Our LeadershipDedicated to being a leading ABA provider
Steve Kaufman, Founder, has a long history of creating business ideas, including 20 healthcare-related patents and solutions, and has over 30 years of experience in manufacturing, technology development and business start-ups. He is the inventor of HANC (Home Assisted Nursing Care), the first home telemedicine device to obtain FDA approval. HANC allows frail, elderly people to live at home independently by monitoring their vital signs, charting their medication and helping them maintain their scheduled activities. He is also regarded as the father of the hospital pharmacy automation business.
Chief Executive Officer
Laura McKee leads the organization as the CEO. Laura joins AHSS from the HAVI Group where she led Strategy, supporting HAVI clients including McDonald’s. Laura previously was an executive for Sears Holdings, including leadership roles in Sears Home Services, Sears.com and Sears Portrait Studio. She began her post-MBA career as a consultant with McKinsey & Co. Laura’s education includes an undergraduate degree with honors from Swarthmore College and an MBA with honors from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. Laura’s interest in autism comes from close friends who have walked the autism journey and experienced the need for quality professional services. She also served 2 years in the U.S. Peace Corps as a Mathematics Education Volunteer in Central African Republic.
Chief Financial Officer
Chuck Karpinske is our Chief Financial Officer. He graduated from The University of Wisconsin-Platteville with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business & Finance. He has over 30 years of experience leading start-up companies in achieving both accelerated growth and profitability.
Chuck has a proven track record of establishing financial teams and system infrastructures that allow companies to be able to achieve sustainable growth. These companies include a hospital equipment supplier (Sterilmed), a senior living safety and security solution provider (RF Technologies), and a consumer water filter company (Recovery Engineering, creators of Pur Water Filters). He brings not only financial discipline but strong operational strategic planning skills to AHSS. Chuck has worked with multiple private equity organizations to grow companies from $30 million in revenue to more than $100 million in revenue.
Chief Clinical Officer
Erica Pozzie is Chief Clinical Officer. Erica holds a BA in Psychology from Bradley University and a MS in Behavior Analysis and Therapy from Southern Illinois University. In addition she is certified in Picture Exchange Communication System (Pyramid) and as a Quality Behavioral Solutions (QBS) Safety Care Trainer.
Erica joined AHSS as a BCBA for the Northwest region in 2013. She was promoted to LBCBA for the newly established Far Northwest Region; and then to Network Director for all the north regions. She is responsible for launching AHSS’ Center Based Therapy as well as establishing high clinical standards throughout the organization. Prior to AHSS, Erica worked as a behavior analyst with Trinity Services in the Northwest Chicago suburbs, where, in one case, she taught functional communication skills to an individual with autism that reduced target behaviors from 200 per month to 10. Erica has deep clinical skills and has been leading teams of clinicians for more than 8 years. She has distinguished herself with her team building skills and built a reputation for great leadership.
Dr. Marrea Winnega
Director of School Consulting
Dr. Marrea Winnega heads the AHSS School Consulting Practice. Marrea earned her PhD in Psychology from UIC where she also serves as Assistant Professor. Dr. Winnega is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with more than 25 years experience working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Marrea is both a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a BCBA with particular expertise in implementing ABA programs in classroom environments. She is an expert in Verbal Behavior and developing communication skills in children with autism and has taught numerous workshops and courses on evidence-based ABA methodologies. She has also published articles in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the American Journal of Mental Deficiency. She has been an invited speaker at numerous professional conferences on autism. Dr. Winnega earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with Honors, Cum Laude from Loyola University as well as a certificate in Behavior Analysis from the Florida Institute of Technology.
Dr. Tracy Crowe
Manager of Center Based Clinical Operations
Dr. Tracy Crowe is AHSS Manager of Center Based Clinical Operations. She is a certified Speech-Language Pathologist with over 10 years of experience supporting children on the Autism Spectrum and their families. She completed her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Iowa where she studied under Dr. J. Bruce Tomblin. After working in elementary schools and through the Missouri First Steps (EI) program, she completed a PhD. of Special Education in Autism at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Tracy has worked collaboratively with a variety of professionals in home, school, and clinical environments. At the Thompson Center for Autism in Columbia, MO, she served on the Clinical Assessment Team (a multidisciplinary diagnostic team including a clinical psychologist, SLP, OT, and pediatricians) and Intensive Behavior Intervention Team where she worked closely with BCBAs to design intervention protocols to reduce target behavior by increasing more expected means of communication. She has an interest in both low tech and high tech forms of communication and a passion to find the modality that best fits each child she serves.
Talent Development Director
Lynn Green is our Talent Development Director. Before coming to AHSS, Lynn worked as a Talent Acquisition Manager and Leadership Development Program Manager for W.W. Grainger, Inc. in Lake Forest, Illinois. As Talent Acquisition Manager, Lynn was responsible for managing a center of excellence which included Recruitment Outsourcing, University Recruiting and the Recruiting Operations team. Lynn was also responsible for the selection and installation of Grainger’s applicant tracking system.
As Leadership Development Program Manager, Lynn was responsible for the design and implementation of Grainger’s University Relations Program for the selection of high potential candidates for long term development with a goal of providing future generations of leadership to Grainger.
Lynn has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Human Services from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. She is a certified DDI Targeted Selection trainer and Change Management facilitator. In addition, Lynn is certified in the training of Peoplefluent and SAP E-recruiting applicant tracking systems.
Director of Center & New Markets
Nick Aghakhan, Director of Center & New Markets is responsible for building a national community of ABA professionals for AHSS, delivering the highest quality of service to our clients in each area that we serve. Prior to joining AHSS, Nick had more than 20 years experience in pharmaceutical and medical equipment sales as well as in general management for home health services. Nick is a graduate from the University of Michigan. During his collegiate career, he won four consecutive Big Ten Championships and started in two Rose Bowls. He remains an active alumnus and has held various positions including Past President as well as chairperson for all community service events for the University of Michigan Club of Greater Chicago. He also has close relatives with autism and shares our passion for delivering progress towards hopes and dreams.
Director of Family Support
Rich Maston is our Director of Family Support. He began with AHSS as a Family Support Coordinator and became a favorite with clients and employees alike. He has subsequently and deservedly been advanced to the title of Family Support Director. He brings to the team significant experience as a director of clinical services for Lauren’s Institute for Education, where he supervised an interdisciplinary team of more than 40 speech, music, physical, occupational, and habilitation therapists. Previously he has also acted as principal/director, providing individual and group music therapy services, as well as developing marketing strategies for both commercial ventures and nonprofit human services agencies. Rich received his Bachelor of Arts in business economics with a minor in music from the College of Wooster in Ohio. He has also completed the music therapy equivalency program at Arizona State University and the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst program at Penn State University World Campus. Rich is an excellent resource for any parent with a child on the spectrum and is able to offer great insights into successful therapy.
Director of Marketing
Shelly Andrews is Director of Marketing with AHSS. Andrews brings nearly 15 years of experience in healthcare marketing. She has developed an agile marketing approach supported by strong creative capabilities and an energetic team that drive revenue and growth for AHSS. She has built relationships with Autism community experts and hosted events showcasing leaders in behavior analysis. Shelly is always looking for ways that Autism Home Support Services can support our communities and has partnered with local groups to increase awareness and acceptance of autism. Shelly earned a Bachelors of Science in Public Relations from Northwest Missouri State University.