Director and Owner
Jill has provided Applied Behavior Analysis services to individuals with autism and other disabilities since 1997. Jill earned a bachelor’s degree in special education with concentrations in mental impairments and physical handicaps from Marshall University in 1999, and continued her focus on autism intervention by receiving a master of science in behavior analysis from the University of North Texas in 2004. After operating a private practice in Texas, Jill and her daughter Caroline returned home to West Virginia in 2006, where Jill became the first Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in southern West Virginia, and Director / Owner of Bright Futures Learning Services. Jill maintains close contact with national experts and strives to assure that Bright Futures stays on the cutting edge of the field. As a founding member of Mountaineer Autism Project, she worked to pass autism insurance legislation and continues to work towards systems change that gives access to evidence based treatment to all of West Virginia. Jill is a founding member and past president of the West Virginia Behavior Analysis Association, and West Virginia’s Policy Chair for Autism Speaks.
Teri, a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) since 2012, has been with Bright Futures since its early days in 2007. She began working with children with autism in 2004, and has worked with children and young adults from ages 2 to 21. Her areas of expertise include program development and progress monitoring, including developing intervention strategies and data systems to reduce high-intensity behaviors. She is experienced in providing therapy in the Verbal Behavior (VB) model, and has attended advanced VB workshops by national experts. Teri has experience providing Applied Behavior Analysis therapy to children who use picture exchange communication systems (PECS) or augmentative communication devices such as the Accent and the LAMP Words for Life application. She programs the communication devices for children’s initial use, adapts vocabulary as needed, and develops teaching strategies to promote the use of communication devices during discrete-trial teaching, group settings, and the natural environment. In addition to programming for and working directly with children, Teri develops and implements protocols and systems to assure that Bright Futures operates effectively and efficiently.
Assistive Technology Director
Beverly joined Bright Futures in 2011 and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2012. Her roots in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) date back to the mid-1990s, when she was pulled in to the worlds of ABA and augmentative communication to help her son, Mike. With training in 1995 from Dr. John McEachin of Autism Partnership and his continuing consultation, she provided ABA therapy to her son and coordinated his intensive program for more than 10 years. Beverly has attended numerous training workshops and presentations around the nation by leading behavior analysts, assistive technology specialists, and experts on literacy learning for children who have complex communication needs. She has experience with Picture Exchange Communication System and with programming both low-tech and high-tech augmentative communication systems. She also has been a beta tester for several augmentative communication/assistive technology products. Beverly’s clinical interests include integrating augmentative communication systems into ABA therapy and literacy learning for non-vocal children. She has served as a member of the River Valley Child Development Board of Directors, the CARES Project Parent-Professional Advisory Board at Marshall University’s Department of Pediatrics, and the Consumer Advisory Council of West Virginia’s University Affiliated Center for Developmental Disabilities.
Alexis Spence has been with Bright Futures since its start in 2007. She is a graduate of Marshall University and completed her coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) from Florida Institute of Technology in 2015. She became a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) in 2016. Throughout her career she has implemented and developed ABA programming in home, school, community, and clinical settings to children and young adults. During her time with Bright Futures, Alexis has gained supervised experience using the technologies of ABA and the verbal behavior approach. She has received training with multiple augmentative communication devices for which she assists in the programming to facilitate communication in the learner’s natural environment. Alexis designs, implements, and coordinates staff training at Bright Futures in addition to supervising a client caseload. She enjoys being a part of the impact that ABA has on the lives of individuals with whom she works.
While earning a degree in elementary and special education from Marshall University, Sarah Dooley began working with students with autism in 2001. Since obtaining her teaching license in 2006, she has taught students in school, clinic, and community settings. Sarah has worked to assist students with significant communication challenges to find a successful method for expressing themselves. She has adapted eye gaze communication systems, other augmentative devices, and is conversational in American Sign Language. Throughout her career, Sarah has developed strategies for increasing flexibility in students for whom rigid thinking is a barrier to learning. She has specialized in working with students in the upper elementary and middle school age ranges and in adapting academic content to make it accessible to a wider variety of students. Sarah is a four-time author of books for middle grade readers and is a Pen/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship award recipient. Two of her books have been sighted as “best of the best” by the Young Adult Library Services Association (Free Verse) and Junior Library guild (Free Verse and Ashes to Ashville).
Jessica Wolfe began working with individuals with special needs in August of 2008. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders from Marshall University in 2009 and then received her Master of Arts degree in Special Education with an emphasis in autism in 2012. Jessica joined the Bright Futures Learning Services (BFLS) team in January of 2013 and completed coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) from the University of North Texas distance-learning program in May of 2016. Jessica has experience implementing programming for vocal learners as well as learners who utilize augmentative communication devices. She also has experience teaching in schools, clinic, homes, and in the community.
Sara Parker is a graduate of Marshall University with her bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders in 1998 and her Masters in Communication Disorders in 2000. She is a member of both the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and West Virginia Speech-Language Hearing Association (WVSHA) and has a love for working with children with communication challenges. Sara is fluent in sign language and enjoys working with augmentative communication, children with apraxia of speech, and using applied behavior analysis methodology. She has more than 10 years’ experience working with children with speech and language delays due to Autism, Down syndrome, apraxia of speech, deafness and hard of hearing, and a variety of other articulation and language disorders.
Cindy earned Bachelors and Masters degrees in Communication Disorders from Marshall University. She completed her behavior analysis certification sequence through the Florida Institute of Technology and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2011, making her one of the few dually credentialed Licensed Speech and Language Pathologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst in the country. Cindy served as both the Coordinator for the Circle of Friends Preschool Program and as an Early Intervention Coordinator for the West Virginia Autism Training Center. Cindy provides outreach services for Bright Futures while primarily providing services through West Virginia Birth-to-Three where she serves on the autism leadership team. As a founding member of Mountaineer Autism Project and the West Virginia Behavior Analysis Association Cindy is a key player in bringing about systems change to enable access to evidence based treatment throughout the state.
Michael is the office manager at Bright Futures, and has been on staff in this capacity since 2014. He worked directly with clients as a behavior technician before assuming his current roll. Prior to joining our team, Michael worked in the information technology division as a contractor for several different insurance companies. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in history from Morehead State University. In addition to being a favorite “reinforcer” for many of our clients, Michael excels at navigating the gauntlet of insurance claims and billing, and is vital part of day-to-day operations at Bright Futures.
Without Mike, Bright Futures wouldn’t exist. He’s literally the reason the agency was formed and is known as, “the boy who launched 1,000 careers,” because he taught dozens of young professionals that with the right services, progress can be obtained no matter how challenging the scenario may seem. Mike graduated from Bright Futures in 2012 but continues to be an important member of the team. In addition to assisting with clerical and maintenance duties, Mike is excellent at training new behavior technicians, giving them an opportunity to hone their skills before starting work with clients.