Meet Our Autism Staff

 

Ann Patronik

Program Director

 

Ann has been the Director of Judson Center Autism Connections since March 2010 and has managed the development and growth of the ABA program and formalization of all the Autism Connections programming.  Ann has over 30 years’ experience developing and managing programs for individuals with a disability in non-profit agencies and believes a program’s success is dependent on the strength of entire staff team.    

On a personal level, as the mom of 2 young adults (one who happens to have ASD) she knows first-hand the joys and challenges of raising a family impacted by Autism. Ann was very involved with Special Education advocacy efforts at her local school district and was instrumental in the development of the district’s Peer-to-Peer Support Program and Post-Secondary Program Development.   

Ann strongly believes in the need for family support services and enjoys the challenge of her job, meeting families, and watching the progress made by children and teens in the Autism Connections program.  

 

Royal Oak Staff:

Jaylee Johnson

Billing Specialist

 

Jaylee Johnson has been working at Judson Center since March of 2015 as a Billing Specialist working in the front office. Jaylee handles insurance coverage, authorizations and everything in-between. 

 

 

Elisa Murray, BCBA

Behavior Analyst

 

Elisa first began working at the Judson Center as part of the HR team over seven years ago. Upon completing her undergraduate degree from Oakland University in 2013, she decided to join the Autism Connections team. Elisa is now a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) who specializes in working with children (ages 2-6) focusing on early intervention. Elisa received her Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at Ball State University in 2016. A main focus for Elisa is to provide comprehensive training and support to parents navigating the world of early intervention ABA. Elisa’s current professional interests include collaboration with additional therapy providers and educators, developing training systems and aides to assist parents with generalization and maintenance of learned skills outside of the clinical setting, and overseeing the progress and development off staff and future graduates.

 

 

Jacob Papazian, MS, BCBA

Behavior Specialist

 

Jacob has been working in the field of ABA since 2009. Jacob is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) who specializes in working with children and adolescents that exhibit challenging behavior. Jacob received his Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology at Eastern Michigan University in 2015 and holds membership in multiple professional organizations including the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts, and the Association of Contextual Behavioral Sciences. He also works extensively with community partners to create community integration opportunities for students to practice and generalize skills. Jacob’s current research interest include the assessment of severe challenging behavior, linking assessment methods to treatment, and the development of training systems/programs for families, staff, and graduate studies. 

LynShannon Williams

Front Office Assistant/ Customer Service Specialist

 

LynShannon is the Front Office Assistant/Customer Service Specialist here at Judson Center Autism Connections! She has worked with our child clients as an Registered Behavior Tutor for two years and is now a great fit for the front office because she knows both the parents and children so well! She is ready to greet you with a smile at the front desk!

Sarah Gulino, MA

Behavior Analyst

 

Sarah has been working in the field of ABA with children with autism since 2009. Sarah received her Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Psychology from Western Michigan University and her Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University. Sarah has been at the Judson Center since April of 2012. Throughout her time in the field, Sarah has worked with a variety of skill sets, developmental levels, and challenging behaviors. Currently, Sarah is a member of our Autism Connections ABA team as a Behavior Analyst in our Royal Oak office. Sarah specializes in reduction of challenging behavior and skill development for children with ASD, helping to make socially significant improvements for clients who have skill deficits.

 

 

Tara Walker

Front Office Operations Manager

 

Tara Walker is the Front Office Operations Manager. Tara joined Judson Center Autism Connections in 2016. Tara received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Ohio Dominican University. Tara has an extensive background in managing medical practices and its financial revenue cycle.

“Transitioning from the medical field to the world of Autism has been by far the best decision I have made in my career. Seeing the kids smile and progress on a daily basis is worth coming to work for”.

 

Sarah Bretz, BCBA, LMSW

Behavior Analyst/ Clinical Supervisor

 

Sarah received her bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Social Relations from Kalamazoo College and her master’s degree in social work from the University of Michigan.  Sarah also completed the coursework for her BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst) certification through the University of Massachusetts. Currently, Sarah is a Behavior Analyst overseeing the implementation of intensive applied behavior analysis services with children with autism ages 6-11 at the Judson Center. Within this area, Sarah specializes in social skill development for children with ASD, especially focused on transitioning skills to the natural environment, and transitioning from intensive therapy to the school environment. In addition to overseeing intensive ABA programming, Sarah also provides training and consultation services to local area schools in dealing with challenging behavior and implementing about behavior plans within the school setting. Previously, Sarah served as the Clinical Supervisor at Judson Center Autism Connections, providing supervision for the clinical services, including counseling, social skills groups, and summer programming. Sarah has also served a direct therapist role at the Judson Center, running social skill groups, managing the summer program, working with individual clients providing both counseling and play-based therapy.  Additionally, having a sibling with special needs herself, Sarah is also passionate about family support and providing support services for siblings

 

Shelly Liquia, MA, BCBA

Senior Behavior Tutor

 

After graduating with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Bowling Green State University in 2013, Shelley began working as a Behavior Tutor with the Judson Center. After realizing how much she loved the program and working with the children, she decided to pursue her graduate degree in ABA at Ball State University, and became a Senior Behavior Tutor in 2015. Her experience has been with preschool, school-aged, and teenage clients. She has enjoyed researching topics such as group instruction for children with autism and staff supervision/management. She graduated and became a BCBA in 2016, and continues to enjoy working with the Judson Center’s ABA program.

 

 

Rhia Jeffs, BA

Program Coordinator

 

Rhia has worked with children for over ten years.  She graduated from Oakland University in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. In June 2013, Rhia joined the Autism Connections team as a Behavior Tutor, then moved into the Senior Behavior Tutor role in 2015. After taking on additional responsibilities with hiring staff for the ABA program, she transitioned into the Program Coordinator position. As the Program Coordinator, Rhia is responsible for managing new clients, staffing, and training within the ABA program.

Mandi Knotts, LMSW

Individual and Family Therapist 

 

Mandi is a Licensed Masters Social Worker providing individual and family therapy to clients through the Judson Center.  Mandi received her Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Development specializing in Human Services from Oakland University in 1999.  Mandi also received her Masters of Social Work from Wayne State University in 2001.  Mandi has been working as a School Social Worker in a local school district since 2001.  Mandi joined the Judson Center team as an Individual and Family Therapist in July 2015.

 

Madeleine Levin, BCBA

Behavior Specialist 

 

Madeleine has been working in the field of ABA since 2013, and has been a part of the Judson Center “family” since 2011. Madeleine is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) who specializes in working with young children ages 2-6 years old in an early intervention setting. Madeleine received her Master’s Degree in Social Work at the University of Michigan in 2013 and received an advanced certificate in Applied Behavioral Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology in 2015. Madeleine also has extensive experience working with caregivers and families of children on the spectrum. She has led social skills groups, provides in-home behavioral consultation and has helped manage behavioral supports for Judson Center’s Summer Fun camp. 

 

Ann Arbor Staff:

 

Betty Keathly

Administrative Support

 

Betty Keathly has been working at Judson Center Autism Connections for over 3 years.  Betty provides administrative support to our Autism, Counseling Therapy, and Social Skills Group programs.  

 

Kelsey Murphy, M.A., BCBA

Behavior Analyst

 

Kelsey has been working in the field of ABA and with children with autism since 2009. Kelsey is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who specializes in working with children that have challenging behaviors. Kelsey received her Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Behavioral Psychology from Western Michigan University and her Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis from Western Michigan University. Kelsey has experience working with adults and children with developmental disabilities, challenging behaviors, and skill deficits. She has additional experience working with children and young adults to increase communication and decrease inappropriate behavior. Kelsey specializes in developing socially significant improvements in human behavior by using antecedent interventions and immediate consequences in the environment.

 

 

Katie M. Wyss, LMSW, MSW

Individual and Family Therapist

 

Katie is a Licensed Masters Social Worker providing individual and family therapy to clients through the Judson Center.  Katie earned her Bachelor of Arts from the State University of New York at Buffalo in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Health and Human Services, minoring in Early Childhood Development and Sociology.  She earned her Masters of Social Work at Loyola University Chicago, focusing on Clinical Child and Family Services.  Before moving to Michigan and joining the Judson Center team in early 2013, Katie worked in Chicago for five years at a residential treatment facility at the University of Chicago providing clinical services to children and adolescents and their families with social and emotional disorders.  

 

 

Due to the nature of the work we do, Judson Center upholds the privacy of the children, adults and families we serve. Therefore, photos and names may be changed to protect identity.