Meet The Staff

Autism Puzzsle Piece

Andrew S. Rubin, Ph.D., Executive Director

Dr. Rubin is a licensed clinical psychologist, and the founder and Executive Director of New Directions, Inc., a company that specializes in delivering state of the art services for young adults with developmental disabilities. Services focus on the clinical, academic, vocational, and life management arenas. Services also include individual, group, and family therapy, comprehensive psychological evaluations, and consultation services. Dr. Rubin’s background integrates expertise in cognitive behavioral therapy, developmental theory, and neuropsychology, into an evidenced-based treatment approach that is both empathic and based on the current scientific literature.

Dr. Rubin was formerly the lead psychologist at the Unicorn Child Development Clinic at Nova Southeastern University’s Mailman Segal Institute for Early Childhood Studies. In this position, he supervised a team of professionals, post-doctoral fellows, doctoral level practicum students, and student interns in the diagnosis and treatment of children with developmental disorders. He was a leader of many of NSU’s parenting programs, teaching a variety of parenting classes on behavior management strategies. Dr. Rubin currently teaches graduate level courses in child development and infant mental health. In addition, Dr. Rubin has taught graduate level courses in child and adult psychopathology, assessment, and therapeutic intervention. Dr. Rubin lectures widely to community organizations, speaking on issues related to the social and emotional development of individuals with developmental disabilities, behavioral disorders, depression, anxiety, and addiction disorders.

Prior to working at NSU, Dr. Rubin was on staff at Tulane University’s Department of Psychiatry and Neurology, and Louisiana State University’s Health Science Center, where he provided treatment and performed comprehensive assessments and neuropsychological evaluations.

Dr. Rubin attended college at the University of Connecticut, New York University, and earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Institute of Psychology. He has previously worked at many hospitals and training institutions including University of Chicago Hospital, Department of Child Psychiatry; Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center; Tulane University Medical School, Department of Psychiatry and Neurology; Tulane-DePaul Behavioral Health Center; Louisiana State University Health Science Center; The Medical Center of Louisiana (Charity Hospital); Illinois Masonic Medical Center; and the Pain and Rehabilitation Clinic of Chicago (PRCC).

Tim Langerholc, Program Director

Tim was born near Chicago and lived briefly in Arizona before he moved to Florida at the age of six. After high school, he attended the University of Central Florida where he majored in English: Creative Writing and graduated cum laude.

After graduating, he worked at a credit union. As he gained more training responsibilities he realized that teaching was closer to his calling, and in 2005 he made the decision to uproot himself and move to Barcelona to take a course in teaching English, where his adventures abroad began.

He received his certification and then began working at International House (an international chain of language schools) in Bydgoszcz, Poland, where he remained for two years until he opted for a change of scenery - to Hanoi, Vietnam, for a full year. In Hanoi he acquired more experience and was promoted to Senior Teacher and gained the additional responsibility of training teachers as well as teaching students. He finally returned home in 2008.

Tim enjoys jogging, reading horror stories, watching movies, eating strange food, learning strange phrases in other languages, and, of course, traveling.

Michael Kellen, Clinical Psychology Post-Doc

Dr. Kellen received his clinical training at the Neuropsychological Assessment Center of Nova Southeastern University; the Munroe Meyer Institute for Genetics and Rehabilitation, the University of Nebraska Medical Center; and Children’s Hospital in Omaha Nebraska. Michael has extensive experience administering psychological and neuropsychological evaluations to varied populations, including those with neurodevelopmental disabilities, genetic disorders, and traumatic brain injuries. He has extensive training and clinical experience in behavioral pediatrics and pediatric sleep disorders. His training and work experience have been multidisciplinary in their setting.

Michael has numerous publications in professional and academic journals in the field, and has coauthored several book chapters. He has presented his research findings throughout the United States and Canada and has been invited by the American Psychological Association and the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication to present his research findings. We are thrilled to have him on our team!

Aron Tendler, MD CBSM

Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology Adult & Geriatric Psychiatry, Neuropsychiatry, Addiction, Insight-Oriented Psychotherapy for Personality Disorders, PTSD and couples. Behavioral Sleep Medicine for all ages.

Bob Harris, Team Building Coach

Dr. Bob Harris completed his doctorate in sociology in 1995 at the University at Albany in New York. His doctoral research focused on the development of teamwork and leadership in task-oriented groups. He also completed a masters degree in the sociology of crime and deviance and social psychology. He completed a bachelors degree industrial organizational psychology. He is currently attending Nova Southeastern University where he is completing a masters in Mental Health Counseling.

Bob is a teamwork and leadership coach and organizational consultant for BOLD Marketing and Consulting, Inc. He has consulted to organizations in the government, private sector, non-profits, academic, and military organizations. He also serves as an instructor and drill sergeant for the US Army Reserves. He has served at the Pentagon, for the United Nations, for NATO, and served in the Balkans, Panama, and many places in the US.

Wendy Wallace, Academic Instructor

Wendy is a native Floridian, who has been an educator for over 30 years. She graduated from Barry University, in Miami in 1981, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. Wendy then moved to Broward County and earned her Montessori Certification and taught at a Montessori school while her two children, Peter and Melissa were young. In 200, Wendy completed her Master’s Degree in Special Education at Florida Atlantic University. She has been running her own tutoring company since then and began working as an adjunct professor at Broward Community College in 2007. Wendy joined the New Directions’ family in January 2008 as an academic instructor.

Danielle Hoffman, Life Management Skills and Cooking Instructor

Danielle is originally from Ohio and moved to Florida with her family twenty-five years ago. While her first two children were younger Danielle worked as a Teacher’s Assistant for three years. It was shortly thereafter she had decided to Home Educate her four children starting from kindergarten through high school. While homeschooling her children, she also owned her own cleaning and organization business for ten years.

Danielle enjoys exercising, cooking, reading and spending time with her family and friends. She joined the New Directions’ family as a Life Management Skills and Cooking Instructor. She enjoys working with our students as it is a rewarding experience.

Danielle enjoys being a mother and hopes to one day become a grandmother. She brings a unique perspective to the New Directions’ family as she is one of the only staff members who has children and has a lot of the same concerns and ideas that prospective parents have.

Paula Breen, Director of Program Administration

Paula is originally from Savannah, NY an hour outside Syracuse. She moved to Florida in 1997 and attended college at Florida Atlantic University where she received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology. Paula has worked in various administrative positions (10 years), and has counseled at an at risk youth shelter for 8 years part time. She also worked at CLE with Melissa and Dr Rubin.

Was a member of big brothers/big sisters for 5 years. I have a Certified Behavior Health Technician certificate from the state.

Bobby Jividen, Life Management Skills Instructor

Bobby was born in California and grew up in Ohio before moving to South Florida at age 13. He attended Palm Beach Community College where he worked as a Supplemental Instructor of Macroeconomics. In 2009, Bobby graduated summa cum laude from Florida Atlantic University with a B.S. in Economics and a B.A. in Political Science and Interdisciplinary Studies. He plans on continuing his education with a graduate degree in International Relations or International Political Economy.

Bobby enjoys cooking, reading and making music. He spends much of his free time finding new recipes; discovering new writers, artists and musicians; and researching chord progressions in popular music.

Nancy Boydman, Director of Admissions

After moving to South Florida in 2009, Nancy joined New Directions in November 2010 as the Director of Admissions. A graduate of Notre Dame College, she has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Secondary Business Education.

Nancy began her career as a business teacher at a private girls’ school in Cleveland, Ohio. One year later, she accepted an internship in the Human Resource Department at the World Headquarters of Picker International. After completing the program, Nancy was offered the position of Corporate Manager of the Equal Employment Opportunity Compliance Department. She processed all discrimination charges, conducted training seminars and wrote affirmative action plans for the corporate office as well as 26 district offices throughout the country.

While raising three children, Nancy pursued two part-time jobs. She returned to the field of education as a business instructor at Sawyer College of Business. In addition, her love of music and children led her to the Beachwood school system as their piano accompanist for 13 years.

Nancy also has extensive knowledge about autism spectrum disorder (ASD). She has served as a consultant to teachers and as a mentor to parents of children with special needs. At a time when very little was known about effective teaching strategies for children with autism, Nancy paved the way with her innovative manuals and training seminars for administrators, staff and teachers.

Nancy has had over 20 years of experience in education and business. Today, she continues to direct parents to the best possible programs for their children throughout the country.

David Sutton, Physical Fitness Mentor

David loves to participate and play in all sporting activities, and helps educate students about proper nutrition and exercise. David is attending Palm Beach State College and intends to major in physical therapy and work someday as a physical therapy instructor.

Jacqulynn Sutton, Resident Assistant/Mentor/ Academic Tutor

Jacqulynn is a native to South Florida and is currently a dual major in Film and Psychology at Florida Atlantic University. After graduation, Jacqulynn plans on attending graduate school for Psychology. Jacqulynn, originally joined New Directions in the summer of 2010 and she works daily with students on social skills training, life management skills, as well as academic courses.

Jacqulynn enjoys movies, music, swimming, lacrosse, and loves to travel. One place she enjoys going every year is to Pittsburgh, PA, where the majority of her family lives, and she can go to her favorite theme park, “Kennywood.”

Jayson Lollman, Academic Helper/Tutor

Jayson Lollman grew up in a small town in NY. He attended High-School at Sherburne-Earlville. During his time in high school he was very much active in the community playing sports and attending church regularly. Jayson then attended Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York to earn his two year degree in Liberal Arts. Still undecided in where he wanted to go with his career he began to start working at local gyms training people and educating them in nutrition/physical fitness. This is when he decided he wanted to become a Physical Education teacher. Jayson then moved down to South Florida to enroll in Florida International University, where he is currently a senior in the Education program. He has already done over 100hrs of community service at local schools in order to satisfy his requirements at FIU. Before Jayson graduates from FIU he will be specialized in teaching students that range from Aspergers, Autism,learning disabilities and other types of disabilities as well.

Ariel Hirschman, Art Therapist

Ariel was born in South Florida. She is currently attending Florida Atlantic University as a psychology major. In the future she plans to go to graduate school and become an Art Therapist. She is interested in the field of Art Therapy because it gives people a way to express themselves through art and cope with issues in their life that one might not other wise be able to deal with. Ariel was born in South Florida. She is currently attending Florida Atlantic University as a psychology major. In the future she plans to go to graduate school and become an Art Therapist. She is interested in the field of Art Therapy because it gives people a way to express themselves through art and cope with issues in their life that one might not other wise be able to deal with.

Natasha Noorian

Natasha Noorian received her clinical training at Argosy University and DePaul University, in Chicago IL. Natasha’s training in community based mental health and supportive services have embraced children, adolescents, and adult populations with an array of psychiatric, psychological, and neuropsychological presentations. Natasha has extensive clinical experience working with young adults with Autism, Asperger’s, and Non Verbal Learning Disorders. Her experiential training and clinical experience have been multidisciplinary in their setting, encompassing Person-Centered Theory, Expressive Arts Therapy, and Parent Child Interaction Therapy. Natasha is the founder of Extra Care, a state program assisting families with children on the Autism spectrum, utilizing psychoeducation, behavioral modification and parent training skills.