We start with HEART. Our culture is one of creativity, out of the box thinking and doing, and fun. Through our unique hiring process we screen our staff to ensure they have the 5 essential qualities necessary to be a part of our professional family. We hire for attitude by modeling our interview process around asking specific questions that draw out qualities unique to our environment. By discovering who will and won’t succeed, we are able to hire people with HEART.
Amy Hund, MA, LLP, BCBA
Amy earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Central Michigan University. She earned her master's degree from Western Michigan University's highly acclaimed Applied Behavior Analysis program, studying under Dr. Richard Malott. She has served as the lead psychologist for a residential neurobehavioral and medically complex children’s unit, and has served as the director for several Applied Behavior Analysis programs serving children with Autism in schools, homes, and clinical settings in southeast Michigan. Amy holds a Limited License in Psychology and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and participates in several behavior analytic groups, including the Association for Behavior Analysis International and the Behavior Analysis Association of Michigan. She has presented at a wide variety of conferences, including the Behavior Analysis Association of Michigan's annual conference, the Michigan Association of Public School Academies conference, the Michigan Association for the Education of the Young Child's Early Childhood conference, and the Association for Child Development's training conference. Amy has been active on the Education Support and Services subcommittee of Michigan's Autism Council. She has received extensive training in B.F. Skinner's analysis of verbal behavior and its application to children with autism and regularly attends professional conferences and workshops in order to bring the most current research into her treatment of children.
Rebecca Cowell, MS, LLP, BCBA
Rebecca has a Master’s degree in Clinical Behavioral Psychology from Eastern Michigan University. During her Master’s program Rebecca worked at a clinic that specialized in providing therapy services to adolescent substance abusers and their families and spent 3 years working with the Michigan Heart and Vascular Institute Shapedown Program providing behaviorally-based weight loss programming to adolescents.
After graduating with her Master’s, Rebecca began working in the field of traumatic brain (TBI) and spinal cord injury (SCI) as a LLP. Rebecca has over 19 years of experience specializing in TBI and SCI and maintains a private practice to continue serving that population. Rebecca earned her BCBA in 2007. Rebecca left her full time job in TBI and SCI in 2014 and began her journey working with the ASD population. Rebecca came to the Strive Center for Autism in February 2016, where she provides ABA programming for our younger children’s program.
Jessica Milobar, MS, LLP, BCBA
Jessica started at the Strive Center for Autism in July of 2018. She received her master’s degree in Clinical Behavioral Psychology and completed her BCBA coursework through Eastern Michigan University.
Jessica’s interest in psychology began with her jobs at Oakland County jail and Oakland County Children’s Village. She worked as a behavior technician, then a behavior analyst at the Guidance Center’s Autism program in Wayne County. Jessica worked as a BCBA at Easterseal’s autism program in both Oakland and Genesee counties.
Jessica enjoys reading, hiking, sky-diving, laying on a beach, yoga, eating gluten-free dairy-free treats and spending time with her family.
Christy Wahl, BCBA
Christy has worked with the Strive Center for Autism since July 2015, beginning as a Registered Behavior Technician, and working her way up as she progressed through her education. Christy holds a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and a master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis, through Ball State University. She obtained her board certification in behavior analysis in February 2018.
Christy has successfully consulted with area schools for a variety of students and programs, and developed a Behavioral Skills Training (BST) program for the Strive Center’s Registered Behavior Technicians.
Christy is a certified Instructor in the Professional Crisis Management Association, and provides annual training for our staff in this important program.
She previously worked as a Behavior Technician with R.O.I. in Lansing and with the Department of Community Health and Hearing and Vision Program.