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Andrew S. Rubin, Ph.D., Executive Director

Dr. Rubin is a licensed clinical psychologist, and the founder of the International Society for Autism and Executive Director of New Directions, Inc., a company that specializes in delivering state of the art services for young adults with developmental disabilities. Services focus on the clinical, academic, vocational, and life management arenas. Services also include individual, group, and family therapy, comprehensive psychological evaluations, and consultation services. Dr. Rubin’s background integrates expertise in cognitive behavioral therapy, developmental theory, and neuropsychology, into an evidenced-based treatment approach that is both empathic and based on the current scientific literature.

Dr. Rubin was formerly the lead psychologist at the Unicorn Child Development Clinic at Nova Southeastern University’s Mailman Segal Institute for Early Childhood Studies. In this position, he supervised a team of professionals, post-doctoral fellows, doctoral level practicum students, and student interns in the diagnosis and treatment of children with developmental disorders. He was a leader of many of NSU’s parenting programs, teaching a variety of parenting classes on behavior management strategies. Dr. Rubin currently teaches graduate level courses in child development and infant mental health. In addition, Dr. Rubin has taught graduate level courses in child and adult psychopathology, assessment, and therapeutic intervention. Dr. Rubin lectures widely to community organizations, speaking on issues related to the social and emotional development of individuals with developmental disabilities, behavioral disorders, depression, anxiety, and addiction disorders.

Prior to working at NSU, Dr. Rubin was on staff at Tulane University’s Department of Psychiatry and Neurology, and Louisiana State University’s Health Science Center, where he provided treatment and performed comprehensive assessments and neuropsychological evaluations.

Dr. Rubin attended college at the University of Connecticut, New York University, and earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Institute of Psychology. He has previously worked at many hospitals and training institutions including University of Chicago Hospital, Department of Child Psychiatry; Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center; Tulane University Medical School, Department of Psychiatry and Neurology; Tulane-DePaul Behavioral Health Center; Louisiana State University Health Science Center; The Medical Center of Louisiana (Charity Hospital); Illinois Masonic Medical Center; and the Pain and Rehabilitation Clinic of Chicago (PRCC).

Tim Langerholc, BA English, Program Director

Tim was born near Chicago and lived briefly in Arizona before he moved to Florida at the age of six. After high school, he attended the University of Central Florida where he majored in English: Creative Writing and graduated cum laude. Tim is currently in the Masters program at FAU.

After graduating, he worked at a credit union. As he gained more training responsibilities he realized that teaching was closer to his calling, and in 2005 he made the decision to uproot himself and move to Barcelona to take a course in teaching English, where his adventures abroad began.

He received his certification and then began working at International House (an international chain of language schools) in Bydgoszcz, Poland, where he remained for two years until he opted for a change of scenery - to Hanoi, Vietnam, for a full year. In Hanoi he acquired more experience and was promoted to Senior Teacher and gained the additional responsibility of training teachers as well as teaching students. He finally returned home in 2008.

Tim enjoys jogging, reading horror stories, watching movies, eating strange food, learning strange phrases in other languages, and, of course, traveling.

Bobby Jividen, BA, BS, Director of Operations

Bobby was born in California and grew up in Ohio before moving to South Florida at age 13. He attended Palm Beach Community College where he worked as a Supplemental Instructor of Macroeconomics. In 2009, Bobby graduated summa cum laude from Florida Atlantic University with a B.S. in Economics and a B.A. in Political Science and Interdisciplinary Studies. He plans on continuing his education with a graduate degree in International Relations or International Political Economy.

Bobby enjoys cooking, reading and making music. He spends much of his free time finding new recipes, discovering new writers, artists and musicians, and researching chord progressions in popular music.

Michael Kellen, Ph.D. Psychology, Clinical Psychology Post-Doc

Dr. Kellen received his clinical training at the Neuropsychological Assessment Center of Nova Southeastern University; the Munroe Meyer Institute for Genetics and Rehabilitation, the University of Nebraska Medical Center; and Children’s Hospital in Omaha Nebraska. Michael has extensive experience administering psychological and neuropsychological evaluations to varied populations, including those with neurodevelopmental disabilities, genetic disorders, and traumatic brain injuries. He has extensive training and clinical experience in behavioral pediatrics and pediatric sleep disorders. His training and work experience have been multidisciplinary in their setting.

Michael has numerous publications in professional and academic journals in the field, and has coauthored several book chapters. He has presented his research findings throughout the United States and Canada and has been invited by the American Psychological Association and the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication to present his research findings. We are thrilled to have him on our team!

Natasha Noorian, Psy.D, Post-Doc    

Natasha Noorian received her clinical training at Argosy University and DePaul University, in Chicago IL. Natasha’s training in Community-Based Mental Health and Supportive Services have embraced children, adolescents, and adult populations with an array of psychiatric, psychological, and neuropsychological presentations. Natasha has extensive clinical experience working with young adults with autism, Asperger’s syndrome, and Non-Verbal Learning Disorders. Her experiential training and clinical experience have been multidisciplinary in their setting, encompassing Person-Centered Theory, Expressive Arts Therapy, and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy. Natasha is the founder of Extra Care, a state program assisting families with children on the Autism spectrum, utilizing psychoeducation, behavioral modification and parent training skills.

Lauren Roth, PsyD, Post-Doctoral Fellow     

Lauren Roth received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Florida State University and her Doctorate of Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in San Francisco, California. She has worked closely with a variety of populations including juvenile offenders, individuals suffering from addiction, and children and adults with developmental disabilities. While Dr. Roth has been primarily trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, she also maintains a strong biopsychosocial approach to her clinical work, taking into consideration the multidimensional aspects of mental health and wellness. She has had a multitude of experience running groups, including social skills training with individuals on the autism spectrum, as well as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Dr. Roth has extensive training in the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) and numerous intelligence, academic, and personality assessments. Her research interests include complementary and alternative medicine, pet therapy, and health psychology.

Aron Tendler, MD CBSM

Aron Tendler's credentials include: Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology Adult & Geriatric Psychiatry, Neuropsychiatry, Addiction, Insight-Oriented Psychotherapy for Personality Disorders, PTSD and couples. He is also an expert in Behavioral Sleep Medicine for all ages. The New Directions team appreciates all that Aron Tendler does for the program.

Erica French, Director of Vocational Services & Community Outreach

Erica French is a graduate of Michigan State University where she obtained a degree in Education. She is currently working on a masters in Community Psychology at the University of Miami.   After a year of teaching, she decided to join the United States Peace Corps.  A fellow Peace Corps volunteer inspired Ms. French to move to Miami after her service in Niger. Together they expanded and invigorated Educate Tomorrow, a non-profit that provides support and mentoring for youth aging out of the foster care system.   She developed Educate Tomorrow’s holistic approach to mentoring foster youth over the six years in which she worked for the organization.   Partnering with Entertainment Benefits Group, Ms. French helped develop a mentoring program for their employees to give back to the community.   

Ms. French is the Director of The International Society for Autism, a non-for-profit scholarship, research, and development program. Ms. French works with clients to obtain volunteer and employment opportunities. In her free time, she enjoys making and performing music. Her dream is that one day, all of the world’s children will be saved and she will be free to pursue her love for music professionally.

Bob Harris, Ph.D, Team Building Coach

Dr. Bob Harris completed his Doctorate in Sociology in 1995 at the University at Albany in New York. His doctoral research focused on the development of teamwork and leadership in task-oriented groups. He also completed a Master's degree in Sociology of Crime and Deviance and Social Psychology. He completed a Bachelor's degree Industrial Organizational Psychology. He is currently attending Nova Southeastern University where he is completing a third Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling.

Bob is a teamwork and leadership coach and organizational consultant for BOLD Marketing and Consulting, Inc. He has consulted to organizations in the government, private sector, non-profits, academic, and military organizations. He also serves as an instructor and drill sergeant for the US Army Reserves. He has served at the Pentagon, for the United Nations, for NATO, and served in the Balkans, Panama, and many places in the US.

Wendy Wallace, MA Ed., Academic Instructor

Wendy is a native Floridian, who has been an educator for over 30 years. She graduated from Barry University in Miami in 1981 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. Wendy then moved to Broward County and earned her Montessori Certification and taught at a Montessori school while her two children, Peter and Melissa, were young. In 2000, Wendy completed her Master’s Degree in Special Education at Florida Atlantic University. She has been running her own tutoring company since then and began working as an adjunct professor at Broward Community College in 2007. Wendy joined the New Directions team in January 2008 as an Academic Instructor.

Danielle Hoffman, Life Management Skills and Cooking Instructor

Danielle is originally from Ohio and moved to Florida with her family 25 years ago. While her first two children were younger, Danielle worked as a Teacher’s Assistant for 3 years. It was shortly thereafter that she decided to Home Educate all of her children, starting from kindergarten all the way through high school. While homeschooling her children, she also owned her own cleaning and organization business for ten years.

Danielle enjoys exercising, cooking, reading and spending time with her family and friends. She joined the New Directions team as both a Life Management Skills and Cooking Instructor. She enjoys working with students and finds it to be a very rewarding experience. back to top

Paula Breen, BA, Director of Program Administration

Paula is originally from Savannah, NY, which is just an hour outside of Syracuse. She moved to Florida in 1997 and attended college at Florida Atlantic University where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. Paula has been counseling at a shelter for at-risk youth for the past 8 years and also has 10 years of experience working in various administrative positions. She also worked at CLE where she met Dr. Andrew Rubin.

Paula was also a member of Big Brothers & Big Sisters for 5 years. She has a Certified Behavior Health Technician Certificate from the State of Florida.

Laura Sheffield, MA, Academic Coordinator          

Laura Sheffield graduated from Florida Atlantic University in 2009 with a Master's degree in Sociology. She earned a Bachelor's degree at the same institution in both Sociology and Women's Studies. She taught Introduction to Sociology and Sociological Perspectives at FAU while earning her graduate degree. Laura gained experience working with children with Down syndrome and autism by working as an all-ages tutor at Kumon Learning Center of Lake Worth, Fl.

A Florida native, Laura also has experience working as a Child Care Specialist and Guitar Instructor. She is dedicated to the education and success of the young adults at New Directions and looks forward to seeing them achieve their goals. A believer in equality for all, Laura hopes to make a real difference in her career as Academic Coordinator at New Directions.

Nancy Boydman, Director of Admissions

After moving to South Florida in 2009, Nancy joined New Directions in November 2010 as the Director of Admissions. A graduate of Notre Dame College, she has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Secondary Business Education.

Nancy began her career as a business teacher at a private girls’ school in Cleveland, Ohio. One year later, she accepted an internship in the Human Resource Department at the World Headquarters of Picker International. After completing the program, Nancy was offered the position of Corporate Manager of the Equal Employment Opportunity Compliance Department. She processed all discrimination charges, conducted training seminars and wrote affirmative action plans for the corporate office as well as 26 district offices throughout the country.

While raising three children, Nancy pursued two part-time jobs. She returned to the field of education as a Business Instructor at Sawyer College of Business. In addition, her love of music and children led her to the Beachwood school system as their piano accompanist for 13 years.

Nancy also has extensive knowledge about autism spectrum disorder (ASD). She has served as a consultant to teachers and as a mentor to parents of children with special needs. At a time when very little was known about effective teaching strategies for children with autism, Nancy paved the way with her innovative manuals and training seminars for administrators, staff and teachers.

Ariel Hirschman, Administrative Assistant

Ariel Hirschman is a native to South Florida. She is currently attending Florida Atlantic University and is majoring in Psychology. In the future, Ariel plans to go to graduate school to become an Art Therapist. Ariel is interested in the field of Art Therapy because she believes that it gives people a way to express themselves. She also finds that Art Therapy is an effective way to cope with issues that otherwise would be difficult to deal with. Ariel is a great asset to the New Directions team that brings a smile to everyone she meets.

David Sutton, Physical Trainer/Mentor

David loves to participate and play in all sporting activities. He helps educate students about proper nutrition and exercise. David is attending Palm Beach State College and intends to major in physical therapy in the future and also wants to work someday as a physical therapy instructor.

Jacqulynn Sutton, BA, BS, Resident Assistant/Mentor/ Academic Tutor

Jacqulynn is a native to South Florida and is a graduate of FAU with a Bachelor's degree in Film and a BS in Psychology. Jacqulynn's future plans include earning a Master's degree in Psychology. Jacqulynn joined the New Direction's team in the summer of 2010, and she works daily with students on social skills training and life management skills, as well as academic courses.

Jacqulynn enjoys watching movies, listening to music, going swimming, playing lacrosse, and loves to travel. Her favorite place to visit is Pittsburgh, PA, where the majority of her family lives. She always makes sure to visit her favorite theme park, “Kennywood.”

Ashly Otocki, BA, Digital Media & Anthropology

Ashly Otocki is a graphic and web designer who was born and raised in South Florida. She graduated from Dreyfoos School of the Arts with a focus in Communication and Graphic Design. She recieved a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology and a BA in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences from Florida Atlantic University. Ash enjoys working with any form of media and is an avid photographer, videographer and musician. As a freelancer, Ash is a regular contributor/artist for the Delray Pineapple Newspaper and designs FAU's annual literary magazine "Coastlines". Ash has a true love of tutoring and encourages students to break out of their shells and find creative ways to express themselves.

Jayson Lollman, AA, Physical Trainer/Mentor

Jayson Lollman grew up in a small town in New York. He attended High-School at Sherburne-Earlville. During High School, he was very much active in the community playing sports and attending church regularly. After High School, Jayson then attended Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York where he earned his AA in Liberal Arts. Still undecided in where he wanted to go with his career, he began working at local gyms training people and educating them in Nutrition/Physical Fitness. It is in the gym that he found his passion.

Jayson decided to become a Physical Education teacher. He moved down to South Florida to enroll in Florida International University, where he is currently a senior in the Education program. He has over 100 credit hours of Community Service at local schools. By the time he graduates, Jayson will be specialized in teaching students with disabilities that range from Aspergers, Autism and other learning disorders. Jayson is currently working toward his BA and is excited to progress in his field.

Matthew Xavier, Mentor / Academic Tutor

Matt Xavier, one New Directions’ youngest staff members, has been working at New Directions for nearly a year. He specializes in tutoring, student mentoring, vocational counseling, and administrative work in the office. He has his associates degree from Ulster County Community College and is pursuing a degree in music education from FAU. He loves helping students "do their thing" and find their passion. He believes this helps them feel comfortable and do something they love which helps succeed in becoming independent young adults.

Natasha Scriggins, Mentor/Social Activities Assistant 

Natasha Scriggins has been a valued member of the New Directions team since January 2011. Currently in progress to graduate from PBCC, Natasha is a mentor, life management skills instructor, financial aid, and activity coordinator for New Directions events. Natasha was born in Germany and has a passion for travel, she has been to China, Portugaul and Mexico (among other places.) She loves cooking, photography, and reading.

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