Susan Holt, CEO and Executive Director of Ivymount School & Programs, has been a member of the school's senior leadership and management team since 1994. She became CEO in June of 2018. Before that, Holt was Ivymount School and Outreach Director, beginning in 2016, School Director in 2014, and served as the Director of Ivymount's Autism Program from 1997-2014. She is known throughout the special education community for her expertise in program development and supervision based on evidence-based practices. Her efforts to ensure that individuals with autism become active and productive members of the community are held in high regard. Holt earned a B.A. from George Mason University and an M.A. in Psychological Services/Counseling from Marymount University. She is a board-certified Behavior Analyst with over two decades of experience working in homes, public and private schools, and community settings as a therapist, trainer and consultant.

Amy Alvord
is the Education Director for the Ivymount School.  Amy works closely with local jurisdictions on the management of the school’s compliance and monitoring requirements. In addition she is involved with transition issues for DC, Maryland and Virginia students to include coordination of assessments and communication.  Amy was part of the management team who launched Ivymount’s partnership with the Project SEARCH program at the NIH Clinical Center in 2010. She currently serves as President of the Board of Directors for the District of Columbia Association for Special Education and is the immediate past president and current board member of the Maryland Association of Nonpublic Special Education Facilities. Amy is a frequent presenter at local and regional conferences on topics including: Student Led IEPs, Developing and Writing Meaningful IEPs and Talking to Your Child about his/her Disability and Teaching Self Advocacy. She has worked with a number of local schools, including The Lodge School and the Chelsea School in her near 30-year career.  She holds a BA from American University, and a M.Ed., in Special Education Secondary/Transition from University of Maryland-College Park.

Kimmy Clark is the Autism Program Director. Kimmy has worked with individuals on the autism spectrum since 2001.  She received her Master’s in Special Education with a specialization in Severe and Profound Disabilities from Johns Hopkins University in 2009 and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).  She worked in the Ivymount School Autism Program as a teacher for 9 years and supervisor for 4 years, serving students age 7 through 21, before serving as the program’s Clinical Director and Program Director. Kimmy also provides consultative services to organizations and families through Ivymount Endeavors.

Dale Frengel is the Director of 
Curriculum & Instruction at Ivymount School.  Dale has been involved in Special Education for over 30 years, starting as a Behavior Resource intern during her senior year at American University in Washington D.C.  She has worked as a Special Education and Adult Education teacher, an Admissions Director at a non-public school and a College counselor at a school for students with learning disabilities. Her focus at Ivymount includes supporting the administration and staff implementation of the requirements of I.D.E.A. and No Child Left Behind as they relate to classroom curriculum and instruction, with the goal of providing the highest level of access to the general education curriculum for our students. Dale is a frequent and popular presenter at local and regional conferences on topics including: Common Core State Standards Impact on Special Education and Strategies for Improving Reading Comprehension for Students with Autism. Dale has served on the board of directors of the Chelsea School and W.I.S.E.R. (Washington Independent Services for Educational Resources), and is currently the President-Elect of the Montgomery County Chapter of Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). Dale has a Master’s of Science degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the American University.

Lennie Gladstone
 is the Admissions Coordinator for the Ivymount School.  Lennie has been a dynamic presence in the local area autism and developmental disability communities for over 20 years, including serving in key volunteer leadership positions for Walk for Autism Research for the National Alliance for Autism Research and for the Autism Speaks National Capital Area Walk.  She has been a member of the Board of Directors of SEEC, a local adult service agency in Maryland for ten years, two as president. She was awarded with the Volunteer Award from MACS, the Maryland Association of Community Services, in 2014 for her advocacy work. Her knowledge of autism and other disabilities and her desire to assist parents as they search for the proper educational setting for their children offer prospective Ivymount parents a tremendous resource and a caring guide as they begin the Ivymount admissions process.

Jennie Kampf
is the Director of the Model Asperger Program.  Jennie Kampf has worked in Special Education for over ten years.  She has worked as a teacher and supervisor at The Ivymount School for nine years serving students of all ages.  Jennie received her Master’s in Special Education from George Mason University in 2010 and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.  While working on her Master’s, Jennie worked closely with Parents of Autistic Children of Northern Virginia (POAC-NOVA) to provide various parent and community trainings.  Also during this time she gained experience in running and developing in-home Verbal Behavior and Applied Behaviors Analysis programs through the George Mason Applied Behavior Analysis Practicum Program.   Previously Jennie worked in Fairfax County Public Schools as an instructional assistant and a special education teacher.  Jennie also provides consultative services and training to families, schools, and various agencies through Ivymount Outreach Programs.

Ann Kern
is the Director of the Speech-Language Therapy Department.  Ann has over 25 years of experience working as a Speech-Language Pathologist with students with intellectual and developmental disabilities.    Ann began working at Ivymount in 1993 as a classroom based Speech-Language Pathologist. Since then, she has worked with students in the Multiple Learning Needs, Model Asperger and Post High School programs.  Ann earned her Bachelor’s degree from Denison University and Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Boston University.  She is a licensed certified Speech-Language Pathologist in the state of Maryland.  Ann has served as the Supervisor of the Speech-Language Therapy department for the past 10 years. In addition, Ann has been involved in Ivymount research and development of an electronic self-advocacy tool, This is Me. She is the co-author of two published articles related to this tool and has presented at regional and national conferences, co-developed an online manual, and provided trainings both in house and in the community through Outreach Programs. 

Lauren Lestremau
is the Director of the Multiple Learning Needs Program.  Lauren is a licensed psychologist, Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctorate, and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. Lauren completed her doctorate in School Psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi and completed her pre-doctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship in Behavioral Psychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute through the Department of Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She is an adjunct faculty member in the School of Education at Johns Hopkins University within the Applied Behavior Analysis program and has served as an adjust faculty member of the Master’s program in Applied Behavior Analysis with an Emphasis in Autism at Ball State University within the Special Education Department. She has experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities aged 2-21 across school, clinic, and home settings. Lauren has published articles in peer-reviewed journals, presented at regional and national conferences, provided in-service trainings, and reviewed articles for peer-reviewed journals.  Lauren began at the Ivymount School in 2013 as a Program Supervisor in the Multiple Learning Needs High School. Her areas of interest include the assessment and optimization of evidence-based instructional practices for individuals with autism spectrum disorders in small group instructional formats across academic and adaptive skill domains, teacher training and treatment integrity, and transition-related issues for individuals with disabilities.

Stacey McIntyre 
is the Clinical Director at The Ivymount School.  Stacey is a Licensed Behavior Analyst with over 15 years of experience working with individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities, their families and local school districts.  As Clinical Director, Stacey supervises a team of behavior analysts who conduct functional assessment, develop function-based treatment plans and train staff in the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis to best meet students’ learning needs.  She also supports Ivymount’s leadership team with school-wide strategic planning, oversees compliance with state regulations and best practice standards for behavior management and provides professional development and leadership to the school’s behavior analysts.  Stacey holds a master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where she received extensive training in the assessment and treatment of challenging behavior at the Kennedy Krieger Institute.  Stacey is a member of the Executive Council for the Maryland Association for Behavior Analysis and serves as the organization’s Legislative Committee Chair. Prior to her current role at Ivymount, Stacey worked as a consultant in the Washington DC area and as a supervisor for the Ivymount Autism Program.  Stacey has presented at local and national conferences and parent/school groups on a variety topics, including the assessment and treatment of problem behavior, effective autism treatments, student learning needs and ethics and professionalism.  Her professional interests include staff training and supervision, assessment and treatment of severe problem behavior and program development.

Lu Merrick
is the Director of the School to Work and Project SEARCH Programs.  Lu received her B.A. in Psychology and Behavioral Sciences from Rollins College, her Master’s degree in Autism and Developmental Disabilities from Syracuse University and a graduate certificate in Transition Services from John Hopkins University.  She has 30 years of educational experience, including teaching general and special education in public and private schools, and day and residential programs.  She has worked as a classroom teacher, supervisor, educational consultant and school administrator.  Lu came to Ivymount School, (then Christ Church Child Center) in 1982 as a Head Teacher.  Within two years she became the Coordinator of the Multiple Needs program and developed the Adolescent Program, the High School Program, and the Upper School Program at Ivymount School.  Lu is part of the Senior Leadership team for Ivymount’s three Project SEARCH programs (NIH, Montgomery County Government and the Smithsonian Institution).  Lu serves on the Montgomery County Commission on People with Disabilities, the Montgomery County Developmental Disabilities Advisory Workgroup, and is a member of the board of the Maryland state chapter for APSE.  Lu is also an active member of the state of Maryland’s Developmental Disabilities School-to-Work Work Group. Lu is a frequent presenter at regional and national conferences and has contributed to projects for Autism Speaks including the national Autism Speaks Employment Toolkit.

Sharon Nickolaus
is the Director of Transition Services.  Sharon has been practicing for over 25 years, joining Ivymount originally as an Occupational Therapist.  Her philosophy includes developing areas of practice focused on students' transition to developing skills and strategies necessary to lead fulfilling and actively engaging lives.  Sharon has her master’s degree from Temple University, and was a member of the development team who created a teacher training video and materials for the 2013 Student-Led IEP project: The Best Me I Can Be. She has presented regionally on topics including: Promoting Independence in Young Adults with Disabilities and Developing Self-Advocacy Skills Through Student-Led IEP Meetings.

Jessica Oginz
is the Director of the OT/PT/APE and the Mental Health Counseling departments.  Jessica has over 12 years of experience working as a Physical Therapist, earning her Master’s in Physical Therapy from Boston University.  She began her career at Ivymount as a teaching assistant then transitioned to the OT/PT/APE department when she received her Physical Therapy License in the State of Maryland in 2003.  During her tenure at Ivymount, Jessica has provided services to students in every program within the school, improving their ability to independently, efficiently, and safely access their school environment.  She is committed to ensuring that high quality, evidenced based practices will be utilized to assist students in achieving their highest levels of independence.  In addition to her role at Ivymount, Jessica serves as the non-public Physical Therapist representative on the Maryland State Steering Committee for Occupational and Physical Therapy School-Based Programs.

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