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Andy Bondy, Ph.D.
Lori A. Frost, M.S., CCC/SLP
Donna Banzhof, M.Ed., BCBA
Anthony Castrogiovanni, Ph.D.
Jesseca Collins, M.Ed., BCBA
Mareike Greiler, M.S., CCC-SLP
Catherine Horton, M.S., CCC-SLP, BCBA
Jo-Anne B. Matteo, M.S., CCC/SLP
Marsha J. E. (Miller) Knepp, BCBA
Anne K. Overcash, M.Ed.
Jill Waegenaere, M.A., CCC/SLP
Jaime Wedel, M.Ed., CAGS, BCBA
Shera Lin Davis, M.Ed.
Paige Panetta, M.Ed, BCBA
Julia Hoffman, M.S., CCC/SLP
Meritxell Rifà Solà M.S., SLP

Andy Bondy, Ph.D.

Andy Bondy is president and co-founder of Pyramid Educational Consultants, Inc. Dr. Bondy is an innovative leader in the field of autism and applied behavior analysis. He directed a statewide public school system for students with autism for fourteen years. He is co-author of the PECS Training Manual. He also wrote the Pyramid Approach to Education, a training manual that offers an integrated orientation to developing effective educational environments blending applied behavior analysis with functional activities and create communication strategies. Dr. Bondy received his MA and Ph.D. from the UNC Greensboro, and completed his clinical internship in 1976 at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Bondy has presented numerous papers, lectures and workshops in regional, national and international conferences and conventions on behavior analysis, PECS and the Pyramid Approach to Education. He has remained active in research and writing, and continues to develop new and innovative methods of helping children with autism and related developmental disorders.

ASHA Financial Disclosure
Financial: Dr. Andy Bondy receives royalties for the titles, Autism 24/7 and A Picture's Worth, 2nd Edition.
Non-financial: Dr. Andy Bondy holds one non-compensated board seat with The Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies.
 


Lori A. Frost, M.S., CCC/SLP

Lori Frost is vice-president and co-founder of Pyramid Educational Consultants, Inc. She is co-author of the PECS Training Manual. She has been the driving force behind creating this unique system that allows children with limited communication abilities to initiate communication with teachers, parents, and peers. Ms. Frost has a wealth of background in functional communication training and applied behavior analysis. She has assisted in the development of a number of training packages designed to teach language and academic skills. Ms. Frost received her BA in speech pathology and audiology from the University of Arkansas, and MS in speech and language pathology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1982. She has worked in many public and private school settings as a speech pathologist. As a Pyramid consultant, Ms. Frost has traveled across the country and the world, teaching workshops on PECS and the Pyramid Approach to Education. She has presented a number of papers and lectures on autism and communication, co-authored several articles and chapters, and is respected by professionals in her field as a leader in functional communication systems.

ASHA Financial Disclosure
Financial: Lori Frost receives royalties for the titles, Autism 24/7 and A Picture's Worth, 2nd Edition.
Non-financial: No relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.


Donna Banzhof, M.Ed., BCBA

Donna Banzhof holds a master’s degree in Educational Psychology from Temple University and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Elementary Education from Widener University. She completed her special education certification at Eastern College and is a certified elementary and special education teacher in the state of Pennsylvania. Donna has been working in the special needs field since 1990 in various capacities: teacher assistance, teacher, program specialist, program director, residential supervisor and an educational/behavioral consultant. Donna’s background and experience fosters creativity in consulting professionals, paraprofessionals and parents to improve the quality of life for individuals and their families. She continues to provide consultation, workshops, and training to various school districts and residential homes in the United States and in the United Kingdom. She also coordinates and assists teams in developing functional programs utilizing a comprehensive analytical approach, the Pyramid Approach to Education and she is supervisor for the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS).

ASHA Financial Disclosure
Financial: Donna Banzhof receives compensation as an employee of Pyramid Educational Consultants, Inc.
Non-financial: No relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.

 


Anthony Castrogiovanni, Ph.D.

Tony Castrogiovanni began his career in 1977 providing psychological and behavior analytic services to children and adults who were being discharged from The Willowbrook State Developmental Center in New York back into their local communities. It was there that he developed one of the first token economy based service agencies in New York as well as developing a teaching curriculum of ‘Boehm" concepts.(a list of critical prepositional phrases and simple directions for work and school behavior developed by Anne Boehm). In the over 20 years since then he has specialized in the treatment of severe problem behavior, PDD and Autism Spectrum disorder as it impacts behavior and education, and has developed both site-based and in-home programs for children and adults with autism. He has taught at the State University of New York at Stony Brook where he also received his Masters and Doctorate in Psychology and has published in peer reviewed journals such as the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior and Research in Developmental Disabilities. An experienced presenter, Dr. Castrogiovanni has spoken at numerous conferences both to train teachers and other staff as well as to present findings from on-going research to professional audiences. 

For the past several years he has conceived, developed, and directed two programs that served children and adults in an innovative manner that produced better outcomes than previous programming had achieved. While with Chimes Delaware he was the Clinical and Residential Director serving over 80 adolescents and adults. He most recently comes to Pyramid from the position of Director for the Bancroft Center for Autism Research and Educational Services in Haddonfield, New Jersey where he oversaw the development of in-home programs for over 30 children, the development of Pyramid style classrooms in many school districts on the east coast of the USA, as well as developing a consultative arm that provides direction for changes in organizations to meet best practices. During this time, he was a member of the Monitoring and Review Board for the Delaware Autistic Program. Dr. Castrogiovanni has been providing private consultation to families, schools, agencies and businesses since 1989. His entrepreneurial spirit and business background bring a unique perspective and understanding to program development that allows the development of outstanding clinical and educational procedures that make sense for the individual client as well as the larger environment in which the program takes place.

ASHA Financial Disclosure
Financial: Dr. Anthony Castrogiovanni receives compensation as an employee of Pyramid Educational Consultants, Inc.
Non-financial: No relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
 


Jesseca Collins, M.Ed., BCBA

Jesseca Collins has been involved in the field of special education throughout her life as a peer buddy and through various organizations supporting children and adults with developmental disabilities. She holds a Master’s degree in Elementary and Special Education from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is a certified elementary and special education teacher in Colorado and California. Jesseca completed her coursework in applied behavior analysis at San Diego State University and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst is 2011. She has been working professionally in the field in both public and non-public school settings since 2004 as an instructional assistant, teacher and program specialist. In both the public and non-public settings, she supported the establishment or strengthening of programs for students on the autism spectrum or with developmental disabilities. She has also worked at summer camps for children with Autism and has travelled to Accra, Ghana to support an organization for children with Autism. Jesseca has provided support in the school, home, and community settings. She strives to make a meaningful impact on the quality of life for individuals, families, and professionals. She believes in an integrated team based approach to education and values the unique personality of each individual.

ASHA Financial Disclosure
Financial: Jesseca Collins receives compensation as an employee of Pyramid Educational Consultants, Inc.
Non-financial: No relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
 


Mareike Greiler, M.S., CCC-SLP

Originally from Germany, Mareike Greiler, is a certified Logopedic (Speech Therapist) since October 2004 and has a masters degree in Speech-Language-Hearing Pathology since 2009. She's been working in private practices in Germany as well as working as an ASHA certified SLP in outpatient rehab settings in Texas throughout the last year. Mareike has successfully implemented PECS both in Germany and in the United States with adolescents with a variety of disabilities in school and home settings. She has developed a passion to enable non-verbal children or children with limited verbal skills to communicate as best they can with their environment. She has been working with Pyramid Germany since July 2012 and has moved back to Texas in the summer of 2013. She continues to work in an outpatient rehab setting, implementing alternative communication methods with children and adults with Autism and other disabilities.

ASHA Financial Disclosure
Financial: Mareike Greiler receives compensation as an employee of Pyramid Educational Consultants, Inc.
Non-financial: No relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
 


Catherine Horton, M.S., CCC-SLP, BCBA

Catherine Horton is dually-certified as both a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Maine with a B.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She went on to earn a M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of New Hampshire. Catherine has earned the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Educational Leadership from the University of New England. Most recently, Catherine has also completed all requirements for certification as a behavior analyst. Prior to her employment with Pyramid Educational Consultants, Catherine worked as a speech language pathologist providing therapy to children with significant special needs in hospital, group home and school settings. Catherine has been a consultant at Pyramid for over 10 years. She currently provides trainings regarding PECS and the Pyramid Approach to Education to parents and professionals across the United States. Catherine also consults to educational teams across the country, focusing on the development of functional communication systems and effective educational environments for students with special needs. She has also published literature in both Focus on Autism and the Autism Advocate. Catherine has a wealth of expertise in working with students with developmental disabilities and is passionate about her work.

ASHA Financial Disclosure
Financial: Catherine Horton receives compensation as an employee of Pyramid Educational Consultants, Inc.
Non-financial: No relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
 


Jo-Anne B. Matteo, M.S., CCC/SLP

Jo-Anne B. Matteo began her career as a public school speech-language pathologist in Connecticut in 1980. She received her B.A. in Communication Disorders from Southern Connecticut State College in 1979, M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from Adelphi University in 1980, and an advanced degree in Administration and Supervision from Southern Connecticut State University in 1983. As a special education administrator since 1994, she has been involved in staff and program development. She is the founder of a public school program for preschool and elementary children who present with significant special needs in the areas of communication, cognitive, social, behavioral and motor disabilities. These students have been using PECS to improve functional communication skills while they take part in a classroom that has been implementing the Pyramid Approach to Education. Jo-Anne has worked in this program as the speech-language pathologist and the program coordinator. Jo-Anne has presented extensively at various conferences and workshops to parents and professionals in the areas of speech-language development, functional communication and program design. She is also an active member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

ASHA Financial Disclosure
Financial: Jo-Anne Matteo receives compensation as an employee of Pyramid Educational Consultants, Inc.
Non-financial: No relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
 


Marsha J. E. (Miller) Knepp, BCBA

Marsha (Miller) Knepp began volunteering in high school with children who have autism and has been professionally working with children and adults since 2000.  She went on to receive her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Neuroscience from King's College, and during that time worked at Camp Royall, a summer camp for children and adults with autism, and as a Therapeutic Support Staff to teach skills at home and in the community.  As she earned her Master's Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Penn State University, she worked in Central Pennsylvania's first Approved Private School for children with autism and interned at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Feeding Program.  Marsha became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2006.  She began to work in a public school district and helped to establish their K-12 autism program, training and assisting teachers to meet the needs of children in different classroom settings.  During this time, she also consulted to families in their homes to help develop functional skills for their children.  Working for the state behavioral health system, being employed by both private and public schools, and having a family member diagnosed with autism has given Marsha a wide perspective on meeting the needs of children, and made her a firm believer in the team approach to education.

ASHA Financial Disclosure
Financial: Marsha (Miller) Knepp receives compensation as an employee of Pyramid Educational Consultants, Inc.
Non-financial: No relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
 


Anne K. Overcash, M.Ed.

Anne K. Overcash, M.Ed. has an Undergraduate degree in Psychology and a Masters in Education. She began working with children with autism in 1991 and started her working relationship with Andrew S. Bondy, Ph.D. and Lori Frost, M.S., CCC/SLP in the summer of 1992 at the Delaware Autistic Program. Anne has an extensive expertise in PECS and the Pyramid Approach to Education and is a Senior PECS Consultant and international presenter. She has been involved in the Supervised PECS Summer Camp, the PECS Implementer Certification process, and the mentoring of international Pyramid Consultants. While at the Delaware Autistic Program she was a parent training coordinator for preschool students. This experience provided here with a better understanding of the family dynamic when it involves a child with autism. She worked closely with a group of Psychologists on development of and implementation of a parent-training curriculum. In addition she collaborated on the development of several research projects. As a consultant for Pyramid, she has developed specific talks for schools and in-home programs on data collection, lesson planning, reinforcement strategies across the day and behavior. Anne has contributed to several of the Pyramid Educational Consultants, Inc. workshops and services and plays an enormous role in the revisions process. More recently she has worked on the development of a program that will allow people to gain Hands-On PECS Experiences (Project HOPE) under the direct supervision of a Pyramid consultant. Her diverse experiences combined with on-going service delivery to people with autism and related disabilities enable Anne to present dynamic workshops from a realistic perspective.

ASHA Financial Disclosure
Financial: Anne Overcash receives compensation as an employee of Pyramid Educational Consultants, Inc.
Non-financial: No relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
 


Jill Waegenaere, M.A., CCC/SLP

Jill Waegenaere, is a licensed Speech and Language Pathologist certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She graduated from Michigan State University with a B.A. in Communication Science Disorders, and continued her studies there to earn her M.A. in Speech and Language Pathology. While at MSU, Jill worked with both adults and children in a variety of settings and participated in Study Abroad Programs in both England and Mexico. Prior to her employment with Pyramid Educational Consultants, Jill worked as a speech language pathologist for an Early Childhood Program, providing services to children with Autism and other special needs. She has also worked in Early Intervention for the State of Illinois, where she gained experience working with children with communication, cognitive, social, behavioral and motor disabilities. Jill has experience implementing PECS and the Pyramid Approach to Education across environments including home, school, and the community.

ASHA Financial Disclosure
Financial: Jill Waegenaere receives compensation as an employee of Pyramid Educational Consultants, Inc.
Non-financial: No relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
 


Jaime Wedel, M.Ed., CAGS, BCBA

Jaime Wedel has a Master's degree in general education from Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in School Psychology from Plymouth State University in New Hampshire.  She earned a Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders from Antioch New England Graduate School.  Most recently, Jaime completed the Behavioral Intervention in Autism program at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.  She recently completed her fieldwork and supervision to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in Applied Behavior Analysis.

Jaime started her career as a special education teacher, where she served students with a variety of needs in inclusion, resource, and separate settings.  She worked as a school psychologist in New Hampshire and North Carolina.  In North Carolina, part of her job as a school psychologist involved co-chairing an Autism Team that provided assessment, trainings and consultations in a district of thirty-five schools.  Jaime's experience also includes working at a neuropsychological clinic in New Hampshire, where she evaluated students and provided consultation to families, schools, and other professionals.  She loves working with all students, but especially those with autism and more significant needs. 

ASHA Financial Disclosure
Financial: Jaime Wedel receives compensation as an employee of Pyramid Educational Consultants, Inc.
Non-financial: No relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
 


Shera Lin Davis, M.Ed.

Shera Davis has worked professionally with the special needs community as a Paraprofessional, Applied Behavior Analysis Therapist, Marriage and Family Therapist and Behavior Consultant. She started working with the special needs community in 1999 while completing her undergraduate degree in Psychology and immediately fell in love with the field of ABA. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a Master’s in Education in 2004 and has since worked in early intervention, on elementary, middle and high school classrooms, in adult day programs, group homes, and in hundreds of homes with families with developmentally delayed children and adults.

In 2010 she was lucky enough to attend her first Pyramid training and she immediately began teaching the PECS protocol to her clients everywhere she was able. She is currently finishing coursework to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and plans to spend the rest of her career supporting this community of amazing individuals and those who teach them.

ASHA Financial Disclosure
Financial: Shera Davis receives compensation as an employee of Pyramid Educational Consultants, Inc.
Non-financial: No relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.


Paige Panetta, M.Ed, BCBA

Paige Panetta has a Masters of Education in Applied Behavior Analysis from Arizona State University, a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from the University of Waterloo, and completed post graduate studies in communication disorders.

Paige has extensive experience implementing the PECS protocol with children and adults in a variety of settings including clinical, in home, school, hospital, residential care facilities, and the community. Paige’s previous experience includes teaching at a private school for individuals with Autism, providing speech and language therapy to children in a clinical and in home setting, providing intensive behaviour intervention to children with Autism in a clinical and in home setting, and providing behaviour consultation for adults.

ASHA Financial Disclosure
Financial: Paige Panetta receives compensation as an employee of Pyramid Educational Consultants, Inc.
Non-financial: No relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
 


Julia Hoffman, M.S., CCC/SLP

Julia Hoffman is Pyramid UK's Clinical Director and Pyramid USA's Supervisor and Trainer. She has worked as a speech and language therapist since receiving her Master's degree in 1987 from Fontbonne University in St. Louis, MO, USA. Her work experience includes serving as Program Director at a residential treatment center for people with autism and other learning difficulties, providing consultation and training for schools and families, and developing in-home intervention programs for people with autism. In addition, Julia served as Director for an agency in Missouri providing on-site therapy and full-time inclusion support for children with autism attending mainstream schools.

Julia has extensive experience of consultation, training and implementing programs based on applied behavior analysis. She joined Pyramid UK in April 2003 and Pyramid USA in 2016.

ASHA Financial Disclosure
Financial: Julia Hoffman receives compensation as an employee of Pyramid Educational Consultants, Inc.
Non-financial: No relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.


Meritxell Rifà Solà M.S., SLP

Meritxell Rifà Solà began her academic training as a speech therapist at the UAB in Barcelona. Iinitially, she worked with individuals with communication disorders due to neurological diseases and developmental disorders, specifically those learners on the autism spectrum. Working with this population led Meritxell to expand her training in special education. She worked as a teacher in a special education center in Barcelona, and further profiled her academic curriculum with a Masters in Psychopedagogy at the UB. Due to her extensive academic background, Meritxell has had the opportunity to work in different areas such as clinical, school and home interventions, helping families to incorporate communication tools through cognitive-behavioral therapy. She has a broad knowledge of learners with special educational needs and their environment. In her professional experience throughout this journey she has carried out specific forms of alternative/augmentative communication systems and cognitive-behavioral intervention systems, a Master’s Degree in ABA as well as specific trainings of evaluation tools in Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Meritxell is currently a consultant for Pyramid Educational Consultants – Spain, she serves and consults in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean area. Meritxell is from Mexico and currently resides there.

ASHA Financial Disclosure
Financial: Meritxell Rifà Solà receives compensation as an employee of Pyramid Educational Consultants, Inc.
Non-financial: No relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.


All presentations provided by Pyramid Educational Consultants, Inc. will focus exclusively on PECS (The Picture Exchange Communication System) and or The Pyramid Approach to Education.

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