Karen McArthur

President and CEO

Charlene Gervais

Chief Clinical Officer (M.ADS, BCBA)

Charlene has been providing ABA services in Ottawa since 2003. She has extensive training and experience working with children that have a range of developmental and intellectual disabilities.

She began her career working in residential settings as a case worker with children and youth with behaviour challenges, autism, developmental disabilities, learning disabilities and dual diagnosis from diverse cultural backgrounds.

She started her career at Portia in 2006 as an ABA therapist and has been dedicated ever since to providing meaningful, evidence based services and supports to families in our community.

Charlene is committed to community collaboration and dissemination of ABA best practices. She has presented many workshops in our community, participated in research and has also presented at international ABA conferences.

Charlene is also a course facilitator at Algonquin College in the Autism Behavior Sciences program and a Professional Crisis Management instructor.

Natalia Bravo

Business Manager

Natalia began her career with Portia in November 2009 as an Instructor Therapist and then progressed to Senior Therapist Assistant in 2011. In 2012 she moved to the administrative side of Portia first as a Clinical Coordinator and then to Business Manager in 2017. Natalia has a Teaching Degree in Special Education and speaks English, Spanish and French.

Kari Bennett

Clinical Supervisor (MPEd, BCBA)

Kari joined the Portia team in 2014 as an Instructor Therapist. Now the Clinical Supervisor of our Nepean location, Kari has experience working both hands-on and behind the scenes to deliver fun, effective programming. Her primary areas of interest include developing functional communication, reducing challenging behaviours, and supporting her clients and their families throughout school transitions. As a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst, Kari also enjoys supervising professionals who are pursuing their education and certification in the field of ABA.

Alissa Bergeron

Senior Therapist, M.ADS, BCBA

Alissa joined The Portia Learning Centre as an Instructor Therapist in 2016. Now a Senior Therapist at our Nepean location, Alissa enjoys working closely with families and outside professionals to develop individualized programming goals for her clients. Alissa has her Masters of Applied Disability Studies and is working towards obtaining her BCBA credential. Having a passion for sharing her knowledge with others, Alissa enjoys working closely with parents, caregivers, therapists, and outside professionals to help her clients reach their full potential. Other areas of interest include teaching functional communication skills, reducing challenging behaviours, and teaching essential daily living skills.  

Margherita Curcio

Senior Therapist (BCaBA)

Margherita has always known that she wanted to teach and guide children to achieve their full potential. She was introduced to the field of ABA in her 3rd year of university. Since then, she has pursued further education to develop, as well as, educate herself. She is a dedicated and passionate Senior Therapist and has obtained her BCaBA certification in 2019.

She has been working in this field, at The Portia Learning Centre Inc., for over 5 years.

Margherita knows the importance of being creative in this field and she is a collaborative team leader. Her goal is to make a difference in the lives of children and their families. She is passionate about learning and hopes to pass this passion on to the children and families in her care.

Sydney Crain

Senior Therapist, M.ADS, BCBA

Sydney joined the Portia family in 2017 as an Instructor Therapist. Now, as a Senior Therapist at our Nepean location, Sydney enjoys working closely with her families to provide personalized programming for her clients. She also enjoys supporting our team of Instructor Therapists by providing ongoing training and supervision. Sydney is currently completing her Masters of Applied Disabilities Studies at Brock University and receiving supervision hours towards her BCBA certification. Some of Sydney’s main interests include collaborating with outside professionals, developing functional communication training, reducing challenging behaviours, family/caregiver training, and supporting our group of Instructor Therapists.

Pam Giles

Client Services and Human Resources Manager

Pam started with The Portia Learning Centre as an Instructor Therapist in February 2014.  She moved into her current position as the Clinical Co-Ordinator in June 2017.  Pam is a certified Instructor in Professional Crisis Management.  She also holds certification in Mental Health First Aid.  Pam is the first point of contact for families seeking information and support from us here at Portia.  She loves connecting with families to help them navigate through all the service options available.

Teesha Greydanus

Senior Therapist (M.A., BCBA)

Teesha Greydanus is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) has been working in the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis and Autism for over 5 years. Before this, she worked as a Developmental Support Worker with adults with special needs. Teesha will be completing her Masters of Applied Disabilities Studies with a focus in Applied Behaviour Analysis in April of 2020. Teesha's interests include severe problem behaviour, early intervention, and parent training.

Kristy Hunt

Senior Therapist, M.A., Special Education, BCBA

Aley MacDougall

Clinical Supervisor (M.A., BCBA)

Aley began volunteering with the Ottawa Catholic District school board in 2013 helping to support children with autism and other disabilities in the classroom setting. This sparked her interest in working with children with autism and developmental disabilities and encouraged her to acquire additional knowledge and experience related to the field. In 2014, Aley began working at the Portia Learning Centre as an Instructor therapist. Since then, she has completed her Masters of Applied Disability Studies and is now a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst. She is currently the Clinical Supervisor at our Ottawa East End location. Aley’s interests lie in developing programming tailored to the unique needs of each client, collaborating with outside professionals, providing parent/caregiver training, and providing supervision to professionals pursuing BCBA certification.

Shannon LeBlanc

Senior Therapist Manager

Madison Wyatt

Clinical Supervisor, MPEd, BCBA

Madison fell in love with the field of ABA during her post graduate studies in the Behavioural Science and Technology program through George Brown College. She completed her placements in Toronto at Aisling Discoveries and the Geneva Centre. She graduated from her Masters of Professional Education at Western University and is obtained her BCBA certification in 2020.

When Madison moved back to Ottawa in 2015, she began her career as an Instructor Therapist at The Portia Learning Centre. Since then, Madison has had the opportunity to work at all 3 of our Ottawa locations and is now the Clinical Supervisor at our Whitby centre.

Madison has a wide variety of interests but particularly enjoys developing programs to target foundational skills for with young children who have higher support needs. Her greatest joy comes from teaching skills that produce meaningful change for clients and their families.

Naomi Abbey

Behavioural Consultant (BCBA)

Jenna Lafond

Lead Therapist, Student Placement Facilitator

Kaitlyn McDevitt

Lead Therapist, Clinical Coordinator Assistant

Kaitlyn has always been passionate about working with children with developmental disabilities. She began her studies in the Developmental Service Worker certificate program with Algonquin College, and from there she was driven to learn more about Autism and continued her studies by completing a certificate in Autism and Behavioral Science. Kaitlyn has been working with the Portia Learning Centre since 2018, and during her time she has grown into a Lead Therapist, and Clinical Coordinator Assistant. She now works on recruitment, and training future Instructor Therapists. Her greatest joys come from teaching meaningful skills that will positively impact her client, and their families.

Ashley Croke

Senior Therapist

Allison Chartrand

Senior Therapist

Allison joined The Portia Learning Centre in 2019 as an Instructor Therapist. Now a Senior Therapist at our Kanata location, Allison enjoys working closely with parents and caregivers in order to develop and implement individualized programming goals to aid and support her clients in reaching their full potential. Allison will complete her Masters in Special Education with a distinction in Applied Behaviour Analysis in June of 2022 and is working towards her BCBA credentials. Allison's background as a toddler and preschool educator taught her the importance of being creative and engaging in order to capture and maintain a child's motivation to learn. Her primary areas of interest are reducing challenging behaviours, teaching life skills in the home and natural environment, and parent/caregiver training. Her greatest joy comes from seeing her clients' learn and display new meaningful skills.

Angela Gagbegnon

Senior Therapist

Angela first joined the Portia team in 2017 as an Instructor Therapist and has always been passionate about working with children, seeking to use her creativity and enthusiasm for supporting learning and development in an impactful way. Now a Senior Therapist at our Nepean location, Angela will be completing her Masters in Applied Disability Studies with a specialization in Applied Behaviour Analysis in April 2022, and is currently working towards obtaining her BCBA certification. Angela enjoys collaborating with therapists, families, and outside professionals to develop and deliver tailored programming for her clients. Angela is also interested in developing functional communication skills, family/caregiver training and reducing challenging behaviours.

Chelsea Denis

Senior Therapist

Chelsea began working at The Portia Learning Center in 2019 as an Instructor Therapist. She quickly fell in love with the work she was doing and wanted to pursue her education in this field. She is currently doing a Masters of Professional Education with a specialization in Applied Behaviour Analysis through Western University. She is completing her Masters as well as her supervision hours to become a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst. Currently she is working at our Ottawa East End location as a Senior Therapist. She is bilingual and readily works with both English and French families. Some of Chelsea’s main interests include collaborating with outside professionals, providing family/caregiver training and reducing challenging behaviours through functional communication training.

Megan Minaker

Senior Therapist, BCaBA

Megan has always wanted to work with children since she was a child herself. She was first introduced to the field of ABA in high school during a field placement opportunity. Megan went on to graduate from George Brown College with her Autism and Behavioural Science certificate and her Bachelors of Arts-Applied Behaviour Analysis from Capilano University.

Megan first joined the Whitby team back in 2014 as an instructor therapist. Now a Senior Therapist, Megan enjoys working with many different families to develop individualized programming goals. Megan has a variety of interests, but in particular enjoys working with older clients with a focus on independent life skills and academics.

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