph.D

  • Lyza Granata, M.S. Ed.

  • Rebecca Lew, Ph.D, NCSP

  • Julia Montoya, M.A.

              Bilingual - Spanish

  • Brittany Olah, M.S.
  • Wendy Peguero, M.A.

   Bilingual - Spanish

  • Brian Zambrzycki, M.A.

Occupational Therapists

  • Amanda Casey, COTA

  • Jannell Colon, OTR/L

  • Genette Gulezian, OTR/L

  • Lauren Kelly, COTA

  • Jo Kirschner, OTR/L

  • Christine Krasny, OTR/L

  • Erika Moson, COTA

  • Alexa Petrassi, OTR/L

  • Nataly Quezada, COTA
            Bilingual - Spanish

  • Caitlin Sorrentino, OTR/L

  • Stephanie Zbylut, OTR/

HR/Operations Coordinator

  • Kerri Motta

Special Education Teachers

  • Jessica Alexander, M.S. Ed.

             Bilingual - Spanish​

  • Patricia Bauer, M.S. Ed.

  • Claudia Bulacio-Cobo, M.S. Ed.
         Bilingual - Spanish

  • Lauren Cole-Hatchard Olsen M.S. Ed.
         ABA Teacher

  • Wendi Culver, M.A. Ed.

  • Laura Cutrona, M.S. Ed.
         ABA Teacher

  • Lydia Delgado, M.S. Ed.
         Bilingual - Spanish

  • Anna Demirer, M.S. Ed.
         ABA Teacher

  • Grace Fitzgerald, M.S. Ed.
         ABA Teacher

  • Maribeth Garrity, M.S. Ed.

  • Victoria Kamlet, M.S. Ed.

  • Jolene Keegan,  M.S. Ed.

  • Jessica Klausner, M.S. Ed.   
         ABA Teacher

  • Evelyn Mazzella, M.S. Ed.

 Bilingual - Spanish

  • Mia Orser, M.S. Ed.

  • Kelly Pluchino, M.S. Ed.

  • Laura Pollard, M.S. Ed.

  • Lisa Quimby, M.S. Ed.

  • Jacqueline Ramirez, M.S. Ed.
         Bilingual - Spanish

  • Sylvia Ripps, M.S. Ed.

  • Francine Rykman, M.S. Ed.

  • Mary Ann Sacino, M.S. Ed.

  • Alyssa Saladino, M.S. Ed.
         ABA Teacher

  • Sabrina Sandler-Morea, M.S. Ed.

  • Wendy Steckmeister, M.S. Ed.

  • Cheryl Volpe, B.S. Ed. 

  • Kathleen Walsh, M.S. Ed.

  • Miriam Zisman, M.S. Ed.

Bilingual - Yiddish

Office Administration

  • Debra Albrecht
         Operations Associate

  • Christina Cruz
         CPSE Coordinator

  • Siy Madera
         Operations Associate and OSC

  • Lauren Martorelli

  EI Coordinator

  • Anthony Morabito
         CPSE Coordinator

  • Kelly Pluchino​
         EI Evaluation Coordinator

  • AnnMarie Scotti

              Billing Coordinator

  • Bindia Steinman

              CPSE Assistant

  • Aileen Vanderpool
         CPSE Assistant

  • Janice Vincenzo   
         CPSE Coordinator

Speech Language Pathologists

  • Julia Agosto, M.A./CCC-SLP, TSSLD

  • Yelena Ayupov, M.S./CCC- SLP

  • Lauren Bassel, M.S./CCC-SLP

  • Patricia Bikofski, M.S./CCC-SLP, TSSLD

  • Erin Bullock, M.S./CCC-SLP/TSSLD

  • Kelly Carlyle, M.A. CCC-SLP, TSSLD

  • Jennifer Carota, M.S./CCC-SLP

  • Brinn Castagna, M.S./CCC-SLP, TSSLD

  • Pamela Cerrato, M.A./CCC-SLP, TSHH

  • Marina Colon, M.A./CCC-SLP, SLPD 

            Bilingual - Spanish

  • Carmen Cruz, M.S./CCC-SLP
        Bilingual - Spanish

  • Anne Dunitz, M.S./CCC-SLP

  • Kelly Ferrara, M.A./CCC-SLP

  • Sarah Ferry, M.S./CCC-SLP

  • Filomena Gamez, M.A./CCC-SLP

​Bilingual - Spanish/Italian

  • Alyssa Gentile, M.S./CCC-SLP

  • Jennifer Grammerstorf, M.S./CCC-SLP

  • Amy Kern, M.S./CCC-SLP, TSSLD

  • Nancy Kurlander, M.S./CCC-SLP

  • Rebecca Layman, M.S./CCC-SLP

  • Audra Ludlow, M.S./CCC-SLP

  • Laurie Luther, M.S./CCC-SLP

  • Rachel Mann, M.A./CCC-SLP, TSSLD

  • Christy Miller, M.A./CCC-SLP, TSHH

  • Kim Moore, M.S./CCC-SLP

  • Lori Neilson, M.A./CCC-SLP, TSSLD 

  • Lori Perini, M.S./CCC-SLP, TSSLD

  • Jenna Ottman, M.S./CCC-SLP, TSSLD

  • Elizabeth Pawlowski, M.S./CCC-SLP 

  • Nicole Peterson, M.S./CCC-SLP, TSSLD

  • Roberto Ramirez, M.S./CCC-SLP 
         Bilingual - Spanish

  • Caitlin Reynar, M.S. CFY

  • Ashley Russo, M.A./CCC-SLP

  • Jennifer Shapiro, M.S./CCC-SLP

  • Joann Spina, M.A. CFY

  • Chani Steinmetz, M.S.E., M.S./CCC-SLP

Bilingual - Yiddish

  • Stacy Van Dam, M.Ed./CCC-SLP

Social Work

  • Denise Lasky, LCSW

  • Teresa Luongo, LCSW

  • Jennifer Lowe, LMSW

  • Michele Sevigny, LMSW

Group Aides

  • Nicole Calvario

  • Melissa Hoffman

  • Ally Rastelli

  • Chelsea Santiago

  • Danielle Seara

  • Alexander Slaybaugh

  • Bindia Steinman

In addition to language delays/disorders and articulation/phonological disorders, many of our therapists are experienced working with oral motor and feeding difficulties and are trained in American Sign Language.


SJ & Associates providers have all been thoroughly screened in accordance with New York State personnel guidelines. Along with New York State, the agency requires its providers to pursue continuing education in order to keep up-to-date on the most current and effective therapeutic and teaching techniques.

We are always looking for motivated professionals to join our team - Head over to our Jobs page for details!