Leadership

Emily
Center Director
Novi

Emily graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a B.S in Psychology in 2014. She then went on to attend Wayne State University in order to obtain her Masters of Educational Psychology with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis, in which she graduated in 2016.  Emily has been working with children on the Autism Spectrum since 2011, and specifically in the ABA field since 2013. She has worked as a Registered Behavior Technician and a Behavioral Consultant before obtaining her BCBA in 2016.  Emily loves to see clients and their families be as successful as they can within every environment, placing high importance on coordination of care between other service providers, schools, and family! She also has a special interest in servicing clients with comorbid diagnoses. When she is not at work she enjoys being with her dogs Oliver and Zeena, or going on vacation to somewhere warm with a beach. Her favorite vacation spot is Holbox, Mexico.

Michelle
Center Director
Clinton Township

Michelle Fuhr is the Clinton Township center Director.  She received her bachelors and master’s degrees from Western Michigan University under the study of Dr. Richard Malott. Michelle has a history of developing curriculum for bachelors and masters level ABA programs, such as Wayne State University and other local universities. She is currently a professor in the graduate and undergraduate ABA programs at Wayne State University. Ensuring staff of all levels have high quality education and training is essential to Michelle’s belief that this will lead to high quality services and therefore enhanced client progress.

Michelle has been in the field of autism since 2005 and her primary interests include teaching early learning skills, teaching communication skills, and reducing problematic behavior. She has worked directly with Dr. Gregory Hanley on learning his Practical Functional Assessment (PFA) methods for behavior assessment and Skills Based Treatment (SBT) methods for behavior reduction which are based on concepts of reinforcement and reduce the need for punishment-based procedures. She has also received formal training in the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) and Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) as well as Functional Analysis implementation. She has presented at local and national conferences such as Behavior Analysis Association of Michigan (BAAM), Association of Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) and Women in Behavior Analysis (WIBA).  She is currently seeking her PhD through Capella University in Behavior Analysis to pursue research and contribute to evidence-based practices.

 

Mandi
Corporate Project Manager

Mandi has worked for University Pediatricians, the parent company to UPAC, at The Children’s Hospital of Michigan for 10 years. Her role within the company has grown over the years working with the hospital, starting in the Corporate Suite in 2017 and joining the UPAC Leadership Team in 2018. Autism was a new field for her and she learned quickly it was full of growth, compassion and quality care.  She is currently pursuing her degree in Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University while working full time and being a mom. Her hope is to be a resource to the autism centers to help build and grow the centers.