Mary Rosswurm, MBAExecutive Director
Mary Rosswurm started her career as a speech therapist. She joined Little Star in 2004 as the director then took 18 months off in 2008-2009 to spend time in Massachusetts and serve as the executive director of a Department of Education approved school for children with autism. She returned to Little Star as the executive director in the fall of 2009. As an active member in the autism community, Mary was appointed to the Indiana Commission on Autism in 2005 and served five terms until the Commission ended in 2013. Mary has served on the Board of Directors for ASAT (The Association of Science in Autism Treatment) and is the founder and president of InPEAT (Indiana Providers of Effective Autism Treatment) a membership organization for Indiana autism service providers, which was founded in 2014.
Mary earned her MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University, and her Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from Purdue University. She attended Penn State to earn a certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis for Special Education and is currently pursuing a PhD in Leadership and Organizational Development. Mary has two adult sons, one of which has autism. Her research interests include fad treatments in autism and organizational behavior management. Mary believes that when done properly, ABA can change lives, no matter the age or level of disability.
Mary has six dogs, which she refers to as her “Six Pack.” The “pack” includes a mini dachshund, an American foxhound, a Boston terrier, a bluetick coonhound, a yorkie-poo, and a rat terrier.
Tim Courtney, MS, BCBAChief Operating Officer
Tim Courtney is foremost a behavior analyst who is passionate about the science of human behavior. His journey began with a chance meeting with a friend who explained her career as a behavior analyst. Tim was instantly intrigued, as this role was well aligned with his value for effective intervention. Highly motivated, he then quickly completed the coursework requirements to get his Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® (BCaBA®) certification. Shortly thereafter, Tim enrolled in the Master of Applied Behavior Analysis program at Florida Institute of Technology. He had the amazing opportunity to work in several diverse settings: public schools, residential programs, center-based programs, and in private and group homes. Tim loved doing clinical work, and he found his calling when he shifted to operations and the system-wide performance of LittleStar. As a result, Tim’s research focus became the practice of behavior analysis — such as how to work with insurance companies — as well as management, supervision and leadership. Right now he’s working on his PhD in Leadership at Benedictine University.
When Tim is not working or engaged in work-related reading, he is active in CrossFit and Brazilian jiu-jitsu and enjoys spending time with his wife, three children, grandson and two wonderful labradoodles. He is also a HUGE Star Wars fan, even attending Star Wars conventions.
Vince LaMarca, BCBA, MSSenior Clinical Director
Vince LaMarca began his journey into applied behavior analysis in 1995 at Purdue University when his then-girlfriend (now-wife) convinced him to help a young child with autism utilizing what is often referred to as “Lovaas therapy.” After four years of experience as a part-time ABA therapist, he completed training in 1999 to become a behavior consultant.
Over the past fifteen years, he’s designed early, intensive home-based ABA programs for young children with autism. In addition, he’s been involved in the development of performance-based standards to increase staff proficiency and child progress. He taught the online ethics in applied behavior analysis course from 2008 to 2009 when Ball State first began offering coursework toward BCBA credentialing.
Vince is the 2014 president of the Hoosier Association for Behavior Analysis. Research interests include: encouraging individualized ABA programming decisions to promote rapid progress, predicting outcomes of ABA therapy, and advancing a conceptually systematic understanding of ABA teaching procedures.
Vince collects space patches, has every U.S. manned mission patch starting with the Mercury program and continuing through the current International Space Station mission (over 200 patches!).
Dwayne McCoy, MBAChief Financial Officer
After graduating from Oakland City University in 1995 with a Bachelors Degree in accounting, Dwayne started his career in the healthcare industry as an office manager. He earned a position in the company at the corporate level in 1998. After eight years in healthcare, Dwayne applied his skills in the construction industry and has spent the last eight years as the controller of a construction supply company. During that time, he received his MBA from the University of Indianapolis. He currently serves on the board of managers at the Ransburg YMCA.
Dwayne played basketball in college and in 1994 was named to the Academic All-American team.
Dr. Breanne Hartley, BCBA-DSenior Clinical Director
Dr. Breanne Hartley, BCBA-D earned her doctorate degree from Western Michigan University in the field of Behavior Analysis with an emphasis in Autism Spectrum Disorder and Developmental Disabilities. Dr. Hartley has worked with children and young adults with developmental disabilities, ranging in age from 2 years-old to 25 years-old, since 2002 in homes, schools and center-based environments. Additionally, she has experience teaching several behavior analysis courses at the university level including Concepts and Principles of Behavior Analysis, an Autism Practicum Seminar, and a Behavior Analytic Performance Management course. Dr. Hartley has overseen the training and development of numerous Bachelors and Masters level students working towards obtaining board certification in the field of Behavior Analysis.
Breanne has hiked to the highest summit in the Rocky Mountains.