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Meet the Team

All CTA staff are trained in multiple modalities of special education and evidence-based practices including the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). 

Leadership:  Our Director has been with CTA since opening in 2017 and is a credentialed Education Specialist with several years experience working with students in moderate/severe classrooms. Our Administrative Director has been in the field of education for 5 years and has additional experience on the administrative side of schooling. Our credentialed moderate/severe Education Specialist has been teaching for over four years.  Our team is also trained in ABA by our classroom and clinically-based, experienced Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Behavior Support Supervisor (BCaBA). Our Community Supervisor has over 10 years of experience working with our exceptional population of students.  

Madeline Gelmetti, M.Ed - Director  

Dawn Comer - Administrative Director & Substitute Teacher

Stephanie Moore - Special Education Teacher

Diana Mason, M.A., BCBA - Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Michael Matamua, BCaBA - Behavior Support Supervisor

Steven Macho - Community Supervisor

Karyn Searcy, M.A., CCC-SLP - Speech and Language Pathologist and Supervisor

Dana Douglas-Hiley, M.S., CCC-SLP - Speech and Language Pathologist

Sonia Rubillo, MSOT, OTR/L- Occupational Therapist



Board of Directors

President - Adam Kasarda, Ph.D. 

Treasurer - Shannon Hussion
Secretary - Colm Marmion
 Director - Tina Waters, M.A., Autism Specialist
Director - Karyn Searcy, M.A., CCC

Director - Ian Stuhmer

Nonvoting Director - Madeline Gelmetti M.Ed


Community Transition Academy

P.O. Box 34612

San Diego, CA 92163

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