Founder and President
Sasha Long, BCBA, M.A., is the founder and president of The Autism Helper, Inc. She is a board certified behavior analyst and former special education teacher. Sasha works full time as a consultant, writer, and behavior analyst. Sasha manages and writes The Autism Helper Blog, as a way to share easy to use and ready to implement strategies and ideas. Sasha also travels internationally as a speaker and consultant providing individualized training and feedback to parents, educators, therapists and administrators in the world of autism. She is currently an adjunct professor in the school of Applied Behavior Analysis at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Sasha received her undergraduate degree in Special Education from Miami University and has a Masters Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Contact Sasha here.
Matthew Long is the COO for The Autism Helper, Inc. In addition to providing overall support for the management and execution of the The Autism Helper, Matt works to increase visibility of The Autism Helper to additional audiences through marketing and additional online strategies. He also provides direction for the development and growth of The Autism Helper.
Director of Operations
Sarah Wrenn is the Director of Operations for The Autism Helper, Inc. In this role, she helps manage The Autism Helper Professional Development Membership, as well as The Autism Helper’s weekly podcast. She received her Bachelor of Arts degrees in criminal justice and legal studies from the Frederick Meijer Honors College at Grand Valley State University. After spending the last 10 years in the legal field, she is excited to change directions and start something new with The Autism Helper, Inc.
Social Media Manager
Gina Crovetti helps manage social media content for The Autism Helper, Inc. on both the Facebook and Pinterest platforms. She is currently an art therapist and licensed professional counselor at a behavioral hospital offering mental health services. Gina works with children and adults with special needs in the school and hospital settings.
Social Media Manager
Fran Homan creates content and helps manage social media for The Autism Helper on Pinterest. She has a passion for graphic design and graduated with degrees in international business and marketing at Loyola University Chicago. She is a small town Wisconsin native but also calls Rome, Italy and Chicago second homes. Fran is currently working on obtaining her Masters of Tourism Administration from George Washington University.
Our Blogger Team
Speech Language Pathologist
Sarah Gast is a speech-language pathologist and has nine years of experience working in the school setting and with private clients. Sarah has worked and collaborated with Sasha for the past 5 years and is excited to join The Autism Helper Blog. Sarah writes blogs to share strategies and resources she uses to help facilitate communication with her students. She received her undergraduate degree in Audiology and Speech Sciences from Purdue University and has a Masters in Speech-Language Pathology from The Ohio State University.
Preschool Special Education Teacher
Gina Russell is a special education teacher and has over eight years experience working in the elementary school setting from self contained to partial, limited and full inclusion. Gina has collaborated with Sasha in creating a comprehensive classroom and developing professional development for her county. She is so excited to join The Autism Helper team! Gina received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Salisbury University and has a Masters in Special Education from Wilmington University.
Primary Special Education Teacher
Holly Bueb is a low-incidence cluster teacher with 13 years of teaching experience. Holly has worked as a general education teacher, a paraprofessional and a resource teacher. Holly loves being a part of The Autism Helper team and working with Sasha. Holly writes blogs to share different strategies, materials and curriculum she uses in her classroom to help students with academic subjects. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Seattle University and has a Masters in Elementary Education from Loyola University Chicago and a Masters in Special Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Chrissy Kelly is a mom, a writer, a picture taker and world changer. She lives in the Central Valley of California and relentlessly photographs everyday life and shares her family’s story in the hopes that there’s as much good in the world as she sees in her two boys with autism.
Primary Special Education Teacher
I’m Jen Koenig. I began working in the field of ABA and with children on the autism spectrum in high school. The more ABA I did with clients the more I fell in love with it. A summer job quickly turned into a passion, and the dream of being a teacher turned into a dream of becoming a special education teacher. This is my 15th year in the classroom. I currently teach a K-2 self-contained classroom where ABA is the primary mode of learning for my students. I’m currently finishing my masters and working towards becoming a BCBA. There is nothing that makes me more proud then seeing my students generalize skills learned in the classroom into their everyday lives.
Katie McKenna is an occupational therapist with eight years of experience working with students in the school setting. Katie has worked with students of all ages, from early childhood up to high school transition. Before she was an OT, Katie worked as an in-home respite worker as well as an inclusion aide. Katie earned an undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Saint Louis University, and a Masters degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is thrilled to join The Autism Helper team!
High School Special Education Teacher
Meredith Walling is a self-contained special education teacher with 11 years in the classroom. She has taught elementary, middle, and high school age students with orthopedic impairments, intellectual disabilities, and autism spectrum disorders. Meredith earned a bachelors degree in Special Education from Texas Woman’s University and a Master’s Degree in Autism Intervention from the University of Texas Permian-Basin. She is currently serving as the immediate past president and executive board secretary for the Texas Council for Exceptional Children.