Our Team

Educational Consultant and Founder

Larrie Ellen Randall, M.Ed in Special Education

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 Employment Specialist Certification.

Larrie Ellen has over 35 years of experience providing a variety of services to people of all ages with developmental and complex disabilities.  She has provided direct services in public schools, Fairfax County Therapeutic Recreation and the Community Services Board.  Larrie Ellen’s expertise has been sought out and provided though training and speaking engagements to places of worship, private schools, and parent organizations across Northern Virginia. She has also served as an expert witness for several families seeking extended child support past the age of 18 for people with developmental disabilities.

Starfish Savers was born as a means of providing advocacy to families of children with complex needs and expanded to include social coaching and transition services upon realizing the lack of services in the community for people with complex challenges. As her clients grew up, Larrie Ellen moved along with them to advocate for appropriate educational services and establishing coaching services.

With her breadth of experience, she is able to successfully advocate for people with complex needs at all educational levels as well as providing individual training and support toward increased independence and confidence.   She has had the honor and privilege of  developing long-term relationships with many of her clients and their families.

Larrie Ellen is high energy and has many interests and hobbies. Her activities include Pilates, biking, swimming, gardening, crafts, sewing, walking and playing with her golden retriever, Nikki and is now learning woodworking.   She and her husband, a high school math and computer science teacher, are proud parents of two sons and two grandsons.

 

 

Community and Transition Services Coach and Advocate

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 has extensive experience in social skill instruction and implementing behavior interventions with specialized knowledge in ABA, verbal behavior, Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities. Catherine has served as the Director of Transition Coaching Services for Starfish Savers, LLC collaborating with and supporting other coaches in order to provide consistent and high quality services to all clients.   Her current role at Starfish Savers, LLC is the primary coach and support clients in social skill acquisition, independent life skills, post secondary educational support as well as providing vocational support in various work environments.  When not working, Catherine enjoys traveling and visiting new restaurants with her husband, crafting and spending time with her very-energetic puppy.

 

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!