Ann has been the Executive Director at Palm Beach School for Autism since 2007. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Communications and Child and Family Studies from Syracuse University and a Master’s Degree in Non-Profit Management from Regis University. Ann was introduced to the field of Autism when her own child was diagnosed at the age of 18 months and she could not imagine doing anything else. Ann says, “I have lived in Florida for 20 years and began working in the field of disabilities in 1994. I have worked at the state level and the county level for the past 18 years. The Palm Beach School for Autism was born in 1996 because of the lack of services for children with autism in the public school system. I am proud of how far our school has come with regards to the quality of programming, teaching staff and operations of our charter school.” In her free time Ann enjoys hiking, skiing and learning to surf.
Allison Ballin, M.S., BCBA, is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with a Masters Degree in Special Education. She has been passionately advocating for and working with children and young adults with special needs for over 20 years. Allison has a strong background in teaching children how to effectively communicate utilizing augmentative communication as well as American Sign Language and is highly skilled in working with the following populations: autism,severe behavior disorders, deaf and hard of hearing, developmental delays, speech and language impaired, attention deficit disorder, learning disabilities as well as individuals with other communication disorders. She has provided direct therapeutic treatment as well as education and life planning and coordination for clients and their families. Allison enjoys spending time with her children and family and living a healthy life-style.
Louisa was on the Founding Board of Directors as Secretary/Treasurer and became the Director of Business Management in May of 2003 just after the school’s program went out on it’s own. Louisa has more than 30 years experience working in various business financial departments at every imaginable task. With a son attending PBSFA since preschool and the school’s inception she feels she has a vested interest in seeing the school succeed & grow in order to help as many children as possible.
Juliet was a special education teacher for 7 years in the Palm Beach County school district before joining the Palm Beach School for Autism team in 2008. Juliet says, “This is my dream job and I cannot imagine working anywhere else. This is a fantastic family of hard-working, dedicated staff.” She has Bachelor’s Degree in Exceptional Student Education from Florida International University and National Board Certification in Exceptional Needs Specialist Early Childhood –Young Adulthood “Let me hear Your Voice” by Catherine Maurice brought her to tears as a college student and prompted her work in Early Intervention therapy in the home with verbal behavior and ABA therapies. She has been in the field ever since. Juliet’s greatest joy comes from being a mother to her daughter. She also enjoys all things fitness, going to the beach, spending time with family and friends, and traveling whenever possible.
Olive earned a B.S. and an M.S.Ed. in Special Education from City College of New York. Before coming to Palm Beach School for Autism in 1996, she taught in a variety of special education settings in N.Y. Olive believes every child is capable of learning. She has a passion for working with children with autism and hopes to make a difference in their lives. She says, “It is key for a family to be able to trust their educators and look to them for support and understanding.” In her spare time, Olive enjoys travel, volunteering, theater, reading and spending time with her family.
As a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with a specialization in Performance Management, Nick Miles was excited to join Palm Beach School for Autism in 2014. Nick has been working with individuals with autism since 2002 in a variety of settings including home, school, vocational, and residential facilities. He has served populations ranging from early intervention to elderly adult, focusing on the acquisition of important verbal, functional, and vocational skills as well as the reduction of maladaptive behaviors. Nick earned his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Western Michigan University in 2004, and his Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis with a specialization in Organizational Behavior Management from the Florida Institute of Technology in 2007. Nick has also published peer-reviewed research on topics including behavioral skills training and fluency of verbal behavior. Outside of his professional career, Nick enjoys camping, hiking, and surfing, and has a strong interest in animal behavior, honing his behavioral skills at home in the form of training his three dogs.
Ellen joined the PBSFA family in 2006 when she moved to Florida from Staten Island, NY. She was the Coordinator of Speech & Language at the Eden II School for Children with Autism. Ellen earned her Bachelor of Science in Speech & Language Pathology and Audiology and Masters of Science in Speech and Language Pathology; both from Brooklyn College. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in Speech and Language Pathology. When not working, Ellen enjoys time with her family.
Nicole DeFlorio joined the Palm Beach School for Autism family in 2015. She started her career in education in 1994, working as an elementary school teacher in New York. She then began working with adults with disabilities in 1999. In 2002, she found her passion when she started her career in transition services working with high school students with special needs through Southern Westchester BOCES. In her tenure at Southern Westchester BOCES (NY), she provided direct student-centered transition services, family and professional development in 7 counties and served as the Director of the Hudson Valley Transition Coordination Site. There, she coordinated transition services in 15 counties. After relocating to Florida, she worked as a Transition Specialist with the School District of Palm Beach County. Nicole is skilled in developing community and inter-agency relationships and is happy to be leading the transition program at PBSFA. Outside of her professional role, Nicole enjoys spending time with her son and loves to read and cook.
Adriene is thrilled to be part of the PBSFA family. She has a multifaceted professional background, as an ESE teacher, case manager, workshop facilitator, advocate, certified peer mentor with the Christopher Reeve Foundation and life coach. Personally, she is the proud parent of young-adult son on the autism spectrum and can share her “walk in your shoes” journey with candidness, authenticity and humor. She will support you with understanding, encouragement and exceptional resources.
In 2014, seeking new career challenges, Jonathan “Jon” joined the Palm Beach School for Autism team. Prior to joining us, he was the Director of Lighthouse Point Academy at North Broward Preparatory School. Jon earned a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education from SUNY Cortland and an MS in Education from Walden University. Jon is an avid football (soccer) fan-Manchester United. He also enjoys reading, keeping up with current events and spending time with his family.
Abby joined The Palm Beach School for Autism family in 2012. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Art Education and a Bachelor of Science in Recreation Administration and Therapeutics. Abby is National Board Certified in Art Education and was an educator for fifteen years. As a teacher, Abby received Grant funding for technology, specialized art supplies and a garden project. She also raised funds for supplies on an annual basis. Her hobbies include painting, technology, snorkeling, and spending time with her daughter. Abby is happy to be able to use her creativity to raise funds for something so close to her heart.
Chad has been with Palm Beach School for Autism since January of 2008. He holds a Bachelors Degree from Lynn University in Hospitality & Sports Recreation and an Associates Degree in Physical Education. Chad has been working with children with special needs for over a decade and says that he does it for the love of it. Chad is a movie buff and avid softball player. He also enjoys sci-fi, comics and sports of all kinds.