Leadership

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Susan Holt is the Director of The Ivymount School, only the third director in the School's history. Susan served as the Director of Ivymount's Autism Program from 1997-2014, and has been a member of the school's senior leadership and management team since 1994.  Susan is well known in the special education community for her professional expertise in program development and supervision based on evidence based practices.  Ivymount families highly regard her for her focus on serving individuals with autism and her exhaustive efforts to ensure that our students are active and productive members of our community.  Susan earned a BA from George Mason University and an MA in Psychological Services/Counseling from Marymount University.  She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over two decades of experience working in schools and home settings.  Susan has worked in homes, public and private schools as well as community settings as a therapist and consultant. Susan also directs and provides ABA services, training and consultation to families, agencies and professionals with our Endeavors Program.
sholt@ivymount.org



Amy Alvord
is the Education Director for the Ivymount School.  Amy works closely with local jurisdictions on the management of the school’s compliance and monitoring requirements. In addition she is involved with transition issues for DC, Maryland and Virginia students to include coordination of assessments and communication.  Amy was part of the management team who launched Ivymount’s partnership with the Project SEARCH program at the NIH Clinical Center in 2010. She currently serves as President of the Board of Directors of the Maryland Association of Nonpublic Special Education Facilities (MANSEF).  She also serves on the Board of the District of Columbia Association for Special Education (DCASE). Amy is a frequent presenter at local and regional conferences on topics including: Student Led IEPs, Developing and Writing Meaningful IEPs and Talking to Your Child about his/her Disability and Teaching Self Advocacy. She has worked with a number of local schools, including The Lodge School and the Chelsea School in her near 30-year career.  She holds a BA from American University, and a M.Ed., in Special Education Secondary/Transition from University of Maryland-College Park. 

aalvord@ivymount.org

Dale Frengel is the Director of 
Curriculum & Instruction at Ivymount School.  Dale has been involved in Special Education for over 30 years, starting as a Behavior Resource intern during her senior year at American University in Washington D.C.  She has worked as a Special Education and Adult Education teacher, an Admissions Director at a non-public school and a College counselor at a school for students with learning disabilities. Her focus at Ivymount includes supporting the administration and staff implementation of the requirements of I.D.E.A. and No Child Left Behind as they relate to classroom curriculum and instruction, with the goal of providing the highest level of access to the general education curriculum for our students. Dale is a frequent and popular presenter at local and regional conferences on topics including: Common Core State Standards Impact on Special Education and Strategies for Improving Reading Comprehension for Students with Autism. Dale has served on the board of directors of the Chelsea School and W.I.S.E.R. (Washington Independent Services for Educational Resources), and is currently the President-Elect of the Montgomery County Chapter of Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). Dale has a Master’s of Science degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the American University.
dfrengel@ivymount.org

Lennie Gladstone
 is the Admissions Coordinator for the Ivymount School.  Lennie has been a dynamic presence in the local area autism and developmental disability communities for over 20 years, including serving in key volunteer leadership positions for Walk for Autism Research for the National Alliance for Autism Research and for the Autism Speaks National Capital Area Walk every year since its creation. She has been a member of the Board of Directors of SEEC, a local adult service agency in Maryland for ten years, two as president. She was awarded with the Volunteer Award from MACS, the Maryland Association of Community Services, in 2014 for her advocacy work. Her knowledge of autism and other disabilities and her desire to assist parents as they search for the proper educational setting for their children offer prospective Ivymount parents a tremendous resource and a caring guide as they begin the Ivymount admissions process.
lgladstone@ivymount.org

Jennie Kampf
is the Director of the Model Asperger Program.  Jennie Kampf has worked in Special Education for over ten years.  She has worked as a teacher and supervisor at The Ivymount School for nine years serving students of all ages.  Jennie received her Master’s in Special Education from George Mason University in 2010 and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.  While working on her Master’s, Jennie worked closely with Parents of Autistic Children of Northern Virginia (POAC-NOVA) to provide various parent and community trainings.  Also during this time she gained experience in running and developing in-home Verbal Behavior and Applied Behaviors Analysis programs through the George Mason Applied Behavior Analysis Practicum Program.   Previously Jennie worked in Fairfax County Public Schools as an instructional assistant and a special education teacher.  Jennie also provides consultative services and training to families, schools, and various agencies through Ivymount Outreach Programs.
jkampf@ivymount.org

Ann Kern
is the Director of the Speech-Language Department.  Ann has over 25 years of experience working as a Speech Language Pathologist with students with disabilities.  She earned a Masters in Science degree in Speech Language Pathology from Boston University and is a Licensed Certified Speech-Language Pathologist in the State of Maryland.  Prior to working at Ivymount School, Ann was employed by Montgomery County Public Schools teaching a Level 4 class for students with Language Learning Disabilities.  In 1993, she began working at Ivymount where she enjoyed working on an Interdisciplinary model with elementary age students.   Ann currently works with 18 – 21 year old students in the Ivymount Young Adult Center where the focus of her treatment is on communication skills needed for employment and transition to adulthood.  Ann supervises a staff of Speech Language Pathologists who provide speech services for students and collaborate with classroom teams to develop and implement social skills/social learning curriculums as well as program specific communication groups. Ann organizes and provides monthly opportunities for professional development and continuing education for her staff. She has been a leader in creating trainings for all Ivymount staff on the areas of speech and language, role of the Speech Language Pathologist and communication strategies for staff to use.
akern@ivymount.org

Lauren Lestremau
is the Director of the Multiple Learning Needs Program.  Lauren is a licensed psychologist, Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctorate, and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. Lauren completed her doctorate in School Psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi and completed her pre-doctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship in Behavioral Psychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute through the Department of Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She is an adjunct faculty member in the School of Education at Johns Hopkins University within the Applied Behavior Analysis program and has served as an adjust faculty member of the Master’s program in Applied Behavior Analysis with an Emphasis in Autism at Ball State University within the Special Education Department. She has experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities aged 2-21 across school, clinic, and home settings. Lauren has published articles in peer-reviewed journals, presented at regional and national conferences, provided in-service trainings, and reviewed articles for peer-reviewed journals.  Lauren began at the Ivymount School in 2013 as a Program Supervisor in the Multiple Learning Needs High School. Her areas of interest include the assessment and optimization of evidence-based instructional practices for individuals with autism spectrum disorders in small group instructional formats across academic and adaptive skill domains, teacher training and treatment integrity, and transition-related issues for individuals with disabilities.
llestremau@ivymount.org

Stacey McIntyre
is the Ivymount School Clinical Director.  Stacey supervises a team of behavior analysts who conduct functional assessment, develop function-based treatment plans and train staff in the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis to best meet students’ learning needs.  She is a Licensed Behavior Analyst and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 15 years of experience working with individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities, their families and local school districts.  She holds a master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from University of Maryland Baltimore County, where she received extensive training in the assessment and treatment of challenging behavior at the Kennedy Krieger Institute.  Prior to her current role at The Ivymount School, she worked as a consultant in the Washington DC area and as a supervisor for the Ivymount Autism Program.  Stacey has participated in several data-based presentations at local and national conferences and parent/school groups.  She has presented on several topics, including the assessment and treatment of challenging behavior, effective autism treatments, student learning needs and ethics and professionalism.  In addition, Stacey is a member of the Executive Council for the Maryland Association for Behavior Analysis.  Her professional interests include staff training and supervision, assessment and treatment of severe problem behavior and program development.
smcintyre@ivymount.org

Lu Merrick
is the Director of the School to Work Program and Project SEARCH Programs.  Lu received her B.A. in Psychology and Behavioral Sciences from Rollins College, her Master’s degree in Autism and Developmental Disabilities from Syracuse University and a graduate certificate in Transition Services from John Hopkins University.  She has 30 years of educational experience, including teaching general and special education in public and private schools, and day and residential programs.  She has worked as a classroom teacher, supervisor, educational consultant and school administrator.  Lu came to Ivymount School, (then Christ Church Child Center) in 1982 as a Head Teacher.  Within two years she became the Coordinator of the Multiple Needs program and developed the Adolescent Program, the High School Program, and the Upper School Program at Ivymount School.  Lu is part of the Senior Leadership team for Ivymount’s three Project SEARCH programs (NIH, Montgomery County Government and the Smithsonian Institution).  Lu serves on the Montgomery County Commission on People with Disabilities, the Montgomery County Developmental Disabilities Advisory Workgroup, and is a member of the board of the Maryland state chapter for APSE.  Lu is also an active member of the state of Maryland’s Developmental Disabilities School-to-Work Work Group. Lu is a frequent presenter at regional and national conferences and has contributed to projects for Autism Speaks including the national Autism Speaks Employment Toolkit.
lmerrick@ivymount.org

Sharon Nicklaus
is the Director of Transition Services.  Sharon has been practicing for over 25 years, joining Ivymount originally as an Occupational Therapist.  Her philosophy includes developing areas of practice focused on students' transition to developing skills and strategies necessary to lead fulfilling and actively engaging lives.  Sharon has her master’s degree from Temple University, and was a member of the development team who created a teacher training video and materials for the 2013 Student-Led IEP project: The Best Me I Can Be. She has presented regionally on topics including: Promoting Independence in Young Adults with Disabilities and Developing Self-Advocacy Skills Through Student-Led IEP Meetings.
snickolaus@ivymount.org

Jessica Oginz is the OT/PT/APE Director.  Jessica has over 12 years of experience working as a Physical Therapist, earning her Master’s in Physical Therapy from Boston University.  She began her career at Ivymount as a teaching assistant then transitioned to the OT/PT/APE department when she received her Physical Therapy License in the State of Maryland in 2003.  During her tenure at Ivymount, Jessica has provided services to students in every program within the school, improving their ability to independently, efficiently, and safely access their school environment.  She is committed to ensuring that high quality, evidenced based practices will be utilized to assist students in achieving their highest levels of independence.  In addition to her role at Ivymount, Jessica serves as the non-public Physical Therapist representative on the Maryland State Steering Committee for Occupational and Physical Therapy School-Based Programs.
joginz@ivymount.org

Kristen Stricks 
is a Resource and Training Coordinator with the Ivymount School.  Kristen is dually certified and licensed as both a speech language pathologist and a behavior analyst.   For the past 12 years, she has worked with children and young adults with developmental delays and disorders, apraxia of speech, and learning disabilities, and she specializes in the assessment and treatment of individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders.  Kristen has worked at Ivymount School since 2008 as both a speech therapist in the Multiple Learning Needs (MLN) Program and as the Speech Language and Research Coordinator for the Autism Programs.  While working as the Speech Language and Research Coordinator, she developed the speech and language training series for all Autism Program staff members, created a transdisciplinary articulation treatment program for students with articulation disorders, and supervised all research activities, including staff members’ presentations at professional conferences and collaboration with researchers at nearby universities.  In her current role as a Resource and Training Coordinator for Ivymount School, she focuses on evidence-based practices and collaboration among disciplines.  In this capacity, she supports all staff members’ use of evidence-based decision making, integration of education research into their practice, and collaboration among disciplines by developing resources and trainings. Kristen has presented at local and national professional conferences in the areas of speech pathology and applied behavior analysis.
kstricks@ivymount.org

Kay Tolle
 is the Director of the Mental Health Counseling Department.  Kay has over 40 years of professional mental health experience, of which 30+ years has been devoted to the needs of individuals with disabilities. She holds a Masters in Social Work and is a Licensed Certified Social Worker in both Maryland and DC and is certified as a School Social Worker for the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). Kay supervises a staff of mental health professionals who provide counseling and psycho-education to students in the Multiple Learning Needs Program, Model Asperger Program and Post High School Program. While at Ivymount, Kay has taken an active interest in teaching sexuality education to students with special needs. She co-authored a Sexuality Education and Human Development Curriculum entitled Life Cycle: How We Grow and Change, which has been field tested, published and sold nationwide. Kay led the effort at Ivymount to develop and implement a Comprehensive Sexuality Education Program at the school. This program serves as a model for other special education schools and was recognized as an exemplary pioneering development by MSDE.
ktolle@ivymount.org

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