Our Team

Larrie Ellen Randall, M.Ed in Special Education

Founder and CEO

Larrie Ellen Randall earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary and Special Education at Rhode Island College and her Master’s degree in early childhood Special Education at George Mason University.  She has additional intensive training in assistive technology, TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autism and Communication disabled Children) PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System), and Non-violent Crisis Intervention Certification and Employment Specialist Certification.

Larrie Ellen has over 30 years of experience providing life, social and behavior skills training to people of all ages with developmental and complex disabilities.  She combines her knowledge of ABA theory with an emphasis on positive behavioral supports, task analysis, keen observation skills, and specified training.  Larrie Ellen has a strong knowledge of IDEA regulations and guidelines and works across a wide variety of settings including school, therapeutic recreation, group homes and places of employment.  With her breadth of experience, she is able to successfully advocate for people with complex needs at all educational levels while developing long term relationships with many of her clients.

Starfish Savers, founded by Larrie Ellen in 1996, specializes in serving people with “Complex Needs” including Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, developmental disabilities and various combinations of other disorders.

Larrie Ellen is high energy and her other interests include exercise, gardening, crafts and sewing, and singing in her church band.  She and her husband, a high school math and computer science teacher, are proud parents of two sons; an elementary experiential school teacher and a CPA.  Starfish Savers was born as a means of providing advocacy to families of children with complex needs.  She expanded Starfish Savers to include social coaching and transition services upon realizing the lack of services in the community for people with complex challenges.  Larrie Ellen was active on the board of the Autism Society of Northern Virginia and participated on the Young Adult sub-committee of the Long Term Care Coordinating Council in Fairfax County to help determine appropriate services for people on the autism spectrum.

 

STARFISH SAVERS’ CONSULTANTS

 

DIRECTOR OF TRANSITION & COMMUNITY CLIENT SERVICES

Catherine Noga, Bachelor of Psychology; Master of Applied Behavior Analysis

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Catherine joined Starfish Savers, LLC in August 2015.  She graduated magna cum laude from The Catholic University of America with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and earned her Master’s degree in applied behavior analysis (ABA) from Northeastern University in August 2016.  Catherine comes to Starfish Savers, LLC with specialized knowledge in ABA, verbal behavior, Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities.  She also has extensive experience in social skill instruction and implementing behavior interventions.  Her current role at Starfish Savers, LLC is to aid clients in social skill acquisition as well as providing vocational support in various work environments.  When not working, Catherine enjoys traveling, visiting new restaurants, crafting and spending time with her very-energetic puppy.

 

DIRECTOR OF CAREER COUNSELING & EMPLOYMENT SERVICES

Kari LaBell, Ed.S., Doctorate of Special Education

Kari joined Starfish Savers in March of 2017 after retiring from 42 years in the public education system where she served as a special education teacher, transition teacher, vocational evaluator, and an educational diagnostician.  She earned her Bachelor’s in Special Education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, her Master’s at George Mason University, and her doctorate in Special Education Transition and Vocational Assessment at George Washington University as an Educational Specialist (Ed. S.).  In addition to her 42 years of experience in the field, Kari is fluent in Spanish and provides educational and vocational testing, transition counseling, coaching services, and advocacy in both languages. In her free time, Kari enjoys reading, knitting, re-enacting the colonial era, and caring for her Haflinger Horses.

 

STARFISH SAVERS’ SPECIALISTS

 

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Jason joined Starfish Savers as a social coach in January of 2009.  Jason is a full time school social worker at a public day school for students with complex needs.  He earned his Bachelor’s of Social Work at Longwood University and his Masters from George Mason University.  Jason brings many years of professional experience with children and families, as well as a long history of summer work with people with complex needs.  Jason has a strong desire to work with people outside of the school setting to continue to make a difference.  Jason brings his passion, compassion and skill to each person to move them to a new level of competence.  Jason is a proud father and uses his free time to read, listen to music, watch and play basketball.  He also enjoys miniature golf, bowling, and watching movies.


TyroneTyrone Mathewson, M. Ed. School Psychologist

Tyrone joined Starfish Savers in January of 2009.  Tyrone is a full-time certified school psychologist at a public day school serving students with complex needs.  He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Sociology from Towson University and his masters at Long Island University.  Tyrone has 13 years of experience working with all ages in crisis management.  His areas of expertise include conflict resolution, behavior intervention and interpersonal skills training.  Tyrone brings his broad experience, training, calm manner, compassion and humor to each client with whom he works to strengthen self-esteem and skills sets.  He stays busy spending time with his family, but when he has some free time he enjoys sports of all kinds, especially basketball.  He is currently pursuing a PhD in Advanced Studies in Human Behavior from Capella University.

 

Nick Searle, Master of Abnormal and Clinical Psychology

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Nick joined us as a volunteer when he first moved from the UK to Virginia in 2011. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Swansea University, and is also endorsed in positive behavioral support.  Nick now works full-time as an in-home mental health provider but continues to maintain clients for Starfish Savers. Nick headed up our Step Out Groups for a number of years. His diverse experience, enthusiasm, and positive outlook, encourages our participants to embrace their strengths and find ways to mitigate their differences. His English accent and customs themselves introduce new experiences. Nick is skilled in developing, implementing and analyzing data regarding an array of challenging behaviors. His background as a fitness instructor has also helped our clients develop fitness routines while working on social interactions.  Nick enjoys “football,” (soccer), surfing when he gets close to waves, and most outdoor adventures with his family.

 

 

Tessa WilklowTessa Hassett, Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Tessa joined the Starfish Savers team in 2014 after earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from James Madison University.  She has a lifetime of experience working with children with disabilities, specifically learning and practicing Applied Behavior Analysis techniques.  She brings together her broad knowledge of disabilities and her love of working with people to help others achieve their goals and improve their well-being.  Outside of Starfish Savers, Tessa works full-time at a therapeutic riding program.  In her free time, she enjoys cooking, traveling, and enjoying the outdoors.

 

Luke Delaney, Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, Special Education Minor

Luke joined Starfish Savers in 2016.  He was born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia.  He received a degree in Sociology with a Special Education minor from James Madison University.  Luke taught Physical Education for 12 years to children of preschool age through 8th grade at an elementary school he attended as a kid.  He has coached various competitive and noncompetitive activities with a focus on sportsmanship and a love of physical fitness.  He also previously worked as a one-on-one assistant at St. Coletta of Greater Washington, instructing and supporting students with daily living skills along with emotional and social needs.  Luke recently moved to Ashburn, Virginia and is a stay-at-home dad to two young boys.  In his free time, he loves fishing, spending time with family, and supporting Washington sports teams.

 

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Francesca graduated from Canisius College with a Bachelor’s degree in English and Buffalo State College with a Master’s in English.  She joined Starfish Savers, LLC in January of 2017.  Her role at Starfish Savers, LLC is to teach social and adaptive skills and motivate individuals with Autism spectrum and other complex disorders.  Her purpose as a teacher, tutor, and coach is to create a nurturing environment for growth and learning.  She believes that we all deserve the opportunity to discover and share our unique and special gifts no matter how many challenges we face.

 

LaTaisha Hendricks, Masters of Social Work

LaTaisha Hendricks joLaTaisha Hendricksined Starfish Savers as a social coach in January of 2016.  She earned her Bachelor’s of Social Work at Longwood University and her Master’s from Virginia Commonwealth University.  LaTaisha has many years of professional experience working with at-risk youth and their families in the community and school settings.  Her areas of expertise include conflict resolution, behavior intervention, social skills training, and interpersonal skills.  Currently she works at Lift Me Up! Therapeutic Riding Program as a full-time instructor.  LaTaisha is a proud mother of two children.  When not working, LaTaisha enjoys spending quality time with her children and husband, watching romantic movies, visiting family members, and taking family trips.

 

Nikki Randall, T.D.C. (Therapy Dog Certification)

Nikki has been working hard and completed her Therapy Dog Licence as of August 2017.  She enjoys playing with her ball, going on walks and giving cuddles.  Her job keeps her in the now, and we believe she enjoys it immensely.

 

 

 

 

 

Administrative Staff

Irene Moore, Director of Operations, Pursuing Bachelor’s Degree in Communication

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Irene joined Starfish Savers, LLC in October 2014.  She serves as the Director of Operations and as an Educational Consulting Assistant.  Irene oversees all the programs, office and staff management at Starfish Savers.  She uses her extensive 18 years of experience in the special education arena, as well as her 25 years in business to help further the mission of “Making a Lifetime Difference”  for the families and professionals served by Starfish Savers.  Irene is the wife of a retired Air Force broadcaster who now works in the IT field, and the proud parent of two sons who are now in their early 20s. Both of her sons provided Irene with the first-hand knowledge of advocating the K-12 “and beyond” special education maze within the public schools and the military’s Exceptional Family Member Program.  Irene is a 2005 graduate of the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities’ “Partners In Policy-making” program, and she served six years as the Information Coordinator and trainer at the Virginia non-profit, PEATC.  When Irene is not working or attending college classes, she spends her time with her family, her friends and catching the latest movies.

 

Jeana AdamsJeana Adams, Marketing Assistant, Psychology Bachelors

Jeana Adams has been working at Starfish Savers LLC since November of 2016.  Jeana earned her degree in Psychology from George Mason University, taking as many Abnormal Psychology related classes as she could.  She has struggled with her own disabilities and does her best to understand her client’s struggles and help them to achieve success.  She has been a part of local Northern Virginia non-profits such as CHADD, and she has led a few young adult groups on their behalf.  Jeana spends much of her free time playing video games and researching disabilities, disorders and intervention techniques.  She also spends her time with Adult Coloring Books, Dungeons & Dragons, sketching and writing stories with friends.