Our Team

REED Leadership

Our leaders are determined, passionate, and focused on making a difference, using their creativity and innovation to provide services and resources for individuals with autism and their families.

Get in touch with Chantelle by email.

CHANTELLE WALKER
CEO, REED Autism Services

Chantelle Walker is CEO of REED Autism Services and oversees the organization’s family of programs, including REED Academy, REED Next, Greens Do Good, and the REED Foundation for Autism.

Prior to joining REED in 2020, Chantelle served as the President and CEO of the Adler Aphasia Center, a New Jersey-based nonprofit serving stroke survivors and their families in 14 locations statewide. Her career spans 20 years in nonprofit management, including roles in finance and operations, business development, fundraising, and marketing for organizations ranging from acute care hospitals to autism service providers. She earned her MBA with a concentration in healthcare administration from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois.

Chantelle is passionate about pursuing innovative solutions to address the complex challenges of a growing autism community and changing the conversation around what’s possible for individuals with autism.

Get in touch with Joe by email.

JOE NOVAK, EDD, BCBA-D, CCC-SLP, ATP
Director of Clinical Integrity & Training, REED Autism Services

Dr. Joe Novak is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst–Doctoral (BCBA-D), ASHA-certified speech and language pathologist, and RESNA-certified assistive technology professional who obtained a master’s degree in speech-language pathology from Kean University and doctorate of education in special education from Nova Southeastern University. Additionally, Joe has both speech-language specialist and supervisor certifications for the state of New Jersey.

Joe became a director for REED Autism Services in July 2021 and works across the organization to foster continuity of services, support training needs, serve as a resource for clinicians and staff, and develop new clinical programs. Joe consulted at REED Academy for speech and language programming (with an emphasis on augmentative and alternative communication) for several years before joining full time as an assistant director in July 2015.

Earlier in his career, Joe worked in applied behavior analysis (ABA) programs at Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center and Bernards Township Public Schools as a speech and language pathologist. He has worked in the school setting with individuals ages 3-21 and privately with individuals from 3-25. Joe is an adjunct professor at both Kean University and Endicott College, where he teaches graduate courses in ABA to students in special education programs. Joe also regularly presents at annual conferences for various organizations including Autism New Jersey and ABAI.

Get in touch with David by email.

DAVID WILSON, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Director of Intensive Behavior Services, REED Autism Services

Dr. David Wilson is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral (BCBA-D) with more than 25 years of experience serving children, adolescents, and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities across a variety of settings. His work history includes clinical leadership positions within nonprofit and for-profit behavior health organizations. In 2020, Governor Murphy appointed David to the inaugural New Jersey State Board of Behavior Analyst Examiners.

Prior to joining REED, David directed the graduate program in applied behavior analysis at Georgian Court University where he was a tenured associate professor of psychology. David’s areas of expertise include assessing and treating severe challenging behavior, skill acquisition, stimulus control, mentoring clinical staff, strategic planning, and quality improvement. He received clinical training at the Kennedy Krieger Institute Neurobehavioral Unit (NBU) and completed his doctorate in behavior analysis, with a minor in special education at the University of Florida under the mentorship of Dr. Brian A. Iwata.

As the director of REED Intensive Behavior Services, David is focused on the delivery of state-of-the-art assessment and treatment services for individuals who engage in severe challenging behaviors. David is passionate about providing much-needed resources to the REED community and the many individuals and families across New Jersey who require these highly specialized services.

Get in touch with Lisa by email.

LISA GOLDSTEIN
Vice President of Development, REED Foundation for Autism; Director of Sales, Greens Do Good

As Vice President of Development for the REED Foundation for Autism, Lisa Goldstein oversees the organization’s efforts to reach its fundraising goals across various disciplines, including major gifts, corporate donations, and grant solicitations. She also manages the planning and execution of all fundraising events and initiatives. Lisa joined REED in 2011 and was a founding member of the REED Foundation for Autism.

Lisa is also the Director of Sales for Greens Do Good, our hydroponic, vertical farm in Hackensack, New Jersey, that provides meaningful employment and job training for teens and adults with autism. She is responsible for cultivating relationships with restaurants, country clubs, markets, and foodservice providers.

Earlier in her career, Lisa worked as a buyer for Belk Stores and Bloomingdale’s flagship store in NYC. During her tenure at Bloomingdales, she opened its first store in Miami at The Falls, a luxury shopping and entertainment center. Lisa was part of the sales force team at Liz Claiborne, and a buyer for the Indonesian government at its premier showcase store in NYC. Lisa also served on the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Committee for Young Artists and has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Emory University.

Lisa is passionate about discovering new possibilities that enhance the lives of individuals with autism.

Get in touch with Jen by email.

JEN FAUST
Director of Operations, REED Foundation for Autism & Greens Do Good

Jennifer Faust has worked at REED since 2012. In her current role as Director of Operations for the REED Foundation for Autism and Greens Do Good, she oversees partnerships and projects that focus on expanding education, services, and workforce development for individuals with autism. She also co-hosts REED’s podcast Changemakers In Autism with CEO Chantelle Walker.

Before joining REED, Jen worked at Caribiner International, Inc. — now known as Jack Morton Worldwide, a global communications company — participating in the management of large-scale events, such as the British Hong Kong handover to the Chinese government. Jen has a Bachelor of Arts in English from North Carolina State University. She is inspired by the values that are essential to REED’s mission and challenging the status quo for individuals with autism.

Get in touch with Leah by email.

LEAH FARINOLA, Ed.D.
Principal, Chief School Administrator,
REED Academy

Dr. Leah Farinola began working with the families at REED in 2001 before REED was even officially founded. Starting as a full-time instructor in 2006, she has held various positions, including instructor, lead teacher, assistant to the executive director, classroom consultant, and curriculum coordinator. Leah became principal in 2009 and assumed the role of chief school administrator in 2020.

Leah completed her undergraduate coursework at William Paterson University and graduated with honors, holding a degree in psychology and elementary education. She completed her post-baccalaureate special education certification and also obtained a master’s degree in educational administration with principal and supervisor certification from Caldwell University. In 2021, Leah completed her doctorate at Seton Hall University and conducted research on staff retention in private schools for children with autism. She is also an adjunct professor at Caldwell University, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in special education and serves as a trustee for the Secaucus, New Jersey, Board of Education.

Get in touch with Francesca by email.

FRANCESCA SARANIERO, MSED
Director, REED Next

As Director of REED Next, Francesca Saraniero oversees the organization’s day and residential programs, which provide supports and services to adults with autism who are ages 21 and older.

Before joining REED Next in 2021, Francesca served as the Director of Adult Services and Business Development at Eden II Programs, a not-for-profit organization that supports people with autism in New York City and Long Island.

Francesca’s experience includes everything from program development to strategic planning, building a social enterprise, and community engagement. Previously, Francesca worked for both the New York City Department of Education and the Administration for Children’s Services. Francesca earned her master’s degree in childhood education from the College of Staten Island and a Bachelor of Science in business management from St. John’s University.

Her vision is to take her passion for helping others and her understanding of disabilities to help REED Next reach more families touched by autism.