Meet our team

Kelly Spears

Speech Language Pathologist, Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Hanen Therapist and certified with Picture Exchange Communication (PECS)


She attended LSU from 1989 to 1994 and graduated with a BS in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She then attended Southeastern Louisiana University and graduated with a Master of Science in Speech Language and Hearing in 1997. She went to the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada for her Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) coursework.


She has worked in a variety of settings including hospitals, schools, long-term care facilities, and private practices in rural and urban environments. Some places include Los Angeles, Charlotte, Vancouver BC, New York City, and New Orleans. In 2007, she worked as the speech pathologist in the Classroom Assistance for Atypical Behavior (CAAB) team in St. Tammany Parish with consultation provided by Dr. Timothy Vollmer. It was at this time that she became interested in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). She was supervised by Richard Stock and took coursework under Pat Mirenda. In 2009, she moved to New York, New York and worked as a behavior interventionist at the Carbone Clinic.

Stephanie Raschke


Stephanie graduated from Louisiana State University in 2008 with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology. In 2010, she earned her Master’s degree from George Mason University in applied developmental psychology, with a focus on applied behavior analysis. Stephanie has been working with children with autism since 2009 and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2012. She has worked as a BCBA in various locations, including Virginia and Germany, providing services in the home, clinic, and school setting. Stephanie joined Spears Learning Center in June 2018.

Katie Gressaffa


Katie graduated from Louisiana State University in May of 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. She earned a Master’s degree in Psychology with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis in December of 2018. Katie has had the opportunity to work with children ages 2-13 in both clinic and school settings. She has been practicing as a BCBA at Spears Learning Center since May of 2019.

Kayla DiMartino


Kim Buchler

Bayleigh Butler