Our Team

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Lori graduated from Wheelock College with a degree in Human Development and a concentration in Child Life.  Following the completion of her master’s degree and licensing program this summer, she will be LMHC eligible. She began working in Early Intervention in 1999 and joined the team at Aspire Developmental Services in 2004. Lori has experience in home-based therapeutic intervention, facilitating parent- and child-focused groups, and completing developmental assessments.  Lori became the Early Intervention program director in January 2015 and was appointed acting executive director of Aspire in 2016. In addition to her work at Aspire, Lori is a training consultant for the Early Intervention Training Center, a program of the Mass. Department of Public Health.

Christine graduated from Boston University in 2000 with a master’s degree in Physical Therapy. After working in the field of orthopedics, she joined Aspire’s Early Intervention Program in January 2001. In 2010, Christine became clinical management supervisor and was promoted to clinical team leader before taking on her current role. She continues to enjoy the combination of practicing physical therapy and supporting the clinical expansion of Aspire.

Kristen graduated with a degree in Early Childhood Education from Endicott College, and a degree in Elementary Education from Keene State College.  Working during her career in both the educational and corporate settings she has gained experience in management and in working with many age groups.  Kristen joined Aspire Developmental Services in 2007 working as a Developmental Specialist with children and families. Her positions have included Supervisor and Clinical Team Leader in the Lynn Office.  Currently Kristen is the Assistant Director in the Salem Office.  Kristen's fundraising committee work includes:  the playground building committee, the golf tournament and casino night.

Ariel graduated from Brandeis University in 1991 with a degree in Psychology and earned her master’s in Social Work from Boston University in 1994. She has always had a passion for working with children and families. Ariel has worked in residential treatment facilities, hospitals, schools, and Early Intervention. Ariel worked for five years in Aspire’s Salem office as an Early Intervention service coordinator. As the program director of the Early Intervention Partnership Program, she has focused on expanding the program and offering support and counseling as well as case management.

Meri graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Leslie University.  Meri has 20 year  experience in early childhood education and was previously a director of another early childhood center.  Meri joined Aspire in 2016 working as a Developmental Specialist and is excited to be the new program director at Aspire Early Education Center.

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69 years of serving children and families

Lynn office:   176 Franklin St.
Phone: 781-593-2727

Aspire Developmental Services will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender or gender identity, age, religion, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, ancestry, public assistance, veteran history/military status, genetic information or disability.

Salem office:   275 Lafayette St.
Phone: 978-744-7037

At Aspire Developmental Services we are driven by the value of equality. Our mission is the centerpiece of our work in the communities we are fortunate to serve. We believe our mission and work is more important than ever. Aspire remains committed to positively affecting the quality of life for people with developmental differences and their families. We believe in the power of inclusivity and its ability to positively impact the world. We remain committed to working with our families and staff to eliminate the systemic inequities that have been a barrier to their full and active participation in the communities we serve. We stand together, committed to supporting our children, families, staff and our communities in attaining equality.


Aspire Developmental Services

Coming Together: Standing Up To Racism

 A Town Hall for Kids & Families 

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