Pamela Ely, M.S. CCC-SLP
Pamela is the Chief Executive Officer/Founder and Owner of The Ely Center, LLC who together with Elsa Abele conceptualized a center-based holistic approach to social communication & social cognitive development that meets the varied needs of the client population served. Pamela holds an AB in Economics from Smith College and an MA in Communication Disorders from Boston University. She is a certified Speech-Language Pathologist with 20+ years experience supporting children and young adults with social language-based challenges in school, private practice, and clinic settings. In 2012, Pamela completed the Social Thinking™ Mentor Training Program with Michelle Garcia Winner, MA. CCC-SLP, in San Jose, CA.
Pamela is a specialist in Social Language Disorders who interfaces with schools, school districts, and related service providers in the Greater Boston area. Pamela works collaboratively with professionals and parents to enhance their knowledge and understanding of social disorders and how the child they know and support is best motivated and taught to reach his or her academic and social potential. She trains staff in the use of diagnostic protocols and treatment techniques for identifying and facilitating language processing and social-communication issues for all students. Her scope of practice includes executive function awareness and functionality as well as social pragmatic and social cognitive function, applied to the unique constellation of academic and social demands of each student she meets.
Pamela holds an adjunct professorship at Elms College in Chicopee, MA where she teaches courses within their C.A.G.S program for certification in Social Disorders.
Pamela’s passions include but are not limited to spending quality time with her family, travel, dark roast coffee consumption, & the beach.
Sean Sweeney, M.S., M.Ed., CCC-SLP
Sean is the Program Coordinator for The Ely Center, LLC and has worked for the practice since the winter of 2003. He received master’s degrees in Speech-Language Pathology from Boston University and in Curriculum and Instructional Technology from Framingham State College. Sean consults to local and national organizations regarding technology integration and service delivery and is the author of the blog SpeechTechie. He is a frequent contributor to the American Speech-Language Hearing Association’s national newsletter, The ASHA Leader. Sean has presented at the national and regional Social Thinking® Providers’ Conferences on app integration, and recently completed the Social Thinking Clinical Training Level 1A Program in San Jose, CA.
Lindsey Carapezza, M.S. CCC-SLP
Lindsey joined The Ely Center, LLC in September 2016. Lindsey received her masters in speech language pathology from Boston University. During her time in graduate school Lindsey developed her interest in social learning while interning with Pamela. After graduating, Lindsey worked in the clinical, public and private school setting. Lindsey worked for years at Perkins School for the Blind, a school she holds close to her heart. Additionally, Lindsey worked at Social Thinking® Boston. Lindsey currently works in the Sudbury Public Schools. When not working, she is at home with her two young children.
Kristin Chisum, M.S. CCC-SLP
Kristin has worked for the practice since the Fall of 2007. She earned an AB in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University and an MA in Communication Disorders from Boston University. She is a certified Speech and Language Pathologist. At The Ely Center, Kristin primarily works with school-aged children and young adults; she also consults to local school districts around Social Cognition and Executive Functioning. Kristin’s interest in Speech therapy developed from her work as a therapeutic horseback riding instructor at The Lovelane Special Needs Horseback Riding Program in Lincoln where she continues to work with children on the weekends. Kristin is also an avid runner who ran professionally for several years, making the Olympic Trials in 2000 in both the 5K and 10K track events. Kristin, recently, has been successfully pairing her passions by incorporating running and health and fitness goals into her work with young adults; incorporating these goals into her therapy not only provides clients a tool to access language and minimize anxiety but also provides them with the tools for participating in a recreational hobby as well as living a healthier lifestyle. Kristin is the mother to three young children, Greta, Luke and Hadley.
Amanda Colella , M.S. CCC-SLP
Amanda has worked for the practice since the spring of 2004. She received both her bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders and her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Northeastern University. Amanda currently works in the Winthrop Public School system with elementary and middle school age students.
Nicole Hagler, M.S. CCC-SLP
Marchella Lee, M.S. CCC-SLP
Marchella joined The Ely Center family in July 2008. She earned her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Emerson College. Marchella has become a skilled therapist after working for many years in the public schools as well as in private practice. She is also a mother of three children. She previously worked in the Westwood Public Schools at the elementary level and consulted to Westwood’s Partner Programs that were supervised by the New England Center for Children (NECC).
Brittany Lehane, M.S. CCC-SLP
Brittany joined The Ely Center in September 2016. She received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Speech-Language Pathology from Northeastern University. At The Ely Center, Brittany primarily works with school aged children and young adults. Her experience includes a clinical focus in social skills as well as consulting to local school districts around Assistive Technology and Alternative and Augmentative Communication. Brittany is also the Co-Founder of Everyday Speech, a local company creating software including mobile apps and online video lessons to teach social skills. On her website, myeverydayspeech.com, she provides therapy tips and tools.
Olivia is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where she studied Communication Disorders. She is working as an Speech and language assistant for the Winthrop Public Schools summer program and she will be working with us camp week 1 and during the afternoons of weeks 2, 3, and four, and all Fridays. Olivia has worked at the Ely Center for the past 7 years and enjoys spending time outside biking, and going on hikes.
Lauren Peterson, M.S. CCC-SLP
Lauren first worked with The Ely Center, LLC through the graduate program at Boston University as a student intern. When she graduated with her Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology, in 2014, Lauren joined the Ely staff, completing her clinical fellowship year and earning her SLP certification. She also works as the speech-language pathologist at Arlington High School, collaborating closely with their Social Cognitive program as well as with students with language-based learning disabilities. Lauren had developed an expertise in supporting students with Executive Function deficits that impact reading, writing, and general academic success. In her free time, Lauren enjoys being outside, hiking and biking with friends. When not outdoors, she likes reading books, listening to podcasts, or watching movies (generally not simultaneously).
Katy Prosser, M.S. CCC-SLP
Katy joined The Ely Center, LLC team in March 2015. She earned her master’s degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders from Emerson College in Boston, MA. Before pursuing a career in speech-language pathology, Katy was trained in applied behavior analysis and provided ABA therapy to children on the Autism spectrum. She has experience working with elementary through post-secondary aged students with a wide range of communication strengths and challenges. Katy currently works full-time for Needham Public Schools. In her free time, Katy enjoys playing tennis, hiking, traveling, cooking, and spoiling her dogs Bennie and Oscar.
Katy Schweers, Ed.S
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), parent training, educational advocacy and IEP support, as well as social thinking. She has led social skills groups for children, teens, and young adults, as well as groups targeting anxiety in adolescents with ASD, ADHD, and learning difficulties. Katy has also served as a consultant to school districts, offering specific strategies and visual supports for
students with disabilities. Prior to her role at AARTS, Heerwagen worked as a community services assistant with the Autism Society of North Carolina, where she provided community navigation, social, and adaptive skills training to individuals with ASD. She also worked as a special education teacher, grades six to eight, in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Trevor Taylor, OTR/L
Trevor has worked with for the practice since the winter of 2004. He holds a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. Trevor currently works in the Hopkinton Public School System and brings varied experiences to the practice. He has worked in an adolescent and adult psychiatric facility, an outpatient rehabilitation center, and with several group home centers.
Leslie Tsui, BA
Leslie officially took on the role of Parent Coordinator in the spring of 2010…but she has been unofficially working with parents of “quirky kids” since 2002. In her Parent Coordinator role, Leslie meets with parents to discuss and brainstorm issues related to their child(ren), provides referrals (psychologist, summer camp, etc.), leads parent education/support groups, and writes parent handouts – and she warmly welcomes other suggestions for ways to support you so please reach out to her! www.leslietsui.com/
Jessica Zellner-Kline, SLPA
Jessica Zellner-Kline, SLPA, is a graduate student clinician, completing her final semester at Northeastern University. She has experience working with children of all ages and a wide variety of speech, language, and social cognitive goals. Jess has completed three clinical practicum experiences: 1. in an elementary school setting, 2. in the field of early intervention, and 3. at a series of day rehabilitation centers for adults with developmental delays. She previously worked as an SLPA at a school in Denver, CO that specialized in behavior management and interdisciplinary collaboration, providing individual and group speech therapy. Prior to her SLPA position, she worked at the Ely Center as a college intern, during the summer intensive program supporting social learning in the clinical setting and in the community. When not working with children, Jessica likes to cook, spend time outside, and travel.
Elsa Abele, CCC-SLP
Elsa is a retired Professor of Communication Disorders from Boston University. Elsa is one of the pioneers in the treatment of individuals in the autism spectrum. Elsa continues to spend time mentoring therapists, parents, school personnel, and interested care givers of any kind, to heighten their understanding of such deficits as well as to teach best practice options and techniques for treatment.
Elsa acts as a consultant/advisor to the staff of The Ely Center, as we continue to grow and expand our services.
Joe Colella, B.S.
Joe has worked as a group support leader at the practice since the fall of 2010. He is pursuing a Master’s degree in Special Education from Cambridge College. Joe currently works for ACCEPT Education Collaborative with high school age students, and coordinates and facilitates The Ely Center’s weekend recreation group, along with his wife, Amanda.
Kathy joined The Ely Center family in September 2014 as the Office Manager. She comes to us with over 15 years of experience volunteering in the Weston school system. She has also spent the last 5 years working at her husband’s business. Prior to starting her family she worked in the technology field. Kathy has 3 college age children. She loves being part of The Ely Center, an organization that does such meaningful work with children and young adults. Kathy holds an undergraduate degree in Business from Boston University and an MBA from Northeastern. When not at The Ely Center never mind, she is always at The Ely Center.
Sarah is the Saturday Studio Administrator at the Ely Center. She is a graduate from the University of Massachusetts Boston where she studied Criminal Justice. She currently works at the Concord Court House. Sarah started working at The Ely Center in January 2014 and is excited to continue helping the families and staff to keep things running as smoothly as possible!
Interns are generally graduate students or other professionals interested in our unique and varied treatment approaches to social skill development.
We are fortunate at the Ely Center to be affiliated with Boston University and Northeastern University as a training center for speech and language pathology student interns. These young men and women are the highest caliber graduate students who are carefully selected to complete a practicum at our center. Graduate student interns may observe, help, or facilitate group/individual sessions and may interface with parents and caregivers. However, at the Ely Center, a certified professional group leader will be on site and in charge of sessions at all times.