Meet the Team

Clinical Leadership

Leigh Grannan
M.S., Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)
Director
lgrannan@thehopeinstitute.us

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., Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)
Clinic Coordinator
cmoore@thehopeinstitute.us

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
Intake and Records Specialist
kogilvy@thehopeinstitute.us 

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Jessica Murphy
Billing Specialist
jmurphy@thehopeinstitute.us 

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Springfield, Illinois Location

Stephanie Fahey
M.S., CCC-SLP
Speech and Language Pathologist
sfahey@thehopeinstitute.us

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.

Alicia Shapinsky
PhD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Clinical Psychologist
ashapinsky@thehopeinstitute.us

Alicia Shapinsky, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist at The Autism Clinic. Dr. Shapinsky earned her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, and completed her doctoral internship at the St. Louis Veterans Affairs Medical Center in St. Louis, Missouri. Upon moving to Illinois, she obtained supervised postdoctoral experience with children, adolescents, and young adults with developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorder at The Hope Institute for Children and Families. Dr. Shapinsky continued to work with both children and adults with developmental disabilities to provide behavioral consultation and psychological assessment in residential, educational, day program, and outpatient settings following licensure. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, Illinois Psychological Association, and the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Anne Wingbermuehle
M.A., Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)
Supervising Clinician
awingbermuehle@thehopeinstitute.us

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.

Sarah Beth Alexander
Registered Behavior Technician (RBT)
Clinician
salexander@thehopeinstitute.us

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.

Natalie Donaldson
Clinician
ndonaldson@thehopeinstitute.us

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.

Joanna Morrissey
B.S., Board Certified Behavior Analyst
jmorrissey@thehopeinstitute.us

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.

Sammie O’Connor
B.S., Registered Behavior Technician (RBT)
Clinician
soconnor@thehopeinstitute.us

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.

Carli Wiltsie
B.S., Registered Behavior Technician (RBT)
Clinician
cwiltsie@thehopeinstitute.us

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.

Edwardsville, IL/St. Louis, MO Location

Kate Chazin
M.S., Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)
Clinician
kchazin@thehopeinstitute.us 

Kate Chazin, a clinician at The Autism Clinic in Maryville, IL, has been serving children with disabilities in various capacities since 2008. She first became interested in working with children while completing her undergraduate degree at Harvard University. During her time as an undergraduate, she took two semesters off to record anthropological films in D/deaf kindergarten classrooms in Nepal. She received a degree in Visual & Environmental Studies with honors in 2011. After graduating, she worked as a videographer making educational films in Chinese social welfare institutions, during which time she realized she loved kids a lot more than cameras! She changed careers to work as a behavior technician in Oakland, California from 2013-2014, and earned her Master of Education degree in Early Childhood Special Education (with an emphasis on Applied Behavior Analysis) from Vanderbilt University in 2016. At Vanderbilt, she served as a research assistant and led several independent research projects in preschool settings. Her research has been published in the Journal for Autism and Developmental Disorders and Behavior Analysis in Practice. Her professional interests include severe challenging behavior, single case research, toilet training, and embedding ABA methodology naturalistically in preschool settings.

Krystal Jimerson
Clinician
kjimerson@thehopeinstitute.us

Krystal Jimerson 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.

Jessica Loverude
M.S., CCC-SLP
Clinician
jloverude@thehopeinstitute.us

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.

Meika Valerio
M.Ed., BCBA, LBA
Supervising Clinician
mvalerio@thehopeinstitute.us

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.