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Program Leadership

Executive Director

Andy Strutynskyj, LSW, PHR

Andy is the Executive Director of Quest Autism Programs. A Licensed Social Worker who has been working with children, adolescents and adults with special needs for over 20 years, he received his Master’s degree in Social Work from Kean University, and has held positions in both for-profit and non-profit programs in New York and New Jersey. In the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities field, he has worked with a variety of different populations. As part of the New Jersey deinstitutionalization project, he helped successfully transitioned over 100 individuals from institutions into community-based settings. Over the course of his career, Andy has maintained a strong commitment to quality-based programming, which has led to growth and stability for all the organizations he has been associated with.

Program Manager                                              

Ralph Auriemma

Ralph is a graduate of Kean University with a Bachelor’s degree in History.  Ralph has been working with children through adults with disabilities for 19 years and has been working at Quest for since 2013.  He has had various roles including job coach, senior job coach and lead administrative coach and has taken more of an administrative position though budgeting and billing.  Ralph works closely with support coordinators through the year to maximize participant budgets and provide participants with the services and programming they need.  Ralph is also a Handle with Care Instructor and provides training to staff of Quest Autism Programs.   

Clinical Manager                                              

Melissa Packowski, M.A., BCBA

Melissa is the Clinical Manager and has been with Quest since 2013.  She holds a BS in Education from St. Thomas Aquinas College. Her undergraduate studies included a dual major in elementary and special education with a concentration in English.  She holds a MA in Professional Behavior Analysis from the Florida Institute of Technology that focused on applied behavior analysis and organizational behavior management. Also, Melissa is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst. She has worked with children with developmental disabilities in the public school system for five years prior to joining the team at Quest.  At Quest, she is responsible for creating and monitoring ABA programing, managing ongoing staff trainings in ABA and DDD specific requirements.


Rachel Stecher, M.A.  

Rachel holds a M.A. in ABA from Ball State University, and a B.A. in Psychology from Caldwell University. Rachel has been in the Autism field for approximately 8 years and has worked in both clinical and community settings with learners of all ages. Her experiences include application of behavior principles to feeding difficulties, skill acquisition, assessment and treatment of problem behavior, and staff/parent training.

Clinical Assistant

Alison Suto, M.A. 

Alison received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Speech Communication from Montclair State University and her Master of Arts in Psychology and Post-Master Graduate Certificate in ABA from Seton Hall University.  With Ali's 15 years of experience, she is familiar with DDD protocols, working with adults diagnosed with Autism, and working with implementing behavior plans and training staff. 


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