Our Staff

Kristine Brewer

Kristine M. Brewer holds positions of Executive Management and Finance Director/Owner 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/Co-owner 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.


Kristen Mule

Kristen is a recently accredited Board Certified Behavioral Analyst (BCBA) after completing her Masters of Science in Behavior Analysis at Simmons University and passing her board exam. Kristen is driven to contribute to the field, particularly through work with individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. She is passionate about providing individualized treatment for families.  Comfortable working in various capacities, Kristen has worked with families in their homes, daycares, community, and clinic settings. In addition to her Masters degree, Kristen completed Central Connecticut State University’s post baccalaureate foreign language teaching program and 4 years experience in K-12 education.


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. 


Sara Van Buren

Sara M. Van Buren holds the position of Human Resources Coordinator.  She graduated from Charter Oak State College with a B.A. in Psychology.  She then earned her M.A. with High Distinction from Liberty University in Human Services Behavior Counseling. She has spent years working as an ABA therapist, acquiring the skills to recognize bright new candidates and help them understand and succeed at the job they are hired for. Her passion for individuals with Autism drives her to meet the high standards for hiring that the company holds, while helping new therapists aspire to connect with our clients.