Meet the Team2018-07-03T16:48:17+00:00

Meet the Team

Clinical Leadership

Leigh Grannan, M.S., BCBA
Leigh Grannan, M.S., BCBADirector
Leigh Grannan serves as Director for The Autism Clinic at Hope, located in Springfield, Edwardsville, and Maryville, IL and St. Louis, MO. Leigh, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, earned a Master of Science in Behavior Analysis and Therapy from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2004. She worked as a Clinical Instructor and School Coordinator for eight years at The Autism Program of IL at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. There she collaborated with the program’s Speech-Language Pathologist to provide supervision to graduate students in the Behavior Analysis and Therapy and Communication Disorders and Sciences programs. In addition to clinic therapy services, she supervised graduate students providing consultation services in area schools. Leigh is a graduate of the Illinois Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND) training program. She has conducted research in language acquisition with children with ASD and is trained in administration of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule – 2nd Edition. Leigh has provided didactic trainings on a number of topics including challenging behavior, toilet training, and supporting students with ASD in the classroom.
Corey R. Moore, M.A., BCBA
Corey R. Moore, M.A., BCBAClinic Coordinator
Corey has been working with individuals on the Autism Spectrum in schools, residential, home, and clinic settings since 2000. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education in 2003 from Illinois State University and spent 8 years as a special education teacher where she applied the strategies of Structured Teaching and Applied Behavior Analysis to instruct children with autism and other developmental disabilities. During her tenure as a teacher, she also served on the Autism Technical Assistance Team and provided training for school personnel at various school districts on characteristics of and strategies for working with children with ASD. She completed her Master’s degree in Child and Adolescent Psychology as well as her BCBA coursework from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and obtained her board certification in 2013. Aside from her work at TAC and as a special education teacher, she has worked as an in-home behavioral consultant, case manager for residentially placed clients, and consultant for local school districts. Her professional interests include severe problem behavior, verbal behavior, and supporting children with ASD in the classroom. When she’s not at the clinic, she likes to read, shop, workout, go to the beach, cheer on her Dallas Cowboys, and spend time with her husband and family.
Kate Ogilvy
Kate OgilvyBilling Specialist
Kate started at The Autism Clinic at Hope in November 2016 as the Intake & Records Specialist before moving into the Billing Specialist role in April 2018. She studied Psychology at Michigan State University and previously worked in Hospice as an Admissions Coordinator. Working at The Autism Clinic is Kate’s first experience helping with families of children with autism.
Jessica Murphy
Jessica MurphyBilling Specialist
Jessica, Billing Specialist at The Autism Clinic at Hope, has been working at the clinic since March 2017. She studied medical coding and billing at Midwest Technical Institute and graduated in 2012. She has previously worked at the Hope School as Policy & Health Information Assistant. Jessica has been working with families of children on the Autism Spectrum since 2012.

Springfield, Illinois Location

Stephanie Fahey, M.S., CCC-SLP
Stephanie Fahey, M.S., CCC-SLPSpeech and Language Pathologist
Stephanie Fahey earned a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Western Illinois University in 2012. She obtained relevant certificates and licensures: American Speech Language Hearing Association Speech-Language Pathology Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC), State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist professional license, and a State Educator Preparation and License Board State of Illinois Certificate School Service Personnel Type 73. Stephanie worked as a speech-language pathologist in public schools throughout Illinois and Iowa, providing a continuum of speech language services (assessment and intervention) to individuals and groups with communication discrepancies. She partnered with educators, families, and communities to model, implement, and assess speech-language therapy strategies that enhanced educational programming for all learners and integrated research into the design of best practices. Stephanie also supported multiple school and community efforts to create a positive learning and language rich environment for all. Her professional interests include early literacy and language connections and complex communication needs that would benefit from augmentative and alternative communication support.
Anne Wingbermuehle, M.A., BCBA
Anne Wingbermuehle, M.A., BCBASupervising Clinician
Anne, a Supervising Clinician at The Autism Clinic at the Hope Institute for Children and Families, has been working with children on the Autism Spectrum providing Applied Behavior Analysis services since 2007. Anne completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Illinois State University in 2011 and completed a Master of Psychology with a concentration in Child and Adolescent Development in 2014. Anne began working as the Resource Coordinator at TAP in 2011. Then moved to a role in the behavior department as a Behavior Specialist at The Hope Institute for Children and Families. After receiving her BCBA certification in October 2015, Anne rejoined the team at The Autism Clinic in January 2016. Her clinical interests include verbal behavior, systematic desensitization, and decreasing severe problem behavior.
Sammie O’Connor, M.Ed., RBT
Sammie O’Connor, M.Ed., RBTClinician
Sammie, a clinician at The Autism Clinic at Hope, has been working with individuals on the Autism Spectrum in various capacities since 2014. She completed her undergraduate degree in Developmental Psychology at University of Illinois at Springfield. Sammie began working as an intern and a therapy assistant in January of 2015 and became a Registered Behavior Technician in December 2015. She worked part-time at Hope in the behavior department for residential youth while working part-time as an RBT at the clinic and then transitioned to a clinician at the clinic. During her time as an RBT, Sammie began working on her Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Cincinnati and graduated in April 2017. She will soon sit for her Board Certified Behavior Analysis exam in 2017.

Her clinical interests include functional communication training, organizational behavioral management, and decreasing severe problem behavior.

Sarah Beth Alexander, RBT
Sarah Beth Alexander, RBTClinician
Sarah Beth, a Clinician at The Autism Clinic at the Hope Institute for Families and Children, has been working with children on the Autism Spectrum since 2008. She has provided Applied Behavior Analysis services in various settings including school, clinic, and individual home programming. She completed her training to become a Registered Behavior Technician in August 2015. Sarah is currently enrolled at Kaplan University to complete her degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis. She is expected to graduate in summer of 2017 and will sit for her Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst exam in 2017. Her clinical interests include severe problem behavior, functional communication training, and facilitating the generalization of skills to natural settings.
Joanna Morrissey, M.S., BCBA
Joanna Morrissey, M.S., BCBAClinician
Joanna, a BCBA, at The Autism Clinic at Hope, has been working with individuals on the Autism Spectrum in various capacities since 2006. She completed her undergraduate degree in Deaf Education from Illinois State University and Lincoln Christian University and subsequently spent 7 years teaching special education. During her time as a teacher, she began working on her Master’s Degree in Behavioral Analysis and Therapy through Southern Illinois University, Carbondale; Joanna just graduated with her Master’s in December 2016. Her professional interests include organizational behavioral management and supporting children with ASD and their teachers in the classroom.
Natalie Donaldson
Natalie DonaldsonClinician
Natalie, a clinician at The Autism Clinic at The Hope Institute for Children and Families, has been working with individuals on the Autism Spectrum since 2009. She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and then moved to Minnesota to begin working on her Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis through St. Cloud State University. Natalie is projected to graduate with her Master’s in Spring 2017 and will sit for her Board Certified Behavior Analysis exam in 2017. Her professional interests include severe problem behavior, functional communication training, and verbal behavior.
Carli Wiltsie, M.Ed., RBT
Carli Wiltsie, M.Ed., RBTClinician
Carli, a clinician at The Autism Clinic at Hope, has been working with individuals on the Autism Spectrum since 2015. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Illinois University in Family and Consumer Sciences, with a focus in child and family services. Carli completed her undergrad internship at The Autism Clinic fall of 2015, and following her internship, she became certified as a Registered Behavior Technician. During her time as an RBT, she began her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction of Applied Behavior Analysis through Arizona State University. Carli completed her Master’s in August 2017 and will sit for her Board Certified Behavior Analyst exam in 2017. Special areas of interest include functional communication training, behavior management, and augmentative communication systems.
Rebecca Tavernor, M.S., R.B.T.
Rebecca Tavernor, M.S., R.B.T.Clinician
Rebecca, a clinician at The Autism Clinic at Hope, has been working with individuals on the Autism Spectrum since April 2015. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois Springfield in Psychology with a concentration in Child Development. Rebecca began working as an intern at the Autism Clinic in 2015 and became a Registered Behavior Technician in July 2015. While working as an RBT, Rebecca pursued her Master’s degree and graduated in December 2017 from the University of Illinois Carbondale with a Master’s in Behavior Analysis and Therapy. She will sit for her Board Certified Behavior Analysis Exam in 2018. Her clinical interests are in functional communication training, behavior management, and generalization of skills into the natural setting.
Falyn Lockenour, M.S., BCBAClinician
Falyn Lockenour, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), serves as a supervising clinician and clinical site lead at The Autism Clinic in Edwardsville. She has been working with children diagnosed with developmental and intellectual disabilities since 2010. She has provided applied behavior analytic services in a variety of contexts including home, school, daycare, and clinic. She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology (with a specialization in Developmental Psychology) from the University of Illinois-Springfield. During her undergraduate career she completed her internship hours at The Autism Clinic in Springfield at which time she realized her passion for helping children with autism. She then furthered her education and completed a Master of Science Degree in Behavior Analysis and Therapy from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale (SIUC). At SIUC she served as a research assistant leading and supporting research projects in preschool and clinic settings. Her research on Decreasing Toe-Walking Through Implementation of Feedback and Reinforcement is published in the journal of Education and Treatment of Children and her research on Children’s Physiological Responding during Implementation of Differential Reinforcement and Response Cost is currently in the review process. Her professional interests include ameliorating severe challenging behaviors, functional communication training, promoting rapid skill acquisition, staff and parent training, and supporting children with developmental disabilities in the classroom.

Kirkwood, MO Location

Krystal N. Coleman, MS, BCBA, LBABehavior Analyst
Krystal Coleman is a Clinician at The Autism Clinic at Hope. She has been working with children since 2010. She has provided Applied Behavior Analysis services in various settings including school, daycares, clinic, and individualized home programming. She completed her training to become a Registered Behavior Technician in September 2015. Krystal graduated from Kaplan University with a Master of Science in Psychology degree with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis in November 2015. Krystal is currently working to obtain national certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Her clinical interests include feeding challenges, life skills acquisition, and problem behavior.
Meika Valerio, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA
Meika Valerio, M.Ed., BCBA, LBASupervising Clinician
Meika has been working with children on the Autism Spectrum providing Applied Behavior Analysis services since 2011. Meika completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois Springfield in 2014 and completed a Master of Education in Foundations of Applied Behavior Analysis in 2015. Meika has worked at The Autism Clinic in various capacities. She began as an intern and behavior technician in 2013 then transitioned into the role as a lead behavior technician in 2014 before becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in February 2016. Her clinical interests include systematic desensitization, intensive toilet training, verbal behavior, and severe problem behavior. When she’s not in the clinic she enjoys cheering on the St. Louis Cardinals, reading mystery novels, and hanging with her puppy and husband.

Edwardsville, IL and Kirkwood, MO Locations

Rachel Minelli, Ph.D
Rachel Minelli, Ph.DClinical Psychologist
Rachel Minelli is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist at The Autism Clinic. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Eastern Illinois University. She then obtained her Ph.D. in School Psychology from Illinois State University (ISU). As a graduate student at ISU, Rachel began working with individuals on the Autism Spectrum through The Autism Program of Illinois (TAP). She went on to complete her pre-doctoral internship at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center where she provided therapy and assessment services to children with developmental disabilities and other mental health concerns. Rachel has experience working with children and families in a variety of settings including home, clinic, school, residential facility, and hospital. In addition to working with individuals with developmental disabilities, Rachel also has experience working with individuals with mental disorders such as Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and ADHD.
Kate Chazin, M.S., BCBA
Kate Chazin, M.S., BCBAClinician
Kate Chazin, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at The Autism Clinic in Edwardsville, IL, has been serving children with disabilities in various capacities since 2008. While completing her undergraduate degree at Harvard University, she spent a year filming ethnographies and teaching written English in a D/deaf kindergarten classroom in Nepal. After graduating, she worked creating educational films for caregivers in Chinese orphanages, during which time she realized she loved kids more than cameras! She left filmmaking behind to work as a behavior technician, and later earned her Master of Education degree in Special Education (with an emphasis on Applied Behavior Analysis) from Vanderbilt University. At Vanderbilt, she served as a research assistant and led a variety of research projects in preschool settings. Her research has been published in Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Journal of Early Intervention, and Behavior Analysis in Practice. Her professional interests include single case research methodology, skill acquisition for early learners, augmentative and alternative communication, and interdisciplinary collaboration.
Jessica Loverude, M.S., CCC-SLP
Jessica Loverude, M.S., CCC-SLPClinician
Jessica Loverude earned a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) in 2014. During her time at SIUC Jessica worked as a graduate assistant at The Autism Program of IL at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Jessica collaborated with Board Certified Behavior Analysts to provide language, social skills, and conduct research. In addition, Jessica worked as a Life Skills Aide at OPTIONS: Transitions to Independence assisting adolescents in social skills, adaptive skills, and problem-solving skills. After graduating Jessica worked as a speech-language pathologist in a Saint Louis Area Public school providing speech, language, and social skills therapies as well as conducting evaluations.