Leadership Team

Our leadership team comprises dedicated professionals committed to providing exemplary pediatric therapy services and ensuring the smooth functioning of our organization. Meet the individuals driving CST Academy towards excellence!
Megan Morien, M.A., BCBA | CST Academy

Megan Morien, M.A., BCBA

Executive Director

Megan Morien is an experienced Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with over two decades of dedicated work in the field of behavior analysis and education. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Family and Human Development from Arizona State University, followed by a master’s degree in clinical psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Before settling in Chicago, Megan honed her skills by providing in-home ABA therapy in both Minnesota and Arizona. Her passion for education led her to spend two years teaching English in Gifu, Japan, broadening her cultural understanding and communication abilities.

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Megan's expertise shines through her extensive tenure of over 10 years in school settings. As both a Behavior Analyst and administrator, she facilitated effective transitions for learners and families from preschool to public education settings. She supported diverse learners with inclusion support and ensured their success across various school environments. Known for her remarkable ability to empathetically partner with families and colleagues, Megan fosters consistency and skill development among learners and staff alike, yielding exceptional results in home, school, and therapeutic settings. She has also played a pivotal role in training teachers, paraprofessionals, and over 30 BCBA fieldwork students, all of whom successfully earned their BCBA certification.

Megan has been a part of our team since 2017 and currently holds a position as our Executive Director, overseeing clinical services at CSTA. In this role, she manages clinical development and ensures excellence in our services. Megan's dedication to building strong relationships with families and children remains unwavering as she continues to provide invaluable support to our early learners within our classrooms and therapeutic services. Outside of CSTA Megan spends a great deal of time on the soccer field or sidelines cheering on her children, enjoys travel and reading. A fun fact is that Megan’s son attended preschool at CSTA for two years.

Aly Kenny, M.S. | CST Academy

Aly Kenny, M.S.

Director of Clinical Services

In her role as the Director of Clinical Services at CST Academy, Aly brings a wealth of experience and a genuine passion for helping children thrive through comprehensive care, addressing not only their communication needs but also their broader developmental goals. With over a decade of dedicated service as a Speech and Language Pathologist, Aly's approach is grounded in empathy and a commitment to personalized care. Holding a Masters Degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from the University of Texas at Austin with a specialization in Bilingual and Multicultural assessment and intervention, Aly is fluent in Spanish and deeply values serving clients from diverse backgrounds. Aly also holds a certificate in Assistive Technology, specializing in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).

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Before joining CST Academy, Aly gained valuable experience in various settings, including the public school system and the Illinois Early Intervention Program. In 2021, she joined CST Academy as a Site Manager, where she oversaw one of the CSTA Academy clinics, focusing on improving child and family experiences, standardizing operations, and fostering collaboration among team members. Aly's dedication to creating inclusive and supportive environments has been instrumental in enhancing the quality of care provided by CST Academy. As Director of Clinical Services, Aly continues to prioritize individualized support and interdisciplinary cooperation to ensure that every client receives the best possible care tailored to their unique needs.

Amanda Timmerman, M.S. | CST Academy

Amanda Timmerman, M.S.

Director of Multidisciplinary Services

Amanda joined the CSTA family in 2019 as a speech-language pathologist (SLP) and has since grown into a seasoned leader as the Director of Multidisciplinary Services. With a strong emphasis on the impact of multidisciplinary collaboration, Amanda advocates for the continuous enhancement of providers working together to support and foster individualized growth for children across all developmental domains.

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Amanda earned her Master’s degree in speech-language pathology from Marquette University. Amanda has served as a visiting lecturer and mentor for graduate students, offering invaluable guidance and support in their academic and professional pursuits. She is passionate about sharing her clinical expertise as the lead SLP with experience supervising multiple graduate students, and clinical fellows. She also provides ongoing mentorship, continuous professional development, and learning opportunities for the SLP team. Amanda has a clinical focus and specialization in feeding therapy and has earned her credentials in Early Intervention.

From her progression as a clinical fellow to her current role, Amanda has gained invaluable insights into adversities in pediatric care. She is committed to driving innovation and excellence in clinical services at CSTA, fostering strong and positive relationships between the operations team and therapists in order to provide compassionate care for learners. Amanda and her team prioritize creating a personable experience for each family, ensuring their needs and preferences are met from the start of their journey. Amanda's dedication to promoting collaboration among therapeutic disciplines and involvement of caregivers as part of each child's team exemplifies her commitment to achieving strong therapy outcomes. Her focus on impactful clinical interventions and fostering a collaborative environment reflects CSTA's dedication to providing the highest quality of services for children.

Katelyn Suski, M.A. | CST Academy

Katelyn Suski, M.A.

Preschool & Kindergarten Director

As Director of the CSTA Therapeutic Preschool and Kindergarten Program, Katelyn Niedergang creates and fosters positive and nurturing learning experiences individualized to each child’s needs.

Katelyn’s passion for early childhood education began at a young age. Raised by a family of teachers, she witnessed firsthand the wonderful impact a dedicated teacher can have on young minds. While obtaining her Masters in Special Education from Michigan State University, her passion was further ignited when she helped build and establish preschools while studying abroad.

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Upon graduation, Katelyn served as a Special Education Teacher and Case Manager in the Chicago Public Schools System. It was during this time that she became deeply involved in the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) process, advocating for children and their families to guarantee that each child received the support they needed to thrive. One of Katelyn’s greatest joys is preparing children for their next academic journey and working closely with families to ensure a seamless transition.

Katelyn joined CSTA in 2020 as a preschool and kindergarten teacher. She made an immediate impact spearheading the creation of new classrooms and introducing innovative teaching methodologies. Her design and implementation of a multi sensory curriculum grounded in evidence-based programs has been instrumental in fostering a rich learning environment allowing every child to flourish. At the heart of Katelyn’s leadership philosophy is a belief in the power of collaboration and interdisciplinary teamwork. She works closely with multidisciplinary teams to develop comprehensive lesson plans that integrate various disciplines, ensure a holistic approach to education, and empower teachers to differentiate lessons to cater to the unique needs of every learner.

Madie Szaller, M.A., BCBA | CST Academy

Madie Schickler, M.A., BCBA

Director of ABA Services

Madie Schickler brings a rich background in special education and Applied Behavior Analysis to CSTA. Graduating summa cum laude from the University of Dayton, Madie's collegiate journey began with a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education and English, supplemented by a minor in Spanish. Her commitment to education and passion for working in underserved communities led her to become a corps member with Teach for America, where her exceptional teaching on the Southwest side of Chicago was recognized with a nomination for the Sue Lehmann Excellence in Teaching Award. Madie's educational journey continued with a Master’s degree in Special Education from National-Louis University and a graduate certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis from Penn State University.

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In 2017, Madie joined CSTA as a BCBA, where she merged her passion for education and ABA. Notably, in 2022, through training from the UC Davis MIND Institute, Madie became the sixth ESDM Certified Therapist in the state of Illinois, showcasing her passion for early intervention in autism therapy. In order to focus specifically on providing support to and curating partnerships with families of autistic children, Madie continued her education with the MIND Institute and completed their ESDM Parent Coaching Workshop in 2023.

Madie's extensive experience spans various therapeutic settings, significantly impacting autistic children and those with developmental delays as well as their caregivers. As the leader of the BCBA team at CSTA, Madie's expertise is instrumental in shaping effective and compassionate care for our earliest learners.

Sarah Ryan, M.S., BCBA | CST Academy

Sarah Ryan, M.S., BCBA

Director of ABA Training & Development

Sarah Ryan is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with a diverse expertise in providing comprehensive services to individuals across various educational, recreational, and home environments. With a foundation in Therapeutic Recreation and Psychology from the University of Iowa, her commitment to enhancing the lives of others led her to work as an ABA therapist where she gained invaluable hands-on experience in implementing behavior analytic principles to facilitate positive behavior change.

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Motivated by her desire to make a lasting impact in the field, Sarah received her Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Recognized for her dedication to the field and commitment to mentorship, Sarah was invited to serve as an adjunct professor at her alma mater, where she discovered her innate passion for training and empowering future generations of behavior analysts through evidence-based practices.

In 2019, Sarah joined CSTA as a BCBA where she made an immediate impact with her focus on supportive supervision, fieldwork standards, and respectful behavioral interventions. In her current role as the Director of ABA Training and Development, Sarah is steadfast in her commitment to fostering a culture of continuous learning and collaboration, while promoting safe and respectful behavior management strategies as a QBS Safety Care Trainer. Sarah takes great pride in developing skilled ABA therapists and mentoring aspiring BCBAs who practice compassionate care and effective supervision. She prioritizes ensuring that the next generation of professionals upholds the highest standards of practice. Her unwavering commitment to advancing the field and enriching the lives of those she serves makes her a respected leader and invaluable asset to our community.

100+ 5-Star Google Reviews | CST Academy
"After almost 2 years our son’s time at CST Academy has come to an end. The preschool program has done wonders for him. Ms Jaclyn is such a warm, kind and patient teacher. She and my son’s OT (Ms. Nikki) and ST (Ms. Erika) worked together to ensure he was meeting all of his goals. The level of collaboration between all therapies shows how dedicated they are to helping your child reach their full potential. They have all made such an impact on him, it’s amazing to see the changes since he started there. He has blossomed into a strong, confident boy who is more than prepared to start his new school in a few weeks. We will always fondly remember our time at CST Academy. Can’t recommend them enough!"
"I worked with CST Academy over a period of about 10 months. They are absolutely incredible! I also referred a friend to their program and the progress his child made just blew him away! Usually, I don’t write reviews unless I feel strongly compelled one way or the other, and in this case I do! You cannot go wrong here. I would not trust my children to anyone else. Call them and see for yourself. I have seen other programs and there is just no comparison."
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