Raleigh-Durham, NC

Melissa Rusak - Regional Program Manager 

Melissa is the Regional Program Manager for the Raleigh/Durham area of North Carolina. In addition to her work with AHEADD, Melissa has served as a consultant for AERI. She has completed coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis through Penn State and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Melissa has worked with individuals with an autism spectrum diagnosis in a variety of roles including preschool teacher, outpatient counselor, family-based therapist, and behavior specialist. In addition, Melissa has previously worked with Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic and University of Pittsburgh on a project aimed at increasing family engagement in therapeutic services. During this time, she assisted in the development and implementation of psycho-educational and support groups for the families of children with a mental health or autism diagnosis. Melissa is committed to employing practices supported by research and is honored to be involved in the shared vision of AHEADD and AERI to assist individuals in meeting their potential throughout their lifespan.