Meet Our Staff

Stepping Stones Learning Center selects its staff based on their education, as well as their dedication and patience with children. Our certified professional staff are highly experienced and educated, each one holding a degree from a major college or university, state teaching certification and/or licensure from New York State to practice in their perspective areas. Paraeducators and assistants have degrees in related fields and experience working with children.

President/CEO/Founder

 

 Mariellen Cupini

mariellen@steppingstoneslearning.com

  • Certifications include:Doctorate in Philosophy in Educational Administration - Williamsburg University
    • NYS Certification as Teacher of the Speech and Hearing Handicapped K-1
    • NYS Licensure and ASHA Certification Speech Pathologis
    • NYS Certification as School District Administrator
  • C.A.S. Educational Administration - SUNY Brockport
  • M.S. Speech Pathology - Nazareth College of Rochester

Over 40 years of experience in speech pathology and education of children, youth, and their families.

In her spare time Mariellen enjoys reading, water activities, giving back to the community, enjoying friends, and spending time with her husband John &  her children  Alison, Kimberly, and John.

Administrative Leadership Team

Associate Executive Director

 Rachel Chalmers

rchalmers@steppingstoneslearning.com 

  • B.A. Special Education - SUNY Geneseo
  • M.S. Special Education - SUNY Geneseo
  • School District Administrator Cert. - Massachusetts School of Liberal Arts

Rachel has over 20 years experience teaching, supervising, and developing programs and curriculum.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her three children, gardening, baking and practicing yoga.


Coordinator of Public Relations & Development

 Don Sinton

dsinton@steppingstoneslearning.com

  • B.A. - Education - Hartwick College 1988
  • Master of Arts - Social & Educational Policy - SUNY Empire State College 203
  • Came to SSLC as a parent in 1994
  • Joined SSLC as a classroom teacher in 1997.

In his spare time Don enjoys spending time with his wife Janet and daughters Megan & Hanna, reading, running, and gardening.

 

Human Resources Coordinator

 Allison Tursi

atursi@steppingstoneslearning.com

  • B.S. in Communications - SUNY Brockport 1993
  • Joined SSLC in 2007 as a Recruiter/HR Generalist.

Allison brings over 15 years of Human Resources experience to her role as the Human Resources Coordinatior at SSLC. 

 

 

 Coordinator of Autism Services 

 Mary Richardson

mary@steppingstoneslearning.com

  • General Education teaching certification for birth - 6th grade
  • Special Education teaching certification for birth - 12th grade
  • SSLC employee since 1997
  • Partnered with the University of Rochester on nationally acclaimed Autism research.

In her spare time Mary likes reading, scrapbooking, and spending time with her husband and two sons.

 

 

 Classroom Coordinator

 

 Danielle Latore

dlatore@steppingstoneslearning.com

  • B.S.  Psychology - SUNY Brockport
  • NYS Teaching Certificate & MS Special Ed and Literacy - St. John Fisher College
  • Professor in Psychology Dept. - St. John Fisher College
  • 12 years of experience in Special Education  

In her spare time Danielle likes spending time with her husband and two sons.

 

 

Coordinator of the Related & Administrative Services

 Mary Sapone

msapone@steppingstoneslearning.com

  • Certified NY State Licensed speech/language pathologist
  • Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech & Hearing Assoc.
  • Undergraduate degreee - SUNY Geneseo 2001
  • Masters degree - College of Saint Rose, Albany, NY 2003
  • Certified in Beckman Oral Motor therapy techniques
  • Certified in Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets
  • Member of SSLC team since 2004

 

 

Assistant Coordinator of the Autism Program 

 Christina Werts

cwerts@steppingstoneslearning.com

  • B.S. Degree - SUNY Brockport May 2000
  • 12 years of experience providing quality services for children with Autism.

 

ABA Clinical Supervisor

 

 Laura Ford

lford@steppingstoneslearning.com

  • Masters degree of Special Education - SUNY Geneseo
  • Special Education Teacher & Clinical Supervisor of Applied Behavioral Analysis program.
  • Member of SSLC team for 10 years.

In her spare time Laura enjoys camping, backpacking, and skiiing.

 

 

SCERTS Clinical Supervisor

 Elizabeth Miller

emiller@steppingstoneslearning.com

  • B.S. degree in Special Education - St. John Fisher College
  • Master's degree in Literacy Education - St. John Fisher College
  • Member of SSLC team since 2006

In her spare time Liz enjoys tennis, cooking, and camping with her family.

 

Medicaid Service Coordinator & ABA Specialist

 Melissa DeBadts

mdebadts@steppingstoneslearning.com

  • B.S. degree - SUNY Brockport 2003
  • Member of SSLC team since 2005
  • Supervises intakes for Medicaid Service Coordination at SSLC