Meet the Team

Community Transition Academy staff are trained in multiple modalities in the field of special education, our own Community Inclusion Training, and evidence-based practices including the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).


Community Connection Project staff are trained through a specialized lens of adult transition skills for individuals with developmental disabilities, and our specialized Community Inclusion Training, as well as with evidence-based practices including but not limited to ABA as well as person centered planning. All staff are trained in crisis management and have experience with strategies for supporting individuals with significant communication and behavior challenges due to their diagnosis.

Leadership:  Community Transition Academy's School Director has been with CTA since 2017 and is a credentialed Education Specialist with several years experience working with students in moderate/severe classrooms and is in process of receiving her B.C.B.A. (Board Certified Behavior Analyst) certification. Our founder has returned with an M.A in Teaching with a certification in Autism as well as a certification in Nonprofit Management.  She  is acting as the Director for our new adult transition program, Community Connection Project program as well as assisting with CTA Operations and Community Inclusion as well as Outreach and Development.


Our entire CTA Team, for both programs, is trained in the principals of Applied Behavior Analysis by our classroom and clinically-based, experienced Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)  in cooperation with our Director of Behavior Services. CTA has a very unique Community Inclusion Training program for all staff in both programs which is also offered to the community at large.

Madeline Gelmetti, M.Ed. - School Director & Director of Behavior Services

Tina Waters, M.A., Autism Specialist - CTA/CCP Founder

Stephanie Desrocher, M.A. - Lead Special Educator

Claire Dietrich - Special Educator

Colleen McNeely - Special Educator

Dawn Comer - Finance/ HR Manager 

Alex Vespremi, M.A., BCBA - Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Ian Stuhmer - Behavior Specialist

Shannon Braender - Lead Teaching Assistant

Erica Lawson, MA, CCC-SLP - Speech and Language Pathologist

Sara Munsterman, MS, CCC-SLP - Speech and Language Pathologist

Randy Burtanog, OTR/L, CNS - Occupational Therapist

Megan Christian, M.A. - Community Inclusion Intern & ASD Mentor

Board of Directors

President - Adam Kasarda, Ph.D. 

Treasurer - Brian Boughan
Secretary - Colm Marmion
Director - Karyn Searcy, M.A., CCC

Director - Diana Mason, M.A., BCBA

Director - Lindsay Hood

Director - Sara M. Kelley, Esq.

Advisory Committee Board Member - Dominic Folglio

CTA School Director - Madeline Gelmetti, M.Ed.

CTA/CCP Founder - Tina Waters, M.A., Autism Specialist