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Meet The Owners

Jonathan Trichter

CEO

Jonathan Trichter spent the early part of his career in media before transitioning to finance and working on Wall Street as an investment banker at J.P. Morgan. He later became a founding principal at a boutique restructuring firm run by Harry Wilson and responsible for major, high-profile corporate restructurings. Jonathan later gained experience in the world of New York startups while working for his family’s venture capital fund, Lerer Hippeau Ventures. Later in his life, Jonathan experienced firsthand how effective modern therapies can be for children with autism and related behavioral challenges. Since then, he has become dedicated to providing the best treatment and care available to neuroatypical children with cognitive, behavioral, social and sensory disorders.

Joel Maute

Co-founder, Owner & Director

Joel Maute graduated from Boston University with a degree in Occupational therapy. He began his career in the Milton Public Schools and later transitioned to a career as a home care specialist providing therapeutic services to children with varying disabilities in a wide range of settings. Realizing the critical need for children to generalize their skills outside of a home-based setting, he co-founded Happy Hour 4 Kids and HH4K Therapy in NYC. Together these companies grew into one of the first alternative education programs for children in NYC with nowhere else to go. He has intricate knowledge of the NYC special education space from both a clinical and managerial perspective. He brings key insights, relationships, and organizational knowledge to a niche industry.

Our Staff

Cassandra Chappina (MS Ed, BCBA)

Program Director

Casey earned a dual master’s degree in elementary and special education from Long Island University and began her career working in a variety of settings across New York City providing special education services to children with a broad range of diagnoses and abilities. She then turned her focus toward applied behavior analysis and spent the next decade supporting children and their families while providing in-home ABA therapy. She worked first as a direct service provider and then had the opportunity to share her knowledge and experience as a supervisor and consultant. During that time, she earned her advanced certificate in ABA at Hunter College. Prior to becoming Program Director at Happy Hour 4 Kids, Casey spent 3 years as Associate Clinical Director and is passionate about continuing the important work of supporting every child in developing functional and appropriate skills while providing a safe, nurturing, individualized learning environment.

Brittany Daley (MS Ed, BCBA, LBA)

Clinical Director

Brittany Daley is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and New York State Licensed Behavior Analyst. She holds a Masters of Science degree in Special Education with a certificate in advanced study in Autism Spectrum Disorders from Drexel University. Following her graduate program, Brittany went on to obtain a post graduate certification in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of West Florida. She began her career in the field of special education as a teaching assistant working with children with multiple disabilities at a public school in New Jersey. Since that time, she has worked as a lead behavior therapist and clinical supervisor at a center based and residential program in New Jersey. Brittany has over 8 years of experience working with children and adults with developmental disabilities. Her vast experience includes curriculum and program development, functional assessments, social skills training, behavior management, parent and staff training. She strongly believes that through working closely with families and collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of providers, will ensure an effective and well-rounded program for each individual.

Kara Santiago (MA, BCBA)

Associate Clinical Director

Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Kara Santiago moved to New York City in 2010 to attend Teachers College, Columbia University to obtain a master’s degree in psychology. Upon graduating, Kara gained experience in clinical research as an Assistant Research Scientist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute where she administered diagnostic interviews and motivational therapy to individuals with substance use disorders. In 2015, Kara decided to pursue her desire to work with children with special needs. Kara went on to obtain a post graduate certification in Applied Behavior Analysis from Hunter College and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Kara has worked for several programs in New York City as a home ABA therapist, behavior therapist in a classroom setting, and clinical supervisor. Kara brings over 4 years of clinical experience implementing evidenced based practices with school age children with developmental disabilities to improve academic performance and treat challenging behaviors.

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