Executive Team

Executive Director

Sara Nall, M.Ed.

Sara Nall joined Mitchell’s Place in 2016 and currently serves as the Executive Director. Sara received her bachelor’s from Auburn University and holds a master’s from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in Special Education with an emphasis in Behavioral Disorders.

Sara has over 30 years of experience rooted in special education. Her journey started as a special educator at Engel Day Treatment Center at UAB, then she transitioned to a self-contained classroom for children with behavior disorders in Birmingham City Schools which lead her to Mountain Brook High School where she taught for more than 25 years.  

Sara’s favorite part of working at Mitchell’s Place is witnessing the small miracles our children achieve every day.

Director of Applied Behavior Analysis

Lauren Graham, M.A., BCBA, LBA

Lauren Graham joined Mitchell’s Place in 2017 and serves as the Director of our Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) Program, which includes Teach Me, ABA Outpatient services, ELP ABA, School Consultation, and MP Southside. Lauren received her master’s degree from the University of West Florida in Comprehensive Exceptional Student Education with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis. She became a Board Certified assistant Behavior Analyst in 2012, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst received in 2015, and her license as a Behavior Analyst in the state of Alabama in 2017. She is also certified in Professional Crisis Management.

Lauren has experience in a variety of settings, clientele, and developmental disabilities over the past 11 years in the field of ABA. Her interests lie in early intervention, problem behavior reduction, verbal behavior, and adaptive skill training, which is why Mitchell’s Place has been such a great fit. Outside of ABA, Lauren enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, and being on the water.

 

Director of Advancement

Kristy Henry, MBA

Kristy Henry joined Mitchell’s Place in 2021 and currently serves as the Director of Advancement. Kristy received her bachelor’s from North Carolina State University and holds a master’s from Auburn University. Kristy has over 11 years of experience in fundraising, analytics, and events management. She began her career in the advancement field in athletics development at the Wolfpack Club (NC State), followed by the Hurricane Club (University of Miami). Kristy then transitioned to Director for Annual Giving at Barry University (Miami) and most recently, as the Director of the Annual Fund for Oglethorpe University (Atlanta).

Kristy is excited to be a part of the Mitchell’s Place team and hopes to work in increasing funding that will further the organizational mission. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, college sports, being outdoors, reading, and spending time with family.

Director of Billing

Darrell Fitzgerald, CPAR

Darrell Fitzgerald joined Mitchell’s Place in 2012, and currently serves as the Director of Billing. Darrell received his Associate Degree from American Public University System, and is certified in Patient Accounting through the Healthcare Financial Management Association. He has over 30 years of experience in Healthcare Billing, Collections, and Revenue Cycle Management.

Prior to joining the team, Darrell managed billing for 16 hospitals, in 6 states across the southeast. He brings extensive experience with healthcare analytics, systems, training, billing and collections.

Director of Clinical Psychology

Laura K. Hansen, PhD

Laura K. Hansen, PhD is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who joined Mitchell’s Place in 2020. She received her bachelor’s from Centre College in Psychology and French and a doctorate degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in Clinical Psychology in 2019. Her dissertation research examined factors and correlates of knowledge of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in parents, teachers, and medical trainees.

Dr. Hansen completed extensive training in both general and pediatric psychology, as well as specialized supervision in the assessment and treatment of autism spectrum disorder and developmental disabilities. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Indiana University School of Medicine and a postdoctoral fellowship at Children’s Mercy Hospital. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and the International Society for Autism Research.

Director of Education

Sama Pate, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA

Samantha Pate joined Mitchell’s Place in 2006 and currently serves as the Education Director. Samantha received her bachelor’s from Auburn University in Human Development and Family Studies and holds a master’s from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in Special Education. She also holds a certificate from Auburn University in Early Intervention.  Sama received her certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analysist in 2021, and her license as a Behavior Analyst in the state
of Alabama in 2022.

Since joining the team, Samantha has held many positions ranging from lead teacher in the Early Learning Program, Teach Me Therapist, assistant teacher, extended day staff and floater, but she moved into the Director of Education position in 2017.

Sama’s favorite part of working at Mitchell’s Place is knowing she is a part of a community of professionals committed to improving the lives of children with asd.

Director of Related Services

Abigail Wood Dibble, Speech-Language Pathologist, M.S., CCC-SLP

Abigail Wood joined Mitchell’s Place in 2019 and currently serves as a Speech-Language Pathologist. Abbie received her bachelor’s in Communication Science and Disorders from the University of Tennessee and holds a master’s in Speech Language Pathology from University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Abbie has over two years of experience in providing speech therapy for children with speech and language impairment.

Her certifications and credentials include: a license in the state of Alabama as a speech-language pathologist and certification through ASHA. In additional her credentials, Abbie gained experience through her work as an SLP in the public school system specializing in the preschool classroom, pediatric private practice.

Abbie’s favorite part of working at Mitchell’s Place is working with families to help their kiddos realize the power of communication so they can express themselves to friends and loved ones.

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Team

Assistant Director of ABA

Sarah McIntosh, M.A., BCBA, LBA

Sarah McIntosh serves as the Assistant Director of ABA at Mitchell’s Place and her focus is primarily developing RBTs, assisting BCBAs in program management, facilitating enhanced relationships with clients and their families and establishing procedures which increase the consistency of the services rendered. She began working at Mitchell’s Place in 2013 and has served in various capacities during her time with the organization. In 2019, she completed her Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst certification and was licensed in the state of Alabama. In 2021, Sarah graduated from the University of West Florida with a master’s degree in Exceptional Student Education with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis. She completed her Board Certified Behavior Analyst certification in 2022 and was licensed in the state of Alabama. Sarah is also certified in Professional Crisis Management.

Sarah’s varied experience has increased her understanding and enjoyment of working alongside children who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and their families to accomplish meaningful outcomes in their lives. She deeply values the potential in each Mitchell’s Place client and is honored to play a small role in their unique journeys. When she is not at work, you can find Sarah enjoying time with her favorite people: her husband, their two children and their dog!

 

School Consultant

Emilie Stahlhut, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA

Emilie Stahlhut has been a part of the Mitchell’s Place family since 2011. She started at Mitchell’s Place as an assistant teacher in the preschool program where she gained interest in the field of ABA. Emilie gained further experience in the field by working as an early intervention therapist providing focused and comprehensive ABA services to children with autism. She completed her undergraduate studies at The University of Alabama in Elementary Education in 2011 and received her master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education  from UAB in 2018. In 2014, she received her certification as a Board Certified assistant Behavior Analyst and received her certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Licensed Behavior Analyst in the state of Alabama in 2018. In addition, she is a certified instructor in Professional Crisis Management. Emilie is dedicated to supporting the mission and values of Mitchell’s Place by providing evidence-based treatments to improve the lives of families and individuals diagnosed with autism and other related disorders. her goal is to provide every child with the necessary skills to communicate their wants and needs and enhance their overall quality of life. In her free time, Emilie enjoys spending time outdoors and exploring Birmingham with her friends and dog.

Comprehensive ABA Supervisor

Morgan Broome, Comprehensive ABA, BCBA, LBA

Morgan grew up in Hendersonville NC, lived briefly in Charlotte, NC during high school, and went to Appalachian State University for her undergraduate coursework in which she received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, with a minor in Sociology. Morgan moved to Birmingham in 2018 and has been a part of the Mitchell’s Place family ever since! Morgan started as an RBT in the Teach Me department for two years, then she transitioned into the early learning program department (ELP ABA) as an RBT for two more years. After working at Mitchell’s Place, Morgan decided to pursue her master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis to serve clients like our own! Recently, she graduated from Ball State University (December 2021) with her Master of Arts in ABA, and a specialization in Autism Spectrum Disorders! Morgan is very passionate about teaching skills that improve our client’s quality of life, and individualizing programs per client. She is thrilled to join the BCBA team and better serve Mitchell’s Place in that role! Morgan’s favorite part of Mitchell’s Place is the learning that even adults get to do – she learns more from her clients and co-workers every day!

Comprehensive ABA Supervisor

Lauren Cotlin,  BCBA, LBA

Lauren Cotlin joined Mitchell’s Place in 2022 and is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst and Licensed Behavior Analyst in the state of Alabama. Lauren received her Bachelor of Arts with a minor in Education from Auburn University in 1993. Lauren worked in special education through two city school systems for 12 years where she was first introduced to ABA and developed a passion for serving children with a diagnosis of ASD. In 2020 Lauren became certified as a Board-Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst and in 2021 received her Master of Arts in Professional Behavior Analysis.  

Lauren’s favorite part of working at Mitchell’s Place is working with the children and caregivers to promote meaningful life changes.  

ABA ELP Supervisor

Necia Mathews, Early Learning ABA, B.A., BCBA, LBA

Necia Mathews joined Mitchell’s Place in 2007 and currently serves as a supervisor of ABA therapy for the Early Learning Program. Necia received her bachelor’s from Auburn University. Her credentials include a certification as a Board-Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) received in 2014 and a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) received in 2019.

Necia’s favorite part of working at Mitchell’s Place is watching the children grow and learn!

Focused ABA Supervisor

Abigail Santos, Overton Focused Program, BCBA, LBA

Abigail Santos is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst and Licensed Behavior Analyst in the state of Alabama. Abigail joined the team at Mitchell’s Place in 2019. She earned her master’s in Special Education with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from Arizona State University. Abigail has five years of experience working with children on the autism spectrum disorder. Abigail loves being able to work in such a collaborative environment with other professionals in order to provide comprehensive treatment for her clients.

Abigail’s favorite part of working at Mitchell’s Place is building relationships with the children and their families and watching clients grow.

Comprehensive ABA Supervisor

Hannah Schneider, M.A., BCBA, LBA

Hannah Schneider got her start at Mitchell’s Place in 2019 as an assistant teacher in the Early Learning Program. In the preschool department, she was introduced to Applied Behavior Analysis and quickly knew she wanted to continue to build her career in this field. She soon transitioned into an RBT position working in the Teach Me department for 2 years. She gained experience through working as an RBT sub where she had the opportunity to work with multiple kids across departments in Mitchell’s Place. She is so excited to currently hold the role of a Teach Me Supervisor. 

Hannah received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2017 and she received her M.A. in Comprehensive Exceptional Student Education specializing in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of West Florida in 2022. She became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a Licensed Behavior Analyst in the state of Alabama in 2022. 

Hannah’s favorite part about Mitchell’s Place is interacting with the kids, seeing their progress, and collaborating with the Mitchell’s Place team and the client’s parents! 

Focused ABA Supervisor

Krysta Bass, Southside Focused Program, BCBA, LBA

Originally from Chicago, Krysta Bass is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with experience working with individuals with autism from ages 18 months to 55+. She discovered ABA upon completing her bachelor’s degree at Northwestern University after seeing the success, family support, and change it brought to those in need. Krysta continued her studies at the University of West Florida where she received her master’s degree in ABA. Her passions include increasing access to high-quality, individualized therapy services for those who may otherwise not have access to them as well as caregiver and functional communication training.

Outside of Mitchell’s Place, you can find Krysta spending time with her husband and dog trying new restaurants and breweries around Birmingham.

Focused ABA Supervisor

Amy Fuller, Southside Focused Program, PhD, BCBA, LBA

Amy Fuller joined Mitchell’s Place in 2022 and serves as a Behavior Analyst at the Southside location. Originally from California, Amy received her bachelor’s degree from Claremont McKenna College and her doctorate from UCLA in Human Development and Psychology.

Amy has over 10 years of experience in a variety of applied research and clinical settings. Her interests include increasing access to high quality treatment by bridging the gap between short term university-based treatments and ABA intervention received in the community. She is also passionate about the use of naturalistic developmental behavioral interventions to increase early social communication and play skills in young children. 

Outside of work, Amy enjoys spending time with her husband and young son. Her favorite part of working at Mitchell’s Place is partnering with each child and family on their unique treatment journey. 

Comprehensive Program RBT Staff

  • Emily Beard
  • Nichole Blenkinsop
  • Alex Darty
  • Natalie Greig
  • Gerika Harris
  • Lauren Jones
  • Alyssa Johnson
  • Lottie Macleod
  • Brittian Mixon
  • Caroline Perkins
  • Sarah Smeraglia
  • Jessica Pickett

Southside Focused Program RBT Staff

  • Aimee Bals
  • Ashton Hanks
  • Anna Holloway
  • Chase Kimbrough
  • Shania Peavy
  • Gabriela Prieto

RBT Floaters

  • Jennifer Mayerhofer
  • Michelle Steneck

Overton Focused Program RBT Staff

  • Ashley Blackmon
  • Brionna Smith
  • Taylor Torres

ELP Program ABA RBT Staff

  • Kinlee Aviles
  • Amanda Fitzgerald
  • Ashley Waltz

Early Learning Preschool (ELP) Team

Lead Teacher, Ladybug Classroom

Melissa Pittman, B.S.

Melissa Pittman joined Mitchell’s Place in 2020 and currently serves as the Lead Teacher for the Ladybug classroom, ages 2-3, in the Early Learning Preschool. Melissa received her bachelor’s of science from Birmingham-Southern College in Elementary and Special Education. Melissa also worked at the YWCA Central Alabama’s Youth Development Center prior to joining the Mitchell’s Place family.

Melissa’s favorite part of working at Mitchell’s Place is working with children and connecting with the community to create lifelong learners. 

Lead Teacher, Butterfly Classroom

Kelly Rice, M.Ed.

Kelly Rice joined Mitchell’s Place in 2015 and currently serves as the Lead Teacher for the Butterfly classroom, ages 3-4, in the Early Learning Preschool. Kelly received her bachelor’s in Collaborative Education and holds a master’s in Early Childhood Special Education, both from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Kelly has over 10 years of experience in education including: elementary special education, special education church ministry, and early childhood special education.

Kelly’s favorite part of working at Mitchell’s Place is seeing her students grow academically and socially in the classroom!

 

Lead Teacher, Songbirds Classroom

Yolanda Rogers, M.Ed.

Yolanda “Yoyo” Rodgers joined Mitchell’s Place in 2007 and currently serves as the Lead Teacher for the Songbird classroom, ages 4-5, in the Early Learning Preschool. Yolanda received her bachelor’s from the University of Montevallo in Child and Family Studies and holds a master’s from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in Early Childhood Special Education. Yolanda has over 10 years of experience in early childhood education and is instrumental in the expansion of Mitchell’s Place.

Lead Teacher, Flamingo Classroom

Glenda Grbac, M.Ed.

Glenda Grbac joined Mitchell’s Place in 2016 and currently serves as the Lead Teacher for the Flamingo classroom, ages 5-6, in the Early Learning Preschool. Glenda received her bachelor’s in Psychology and holds a master’s in Early Childhood Special Education, both from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Her other credentials include her certification as a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) received in 2016. Glenda has held several positions within Mitchell’s Place, ranging from a teacher’s assistant, a Teach Me therapist and an ABA Outpatient therapist.

Glenda’s favorite part of working at Mitchell’s Place is getting to see the students grow academically and socially every single day. She loves teaching them as well as learning from them!

ELP Classroom Assistants:

  • Skye Adams
  • Desiree’ Brooks
  • Carley Corbin
  • Jessie Hickey
  • Timmi-Ann Kaurudar
  • Rebekah Maloney
  • Gillian Nelson
  • Francesca Nestor
  • Brooke Wells
  • Annie Wyatt
  • Skyler Yasenchack

Occupational Therapy (OT) Team

Occupational Therapist

Becky Weldon, M.S., OTR/L

Rebecca “Becky” Weldon joined Mitchell’s Place in 2018 and currently serves as an Occupational Therapist. Becky received her bachelor’s from the University of Montevallo in Kinesiology and holds a master’s from the University of South Alabama in Occupational Therapy.

Her certifications and credentials include: a certification in the state of Alabama as an occupational therapist, a National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy and is licensed in general occupational therapy. Becky has experience working in pediatric outpatient school, and early intervention settings and has received training in Handwriting Without Tears curriculum, NDT, Sensory integration and feeding. She currently works with the Teach Me program and outpatient services.

Occupational Therapist

Lauren Comer, M.S., OTR/L

Lauren Comer joined Mitchell’s Place in 2020 and currently serves as an Occupational Therapist. Lauren received her bachelor’s from the University of North Alabama in Chemistry and holds a master’s from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in Occupational Therapy.

Her certifications and credentials include: a certification in the state of Alabama as an Occupational Therapist, a National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy, and is licensed in general occupational therapy. Lauren has experience working in both pediatric and adult inpatient rehabilitation settings. She is currently working with outpatient services.

Lauren is passionate about providing family-centered care while helping children continue to learn, grow, and play in a caring and loving environment

Occupational Therapist

Grace Daigle, M.S., OTR/L

Grace Daigle joined Mitchell’s Place in the Fall of 2021. ​She received her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in December of 2021.

 Her certifications and credentials include: a certification in the state of Alabama as an Occupational Therapist, a National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy, and is licensed in general occupational therapy. She is originally from New Orleans, but has called Birmingham home for over 6 years now.  Grace’s favorite part of working at Mitchell’s Place is building relationships with her clients and their families to maximize their potential!

Speech Team

Speech-Language Pathologist

Addison Rentschler, M.S., CCC-SLP

Addison Rentschler joined Mitchell’s Place in 2018 and currently serves as Speech-Language Pathologist. Addison received her bachelor’s from the University of Mississippi in Communicative Sciences and Disorders and holds a master’s from the University of Mississippi in Speech-Language Pathology.

Her certifications and credentials include: a certification of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and is licensed in the state of Alabama and in the state of Florida. Addison has experience working in a public-school system as well as a pediatric private practice setting. She currently provides speech and language services to children in the Early Learning Program, Teach Me program and outpatient settings. She also leads weekly social groups in the Early Learning Program classrooms and after school Social Skills group (ASAP) for the 2nd-5th graders.

Addison favorite part of working at Mitchell’s Pace is getting to know the kids and their families.

Speech-Language Pathologist

Meredith Street, M.S., CCC-SLP

Meredith Street graduated from Samford University with a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2017.  Meredith’s clinical training and practice has been primarily in the area of pediatrics, including working with children who have autism spectrum disorder.  Her certifications and credentials include: the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and she is licensed in the state of Alabama for the practice of speech-language pathology. Additionally, Meredith is a trained Sequential-Oral-Sensory (SOS) feeding therapist with experience in pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders, LSVT LOUD certified, Orton Gillingham certified, and is a trained dyslexia evaluator.

Meredith approaches treatment as a partnership with families.  She works collaboratively with families to maximize the child’s potential, building on the strengths of the child and the family.

Psychiatry & Psychology Team

Psychiatrist

Donald Paoletti, M.D.

Dr. Donald Paoletti joined Mitchell’s Place is 2005 and currently serves as the facility’s Psychiatrist. Dr. Paoletti is a fully trained and licensed physician, who has completed specialized training in general psychiatry and subspecialty training in pediatric psychiatry. He is a graduate of the Medical University of South Carolina and the University of Maryland. Dr. Paoletti is certified in general psychiatry as well as child and adolescent psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is an Active member of the American Psychiatric Association, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) and several other professional organizations. He is currently serving as the President of the Alabama Regional Council of the AACAP.
Dr. Paoletti started his private practice after five years of academia at the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Alabama in Birmingham. He also provides clinical services as a consultant at Psychiatry Associates, P.C., the Eastside Mental Health Center in Birmingham, Catholic Family Services, and the Jefferson-Blount-St. Clair Counties Mental Health Authority.

Marriage & Family Therapist Student

Sara Mayers, M.S. Student

Sara Mayers is a Graduate Student in the Marriage and Family Therapy Master’s program at the University of Alabama. She has extensive professional experience working with kids with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other neurodevelopment disorders. She is excited to begin helping our families using a systemic approach. Sara graduated summa cum laude from The University of Alabama in 2021 with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies. In her free time, she loves to bake, read books, and play with her cat.

Psychologist

Gianna Gambera, PhD

Gianna Gambera, Ph.D., BCBA joined Mitchell’s Place in 2022. She earned a BA in Psychology from Ave Maria University in Naples, Florida in 2016, an M.S. in Psychometry from Mississippi State University in 2019, and a doctorate degree in School Psychology from Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS in 2022. Dr. Gambera is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst and completed her pre-doctoral internship at UNMC’s Munroe-Meyer Institute in Omaha, NE.

Dr. Gambera specializes in providing behavioral treatment and assessment services to individuals with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities. She is skilled in providing services not only to pediatric populations but adult populations as well.

Administration Team

Administrative Coordinator

Megan Barnett

Front Office Administrative Assistant

Haley Grace Evans

Intake Coordinator

Nikki Williams

Assistant Intake Coordinator

Chikedra Nettles

Southside Administrative Assistant

Tonya Travis

Billing Administrative Assistant

Tim Kring

Billing and Authorization Specialist

Lindsay Johnson

Assistant Director of Advancement

Delaney Haase