Center Supervisor
Emily Bennett

Emily has been working with children diagnosed with Autism and other special needs for over 7 years. She has extensive experience as an ABA therapist and case manager working with children in their homes, schools and centers in Connecticut, New York and Australia. Her passion and commitment to children with special needs and their families frames her work as the center supervisor of MBC. Contact Emily to enroll your child in any of MBC’s classes, camps or clinical services. Have some more questions? Emily is available to answer them all!


Camp/Enrichment Supervisor, Outreach Coordinator
Daniela Orasel, MA, BCBA, LBA-NY

Daniela received her Master’s Degree in Intellectual Disabilities and Autism from Columbia University, Teachers College. Daniela is a certified General and Special Education teacher, for grades 1-6 and is a Board Certified Behavior Analysis (BCBA). She received her undergraduate degree in Applied Behavior Analysis, from Binghamton University and has over 7 years of experience working the field. Her passion and dedication to enhance the lives of children with special needs makes her the perfect fit to run Camp MBC where she and the MBC team strive to give children with special needs a fun and immersive camp experience.


Center SupervisorManager of Operations

Joan Bernstein, MA, CCC/SLP

Joan has spent over 30 years in the field of Special Education, both as a Speech Pathologist and an Administrator. Joan has worked as the Clinical Director of a multi-site special education program as well as the Program Director of a Special Education Preschool in Brooklyn and is pleased to join the MBC staff as the Manager of Operations. Joan has expertise working with children with a wide range of developmental delays and enjoys working with and supporting students with special needs and their families.


BCBA Clinical Supervisor
Nicole Stewart, MSEd, BCBA, LBA-NY

Nicole has been working with children with Autism and developmental delays for almost 10 years.  She has worked in residential, home-based, school-based, and center-based settings in New York and Massachusetts.  Nicole received her Master’s of Education in Severe Special Needs from Simmons College and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) as well as a Licensed Behavior Analyst in New York.   While she loves working directly with children, her passion is providing supervision, support and training to families, caregivers and other professionals.   In her work, Nicole focuses on solutions, tactics and interventions that are practical and functional not only for the child, but also for the family and support system around the child.  When not at MBC, Nicole can usually be found enjoying New York City or playing with her own young child.


BCBA Case Supervisor and Therapist
Amy Mason MSEd BCBA

Amy is a certified Special Education teacher and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She completed her master’s degree in early childhood special education and course work in Applied Behavior Analysis at Hunter College. She has considerable experience working with children with autism and other developmental disabilities. Over the past seven years she has been working to help children with disabilities reach their full potential in both their school and home environment. She is a dedicated educator who hopes to make positive changes in the lives of each child and their family.


ABA Therapist
Christina Arez, MA

Christina has been working as an ABA Therapist at Manhattan Behavioral Center since 2013. Prior to working at MBC, she was an ABA Instructor at The Manhattan Childrens Center for 2 years and has been working in the field for over 6 years. She has a Masters Degree in Education with a dual certification in General Education and Students with Disabilities grades 1-6. She received her undergraduate degree in Speech Pathology, where she discovered her true passion for working with children with special needs. Her patience and enthusiasm create a good balance and welcoming environment for our clients.


ABA Therapist
Annie Rivera, MA

Annie joined the MBC team with 15 years of experience working with children with autism and other developmental disabilities. She holds a NYS certification as a Special Education teacher for children from kindergarten to adulthood and is currently in the process of acquiring a Board Certification as a Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She has been involved in developing educational programming for students in cooperation with related service providers to create a well-rounded whole person approach to teaching. She had 12 years of experience as a classroom teacher at the New York City Department of Education and has garnered experience working with children both at home and in the classroom. She comes with a cheerful and warm nature, and creativity in her approach in individualizing her work with clients, including a child-centered sense of humor. She has been a great addition to the team!


Enrichment Group Leader
Roaine Fine, MA

New York City based singer and educator, Roaine Fine, has been teaching children for over 7 years. She believes that music can heal, inspire, and motivate students of all ages and abilities. Roaine received her Bachelor’s degree in both Special Education and General Education from New York University and her Master’s degree in Music Education from Hunter College. She has former experience teaching music and special education in the New York City Department of Education, and is a children’s choral director for the New York Pops orchestra. She has extensive background in music as a jazz vocalist, pianist, and early childhood music teacher, and enjoys playing the ukelele with students!