MAP Staff

Ivymount staff are recognized among the best trained special educators in the Washington DC Metropolitan area.  They are master educators, experienced therapists and innovators who apply their skills, training and commitment with their students every day.  

The classroom teams are supported by highly trained professionals, including therapists and other specialists, who support student learning and skill acquisition through integrated and individualized service delivery.  

In MAP a multi-disciplinary team of dedicated and creative teachers, assistants, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, mental health providers, and behavior analysts work together with the local school systems, students and parents to give each student the structure, individualized education, group experiences, and skills to reach his or her full potential.


 MAP Leadership Team


Melissa Cherry
is the Assistant Director in the Model Asperger Program. Melissa has her undergraduate degree in Elementary and Special Education and a master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and has experience working both as a classroom teacher and classroom coordinator, developing social and academic curriculum for children with autism.
mcherry@ivymount.org

Jennie Kampf is the Director of the Model Asperger Program. Jennie Kampf has worked in Special Education for over ten years.  She has worked as a teacher and supervisor at The Ivymount School for ten years serving students of all ages.  Jennie received her Master’s in Special Education from George Mason University in 2010 and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.  While working on her Master’s, Jennie worked closely with Parents of Autistic Children of Northern Virginia (POAC-NOVA) to provide various parent and community trainings.  Also during this time she gained experience in running and developing in-home Verbal Behavior and Applied Behaviors Analysis programs through the George Mason Applied Behavior Analysis Practicum Program.   Previously Jennie worked in Fairfax County Public Schools as an instructional assistant and a special education teacher.  Jennie also provides consultative services and training to families, schools, and various agencies through Ivymount Outreach Programs.
jkampf@ivymount.org

Lynn Southern, Program Supervisor
lsouthern@ivymount.org

Neziha Umitli, Program Supervisor
numitli@ivymount.org

Kristin Wienecke is the MAP Clinical Coordinator  at Ivymount School. Kristin oversees the assessment and treatment of problem behavior for all MAP students, and conducts staff trainings in the methodology of behavior analysis.  Kristin received a master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.  Previously, she worked on the Neurobehavioral Inpatient Unit at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, MD, where she received extensive training in the assessment and treatment of severe problem behavior for individuals with various neurological disorders and developmental disabilities.  Prior to her employment at Ivymount, Kristin worked for the Montclair Public School District in Montclair, New Jersey.  There, she worked as a behavior analyst and helped develop comprehensive behavioral and academic programming for students with emotional disabilities within the public school sector.  
kwienecke@ivymount.org

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