Fox Valley Autism Treatment Program – meet our therapists.

Your child’s autism treatment team is led by our lead therapists who supervise your team, guide the development of your child’s treatment program and meet with you personally several times a year. Meet the Fox Valley Autism Treatment Program licensed treatment supervisors by exploring the links below.
Stacie Ferg
Dr. Suzanne M. Arroyo
Katie Saint
Jacob Hermes
Ashley Lyons
Brad Brezinski

Stacie Ferg

Program Director

Masters of Science: Psychology with emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis, Kaplan University-Milwaukee
Bachelor of Science: Psychology, Silver Lake College-Manitowoc
Licensed: Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Stacie has been working with Fox Valley Autism Treatment Program almost since its inception. She began as a Behavioral Treatment Technician in 1999, and was promoted to Behavioral Treatment Therapist in 2003. She took on her role as Program Director in 2013 and became a lead therapist in 2016. In 2019, she took over as owner, after Dr. Klein retired. Stacie is in charge of many of the day to day operations within the company which ensure that all families receive the highest quality of service. Her goal is to make sure each child we serve has a program designed specifically to meet his or her needs.Stacie is an affiliate of the Autism Society of America and the Autism Society of Wisconsin. She regularly attends seminars and workshops to continue her education. Stacie volunteers a great deal of time for the annual Walk4Autism and has been on the committee since it began in 2006. In her free time, Stacie enjoys spending time with her husband, twin sons and daughter. She faithfully cheers on the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Bucks and the Milwaukee Brewers. Stacie devotes much time to learning all she can to improve the lives of the children we serve. Stacie has been described as compassionate and kindhearted and is always willing to go above and beyond to help others, regardless of what it takes

Dr. Suzanne M. Arroyo

Clinical Director

Doctor of Philosophy: Clinical Psychology, Walden University, Minneapolis, MN
Master of Science: Psychology, Walden University, Minneapolis, MN
Bachelor of Science: Human Services, University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh

Dr. Arroyo has worked at Fox Valley Autism Treatment Program since its inception in 1998. She was a Behavioral Treatment Therapist from 1998-2009 when she left to complete her clinical doctoral internship in Pennsylvania, at Children’s Behavioral Health Services. She returned to Fox Valley Autism Treatment Program as a lead therapist in 2010. As a lead therapist, Dr. Arroyo is responsible for overseeing Behavioral Treatment Therapists and Behavioral Treatment Technicians. She is also responsible for home visits, as well as developing and monitoring treatment programs for the children.
Dr. Arroyo also managed the first community based residential program specifically designed for adults with autism from 1996-1998. She received a Program Manager of the Year award in 1996 for Outstanding Advocacy for Adults with Developmental Disabilities while working at this residential center.
Dr. Arroyo has completed her dissertation on Video Self Modeling to increase play skills in children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Dr. Arroyo graduated with a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Walden University, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 2011.
Dr. Arroyo has been a member of the prestigious PSI CHI National Psychology Honor Society from 2005 to the present. She is an affiliate of the Autism Society of America and the Autism Society of Wisconsin. She regularly attends conferences and workshops to continue her education and has completed training in Verbal Behavior Therapy techniques, Asperger’s treatment, Conscious Discipline techniques, and others.
Dr. Arroyo lives in Green Bay with her husband, cheers for the Packers, and continues to devote most of her time researching evidence-based treatments for children with autism.
Fox Valley Autism Treatment Program Founder, Dr. Klein, says, “Sue is the most creative person I know. She is the one that the therapists go to when they are stuck or need help with a child’s challenging behaviors. Dr. Eiden and I are happy that she is so willing to share her knowledge with our team. I’ve been a practicing psychologist for over 25 years, and I learn something new every time I talk with Sue. She is awesome!”

Katie Saint

Director of Training

Doctor of Philosophy: Applied Behavior Analysis, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Masters of Arts: Counseling with a Community Counseling emphasis, Lakeland College, Sheboygan, WI
Board Certified Behavior Analyst: Florida Institute of Technology
Bachelor of Science: Psychology, Northwestern College-St. Paul, MN
Licensed, Board Certified Behavior Analyst
Licensed Professional Counselor

Dr. Saint has been working with Autism and other disabilities since 2003 and enjoys individualizing each child’s plan. Dr. Saint presents nationally and internationally on topics related to mental health and behavior change. Dr. Saint has designed college courses as well as being published in books, articles, and radio broadcasts related to mental health. Her most recent books are Awkward: The Social Dos and Don’ts of Being a Young Adult and Autism and Depression, a workbook using ACT therapy for adolescents and young adults. Dr. Saint also has a YouTube channel with videos related to Autism, ABA and mental health.
Dr. Saint is the Director of Training and is responsible for overseeing the training for all therapists in the company. As a lead therapist, she is also responsible for overseeing Behavioral Treatment Therapists and Behavioral Treatment Technicians. She is also responsible for home visits, as well as developing and monitoring treatment programs for our clients. Dr. Saint also provides mental health counseling for parents and clients.
Dr. Saint’s dual certification in mental health and behavior analysis helps her to understand more of what each client faces to better treat their needs. Dr. Saint enjoys working with challenging cases and finding solutions that work for both the child and the parents.
Dr. Saint enjoys distance running, kayaking, and biking with her husband and two sons. She is affectionately called a nerd because of her love of learning topics on behavior change procedures related to autism and mental health issues.
Dr. Saint is a member of the Wisconsin Association for Behavior Analysts and the Wisconsin Counseling Association.

Jacob Hermes

Lead Therapist

037TR

Master of Arts: Applied Behavior Analysis, Ball State University
Bachelor of Science: Psychology, UW-Oshkosh
Licensed: Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Jacob began been working with individuals on the autism spectrum as a Behavioral Treatment Technician in 2001. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh in 2009 with a B.S. in Psychology. He was promoted to Behavioral Treatment Therapist in 2010. Jacob graduated from Ball State University in 2015 with a Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis. He became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2015 and was promoted to Lead Therapist. As a lead therapist, he is responsible for overseeing Behavioral Treatment Therapists and Behavioral Treatment Technicians. He is also responsible for home visits, as well as developing and monitoring treatment programs for our clients.
Jake has worked with many families, helping children of many different ability levels. On a recent evaluation form, one of his families wrote, “he has skills that are unmatched, is extremely professional and dependable, and has a natural talent for working with children with special needs.”
Jake volunteers for The Miracle League of Fox Valley and is a huge Brewers fan. He lives in De Pere with his wife and daughter. He loves to travel, play music, watch sports and most of all spend time with his family.

Ashley Lyons

Lead Therapist

Masters of Science: Psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis, Kaplan University-Milwaukee
Bachelor of Science: Psychology, Silver Lake College-Manitowoc
Licensed: Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Ashley started working with the program as a Behavioral Treatment Technician in 2010 and was promoted to Behavioral Treatment Therapist at the beginning of 2013 after receiving her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Ashley also completed minors in neuroscience, criminal justice, and business administration. While attending UWO she was an active member of the Psi Chi, the international psychology honor society, and was part of the board while attending college. She encouraged the Oshkosh chapter to get involved with the annual Walk4Autism in Fox Valley and they are now yearly participants. Ashley continued attending school following her UWO graduation and received her Master’s of Science in Psychology with an applied behavior analysis (ABA) emphasis in September of 2014. Ashley is enthusiastic about her job and loves working with kids. One of Ashley’s moms said “Ashley is a dedicated and caring person who is enthusiastic about her work and never gives up. Ashley is responsible for training our Advanced Treatment Therapists as well as the assistant director of training.

Brad Brezinski

Lead Therapist

Masters of Arts: Professional Behavior Analysis, Florida Institute of Technology
Bachelor of Science:Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh in Psychology.
Licensed: Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Brad Brezinski, BCBA. Brad is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. He has presented at ABA International and assisted in a number of research studies related to behavior analytic principles. Brad has served as a data analyst consultant and he also coaches special needs sports teams for the Miracle League of the Fox Valley. He’s been with us since 2008, and has worked with many families.
In his free time, he enjoys the outdoors, especially hunting & fishing and spending time with his family. Brad and his wife are attempting to watch their beloved Milwaukee Brewers play in every Major League ballpark. Each summer, they travel around the country to check another stadium or two off their list.
Brad is in the process of co-publishing a curriculum and assessment to determine the functioning level of young adults.


Fox Valley Autism Treatment Program Behavioral Treatment Therapist team

Behavioral Treatment Therapists train and supervise the behavior technicians who come into your home to work with your child. The Behavioral Treatment Therapist has at least 2,000 hours of experience working with autistic children and is closely involved with each child and his or her family. Over the years, we’ve found that if you love your treatment therapist, you’ll have a great experience with our program. With the caliber of people we have on our staff, we are confident that you will develop a great relationship with your Behavioral Treatment Therapist, and see him or her as an expert you can trust and rely on. Read about our Behavioral Treatment Therapy team, below.

Andrew Adams

Behavior Treatment Therapist

Andrew graduated from UW-Green Bay with a bachelors degree in Psychology and minor in Human Development. During college, Andrew began working as a Behavioral Treatment Technician and quickly realized he was meant to work with children. Andrew dedicated himself to making his passion for his profession and became a Behavioral Treatment Therapist in 2015. Andrew has been described by families and co-workers as creative, energetic, easy to bond with, knowledgeable, and passionate about providing the best treatment for each child. Outside of work, Andrew is a musician and amateur woodworker. He also enjoys spending time with family and friends and aspires to one day earn a pilot’s license.

Mandy Arnstad

Behavior Treatment Therapist

Mandy became a Behavioral Treatment Technician for Fox Valley Autism Treatment Program in 1999 and was promoted to Behavioral Treatment Therapist in 2001 after graduating from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay with a B.S. in Human Development and Psychology. Mandy has worked with many children through our program, with all different age ranges and functioning levels. It’s impossible to summarize Mandy’s many great qualities in this small space, so a few adjectives will have to suffice: warm, caring, responsible, dependable, and hard-working. Mandy is described as a very likable person. When Mandy is not working she loves spending time with her husband and 4 children; watching them in their sports and going on any adventures spur of the moment. She is always on the go and she wouldn’t want it any other way.

Emily Barkow

Behavior Treatment Therapist

Emily graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with a Bachelor of Social Work degree and a minor in Psychology. She began as a Behavioral Treatment Technician in 2005 and became a Behavioral Treatment Therapist in 2011. After working with children with autism, she knew she wanted to continue working in this field. Emily has always had a passion to work with children and make a difference in their lives. Emily loves running, watching the Packers, hiking, quilting, and spending time with her family, friends, and dog. Before becoming a Behavioral Treatment Therapist, Emily worked as a Behavioral Treatment Technician for almost eight thousand hours, making one of the most experienced professionals to step into the Behavioral Treatment Therapist role in the history of our program.

Cassie Bauer

Behavior Treatment Therapist

Cassie graduated from UW-Green Bay with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2009. She has been working with children on the spectrum since that time and joined the team at Fox Valley Autism Treatment Program in 2013. She has worked with many families with children on the spectrum over the years and enjoys every moment. One family Cassie has worked with has said, “She is very easy to work with, has a calming demeanor, a sense of humor, and at the same time is very professional. Whenever there is an IEP, doctor appointment, or meeting, we rely on Cassie’s insight and knowledge”. In her free time, Cassie enjoys watching movies, soaking up the sunshine, cheering on the Packers, and spending time with her family.

Emily Derenne

Behavior Treatment Therapist

Emily graduated from UW-Green Bay with a B .S. double major in Psychology and Human Development . She began as a Behavioral Treatment Technician in 2009 and was promoted to a Behavioral Treatment Therapist position in 201 2. She has always loved kids and enjoys working with all different ages and ability levels. Emily is described as outgoing, energetic, enthusiastic, helpful, understanding, friendly, passionate, and fun. When she is not working, Emily enjoys hanging out with her family, including her boyfriend and son. She also enjoys spending time with her friends, her 4 dogs, and playing a variety of sports. Her main goal in life is to help all children reach their highest potential and become the best they can be! She works hard and puts her heart and soul into whatever she is doing. Emily has a great attitude and a positive outlook. She always has a smile on her face and is very bubbly.

Stefanie Doszak

Behavior Treatment Therapist

Stefanie holds a Master’s degree in Vocational Rehabilitation, with an emphasis in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Wisconsin – Stout and a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development, with a minor in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay. She joined our program as a Behavioral Treatment Technician in 2001 and was promoted to Behavioral Treatment Therapist in 2004. She is known for consistently going above and beyond what her families expect, and they credit her for the enormous gains their children have made. Her knowledge of vocational skills and transition helps her identify important skills that can be worked on as a child ages that will help them to be better prepared to work and live as independently as possible in the future. Stefanie lives in Kaukauna with her husband, son Rylan, and their Chinese Shar-Pei, Lola. She enjoys playing soccer, running, watching her son play baseball, and spending time with family and friends.

Ashley Ashmann

Behavior Treatment Therapist

Ashley graduated from UW-Oshkosh with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology. She has been with us since 2010 and was promoted to a Behavioral Treatment Therapist position in 2012. Ashley has worked successfully with toddlers and teenagers and every age in between. People who have worked with Ashley have described her as flexible, creative, professional, enthusiastic, resourceful, dependable, and hard-working, and one mom said: “we can’t express in words how we feel about Ashley…she does an amazing job”. Outside of work, Ashley enjoys reading, camping, cheering for the Packers, and dance, especially jazz and hip-hop and spending time with her husband and daughter.

Bonnie Gremore

Behavior Treatment Therapist

Bonnie graduated from University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She began her career with Fox Valley Autism Treatment Program as a Behavioral Treatment Technician in 2004 and became a Behavioral Treatment Therapist in 2009. She has been promoted to be a trainer, supervisor, and mentor to new Behavioral Treatment Therapists faster than any other staff member in the history of our program. Bonnie has worked with many kids and has experience with a wide range of children/young adults on the autism spectrum. She enjoys working with children and their families and absolutely loves going to work every day. Bonnie enjoys spending time with her husband, two kids and two dogs.

Heidi Jo Hanson

Behavior Treatment Therapist

Heidi Jo graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh with a B.S. in Elementary Education and Special Education in 2010 and is a certified teacher. She’s worked with our program since 2008 and was promoted to a Behavioral Treatment Therapist position in 2011. Heidi Jo has worked with many children in our program and countless children throughout her time in school. Heidi Jo brings a great deal of energy, enthusiasm, and creativity to her work. She is never hesitant to set high goals for her clients. When it comes to setting goals to work on, the word “incapable” is not in her vocabulary. Heidi Jo comes from a large family and one of her brothers has a significant disability. He has influenced her in so many ways and inspired her to choose this profession. Heidi Jo is married and enjoys spending time with her family, snowmobiling and photography. She also likes reading, baking & arts and crafts with her children.

Heidi Haroldson

Behavior Treatment Therapist

Heidi is a graduate of St. Norbert College with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and is currently attending Florida Institute of Technology to obtain her BCaBA. She joined our team in 2012 and became a Behavioral Treatment Therapist in 2016. Families describe her as being reliable, energetic and creative. In her free time, Heidi enjoys working on restoring her grandparent’s farm she now owns, participating in triathlons, facilitating a special needs soccer program, and taking on DIY projects. Her main career objective is to provide clients with the tools they need to overcome obstacles and allow them to find their full potential.
 
 

Dana Hunter

Behavior Treatment Therapist

Dana earned her Bachelor’s degree from St. Norbert College in 2001, with a dual major in Psychology and Sociology, and with a human services emphasis. During college, she worked as a Behavioral Treatment Technician, and over the past 20 years, she has worked with many children of all ages, all with a wide range of needs. She also has experience providing respite for children as well as adults with disabilities. Families often comment on Dana’s warm and compassionate personality, her dependability and the extraordinary level of patience she has when working with special needs children. She is proud to be an advocate for families and ensuring they receive all the services and interventions they need to feel confident in their child’s treatment. Dana enjoys furthering her education through independent research in the areas of brain development, anxiety and coping skills, as well as the latest behavior intervention strategies in the field of Autism. She enjoys life with her husband, daughters, and dogs, and their interests include reading together, movie nights, road trips, playing and watching softball, summers outside and winters in front of the fire.

Jessica Marchetti

Behavior Treatment Therapist

Jess received her Bachelors Degree from UW-Green Bay, and joined our team in 2009. She did her internship through Fox Valley Autism Treatment Program and found that this is the type of work that she was meant to do. Jess is described as compassinate, easy going and has an ability to connect with everyone. She enjoys spending time with her husband, two children, and listening to true crime podcasts.
 
 
 
 
 

Dani Dehne

Behavior Treatment Therapist

Dani has a B.S. in psychology from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay. She’s worked with children with autism since 1997 as a Behavioral Treatment Technician and has been a Behavioral Treatment Therapist since 1999. Dani has training and experience with various approaches to autism treatment and enjoys incorporating numerous techniques into an individualized plan for each client. She has worked with many children and their families over the years. Dani has received more “word-of-mouth” referrals than any other Behavioral Treatment Therapist – the best compliment any professional can get! She loves her career and in her free time, enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as painting abstract paintings full of texture and color.

Nicole Meyers

Behavior Treatment Therapist

Nicole received her Bachelor’s Degree from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She enjoys working with children with all levels of functioning, abilities, and ages. She believes in the importance of treating each child as an individual and in maximizing their independence. Some of the many positive comments we have received about Nicole include “our kids really respond well to her style of therapy”, “her ability to be flexible is unique and makes every session successful”, and “Nicole always comes to our house positive and pleasant, and takes on whatever the day brings with a smile!”. Nicole spends her leisure time running, playing volleyball, and interacting with her family.

Wayne Neubecker

Behavior Treatment Therapist

Starting in 2001, Wayne worked full time as a Behavioral Treatment Technician with FVATP while earning his B.S. from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay. Wayne became a Behavioral Treatment Therapist in 2005 and has since successfully overseen and managed the treatment of many children with a wide variety of skills and abilities. His favorite thing about working for FVATP is how rewarding the job is. “Connecting with each child individually, helping develop their skills and watching them grow as their own identity is incredibly rewarding. It’s amazing not only watching each child fulfill such undiscovered potential and becoming independent individuals, but seeing the family also transform and be able to do things they never thought would have been possible. Another very enjoyable part is every year I teach both Appleton social skills school year program and summer park group were finding creative ways to teach kids social skill lessons, practice and implement them through fun games and activities with the goal of making new connections and friends in the end.” Wayne is always working to continue his education and grow as a therapist, through seminars, conferences and specific classes.

Ceara Brockman

Behavior Treatment Therapist

Ceara has a B.A. in Psychology from University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh and has worked in our program since 2007. She was promoted to Behavioral Treatment Therapist in 2010. Ceara has been described as well organized, caring, responsible, and a tremendous advocate for children and their families. She says that she absolutely loves her job and can’t imagine doing anything else. Ceara enjoys spending time with her husband and children.
 
 
 

Sharon Froseth

Behavior Treatment Therapist

Sharon received her Bachelor of Science in Human Development from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay in 2004. She joined us as a Behavioral Treatment Technician in 2001 and began her career as a Behavioral Treatment Therapist in 2005. She has worked with children varying in abilities and ages ranging from 2 years to 18 years of age. In addition to her own caseload she also runs one of the Appleton Social Skills Groups during the summer, and mentors supervises and trains new Behavioral Treatment Therapists. She grew up and still currently resides in Green Bay, Wisconsin with her husband and two children. Sharon is described as caring and always willing to go above and beyond to ensure everyone’s success. She is a valued part of our team!

Anna Schulz

Behavior Treatment Therapist

Anna earned a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh in 2006, and while employed as a Behavioral Treatment Technician during her last year in college she found her niche working with children with Autism and continued to develop a passion for working in the Autism community. Anna has been with us since 2005 and was promoted to Behavioral Treatment Therapist in 2009. Her families describe her as a patient, helpful, flexible, knowledgeable, concerned, dedicated and hard-working. She has many interests including art, music, sewing, running, and animals. Anna is married and has three children. She is very dedicated to being a good role model and to help people of all walks of life.
 

Alyssa Chapman

Behavior Treatment Therapist

Alyssa began working for the Fox Valley Autism Treatment Program in 2010 while she was a freshman at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Shortly after working with the program she discovered her passion for helping children with special needs and she began working towards becoming a Behavioral Treatment Therapist. Alyssa graduated in 2012 with a Bachelors’s in Science degrees in Psychology and Human Development. She began working as a Behavioral Treatment Therapist in 2013. Alyssa has been described as flexible, creative, hard-working, dependable and compassionate. Her best quality is her attitude that every child has the ability to learn and that the key to successful treatment is finding the unique way a child learns best. In her free time, Alyssa enjoys spending time with her husband and children as well as playing volleyball.

Carlos Torres

Behavior Treatment Therapist

Carlos became a Behavioral Treatment Technician for Fox Valley Autism Treatment Program in 2010 and was promoted to Behavioral Treatment Therapist in 2012 after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with a degree in Special Education. Carlos is a licensed teacher. Carlos took the  Behavioral Treatment Therapist position over a teaching job because he feels that one on one therapy has a big impact on children and wanted to be part of a great team. He has worked with many children through our program as well as the Easter Seals Respite Camp, with all different age ranges and functioning levels. At UW-Oshkosh, Carlos played football for three years playing center. In Carlos’s free time he enjoys watching and playing sports, visiting family in Milwaukee, lifting weights and occasionally helping coaching football as well as spending time with his wife and son. Families have described Carlos as a creative, helpful, compassionate, respectable, and friendly.

Ashleigh Heintz

Behavior Treatment Therapist

Ashleigh graduated in 2012 from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. She became a Behavioral Treatment Technician in 2010 and was promoted to Behavioral Treatment Therapist in 2014. Ashleigh always knew she wanted to work with children in some capacity, but her experiences as a Behavioral Treatment Technician were awe-inspiring and she was hooked. Her passion has become helping each child she works with to reach his or her potential. It is a resounding theme from her families that Ashleigh has a compassionate nature and a true drive to help each child. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors, photography, and spending time with her children.

Katie Spriggs

Behavior Treatment Therapist

Katie graduated from the University Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She began working with Fox Valley Autism Treatment Program as a Behavioral Treatment Technician in 2012 and began her career as a Behavioral Treatment Therapist in 2014. While Katie’s degree is in Speech and Language Pathology, she decided to continue her education specializing in all areas of Special Education, particularly autism. Katie has had several years of experience in multiple settings working primarily with children 2 to 14 years of age. Outside of work, Katie enjoys spending time with her husband and twin girls, especially at her family’s cabin on Lake Noquebay.
 

Kristie Blauert

Behavior Treatment Therapist

Kristie graduated from Saint Norbert College in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Sociology . She began working as a Behavioral Treatment Technician shortly after graduation and was promoted to a Behavioral Treatment Therapist in 2014. Families have described her as prompt, organized, and passionate about each child. Outside of work Kristie enjoys a round of golf, running in races, cheering on the Packers and attempting to cook gourmet meals. Most importantly she loves spending time with her husband and children.
 
 

Amanda Lessor

Behavior Treatment Therapist

Amanda graduated from University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a minor in Communications. She began working as a Behavioral Treatment Technician in 2010 and was promoted to Behavioral Treatment Therapist because of her devotion to the children in the program. She has always aspired to have a career working with children and helping them grow as individuals. Amanda has worked with clients of all ages and levels of functioning. She is a caring, energetic, and easy-going person. In sessions, she is able to find a fun and creative way to do activities while meeting the child’s goals. Outside of work Amanda enjoys going up north to hunt, fish, and hike with her husband and daughter, taking care of her animals and garden on her hobby farm, and most importantly spending quality time with her family and friends.

Kayla Hansford

Behavior Treatment Therapist

Kayla graduated from the University of Wisconsin — Green Bay in 2014 with a Bachelors degree in Psychology. She became a Behavioral Treatment Technician in November of 2009 and was promoted to a Behavioral Treatment Therapist in 2016. Kayla has always known she wanted to work with children and after her first few months as a Behavioral Treatment Technician, she knew she wanted to continue working with children with Autism. She has learned a lot from each child she has worked with throughout the years and continues to learn from them each day. Families have described Kayla as kind, caring, creative and outgoing. In her spare time, Kayla enjoys spending time with her family and friends doing anything as long as it’s with people she loves.

Nicole Gast

Behavior Treatment Therapist

Nicole graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay with a degree in Human Biology. Nicole joined our team in 2010 in search of a rewarding career. Soon after she was hired she not only found a rewarding career, but also her passion for helping children with special needs. Nicole advanced to her current role of Behavioral Treatment Therapist in 2016, driven by her ambition and eagerness to develop her professional skill set. Families have described her as flexible, dependable, creative and a great asset to their child’s therapy team. Nicole is compassionate for helping others as portrayed by her engaging interaction with clients, and her ability to tailor therapy to each specific client. Outside of work Nicole enjoys being outdoors, crafting, and spending time with her family.
 

Katie Ellis

Behavior Treatment Therapist

Katie graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science and from Saint Joseph’s University with a Masters Degree in Behavior Analysis in 2015. Katie began working with Fox Valley Autism as a Behavioral Treatment Technician in 2015 but previously worked with three other providers within the state since 2005. She has worked with clients from ages 2-22, with all functioning levels, and was promoted to Behavioral Treatment Therapist in 2017. Katie has also worked with special needs children and adults as a camp counselor for Easter Seals Camp Respite and Wawbeek, as well as in an adult group home. Katie was led to this particular field due to her aunt being on the Autism Spectrum, and she has always wanted to teach children. She truly enjoys her job and is extremely passionate about her kiddos and families that she works with. She learns and is rewarded by something new each and every day! Katie loves spending time with her husband and son as well as watching him grow and develop. She enjoys running, kayaking, shopping for deals, spending time with family and friends, going up north, reading, and drinking coffee.

Kaitlee VanStraten

Behavior Treatment Therapist

Kaitlee graduated from The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and a minor in Human Development. She was hired as a Behavioral Treatment Technician in 2013 when she realized her passion for working with children. She has been feeding that passion ever since. Kaitlee was promoted to her current role as a Behavioral Treatment Therapist in 2017. She has been described as being dedicated, well organized, genuine, and personable. In her free time, Kaitlee enjoys traveling, hiking, and camping with her husband.
 
 
 

Eric Blazel

Behavior Treatment Therapist

Eric graduated college from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Throughout his time at the University of Oshkosh and for a short time after; Eric worked in a daycare as an assistant teacher in a 4-year-old and 4k room. Upon the recommendation of a coworker to explore working with children with autism, Eric applied for a job with Fox Valley Autism Treatment Program in 2012. After a short time working as a Behavioral Treatment Technician, Eric knew he wanted to pursue the opportunity full time. Eric was promoted to Behavioral Treatment Therapist in 2017 after five years as a Behavioral Treatment Technician for children of all ages and functioning levels. Families have described Eric as creative, caring, understanding, and hard-working. In his free time, Eric enjoys spending time with his fiance, friends, and family, watching sports and listening to podcasts.

Allison Shepard

Behavior Treatment Therapist

Allison graduated from UW-Green Bay in December of 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Human Development. She began working as a Behavioral Treatment Technician in March of 2014 and quickly knew that she wanted to pursue this field as a long term career. She was promoted to Behavioral Treatment Therapist in January of 2018. Families and co-workers have described Allison as determined and hard-working. She clearly cares for all of the kids she works with and makes learning fun. She is extremely dedicated to helping all the families she works with on a daily basis and tries to find unique ways to teach each individual. In her free time, Allison enjoys playing sports with her fiancé, biking with her Siberian Husky, decorating her home, and watching shows on Netflix.

Alyssa DeValk

Behavior Treatment Therapist

Alyssa earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh in 2017 and will graduate with her Master of Arts degree in Behavior Analysis in July 2019. She has worked with Fox Valley Autism Treatment Program since 2014. Alyssa is described as being hard-working, friendly, and compassionate. One of her family’s stated that their lives have been impacted in such a positive light by her dedication and ability to connect with their children and help them succeed. She enjoys spending time with her husband and their puppy, Rosie.
 
 

Amber Jagodzinski

Behavior Treatment Therapist

Amber graduated from UW-Green Bay in January of 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Human Development. She began working as a Behavioral Treatment Technician in August of 2013 and ever since could not see herself having any other profession. While in college, her brother was diagnosed with ASD and began services through Fox Valley Autism. The high quality of service that impacted her family intrigued her to become a part of the team. Amber was promoted to Behavioral Treatment Therapist in 2019. Amber introduced behavior change in her own life in college and lost 150 pounds in the process. In her free time, she enjoys working out in group settings as she thrives off of the energy of those around her who are also bettering themselves. One parent commented on her saying “Amber has increased my sons quality of life”, which is what she strives to accomplish with each and every child she meets.

Alyson Ringelstetter

Behavior Treatment Therapist

Alyson earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay in 2016. She began working as a Behavioral Treatment Technician in April of 2015 and quickly fell in love with the job and knew that this would be here life career. Alyson has been described by clients as being hard-working, dedicated, reliable and always going above and beyond for their children. In her free time, Alyson likes to spend her weekends at the ballpark with her rescue dog cheering on her boyfriend and his softball team.
 
 

Goran Kaurin

Behavior Treatment Therapist

Goran started with FVATP in April 2012 full time as a Behavioral Treatment Technician while working towards his Bachelors of Science in Psychology from UW Oshkosh. He graduated in 2013 and continued to work as a Technician for five years being promoted to Behavioral Treatment Therapist January 2017. Goran is planning to eventually continue his education once he puts a dent in his student loans to further himself both personally and professionally. He also speaks a second language, Serbian, as he was born there and as of yet has not had a chance to utilize it. Goran is also a practitioner in Brazilian Jiujitsu and is a big advocate for children with autism and other needs to join and participate in some form of martial arts as it is a great, constructive and fun way to work through anxiety, anger and a good way to teach discipline. Goran also believes that humor can go a long help work through many obstacles that may cross arise in life. In his free time he enjoys spending time with family/friends/loved ones, training in his aforementioned jiujitsu, a newly discovered hobby of hiking and learning horse responsibilities thanks to his lovely fiancée and of course some less productive activities such as watching movies, shows and paying games.
 

Fox Valley Autism Treatment Program Advanced Behavioral Treatment Team

Advanced Behavioral Technicians have more than 2000 hours of experience as well as a bachelors degree in a related field. They work closely with families to provide therapy and also have professional training to develop treatment programs.

The kind of care that makes a difference.