Meet Our ABA Therapists

Meet Our ABA Therapists

Emily Gibson

Team Lead, RBT
egibson@autismchicago.com
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Emily received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Governors State University, with a concentration in Mindfulness studies.  She is currently working toward her Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Counseling at Governors State University.  Emily has always had a passion for working with children and is a devout advocate for children with special needs.  As a Team Lead Therapist, she aspires to promote and enhance the proficiencies and well being of both child and family.

Jamie Schuld

Team Lead, RBT & Potty Training Coordinator
jschuld@autismchicago.com
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Jamie earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Behavioral Science from National Louis University. Growing up with a brother on the Spectrum is what initially led Jamie into the field of ABA. Jamie is extremely passionate about helping children reach their fullest potential. She is the Potty-training coordinator, which is one of the many unique services we offer to aid in a child’s growth and development. “My passion for this field continues to grow everyday while working with our kids. Each child I work with helps to mold me into a great therapist.”  She believes ABA is the foundation for the children to be successful in all areas of their lives. Implementing a new way of learning through ABA’s unique approach to teaching has been an eye-opening experience for her. “I’m very excited to learn and grow along side with our children. It is truly an amazing experience to see when a child gains their own voice.”

Shannon Collins

Team Lead, RBT
scollins@autismchicago.com
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Shannon graduated from Western Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and a minor in Sociology. She wishes to pursue a Master’s degree in Applied Behavioral Science. Shannon is new to ABA, and has spent this past year learning skills that will help her advance in this field. She has always enjoyed working with children; helping them to develop their skills and improve their quality of life. Shannon’s dedication to the program does not stop after work hours. She is always thinking of new ways to help her clients thrive. “I am grateful that these children are a part of my life. It is amazing to see how far my clients have come since I have started, and I am proud to be a part of the amazing teams that help them find their voice.”

Greg Simms

Team Lead, RBT
gsimms@autismchicago.com
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Greg earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Special Education from Benedictine University and is currently pursuing his Masters in Transition to Teaching at Calumet College of Saint Joseph. Greg has logged over 200 clinical hours in multiple Special Education classrooms as well as experience in an alternative classroom within the Valparaiso Community Schools system.  “My favorite part of teaching children is watching them take the information that is presented to them and have them use it in their own way”.  Greg’s spare time is also spent with children and young adults. Greg coaches 7th grade Football as the Offensive Coordinator and as the Freshman Head Baseball coach. Greg enjoys watching students learn and grow and develop not only on the field but also in ABA therapy.

Meghan Condon

Registered Behavioral Technician
mcondon@autismchicago.com
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Meghan received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Northern Illinois University. She has always been drawn to the field of psychology and became interested in ABA after working with children on the spectrum in a childcare setting. Her favorite part about working with children is seeing them learn and develop in their own individual way. She plans to pursue a Master’s degree either in Applied Behavioral Analysis or Occupational therapy and continue to work with children on the spectrum.

Adrienne Garcia

Billing Administrator
agarcia@autismchicago.com
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Adrienne graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Adrienne is going into her second year in the ABA field.  She entered this field to pursue her passion and desire to help children and to have a successful influence on their lives.  Adrienne loves the rewards that are derived from working with the children, whether it’s a hug, a smile, or simply observing the positive effect this form of treatment has on them.  She is planning on continuing her education in the ABA field.

Brian Durocher

Registered Behavioral Technician
bdurocher@autismchicago.com
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Brian earned his Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Human services from National Louis University. Brian is new to working with children on the autism spectrum. He enjoys working with children on the spectrum because of the immeasurable amounts of joy brought to his life when a child makes progress as well as attains happiness through his teaching and therapy. Furthermore, he really enjoys the challenges presented to him on a daily basis, because through a little bit of patience, the progress of these children is exponential.

Rosa Santiago

RBT Candidate
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Rosa graduated from Texas A&M International University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a minor in Communication. Rosa is new to working with children on the autism spectrum. It has always been a goal of hers to work with children one day, and in her short time working with kids on the spectrum, she has developed a passion for it. She admires the strength each family possesses, and their determination to help further their children’s development. Rosa enjoys teaching and playing with the kids, and seeing their faces light up when they learn something new. She loves how rewarding it feels to watch the children progress in their development, knowing that she made a difference in their life. Rosa is excited to continue pursuing her career in ABA therapy.

Perla Vargas

Registered Behavioral Technician
pvargas@autismchicago.com
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Perla grew up in the central rural area of Illinois. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Pre-Occupational Therapy from Concordia University Chicago. After graduating she began working as a paraprofessional aide to a young child with an emotional disability. It was this experience that motivated and interested her to enter the world of ABA. She is very passionate about working with children and is excited to learn more about the ABA field. “I am fortunate enough to have received this opportunity and cannot wait to help further the development of these amazing children.” Perla plans to pursue a career in Occupational Therapy and work with young children in an educational setting.

Janine Shalash

Registered Behavioral Technician
jshalash@autismchicago.com
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Janine graduated from Moraine Valley Community College with an Associates degree in Psychology. She is currently pursing her Bachelor’s degree in Clinical psychology at Lewis University. She is certified in basic life skills and CPR. She fell in love with the field after going through the experience of her younger brother being diagnosed with Autism at the age of two and watching him go through speech, occupational, behavioral, and developmental therapy. “Gaining the experience, I have the desire to help other children grow and be a part of their developments and positive lives.”  She strongly believes that ABA helps children grow and knows they will create a beautiful future. Thinking about what the children will learn from ABA is so rewarding.

Sarah Brandt

Registered Behavioral Technician
sbrandt@autismchicago.com
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Sarah earned her Associates in Arts at Moraine Valley Community College and is currently in pursuit of her Bachelors in Psychology at National Louis University. She was a caregiver for two boys prior to joining ABC, a 5 year old and his 4-year-old brother with Autism, pre-diagnosis. She went through the entire diagnosis process with the family, parents, and child. The progress that everyone has made since then, including all its ups and downs in between, is what makes her strive to be a great therapist and to be there helping families on their own journey. She hopes to bring joy as well as progress to multiple families and most importantly the children in their lives. She loves playing with the kids but most importantly she enjoys being able to teach new things to them in fun and exciting ways!

Loan Huynh

Registered Behavioral Technician
lhuynh@autismchicago.com
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Loan graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology. She is just beginning her work with children on the autism spectrum. She entered the ABA field because she wants to help clients and foster life skills that will lead to their most successful lives. Loan enjoys the teaching process and is already finding reward in seeing the progress that the clients make from session to session. She is inspired by the groundwork laid by the parents and the therapists at ABC. She is driven to develop her own skills to be a better therapist and become a bigger part of the clients’ growth. Loan is interested in pursuing a Master’s of Social Work so that she can continue to advocate for others.

Tiffany Czochara

Registered Behavioral Technician
tczochara@autismchicago.com
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Tiffany graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana – Champaign with a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Science with a concentration in speech – language pathology. She will be pursuing her master’s degree in speech – language pathology this fall at Saint Xavier University in hopes of working as a pediatric speech pathologist. Tiffany is fairly new to working with children on the spectrum outside of a speech therapy setting however; she has always enjoyed working with kids. In college she worked as a childcare assistant, nanny and volunteered in a preschool and second grade classrooms. She is grateful to be able to have this experience to witness the progress each child makes through ABA therapy. Whether it is as an ABA or speech therapist, Tiffany wants to positively impact the lives of the children she works with.

Kassandra Mendoza 

RBT Candidate
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Kassandra received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Biological Sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is currently pursuing admission into professional school to earn her DMD in pediatric dentistry. Kassy is new to ABA, but she adores working with children and being able to impact them in such a rewarding way.  “You form a special bond seeing the kids daily and the love and joy they give you is an amazing feeling”. She is grateful to have the opportunity to work with children on the spectrum and learn more about ABA therapy every day. She also enjoys the challenge ABA brings her and is committed to aiding children receive the best possible care.

Kimberly May

RBT Candidate
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Kimberly May earned her Bachelor of Science degree in community wellness with a minor in health at Bradley University. She has always enjoyed working to influence kids in a positive way. In college she was a nanny, an after-school educator, and a regular volunteer at central Illinois riding therapy where she helped impact kids on the spectrum through horse therapy. She is fairly new to ABA therapy but has already fell in love with her job. She enjoys going to work every day and seeing how much of an impact her work has on these kids. She believes each child has their own unique capabilities and strengths that will allow them to succeed in life, and she is thankful that ABA therapy has taught her the skills needed to implement this.

Khushbu Dalal

RBT Candidate
kdalal@autismchicago.com
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Khushbu earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Spanish and Neuroscience at Loyola University Chicago. She has always had a passion for working with children and has worked with them in various settings throughout her career. Khushbu currently works with the Department of Juvenile Justice and hopes to continue to make a difference in the lives of children. Khushbu is new to ABA, but in her short time has gained invaluable skills and admiration for the strength and love each child possesses. She believes that each child should be given hope and through ABA each child is able to find their own voice.

 

Lauren Schroeder

RBT Candidate
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Lauren earned her Bachelor’s in Forensic Psychology with a concentration in Child and Adolescent Studies at Saint Ambrose University. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Lewis University. Along with working at ABC, she works as a part-time preschool teacher with two-year olds. She has worked and volunteered in multiple settings with children and adolescents, such as Gigi’s Playhouse a Down Syndrome Achievement Center, World Relief, School Juvenile Court Liaison Intern and an after-school youth mentor. Lauren has always had a passion for working with children. She has loved getting to learn about ABA and better developing her skills as a therapist. Every session, she loves watching the children make break throughs and is amazed at their hard work as they develop and build upon skills. She believes that every child should be given the chance and tools to achieve their own unique potential.

Hannah Carl

RBT Candidate
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Hannah graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Health Services and minors in Psychology and American Sign Language Studies. “I feel very fortunate to have worked with both children and adults with special needs for over four years as they have been such an inspiration and joy in my life”. While pediatrics has always been an interest of hers, that passion was solidified when she had the opportunity to work at an ABA clinic through her University. “I loved seeing the positive change ABA brought to both the children and their families. My favorite part about working with kids is watching them finally master a skill after putting in so much effort to get there. I am very excited to help more children grow and succeed with ABC!”

Skye Flores

RBT Candidate
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Skye received her Bachelor’s degree with a double major in Psychology and Criminology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Skye is fairly new to the world of ABA and is grateful for the chance to learn more about the field and for the opportunities ABC has opened up for her. She has always enjoyed helping individuals and being able to help children learn and develop lifelong skills.  “Watching them ultimately reach their full potential is an absolutely wonderful feeling”. She has loved seeing the children grow, master skills, and build relationships with her over their time spent together. Skye is looking forward to  learning more about ABA and gaining valuable skills to help her grow as a behavioral therapist.

Meet Our Management Team

Tiffany Mitchell

Operations Manager, BCBA
tmitchell@autismchicago.com
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Tiffany graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Psychology. She has worked as a behavioral therapist for 6.5 years providing in-home ABA services to young children with autism. What she enjoys most about her job are the immediate rewards of watching young children grow and thrive within their natural environments; “I enjoy being able to observe the direct results of ABA implementation and team effort. I’ve witnessed firsthand how it can positively change lives of children and their families, and it’s so inspiring to be a part of it.” Tiffany graduated from Southern Illinois University with a Master’s degree in Behavior Analysis & Therapy. She sits for examination to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in 2018.

Nina Koehler

Business Manager, BCBA Candidate
nkoehler@autismchicago.com
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Nina Koehler received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Behavioral Science, as well as her Master of Arts in Psychology from National Louis University.  Nina is very passionate about working with children with Autism and has over 7 years’ experience treating children in a variety of settings.  Nina has a brother with Down Syndrome and Autism.  “I searched for a long time to find the most effective form of treatment for my brother.  I wish I knew then what I know now.”  Nina is dedicated to helping families like her own and is very passionate about education and staying current on all the latest treatments for children with developmental delays.  Nina is currently working on completing her BCBA at Arizona State University.

Danielle Helsel

Head of Marketing & Team Manager, BCBA Candidate
dhelsel@autismchicago.com
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Danielle earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Clinical/Counseling Psychology with a minor in Sociology at Saint Xavier University.  When studying for her undergrad, she took a class that focused on children on the spectrum and fell in love with the idea of helping children with autism.  “I believe watching children grow beyond their parents’ expectations is the greatest feeling in the world, especially when I gets to be a part of that success.”  She is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Applied behavior Analysis (ABA) with an Emphasis in Autism at Ball State University.

Jamie Kovalcik

Head of Training & Development and Team Manager, BCBA Candidate
jkovalcik@autismchicago.com
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Jamie earned both her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Master’s degree in Health Science at Governors State University. She has over five years experience working with children and adults with special needs. “My favorite part about working with children is being able to watch them laugh, play and really enjoy therapy time.” Jamie enjoys teaching children new skills that will help shape them for a lifetime. Jamie always strives to help make a difference in people’s lives, and she loves helping the children reach their goals while advancing their development.  Jamie is a Registered Behavioral Technician and has a VBMAPP certificate. She is currently pursuing her Master’s of Science degree in Psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavioral Analysis at Capella University.

Joseph Mitchell

Joseph Mitchell

Project Director, BCBA
jmitchell@autismchicago.com

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