Sunny Days Sunshine Center uses a multi-disciplinary approach of highly trained and qualified:
- Occupational Therapists
- Physical Therapists
- Speech Therapists
- ABA Therapists/RBT’s
Our team consists of both full time and part time employees.
We pride ourselves in collaboration not only with each other, but with the family, school districts, and community.
In addition to our therapists, we have a team of intake coordinators, schedulers, billers, and receptionists whose main focus is to handle the administrative responsibilities so that the family can focus on their number one priority, their child’s success!
Dr. Lindsay Hilsen, BCBA-D
As Director of Sunny Days Sunshine Center, Dr. Lindsay Hilsen brings close to 20 years of experience with early childhood intervention and autism to the position. Previously, she worked as the Sunshine Center’s Autism Coordinator and the Autism Clinical Educator for Sunny Days Early Childhood Developmental Services, Inc. Prior to that Dr. Hilsen was the BCBA for a public school in New Jersey.
Among the many duties involved with running the Sunshine Center, Lindsay supervises all therapists, conducts ABA evaluations, and trains and supervises BCBA candidates. In addition, she will consult with the school districts, conduct observations, and assist with IEP meetings.
Lindsay received her Doctorate in Special Education through Nova Southeastern University. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at the doctoral level (BCBA-D) who holds two masters in Special Education and Education, as well as a certified NJ special education teacher and elementary education teacher. She is also the author of two Autism Curriculums: A Step-By-Step Curriculum for Early Learners with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and A Step-By-Step ABA Curriculum for Young Learners (ages 3-10) with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Ever since she was old enough to volunteer, Lindsay has had a passion for the field of special education. She believes that all children can make progress, regardless of their different abilities and styles of learning, and seeing that progress is her favorite part of her job. Because Lindsay’s oldest daughter has single-sided deafness, she knows firsthand that each and every child is capable and can overcome any challenge.
Allie Edwab, M.Ed., BCBA
NJ Autism Program Supervisor
Allie is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who has been working with children with autism and developmental delays since 2007. She has an undergraduate degree in Special Education and a graduate degree in Special Education with a focus on Applied Behavior Analysis-both degrees from Penn State.
Allie began working for Sunny days in 2014 as an ABA team leader. She also was the social skills coordinator for Sunshine Center. Allie then became the Autism Clinical Educator for Sunny Days and the BCBA for Sunshine Center. Currently Allie is the full time BCBA for Sunshine Center. Her responsibilities include evaluations and assessments, case management, social skills coordination, parent and therapist training. Prior to coming to Sunny Days and Sunshine Center, she was an ABA supervisor for a private company in Bergen County.
From a very young age, Allie has had the pleasure of learning from individuals with disabilities and has always had a passion for helping others. Before perusing a degree in Special Education, Allie has gained experience throughout the years by volunteering at residential facilities and The Dan Marino Center. Allie enjoys seeing progress in all of the individuals that she works with and loves celebrating when goals have been achieved, big or small!
Sarah Bernard MA
Brick Center Supervisor
Sarah is the Supervisor of The Sunshine Center Brick location. She has an undergraduate degree in Special Education from Kutztown University. Sarah attended Ball State University for her graduate work in Applied Behavior Analysis. Sarah has been working with The Sunshine Center since 2015 as an ABA Therapist and then earned the role of Team Leader. Sarah’s responsibilities are to coordinate social skills, provide parent training and manage the office. Prior to Sarah’s education she volunteered at the ARC of Monmouth. Sarah’s
favorite part of working at The Sunshine Center is seeing the success of each child reaching their goals.
Christina Di Vincenzo, M. Ed., BCBA
Edison Center Supervisor
Christina is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who began interacting with children with special needs at a very young age. She began volunteering with the Special Olympics in middle school, and continues to volunteer with them to this day. Christina has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from George Mason University, where she was a member of their dance team, a Best Buddies partner, and led various youth leadership groups around campus. Christina began working in the field of ABA as a sophomore in college, providing both in home and in center ABA services. She earned her master of education degree from the University of Cincinnati with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis. Christina has worked in homes, schools, and center locations putting her ABA knowledge into practice with children and adults ranging in age from 1.5 to 21 in both Virginia and New Jersey. Christina is very excited to be a part of the Sunshine Center team!
Anna Richardella, BCBA
Manalapan Center Supervisor
Anna is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who has been working with children with autism and developmental delays since high school. Beginning with babysitting, Anna found her passion for working with children with special needs. As a youth leader and CCD teacher, she helped to integrate children with special needs into community-based programs. Anna majored in Communicative Disorders at West Chester University and minored in French Language. While attending college, Anna began volunteering at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Autism Resource Center as a student therapist, learning the basics of Applied Behavior Analysis. Anna earned her Master’s Degree in Psychology with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis at Capella University while working in various schools throughout New Jersey. Anna has also worked in home, providing parent training and direct instruction, in centers, private schools, out-of-district placements, and has provided community based instruction for children age 18 months to 21 years old. She is excited to be a part of the Sunshine Center team, providing quality services to children with developmental delays.