Mary Ann Cassell, MA, BCBA
Sr. Managing Supervisor
Mary Ann Cassell, MA, BCBA is the Sr. Managing Supervisor for the CARD Virginia Office and of the CARD Academy. Mary Ann received her Master's degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Nevada, Reno. She became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2004. Mary Ann Cassell has been working with children with Autism since 1993. She has been a supervisor with the Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc. (CARD) since 1996 and opened the VA CARD office in 1998. Through her position with CARD, Mary Ann Cassell has worked with children with Autism in the 1:1 environment of their homes, and in private and public schools. She has served as a consultant for public school autism programs, private schools for children with Autism, private families and other agencies. Mary Ann Cassell has presented at conferences for parents and professionals on a variety of topics related to the Autism Spectrum, including behavior management, discrete trial training, executive functioning, social skills development, and working with children with Asperger’s Syndrome.
Laurel Duchon, MSpEd
Laurel Duchon is one of the teachers for the CARD Academy. Laurel Duchon is a Virginia Licensed Special Education Teacher for students in grades K-12. Ms. Duchon has worked in various positions with children with Autism through her career in the Fairfax County Public School Program. She began her work as a 1:1 assistant for a student with Autism and then became a classroom teacher for a group of students with Autism and other disabilities. Ms. Duchon has experience in self-contained, resource rooms and full inclusion programs for students with multiple needs. Ms. Duchon is excited about working in a private school program and incorporating ABA throughout the school day.
Oguiliz Sustache is an instructional assistant in our 5-6 year old classroom. Oguiliz has many years experience working with children with Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders as a nanny and instructor. She joined the CARD Academy last year as an instructional assistant in our 1:1 program. Oguiliz wanted to come to the CARD Academy because of the vast improvements she has seen with children using ABA. Oguiliz loves working with children and implementing ABA therapy and watching the kids learn. She is certified in Medication Administration, CPR, and First-aid as well as ABA.
Kristin Toruno, MEd, BCBA
Ms. Toruno is a Virginia licensed teacher and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (B.C.B.A.). She has had experiences with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder of all ages through both school based and home based programming. She extends her passion for teaching children with Autism the fundamental skills that they need to become successful students in a variety of settings.
Chemise Taylor, MEd
Ms. Taylor is a Virginia licensed teacher for children in grades K-12. She has experience working with children with multiple disabilities including Autism in various public school settings. She brings her drive for teaching functional life skills and academic skills to all the children she teaches.