Our Team

Executive Team

Executive Director

Sara Nall, M.Ed.

snall@mitchells-place.com

Sara Nall joined Mitchell’s Place in 2016 and currently serves as the Executive Director. Sara received her bachelor’s from Auburn University and holds a master’s from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in Special Education with an emphasis in Behavioral Disorders.

 

Sara has over 30 years of experience rooted in special education. Her journey started as a special educator at Engel Day Treatment Center at UAB, then she transitioned to a self-contained classroom for children with behavior disorders in Birmingham City Schools which lead her to Mountain Brook High School where she taught for more than 25 years.  

 

Sara’s favorite part of working at Mitchell’s Place is witnessing the small miracles our children achieve every day.

Director of ABA

Lauren Graham, M.A., BCBA, LBA

lgraham@mitchells-place.com

Lauren Graham joined Mitchell’s Place in 2017 and currently serves as the Director of our Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) Program, which includes Teach Me and ABA Outpatient services. Lauren received her master’s degree from the University of West Florida in Comprehensive Exceptional Student Education with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis. She became a Board Certified assistant Behavior Analyst in 2012, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst received in 2015, and her license as a Behavior Analyst in the state of Alabama in 2017. She is also certified in Professional Crisis Management.

 

Lauren has experience with behavioral consultation services in schools and applying the principals of ABA with individuals from 14 months to 22 years of age in a clinic, home and community setting. Her interests are in early intervention, problem behavior reduction, verbal behavior, and adaptive skill training.

Director of Advancement

Macy Vintson, M.A., CFRE

mvintson@mitchells-place.com

Macy Vintson joined Mitchell’s Place in 2018 and currently serves as the Director of Advancement. Macy received her bachelor’s in Psychology and holds a master’s in Educational Psychology, both from The University of Alabama. With more than 5 years of experience, her career in development and fundraising started as a fundraiser for The University of Alabama.

 

Macy tells the world about the small miracles that happen every day at Mitchell’s Place, while ensuring that support is maintained for the programs and services offered. For questions about ways to support Mitchell’s Place, please contact her.

 

Macy’s favorite part of working at Mitchell’s Place is witnessing the joy and pride that parents have in our teachers, programs and progress of their children.

Director of Billing

Darrell Fitzgerald

dfitzgerald@mitchells-place.com

Darrell Fitzgerald joined Mitchell’s Place in 2012, and currently serves as the Director of Billing. Darrell received his Associate Degree from American Public University System, and is certified in Patient Accounting through the Healthcare Financial Management Association. He has over 30 years of experience in Healthcare Billing, Collections, and Revenue Cycle Management. 

 

Prior to joining the team, Darrell managed billing for 16 hospitals, in 6 states across the southeast. He brings extensive experience with healthcare analytics, systems, training, billing and collections.

Director of Clinical Psychology

Laura K. Hansen, PhD

lhansen@mitchells-place.com

Laura K. Hansen, PhD is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who joined Mitchell’s Place in 2020. She received her bachelor’s from Centre College in in Psychology and French and a doctorate degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in n Clinical Psychology in 2019. Her dissertation research examined factors and correlates of knowledge of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in parents, teachers, and medical trainees.

 

Dr. Hansen completed extensive training in both general and pediatric psychology, as well as specialized supervision in the assessment and treatment of autism spectrum disorder and developmental disabilities. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Indiana University School of Medicine and a postdoctoral fellowship at Children’s Mercy Hospital. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and the International Society for Autism Research.

Director of Education 

Samantha Pate, M.Ed

spate@mitchells-place.com

Samantha Pate joined Mitchell’s Place in 2006 and currently serves as the Education Director. Samantha received her bachelor’s from Auburn University in Human Development and Family Studies and holds a master’s from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in Special Education. She also holds a certificate from Auburn University in Early Intervention and is currently pursuing a certification to be a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst from Florida Tech.

 

Since joining the team, Samantha has held many positions ranging from lead teacher in the Early Learning Program, Teach Me Therapist, assistant teacher, extended day staff and floater, but she moved into the Director of Education position in 2017.

Sama’s favorite part of working at Mitchell’s Place is knowing she is a part of a community of professionals committed to improving the lives of children with ASD.

Director of Related Services

Becky Weldon, Occupational Therapist M.S., OTR/L

rweldon@mitchells-place.com

Rebecca “Becky” Weldon joined Mitchell’s Place in 2018 and currently serves as an Occupational Therapist. Becky received her bachelor’s from the University of Montevallo in Kinesiology and holds a master’s from the University of South Alabama in Occupational Therapy.

 

Her certifications and credentials include: a certification in the state of Alabama as an occupational therapist, a National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy and is licensed in general occupational therapy. Becky has experience working in pediatric outpatient school, and early intervention settings and has received training in Handwriting Without Tears curriculum, NDT, Sensory integration and feeding. She currently works with the Teach Me program and outpatient services.

ABA Team

Assistant Director of ABA

Sarah McIntosh, Outpatient ABA, BCaBA, LABA

smcintosh@mitchells-place.com

Sarah joined the Mitchell’s Place team in September of 2013 and has held various positions in her 6 years. She currently serves as the Supervisor of Outpatient ABA Services. Sarah earned her Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology from Samford University. Her credentials include a certification as a Board Certified assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) and a Licensed Assistant Behavior Analyst (LABA) in the state of Alabama, both earned in 2019.

 

Sarah’s favorite part of working at Mitchell’s Place is aiding clients in the acquisition of skills that will yield meaningful impact in their lives, as well as equipping therapists and parents with the strategies to help those clients maintain their skills for years to come!

School Consultant

Rachel Mills, Teach Me, M.A., BCBA, LBA

rmills@mitchells-place.com

Rachel Mills joined Mitchell’s Place in 2016 and currently serves as a school consultant. Rachel received her bachelor’s from Samford University in Psychology and holds a master’s from the University of West Florida in Exceptional Student Education with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis. Her credentials include a certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and her license as a Behavior Analyst in the state of Alabama received in 2019.

 

Rachel’s favorite part of working at Mitchell’s Place is getting the opportunity to work with students and educators to create a reinforcing, effective learning environment.

Teach Me Supervisor

Katie Norris, Teach Me, M.A., BCBA, LBA

knorris@mitchells-place.com

Katie received her bachelor’s from the University of Alabama in Human Development and Family Studies and holds a master’s from the University of West Florida in Comprehensive Exceptional Student Education with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis.

 

Her credentials include a certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2018 and her license as a Behavior Analyst in the state of Alabama received in 2019. Katie has experience with behavioral consultation services in schools and applying the principals of ABA with individuals from 2 to 22 years of age in a clinic and residential setting.

 

Katie’s favorite part of working at Mitchell’s Place is improving the lives of children and their families using the evidence-based practice of ABA.

ABA Supervisor

Emilie Stahlhut, Teach Me, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA

estahlhut@mitchells-place.com

Emilie Stahlhut joined Mitchell’s Place in 2011 and currently serves as a supervisor for the Teach Me Program.

 

Emilie received her bachelor’s from The University of Alabama in Elementary Education and holds a master’s from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in Early Childhood Special Education. Her credentials include a certification as a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst and her license as a Behavior Analyst in the state of Alabama received in 2018.

 

Emilie’s favorite part of working at Mitchell’s Place is improving the lives of children and their families using the evidence-based practice of ABA.

ABA ELP Supervisor

Necia Mathews, Early Learning ABA – B.A., BCBA, LABA

nmathews@mitchells-place.com

Necia Mathews joined Mitchell’s Place in 2007 and currently serves as a supervisor of ABA therapy for the Early Learning Program. Necia received her bachelor’s from Auburn University. Her credentials include a certification as a Board-Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) received in 2014 and a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) received in 2019.

 

Necia’s favorite part of working at Mitchell’s Place is watching the children grow and learn!

ABA Outpatient Supervisor

EmmaLeigh Leverette, BCBA, LABA

eleverette@mitchells-place.com

EmmaLeigh Leverette joined Mitchell’s Place in 2016 and currently serves as supervisor for the ABA Outpatient Department. EmmaLeigh received bachelor’s degree from Roberts Wesleyan College  in Psychology and holds a master’s from Ball State University in Applied Behavior Analysis. Her credentials include certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and a license as a Behavior Analyst (LBA) in the state of Alabama, both earned in 2020.  

 

EmmaLeigh’s favorite part about Mitchell’s Place is the opportunity to work a team of therapists and families who support our clients every day as they acquire skills that will help them flourish. 

Teach Me Therapist

  • Jennifer Ani
  • Kinlee Aviles
  • Reagan Edwards
  • Anna Harker
  • Amanda Fitzgerald
  • Virginia Hammond

  • Lauren Davis
  • Chase Kimbrough
  • Jennifer Mayerhofer
  • Dexter Richardson
  • Hannah Schneider
  • Ashley Waltz

ABA Floaters

  • Katelyn Pratt
  • Krysta Bass

Outpatient ABA Therapist

  • Abigail Santos
  • Audrey Torkar
  • Hannah Vickers

Early Learning Program Therapist – ABA

  • Morgan Broome
  • Haley Haggard
  • Whitton Ward

EARLY LEARNING PROGRAM (ELP)

Lead Teacher, Ladybug Classroom

Melissa Pittman, B.S.

mpittman@mitchells-place.com

Melissa Pittman joined Mitchell’s Place in 2020 and currently serves as the Lead Teacher for the Ladybug classroom, ages 2-3, in the Early Learning Program. Melissa received her bachelor’s of science from Birmingham-Southern College in Elementary and Special Education. Melissa also worked at the YWCA Central Alabama’s Youth Development Center prior to joining the Mitchell’s Place family. 

 

Melissa’s favorite part of working at Mitchell’s Place is working with children and connecting with the community to create lifelong learners. 

Lead Teacher, Butterfly Classroom

Kelly Rice, M.Ed.

krice@mitchells-place.com

Kelly Rice joined Mitchell’s Place in 2015 and currently serves as the Lead Teacher for the Butterfly classroom, ages 3-4, in the Early Learning Program. Kelly received her bachelor’s in Collaborative Education and holds a master’s in Early Childhood Special Education, both from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Kelly has over 10 years of experience in education including: elementary special education, special education church ministry, and early childhood special education.

 

Kelly’s favorite part of working at Mitchell’s Place is seeing her students grow academically and socially in the classroom!

Lead Teacher, Songbirds Classroom

Yolanda Rogers, B.A

yrodgers@mitchells-place.com

Yolanda “Yoyo” Rodgers joined Mitchell’s Place in 2007 and currently serves as the Lead Teacher for the Songbird classroom, ages 4-5, in the Early Learning Program. Yolanda received her bachelor’s from the University of Montevallo in Child and Family Studies and is currently pursuing a master’s from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in Early Childhood Special Education. Yolanda has over 10 years of experience in early childhood education and is instrumental in the expansion of Mitchell’s Place.

Lead Teacher, Flamingo Classroom

Glenda Grbac, B.A., M.A. and RBT

glandaverde@mitchells-place.com

Glenda Grbac joined Mitchell’s Place in 2016 and currently serves as the Lead Teacher for the Flamingo classroom, ages 5-6, in the Early Learning Program. Glenda received her bachelor’s in Psychology and holds a master’s in Early Childhood Special Education, both from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Her other credentials include her certification as a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) received in 2016. Glenda has held several positions within Mitchell’s Place, ranging from a teacher’s assistant, a Teach Me therapist and an ABA Outpatient therapist.

 

Glenda’s favorite part of working at Mitchell’s Place is getting to see the students grow academically and socially every single day. She loves teaching them as well as learning from them!

ELP Classroom Assistants:

  • Megan Barnett
  • Katherine Boyd
  • Emily Davis
  • Melisa Eatman
  • Ashley Marques
  • Whitney Poe
  • Theresa Scott

ELP Floaters:

  • Dexter Richardson (RBT)
  • Autumn Kersey

OT Team

Occupational Therapist

Marie Logan, M.S., OTR/L

mlogan@mitchells-place.com

Marie Logan joined Mitchell’s Place in 2018 and currently serves as an Occupational Therapist. Marie received her bachelor’s from Auburn University in Education with a concentration of Rehabilitation Services and holds a master’s from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in Occupational Therapy.

 

Her certifications and credentials include: a certification in the state of Alabama as an occupational therapist, a National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy, a license in general occupational therapy and is a member of ALOTA and AOTA. Marie has experience working in pediatric outpatient and home-based therapy setting, has received training in constraint induced movement therapy and the Learning Without Tears handwriting curriculum and leads the weekly handwriting and motor group sessions. Her journey at Mitchell’s Place started as an assistant teacher, then as an occupational therapy student before becoming a fulltime OT.

 

Marie’s favorite part of working at Mitchell’s Place is watching the children’s skills and independence grow each week.

Occupational Therapist

Lauren Comer, M.S., OTR/L

lcomer@mitchells-place.com

Lauren Comer joined Mitchell’s Place in 2020 and currently serves as an occupational therapist. Lauren received her bachelor’s from the University of North Alabama in Chemistry and holds a master’s from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in Occupational Therapy.

 

Her certifications and credentials include: a certification in the state of Alabama as an Occupational Therapist, a National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy, and is licensed in general occupational therapy. Lauren has experience working in both pediatric and adult inpatient rehabilitation settings. She is currently working with outpatient services.

 

Lauren is passionate about providing family-centered care while helping children continue to learn, grow, and play in a caring and loving environment

Speech Team

Speech-Language Pathologist

Abigail Wood, M.S., CCC-SLP

awood@mitchells-place.com

Abigail Wood joined Mitchell’s Place in 2019 and currently serves as a Speech-Language Pathologist. Abbie received her bachelor’s in Communication Science and Disorders from the University of Tennessee and holds a master’s in Speech Language Pathology from University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Abbie has over two years of experience in providing speech therapy for children with speech and language impairment.

 

Her certifications and credentials include: a license in the state of Alabama as a speech-language pathologist and certification through ASHA. In additional her credentials, Abbie gained experience through her work as an SLP in the public school system specializing in the preschool classroom, pediatric private practice.

 

Abbie’s favorite part of working at Mitchell’s Place is working with families to help their kiddos realize the power of communication so they can express themselves to friends and loved ones.

Speech-Language Pathologist

Addison Thompson, M.S., CCC-SLP

jathompson@mitchells-place.com

Addison Thompson joined Mitchell’s Place in 2018 and currently serves as Speech-Language Pathologist. Addison received her bachelor’s from the University of Mississippi in Communicative Sciences and Disorders and holds a master’s from the University of Mississippi in Speech-Language Pathology.

 

Her certifications and credentials include: a certification of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and is licensed in the state of Alabama and in the state of Florida. Addison has experience working in a public-school system as well as a pediatric private practice setting. She currently provides speech and language services to children in the Early Learning Program, Teach Me program and outpatient settings. She also leads weekly social groups in the Early Learning Program classrooms and after school Social Skills group (ASAP) for the 2nd-5th graders.

 

Addison favorite part of working at Mitchell’s Pace is getting to know the kids and their families.

Psychology & Psychiatry Team

Psychiatrist

Donald Paoletti, M.D.

dpaoletti@mitchells-place.com

Dr. Donald Paoletti joined Mitchell’s Place is 2005 and currently serves as the facility’s Psychiatrist. Dr. Paoletti is a fully trained and licensed physician, who has completed specialized training in general psychiatry and subspecialty training in pediatric psychiatry. He is a graduate of the Medical University of South Carolina and the University of Maryland. Dr. Paoletti is certified in general psychiatry as well as child and adolescent psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is an Active member of the American Psychiatric Association, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) and several other professional organizations. He is currently serving as the President of the Alabama Regional Council of the AACAP. 

 


Dr. Paoletti started his private practice after five years of academia at the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Alabama in Birmingham. He also provides clinical services as a consultant at Psychiatry Associates, P.C., the Eastside Mental Health Center in Birmingham, Catholic Family Services, and the Jefferson-Blount-St. Clair Counties Mental Health Authority.

Administration Team

Administrative Coordinator

Codie Malone

 

Billing Administrative Assistant

Tim Kring

 

Billing and Authorization Specialist

Lindsay Johnson

 

Intake Coordinator

Mikal Pickard

Development Team

Development Coordinator

Lizzy Hubbard