Our Team At Cornerstones Autism Services

Sam

Chief Executive Officer

Sam

Sam is the Chief Executive Officer for Cornerstones Autism Services. Sam has a passion for helping people from the stages of childhood all the way up to geriatrics. His vast knowledge of insurance, business and management ensures that Cornerstones Autism Services stays current on best practice and facilitation of a positive work environment. His hands-on approach ensures that quality services are being delivered from the initial consultation, benefit coverage, and direct therapy services; He is there each step of the way.

Ginny

Clinical Director

Ginny

Ginny is the Clinical Director for Cornerstones Autism Services. Ginny is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Ginny has experience working with a wide range of clientele with varying ages and different diagnoses. She is proficient at writing programming from independent daily living skills to teaching a child to speak their first words.Ginny began her career over 15 years ago as a Family Therapist interested in mental health. Early on, Ginny knew she had a passion for helping those in need. She worked as a primary Therapist for children ages 6-18 diagnosed with attention deficit disorder, oppositional defiance disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and autism spectrum disorder. When Ginny became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, she dedicated two years to providing exceptional services at University of Chicago by conducting intakes, creating curriculums, and supervising social work interns.

When Ginny learned about applied behavior analysis, her yearning for knowledge grew and grew until she decided to return to school in hopes to one day become a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst. Along the way, she learned much more than how to obtain a credential. Ginny learned how to work effectively with people. Ginny has been an essential player to Cornerstones Autism Services by creating onboarding materials, training programs, templates for intervention plans, structures for initial assessments, and more!

Crystal

Regional Supervisor

Crystal

Crystal is currently the Regional Supervisor for Cornerstones Autism Services. She has over ten years of experience working with children with disabilities. She started her career as an instructional assistant during a summer school program in 2005 and quickly learned that this was her passion. She has provided special education services in a wide variety settings: public schools, private schools, therapeutic day schools, clinical facilities, and in-home. Crystal is a licensed Learning Behavior Specialist from Northern Illinois University, highly qualified in reading and language arts, and holds a current certification as a Registered Behavior Technician.

During her first years working as a special education teacher at a private not-for-profit organization, she learned the principals of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). The faculty trained her how to utilize these principals in an educational setting, embed them into various curriculums, and carry these skills over to generalized environments. The progress she saw within those children, was like none she had ever seen before. Data was recorded day by day, trends were reviewed weekly, necessary updates were implemented immediately, and ultimately the children were blossoming.

Since then, she has dedicated herself exclusively to the therapeutic aspect of ABA. She has served as a private practice clinician, supporting students in daycares, preschools, and homes. Crystal understands the necessities behind great communication and a strong team.

Susie

Business Operations Manager

Susie

Susie is the Business Operations Manager for Cornerstones Autism Services. She has been in management for over the last 20 years of her career. She has a vast knowledge of insurance that includes, but is not limited to billing, authorizations, coding, and more! Susie’s has an ability to learn any software system and keep the most thorough record keeping. Most describe Susie as a person who is blessed with the amazing ability to develop and maintain relationships with colleagues, clientele, insurance representatives, and providers of all kind.

Jamilah

Corporate Marketer

Jamilah

Jamilah is Cornerstones Autism Service’s Corporate Marketer. Jamilah has a master’s degree in Special Education from Pacific University and has also completed the BCBA program at the Florida Institute. She hopes to one day become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst herself and is passionate about continuing to assist children to reach their full potential and become fully independent.

Jamilah is also the owner of The Spectrum Toy Store, located in Chicago. The Spectrum Toy Store is the only toy store in Illinois specifically for children with developmental disabilities and one of few in the entire country! They offer a variety of toys, sensory items, children’s books as well as resources for caregivers and educators. They are your source for special needs toys, products and adaptive equipment. We encourage you to click the link above and learn more about their sensory friendly inventory for children of all ages and abilities.

Nicole

Medical Billing Assistant

Nicole

Nicole is the Medical Billing Assistant for Cornerstones Autism Services. Nicole works very closely with our Business Operations Manager to ensure that all medical and billing needs are being met. She maintains the authorizations for therapy services, assures reports are submitted, and retrieves data for physician or insurance reviews. Nicole is new to the Cornerstones team, but has already made herself a permanent asset to our management dynamic. Her ability to adapt to each situation and learn quickly has really been a key component to Cornerstones Autism Services growth.

Chivon

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Chivon

Chivon is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with Cornerstones Autism Therapy. Chivon has nine years of experience working with individuals with Autism and other intellectual disabilities ranging in age from 3 to 90 years old. Chivon has worked in variety of settings, which has included schools, clinics, homes, and adult residential settings.

Brianna

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Brianna

Brianna is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She has been working in the field of ABA for over five years. Brianna previously worked in an ABA clinic and has worked closely with school systems. Brianna also has experience with ACT, Precision Teaching, The big 6 plus 6, and fluency based instruction. She has her Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State and received her Bachelor’s in Family Services from Purdue University. Brianna is a data driven individual that loves to see her client’s progression.

LACRETIA

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

LACRETIA

I am a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. I have been in the field for 10 years and I earned by bachelor’s in general psychology from Benedictine University and earned my master degree in ABA at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2013. My journey began when I worked as a Paraprofessional in a therapeutic day school/residential facility with children with autism and other intellectual disabilities. Since then, I have worked in a variety of settings including private schools, clinics, in-home, and Adult Day programs for adults with duo diagnosis. I have also conducted a research study implementing the effects of Functional Communication Training with Adults with Development Disabilities. Some of my work experience has been writing programs including the implementation of functional communication, social skills, daily living skills, and the verbal behavior approach. Most have of my experience has been writing behavior reduction programs for severe challenging behaviors and providing training to parents and staff on following behavior protocols. My favorite part of my work is seeing my clients progress to their fullest potential, seeing my families happy and successful, and I always enjoy new challenges and networking with others.

VALERIE

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

VALERIE

Valerie is a board certified behavior analyst with a masters of science in applied behavior analysis. Valerie graduated from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2014 and has been in the field of ABA for 8 years. Her Journey began in 2011, when she saw a job posting for a behavior therapist in the psychology department at Benedictine University. Since then she has worked as both a behavior therapist and then as a board certified behavior analyst. Valerie has a variety of experiences with children and adults with autism and other intellectual/emotional impairments. She has worked in the school, clinic, home, residential and day training programs. She has experience working with children, teens, and adults with extreme behavioral challenges and with community-based assistance programs in the state of Illinois.

KATIE

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

KATIE

Katie is a board certified behavior analyst with 8 years of experience working with children 2-18 years of age with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other diagnoses. She received her bachelors in 2010 from Western Illinois University in Speech Language and Hearing and her masters in applied behavior analysis from Florida Institute of Technology in 2013. Katie has worked in a variety of settings including schools, in home therapy, and throughout the community. She has worked as a paraprofessional and a BCBA for an autism program in the school setting as well as a BCBA and therapist in the home setting. In the home setting, Katie really enjoys collaborating with other professionals such as speech therapists, occupational therapists, teachers, psychologists, feeding therapists, and other professionals working with her clients to assure the continuity of care across all professionals. She has experience writing programs increasing self-help skills, verbal behavior, and social skills as well as reducing problem behaviors.

KYLE

Behavioral Therapist

KYLE

Kyle is a Behavioral Therapist at Cornerstone Autism Services. Kyle realized his passion was to help people with disabilities when he watched his cousin who is autistic and worked at summer camp for children with special needs. Kyle was introduced to ABA through the school setting and saw how each child benefited from the therapy to improve their life. Kyle continues to push his clients to their full potential, help families solve issues in their homes and most importantly help the individual make an impact on the world!

JOCELYN

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

JOCELYN

Jocelyn Robinson is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst who has nearly 10 years of behavior management, skill acquisition and ABA therapy experience. Jocelyn received a bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and she is currently pursuing her PhD in Applied Behavior Analysis from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology where she obtained her master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2013. Jocelyn has a lifelong passion for working with individuals with developmental disabilities. She is devoted to helping individuals diagnosed with Autism as well as other disabilities live up to their full potential.

TRISHA

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

TRISHA

I am a BCBA and have been working in the field of ABA for 5 years. I have been working with children/adolescents/teenagers with disabilities for 15 years. I have experience working in multiple settings, including homes, schools and afterschool/recreational programs. I have my doctorate degree in psychology, with a focus in child and adolescent development from The Adler School of Professional Psychology and studied ABA at The Florida Institute of Technology. I love working closely with family and supervising others in the field!

LYNN

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

LYNN

Lynn obtained her B.S. and M.S. Degrees in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Psychology from Kaplan University. While Lynn was beginning her graduate program, she worked as a Behavioral Health Technician for a Behavioral Health Hospital and then transitioned to employment with a few different ABA companies as a Behavior Therapist/RBT providing direct in-home behavior therapy while completing the graduate degree program, obtaining the necessary supervision and fieldwork hours required, and studying for the exam. Lynn worked with children and adolescents with a wide range of abilities. Lynn began contracting with Rogue ABA Study Materials and Exam Prep company in June 2017 and provides those who are pursuing their RBT, BCaBA, and BCBA with daily practice questions. Lynn received her certification as a Behavior Analyst in May 2017 and began employment with Cornerstones Autism Services in December 2017.

KATE

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

KATE

Kate is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She received her certification in 2015. She received her Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis with a focus in Child Development and Autism Spectrum Disorders from Ball State University in 2013. Kate has experience working in the Early Childhood sector, private therapy institutions, as well as consultative work for schools. She has extensive experience conducting functional behavior assessments and analyses, developing behavioral intervention plans for severe problematic behaviors, providing early childhood behavioral interventions, staff and parent training, assessing and developing verbal behavior and learning programs, as well as activities of daily living training. Kate is passionate about her work and excited to help any family she can!

JASON

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

JASON

Jason Wetherbee is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. He obtained his M.S. degree in psychology with a focus in ABA from Kaplan University. Jason discovered ABA while working full time as a teacher in the Florida public school system. While working for a company that provided ABA therapy for clients in the home setting, he discovered a passion for the field and was able to use his growing knowledge to make many effective changes in his classroom teaching strategies over the years. When the opportunity to move to Chicago arose, he decided to pursue his BCBA certification full time, and has worked with a range of clients in a variety of settings since then. Jason enjoys collaborating with multiple disciplines to determine the most effective path for progress and growth for each of his clients, and is always seeking ways to grow his skills professionally to better serve those he works with on a daily basis.

 

Benita

Credentialing Manager

Benita

Benita a 2013 Alpha Betta Kappa graduate of Everest College, Burr Ridge, IL. After a 15 + yrs in Second Mortgage Sales industry she launched her career in 2013 as a Medical Billing & Coding Specialist. She’s been a Medical Biller for 5 yrs and in February 2018 she joined Cornerstones Autism Services were she is responsible for all aspects of provider credentialing with all insurances in ALL states CAS provides services in and our billing platform Central Reach by getting and keeping CAS’s billing system current. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, movies, bingo, and is a loyal Chicago Bears fan.

Christina

BCBA

Christina

Christina is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with 6 years of experience working with children 2-18 years and adults 18-80 of age with Autism Spectrum Disorders as well as other diagnoses. She received her Bachelors in 2015 from Trinity Christian College in Psychology and Minor in Fine Arts. Christina received her Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis with a Certificate for Autism Spectrum Disorder from Ball State University in 2017. Christina has worked in a variety of settings including schools, in home therapy, group homes, clinical settings, and throughout the community. She has worked as an ABA Therapist for 4 years and as a Consultant (level II provider) Program Manager for 2 years. As of 2017, she became a BCBA. Christina specializes in behavior reduction as well as skill acquisition programs for in home services.

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