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About Lacey

M. Ed. BCBA (Co-Founder) 

Lacey has been working with individuals who have Autism for 14 years. She started working as an in-home ABA therapist while attending college. She fell in love with the job and began working with other kids. Once she obtained her bachelors in Psychology she was accepted to a Teaching Fellows program in NYC. While working on her masters degree, in special education, Lacey taught in an Autism unit in the Bronx. Lacey loved her job and continued to learn how to best work with individuals with special needs. She married David Anderson and together they moved to Utah so that David could complete school. In Utah, Lacey taught in an Autism unit for two more years, while starting Autism Solutions on the side. After two years, she pursued running Autism Solutions full-time. Lacey is passionate about giving every student the tools they need to succeed. After talking to several parents who were trying to find a positive environment for their child to learn in, she started Autism Solutions Academy. Lacey is passionate about creating an environment that caters to each students specific needs—helping every student reach their full potential. In her free time Lacey enjoys playing games, crafting and traveling with her family.

Our Team

Haley


Draper & West Jordan Centers Haley has spent 6 years working with children, and 3 years working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This is because she believes that everyone is entitled to acquiring the skills and ability to engage with their lives and those important to them to the greatest capacity possible. Haley's enthusiasm for the field has allowed her to deliver ABA services in a variety of environments. She began her career working in group homes with adults with traumatic brain injuries. She then began working in Short-Term Stabilization Homes for adults with disabilities. Following this, she became a clinical supervisor for an institute-run clinic for children with disabilities and delays. She has also contacted experience working as a direct therapist for children with disabilities within a clinical setting. The successes from within the clinic that have impacted her clients', as well as their families, proves to Haley that her work has a meaningful impact within her community. Haley is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Licensed Behavior Analyst in the state of Utah. She holds a Master’s degree in Behavior Analysis and Therapy from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.




Heather


West Jordan Center Heather has worked over 15 years in the special education field. She has taught as a certified special education teacher for 6 years. Heather has worked in ABA for over 3 years. In December 2018 she graduated from Ball State University, with a masters in Special Education and an emphasis in ABA. She became a BCBA in September of 2019. Heather is passionate about helping children meet their fullest potential regardless of circumstance. She loves working with families and seeing the positive impact ABA makes in the lives of her clients and families.




James


West Jordan Center James has spent 14 years working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This is because he believes that everyone deserves a functional life and the ability to experience all that this world has to offer. James’ passion for this work has allowed him to implement ABA services in various settings. He began his career working in group homes for over 6 years. He also spent 4 years teaching special education classes with an emphasis in social and behavioral skills, and became a behavior specialist/BCBA for a large school district. This was followed by working for a local IDD authority in group homes, day habilitation centers, private homes, and nursing facilities. James has experience working as a therapist and a behavior analyst in clinics and in homes. He knows that the work he has devoted his life to matters because he has seen the transformation in the lives of the individuals he has worked with, as well as their families. James is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Licensed Behavior Analyst in the state of Utah. He holds a Master’s degree in Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis from Texas Tech University.




Krystal


Draper Center Krystal has been with Autism Solutions since 2016. She adores getting to work with children and using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis. Her journey toward becoming a BCBA started in 2004 on the North Shore of Oahu. While working toward her undergraduate degree she began working with children with autism and other disabilities as a behavior technician in homes, schools, and the community. After seeing the progress her clients made with ABA, she decided to seek further professional development in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. After earning her Bachelor's of Science Degree at Brigham Young University-Hawaii she continued to pursue higher education and earned a Master's Degree in Special Education from the University of Phoenix and went on to complete a 2-year board certification program from the Florida Institute of Technology and has loved being a BCBA ever since.




Melissa


Sunset Center Melissa Rogers has always had a passion for education and child psychology. She began her career at a non-profit that partnered with preschools in underserved neighborhoods. After graduating from The University of California, Irvine with a degree in Psychology and minor in Education, Melissa began her work in ABA where she was trained in pivotal response therapy, a play based method. She immediately fell in love! She was able to target meaningful skills while having fun. After moving to Utah in 2014, Melissa began working for Autism Solutions as a behavior technician. Eager to expand her skills, Melissa pursued her Masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Northeastern University. Melissa graduated and passed her BCBA exam in 2017 and has been practicing since. Melissa is passionate about continuing education and developing her skills as a behavior analyst. Most recently, she attended training for the Picture Exchange Communication System. She is passionate about distilling knowledge and helping uplift and support other professionals. Melissa is most excited about her newest role as a lead Supervisor as she is able to help potential BCBAs develop the necessary skills to become ethical and effective practitioners. Melissa emphasizes communication and empowerment in her practice. Her goal is to amplify her clients' voices so that they can meet their needs and live happy, fulfilled lives.




Morgan


Sunset Center While studying communication disorders at Brigham Young University, Morgan Starkie found her passion in facilitating communication between parents and children. Before finishing her degree in 2018, she began working as a Registered Behavior Therapist where she learned the importance of helping children communicate, listening to her client’s needs, and celebrating milestones along the way. Her meaningful experiences influenced her to pursue a graduate degree in Advanced Behavior Analysis. While studying, she learned how to hone her skills to better understand behavior functions, how the functions affect communication, and implementing effective behavior plans. After graduating in 2019 from Ball State University, she passed her board certification exam to become a practicing BCBA. Her experiences as an RBT and desire to help gives her a unique perspective to meet the client’s needs.




Stephanie


Draper & Sunset Centers Steph is a seasoned Behavior Analyst. In addition to being a fabulous Mom of 4 kiddos, she is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, (BCBA) and a Licensed Behavior Analyst. She has had unique opportunity of volunteering with the BACB in Colorado, and the knowledge and experience she has gained from that is invaluable. She loves to play the guitar and travel to experience the beauty that all-of-life has to offer. Stephanie has also worked as a wellness coach in addiction recovery for over 4 yrs. She specialized in pornography addiction and destructive sexual outlets but has also worked with students who struggle with other self destructing addictions and mental health behaviors. Steph also was a moderator in a recovery forum where literally thousands of students all over the world discussed and shared their life experiences. This is where she learned that the strength of the human spirit is astounding. Over the years, Steph has worked closely with psychologists, and Neuroscientists accompanied with a background in natural healing, mindfulness and healthy living. Much of the success Steph experienced is due to the fact she is innately an empathetic person whose life experience has shown it can make a world of difference to have someone on YOUR side, to act as a potential guide and support. She is a heart, mind and soul aficionado. Steph has spent copious amounts of time raising 4 wonderful children along with her husband, who to her, have been the greatest teachers and masters of what unconditional love and success really mean.




Luisa


Draper & West Jordan Centers Luisa Mercedes Shumway is a licensed and Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), as well as a special education teacher. Since 2005 she has worked with children with special needs and Autism, first in Lima, Peru, and now in the state of Utah. She specializes in young children who have developmental delays. She also works with children who have emotional and behavioral disabilities, anxiety disorders, and Autism. Her particular interest is to serve these children and their families with a comprehensive and tailored treatment plan, showing empathy, kindness and a genuine caring for all of her clients.
She holds a BS in Special Education from the Women’s Sacred Heart University in Lima, Peru as well as a Master’s of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from National University in San Diego, California. She has a unique background, first as an in-classroom special needs teacher for children with intellectual disabilities, as well as an experienced lead of a multi-disciplinary program, coordinating with speech therapists, occupation therapists and psychologists to deliver a comprehensive treatment plan for her clients.

She is also a certified yoga teacher for both children & adults, using yoga to teach children to be mindful of their thoughts, feelings & actions. Above all, she loves her job as a BCBA and is passionate about seeing her clients progress and thrive.