Susan is the Executive Director and founder of the Hope Center for Autism. She has spent over 25 years in early childhood development which eventually led her to her passion of helping families who have children on the autism spectrum. Susan implements and oversees all client programs and staff training.
Susan’s belief is that children on the autism spectrum can recover. She has an open approach to total treatment and reaching for recovery. She believes that ABA should be the first line of defense, noting that until the behavior is addressed and modified, it is hard to move forward with other types of therapy. In addition, she believes that all children can learn; they just learn differently.
Susan has many mentors in the autism field, the most influential of those being Dr. Temple Grandin. Susan has had several opportunities to meet Dr. Grandin, and time and time again she expressed the necessity for those with ASD to be independent and to take care of themselves. She stresses that we must teach children to work hard, do good work and to create interest in marketable skills for their futures. Susan uses that advice each day at the Hope Center, and she asks parents and families to do the same thing, carrying over ABA into the home.
Consistency at home and at the center is a must for these children, and by hosting parent workshops, parent support groups and open forums, Susan is able to encourage families to get involved in recovery.
The Co-Founder of the Hope Center for Autism, Glenn left the industry he worked in for over 30 years to help develop the Hope Center. Since the inception of the Hope Center in 2007, Glenn knew that his place would be to eventually transition to the Hope Center and fully encompass himself in the vision he and Susan have laid out for the center.
Glenn serves as a liaison between the board and the recipients. Glenn oversees finances including donor funds and all aspects of accounting.
Glenn shares his passion with his wife Susan in hopes that the Hope Center will make an impact on many lives and many children’s futures.
With the ever-changing laws involving insurance, Troy has immersed himself in all areas of insurance billing. He has been instrumental in developing our billing program for all insurance companies. Troy is in constant contact with multiple insurance companies to ensure proper coding, coverage and acceptability. He maintains all insurance records for clients as well as employees.
Troy facilitates all avenues of insurance, as well as maintaining and overseeing the Hope Center’s front office operations. He participates regularly in seminars and training for the most up to date information.
Nadia is a Board Certified Behavioral Analyst (BCBA) and specializes in early intervention for children with autism. She earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Texas of The Permian Basin.
Nadia found her passion while working with a child on the autism spectrum and was fascinated with the family’s strength and determination for the child’s success. She learned while working with this family that there is an extreme lack of resources available for families dealing with autism. Nadia made the decision then to dedicate her life to better help affected children and families to use ABA therapy to change their lives. She is the leader of a social skills group and works hands-on with the children at the center, one-on-one and in the home as needed. Her emphasis is on teaching children life-long skills to ensure their future.
Nadia is in charge of programming for each child at the Hope Center. In addition to programming and maintenance, she also is responsible for staff training as well as generating and hosting parent workshops.
Nadia is a mentor to many and is truly a vital part of the Hope Center’s staff.
Laura is an Occupational Therapist (OT) and Board Certified Behavioral Analyst (BCBA) and specializes in early intervention for children with autism. She graduated from Texas Christian University and went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from Midwestern University.
Laura has over 12 years experience working with children with autism. She is SIPT (Sensory Integration and Praxis Test) Certified and has advanced training in Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT), vision therapy, feeding (Sequential Oral Sensory – S.O.S.), and dyslexia. Maintaining familiarity with current research and treatment trends is imperative to her clinical skills.
Laura has a fun, loving attitude and easily connects with children and families. She is passionate about providing the best care for her clients and their families.
Amy Vann is a certified Speech-Language Pathologist specializing in (ASD) children with language, articulation, and phonological disorders.
She has been in private practice for over 18 years and has also served as an adjunct instructor of Phonetics at TCU for 15 years. Having Amy as part of our treatment team has proved to be invaluable.
Although she is not an employee of the Hope Center for Autism, her insight and experience help to complete a well-rounded program. She is on-site Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.