Jennifer Might is the Founder and CEO of STEPS. She has been working with individuals diagnosed with autism for 26 years. She completed her masters in Psychology and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Jennifer founded STEPS on the belief that all students can reach their full potential if they are in a supportive and positive environment and teachers have an unwavering belief in students, regardless of behavioral needs or verbal abilities. Jennifer is passionate about creating opportunities for students to develop a positive self-identity through engaging in activities that build self-worth, learning how to overcome challenging circumstances and developing the skills needed for self-advocacy. She has recently been involved in creating vocational opportunities and enrichment experience through the Willow+Wood store and Willow Farm program and is excited to continue building these programs. Jennifer believes that STEPS should always be evolving to meet the unique needs of students and that innovation and creativity should be a part of each program design.
Katie Smith, BCaBA – Chief Operating Officer – STEPS Academy
Katie Smith has been with STEPS Academy since 2009 and fulfilled many roles within the educational group during that time. She provides support to the STEPS Academy vision and operational leadership for the program. She is committed to fostering a healthy culture that facilitates the motivation and empowerment of others, mentors and develops organizational leaders, and aligns the team towards growth, innovation and the fulfillment of the STEPS Academy mission.
Aaron Muttillo, Director of Wellness & Clinical Services – Insightful Minds
Aaron Muttillo has worked with children and adolescents in public, private, and non-profit settings for more than 20 years. He has extensive experience managing programs that serve students with diverse learning abilities. Aaron is a licensed school psychologist and holds a doctorate in urban education from Cleveland State University. Aaron is committed to creating educational settings that are research-based, dynamic, and joyful. Aaron works to develop and implement a multi-tiered system of supports that provide targeted interventions to our students.
Christine Zanoni, Principal – Insightful Minds
For more than 30 years, Christine Zanoni has worked in education as a teacher, school leader, and program director. Using a strengths-based approach woven with experiential engagement, mindfulness, and best practice, Christine fosters the development of children and young people, believing that in creating a community of learning and belonging for all, students will discover and grow. Christine holds a bachelor’s degree in Education from Hiram College, a master’s degree in special education from Kent State University, and leadership credentials from Baldwin Wallace University.
Brian Roberts, Dean of Instruction – Insightful Minds
Brian Roberts has dedicated the last 29 years to students receiving special education services, as both a classroom teacher and instructional coach. He holds a master’s degree in education from Kent State University and has numerous years of experience as a trainer and mentor for teachers. He believes that students of all abilities are able to thrive when a safe, comfortable learning environment is established.
Anthony Liber, Principal – STEPS Academy
Anthony Liber has worked in the field of education for more than 25 years. He began his professional career in New England, where he received specialized training in applied behavior analysis. During his career, Anthony has worked as a consultant, teacher, and school administrator in programs that educate students with Autism. Anthony enjoys the relationships that he has formed with students, families, and colleagues.
Bryan Holtsclaw, Program Director – Willow Farms
Bryan Holtsclaw has worked in both public and private educational settings for over 5 years. Bryan is a licensed and board-certified occupational therapy assistant who has specialized in serving students with autism and related developmental disabilities. In addition to his occupational therapy skill set, Bryan possesses boundless creativity that he uses to establish learning environments in natural settings. This approach allows students of all abilities to gain independence and grow as individuals.