Alex loves working with children and learning about behavior. She completed her undergraduate education at the University of Michigan, majoring in psychology, and has over a decade of experience working with children in a variety of professional settings. Alex has been at Gateway for just over two years and hopes to enter a Masters program that specializes in Applied Behavior Analysis. Most of her days are spent at Gateway, but when she is not working, Alex enjoys hiking with her dog, going to yoga, and visiting friends in Ann Arbor.
Alicia received her undergraduate degree from Saginaw Valley State University in 2013 and, upon graduation, began working as a behavior technician. She continued her education to receive a Masters degree from Ball State University in 2016 and then became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2017. Alicia got married the same year, and she and her husband welcomed a baby boy on August 2017. She is also the fur mom to her 5-year-old dog named Belle. In addition, Alicia is a cancer survivor and has been in remission since August of 2015!
Alyssa earned her undergraduate degree in Family Life Education and Early Childhood Development from Spring Arbor University. She obtained her Masters in Psychology with a concentration in ABA from Capella University in June 2017. She has worked with children in a variety of settings and, in 2015, discovered her passion for ABA when she first worked as a behavior technician. Alyssa joined Gateway in 2017 as a Behavior Consultant. She is currently studying for the BCBA certification exam and is the President for Capella University’s ABA Club.
Amanda earned her Bachelors degree in education from Central Michigan University and earned a Masters of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University. She has worked with children in several settings including schools, daycares, and has been in the applied behavior analysis field since 2010.
Anna attended Wayne State University where she earned a degree in Special Education including certifications in Cognitive Impairment and Elementary Education. She completed several internships in schools with a variety of students, from general education kindergarten to moderate cognitive impairment high school classrooms. Anna found her home at Gateway in late 2015 as a behavioral technician and developed a great love of working with children and their families. She now serves as a Clinical Development & Strategy Manager. A dream of hers is to one day write a series of children’s books for those with special needs.
Born and raised in Tucson, Ashley attended the University of Arizona and graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences. Upon graduating she spent the next 6 years in Miami, FL where she was introduced to the world of ABA. During this time, Ashley worked at multiple centers, providing ABA therapy and serving as a Speech Pathologist Assistant. Ashley moved to Michigan in 2016 and soon became a part of the Gateway team. In 2017, she took on the position of Assistant Quality Control Manager.
Ashley received her Bachelors degree in Neuroscience from Central Michigan University, where she assisted with research to develop new therapies for individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury. She completed her Masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism at Ball State University. Ashley has worked with children with autism and other developmental disabilities in a variety of settings, from schools and clinics to teaching tennis and horseback riding.
Brittaney Johnson completed her undergraduate career at Bowling Green State University. She received her Masters degree from Oakland University in Special Education with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2017. Her experience in clinical and in-home settings has given her a strong background in behavior therapy and has worked in the field of ABA for more than 7 years.
Brittaney enjoys meeting new people and taking on new experiences. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, shopping and eating.
Caroline attended college at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington where she obtained a B.A. in Spanish and a K-12 teaching license. After undergrad, Caroline accepted a position to implement a foreign language program at a private school, but found herself drawn to the children who were struggling. She later began graduate studies at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where she received a Masters of Education in Early Childhood Intervention and Family Support. Caroline moved to Michigan and started her journey at Gateway as a Behavior Technician in 2015. Caroline completed her Applied Behavior Analysis courses through Penn State and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2017. She currently serves as the position of Ombudsman for Gateway.
Christina finished her undergraduate education in 2004 and her graduate training in 2007 at Western Michigan University, an institution well known for its distinguished contributions to behavioral psychology. She completed her Masters thesis under the esteemed Dr. Richard Malott, world-renowned for his research on autism.
Christina has spent over a decade practicing as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and gained extensive experience in diverse clinical settings. She serves as Adjunct Professor of Behavior Analysis at Oakland University. She presented at the ABAI conference in Paris, France in November 2017.
Her incredible passion for children and families affected by ASD and deep expertise of behavioral science has been embedded in Gateway’s philosophy for providing the highest level of care to its clients.
Claire lived in Windsor, Ontario, before moving to Michigan in 2008. She received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Wayne State University in 2012 and went on to complete her Masters of Education in Foundations Applied Behavior Analysis at the University of Cincinnati. Claire worked as an ABA technician for several years before earning her certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2016.
Dale Murphy has a passion for helping people and has worked in various positions in the medical field before working for Gateway. In 2013 she became a Certified Medical Administrative Assistant and learned she had a passion for medical billing and coding. She has extensive experience in this field, from rehab to private insurance to Medicaid. She is looking forward to growing as team member and becoming more knowledgable in her field as she works at Gateway.
Danielle received a B.S. from the University of Michigan’s School of Kinesiology where she majored in Movement Science. After graduation, she took worked as an ABA therapist and fell in love with the field. Danielle then returned to school and received an M.A. from Western Michigan University in Behavior Analysis with an emphasis in autism and organizational behavior management in April 2017. While at Western Michigan University, she gained experience teaching in a general education classroom under the supervision of Dr. Denise Ross. She also worked at the Kalamazoo Autism Center with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder between the ages of 2 and 16-years-old, under the supervision of Dr. Dick Malott and Dr. Kelly Kohler. Finally, she gained experience as a behavior consultant for Van Buren Intermediate School District under the supervision of Dr. Jessica Frieder. Danielle became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in May 2017.
Drue earned her Bachelors in Child Development with a minor in Speech Pathology from Central Michigan University. After undergrad, she worked as a behavior technician for 2 years and fell in love with the field of ABA. She earned her Masters in Special Education from Oakland University and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2017. Drue lives in Waterford, Michigan and some of her favorite things to do are reading on her hammock and going to Red Wings games.
Liz received a B.A. in Psychology with a concentration in Human Services in 2013 from Albion College and went on to Oakland University where she received a M.Ed. in Special Education with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis. She became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2017. She worked with early intervention, teenagers, and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities in her practicum placements through Oakland University. Liz lives in Clarkston and spends her free time reading, coaching softball, and walking her dog.
Erica attended Wayne State University where she obtained her undergraduate degree in Psychology and graduate degree in Educational Psychology. She began working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis as a behavior technician in June 2013. Since then she has transitioned into a Behavioral Consultant position, supervising and overseeing a variety of cases. Erica currently lives in Roseville with her husband, Drew, and two dogs, Brady and Bella.
Franklin was born in Dearborn, Michigan, and also lived in Rochester and Madison Heights. He has one daughter (Mollie) and a Miniature Dachshund (Penny). Franklin received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Oakland University, and went on to earn a Masters in Social Work with a focus on child, school and family therapy. Franklin received additional training in behavior analysis at the University of West Florida before earning his BCBA certification. Franklin’s experience working with children, teens, and adults with autism includes previous roles as a Community Living Support worker and a Behavior Intervention Specialist. In May of 2015, Franklin began working as a BCBA, conducting assessments, developing treatment plans, and supervising direct therapy. He now serves as a Clinical Director.
Gino graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and is currently working on earning his Masters degree. While attending CMU, he completed the BCaBA coursework and gained his credentials in May 2017. He has a total of 7 years of experience in the field of ABA. He has also attended multiple conferences, including the Behavior Analysis Association of Michigan Conference and Association for Behavior Analysis International Conference, which broadened his knowledge of ABA therapy. Gino was born and raised in Dearborn, MI.
Haley graduated from Norwich University in Vermont in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She has always been very close with her family, including her oldest sister on the autism spectrum. Discovering that nursing wasn’t her true passion, Haley found she wanted to help individuals who were struggling as her sister did growing up. After graduating, she began working in the behavioral therapy field in Vermont with individuals ages 13-21 on the Autism Spectrum. Haley then moved to Michigan, where she continued gaining experience as a Senior Technician and Trainer, focusing on early intervention. Haley completed her BCaBA coursework through Florida Institute of Technology and received BCaBA certification in 2017 and began working with Gateway later that year.
Iliriana is the oldest of six children, born in Washington state, and raised in southeast Michigan. She enjoys spending time with her family, the outdoors and yoga. Iliriana is one of the Facility Managers at the Bingham Farms clinic. She helps ensure the facility is in good working order and prepared to meet all staff and client needs. She is dedicated to helping maintain a clean, safe, and fun environment for all our kiddos! She was formerly a Behavior Technician and has been a Gateway team member since January 2016.
After completing his Bachelors degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at Western Michigan University, Jake went on to complete a Masters degree at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. There, he gained experience as a paraprofessional, working with high school aged students with Autism. Additionally, he provided in-home therapy and worked at a living and working community for individuals with varying diagnoses. Jake earned his BCBA certification in 2017. Jake became a BCBA because of his passion for ABA and believes that behavior analysis can provide the greatest opportunity for individuals to reach their highest potential.
Jamie completed her undergraduate degree at Grand Valley State University in Psychology, and went on to earn a Masters of Social Work from Wayne State University. Her prior experience includes providing social work services to children (K-6) in a school setting and providing individual counseling and group therapy at a psychiatric hospital. Shortly after earning her MSW, Jamie began working at Gateway, where she found a passion for behavioral analysis and working with children diagnosed with autism. Jamie is working towards a Masters of Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis. Her goal is to achieve her BCBA certification.
Jennifer received her Bachelors in Psychology from Eastern Michigan University with a minor in Health Nutrition and her Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University. She worked under Dr. Lajiness, whose research focused on an intensive study for early detection of autism in babies through brain signals. In addition, her research involved creating an easy-to-use app for parents to complete behavior-related surveys. Jennifer serves as a Behavior Consultant at Gateway’s Bingham Farms clinic.
In 2014, Jesse completed his undergraduate education at Wayne State University in Detroit, graduating with a B.S. in psychology. His interest in ABA began that same year, when Jesse was hired as the Gateway’s first behavior technician. Through this position, Jesse developed a passion for working with children on the autism spectrum. He completed his graduate program in behavior analysis at Western Michigan University in 2017.
Kaitlyn graduated from the University of Toledo in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and went on to earn a master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at Southern Illinois University. While attending SIU, Kaitlyn provided intensive parent training, consulted for schools, and volunteered at an autism clinic. She worked as a vocational case manager for young adults with various disabilities to help teach them independent living skills and job readiness. She has additional experience providing behavior consulting to older adults. In graduate school, Kaitlyn conducted research on the effectiveness of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), focusing on interview skills in young adults with intellectual disabilities.
Kimberly completed a Bachelors degree in Psychology and a minor in Theatre at Wayne State University, and went on to earn a Masters degree in Education. She is currently completing an internship at WSU, pursuing a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology to become a therapist with a focus in couples counseling. She has several years of experience in children services, including as a Behavior Technician and in rehabilitation services. She thoroughly enjoys working with children and young adults and intends to further her education to specialize in children services. In her role as Training Coordinator, Kimberly focuses on implementation of ABA curriculum to new Behavior Technicians and continued skill development of all Behavior Technicians at Gateway.
Kirstie attended The University of Michigan Dearborn where she graduated with honors, receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Criminal Justice. Throughout undergrad she spent time as a prevention specialist, working to spread awareness and educate youth who suffer from issues with substance abuse. Kirstie joined the Gateway team in July 2016 working as a Behavioral Technician and then took on the position of Lead Trainer at Gateway’s Dearborn clinic. Kirstie grew up in Brooklyn, Michigan where she spent time volunteering with children with developmental disabilities. She has always had a passion for improving the lives of children and has worked closely with them for the past 7 years.
Lauren completed her undergraduate education at Wayne State University, earning degrees in English and Psychology. She then began a career as a Rehabilitation Technician working with patients recovering from and learning to adapt to traumatic brain injuries. After looking further into careers relating to human behavior, Lauren encountered ABA therapy and applied for a position as a Behavior Technician before returning to her alma mater for graduate school. Lauren earned a Masters of Education with a Concentration in Applied Behavioral Analysis in 2016 and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst later that same year.
Leah completed her Bachelor’s degree at Western Michigan University, where she dual-majored in speech pathology & audiology and general psychology. During this time, she found a passion for working with children with developmental disabilities. From there, Leah pursued a Master’s degree in behavioral psychology with an emphasis in autism and organizational behavioral management. Throughout graduate school, Leah was responsible for managing the training of new practicum students, while also gaining experience in working in an ECSE classroom. She received her BCBA certification in 2017.
Lisa grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with her mom, dad, and four siblings. Growing up in a big family taught her so much about loving, caring, listening and encouraging other people. Lisa has always had a passion for working with children. She loves their simplicity, honesty, and pure love for others. Lisa chose to attend Calvin College and pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation, but sought something different after graduation. She began working with children on the autism spectrum as a Recreation Therapist in a residential facility. On her team was a BCBA who taught Lisa about behavior analysis. She discovered a passion for ABA therapy, and started working at a clinic in April 2014. She received her master’s degree in ABA from the University of Cincinnati in 2016, after which she went on to earn her BCBA certification. She serves as the Clinical Director at Gateway’s Lansing clinic.
Lisa received a B.A. in Psychology and went on to obtain an M.A. in Education with a concentration in Mental Health Counseling. She holds a Limited License Professional Counselor (LLPC) certification and has counseling experience working with children, adolescents and adults. Her interest in working with children with special needs was sparked by working as a healthcare aide in a school setting. Lisa’s dream was always to work with young children, and after starting with Gateway in June 2015, began to pursue a career in ABA. She recently earned her graduate certificate in Behavior Analysis at Oakland University in 2017 and looks forward to becoming a BCBA to further enrich the lives of the children she works with.
Mallory graduated from Western Michigan University in 2013 with a Bachelors degree in Psychology. After participating in a practicum focusing on applying ABA principles to working with children with autism, Mallory decided that she wanted to advance her career within this field. She began working as a Behavior Technician and went on to obtain a graduate degree through Arizona State University. After graduating, Mallory began working at Gateway Pediatric Therapy as a Behavior Consultant. Since then, she has had the pleasure of working with many different families and children and is motivated daily to continue challenging herself and assist them to further each child’s progress.
Megan started her undergraduate degree at Saginaw Valley State University with a focus in Occupational Therapy in 2009. However, after taking several courses she decided to switch her major to Psychology and started taking psychology and sociology courses at Oakland University. Megan graduated from Oakland University in 2013 and went on to earn a Masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Arizona State University. Megan has worked in the field of ABA for several years and is currently studying to take the BCBA certification exam. Before working in this field, Megan worked as a nanny and a caregiver for adults and children with special needs.
Meredith received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Grand Valley State University. After becoming a behavior technician in 2015, she found a passion for working with children with autism. Afterwards, Meredith completed her Masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism at Ball State University. She has worked with children with autism and other developmental disabilities in a variety of setting such as hospitals, schools, clinics, and summer camps.
Morgan graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology, and a minor in Communication Studies. Morgan has been working as a behavior technician with individuals on the autism spectrum since 2014, and has worked as a research assistant during her undergraduate studies analyzing behavior-based safety in a workplace environment. Morgan functions as Gateway’s Quality Control Manager, and has been an employee since September 2015. She hopes to continue her education in Behavioral Health Management and eventually pursue a doctoral degree.
Morgan received her a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education from Central Michigan University and went on to earn a teaching certificate. After working as a behavior technician and realizing that she enjoyed working with children on a more individual basis, Morgan entered a graduate program in Applied Behavior Analysis through the University of Cincinnati. She started worked at Gateway since March 2017 and passed her BCBA certification exam later that year. She is now serving as a BCBA at the company.
Musaab was born in Karachi, Pakistan and moved to Chicago with his parents when he was three. His family later moved to Michigan, which has been his home ever since. Musaab briefly attended Oakland University, in Rochester Hills, MI, before transferring to the University of Michigan. He has interned at various corporations in the automotive and health insurance industries and is passionate about using technology to help businesses operate efficiently and deliver exceptional service to their clients.
He is currently finishing up his B.A. in Economics with a minor in Statistics at the LSA College at U of M.
Nora obtained her undergraduate degree from Western Michigan University and is advancing toward a Master’s degree in Education, with a focus in Applied Behavior Analysis. During undergrad, she worked closely with children of all backgrounds and began volunteering in after-school programs. Her experiences led Nora to her passion for working with autistic children. In November 2015, Nora began working as a Behavior Technician at Gateway Pediatric Therapy and is now a Clinical Development & Strategy Manager.
Olivia is a Michigan native who loves baking, gardening and spending time with her husband and two dogs. Olivia has worked in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis with Gateway Pediatric Therapy since 2015. She began working with Gateway as a Behavior Technician, went on to serve as a clinical manager, and is now the Director of Clinical Development & Strategy. She completed her Masters in Educational Psychology with a concentration in ABA from Wayne State University in 2017.
As an undergrad at Wayne State University, Paula majored in Psychology Honors with a focus on social-developmental psychology. There, she heard about ABA for the first time while volunteering at a psychology lab on campus. Paula later earned her Masters degree from Western Michigan University, where she served as a teaching assistant, representative, and mentor for other graduate students. As a practitioner, Paula specializes in training technicians and teaching play skills to children aged 3-7. She earned her BCBA certification in 2017. .
Rachel is the Director of Clinical Operations where she focuses on new client relationships, community partnerships, strategic development and analysis and the overall functionality of Gateway Clinical Operations. Rachel attended the University of Mary Washington, earning a B.S. in Biology. She later attended Western Michigan University for her Masters of Arts in Behavior Analysis, and was a member of the Golden Key Honor Society all while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. Her main area of study is in developing and shaping meaningful functional communication skills and examining their relationship with problem behavior.
Reem received her BA in psychology from Ohio State University and has been with Gateway since early 2016. She’ll gladly assist you at the front desk with your questions, or will refer you to the appropriate administrative or clinical personnel. Additionally she is often working on designing therapy materials and building learning tools for our clients. Reem has a passion for balancing work, family & maintaining a healthy lifestyle. She enjoys bike rides with her family, & spending time outdoors.
Roxanne attended Western Michigan University where she obtained her bachelors in behavioral psychology and double majored in sociology. There, she participated in an autism practicum and completed her honors thesis through the behavioral research supervisory system. Roxanne then moved to Metro Detroit where she began working at Gateway, and later earned her master’s degree in behavior analysis at Western Michigan University in 2017. Since joining the team in June 2015, Roxanne has created and conducted staff training and is part of both the clinical and administrative teams. Roxanne enjoys educating and supporting others in the field as well as utilizing her skills to aid in the success of development in children’s lives.
Sam attended Western Michigan University and graduated with a dual major in Psychology and Criminal Justice. To further pursue her passion for the science of behavior, Sam attended The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, graduating in 2012 with a Masters of Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis. Throughout graduate school, Sam participated in practicum sites offering experiences with individuals of varying ages with developmental disabilities. She then began a career in Georgia working for a school district as a Behavioral Specialist and Special Education Supervisor for six years. Sam became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2014, and has been with Gateway since July 2015. She is Vice President of Clinical Operations at Gateway’s Macomb clinic.
Shannon was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan and graduated from Western Michigan University with a B.S. in Behavior Analysis. She then earned an M.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis, under the world-renowned autism and ABA researcher Dr. Richard Malott, from the same institution. She moved to the Metro Detroit area in 2017 and became a part of the Gateway team. Shannon enjoys running and cooking in her free time.
Shayna earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, with a concentration in Criminal Justice from Central Michigan University. She finished her Masters of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University in July 2017. Shayna has been in the field of applied behavior analysis since 2014 and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2017. Shayna was raised on the thumb of Michigan and moved to Metro Detroit in 2014 and enjoys sports, activities, and any type of competition. She has a dog named Chloe, who is super spoiled!
Stephanie graduated from Eastern University of Puerto Rico and earned a Master’s degree in Bilingual Education. She later completed her Behavior Analysis course work at the University of North Texas. She worked as a Bilingual Educator from grades k/9 for the Department of Education of Puerto Rico before she found her passion for helping children diagnosed with Autism as a Behavior Technician. Her main desire is to guide parents to achieve a sense empowerment and happiness.
Taylor received her Masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis with an emphasis in autism and organizational behavior management at Western Michigan University, under the supervision of Dr. Dick Malott. At WMU, she completed her practicum experience in an early childhood special education classroom, working primarily with 2-5 year olds on the spectrum. She received her certification as a BCBA in 2017. Taylor’s primary area of interest is early intervention, particularly in the area of prerequisite skills needed to be successful in learning environments.
Tonka is the Human Resource and Development Manager at Gateway. She is dedicated to advancing the futures and lives of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Tonka graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. As an undergraduate student, she has conducted research with adolescents at risk for depression and began her career in ABA therapy. She is currently pursuing an MA in Clinical Psychology with an ABA concentration.
Tori always knew she wanted to work with children with special needs since her cousin was born with Down syndrome. Tori spent time volunteering at her high school and church working with individuals with DS, autism and other developmental challenges. After receiving a Bachelors in Psychology from the University of Michigan in 2011, she moved to Boston to work at a residential facility for children and adolescents with autism. While in Boston, Tori realized her passion to pursue a career in ABA and decided to move back to Michigan in 2013 to begin a graduate program at Wayne State University. She received her Masters in Education while completing practicum coursework at an early intervention center in Macomb. In 2014, Tori received her BCBA certification and began working in-home with clients in Oakland and Macomb counties before joining Gateway in June 2017.
Tyler holds a Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology from Madonna University and has an extensive psychodynamic background. He often utilizes an eclectic approach with empirically-based therapeutic interventions to facilitate growth in treatment. Currently, he is a temporary limited licensed psychologist in the state of Michigan. Throughout his time as a psychologist, he has specialized in the psychological treatment and assessment of children, adolescents, and families. His clinical experience includes working with individuals who struggle with depression, anxiety, trauma, interpersonal relationships, as well as working with developmental and behavioral disorders/concerns.
Victoria attended the University of Detroit Mercy where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in Addiction Studies. She was involved in the professional psychology fraternity, Psi Chi, and served as President for the group during her senior year. Throughout her college career, Victoria volunteered with Girls on the Run, where she worked to empower girls and help them train for a 5k race. Victoria has been working in ABA as a technician since October 2013, and then later took on the position of Lead Trainer for Gateway since 2017.
Victoria attended the University of Oklahoma where she obtained her Bachelors degree in Psychology. She went on to complete her Masters degree in Wellness Management-Health Studies at the University of Central Oklahoma. Her graduate work focused on corporate wellness, health interventions and human resources in both private and public sectors. Victoria relocated to Michigan in 2015 and joined the Gateway team soon thereafter.
Whitney received her Bachelors degree in Psychology from Wayne State University and has been a registered behavioral therapist for several years. As a child, Whitney knew she wanted to work with the special needs population when her grandparents adopted eight children, all of whom have physical disabilities and cognitive impairments. Whitney found her passion for ABA therapy years ago and has loved every moment ever since. She has plans to attend grad school in order to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in the future.