Clinical Director

Lauren Weeks, Psy.D.

Lauren is a licensed clinical child psychologist, with a MA in clinical psychology and BA in Special Education. She has been working since she was 12 years old in preschools and daycares as she realized from an early age her love and devotion to helping children.  Before opening her private practice, she worked as a child development specialist at ONE STEP Early Intervention.  She completed a two year post doctoral fellowship at Tufts Medical Center – Center for Children with Special Needs training in neuropsychological assessments and consultation with families of children with special needs.  She is trained and was certified in Relationship Development Intervention. She consults in both preschools and elementary schools and has a private practice working with children with social challenges.

Program Director

Kadie Hodnett,B.A., EEC Director II and Certified Lead Teacher

Kadie received a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Human Development and Family Studies. Kadie brings over fifteen years of experience working with children 6 months to 12 years. Kadie trained with Lauren for two years before she joined Lauren to open FUSE in 2012.  At FUSE, she has worked in a variety of settings such as teacher, camp counselor, home based therapist, and parent consultant.  In 2013, she became the Program Director of the FUSE School and Program.  She is currently training to become a certified Relationship Development Intervention Consultant.

FUSE Teachers

Jennifer Sutton, M.A., EEC Certified Lead Teacher

Jennifer has a master’s degree in Reading Specialty, Moderate Disabilities and English Language Learning and a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. Jenn has been working with 4 to 6 year old students for eight years, in a small non-profit learning center as well as substituting in a public school system.

Kenna Thurston, M.A., LMFT

Kenna is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, with a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and a bachelor’s in Human Development and Family Studies. Her specialty is to help children learn self awareness, emotion regulation, executive functioning and social skills. She has worked with children in a variety of settings from trauma residential treatment facilities, to public schools to community activities. During the evenings she does private practice work for children and families, and during the summer she is an Assistant Director Behavior Specialist at a local camp. She is in the process of becoming certified in RDI as well as earning her EEC lead teacher certificate.

Jennifer Deady, B.A., CAS, EEC Certified Lead Teacher

Jennifer holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Psychology. She has over 20 years of experience working with young children and their families. The majority of these years working specifically with children diagnosed within the autism spectrum. Jennifer has designed and facilitated play-based social skills groups for children ages 3 to 10 years old diagnosed with Asperger’s, High Functioning Autism/PDD-NOS, Social Anxiety and children with Social Emotional Challenges. She has held many roles, in-homes, at schools, as well as, providing school consultation and teacher training. Jennifer is a certified yoga teacher and movement & mindfulness curriculum teacher. She has completed her level one DIR certificate, is a certified autism specialist and is currently in the process of becoming RDI certified.

Meghan Trefry, M.A., EEC Certified Lead Teacher

Meghan holds a master’s degree in Special Education and Educational Psychology, and a Bachelors in Social Work and Psychology. She has worked with young children in various settings such as preschools, foster care, and as a cheerleading and gymnastics coach. Meghan facilitates play-based social groups for FUSE and is a FUSE Summer Camp counselor. She is currently in the process of becoming RDI certified.

Kristen Carhart B.A., EEC Certified Lead Teacher

Kristen holds two bachelor’s degrees in both Education and Psychology and is currently training to become RDI certified. Kristen is thrilled to be a teacher at FUSE Preschool. She has over fifteen years’ experience working with young children and their families in groups, classrooms and home-based settings as a pediatric sleep consultant.

Lauren Gabriel M.A.

Lauren holds a Masters degree in Child Development and a BA in Psychology. While earning her degrees Lauren worked at the Eliot Pearson Children’s School as a graduate teaching assistant, and as a fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital for the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program. After working at FUSE as a counselor over the past two summers, Lauren is very excited to join FUSE as a preschool teacher this year. She is currently in the process of becoming EEC lead teacher and RDI certified.

Erin Sanderson B.A., EEC Certified Assistant Teacher

Erin holds a bachelor’s in Psychology and an Educational Studies minor. She has worked as a preschool teacher for four years and has an EEC preschool teacher certificate. After two years of experience as a counselor for FUSE summer camp Erin is joining FUSE preschool as a float and extended day teacher. Her goal moving forward is to attend graduate school for Special Education.

Speech and Language Pathologists

Alison Franco M.S., CF-SLP
Alison holds a master’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology. She specializes in working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Social Pragmatic Communication Disorder, and Anxiety. She has experience preforming comprehensive speech and language evaluations (infants through adolescents) at Boston Children’s Hospital and has also worked on an Integrated Specialized Service team in the public school setting (K-5th Grade). At FUSE, Alison provides 1:1 and dyad/small group therapy, as well as in-class services. Through supportive and explicit instruction, her goal is to help each child improve expressive and receptive language, social communication, and executive function skills.

Consulting Professionals

Karen Levine, Ph.D., is an Instructor in Psychology, Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a practicing Psychologist in Lexington MA. Dr. developed Replays, a play based approach for treating anxiety, phobias and dysregulation in children with autism or other developmental disabilities.

Lori Hodgins Brazell M.A. is a Special Education Teacher with over 18 years experience working with children with social and developmental challenges. She holds a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Simmons College and was trained and certified in RDI. Lori has consulted at many area schools and agencies thru Aspire (formerly MGH YouthCare) and her private practice. Lori developed the Kid Connections social program for the Newton Public Schools.

Beverly Montgomery, MS CCC-SLP is the owner/founder of Lex Communicate LLC. Beverly is passionate about education and advocacy and consults to families, school systems and other professionals while also providing direct services. She provides training in the areas of social communication, executive functioning and the inclusion of individuals with neurointegrative deficits to schools, parent groups and the broader community. Beverly worked within the public schools as a specialized speech-language pathologist. She also served as an instructor in the area of social communication in the Autism Spectrum Disorders Certificate Program at Antioch University New England and in the Communication Sciences and Disorders and Autism Spectrum Disorders graduate programs at Elms College. She recently completed a position as adjunct faculty at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine.