Cindy Murphy, Executive Director
Cindy Murphy, M.S., BCBA earned her Master of Science degree in Behavior Analysis and Therapy from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She also received her Credential of Competency in Applied Behavior Analysis in 1998 by participating in Pennsylvania’s first exam opportunity for credentialing as a Behavior Analyst and later became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst through the National Certification Board. Ms. Murphy has been practicing in the field of Special Education for over 20 years. Her experiences include working with individuals from infancy through adulthood, across settings from public and private schools to home and community, with individuals with a range of disabilities, and in a variety of roles ranging from interventionist, trainer, consultant, supervisor, and administrator. Ms. Murphy has published research on intervention to increase initiations and reciprocal language skills in learners with autism. In addition, she has presented at local and national conferences on topics related to science-based interventions to teach language, self-help skills, and effective strategies for reducing challenging behavior across settings. Ms. Murphy co-founded the Comprehensive Learning Center in 2000.
Michele Meyer, President
Michele Meyer is a member of the founding family of The AJ Foundation and The Comprehensive Learning Center. She has been responsible for the general business and administrative functions since the inception of both entities in 1997 and 2000 respectively. In her role as President, she is accountable for the administrative, marketing, financial, human resource and risk management functions of these organizations. Along with the executive director, she is responsible for the day-to-day operations as well as monitoring and directing the implementation of the strategic business and development plans. She is the liaison with the CLC Board of Directors and serves on the board’s strategic planning committee. Ms. Meyer is also a board member and Treasurer of The AJ Foundation and chairs, along with her husband, one of AJF’s biggest fundraising events, the AJF Ride 4 Autism. Ms. Meyer has 32 years’ experience in business administration and fiscal management. Prior to her participation, involvement and employment with AJF and CLC, she was the CFO and Executive Manager of Neshaminy Constructors, Inc., a multi-million dollar heavy and highway construction firm in Feasterville, PA.
Aileen Tschirlig, Co-Director of Education
Aileen Tschirlig has been with CLC since 2008 and has 10 years’ experience working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Her experiences include working with students from 3 – 21 years of age and with their families. Ms. Tschirlig has participated in various roles during her tenure at CLC from Instructor/Data Analyst/Home Programmer to Trainer and now as the center’s Co-Director of Education. Ms. Tschirlig holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Shippensburg University and is working towards her Master’s Degree in Psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis from Capella University. She is currently completing the required coursework and supervision hours to achieve the Board Certified Behavior Analyst credential.
Leah Mehl, Co-Director of Education
Leah Mehl has worked with children and adults with special needs for 14 years. Her work experience includes teaching students with Autism Spectrum Disorders for seven years for students in kindergarten through eighth grades. In 2014, Mrs. Mehl presented at the National Autism Conference on the use of iPad technology for developing language skills for non-vocal learners. Leah earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary and Special Education from Lebanon Valley College, where she served as the President of the Student Council for Exceptional Children. She earned her Master’s of Education degree in Special Education from Millersville University, where she conducted research on parental involvement for students with autism spectrum disorders. She is currently in pursuit of coursework to earn the credential of Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
Working in coordination with CLC’s onsite Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Executive Director, Ms. Tschirlig and Mrs. Mehl provide oversight of the implementation of empirically validated interventions based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis according to students’ Individualized Education Plans. They are responsible for the identification of
program-wide goals and the development and implementation of hands-on and didactic training to all instructional staff. Other responsibilities include overseeing student recruitment, intake, and placement.
Chris O’Toole, Director of Adult Services
Chris O’Toole began at CLC in 2009 in the role of Instructor. He has primarily worked with our teenage and young adult-aged learners across several community and vocational settings as well as with families in their homes. After receiving a promotion as Trainer in 2014, Chris has been responsible for overseeing implementation of skills acquisition programs for various learners and providing on-going training to staff in the delivery of interventions. Chris has degrees in Psychology from Temple University and is currently pursuing his credential as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. As the Director of Adult Services, Mr. O’Toole is responsible for client recruitment, intake, and placement; assisting in the creation and adherence to the annual budget; and creating and ensuring adherence to the policies and procedures required by the Office of Developmental Programs. He assists in the assessment and identification of client needs and provides on-going staff training in interventions based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis. He oversees the evaluation of client progress and staff performance. He works closely with community agencies to identify vocational and recreational opportunities for adult clients and possesses a wealth of knowledge pertinent to navigating the complexities of services and funding for adults with autism. Throughout Chris’ tenure at CLC, he has had the opportunity to work with and program for several of our older students who are now either in or entering our Adult Services Program. His years of experience with our students helps to create a seamless transition as they enter into the next phase of their life.
Trainers: Megan Schmidt, Danielle McCloskey, Amanda Fremont, Matt Ward, Emily Buckley
There is a trainer assigned to oversee student programming in each module. Trainers are responsible for providing hands-on training in the delivery of skill acquisition and behavior support interventions. In addition, Trainers provide guidance to instructional staff in writing individualized programs, graphing and analyzing data, and oversee support provided across settings through our family consultation services. CLC Trainers have a minimum of 5 years’ experience working with individuals with autism providing services based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis. All Trainers are either pursing or hold a Master’s Degree in a special education related field as well as certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
All instructional staff members at CLC hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Special Education or in a related field. In addition to formal education, instructors receive ongoing hands-on training in research-based intervention techniques including but not limited to designing individualized skill acquisition and behavior reduction programs, collecting and analyzing data, and promoting generalization of new skills to home and community settings. Rigorous evaluations are conducted annually to ensure that all instructional staff members continue to possess the requisite skills for providing quality intervention services.
Barbara Leon, Business Manager
Barbara Leon has more than 14 years of progressively responsible experience managing the overall business and administrative operations of The Comprehensive Learning Center (CLC). She has exceptional organization and leadership skills which promotes performance efficiencies in a manner that incorporates the program’s vision and culture. Ms. Leon also provides direct support to the executive administration team and is a key component in driving sustainable development and long-term success. Ms. Leon’s institutional knowledge, commitment and passion of CLC’s mission has earned her the title “the glue that binds us together”. Ms. Leon has 20+ years in business administration and has satisfactorily completed certification programs in Human Resources from Bucks County Community College.
Linda McVeigh – Accounting Manager
Mary Theresa Reynolds – Administrative Assistant
Jodi Tashman – Administrative Coordinator