Susie, BCBA, Clinical Director & Owner of North Oakland Autism Center
Susie earned her Elementary Education Teaching Degree through Michigan State University, she then inaugurated her teaching career as a second grade teacher within the Detroit Public Schools. It was during this six-year teaching experience that Susie’s passion for special education and autism was ignited. Susie continued her education at Oakland University earning her MA in Special Education, with endorsements in both autism and learning disabilities. She then continued her professional career as an ASD Teacher, and then District-Wide ASD Teacher Consultant within Lake Orion Community Schools, while working towards becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) through Florida Institute of Technology. Upon completion of her BCBA in September 2013, Susie pursued her life long dream of opening North Oakland Autism Center.
Jacqueline, BCBA, Clinical Manager
Jacqueline Panse is a BCBA and Clinical Manager at North Oakland Autism Center. Jacqueline has a Masters of Science in Psychology with the emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from Kaplan University. Previously, Jacqueline had worked in Human Resources, but it has always been her dream to work with special needs children, helping them to discover their strengths, and teaching them how to use their own special skills. But only after moving from Germany to the US, she realized her dream. While studying and volunteering in her daughters’ schools, Jacqueline realized that ABA is not just her passion, but also her definite view of life. Based on her own experience, Jacqueline understands how important it is to treat each child as an individual and how essential it is to respectfully include a child’s family throughout the entire treatment process. She is very excited to fulfill her professional expectation as a member of the exceptional NOAC team.
Jessica Gilhool is a BCBA at North Oakland Autism Center. Jessica earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree with a focus in psychology from Michigan State University. She went on to earn her Master’s of Social Work at the University of Michigan with an emphasis in clinical work with children and families. While working in Flint with children with mental illness and Autism as a case manager and family therapist, Jessica realized her passion for working with children with Autism and their families and knew that she wanted to learn how to better serve their needs. She began working as a behavior analyst while completing her coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis through Florida Institute of Technology. Jessica earned her BCBA and has been serving children with Autism in the Flint area since 2013. She is very excited to be a part of North Oakland Autism Center and to continue doing what she loves in the community in which she lives. When she is not working, she enjoys spending her time playing with her two young children at home.
Aleta, ABA Technician, RBT
Aleta is an ABA Technician at North Oakland Autism Center LLC. Aleta is a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. She has Bachelors Degrees in both Behavioral Science as well as Biology from the University of Michigan Dearborn. Aleta has always loved working with children and animals! She became very interested in learning more about ABA Therapy during an internship at Burger School for Students with Autism. She previously worked with at-risk youth, as well as children with traumatic brain injuries. Aleta has also enjoyed previous employment as a veterinary assistant, zookeeper, and dog trainer. She is very happy to have found a position with NOAC and is excited to see where it may lead.
Sheena, ABA Technician
Sheena is an ABA Technician at North Oakland Autism Center. She recently moved to Michigan after living in upstate New York for over 25 years. While living in New York, Sheena earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Nazareth College and obtained her New York State Teacher Certification, followed by a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education, also from Nazareth College. Sheena has 15 years experience as a special education teacher working with students ages two to eight, both in the private sector and public schools. Sheena is thrilled to have found (ABA) Applied Behavioral Analysis, and the opportunity to provide individualized curriculum and instruction while witnessing the children’s gains each and every day!
Laquisha, ABA Technician
Laquisha is an ABA Technician at NOAC. She has worked within the field of behavior health for over four years, and has a BA in Sociology from Wayne State University. She chooses to work as an ABA Technician because she loves children, and is able to make a difference in their young lives each and every day. She recently started her coursework to become a BCBA through Ball State University’s Masters Program in Applied Behavior Analysis. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Erin, ABA Technician
Erin is an ABA Technician at NOAC. She recently relocated to Michigan shortly after earning her bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Erin previously provided ABA Therapy through a different agency, as well as taught early childhood classes before joining our team. She also works part-time as a gymnastic coach at a local gym. Erin has always been inspired by contributing to the growth and development of the children that she teaches.
Alyssa, ABA Technician
Alyssa is an ABA Technician at North Oakland Autism Center. She has a Bachelor’s of Health Science: Pre-Occupational Therapy degree from Baker College of Flint. Alyssa is currently continuing her education, working towards her Masters of Occupational Therapy Degree. Her passion has always been working with children, for that reason she is looking to specialize in the area of Pediatric Occupational Therapy upon completing her Master’s degree. Her previous work experiences related to her position as an ABA Tech include working as a Nanny for two young children (one whom had delayed speech), as well as a Home-Health Aid caring for individuals ages 21-101 with several different diagnoses/conditions. Additionally, Alyssa has been babysitting for family, friends, and individuals referred to her since she was 12 years old. She loves to interact with children and her favorite part of working with children is that all learning transpires through play! In her spare time, Alyssa enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and two dogs and being outside enjoying nature: the sun, biking, kayaking, camping, and shooting her bow and guns with her dad, uncles, and fiancé. Fun fact: since she enjoys biking with her dad, they volunteered to ride (bike) 50 miles in one day in the Wish-a-Mile Bicycle Tour. Together they raised over $600 for Make-a-Wish Michigan towards being able to grant the wishes of thousands of Michigan children battling life-threatening medical conditions.
Morgan, ABA Technician
Morgan is an ABA Technician at NOAC. Morgan is currently a full-time student at Oakland University, studying Elementary Education with a concentration on English Language Arts. Upon graduation, she will have an Early Childhood Endorsement, specializing in grades K-3. She plans to pursue a Master’s Degree in Special Education or Occupational Therapy. Previously, Morgan has worked with students who have special needs at Brain Balance Achievement Centers. She has also been a nanny for families in Clarkston and Birmingham, and has worked with kindergarteners at The Roeper School in Bloomfield Hills. Morgan truly enjoys her work and studies. She chooses to be an ABA Technician because she is passionate about making a positive impact on children’s lives and has a special interest for children who have Autism. She is grateful she has the opportunity to work with such exceptional children and genuinely looks forward to making a difference in their life.
Sarah, ABA Technician
Sarah has a Master’s Degree in Special Education with an autism endorsement from Oakland University. She has worked as a paraprofessional and Summer School Teacher in a center-based autism program, and started working at NOAC to continue helping children with autism learn and grow. Sarah enjoys working one on one with children using ABA to work toward their goals, and celebrating their successes no matter how large or small. Sarah loves spending time with her children and the rest of her family in her spare time.
Shellie, ABA Technician
Shellie is an ABA Technician at NOAC. Before starting at NOAC, she worked as a Montessori Teacher (8+ years) where she had the opportunity to work with children on the autism spectrum. She discovered ABA after she began researching best methods for teaching her student with autism. Shellie is a lifelong learner, and is looking forward to earning her official RBT Certification (Registered Behavior Technician) this winter. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and children.
Amy, ABA Technician
Amy is an ABA Technician at NOAC. Amy loves working with children and loves animals! Amy has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from University of Puerto Rico. She is currently working on her BCBA Coursework through Ball State University’s Masters Program in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Amy discovered ABA after observing an ABA Technician running ABA therapy sessions. She immediately fell in love with the profession and began researching combined BCBA & Masters University Programs. Amy is dedicated to the field of ABA and wishes to pursue her BCBA to bring the best in all the children she works with. Before starting at NOAC, Amy worked as an elementary teacher and family educator for over 3 years. Amy also loves dancing, crafting, drawing and spend time with her family and friends.
Shelby, ABA Technician
Shelby graduated early from Clarkston high school in 2016. She developed a talent for working with individuals with disabilities at an early age, and spent multiple hours volunteering within Clarkston’s CI and ASD Classrooms. After graduation, Shelby continued within the field working as a SCAMP Camp Counselor. As a future entrepreneur, Shelby is working towards her associates degree in Business Management, as she hopes to open her own family center someday. She is currently also teaching substance awareness classes to elementary age children. She loves working at NOAC because she plays an active role in assisting children to overcome their obstacles. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with my family, traveling, and adventuring the outdoors.
Dacia, ABA Technician
Dacia is an ABA Technician at NOAC. She just recently relocated to Michigan from Minnesota, where she previously worked as a paraprofessional within varied special education classrooms over the past three years. She is currently working towards her Bachelor Degree in Business through Concordia St.Paul’s online program, although fate continues to offer her opportunities to teach children with autism. Dacia feels privileged to be given the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the children at NOAC, through 1:1 individualized instruction. In her free time, she enjoys knitting and gardening.