Sunny Days Sunshine Center uses a multi-disciplinary approach of highly trained and qualified:
- Occupational Therapists
- Physical Therapists
- Speech Therapists
- ABA Therapists/RBTs
Our team consists of both full-time and part-time employees.
We pride ourselves in collaboration not only with each other, but with your child's family, school district, 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 nearly 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 Master's degrees 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 special education field. 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 first-hand that each and every child is capable and can overcome any challenge.
Emily Gardner, MA, BCBA
Brick Center Supervisor
Emily Gardner is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who has worked with children of all abilities throughout her life. From shadowing her mom as a special education teacher to coaching challenger sports leagues she knew this was the field she wanted to work in. She received her undergraduate degree at Arcadia University in Glenside, PA with a duel certification in Early Childhood Education (grades k-4) and Special Education (k-8). Emily achieved her Masters Degree at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, NJ in Applied Behavior Analysis. Emily has worked with a wide range of children, adolescents, and adults from age 1.5-22 years old in a variety of settings including home, center, community, and schools. Emily has been a part of the Sunny Days team since 2017 as an ABA therapist, received BCBA supervision and training here, and is excited to continue to grow with the company and share her passion with her colleagues and clients.
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!
Kacy Jubanyik, M.A., BCBA
Manalapan Center Supervisor
Kacy is a Board Certified Behavior Analysts and joined the Sunshine Center team in August 2020. She received her B.A. in Psychology and minored in Sociology with a Concentration in Child Behavioral Studies from Rowan University; where she also received her M.A. in Applied Behavior Analysts. Kacy found her true passion of working with individuals with Autism and other development disorders when she interned for several different companies throughout college. She enjoys collaborating with the entire therapeutic team and learning about new and effective interventions and strategies. She is looking forward to continue growing with this company.