Our founding member Cheryl Ashley's and her team. Cheryl’s role as Executive Director is to develop business, maintain the administrative portion of the organization as well as to manage the staff.


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Brie Carter

Founder & Executive Director - Cheryl Ashley 

As a mother of 3 grown children one of which was diagnosed with a neurobehavioral diagnosis as a child, Cheryl knows all too well the strength and love needed to raise a special needs child. Very early on in her families journey Cheryl met an OT who was the inspiration behind Cheryl's drive to learn as much as possible to help her daughter Natalie be her best self.

With over 20 years' experience, Cheryl has been a Foster Mother, Respite care staff, Family Support worker having done 10 years working on Child Protection cases, Family Support Agency Manager and Regional Manager. At the age of 29, with 3 small children at home, Cheryl attended Mount Alison University studying Psychology and Sociology as well as obtained several certifications in areas such as ABA, Autism, Resolving Human Conflict, Nonviolent crisis intervention, Fetal Alcohol and other Neurobehavioral conditions just to name a few.

Above everything Cheryl is a mother, with great passion for families living with a loved one who has special needs, Cheryl goes above and beyond to support her families and her staff to provide the best service possible to her clients.

The decision to start a Non Profit organization was an easy one for Cheryl as it was the best way to be able to reach as many people as possible in the community who are struggling, "ordinary families living through extraordinary circumstances".  Her goal is to be able to raise enough funds to be able to offer services to families free of charge and to support them through challenging times.


Community Outreach Staff - Brie Carter 

Brie Carter recently joined the Nicholas’ Hope team as a Community Outreach Worker in early September 2020.

Brie's previous work and life experiences have taught her to be empathetic, calm and to advocate for her clients needs. This has allowed her to better assist her clients as well as their families.

Graduating top of her class in 2016 from Oultons college Child and Youth Care program, Brie's goal is to provide compassion, understanding and support to both the youth and families when dealing with day to day necessities.

In her spare time you will find Brie spending time outside adventuring or cozyied up inside watching movies and doing crafts with her son.

Tristen Petitpas
Caitlyn Girouard-Landry

 Registed Behavior Technician & Team Lead- Tristen Petitpas

Tristen Petitpas is a Community Outreach Specialist and Director of Operations for Nicholas Hope Family Services Inc.

Tristen is a Child and Youth Care with Addictions graduate with over 4 years experience in the field and is currently in the process of obtaining her Registered Behaviour Technician certification.

Tristen has a true passion for helping individuals with special needs that traces back to her childhood. Her family life is the reason she is a part of this field, growing up with her older sister who was diagnosed with Autism and living with foster kids most of her life.

Now a mother of her own child, 3 year old Alexis, Tristen is even more committed to supporting families in our community.


Community Outreach Staff - Caitlyn Girouard-Landry

Caitlyn Girouard-Landry is a Child and Youth care worker, graduated in 2018 from Fulton college. Caitlyn has received many certificates in areas such as; Non-Violent Crisis Intervetion, Fetal alcohol syndrome, ASIST, etc.

Even though Caitlyn has not been in the field long, she has always had the need to help others, even at a early age. Caitlyn became interested in the field when she took the human services course in high school, and fell In love with this line of work right away.

Caitlyn has volunteered in many programs working with kids with exceptionalities, and has gained confidence, empathy and patients working with others. Caitlyn has been working with Nicholas hope family services since May 2019.

Alisha Hassan
Katrina Drost

Board Certified Behavior Analyst - Alisha Hassan

Alisha began working in social skills groups for children with autism over 20 years ago. She has been blessed to work from the ground up starting as an Autism Support Worker all the way to a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

Her education and experience combines three worlds: Speech Therapy, ABA, and Developmental Disabilities. Her focus has always been play-based therapies that teach positive life-skills!

Her passion has always been to be part of a team that helps build strong foundation stones for individuals with special needs so they can grow and develop into their fullest potential!


Community Outreach Staff - Katrina Drost

Katrina joined the NHFS team in August of 2021. She graduated from Crandall University in the Spring of 2021 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Counselling and Providence Theological Seminary. She hopes to work as a Child and Adolescent counsellor in the future.

Katrina has years of experience with kids- being the oldest child of 4, and also working as a summer camp counsellor for 4 years. This is her first time in a community outreach position, and working one-on-one with neuro-divergent kiddos, and she is loving it! Some of her favorite activities to do with clients are nature walks in Moncton's many parks, going to the library, or a movie afternoon at the office.

In her free time you'll find Katrina hiking (in Fundy and lots of other beautiful places), skating/snowshoeing, camping, reading a book in a cozy café, or playing music. Fun fact: she plays three instruments, the most recent of which is the Ukulele.

Dr. Farzana Sohel
Tricia Ellington

Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) - Dr. Farzana Sohel

Dr Farzana Sohel has worked with children and youth in various fields for more than 7 years, from multidiscipline hospital to medical school in her home country Bangladesh. She earned her Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (2003) (Bangladesh) and a Fellowship from Bangladesh College of Physicians and Surgeons (2011).

From there she has gathered experience in areas such as crisis intervention, problem solving, teaching, and training staff. She has organized and planned student events as an Assistant Professor cum Academic Coordinator. She first became interested in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis when she got the opportunity to work with an ASD client as an ABA Assistant under a BCBA in Fredericton, NB in November 2020. She saw the impact that ABA services had in the life of child and family, which inspired her to continue her education in ABA. She got her RBT (Registered Behavior Technician) certification on August 2021. She has been working with ASD clients of different age groups (4-13 years ) at different settings from individual to family, group home and community. Her professional interests include social skills training, verbal behavior, and helping to improve family communication.

Her goal is to establish and enhance socially important behaviors which could include academic, social, communication, and daily living skills. She is currently working towards her University of Calfornia, Santa Barbara, UCSB PaCE Applied Behavior Analysis 5th Edition Certificate program and plans on becoming a BCBA near future.


Community Outreach Staff - Tricia Ellington

Tricia is a 35-year-old who started with Nicholas Hope team as a Community Outreach Worker early March 2021.

Tricia previously worked in addiction for six years.

Tricia is a mother of a 14-year-old girl who has Mild Intellectual Disorder, ADHD, and anxiety. My daughter is my pride and joy. She is currently a client of Nicholas Hope. My experience comes from raising my child.

Tricia loves to spend time with her family, cooking and baking in her spare time. Also, she is always willing to learn new things.

Tricia is a dependable, dedicated, hardworking and passionate person. She is an incredibly quiet and shy person but when she is around youth, she loves making them happy. Tricia loves making a difference in youth life in the community and putting smiles on their faces.

Gerry Pellerin
Troy Best

Community Outreach Staff - Gerry Pellerin

Gerry Pellerin is a Community Outreach Worker who has been with Nicholas’s Hope Family Services Inc. since its inception.

Gerry is a college graduate from the Policing and Corrections class with a specialization in Security, with training in NVCI, FAS and ABA. Gerry has over three years experience working with youth from all types of backgrounds and diagnosis.

Gerry is a caring, outgoing and passionate member of our team. When Gerry is not at work he is spending his free time playing a multitude of sports and spending time with his family.


Director of Business Development & Community Outreach Staff - Troy Best, CYCW

I have 20 years experience working and training in the field of Child and Youth Care, specializing in Behavior Management.

I was also an instructor for the CYCW, ECE and Policing and Corrections programs for Oulton College from 2002-2009.

Certified trainer in:

  • CPR/ First Aid
  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention
  • Client Handling
  • Changing Minds mental health awareness program
  • Personal Care Aide

Graduated from Success College in 2000 with high honors from the CYCW course. Extensive experience in working with at-risk youth, as well as training in various fields. Served as Brand Ambassador for We Care and CBI Home Health from 2016-2018.

Matt Climenhage
Brittney Wood

Community Outreach Staff - Matt Climenhage

Matt Climenhage is a Community Support Worker who joined NHFS in August of 2020 after graduating from the Child and Youth Care program with Honours at Oulton College.

In his spare time you will find Matt playing guitar, going for hikes and spending time with friends and family.

Matt is also a full time Education Assistant at the school district. Using his experience from the school setting and extensive training in behaviour analysis, Matt looks forward to to making a difference in the lives of the youth in our community.

Community Outreach Staff - Brittney Wood

Brittney Wood joined the Nicholas’ Hope team in January 2021 as a Community Outreach Worker.

She graduated from the Criminology diploma program at Eastern college and later decided to further her education in the field and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology. While obtaining her BA, she also minored in Psychology. She is also certified in First Aid.

Brittney is also an officer with the cadet program, specializing in instructing youth.

Annie Keating
Malissa Smith

Community Outreach Staff - Annie Keating

Annie Keating has been a Community Outreach Worker with NHFS since January of 2021.

Annie graduated with a Psychology degree from Mount Allison University in 2021 and is currently pursuing her Bachelors of Education at Crandall University with plans to obtain a Masters of Education in Exceptional Learners. She is also working toward her Registered Behaviour Technician certification.

Annie has been working with children within a variety of capacities since 2013 including coaching sports, swimming lessons, and daycares. Annie is passionate about her work and helping those who need a little extra support.


Community Outreach Staff - Melissa Smith

Graduate of Eastern College - Child and youth services 2009 & UNB- Autism intervention- 2013

Worked in corrections for a year after completion of college unfortunately wasn’t the right balance for my family at the time.

That is when I had found the job as a family support worker. The job lead to many opportunities including furthering my education and training in NVCI, ASSIST, FAD, mental health, completed my RBT training, cultural training and a multitude of others. I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to grow with the team and became team lead, team mentor and later a house manager for individuals enrolled in the Independent living program.

After working in the field for 11 years both with an agency and privately for families I embarked on the opportunity to work for the School district as an EA. In 2017 I started as an EA with the school district and worked privately for families after my school hours. In 2020 I decided to join the NHFS team as my second job :)

Stephanie Iverson
Sarah MacKenzie

Community Outreach Staff - Stephanie Iverson

Stephanie joined the NHFS team in October of 2021.

Stephanie graduated top of her class from the Personal Support Worker program in 2008 and the Registered Practical Nursing program in 2015. Stephanie has 6 years experience working as a nurse, helping individuals during difficult times in their lives. Stephanie’s previous work and life experiences has shaped her into a compassionate, patient, empathetic individual with the avidity to help and support families.

Being a mother of 3 children, it has given her invaluable knowledge working with families. Stephanie has always had the desire to help others. Stephanie is passionate about learning and looks for every opportunity to further her knowledge.

In her spare time, you’ll find Stephanie spending time with her family, watching movies, taking care of her pets, baking and cooking.


Community Outreach Staff - Sarah MacKenzie

Sarah is a university graduate from Mount Saint Vincent University as well as college graduate in human services, with training in NVCI, FAS, ABA, behaviour intervention, and many mental and physical aspects.

Sarah has over ten years experience working with youth from all types of backgrounds and diagnosis.

In her spare time she can be found spending time with her kids and grandkids, roller skating, crocheting and reffing for the local roller derby team.



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