Program Directors

Suhad Abdallah, BCaBA, MEd Educational Lead

Suhad began working at the Aurora school in September of 2014 as an ABA instructor and has since moved on to be a Program Director and Assistant Director of Clinical Services.   Suhad earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Jordan and completed her ABA coursework at Florida Institute of Technology. Suhad is a BCaBA and a Licensed Assistant Behavior Analyst in the state of Virginia. Suhad also has a provisional license as a Special Education teacher in the state of Virginia. She earned her Master’s degree in Special Education from George Mason University. She loves working with the students at Aurora, supporting their progress in Communication skills, in addition to their independent and functional living skills.


Paul Bellitto, MEd, Program Director

Paul has been a licensed special education teacher at Aurora since hired in summer of 2015.  He holds a Master’s Degree in Education from George Mason University.  Paul has been an educator since 2009, mostly working in Fairfax County Public Schools before joining Aurora.  In his spare time, he likes to bake, read, and play board games.  Paul loves guiding students to success in reading, which was a very challenging area for him when he was in grade school.   


Haley Sortzi, MS, Program Director

Haley started working at The Aurora School in July 2018 as an ABA Instructor. She obtained her Special Education teaching license in September 2019 and is working towards her Masters of Arts in Special Education with emphasis on Applied Behavioral Analysis. Haley obtained her Bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies with concentrations on Special Education and English Education. She obtained a Master’s of Science in Professional and Technical Writing in 2018. She has experience in working with people with Autism of all ages and across the spectrum. Autism and Special Education are Haley’s passions. She strives to help our students with functional communication that will help them transition into the community.


Whitney Carlisle, Program Director

Whitney started at The Aurora School in 2015. Prior to Aurora, Whitney worked for ten years at Grafton Integrated Health Network, a residential treatment facility. Since coming to Aurora, Whitney has worked as an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Instructor, Assistant Program Director, and now Program Director. She has experience working with a range of children and young adults with different disabilities and behavioral issues. Currently, Whitney is working on earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Applied Behavioral Analysis, and then will pursue her Master’s Degree in Applied Behavioral Analysis. Whitney loves working with the students at Aurora and seeing their progress. She especially loves knowing that that the students are using what they learn at school, at home. Seeing how proud the students’ parents are is one of Whitney’s favorite things about working at Aurora!  


Daniel Carter, BAEd, Program Director

Daniel is very committed to improving all students’ well-being and way of life through education. Over his 18 year career in the field, Daniel has gained experience working with a wide range of individuals with disabilities, teachers, therapists, parents, SLP’s, OT’s and administrators. Daniel is someone who can provide physical, emotional and informational support to Aurora students.

Daniel appreciates the opportunity to work with all students at Aurora and believes by working together with families a difference in a student’s life can be made. 


Hayley Lundblad, BS, Educational Lead

Hayley graduated from Shenandoah University with a degree in Psychology. Currently she is getting her master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis at Shenandoah University. Hayley is on track to graduate in December. As an undergrad Hayley volunteered at NW Works, a facility that offers employment to adults with intellectual and physical disabilities. Hayley is thrilled to work at the Aurora school; she loves working in such a positive environment and seeing the progress all of the students make.


Jenna Odeh, M.Ed, Program Director

Jenna is passionate about working with learners of all ages and developmental levels. She understands that each learner is unique and capable of learning new skills. Jenna’s education consists of receiving dual Bachelors in Family & Child Development, and Psychology from Southern Virginia University in 2017. In 2019, she received a Master of Special Education with a graduate certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis from George Mason University. Jenna is currently working toward her doctorate in Education Leadership from Liberty University. Jenna loves working with students and takes pride in helping them progress toward even the simplest goals. She knows how these accomplishments make a huge contribution to the student’s independence and self-confidence, as well as improving the family’s dynamics and quality of life.