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Jeana Koerber

Ph.D., Board Certified Behavior Analyst - Doctorate, Clinical Director

Jeana joined the Great Lakes Center for Autism Treatment and Research in 2014 as the Clinical Director. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Western Michigan University (WMU), a master’s degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from WMU and a Ph.D. degree in Behavior Analysis from WMU. Jeana has worked in a variety of settings with individuals with developmental disabilities providing direct services to individuals and developing management systems for staff providing direct services. Jeana is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Before starting at the Great Lakes Center, Jeana worked at the Kellogg Company in the Sales Learning and Development department. Jeana’s research interests involve staff management techniques, performance management processes in human service settings and verbal behavior approaches to language.

Calvin Gage

M.A., Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Chief Administrator

Calvin has been with ROI since the opening of the Great Lakes Center in 2012. Before coming to ROI, Calvin had primarily worked as a behavioral consultant, assisting families and caregivers in the treatment of individuals with developmental disabilities and acquired brain injury in family home and assisted living settings. As a consultant Calvin regularly worked with individuals being supported by ROI. Calvin’s interests include the assessment of challenging behavior and system wide crisis response. Calvin received his master’s degree in Behavior Analysis in 2011.

Joseph Norcross

M.A., Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Outpatient Services Director

Joseph joined the Great Lakes Center for Autism Treatment and Research in 2016 as the Outpatient Services Director. He earned a bachelor's in Psychology from Western Michigan University (WMU) and a master's degree in Behavior Analysis from WMU in 2010. He is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Joseph's previous experiences include supervision of programming for children with developmental disabilities in Palm Springs, CA and opening a center-based Autism treatment and diagnostic center for Covenant HealthCare in Saginaw, MI. Joseph's interests include training and supervising BCBA students and teaching skill acquisition to children with developmental disabilities. 

Stefanie Beattie

M.S., Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Stefanie joined the outpatient team at the Great Lakes Center for Autism Treatment and Research in October 2016 as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Stefanie received her bachelors in psychology from Western Michigan University before earning her Masters of Science in Behavior Analysis and Therapy from Southern Illinois University - Carbondale (SIU) in 2013. While at SIU she focused on application of behavior analysis and research of behavior analysis principles across the lifespan. After graduating, she moved to Kansas City where she worked as a Behavior Analyst providing in-home therapy services, center based services, and consultative services with residential group homes. Stefanie's professional interests include teaching engagement and social skills, maintenance of obtained skills across the lifespan, and staff/parent training. She enjoys seeing the application of behavior analysis make an objective and significant difference in the lives of the individuals and the families that she works with.

Kari Colwell

M.A., Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Kari holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Western Michigan University and a master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and joined Great Lakes Center for Autism Treatment and Research in their intensive treatment program in January 2014. Before coming to the Center, she worked in various settings providing early intervention and behavioral consultation services to children diagnosed with Autism. Additionally, she has provided behavioral services for families within the child welfare system. Her areas of interest include assessment and treatment of challenging behaviors and behavioral applications for health and fitness. 

Kendra Combs

M.A., Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Kendra began her journey to becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with a bachelors in psychology from Western Michigan University (WMU). After graduating, she received a Fulbright Fellow grant and conducted research in Kobe, Japan on special education and inclusion practices in the Japanese classroom. Upon her return to the States in 2008, she got her masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from WMU in 2012 and earned her BCBA certification the next year. After working in school settings coordinating inclusion in the classroom as well as in-home consultation around the Washington, D.C., area, Kendra is excited to be back in Michigan and join the team at the Great Lakes Center. Her areas of interest include cross-cultural psychology, inclusion practices in schools and the community, and using the principles of behavior to enact large-scale cultural change and sustainability practices.

Kaila Goodrich

M.A., tLLP, Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Kaila began working in the outpatient team in January, 2015 as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She received her bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University (WMU) with a major focus in Psychology. She received her master’s degree from WMU as well, with a focus in Behavior Analysis, Organizational Behavior Management, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. She was board certified with the Behavior Analysis Certification Board in March 2015. Kaila also achieved her temporary Limited Licensed Psychologist (tLLP) certification in March 2015. This additional certification allows her to provide additional intake and diagnostic assessments for children and adolescents. She has worked in early intensive behavioral intervention settings focusing her practice on teaching functional communication skills and reducing challenging behaviors. She also has experience in the area of activities of daily living including skills required when transitioning to puberty, toilet training, and assessment and treatment of challenging behaviors in children with autism both in an adolescent intensive behavioral intervention setting and in-home settings. Her research interests include approaches to teaching social skills with adolescent children and parent training techniques.

Chanáe Jamison

M.S., Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Chanáe joined the outpatient team at the Great Lakes Center for Autism Treatment and Research in June 2015 as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Chanáe holds a Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis and Organizational Behavior Management from Florida Institute of Technology. Before she started at the Great Lakes Center, Chanáe provided behavior analytic services in a variety of settings, ranging from research-based centers to private consultation, to a nonprofit startup company. While working at the Great Lakes Center, Chanáe's research interests include skill acquisition, vocational training, technology integration, staff training, and feedback and management systems. Chanáe strives to improve the quality of life of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. 

Brandon Martinez-Onstott

M.S., Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Brandon joined the team in summer of 2016 as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). It is his mission, as shared with the center, to improve the quality of life of the clients he serves, enabling them to reach their full potential through evidence-based practice. He holds a bachelor's degree in Construction Management, and a master's degree in Organizational Behavior Management from Florida Institute of Technology (FIT). He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Industrial/Organizational Behavior Management from Western Michigan University (WMU). Brandon has worked in a variety of industries providing behavior-based, performance management and strategic planning services. Brandon's research interests involve treatment delivery, performance management systems, and incentive pay systems. 

Jesse Carrington

M.Ed., Qualified Behavioral Health Professional

Jesse has worked at the Great Lakes Center for Autism Treatment and Research (GLC) since the program opened in the fall of 2012. During his time at GLC he has worked in both the intensive treatment program and in the outpatient services program, starting as a behavior technician, assistant coordinator, treatment plan specialist, and currently, and Outpatient Behavior Analyst. Since 2013, Jesse has held a certificate as a board certified assistant behavior analyst (BCaBA) and expects to have his BCBA certificate in the winter of 2016/2017. Jesse received his Masters of Education in Special Education with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis in the summer of 2016. His professional experience includes working in early intensive behavioral intervention classrooms, and in a residential program decreasing challenging behaviors for individuals that were diagnosed with intellectual disabilities. Jesse's research interests include: assessment and treatment of challenging behaviors, approaches to teaching social skills to adolescents diagnosed with intellectual disabilities, and parent coaching to help generalize behavior intervention strategies to the home environment.

Meredith Holland

M.S., Qualified Behavioral Health Professional

Meredith holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, a Master’s degree in Behavior Analysis and Counseling Psychology from California State University, Stanislaus and is working on a Doctorate in Behavior Analysis at Western Michigan University.  Meredith came to Kalamazoo from California specifically to learn from the wonderful faculty at WMU and is excited to use her education and experience here at the Great Lakes Center.  Meredith has been working with children who live with developmental disabilities since 2008 in school, home, and center based settings.  Additionally, she is working on completing her necessary supervised hours in order to become a BCBA and expects to complete this in late 2017.  Her area of interest includes increasing treatment fidelity via staff training and improved communication.  She is also interested in eating behaviors and health psychology from a behavioral perspective.  On the whole the goal of applied behavior analysis is to improve the lives of individuals, and Meredith always keeps this in mind when working with any person. 

 

 

Vicki Thornburgh

M.Ed., Qualified Behavioral Health Professional

Vicki joined the Great Lakes Center for Autism Treatment and Research (GLC) in 2016 as a Qualified Behavior Health Professional in our outpatient program. Prior to coming to GLC she taught early childhood education to children with emotional impairments and developmental disabilities. Vicki collaborated with IEP teams and other educational/clinical professionals in public schools to ensure the smooth and successful transitions for the children from center based placements to general education settings. Vicki earned her Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Arizona State University in 2016 and is obtaining the required qualifications needed to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (2017). Vicki’s research interests include early intervention and transitions, skill acquisition and providing parent education and coaching to aid in the child’s overall well-being.

Joey Hayes, BS Psychology

Assistant Program Coordinator

Rhasheda Shepherd

B.A., Healthcare, and Management

Rhasheda joined ROI in 2017 as the Contract and Compliance Manager. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration and Management from Davenport University. Rhasheda employs a wide range of resources in corporate compliance, quality and operational improvement as well as process management. She brings 14 years of experience in working in health and community service programs that promote and partner with children and families to live more meaningful and empowered lives. 

Darci Stevens

M.B.A., Business Development Manager

Darci has been employed at Great Lakes Center for Autism Treatment and Research as the Business Development Manager since August 2013. She has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Western Michigan University and received her master’s degree in Business Administration from Spring Arbor University in 2015. She has over 15 years of managerial, training, and sales experience in the health care industry.

Gretchen Klein, BS Psychology and Masters in Family Life Education

Assistant Program Coordinator

Sam Lopez, MPA

Treatment Plan Specialist

Kerri Wood, BS Special Education for Emotional Impairment and Learning Disabilities

Educational/Permanency Specialist