All staff for the ASAT program are credentialed and experienced professionals who have received extensive training in the complexities of Asperger Syndrome including:

  • an ASAT director, who is also a board certified behavioral analyst
  • a speech and language pathologist;
  • certified special education teachers;
  • program staff who have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in various fields; and
  • a consultative cognitive behavioral therapist (advises staff).


Gina Apicella is Vice President of Autism Services and oversees the Asperger’s Syndrome Adult Transition (ASAT) program and is a Board Certified… Read More >

Brittany is the Supervisor of the Asperger’s Syndrome Adult Transition (ASAT) Program. She oversees on-campus programming for day and residential students….. Read More >

Kelly Yontef is the Cognitive Behavioral Therapist (CBT) for the Asperger’s Syndrome Adult Transition Program (ASAT).  She received her Bachelor’s degree from… Read More >

Sarah Davison has been the Speech-Language Pathologist for the Asperger’s Syndrome Adult Transition (ASAT) program since 2011. Sarah is the primary certified teacher of… Read More >

Dana is a certified Special Education Teacher with a Master’s degree in Teaching.  She first began working at Chapel Haven in 2015 as a special education teacher  … Read More >


An Advisory Board consisting of internationally recognized experts in the field of autism and Asperger’s Syndrome have approved the curriculum and meet periodically to review client progress, intake procedures and any revisions to the curriculum.

Chapel Haven, a private nonprofit agency founded in 1972, dedicated to helping adults with special challenges live independent and productive lives, is proud to offer an Asperger’s Syndrome Adult Transition Program. This program, designed to be a transition to independent adult life for individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome, will address the specific needs of this currently underserved population.


Irving B. Harris Professor – Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine – Editor in Chief, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders – Editor, Encyclopedia of Autism

Michelle Winner, PhD

Speech-language pathologist – Founder, Social Thinking Clinic

Ruth B Eren, EdD

Director, Center of Excellence on Autism Spectrum Disorders, Southern Connecticut State University – Professor of Special Education at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) – Area head for the MS program in teacher preparation for teaching children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Southern Connecticut State University

Brenda Smith Myles, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas where she co-directs a graduate program in Asperger Syndrome and autism.

James Loomis, PhD

Child and family psychologist and the Director of Adult Services at Center for Children with Special Needs, Glastonbury, CT

Ami Klin, PhD

Director, Marcus Autism Center, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar Professor & Chief, Division of Autism & Related Disorders, Department of Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine.

Anne Holmes, MS, CCC

Vice President of the Division of Autism Spectrum Disorders Consulting Services KDH Enterprises, LLC

Temple Grandlin, PhD

Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University. Internationally renowned author and speaker on autism

Lois Rosenwald

Executive Director, Autism Services and Resources, Connecticut

Peter Gerhardt, PhD

Executive Director of The EPIC School in Paramus, NJ – Chairman of the Scientific Council for the Organization for Autism Research


Pamela Owen Brucker, EdD 

Professor, Southern Connecticut State University