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.
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.
Amy earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Substance Abuse Training in 2014 from the University of Michigan-Flint. In 2015, Amy obtained a position as a behavioral health technician with a local company where she fell in love with the field of ABA. Amy went on to earn her Master’s of Education in Applied Behavior Analysis with an emphasis on Autism in 2018 from Ball State University, and plans to sit for her BCBA in spring of 2019. In her free time, Amy enjoys spending time with her husband, daughters, and granddaughter; and any activity which involves being near or on our beautiful Great Lakes.
Andrew is a licensed and board-certified occupational therapist who graduated from Western
Michigan University in December 2014. Andrew has a wide range of experience in various
pediatric direct care and medical settings both within and outside the field of occupational
therapy. Before graduating, Andrew worked as a respite caregiver at a Community Mental
Health setting serving the pediatric population and as a child trauma assessment technician
who administered and assisted in the process of diagnosing developmental delays and
disorders. Andrew also has experience with outpatient pediatrics during his clinical fieldwork
experience where he assessed, planned and provided occupational therapy treatment to clients
with a breadth of physical and mental health diagnoses. In his free time, Andrew loves camping, traveling, playing video games, going to concerts and collecting vinyl.
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.
Ashlei Lewis attended Michigan State University for her undergraduate career where she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies Health and Society with a focus in Psychology in May of 2009. She found her passion for ABA in 2015, when she then decided to pursue her master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis. Ashlei relocated to Chicago, IL in 2015 and worked as a behavior therapist for 3 years. She obtained her Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology graduating with high honors in December of 2017 and earned her BCBA certification in 2018. Outside of work she enjoys hanging out with friends, serving her community, giving back to the less fortunate, watching movies, and visiting as many amusement parks as she can.
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.
Asme received her Bachelors degree in Alternative medicine (Ayurveda) from the Tamilnadu Dr.
MGR Medical University, Chennai, India (1999). She completed her Masters Degree in
Educational Psychology (Applied Behavior Analysis track) from Wayne State University, Detroit,
MI (2017). Born and raised in India, Asme has experienced the flavor of diverse cultural settings as she lived in Poland for a year before moving to US 10 years ago. Asme started working with children with autism spectrum disorders in Troy schools before working in other environments such as clinic and home. Asme is multi-lingual as she can communicate in English, Tamil and Malayalam. Asme enjoys spending time with family outside of work. She is interested in baking and decorating cakes.
Atiras graduated from Bowling Green State University in May 2012 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Upon graduating, she dedicated a year of her life to community service in various Detroit public schools. After continuing to work in the non-profit sector for 2 years, Atiras stumbled upon the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. In May 2018, Atiras graduated with a Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis with a concentration in autism from Ball State University. Atiras loves spending time with her family and friends. Watching movies and spending time outdoors are two of her favorite pastimes.
Caroline was born and raised in Petoskey Michigan and is the middle child of six. She graduated from Wayne State University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a minor in Criminal Justice. There, she conducted research on the mental health and wellbeing of incarcerated women. She thoroughly enjoys working with children and young adults and intends to extend her education to continue helping people in any way that she can. Caroline began as a Front Desk Receptionist for our Warren clinic and is now a Clinical Development and Strategy Manager. Caroline enjoys the outdoors, kayaking, and spending time with her dogs.
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.
Christine graduated with a B.S in Psychology from Western Michigan University in 2011. She first learned about Applied Behavior Analysis through her practicum at Kalamazoo Autism Center. After graduation, she moved back to the Metro Detroit area. There, Christine obtained a M.A in Counseling in 2016 from Oakland University, followed by a M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from Arizona State University in May 2018. Previously, Christine worked at private ABA companies as well as a healthcare company before finding a place Gateway. In her free time, Christine loves to travel to new places and play with her new puppy.
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.
Danielle graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Grand Valley State University in 2014, in which she worked closely with preschool students diagnosed with ASD to help increase social interactions. She later completed Western Michigan University’s Behavior Analysis Master’s program in December 2017, and received her certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in February 2018. While completing her Master’s, Danielle worked extensively with applying compound schedules of reinforcement to reduce vocal stereotypy and increase functional communication. Danielle enjoys spending her free time at her parents’ cottage in Clarklake, MI. Most of her relaxation hobbies consist of kayaking, yoga, and reading mystery novels.
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.
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.
Eric is a Behavior Consultant at Gateway’s Sterling Heights clinic. Eric was raised in New Jersey, but he and his wife have decided to make Michigan their permanent home. Eric earned a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Rutgers University in 2011 and a Master of Science in Education from Johns Hopkins University in 2016 and earned his BCBA certification in 2019. He has experience working with adults and children with autism in group home, school, in-home, and clinical settings.
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.
Erin received her bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing Disorders from Edinboro University in 2014. From there, she went on the complete her master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism at Ball State University in 2017 and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Erin has worked with children with autism and other developmental disabilities for several years before becoming part of the Gateway team. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Felicia attended Oakland University in Rochester, MI where she completed her Bachelor of
Science degree with a Concentration in Integrative Holistic Medicine in May 2013. Afterwards, she chose to work in the education field to pursue her interests in serving children at her neighborhood school in Detroit, MI. At the start of 2015, Felicia decided to pursue her Master of Science degree at Capella University. In June 2017, Felicia completed her Master of Science degree and Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis. Felicia is a natural wanderer. When she is not working, Felicia enjoys cooking, traveling, and reading. One of her life goal’s is to visit every continent. Twice.
Franklin was born in Dearborn, Michigan, and also lived in Rochester and Madison Heights. He has one daughter and a Miniature Dachshund named 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.
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. In 2018, he earned her Masters in Education and became the Assistant Director of Recruitment and Development.
Helen graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Special Education from Michigan State University in 2014 with a specialization in learning disabilities. After being in the classroom for a year, she decided to shift her focus to the autism population and worked in a clinic setting for three years as an ABA therapist. Once she began working in the field of ABA, she decided to go back to school to earn her Master of Arts in Special education with an autism spectrum disorders endorsement which she obtained in August of 2017. She continued her program to earn her ABA certificate in May 2018, and earned her BCBA certification later that year. Outside of work, Helen enjoys spending time with friends and family. She also loves to travel with friends and visit new places. When she’s not off on a weekend trip, she likes to binge watch Bravo reality TV shows.
Hope joined Gateway in June 2018. Prior to experience in ABA, Hope spent her undergraduate degree at Grand Valley State University where she earner her bachelor’s degree in psychology. After graduation, Hope immediately got involved with ABA after her love for working with kids with special needs at her local Boys and Girls Club. She later obtained her Master’s in ABA while continuing to work in the field and gaining experience working with clients of all ages, both in-home and in clinical settings. In 2018, she earned her BCBA certification. Outside of work, Hope loves to be outdoors where she can kayak, run or ride her bike!
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.
During his undergraduate studies, James gained experience from practicum sites under Dr. Dick Malott, conducted research on training parents on child safety skills, and presented an honors thesis on simple and conditional visual discrimination training. After receiving his undergraduate degree in 2016, James went on to earn a Master’s degree at Oakland University in 2018. While completing his master’s degree, James presented at the Michigan Division for Early Childhood conference on collaborations between ABA clinics and inclusive preschool settings, and conducted research on using differential reinforcement to teach play skills. He also presented his research at the annual Applied Behavior Analysis International conference held in San Diego, CA in 2018. Outside of work, James is found either studying for his board certification exam or behind a piano, playing live music with his rock band at venues across the state of Michigan.
James graduated with his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Oakland University in 2018. While attending Oakland University, he also completed a course sequence in applied behavior analysis and fulfilled his independent field work here at Gateway Pediatric Therapy. In August of 2018, James received his certification as a Board Certified assistant Behavior Analyst. James is currently working towards his Master degree in Special Education with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis at Oakland University. Outside of work James enjoys spending time with family, especially playing with his 10 nieces and nephews. Other activities that he enjoys are running, yoga, and playing sports.
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 and is currently the Clinical Supervisor of the Shelby clinic. Jamie earned a second masters degree (M.S.) in clinical psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis through Capella University. She later earned her BCBA certification in 2019.
Jaime obtained her Bachelor of Science in Special Education from The University of Akron. As an intervention specialist and special education teacher, she worked with students with a range of disabilities from the ages of 5 to 26. Jaime obtained her Master of Education with autism spectrum disorder endorsement degree from Oakland University in 2014. Jaime returned to Oakland University to obtain her graduate certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis, completing the program in 2017. Jaime became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2018. Outside of work, Jaime enjoys history, baking, reading, and watching documentaries.
Jennifer graduated from Wayne State University with her Bachelors in Communication Sciences and Disorders. From there, she went on to complete her Masters in Educational Psychology at Wayne State University as well. Jennifer has worked with children with autism and other developmental disabilities for several years before becoming a behavior consultant at Gateway. Jennifer enjoys learning new things, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
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. She later earned her BCBA certification in 2018.
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 and earned his BCBA certification in 2018.
Jessica graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science. She later went on to earn a Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from Northeastern University in August 2017 and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Jessica worked as a behavior therapist in clinical and in-home settings for several years before joining the Gateway team in November 2017. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time outdoors.
Jessi earned a Bachelor’s degree in 2015 at Georgia State University, where she majored in general psychology. During this time, she worked with children with feeding disorders where she fell in love with Applied Behavior Analysis. From there, Jessi pursued a Master’s degree in behavioral psychology with an emphasis in autism and organizational behavioral management at Western Michigan University. After she graduated and received her BCBA certification in 2017, she continued her studies at the University of Nebraska Medical Center for a year specializing in pediatric feeding disorders.
Jillien graduated from Hillsdale College in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. As an undergraduate student, she served as President of the Hillsdale College’s mental health club, studied classical ballet and modern dance as member of the Tower Dancers, volunteered with the Make A Wish Foundation, and researched eating disorders while studying abroad at Oxford University. Jillien joined the Gateway Pediatric Therapy team in April 2017 as a Behavior Technician and, more recently, has stepped into the position of Human Resources Generalist where she continues to support Gateway’s mission of improving the lives of children and adolescents on the autism spectrum. Awestruck by the efficacy and compassion of the evidence-based therapy that is ABA, Jillien plans to pursue a Master of Arts in Behavior Analysis through Western Michigan University with the ultimate goal of becoming a Board Certified Behavioral Analyst.
John graduated from Michigan State with a degree in Finance in 2006, and from Ferris State with a degree in Graphic Design in 2013. He loves interacting with people in a snappy, dynamic environment, making Gateway a perfect fit and he uses his background and creativity to be an effective Facility Manager. In his free time, John works on his artistic pursuits, focusing mainly on sculpting animals and drawing comics.
Kailie graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Michigan State University in 2015. She then worked as a behavior technician working with children 2-5 years old on the autism spectrum disorder. She decided to pursue her master’s degree from Michigan State University in Applied Behavior Analysis and graduated in May 2018 and passed her BCBA certification exam in August of 2018. Outside of work, Kailie enjoys going to concerts, eating pizza, spending time with friends, and relaxing with her cat, Noel. She is from Bay City, MI and lived in East Lansing for 7 years before she moved to the Metro-Detroit area.
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.
Katelyn has worked in the ABA field for several years. Before transitioning to the field, she interned as a social worker at a technical high school working with children who have special needs. Katelyn began working in the field in 2015, starting off as a behavior technician. She earned her Bachelors in Social Work from Michigan State University in 2016. Katelyn went on to earn her Masters in Educational Psychology from Wayne State University in 2018. Since finishing her master’s degree, she has transitioned into a Behavior Consultant role. Outside of work, Katelyn enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.
Kathleen graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Wayne State University in 2013. After working as a behavior technician, she then continued her education and earned her master’s degree in applied behavior analysis from The National University of Ireland, Galway in 2016. Throughout graduate school, Kathleen had experience working with individuals of varying ages with developmental disabilities. In her free time, Kathleen enjoys scuba diving, skiing, and traveling.
Kenzie pursued this passion and received her Bachelors in Special Education-Learning Disabilities with a specialization in urban populations from Michigan State University in the spring of 2014. Kenzie completed a year-long internship at a K-12 public school in Lansing, Michigan, following which she obtained her teaching certificate in the fall of 2015. Kenzie went on to complete her Masters degree in applied behavior analysis from Michigan State University in the spring of 2018, and earned her BCBA certification later that year. Outside of work Kenzie enjoys playing with her dogs, camping, and going to the movies.
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.
Lainey joined Gateway in January 2018 after spending five years in Chicago in the ABA field as a student, a lead technician and a BCaBA. Although she really misses the amazing food, she’s really happy to be back in Michigan closer to family and friends! Lainey received her bachelor’s degree from Albion College in 2012. Upon graduation she immediately moved to Chicago to join her master’s program in ABA at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Lainey has worked with clients of all ages and in a variety of settings including home, clinic, and residential day programs. Outside of work, Lainey loves going to the gym every morning! She is definitely a morning person and enjoys being up before the sun. She also loves playing with her two puppies Riley & Ruby, hanging out with family and friends, and cooking/ baking.
Laura was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Wayne State University in 2013. After working in the field of behavior analysis for several years, Laura found a passion for working with children with autism. Laura pursued higher education and obtained her Master of Education in Educational Psychology from Wayne State University in 2017. She obtained BCBA certification in August of 2017. Laura’s primary area of interests include early intervention and organizational behavior management. In Laura’s spare time, she enjoys watching baseball and traveling with her husband.
Lauren graduated cum laude from Oakland University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, a minor in sociology, and a concentration in addiction studies. She went on to earn her Master of Science in clinical-behavioral psychology from Eastern Michigan University, where she graduated with a 4.0 GPA in 2018, and earned her BCBA certification later that year. Lauren is also a temporary limited license psychologist under the supervision of Dr. Thomas Waltz. She has served as a team captain for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life since 2011. In her spare time, she also enjoys traveling and going to concerts.
Lauren Blair went to Western Michigan University and received her undergraduate degree in Behavioral Science, Psychology in 2014 and graduated Cum Laude. Lauren received her Master of Education and Foundations in applied behavior analysis from the University of Cincinnati in 2018. Lauren Blair has been studying applied behavior analysis since 2010. During her undergraduate experience, she participated in 6 different internships: Practicums, teaching assistantships, and research assistantships with different professors at Western Michigan. In her free time, Lauren loves live music and spending time outdoors. Lauren also plays a lot of outdoor sports such as golf, disc golf, water skiing, kayaking, downhill skiing and much more. Lauren was also a lifeguard and taught swim lessons 9 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.
Lia received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology in 2014 from Oakland University. Shortly after graduating, she began working as a Behavior Technician and has worked in the field of ABA for over 4 years. She went on to get her Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and graduated in August 2018 from Oakland University. While completing her Master’s, she also completed her entire practicum experience at Gateway. During her free time, she enjoys traveling, shopping, hanging out with friends, family, and her dog.
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.
Mai graduated from Wayne state University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Mai has always had a passion working with children diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum. Mai is currently studying at Arizona State University working toward her Master’s Degree in Education, with a Focus in Applied Behavior Analysis. In August, 2016, Mai started working at Gateway Pediatric Therapy as a behavior technician and is now a Clinical Development & Strategy Manager. In her free time, Mai enjoys hanging out with family and friends.
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. She earned her BCBA certification in 2018.
Marika recently moved back to Michigan to help develop the speech program at Gateway
Pediatric Therapy. Previously, she worked in the field of early intervention in New York City where she worked with children three and under with a variety of diagnosis. This sparked her interest in ABA and inspired her to work with children with autism. Marika holds an undergrad degree in Human Development Family Studies specializing in children from Michigan State University. Following her internship, she completed her post bacc program at Wayne State and applied for grad school. She graduated with her masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Wayne State University in May 2016. Marika was born in Poland and frequently goes back to visit her family and to travel other parts of Europe. On her free time, she enjoys running, dancing, photography and spending time with loved one ones. She recently adopted a service dog named Nala.
Maxwell attended Western Michigan University, where he completed his ABA practicum experience that focused on early intervention, working primarily with 2-5 year olds on the spectrum. He graduated in 2014 with his Bachelors in science. Maxwell continued on with his education at Arizona State University where he graduated with a Master’s in Education with a Focus on Applied Behavior Analysis. He has worked for Gateway Pediatric Therapy for 4 years. Max has worked in the field of applied behavior analysis for the previous eight years. Before joining the team, Maxwell’s work focused on independent living skills acquisition and maladaptive behavior reduction, working primarily with 13-20 year olds on the autism spectrum. Outside of work, Max manages and plays in the Gateway Pediatric Therapy sponsored ice-hockey team. He also enjoys taking walks with his boxer, golfing, and reading comic books.
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.
Melissa grew up in Metro Detroit, graduating from Rochester College in 2014 with a B.S. in Psychology. She has enjoyed working with people in various settings but ultimately finding her passion in ABA therapy here at Gateway in December of 2016. Melissa started as a Behavior Technician and is now on our administrative team. She is dedicated to the families, listening to their needs to help them navigate the process of getting start with ABA therapy services. Melissa spends her weekends hanging out with family. Day to day she loves cuddling her boxer, while listening to podcasts and reading books.
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 and she later earned her BCBA certification in 2018. 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.
Moriah has worked in the field of ABA for 3 years. She grew up in Southeast Michigan, just north of Toledo, OH and is new to the Metro-Detroit area. Moriah received her Bachelors degree in Psychology from Michigan State University in December 2015. She worked with youth in downtown Toledo, before moving into the field of ABA. She worked in ABA for over a year before starting her graduate program in ABA at Ball State. She graduated in July 2018 with her M.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis. Outside of work, Moriah likes to spend time relaxing out the couch. When she’s motivated, she’ll take her dog for a run. Moriah has completed 3 half marathons. She loves animals and has a friendly, chubby cat named Monty as well as a hyper dog named Louie. She also likes to learn new things, such as sewing and baking.
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. He has interned at various corporations in the automotive and health insurance industries. He is passionate about using technology to help businesses operate efficiently and uses his fullstack programming development knowledge to streamline processes and deliver business solutions.
He is currently finishing up his B.A. in Economics at the University of Michigan.
Nicholette received her undergraduate degree from Western Michigan University in behavioral science in April 2016. Nicholette continued at Western Michigan where she completed her master’s degree in applied behavior analysis with an emphasis in autism and organizational behavior management under Dr. Richard Malott in April 2018. During her experience at Western Michigan she worked in early intervention with children ages 2-5 with autism and other developmental disabilities. Soon after, she earned her BCBA certification in 2018. She loves spending time with family and friends and being outdoors.
Nicolai was born and raised in St. Clair Shores, MI. Nicolai was a behavior technician for 3 years, working with a wide age-range of clients with autism in both home-based and center-based settings, prior to coming to Gateway. He received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2012 from Oakland University and went on to complete a master’s degree in Psychology with a specialization in ABA from Capella University in September 2018. When he isn’t at Gateway, Nicolai enjoys spending time with his wife, Angela, and daughter, Scarlett, and their 3 pets (2 dogs and a cat). He also enjoys watching movies and Detroit sports like the Pistons, Red Wings, and Lions.
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.
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 graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 2010 from Western Michigan University. She then began working as a behavior technician with individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder in both in home and in clinic settings. Rachel continued her education by gaining a Master’s in Psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2017. In her free time, Rachel enjoys gardening, cooking and walking her dog.
Rachel is the Vice President of Clinical Development & Strategy 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 then later became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. 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 and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2018. 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 is a funny, energetic person who loves working in the ABA field. She attained her Masters in Special Education from Oakland University in August of 2017. In her free time, Sam loves cooking for family and friends and going on vacations. In addition, she loves walking and playing with her dog Ruby.
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 grew up in St. Clair Shores, Michigan and has always enjoyed being surrounded by family and friends. Shannon discovered the field of Behavior Analysis while receiving both a bachelor’s degree in 2015. During her undergraduate experience, Shannon became involved in practicum sites under Dr. Dick Malott and Dr. Jessica Frieder. These practicum experiences solidified Shannon’s love for the client’s we serve, and encouraged her to obtain a master’s degree from Western Michigan University in 2018, during which she studied under Dr. Jonathon Baker and Dr. Denise Ross, and earned her BCBA certification the same year. During her free time, Shannon enjoys exploring Michigan outdoors. Shannon is often found with family kayaking, camping, or hiking on the weekends whenever she gets the chance.
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.
Shantinique grew up in Detroit, Michigan, surrounded by her family and friends. She attended Michigan State University where she obtained two bachelor’s degrees in Child Development and Family Community Services. After graduating, Shantinique worked as an assistant teacher for preschool aged children but found herself seeking something more. She later became a behavior technician and discovered her passion for ABA therapy. Shantinique received her master’s degree in ABA from Michigan State University in 2018, and later earned her BCBA certification later that year.
Shayla is from Metamora, Michigan. She has worked with children with autism and other developmental disabilities throughout her professional career. She first found her passion for ABA as a behavior technician in 2015 and has enjoyed every minute. Shayla received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Central Michigan University in 2013. She went on to finish her Masters in Educational Psychology where she graduated in December 2017, and later earned her BCBA certification in 2019.
Stephanie grew up in the Metro Detroit area alongside her parents and 2 brothers. When she is not working with children she enjoys traveling and road trips! She just recently moved back to area and is excited for what the future with Gateway Pediatric Therapy will bring. Graduated from Saginaw Valley State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary and Special Education. Stephanie has worked with children in various settings for about ten years. Although teaching was her first love, Gateway provided a different and unique way for her to make an impact in the lives of kids. She is planning on going back to school to obtain her Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis. In her free time Stephanie likes to go to the gym and play sports.
Stephanie is an outgoing and adventurous person who enjoys working with people, especially kids. She has taught private elementary piano lessons over the past 11 years and volunteers regularly at her church. Stephanie attended Oakland University where she graduated in December of 2012 with honors. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education with an endorsement in Applied Sciences. While at Oakland she was a member of the Golden Key Honor Society. She has been working in administration for the past 3 years. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys ballroom dancing, hiking, and all activities on the water.
Stephanie is a native Michigander. After acquiring her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at Western Michigan University in 2006 she moved to California to work as a behavior consultant for a private ABA company. While continuing to work in California, Stephanie acquired her Master of Science degree in Applied Behavior Analysis, under the supervision of John T. Rapp, Ph.D., BCBA-D, at St. Cloud State University in March 2011. In 2007 she sat for and passed the exam to become a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst and after obtaining her graduate degree she became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2011. Outside of work, Stephanie enjoys sharing with her husband the many adventures that come along with raising three boys.
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 Director of Human Resources & Development 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 2016.
Tyanna received her Bachelors in Psychology from Oakland University in 2014. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, Tyanna began working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis in 2013 as a behavior technician. Tyanna went on to pursue and her Masters in Educational Psychology at Wayne State University in 2017. Tyanna later became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2018. In her free time, Tyanna enjoys spending time with her family, cooking and traveling.
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.
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.
Zainab was born and raised in Dearborn Michigan. She has a passion for helping others, and has worked with children in several settings including schools, clinics, and ABA centers. Zainab earned her Bachelors degree in arts, with a major in communication science and disorders from Wayne State University in May 2015. She also obtained her Masters from Wayne State University in educational psychology, with a concentration in ABA in December 2017. Zainab has two years of experience working with children and adolescents diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. (ASD). Outside of work, Zainab enjoys running, swimming, and spending time with friends and family.