Behavioral Team

Kristie Girten, RBT

Support Staff

Education: Bachelor's Degree in Family and Consumer Science from Ball State University

Focus of Practice: Child Development

Experience: Kristie Laughlin joined The Hope Learning Center in 2016. Kristie will be starting her graduate program in January to receive Master's Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis with an Emphasis in Autism from Ball State University. Kristie has experience working with children of all ages and skill sets on the autism spectrum through her internship at The LOGAN Center in South Bend, Indiana, she was also a 1:1 Behavior Technician at The Behavior Analysis Center for Autism in Elkhart, Indiana as an Instructor of Step-Up classroom at Applied Behavioral Services in West Chester, Ohio. Kristie has completed her training and recently received her Registered Behavior Technician credential.

Brianna Marburger, RBT

Support Staff

Education: Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh

Focus of Practice: Applied Behavior Analysis & Autism

Experience: Brianna Marburger joined the Hope Learning Center in 2017. She is currently enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh to complete her M.Ed. in Applied Behavior Analysis, as well as to complete the Autism Certificate Program. Upon completion of her degree she will sit to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).

Prior to her start at Hope, Brianna worked as Therapeutic Support Staff in the home, school, and community settings, and also worked as a behavior technician in an approved private school for children on the autism spectrum as well as with multiple disabilities. Brianna received training in Applied Behavior Analysis & Verbal Behavior through PaTTAN, and worked in a verbal behavior classroom that was overseen by PaTTAN consultants. Brianna has experience working with individuals from ages 2-18, as well as individuals with autism, intellectual disabilities, down syndrome, fragile x syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, anxiety disorder, and ADHD.

Kate Jeppesen, RBT

Support Staff

Education: Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Notre Dame College

Focus of Practice: Behavior

Experience: Kate Jeppesen joined The Hope Learning Center in 2017. Prior to her work at Hope, Kate has gained a wide array of experience in the behavioral field through her 8 years in working in specialized schools in the Cleveland area.

Jamie Larson, MA Ed, RBT

Support Staff

Education: Bachelor's Degree in Communication Disorders from Geneva College and Masters of Education with an emphasis on Autism from Sliperly Rock University.

Focus of Practice: Special Education: Autism

Experience: Jamie Larson joined The Hope Learning Center in 2017. Jamie has recently earned her Master's degree in education with an emphasis in Autism. Jamie has gained experience throughout her career working with children throughout varied settings and through clinical experience as a therapist. Currently Jamie is going through the education, training and certification to obtain her Registered Behavior Technician credential.

Marissa Mott, RBT

Support Staff

Education: Bachelor of Science Degree in Speech-language Pathology from Kent State University

Focus of Practice: Applied Behavior Analysis

Experience: Marissa Mott joined The Hope Learning Center in 2017. Prior to working at Hope, Marissa gained experience working and volunteering in daycare centers, clinical settings, and inclusion classrooms. Marissa has recently earned her Registered Behavior Technician credential and is practicing Applied Behavior Analysis with current clients at The Hope Learning Center's ABA clinic.


Julie Ogden, RBT

Support Staff

Education: West Virginia University, BA in Psychology & Criminology

Focus of Practice: Psychology, Behavior, Crisis Management.

Experience: Julie Ogden joined The Hope Learning Center in 2017. While at West Virginia University Julie worked at the Mon County Youth Services Center, an emergency shelter for at risk youth. After college Julie went on to work at the Applied Behavior Center for Autism located in Indianapolis, IN. Julie went on to become a RBT and was certified in PCM (professional crisis management). Julie is currently enrolled at Ball State University pursuing her Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis with a certificate focus in autism and ABA.

Jaclyn Dixon, M.Ed, LBS, RBT

Support Staff

Education: Clarion University: Bachelor of Science in Psychology Indiana University: Master of Education in Educational Psychology

Focus of Practice: Psychology

Experience: Jaclyn joined The Hope Learning Center in 2017. Jaclyn is currently enrolled and working toward becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst through the Florida Institute of Technology.

Warren Berlinsky

Support Staff

Education: Bachelor's of Science in Secondary Education from Clarion University

Focus of Practice: Pennsylvania Department of Education Teaching Certification (Secondary)

Experience: Warren joined The Hope Learning Center in 2018. He has gained experience through tutoring students with learning disabilities as well as teaching students in general education classroom settings as well as an outdoor environment.