Susie Ruffini is a BCBA, Clinical Director and Owner of North Oakland Autism
Center. After Susie earned her Elementary Education Teaching Degree through Michigan State University, She inaugurated her teaching career as a second grade teacher within the Detroit Public Schools. It was during this six-year teaching experience that Susie’s passion for special education and autism was ignited. Susie continued her education at Oakland University earning her MA in Special Education, with endorsements in both autism and learning disabilities. She then continued her professional career as an ASD Teacher, and then District-Wide ASD Teacher Consultant within Lake Orion Community Schools, while working towards becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) through Florida Institute of Technology. Upon completion of her BCBA in September 2013, Susie pursued her life long dream of opening North Oakland Autism Center.
Molly is NOAC's Certified Therapy Dog. Molly has earned her CGC, CGCA, and CGCU through the American Kennel Club. She is a also a Certified Therapy Dog through The GO TEAM, and brings smiles to staff and children each and every day!
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Sheena is an ABA Technician at North Oakland Autism Center. She recently moved to Michigan after living in upstate New York for over 25 years. While living in New York, Sheena earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Nazareth College and obtained her New York State Teacher Certification, followed by a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education, also from Nazareth College. Sheena has 15 years experience as a special education teacher working with students ages two to eight, both in the private sector and public schools. Sheena is thrilled to have found (ABA) Applied Behavioral Analysis, and the opportunity to provide individualized curriculum and instruction while witnessing the children's gains each and every day!
Laquisha is an ABA Technician at NOAC. She has worked within the field of behavior health for over four years, and has a BA in Sociology from Wayne State University. She chooses to work as an ABA Technician because she loves children, and is able to make a difference in their young lives each and every day. She recently started her coursework to become a BCBA through Ball State University's Masters Program in Applied Behavior Analysis. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Allison has her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, with a focus on child welfare from Oakland University. Her previous work experiences include working as a preschool teacher, as well as an assistant at a child & family mental health facility. She has niche for working with children, which developed and grew throughout her teenage babysitting experiences. Her focus has now become contributing to the development of critical skills for those children and adolescents affected by autism. In her free time, she coaches girl's varsity bowling.
Aleta is an ABA Technician at North Oakland Autism Center LLC. Aleta is a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. She has Bachelors Degrees in both Behavioral Science as well as Biology from the University of Michigan Dearborn. Aleta has always loved working with children and animals! She became very interested in learning more about ABA Therapy during an internship at Burger School for Students with Autism. She previously worked with at-risk youth, as well as children with traumatic brain injuries. Aleta has also enjoyed previous employment as a veterinary assistant, zookeeper, and dog trainer. She is very happy to have found a position with NOAC and is excited to see where it may lead.
Erin is an ABA Technician at NOAC. She recently relocated to Michigan shortly after earning her bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Erin previously provided ABA Therapy through a different agency, as well as taught early childhood classes before joining our team. She also works part-time as a gymnastic coach at a local gym. Erin has always been inspired by contributing to the growth and development of the children that she teaches.
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Jacqueline Panse is a BCBA and Clinical Manager at North Oakland Autism Center. Jacqueline has a Masters of Science in Psychology with the emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from Kaplan University. Previously, Jacqueline had worked in Human Resources, but it has always been her dream to work with special needs children, helping them to discover their strengths, and teaching them how to use their own special skills. But only after moving from Germany to the US, she realized her dream. While studying and volunteering in her daughters’ schools, Jacqueline realized that ABA is not just her passion, but also her definite view of life. Based on her own experience, Jacqueline understands how important it is to treat each child as an individual and how essential it is to respectfully include a child’s family throughout the entire treatment process. She is very excited to fulfill her professional expectation as a member of the exceptional NOAC team.
Kristin is an ABA Technician at North Oakland Autism Center. She has a Bachelor degree in Art Education from Eastern Michigan University and a Masters in Special Education in Autism from Oakland University. Kristin has taught in the public schools for 8 years in the Avondale and Clarkston School Districts. Through Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital’s Center for Human Development, she was trained in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA Therapy) while attending their parent program. Kristin has 12 years of personal experience working with and learning about children on the Autism Spectrum. She feels truly fortunate to be working alongside colleagues who share her same passion in providing extraordinary therapy to children whose growth can be seen every day.
Lindsay works as a part time ABA Technician at North Oakland Autism Center. She has a Bachlor's Degee in Special Education (with endorsements in both learning disabilities and autism) from Oakland University. Lindsay previously taught in an ASD Classroom within Lake Orion Community Schools for 4 years, before resigning to spend more time with her two young boys. She plans to continue working as a part time ABA Technican until her children are older, and then wishes to persue her BCBA Certification!