Autism Staff

Ivymount staff are recognized among the best trained special educators in the Washington DC Metropolitan area.  They are master educators, experienced therapists and innovators who apply their skills, training and commitment with their students every day.  

Classroom teams are supported by highly trained professionals, and specialists, who support student learning and skill acquisition through integrated and individualized service delivery.  

Our collaborative team consists of dedicated and creative teachers and assistants, as well as a speech-language pathology consultant, an occupational therapy consultant, a transition specialist, behavior analysts, and curriculum, technology, and vocational resource associates. 

 Autism Program  Leadership Team

Laura Cheever is a Program Coordinator in the Middle/Secondary Autism Program. She has worked with individuals aged 3-16 across a range of cognitive, physical, social and language abilities from severely affected to mildly affected in both home and school environments since 2000. Laura received her Master’s in Education focusing on Foundations of Behavior Analysis from the University of Cincinnati and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Laura is most passionate about utilizing primarily motivation and reinforcement-based strategies and applying the research and principles of the Analysis of Verbal Behavior to teach language. Laura also works as a BCBA Consultant through Ivymount Endeavors.
lcheever@ivymount.org

M. Kimball Clark is the Program Director for the Middle/Secondary Autism Program. Kimmy has worked with individuals on the autism spectrum since 2001.  She received her Master’s in Special Education with a specialization in Severe Disabilities from Johns Hopkins University in 2009 and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).  She worked in the Ivymount School Autism Program as a teacher for nine years, a supervisor for four years, and the Clinical Coordinator for three years before becoming a Program Director.  Kimmy also provides consultative services to families through Ivymount Endeavors and AccessAbility MedCare.
kclark@ivymount.org


Chelsea Cook
 is a Program Coordinator in the Autism Program at Ivymount School.  She has worked with individuals ages 6-21 on the autism spectrum using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in the school and home settings since 2006.  She received her Master’s in Health Sciences from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2010 and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.   Chelsea also works as a BCBA Consultant through Ivymount Endeavors.
ccook@ivymount.org


Kelly Matthews
 is a Program Coordinator in the Autism Program. Kelly began working with individuals with disabilities and life-threatening illnesses in 2004 in a therapeutic riding setting and as an Equestrian Team Coach through Special Olympics Texas.  She then began working with individuals on the autism spectrum in an educational setting after graduating with her Master’s in Education in 2009 from Texas A&M University. After two years teaching high school and middle school special education, she moved to an ABA clinic setting in 2011.  Kelly became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2013. She has experience working in the home, community, clinic, public and private school settings and has provided both consult and direct therapy services for children age 3 through 21.
kmatthews@ivymount.org


Katie Quinn
 is the Program Director for the Elementary Middle Autism Program and the Clinical Coordinator for Endeavors. She started her career in Special Education in Ivymount’s Autism Program in 2009 and has worked in a variety of roles at Ivymount Corporation since then. She also worked as a Program Director at FirstSteps for Kids, an early-intervention ABA agency in the San Francisco Bay Area. Katie has worked with clients aged 18 months to 21 years across a variety of functioning levels. Katie has a B.A. in History from the University of Virginia. She earned her Master’s in Special Education from George Mason University, with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis and severe disabilities. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and she is licensed to practice in Virginia and Maryland. Her professional interests include function-based assessment and treatment of severe problem behavior, professional development of staff, and transdisciplinary approaches to educational programming. She is proud of her team’s child centered focus across all aspects of treatment. 
kquinn@ivymount.org


Elizabeth Schoolmaster
is a Program Coordinator in the Autism Program at Ivymount School.  She has worked with individuals ages 4-18 on the autism spectrum using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in both school and home settings since 2011.  She received her Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University in 2015 and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Elizabeth also works as a BCBA Consultant through Ivymount Endeavors. Her professional interests include assessment and treatment of severe problem behavior across a variety of learner profiles and providing students who require 1:1 instruction with access to grade level content.
eschoolmaster@ivymount.org


Chanel Sedeno
is a Program Supervisor in the Autism Program at Ivymount School. She began working at Ivymount in 2015. Chanel holds a Master’s degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis and Educational Psychology, and is currently pursuing an additional Master of Education Degree in Special Education. In addition to working at Ivymount as a Program Supervisor, Chanel has been serving in the United States Navy Reserve for over 8 years as a Master-at-Arms (military police).  She has over five years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with various learning, intellectual, and educational disabilities in a school and group home settings. 
csedeno@ivymount.org

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