Meet Our Staff

Liz Smith

 Liz S is the owner and director of CORE ABA. She is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst and realized her passion for working with kids at a young age. Liz found ABA after graduating from Marist College and fell in love with teaching children with autism new skills. She started studying ABA in a variety of settings under multiple supervisors and became most passionate about helping families in their own homes. Liz obtained her Masters in ABA and Autism at the Sage Colleges and passed the BCBA exam in May of 2013. She started CORE ABA at the beginning of 2014 and has not slowed down since! Liz loves sharing knowledge of ABA and creating opportunities for kids to have fun and learn through the most natural environment possible. Liz enjoys teaching and finding creative ways to maximize the potential of our clients! She is a member of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, CT-ABA and the Association for Professional Behavior Analysts.

Lauren B.

Lauren B joined the CORE ABA family in January of 2016 and immediately became a star in the field. Lauren became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in November 2017. She has her Masters in Psychology from SCSU and obtained a certificate in ABA from WCSU in 2016 and was also a Registered Behavior Technician. Lauren has many strengths and is extremely gifted at working with children. She has a knack for understanding and applying the principles of ABA to teach kids new skills while having fun. Lauren truly creates reinforcing environments for our families.

Hannah G.

​​Hannah G. joined the C.O.R.E. ABA team in May of 2018.  She currently is a student at Naugatuck Valley Community College and plans to further her education with a degree in psychology at Western Connecticut State University.  She has experience working with children of all ages and her passion for helping them continues to grow with ABA!  She is happy to be a part of the team and to keep learning along with our clients! 

April B.

April B was CORE ABA’s first employee and is a self-proclaimed “lifer” and we couldn’t be happier! April is a treasure to have on our team and always has fun! April’s strengths include her creativity and her ability to read and understand kids’ behaviors. April graduated from WCSU with a degree in Psychology and will begin her BCaBA program in the spring!! April truly goes above and beyond for our families and our team! 

Rachel M.

Rachel M immediately became a part of the CORE ABA family when she joined in 2017. Rachel graduated from Southern CT State University in 2008 with her Bachelors in Liberal Arts and Psychology, and graduated from the Sage Colleges in 2012 with her Masters of Science in ABA and Autism. Rachel has extensive ABA experience working with children and adults! Her winning personality, creative talents and inquisitive nature are right in line with CORE ABA’s mission. 

Jim O.

 Jim joined the C.O.R.E. ABA team in August and recently completed his Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis from Western Connecticut State University; he also holds a liberal arts degree from CUNY Hunter College. Jim has always been passionate about making a difference in people's lives and has a diverse background including actively working in the field of EMS and, previously, as a Youth Adviser for at-risk teens.  He has always loved working with children and is happy to be gaining experience with clients and working towards becoming a BCBA in a supportive and rewarding work environment. 

Mary Beth B.

Mary Beth B is our Business Manager. Mary Beth has been running C.O.R.E. ABA’s office since October of 2016 and we couldn’t be more grateful for her knowledge, contributions, and determination. Mary Beth is a Certified Medical Coder and a Certified Physician Practice Manager and has tackled many insurance challenges. She has assisted in creating our policies and procedures, compliance, and employee manuals. She creates a positive work environment for the team. We are so blessed to have MaryBeth on our team!  

Sam B.

Sam B. is one of the newest members of the C.O.R.E. ABA family, joining in February of 2018.  Sam is a lifelong resident of Bethel, CT, who graduated from Western Connecticut State University with a B.A. in Psychology in 2015.  Upon graduation, Sam began working with adults living with disabilities in a residential setting.  He recently started coursework for his Masters in Applied Behavioral Analysis through WCSU.  Sam loves working with children, and is excited to join the C.O.R.E. ABA team!

Sandra S.

Sandra S. became part of the C.O.R.E. ABA team in February, 2018.  She has an Associates degree from Naugatuck Valley Community College in Human Services and Social Work. She currently attend Western Connecticut State University in pursuit of a Bachelor's degree in Social Work.  She has experience working with young children in different settings, and creating a well balanced learning environment.  She's excited to explore, learn, and grow with our clients!

Jacki B.

Jacki B. graduated from Ramapo College of New Jersey in 2012 with a Bachelor's degree in Sociology.  After finding ABA, she decided to go back to school and received her Master's degree in Special Education K-6.  Her passion for this field has only grown and has pushed her to want to learn more.  She plans on going back to school to obtain her BCBA within the next year.

Heather L.

Heather D. is a new member of the C.O.R.E. ABA family, joining in May 2018.  Heather graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Western Connecticut State University.  She began working with adults living with disabilities in residential homes.  She then branched into the field of ABA, working with children from ages 3  and up in school settings.  Heather has a great passion for her work and plans to return for her Master's degree and BCBA within the next year.  Heather is excited to become part of the C.O.R.E. ABA team and gain further experience!

Danielle D.


Danielle D. became part of the C.O.R.E. team in August 2018. She is a recent 2018 graduate from The University of Hartford with a Bachelor's degree in integrated elementary (1-6) and special education (K-12). Throughout her time at the University of Hartford, she has worked in a variety of educational settings with children ranging from preschool to high school. During this time, she decided to pursue a career in special education and found a love for ABA!  She plans on going back to school to obtain her BCBA.