Our Team

Larrie Ellen Randall, M.Ed in Special Education

Founder and CEO

Larrie Ellen Randall earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary and Special Education at Rhode Island College and her Master’s degree in early childhood Special Education at George Mason University.  She has additional intensive training in assistive technology, TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autism and Communication disabled Children) PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System), and Non-violent Crisis Intervention Certification and Employment Specialist Certification.

Larrie Ellen has over 30 years of experience providing life, social and behavior skills training to people of all ages with developmental and complex disabilities.  She combines her knowledge of ABA theory with an emphasis on positive behavioral supports, task analysis, keen observation skills, and specified training.  Larrie Ellen has a strong knowledge of IDEA regulations and guidelines and works across a wide variety of settings including school, therapeutic recreation, group homes and places of employment.  With her breadth of experience, she is able to successfully advocate for people with complex needs at all educational levels while developing long term relationships with many of her clients.

Starfish Savers, founded by Larrie Ellen in 1996, specializes in serving people with “Complex Needs” including Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, developmental disabilities and various combinations of other disorders.

Larrie Ellen is high energy and her other interests include exercise, gardening, crafts and sewing, and singing in her church band.  She and her husband, a high school math and computer science teacher, are proud parents of two sons; an elementary experiential school teacher and a CPA.  Starfish Savers was born as a means of providing advocacy to families of children with complex needs.  She expanded Starfish Savers to include social coaching and transition services upon realizing the lack of services in the community for people with complex challenges.  Larrie Ellen was active on the board of the Autism Society of Northern Virginia and participated on the Young Adult sub-committee of the Long Term Care Coordinating Council in Fairfax County to help determine appropriate services for people on the autism spectrum.

 

STARFISH SAVERS’ CONSULTANTS

DIRECTOR OF TRANSITION & COMMUNITY CLIENT SERVICES

Catherine Falk, Bachelor of Psychology; Master of Applied Behavior Analysis

 

Catherine joined Starfish Savers, LLC in August 2015.  She graduated magna cum laude from The Catholic University of America with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and earned her Master’s degree in applied behavior analysis (ABA) from Northeastern University in August 2016.  Catherine comes to Starfish Savers, LLC with specialized knowledge in ABA, verbal behavior, Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities.  She also has extensive experience in social skill instruction and implementing behavior interventions.  Her current role at Starfish Savers, LLC is to aid clients in social skill acquisition as well as providing vocational support in various work environments.  When not working, Catherine enjoys traveling, visiting new restaurants, crafting and spending time with her very-energetic puppy.

 

 

DIRECTOR OF CAREER COUNSELING & EMPLOYMENT SERVICES

Kari LaBell,

 Ed.S., Doctorate of Special Education

 

Kari joined Starfish Savers in March 2017 after retiring from 42 years in the public education system where she served as a special education teacher, transition teacher, vocational evaluator, and an educational diagnostician.  She earned her Bachelor’s in Special Education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, her Master’s at George Mason University, and her doctorate in Special Education Transition and Vocational Assessment at George Washington University as an Educational Specialist (Ed. S.).  In addition to her 42 years of experience in the field, Kari is fluent in Spanish and provides educational and vocational testing, transition counseling, coaching services, and advocacy in both languages. In her free time, Kari enjoys reading, knitting, re-enacting the colonial era, and caring for her Haflinger Horses.

 

STARFISH SAVERS’ TRANSITION SUPPORT SPECIALISTS

Tyrone Mathewson, M. Ed. School Psychologist

Tyrone joined Starfish Savers in January of 2009.  Tyrone is a full-time certified school psychologist at a public day school serving students with complex needs.  He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Sociology from Towson University and his masters at Long Island University.  Tyrone has 13 years of experience working with all ages in crisis management.  His areas of expertise include conflict resolution, behavior intervention and interpersonal skills training.  Tyrone brings his broad experience, training, calm manner, compassion and humor to each client with whom he works to strengthen self-esteem and skills sets.  He stays busy spending time with his family, but when he has some free time he enjoys sports of all kinds, especially basketball.  He is currently pursuing a PhD in Advanced Studies in Human Behavior from Capella University.

 

 

Luke Delaney, Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, Special Education Minor

Luke joined Starfish Savers in 2016.  He was born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia.  He received a degree in Sociology with a Special Education minor from James Madison University.  Luke taught Physical Education for 12 years to children of preschool age through 8th grade at an elementary school he attended as a kid.  He has coached various competitive and noncompetitive activities with a focus on sportsmanship and a love of physical fitness.  He also previously worked as a one-on-one assistant at St. Coletta of Greater Washington, instructing and supporting students with daily living skills along with emotional and social needs.  Luke recently moved to Ashburn, Virginia and is a stay-at-home dad to two young boys.  In his free time, he loves fishing, spending time with family, and supporting Washington sports teams.

 

Francesca Rand, Masters of English

Francesca graduated from Canisius College with a Bachelor’s degree in English and Buffalo State College with a Master’s in English.  She joined Starfish Savers, LLC in January of 2017.  Her role at Starfish Savers, LLC is to teach social and adaptive skills and motivate individuals with Autism spectrum and other complex disorders.  Her purpose as a teacher, tutor, and coach is to create a nurturing environment for growth and learning.  She believes that we all deserve the opportunity to discover and share our unique and special gifts no matter how many challenges we face.

 

 

 

Nikki Randall

This is Nikki who brings joy and calm to clients when they are interested. She enjoys playing with her ball, going on walks and giving cuddles. But her favorite activity is swimming in ponds, lakes, rivers, or even a pool…as long as you throw a ball!