Kelly Weedon Noda has more than a decade of teaching experience as a secondary English teacher for the Diocese of St. Augustine, an adjunct instructor at UNC-C and Virginia College, and a teacher of exceptional student education (life & social skills) for two local private autism schools. In addition to teaching, she has worked in nonprofits and in business development, has provided autism training for clinics and school systems across the country, and is the creator/producer of an annual statewide Catholic Educator Conference for special education. Kelly has a bachelor of arts in anthropology, English and Spanish from the University of Alabama (1997), a master of arts in English from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (2007) and a master’s in exceptional student education with a concentration in applied behavior analysis from the University of West Florida (2017). Her certifications include Teaching English 6-12 (FL DOE), Clinical Educator Training C.E.T. (FL DOE), Professional Crisis Management Practitioner 2 (PCMA), Certified Rainbows Facilitator (grief peer group support), Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), PEAK Level I Certified, and Certified PEERS® provider (UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior). Kelly has two teenage daughters and is an active volunteer with Catholic Charities and her local parish of St. Paul's at the Beach..


Elena Burch was a 3rd grade teacher and speech language assistant (SLPA) from 2010-2012 before becoming a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA) in 2012. After her classroom teaching career, she was with an ABA center in New England providing behavioral  services to individuals with disabilities and  has also independently provided consulting to schools and agencies oversees. Elena moved to Florida last year where she oversaw a grant-funded behavior support program in seven  Jacksonville area public schools. Her broad experience makes her a valuable new addition to PLS's parent and teacher training programs as well as for serving as a senior case supervisor for PLS clients and their families.