About Our Staff
The FAC and CPP staff are a group of professionals who cover many areas of educational and therapeutic expertise. Together, they have decades of experience working with children both with and without disabilities. This promotes the highest quality programming. They have years of experience in community based instruction with children. They easily work together pulling from their areas of specialty to empower families.
For more information on each staff member click their name to learn more!
|Title / Position||Executive Director|
Email Address: Jen@camppuzzlepeace.com
When not functioning as the President and Executive Director of Camp Puzzle Peace, Jen Hackett, works for the Webster Central School District where she has worked as a special education teacher for more than two decades. Since cofounding Camp Puzzle Peace, Jen has devoted countless hours developing an organization dedicated to helping children and families facing autism. Jen specializes in children with behavioral needs and limited communication and has worked with a wide range of children on the autism spectrum and their families. Jen currently is a consulting for New York State and The Open Space Institute in the creation of a new nature trail, specialized for children with ASD, in Letchworth State Park. Her passion for empowering others is evident in her dedication to families in the community. Jen lives in Rochester, NY with her husband and two children.
|Title / Position||Director of the Family Autism Center|
Email Address: Alyce@camppuzzlepeace.com
Besides providing behavioral support for many programs offered at the Family Autism Center, Alyce is also a special education teacher in the Penfield Central School District. Alyce has recently completed all required coursework through the University of Rochester’s program in Applied Behavior Analysis and is working on her practicum before taking the national exam to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She has two children, Landon who has autism, and Kennedy who has anxiety.
Lead Swim Instructor and Waterfront Director
|Title / Position||Lead Swim Instructor and Waterfront Director|
Alex Balta has been a lifeguard and swim instructor for over twenty years. She holds certification as a Red Cross Lifeguard, CPR, First Aid, Oxygen, and Water Safety Instructor for the YMCA in Rochester. She has been lead swim instructor for the past three years at the Y, specializing in working with a wide range of children and their needs. Alex is also a classroom teacher, teaching in the elementary setting for over 14 years. She currently teaches 2nd grade in an inclusive classroom, and has previously taught grades 1-4 in a variety of nontraditional settings. Alex is certified in elementary, literacy, and special education from NYS. Teaching and swimming are her passions, and her way of changing the world! Alex lives in Rochester where she was born and raised.
|Title / Position||Music Social Skills Group Teacher|
Email Address: email@example.com
Angel is a board certified music therapist (MT-BC) with 7 years of experience working with exceptional children in a local school district. Following her bachelor's degree, she completed a masters degree with a concentration in special education and developmental disabilities. Most of her professional work is dedicated to helping children with significant and profound developmental, language/communication, behavioral, and learning disabilities to achieve personal, family and educational goals. Though much of her work occurs in an educational environment, she believes that learning life skills, social skills, and communication skills is foundational to all other skills. Angel loves all things outdoors including kayaking, camping, gardening, fishing and 4x4 trail riding. She was born and raised in the Finger Lakes and currently lives in Gates, NY with her husband, Brad, and fox-red labrador, Rusty.
|Title / Position||Art Therapist|
Sarah L. Brasse, LCAT, ATR-BC received her Master's of Science in Creative Arts Therapy from Nazareth College in Rochester, NY. She also completed her undergraduate in Psychology at Nazareth College of Rochester. Sarah has vast experience working with at-risk youth, children and adults diagnosed with psychiatric disorders, Autism, developmental delays, and those who have experienced trauma. Currently, Sarah is a Clinical Supervisor in the Art Therapy Clinic at Nazareth College and works as a consultant within the community providing individual and group art therapy to children and adults with autism spectrum disorder. Sarah has published a book with a fellow colleague titled The Art Therapist's Primer: A Clinical Guide to Writing Assessments, Diagnosis, and Treatment. She is a member of the American Art Therapy Association (AATA; www.arttherapy.org), and Treasurer for the Western New York Art Therapy Association (WNYATA; www.wnyata.com).