Staff Members


Cindy Murphy, Executive Director

Cindy Murphy, M.S., BCBA earned her M.S. in Behavior Analysis and Therapy from SIU-C and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Ms. Murphy has been in the field of Special Education for 25 years working with individuals with disabilities from infancy through adulthood, in school, home and community settings, and in a various roles from interventionist, trainer, consultant, supervisor, and administrator. Ms. Murphy co-founded the Comprehensive Learning Center in 2000 and currently serves as the Executive Director.

Aileen Tschirlig, Co-Clinical Director of Education Program

Aileen Tschirlig, M.S., has been with CLC since 2008 and has 13 years' experience working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Her experiences include working with students from 3 — 21 years of age and with their families. Ms. Tschirlig has participated in various roles during her tenure at CLC from Instructor/Data Analyst/Home Programmer to Trainer, Co-Director of Education and now as the center's Co-Clinical Director. Ms. Tschirlig holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Shippensburg University and a Master’s Degree in Psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis from Capella University.

Matt Ward, Co-Clinical Director of Education Program

Matt Ward M.Ed., BCBA started at CLC in 2010 in the role of Instructor. His experience includes working with individuals from age three through adulthood. He has participated in various roles during his tenure at CLC from Instructor to Trainer overseeing one Module to Trainer overseeing two modules and now as the program’s Co-Clinical Director. Mr. Ward earned his Master of Education degree with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Cincinnati in 2016. In 2017, he became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board.

Chris O’Toole, Director of Adult Life Skills Program

Chris O’Toole, M.S., earned his M.S. in Psychology from Capella University. He has completed his coursework and supervision requirements in pursuit of becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Chris has been a part of the Comprehensive Learning Center for 10 years, primarily working with young adults with disabilities at school, in their communities and in their homes. Chris has taught skills that have allowed adult learners to obtain paid employment and to volunteer in a variety of settings. Currently serving as the Director of the Adult Life Skills Program, Chris continues to strive to make the lives of CLC’s adult learners more independent and fulfilling.

Instructional Trainers

Nicole Lovecchio, Module Trainer
Amanda Fremont, Program Trainer
Danielle McCloskey, Module Trainer
Erin Hagan, Module Trainer
Megan Schmidt, Module Trainer
Caitlin Roth, Adult Life Skills Trainer
Emily Buckley, Module Trainer

There is a trainer assigned to oversee student programming in each module. Trainers are responsible for providing hands-on training in the delivery of skill acquisition and behavior support interventions. In addition, Trainers provide guidance to instructional staff in writing individualized programs, graphing and analyzing data, and oversee support provided across settings through our family consultation services. CLC Trainers have a minimum of 5 years’ experience working with individuals with autism providing services based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis. All Trainers are either pursing or hold a Master’s Degree in a special education related field as well as certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

Management / Office Staff

Barbara Leon, Business Manager

Barbara Leon has more than 14 years of progressively responsible experience managing the overall business and administrative operations of The Comprehensive Learning Center (CLC). She has exceptional organization and leadership skills which promotes performance efficiencies in a manner that incorporates the program's vision and culture. Ms. Leon also provides direct support to the executive administration team and is a key component in driving sustainable development and long-term success. Ms. Leon's institutional knowledge, commitment and passion of CLC's mission has earned her the title "the glue that binds us together". Ms. Leon has 20+ years in business administration and has satisfactorily completed certification programs in Human Resources from Bucks County Community College.

Jennifer Decker, Controller

Jennifer joined CLC in 2018. As the controller, Jennifer is responsible for all accounting work for CLC and AJF. She maintains the financial and budget records and produces financial reports. Jennifer is a certified public accountant and brings over 20 years of experience to CLC. She is a certified public accountant and holds a bachelor of business in accounting from Temple University. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

Jodi Tashman, Human Resource Administrative Coordinator.
Melanie Knott, Executive Assistant to the President of Development.
Diane Rosenlieb, Administrative Assistant.

Instructional Staff

All instructional staff members at CLC hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Special Education or in a related field. In addition to formal education, instructors receive ongoing hands-on training in research-based intervention techniques including but not limited to designing individualized skill acquisition and behavior reduction programs, collecting and analyzing data, and promoting generalization of new skills to home and community settings. Rigorous evaluations are conducted annually to ensure that all instructional staff members continue to possess the requisite skills for providing quality intervention services.

Megan B.Instructor

Nicole B.Instructor

Allyson B.Life Skills Coach

Karina B.Trainee

Jenna C.Instructor

Leah C.Instructor

Alison D.Instructor

Allyson D.Instructor

Ashley F.Instructor

Danielle K.Instructor

Nicole K.Life Skills Coach

Rachel L.Instructor

Michelle M.Instructor

Jessica M.Instructor

Megan M.Instructor

Kelli M.Instructor

Leah M.PT Language Programming Specialist

Lisa M.Instructor

Stephanie M.Instructor

Tim M.Instructor

Casey O.Life Skills Coach

Stephanie R.Instructor

Lauren S.Trainee

Ashlee S.Instructor

Alyssa S.Instructor

Caitlyn S.Instructor

Peter S.Life Skills Coach

Position AvailableLife Skills Coach