Our Mission

A Therapeutic Organization Dedicated To A Community Focus, Individualized Treatment, Evidence-Based Practices, Self-Sustaining Systems, and Influencing Public Policy.

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Our Story

Hi I'm Tim Folley.  I began working in the human services field while I was in college. I worked for a Residential Treatment Facility in Vermont geared toward juveniles with behavior struggles.  When I moved to Maine in 2009, I continued my graduate studies in Applied Behavioral Analysis at the University of Southern Maine, in the School of Educational Psychology.  I have always dreamed of owning my own company, where I can bring to light my vision for the children and families I serve.

My hope is to provide families with in home staff members who have undergone superior training. I also want my staff to earn a living that is enticing enough to stay in this difficult job.  I strive to educate the families I work with to understand the process of changing behavior. Even when it feels hopeless, I don't want them to lose hope.

At our Inclusion Preschool Program Developing Minds, staff and clients have a safe location to practice their skills and behavior planning.  This program will be run by an expert in Special Education.

Meet the Team

We strive to train our Behavior Technicians and preschool teachers on an ongoing basis throughout their time with us. We want to encourage curiosity, personal growth and a commitment to the families we work with.  Our employees come to us with a wealth of knowledge and understanding with respect to difficult  behaviors.  We serve children on the Autism spectrum.  Our staff understand the challenges and joys that this can bring.

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Timothy Folley & his Wife Mary Ann

BCBA

Tim Folley grew up in Salisbury Ma, lived in Cardif Wales, and now resides in Maine. It has been a long time dream of Tim's to start his own business.  He has a rich history including time spent as a residential counselor, a developmental preschool employee, and an avid rugby player.

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Jeremy Sharping

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My name is Jeremy Scharping, I have a Masters of Psychology and Applied Behavior Analysis from Kaplan University.  I started in this field because I learned that my daughter is on the Autism spectrum, and I wanted to be able to be the best I could for her.  I have been working with children with special needs for a few years now and I couldn’t ask for a better way to spend my days.  I especially enjoy working with children on improving their communication.

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Diane Madruga

Office Manager HR Specialist

Diane grew up in New Jersey and has raised her family in Waterboro Maine. For the past twenty-six years, while raising her children, she ran a National Accredited small childcare center and preschool at her home. She enjoyed spending time with her own children and offering quality care to the local children. Diane has attended York County Community College, studied Behavioral Health and earned her degree in May 2017. She went back to YCCC and got her degree in Gerontology in May 2018. She is now attending the University of Southern Maine for Social and Behavioral Sciences, Social Work.

Diane loves boating, kayaking, and spending time with her family. When she is not working or with her family, Diane volunteers her time as VP helping to run a local dog rescue, New England Lab Rescue. She has fostered over 70 dogs and enjoys helping animals. She has 3 dogs, of her own, and both her son and daughters have rescues dogs.

Diane closed her childcare in 2016 to come join us here, to use her vast knowledge of children, childcare, and professionalism.

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Jane McCabe

 

I grew up in Sanford and have lived in Acton for 9 years with my husband of 17 years. We have raised two adult children and have a 10 year old son. I attended York county community college where I received my associates degree in early childhood education in 2016. I have enjoyed working with all children from birth to preschool aged, especially those with special  needs. When not working directly with children, I enjoy my many volunteer opportunities that support the local community in general, but specifically local families. I'm also passionate about health and wellness and enjoy living a holistic lifestyle.

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Melanie DeRosie

ChildCare Coordinator

Developing Minds Preschool

Melanie earned her Bachelor's degree in Social and Behavioral Science with a minor in Early Childhood Studies from the University of Southern Maine.  She also has an associates degree in Criminal Justice from Bay Path  College.  Mel has worked with children for the past 15 years, the first five with juvenile delinquents.  Discovering that she felt she needed to work with children before they became teenagers, she opened her own childcare and preschool.  After six years, she closed to work exclusively with special needs children.  Melanie brings experience from the in home support realm, the high school setting, childcare setting, and most recently public school special education K-2.

She is passionate about quality childcare and education and enjoys research in the field.  Other interests include reading, crafts, and animals.

Mel has two children, ages 18 and 19.  She and her husband, Bill, live in Waterboro with their two furbabies, Stewie and Simba.

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Andrea Palmer

I am a wife, a mother, and an educator in a nutshell. I have been married for almost 22 years and have 3 wonderful sons. My degree is in elementary education but I found a love for special education when I started my job in RSU 23 a few years ago. I started at Developing Minds Preschool/daycare late 2017 and enjoy it so much! I feel very lucky to be able to do what I love everyday!
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Renee Bragg

ABA Therapist

Renee has a BA in Linguistics and a minor in Deaf studies from the University of Southern Maine. She has been a Direct Support Professional since 2007. She worked in a day program setting as well as ran a group home for adults with developmental disabilities. Since having her two kids she has become a BHP and worked in both section 65 and 28. She also works at the local High School as an Ed Tech III.

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Sarah Edgerly

ABA Therapist

“She believed she could, and so she did.” My name is Sarah Emma Edgerly. I am an early graduate from Sanford High School. I was born in Dover, New Hampshire, and I grew up in Acton, Maine where I currently live now. Currently, I’m earning my Associates degree in Behavioral Health at York County Community College. I absolutely love my job, and what I do. I have a second job at Dunkin’ Donuts, and during the summer on the weekends I do housekeeping. When I’m not at work I enjoy the beach, being at home with my dogs, long car rides, and listening to music. Although I’m still unsure of a lot, I’m very sure I want a bright, beautiful future for myself, and I’m determined to get there. I’m excited to see what my future holds.

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Kathryn "Katie" Propper

ABA Therapist

Hi my name is Kathryn, but everyone calls me Katie. I grew up in New York and moved to Maine in 2004. I decided to join this field as my son has ADHD. I have a lot of empathy for kids and parents in similar situations and understand the hurdles that sometimes arise.

I am a bit of a nerd and love Pokemon, superhero movies, Harry Potter, and many more. When not working, I love to spend time with my family and 2 crazy cats.

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Melissa Rackliff

ABA Therapist

I grew up in Farmington, Maine & attended the University of Maine at Farmington, where I graduated with a Bachelors degree in Psychology. I then found my passion working with kiddos on the spectrum doing ABA therapy. I became a Registered Behavior Technician, and have my sights on earning my Masters degree and becoming a BCBA in the near future! When I am not working, I love spending time with my husband, our two year old son and our dogs.

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Tamarra Towle

ABA Therapist

I consider myself an "army brat" meaning we moved around a lot during my childhood. However, I landed back in Maine. I have three grown sons and Maine is now home with three grandchildren close by.  My husband and I grow an Organic Superfruit Orchard which keeps us very busy!

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Ashley Allino

Lead Preschool Teacher

Hi my name is Ashley Allino. I grew up in Sanford Maine. I went to the University of Maine Farmington to initially to study elementary education. I then decided to study special education and received my 282 ( special education) teaching certification for K-8. I have been a Special education teacher for 2 years. I also hold my BHP certification. When not working I enjoy going to the beach, hanging with my husband and family, and enjoying my 50 gallon fish tank. In the near future I am looking to get my Master in special education for students with moderate to servere disability's.
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Dez Bragg

ABA Therapist

I go by Dez because it’s easier to spell.  I love hiking and anything that involves being outside and in the woods. I’ve been working in  mental health for 13 years and can’t imagine doing anything else.

 

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Kris Bear

ABA Therapist

I grew up locally, graduating from Massabesic HS in 1988.  I graduated from UMaine: Farmington with a BS Degree in Elementary Education. I have been a school teacher in RSU 57 for 19 years at both Waterboro and Alfred Elementary Schools.  I currently teach first grade at Alfred Elementary.

Myself,  my husband Rick, and my son Tyler closely follow the Patriots, the Celtics and the Red Sox.  Our rescued dogs, Frank the pug and Cookie the boxer bring abundant laughter to our family.

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