Executive Staff

Suzanne Buchanan, Psy.D., BCBA-D, Executive Director
sbuchanan@autismnj.org
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Dr. Suzanne Buchanan is the Executive Director of Autism New Jersey, a licensed psychologist, and Board Certified Behavior Analyst – Doctoral (BCBA-D). She currently serves as the Chair of the New Jersey Board of Applied Behavior Analyst Examiners, a state body that regulates the profession of behavior analysis. She earned a doctorate in clinical psychology from Long Island University and has worked in the autism field for more than twenty-five years.

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Dr. Buchanan provides Autism New Jersey with clinical and operational leadership; disseminates information regarding evidence-based intervention to parents, professionals, and the media; and advises public policy efforts from a clinical perspective. She and her colleagues have led multiple successful advocacy campaigns including but not limited to rolling back policies that would have decreased the availability of housing for adults with autism, establishing state licensure for the practice of behavior analysis, and facilitating Medicaid coverage of ABA for children with autism.

Dr. Buchanan also authored a paper on the effectiveness of Applied Behavior Analysis for adults with autism that was part of the justification for removing the state’s age cap on its autism insurance mandate paving the way to a new funding source for treatment for adults with autism. She also serves on the New Jersey Attorney General’s Statewide Steering Committee to Address Mental Health and Special Needs Populations. Her interests include family resilience, informed decision-making about autism intervention, and contributing to the development and implementation of state policies that impact the autism community and the professionals who support them.

 

Ellen Schisler, Associate Executive Director
eschisler@autismnj.org
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Education and Training

Lauren Frederick, M.A., BCBA, Clinical Director
lfrederick@autismnj.org
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Lauren Frederick earned her master’s degree from The Pennsylvania State University and has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2003. She has more than 20 years of experience working with individuals with autism and intellectual disabilities in a variety of settings, including schools, homes, residential programs, and hospitals. Lauren has extensive experience utilizing the principles of ABA to assess and treat severe problem behaviors in individuals with autism. She has spent many years working in senior clinical and administrative leadership positions as well as in training and education roles. She has presented at numerous regional and national conferences and works as an adjunct professor for a graduate-level ABA program. Lauren served as a clinical leader at a large pediatric hospital where she helped integrate the principles of ABA into the medical care of individuals with autism and other behavioral health concerns. Most recently, she worked as the autism and ABA expert for a government contractor to assist in providing access to ABA for military families.

Lauren’s work at Autism New Jersey focuses on promoting and providing high-quality, evidence-based education and resources to families and professionals. In addition, Lauren’s unique experience in healthcare makes her uniquely qualified to establish and lead Autism New Jersey’s newest initiative which will focus improving access to safe, high-quality compassionate healthcare for individuals with autism . Lauren focuses on building partnerships with healthcare providers across New Jersey as well as providing education to families and professionals on best-practices in supporting individuals with autism within healthcare settings.

 

Stephanie Flamini, M.S., BCaBA, Coordinator
sflamini@autismnj.org
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Information Services

Jonathan Gottlieb, Director
jgottlieb@autismnj.org
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Deb Charette, Coordinator
dcharette@autismnj.org
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Claire Wieczerak, MSW, Coordinator
cwieczerak@autismnj.org
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Public Policy

Eric Eberman, M.S.Ed., Director
eeberman@autismnj.org
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Eric Eberman, M.S.Ed. is the Public Policy Director at Autism New Jersey where he is responsible for the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the agency’s public policy activity. In this role, he co-led successful advocacy efforts to license behavior analysts in the State of New Jersey and establish NJ Medicaid coverage of Applied Behavior Analysis for children 0-21. For more than two decades, Eric has worked with and advocated for children and adults with autism and intellectual disabilities, specifically those with severe challenging behavior.

He earned his Master of Science in Education, specializing in Applied Behavior Analysis, from Temple University under the tutelage of Dr. Philip Hineline. He spent the first 20 years of his career working at a large service provider for children and adults with autism, beginning with providing direct service to individuals with autism and challenging behavior to serving for 10 years on the executive team overseeing clinical services and acute behavioral health. He has presented his work and research at numerous local, regional, and national conferences.

He currently serves as the Government Affairs Chair of the New Jersey Association for Behavior Analysis (NJABA). He formerly served as a member of the Executive Board for the New Jersey Alliance for Children, Youth, and Families, has been honored by the Philadelphia 76ers with their “Heroes Among Us” award which is given to individuals in the greater Philadelphia-area who have made exceptional and overwhelming contributions to better the lives of children in the community, and was one of South Jersey Magazine’s “Men of the Year” which recognizes men who demonstrate a spirit of caring, giving, and making a difference in the lives of others.

Communications & Marketing

Jessica Barkosky, Director
jbarkosky@autismnj.org
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Data & Technology

Jeffrey Gaither, Manager of Data & Technology
jgaither@autismnj.org
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Elissa Kapp, Project Coordinator
ekapp@autismnj.org
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Development

Brynn Alberici, M.A., Manager of Special Events & Community Relations
balberici@autismnj.org
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Christina Toth, Coordinator of Special Events & Community Relations
ctoth@autismnj.org
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Michelle Nini, Administrative Assistant
mnini@autismnj.org
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List as of 2/1/2022