Meet Our Administrative Team
CINDY BENNETT - DIRECTOR
Cindy attended Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO as a business major and has worked in finance since 1997. Her first professional job was for a small manufacturer's rep company in the aerospace industry and her most recent position was as the Director of Finance for a global software company. Cindy has also owned and managed a successful technology reseller since 2008. At the Illinois Valley Autism Center Cindy utilizes her fiscal administration skills to ensure the facility runs efficiently while obtaining everything necessary for the childrens skill advancements.
BRUCE NORQUIST - DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES
Bruce brings with him 10 years of administrative, management, marketing, and human resources experience from the private sector. Bruce is a former operator of two different corporate restaurant franchises. Bruce left the operational execution of corporate restaurants in 2016 and joined our team in November of 2017. He brings with him the unique experience of growing up as a child with a parent who ran a special needs facility and possess the necessary skills and understandings to assist our team as the Director of Human Resources as they provide ABA therapy to our clients. Bruce is a graduate of La Salle Peru Township High School and attended Illinois Valley Community College in Oglesby, Illinois.
Meet Our Board Certified Behavior Analysts:
BOARD CERTIFIED BEHAVIOR ANALYST (BCBA) LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR (LPC)
Nikki is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Licensed Professional Counselor. She graduated from Lewis University with her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and School Counseling. Nikki completed a Post-Master’s degree certificate program at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale with an emphasis on Applied Behavior Analysis. Nikki has been working in the field for over 4 years and certified in CPI. Her area of expertise is in staff and parent training, implementing discrete trial teaching, program development, applied behavior analysis support in residential and workshop settings.
BOARD CERTIFIED BEHAVIOR ANALYST (BCBA)
Danielle earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from DePaul University and her masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) from Ball State University. She has been working with children with autism since 2012 and has experience implementing the principles of ABA in a variety of settings, including school, clinic and home. Danielle enjoys creating skill acquisition programs for her clients as well as seeing their progress during sessions. In her spare time, she enjoys riding and showing her horse.
Meet Our Registered Behavioral Technicians!
Emily earned her BS in 2012 from Illinois State University. She took a number of courses in child development, psychology, communication disorders and behavior interventions. Emily is also fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) and has experience tutoring children that are deaf or hearing impaired. Emily loves her position as a Registered Behavioral Technician because she enjoys motivating and captivating each child's play skills in a natural setting and watching their social skills flourish.
Jessica attended Mid-Continent University where she graduated with a BS in Psychology. She went on to obtain her MA in Human Services from Capella University in 2012. Jessica has specialized in the area of Mental Health. She has provided personal care to individuals with developmental disabilities and mental illness by teaching and assisting with activities of daily living, working one on one to improve socialization and has provided individual and group counseling services to children and adults. Jessica is currently preparing to test for her LCP and leads our Social Skills Group. What Jessica enjoys most about her position is that she knows each day she works with a child makes a major difference on their quality of life.
Rachel earned her BS in 2014 from Illinois State University. She took a number of courses focusing on communication disorders, teaching strategies and has 149 hours of clinical experience in an individualized general education setting. She has worked as a paraprofessional at a junior high level and is now excited to be apart of the differences we are making locally. Rachel's favorite part about being a behavior technician is seeing how personalized and tailored each learner's program is for their specific needs.
Trisha attended the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie, WI where she graduated with a BS in Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) in 2013. She took a number of courses focusing on the development. and lifespan of an individual. Her previous work experience was working as a Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional (QIDP) severing adults with intellectual disabilities in a house setting with the main goal of providing and teaching activities of daily living so they become more independent. Trisha loves her position as a RBT because she gets to work 1:1 with each child and especially likes the NET environment that engages the child in a play therapy aspect. She loves seeing the children's skills heighten and expand!
Claire graduated from Ottawa Township High School in 2011. Upon graduation, Claire immediately began working as the Shelter Services Director for a non profit agency that assists survivors and their children fleeing from domestic violence. Claire's passion for helping others succeed led her to the Illinois Valley Autism Center. Claire's favorite part about working for the Illinois Valley Autism Center is building meaningful relationships with her clients and their families.