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Autism Team

Meet the Easterseals UCP Autism Staff of North Carolina

Western Office

Areas Served: Catawba, Iredell, Mecklenburg, Union

Leica M. Anzaldo, MPA, BCBA
Director of Autism Services

For 21 years, Lecia has been working with children and adults with autism, and their families.  She received her masters from NC State and completed her ABA coursework at Penn State.  As a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Leica believes strongly in the use of evidence-based interventions that align with the unique needs of each individual. She has extensive training the the Early Start Denver Model, Pivotal Response Treatment and TEACHH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication Handicapped Children) Fundamentals.

Micaela S. Loudermelk, MS, BCBA
Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Micaela is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) who earned a Master’s of Science degree in Psychology with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis from Kaplan University. She completed her undergraduate studies at Meredith College where she worked in the Meredith Autism Program, one of Dr. Ivar Lovaas’ (UCLA) world-wide research replication sites, implementing the highly structured Lovaas Model of teaching children with Autism. 

Danielle Wade, MA, BCBA
Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Danielle has been providing services to individuals with special needs from special recreation associations, to hospitals, day programs, and ABA programs for 14 years.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development from Illinois State University and her Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University.  


Central Region

Areas Served: Durham, Wake

Audrey Shen, MA, BCBA
Director of Autism Services

Audrey has over 17 years of experience in the Autism field. She mentors and trains Registered Behavior Technicians and BCBAs entering the field. She holds a Master’s degree in Education with a specialization in Autism Education from San Diego State University, graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Psychology from Appalachian State University in North Carolina. She is passionate about her work as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and about promoting a culture that does not limit individuals because of their disability, but instead celebrates their unique strengths, talents, and abilities. 

Dr. Shanun Kunnavatana
Senior Clinical Manager

For 18 years, Shanun has worked with individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabiblities at home, school, behavioral clinics, and in community-based programs.  She has served as a faculty member for multiple universities, teaching and mentoring students seeking board certification as Behavior Analysts (BCBA).  As Senior Clinical Manager for Autism Services at EasterSeals UCP, Dr. Kunnavatana develops and oversees ongoing professional development opportunities and provides clinical support throughout the service line.  

Kellie Syfan, MA, BCBA
Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Kellie started her Master’s in Education at Schriener University; there she a teaching certificate. Working with teens with special needs providing Equine Assisted Therapy is what brought her to the field of Applies Behavior Analysis (ABA). Kellie is now a supervising BCBA for the North Carolina Central Region at Easterseals UCP and prides herself in finding creative solutions to challenges. 

Monica Kulesza
Autism Administrative Coordinator

Monica's specialty is collaborating with families looking to receive quality ABA services and technicians looking to provide ABA therapy. 


Eastern Office

Areas served: Camden, Currituck, Dare, Gates, New Hanover, Onslow, Pasquotank

Natasha Curles, M.Ed, BCBA
Board Certified Behavior Analyst 

Natasha earned her Masters in Education with a focus on Instruction and Curriculum in ABA from Arizona State University. She specializes in training staff and creating behavior intervention plans for children who demonstrate maladaptive behavior. Natasha uses a variety of evidence-based practices including Discrete Trial Training, Natural Environment Teaching, Functional Communication Training, and Social Skills Training.  Her main interests include verbal behavior, positive reinforcement, skill acquisition, and generalization of skills.

Patricia A. Young, MA, BCBA
Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Patti received her MA from Atlantic University and completed her Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) graduate coursework at Penn State University.  She received additional training in TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication Handicapped Children) Fundamentals, Picture Exchange Communication System, Partners in Policy Leadership, Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy, Nonviolent Crisis Intervention, The Greenspan Floortime Approach,  and Carbone Clinic’s Introduction to Verbal Behavior. Patti has first-hand experience with autism as her youngest son is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. 

Paula Miner 
Autism Administrative Coordinator 

Paula provides various services including client intake, maintenance of clients, personnel records, accounts payable tasks and scheduling of staff and clients.

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