Our Staff

Kristine Brewer

Kristine M. Brewer holds positions of Executive Management and Finance Director and Clinician (BCBA) who gained her CT Intermediate Administrators certification, 092 (2015), B.A. Sociology in May of 2000 from Kings College, Wilkes-Barre PA. She earned her M.A. Special Education from Saint Joseph University, West Hartford CT in 2005. Her Certification in Applied Behavior Analysis is from UMASS Boston (2008). She also holds M.A. in Education (Researched Based Learning Interventions) and Autism Spectrum Disorders Certificate; Saint Joseph University, West Hartford CT (2011) as well as an Intermediate Administrators Certification from Sacred Heart University (2015). Besides being an outstanding scholar, Mrs. Brewer built a solid reputation as a leader and hands-on behaviorist, who is capable not only in training and supervising, but is able to model and demonstrate flawless application of wide range of behavioral techniques. 

Marina Azimova

Marina Azimova is our Executive Director of Clinical Services and Clinician (BCBA), who has spent the last 20 years working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis and Behavioral Health in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Russia, Kazakhstan, and Taiwan. She has knowledge and experiences in the areas of behavioral assessment and intervention including functional assessment/analysis, antecedent intervention, reinforcement-based strategies, ACT methodology, and extensive variety of instructional procedures (e.g., DTT, precision teaching, verbal behavior, functional/living skills, task analysis, etc) for students with autism and related disabilities. 

She has worked in various treatment settings to include intervention on both public and private school throughout Connecticut and Pennsylvania serving students with ASD. Ms. Azimova has also served at the Deveraux Foundation as a Clinical Consultant for the PA Residential Campus for Adults. She started some of the very first ABA classrooms in the public-school systems in Moscow, Russia and in the Republic of Kazakhstan. Previously she served as the Clinical Director at Milestones Achievement Center where she handled administrative and clinical demands. Ms. Azimova presented at many national and international professional conferences. In Connecticut she worked as Senior Behavior Analyst at the Center for Children with Special Needs for almost seven years.  

Currently Ms. Azimova teaches several graduate level ABA courses at the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, CT. She works as a consultant on several projects for the “Autism Speaks” Organization. She is a professional member of CTABA, BALC, BABAT, and ABAI.

Khrysta Mercado

Khrysta G. Mercado graduated from University of Connecticut in 2018 with Bachelor of Arts in Human Development and Family Studies. She also completed highly respected behavior analysis program at Simmons University’s (Boston, MA) Master of Science in Behavior Analysis degree in 2020. She is fresh and enthusiastic Board Certified Behavior Analyst with excellent communication and attentive listening skills and strong motivation to succeed with a strong passion of having a positive impact on the lives of children and adults with Autism and related diagnosis. As a behavior analyst she is focusing on the individual rather than their disabilities. Her clinical skills are proven to be very sharp, and her treatment strategies are build around achieving socially valid goals for our clients.

Helen Bonoff

Helen brings a multitude of valuable assets to Applied Behavior Analysis Services of CT. She joined the private ABA sector in 2012 after fourteen years as an ABA therapist and substitute teacher. 
Since 2005 she has been skillfully servicing children with autism and other developmental disabilities. Helen was part of a district wide team recognized with the Award of Excellence by the state of Connecticut. Helen’s calm and consistent implementation of ABA principles and programs, keen observations and clear documentation affords effective measurement of learners’ progress and identification of programming priorities to foster increased independence. 
Prior to her entry into the education field she worked for Aetna Life & Casualty where her acute business task analyses, organizational skills and attention to details rendered her as an invaluable divisional problem solving resource. 
She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a second Major in Economics from Eastern Connecticut State University. She completed several graduate courses in Organizational Behavior at University of Hartford as well as the graduate Applied Behavior Analysis coursework from Fitchburg State College. 
Helen is the proud parent of her two grown children; an Eagle Rank Boy Scout and an aspiring artist daughter. In her free time she enjoys relaxing by the sea, reading and spending time with her husband traveling. 

Corey Waters

Corey started his academic career in the field of elementary education. He eventually changed his major to History. However, BA in History did not indicate stopping of his desire to teach and stay within education as a discipline.  

After college and successful employment at a daycare facility as a head teacher (school age program), Corey became passionate about moving forward with advancing his knowledge and carrier towards helping children of all abilities to learn and grow. It was here that he met the founders of ABASCT and began a career in the field of ABA. Since 2018 he has assisted numerous children with ASD and other challenges to lead more fulfilling, independent, and enjoyable lives. He went on to earn his RBT in 2020 and plans to earn his BCBA over the course of the next couple of years

Michael Rockwell