Our Mission Statement

We Help People with Autism and Other Developmental Differences Build Connections and Shape Their Futures

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Developmental Therapy Changes Lives

Positive Development believes you can change your life – and the world. As a team, we’re working diligently to do just that based on our five key values: Authenticity, respect, joy, team-first, and growth-mindedness. Through these tenets, we build connections and empower positive outcomes, one family at a time.

About Positive Development

While started in 2019, our company is rooted in decades of experience with autism and other developmental differences. We are parents, family members, self-advocates, and clinicians who believe deeply in the power of the developmental approach because we have seen firsthand how it has transformed our and our loved ones’ lives.

Our passion – indeed, our life’s work – is to build the evidence base for developmental therapy, expand access to more families, and pioneer best practices for clinical support and care for individuals.

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Our Developmental Model

Positive Development follows the Developmental Relationship-Based Intervention (DRBI) model. This evidence-based approach has three primary components:


We meet the client wherever they are developmentally and interact with them on their level.


We learn how the client processes the world around them. What are they experiencing and feeling? What are their strengths? What is their therapy experience and what are their goals?


From this foundational knowledge, we can build relationships based on fun, positive interactions and support every client to be the best they can be.

Our Leadership

Mike Suiters
Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer
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Maryanne Nugent
Chief Operating Officer
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Chad Pomeroy
Chief Solutions Officer
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Alissa Lash
Chief People Officer
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Tyler Kennedy
VP of Finance and Corporate Development
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Rich Maston
General Manager – Eastern US
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Cameron Keirnes
MFT, General Manager – Western US
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Clinical Leadership

Dr. Joshua D. Feder, M.D.
President, Positive Development of California; National Chief Medical Advisor and Medical Director
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Beth Osten
OTR/L, Chief Clinical Advisor
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Dr. Andrea Davis
PhD, Senior Clinical Advisor
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Dr. Jennie Troccio
PhD. VP of Clinical Operations
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Dr. Faith Thayer
PhD, LPC, Director of Clinical Quality Assurance
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Ritu Doshi
VP of Operations
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Marilee Burgeson
Senior Clinical Advisor
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Join the Positive Development Team

We are looking for kind, respectful, and driven people who are interested in making a difference in the life of a child or adolescent on the autism spectrum.

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Contact us today for a free initial developmental screening evaluation to learn how we can help your family.

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