Maegen Pierce, M.A. BCBA, LBA
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Maegen founded Breakthrough Behavior with the mission to provide highly effective and accessible services to individuals with autism. She has grown the national organization to more than 400 employees across 10 facilities in Florida, California, Virginia and Maryland. As a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA) with more than fifteen years of experience in the applied behavior analysis field, she has specialized in school, clinic and home therapy, providing a unique and personalized treatment plan for hundreds of clients throughout the United States. Maegen received her bachelor's degree in psychology with an emphasis in applied behavior analysis (ABA) from California State University, Fresno and master's degree in special education from California State University, Monterey Bay. Maegen is a member of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Commission for the Behavioral Health Center of Excellence (BHCOE), the Central Florida Political Leadership Institute (PLI) 2020 Class, and the League of Women Voters of Orange County. She has also served as Chair of the MAGIC program with the Junior League of Greater Orlando, Chair of the Provider Connection Committee with Autism Speaks and a coach with the Special Olympics. She also currently serves on the Breakthrough Behavior Board of Directors. Maegen was named a “40 Under 40” award honoree by the Orlando Business Journal. She currently resides in Orlando, Florida, with her husband Ryan, daughters Saoirse and Ella, and two dogs Sammi & Charlie.
Amanda Kelly, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA
Chief Clinical Officer
While pursuing a career in elementary education, Amanda was first introduced to the science of behavior analysis after meeting a young child with autism. After graduating with her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Shepherd University, Amanda moved from West Virginia to Massachusetts, where she completed coursework and supervision requirements to obtain her BCaBA. She continued studying the science of behavior analysis, earning her master’s degree and doctorate in behavior analysis from Simmons University, and obtaining her BCBA and BCBA-D, respectively. After successfully defending her doctoral dissertation, Amanda relocated from New England to the island of Oʻahu, where she championed autism insurance and advocated for licensure for behavior analysts. In 2016, Amanda became the first behavior analyst licensed in Hawaiʻi. Throughout her career, she has focused on showcasing effective applications of behavior analysis, most notably extending to areas of public policy, ethics, and sustainable behavior change. Amanda has been awarded the Jerry Shook Practitioner of the Year (2012), Advocacy Group of the Year (2015), Provider Advocate of the Year (2019) and AIRC Champion (2020).
Chief Operations Officer
Sarah is a pediatric physical therapist by training who has grown into a pediatric therapy operator over her 18-year career as a healthcare professional. She graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2001 with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy and a Bachelor of Health Sciences. Sarah moved to Dallas, Texas, immediately after graduation to begin her career at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. From there, she moved into pediatric home health therapy, and began her journey in pediatric therapy operations. Sarah fell in love with operations at Sage Care Therapy Services where she supported PT, OT and ST services. She then had the opportunity to support ABA services for ChanceLight Behavioral Health Division and moved to Nashville, Tennessee. Sarah is passionate about increasing access to quality therapy services for children with disabilities. She is married with two boys, ages one and seven. Sarah loves being a mother, traveling and having fun with girlfriends.
Chief Diversity & People Officer
As the Chief Diversity & People Officer, Lynn is responsible for championing Breakthrough Behavior’s company values throughout the employee life cycle by fostering an environment that encourages diversity, equity, inclusion and meaningful action toward achieving our mission. Originally from Miami and a descendent of a Cuban immigrant family, Lynn has more than 20 years of experience specializing in providing guidance and leadership with a focus on making organizations best-in-class and best places to work. Prior to joining Breakthrough Behavior, Lynn held leadership human resources positions with various organizations and industries, such as hospitality, bio-tech and professional services firms. She received her bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management from Capella University. She is certified through the Society of Human Resources Management as a Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) and is certified through the Human Resource Certification Institute as a Senior Human Resources Professional (SPHR). Lynn is happily married for more than 20 years, and has two children and a fur baby named Hamilton Alexander.