Hillary Aguilar-Ruano, Registered Behavioral Therapist
Hillary works as a Behavior Therapist at AOWL. She graduated from Saint Xavier University in Chicago, IL. After graduating, Hillary worked as a behavior therapist in-home and later worked in a clinic. Her hobbies include being a health/fitness coach, practicing mixed martial arts, and music.
Jackson Berra, Registered Behavioral Therapist
Jackson works as a Behavioral Therapist for AOWL. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin- Platteville with a B.A. in criminal justice. Prior to working at AOWL, Jackson worked with at-risk youth, as well as a behavioral specialist for children with ASD, in La Crosse, Wisconsin .
Amy Epperson, Registered Behavior Therapist
Amy works as a Behavior Therapist at AOWL. She graduated from the University of Minnesota, Morris, with Bachelors Degrees in Psychology and Liberal Arts for Human Services and a Minor in Vocal Music. She worked at South Dakota State University for 3 years as a Residential Hall Director. In 2018 Amy became a certified Registered Behavior Therapist (RBT) and worked at Behavior Care Specialists, in Brookings, SD. She implemented one on one Applied Behavior Analysis(ABA) therapy with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in-home, clinics, and school settings.
Lizzy Freese, Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)
Lizzy serves as a BCBA at AOWL. She graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences with a triple concentration in psychology, human development, and Business administration. Lizzy obtained her Master’s of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Prior to Academy of Whole Learning, Lizzy worked with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in-home and clinic-based ABA therapy programs.
Wyatt Freie, Registered Behavioral Therapist
Wyatt serves as a Behavior Therapist at AOWL. He graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a BA in Psychology. Prior to working at Academy of Whole Learning, Wyatt worked as a Behavioral Therapist performing ABA therapy for kids with ASD in home and in center.
Juliana Fuller, Registered Behavioral Therapist
Juliana serves as a Behavior Therapist at AOWL. She graduated from University of Minnesota with her BA in Child Psychology. Juliana was a gymnastics coach for 5 years and taught preschool, boys team and girls competitive team. Prior to working at Academy of Whole Learning, she worked with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder doing in-home and clinic-based ABA therapy.
Emily Hass, Senior Registered Behavioral Therapist
Emily works as a Behavior Therapist at AOWL. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota Duluth. While getting her degree, she also worked as an assistant preschool teacher in Duluth. Prior to joining AOWL, she spent two years working at an autism therapy center providing ABA therapy to children on the autism spectrum.
Lea Ichimura, Treatment Lead
Lea received her Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota Duluth. Prior to joining Academy of Whole Learning, she provided behavioral therapy services to clients ranging in age from 2 to 12 years old, where she worked in the clinic, residential, and in the community. Lea has also provided cognitive behavioral therapy and applied behavioral analysis for children with behavioral, emotional, and learning disabilities, as well as children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and co-occurring disorders. She also conducted diagnostic assessments and taught American Sign Language for 3 years to students ranging in age from 5 to 12 years old.
Amy Lincoln, Treatment Lead
Amy received her Bachelor’s degree from The University of Minnesota and her Master’s degree in Public Health from London Metropolitan University in London, England. Amy has been working in the autism field since 2012 and has experience working as a behavior therapist, a lead behavior therapist and a treatment supervisor. Prior to that, Amy worked in Shanghai, China as a classroom teacher. She has provided 1:1 skills training, family skills training and behavior management in homes, schools and in a clinic setting with children from 2-18 years old.
Ayan Mursal, Senior Registered Behavior Therapist
Ayan works as a Behavior Therapist at AOWL. She is currently working on obtaining her registered behavior technician certification. Ayan’s background includes working as a PCA and DSP for children and adults with autism and traumatic brain injuries. She also has experience working with other diagnoses such as learning disabilities, schizophrenia, etc. Prior to joining AOWL, Ayan worked at Minnesota Autism Center.
Sunni Myers, LPCC, LADC, Mental Health Therapist
Sunni received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She earned her Master of Science Degree in Child Development and Family Relations from East Carolina University as well as her Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Prior to joining Academy of Whole Learning, Sunni has provided services to address mood disorders, trauma, social skills, co-occurring chemical dependency/mental illness, and school based services. Sunni focuses on cognitive behavioral, systemic and strength-based views.
Grace Olson, Registered Behavior Therapist
Grace works as a Registered Behavior Therapist at AOWL. She graduated from the University of Minnesota – Duluth with a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Psychology. Grace’s background includes working as a Personal Care Assistant and a Direct Support Professional for adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Prior to joining AOWL, she provided in-home ABA therapy to children diagnosed with ASD.
Karla Przybylski, Clinic and Intake Manager
Karla serves as the Therapy Services Clinic Manager. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Viterbo University in LaCrosse, WI. Karla has experience in client satisfaction, management, and small business operations. Karla has been a part of the Academy of Whole Learning for over 5 years. Karla loves working with people and her passion for the mental and behavioral health community is what led her to be a part of the Therapy Clinic.
Kim Raes, Billing Specialist
Kim works as the Therapy Services Billing Specialist. She has over 15 years of experience billing mental health service. Prior to that she was a legal assistant for a large law firm in Minneapolis.
Claire Roberts, Registered Behavior Therapist
Claire works as a behavior therapist at the AOWL. She graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Deaf Studies/American Sign Language. She has previous experience working as a PCA for children with various physical, cognitive and emotional needs. Additionally she has practiced ABA for a year.
Keiora Smith, Registered Behavior Therapist
Keiora works as a behavior therapist at AOWL. She will be obtaining her registered behavior therapist certificate soon. Her background includes working as a PCA for the elderly and working with kids and teenagers ages 2-15 years old. Prior to coming on board with AOWL, she was employed at Minnesota Autism Center for three years.
Katie Thormodsgaard, MSW, LICSW, Director of Therapy Services
Katie serves as the Director of Therapy Services at Academy of Whole Learning. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Viterbo University in LaCrosse, WI and her graduate degree in Social Work from the University of St. Thomas/St. Catherine in St. Paul, MN. Prior to joining Academy of Whole Learning, Katie provided (ABA) therapy. She also has been a behavior therapist, a lead behavior therapist and a supervisor providing 1:1 skills training, family skills training, implementation of skills programming and managing behaviors in children ages 2 to 19 years old at home and in a clinic setting. Katie was instrumental in the development of clinical services for AOWL focusing on providing a holistic approach so students and families feel supported in all areas.
Melissa Trunk, Mental Health Intern
Melissa is a Mental Health Intern in our clinic. She has her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Music from the University of Minnesota, Morris. Prior to joining AOWL Therapy Services she was a behavior therapist within our high school. Melissa has experience working with teens and young adults experiencing homelessness and other disparities.
Jo Ward, MEd, Treatment Lead
Jo works as a Behavior Therapist at AOWL. She holds a Master of Education degree in special education from Northern Arizona University. Prior to joining AOWL, she worked in a school as a parent educator and trainer in early childhood education. She also has experience working as a Senior Therapist at a clinic that specializes in Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Hannah Weise, Registered Behavior Therapist
Hannah works as a Behavior Therapist at AOWL. Prior to working within the AOWL Therapy Services clinic, she was a middle school classroom behavior therapist at AOWL. She graduated from the University Of Wisconsin, River Falls, with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Hannah worked as a Personal Care Assistant in Summer School aged care programs. She has five years of experience as a martial arts instructor, and teaches a martial arts club at AOWL.